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  • One Pair of Handsby Monica Dickens

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 10.86

    'Life was a wordless battle of wits between us, with her keeping a sharp look-out for signs of neglect, and me trying to disguise my slovenliness by subterfuge. I became an adept at sweeping dust under the bed, and always used the same few pieces of silver' Unimpressed by the world of debutante balls, Monica Dickens shocked her... more...

  • Ivan the Terribleby Robert Payne; Nikita Romanoff

    Cooper Square Press 2002; US$ 9.99

    Based heavily on original Russian sources, this biography of Czar Ivan IV examines the plots, massacres, and poisonings that earned Ivan his famous epithet. more...

  • Stalinby Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Orion 2010; Not Available

    Winner of the British Book Awards History Book of the Year Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize This thrilling biography of Stalin and his entourage during the terrifying decades of his supreme power transforms our understanding of Stalin as Soviet dictator, Marxist leader and Russian tsar. Based on groundbreaking research,... more...

  • Jennie Leeby Patricia Hollis

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 21.86

    First published in 1997, Patricia Hollis's biography of the pioneering Labour MP Jennie Lee (1904-1988) won both the Wolfson History Prize and the Orwell Prize. It is the definitive study of this remarkable woman, her stormy political career, and her marriage to Aneurin Bevan. In a new preface to this edition Hollis adds insights into Lee's life... more...

  • America's Mistressby John L. Williams

    Quercus 2014; US$ 12.99

    Strait-laced, pre-civil rights America wasn't ready for Eartha Kitt. Waiting for others to be ready was never her style. in America's Mistress John L. Williams captures the person behind the myth in this engaging biography but also race relations in Twentieth-century America. From humble roots on a South Carolina cotton plantation, the multilingual,... more...

  • Nelson and Napoleonby Christopher Lee; Christopher Lee.

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 18.94

    Horatio Nelson is Britain's greatest naval hero; Trafalgar, in 1805, her greatest naval victory. Nelson and Napoleon , first published in 2005, is the story of how Britannia came to rule the waves for more than a hundred years. Christopher Lee re-examines the myths of Trafalgar, plotting Napoleon's overweening ambition to invade England and Nelson's... more...

  • Wittgenstein's Pokerby David Edmonds; John Eidinow

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 14.57

    On 25 October 1946, in a crowded room in Cambridge, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper came face to face for the first and only time. The encounter lasted only ten minutes, and did not go well. Almost immediately, rumours started to spread around the world that the two philosophers had come to blows, armed with red-hot pokers . . . more...

  • The Authentic Life of Billy, The Kidby Pat Garrett; Ash Upson

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 6.99

    Hankering for a mostly true tale about the hard-living desperadoes who inhabited America's desert Southwest in the mid-1800s? This biography of the ill-fated gunslinger Billy, the Kid was written by Pat Garrett, the sheriff who shot Billy down. Although some historians now question the veracity of some of the self-aggrandizing bluster Garrett and... more...

  • The Red Earlby Selina Hastings

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2014; US$ 22.99

    In The Red Earl Selina Hastings tells the extraordinary story of her father, Jack Hastings, 16th Earl of Huntingdon. In 1925, Hastings infuriated his ultra-conservative parents by turning his back on centuries of tradition to make a scandalous run-away marriage. With his beautiful Italian wife he then left England for the other side of the world,... more...

  • Who's Feckin' Who in Irish Historyby Colin Murphy; Brendan O'Reilly

    The O'Brien Press 2014; US$ 14.57

    Did an Irish monk discover America? Which rebel died of having a feckin? tooth pulled? And who in the name of Jaysus was responsible for the Pledge? If you've ever wondered how much of our rabble-rousing history is true, and how much a load of wojus oul' bull, then look no further. From the great to the gormless, this book is a hilarious parade of... more...