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  • Elizabeth Gaskellby Jenny Uglow

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 14.57

    High-spirited, witty and passionate, Elizabeth Gaskell wrote some of the most enduring novels of the Victorian age, including Mary Barton , North and South and Wives and Daughters . In this widely acclaimed biography, Jenny Uglow shows her as an artist of unrecognized complexity, a shrewd observer of life and a compelling personality. more...

  • Epic Wandererby D'Arcy Jenish

    Doubleday Canada 2011; US$ 21.95

    Popular historian D?Arcy Jenish recreates the adventure and sacrifice of mapmaker David Thompson?s fascinating life in the wilderness of North America. Epic Wanderer , the first full-length biography of David Thompson, is set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries against a broad canvas of dramatic rivalries -- between the United States... more...

  • The Imprisoned Guestby Elisabeth Gitter

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 8.99

    The resurrected story of a deaf-blind girl and the man who brought her out of silence. In 1837, Samuel Gridley Howe, director of Boston's Perkins Institution for the Blind, heard about a bright, deaf-blind seven-year-old, the daughter of New Hampshire farmers. At once he resolved to rescue her from the "darkness and silence of the tomb." And indeed,... more...

  • Crossing the Borders of Timeby Leslie Maitland

    Other Press 2012; US$ 16.99

       On a pier in Marseille in 1942, with desperate refugees pressing to board one of the last ships to escape France before the Nazis choked off its ports, an 18-year-old German Jewish girl was pried from the arms of the Catholic Frenchman she loved and promised to marry.  As the Lipari carried Janine and her family to Casablanca on the first leg... more...

  • The Borgiasby Alexandre Dumas

    The Floating Press 1841; US$ 4.99

    Nobody has ever detailed history's most ruthless rulers and tyrants with as much flair and passion as French writer Alexandre Dumas. This gripping exposition of the Borgias, the Italian clan that earned notoriety as one of the world's most power-hungry and corrupt families, is a pulse-pounding read that fans of the true crime genre will find... more...

  • The Diaries of Ethel Turnerby Philippa Poole

    New Holland Publishers (Australia) 2011; US$ 9.99

    Many of her early stories first appeared in The Bulletin. Here, her granddaughter, Philippa Poole, has selected the most interesting sequence of events from the author's diaries, from 1889, at the start of her outstanding literary career, to 1930, when with the tragic death of her daughter, Jean, she ceased writing children's books altogether. ... more...

  • Autobiographies Iby Sean O'Casey

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 16.03

    'I thought that no man liveth and dieth to himself, so I put behind what I thought and what I did the panorama of the world I lived in - the things that made me.' Sean O'Casey, 1948 Sean O'Casey's six-part Autobiographies , originally published between 1939 and 1955, is an eloquently comprehensive self-portrait of an artist's life and times,... more...

  • Nazi Princessby Jim Wilson

    The History Press 2011; US$ 26.24

    Born to a middle-class Viennese family and of partly Jewish descent, after marriage to (and divorce from) a German prince, Stephanie von Hohenlohe became a close confidante of Hitler, Goring, Himmler (who declared her an 'honorary Aryan') and von Ribbentrop. After arriving in London in 1932, she moved in the most exclusive circles, arranging the visits... more...

  • Samuel Johnsonby David Nokes

    Henry Holt and Co. 2009; US$ 8.99

    A modern biography of Samuel Johnson that will serve as the definitive work on the legendary British man of letters In this groundbreaking portrait of Samuel Johnson, David Nokes positions the great thinker in his rightful place as an active force in the Enlightenment, not a mere recorder or performer, and demonstrates how his interaction with... more...

  • The House at Sugar Beachby Helene Cooper

    Simon & Schuster 2008; Not Available

    Helene Cooper is "Congo," a descendant of two Liberian dynasties -- traced back to the first ship of freemen that set sail from New York in 1820 to found Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two-room mansion by the sea. Her childhood was filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was also an African... more...