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  • A Childhood In Scotlandby Christian Miller

    Canongate Books 2010; US$ 9.96

    Introduced by Dorothy Parker. ?When I was a little girl, the ghosts were more real to me than the people.?In this perceptive and unpretentious autobiography Christian Miller recalls her privileged but at the same time deprived upper-class childhood in a castle in Scotland.Through the eye and ears of a 1920s child who seems to have seen and heard everything... more...

  • Subterranean Kerouacby Ellis Amburn

    St. Martin's Press 1999; US$ 6.79

    Drawing upon original interviews and his own relationship with Kerouac, Ellis Amburn reveals an inner man who has not appeared in any previous biography-a man torn by his conflicting desires and beliefs. Subterranean Kerouac has been singled out as one of the most significant biographies to appear in years, and it shows how Kerouac struggled throughout... more...

  • The Quivering Treeby S. T. Haymon

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 5.12

    In The Quivering Tree , Sylvia Haymon continues the poignant and perceptive memoirs she began in her acclaimed Opposite the Cross Keys. Following her father?s death and her mother?s subsequent decision to move from East Anglia to London, twelve-year-old Sylvia discovers independence for the first time when she becomes a boarder at the home of two... more...

  • Opposite the Cross Keysby S. T. Haymon

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 5.12

    ?I stood outside the Cross Keys feeling the way I imagine the Pope feels when he arrives in a new country and the first thing he does is go down on his kneeds and kiss the ground: humble and at the same time triumphant.? Great writing about childhood can do much more than evoke a particular time and place; it can illuminate the universal experience... more...

  • Amis & Sonby Neil Powell

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 12.81

    Two of the most successful British novelists of the last fifty years, Kingsley and Martin Amis are both known for their savage wit and their indifference to causing controversy. In his critical biography, Neil Powell looks at the careers of these two very divisive, and hugely talented writers: how they were formed by their upbringings, developed... more...

  • The Scientistsby Marco Roth

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 6.79

    A frank, intelligent, and deeply moving debut memoir With the precociousness expected of the only child of a doctor and a classical musician?from the time he could get his toddler tongue to a pronounce a word like "De-oxy ribonucleic acid," or recite a French poem?Marco Roth was able to share his parents' New York, a world centered around house... more...

  • Christina Rossettiby Jan Marsh

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 23.32

    'Jan Marsh's book is the best researched and fullest biography of Rossetti we have yet had.' Fiona MacCarthy, New York Review of Books 'Although never formally part of the Pre-Raphaelite poetic school, which included her brother Gabriel, William Morris, and Algernon Swinburne, Christina Rossetti has always been linked to it. [Jan Marsh]... more...

  • Hugh Trevor-Roperby Adam Sisman

    Orion 2012; US$ 12.99

    The first biography of the great historian whose career was made and unmade by Hitler. Hugh Trevor-Roper's life is a rich subject for a biography - with elements of Greek tragedy, comedy and moments of high farce. Clever, witty and sophisticated, Trevor-Roper was the most brilliant historian of his generation. Until his downfall, he seemed to have... more...

  • Out of Placeby Edward W. Said

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.95

    From one of the most important intellectuals of our time comes an extraordinary story of exile and a celebration of an irrecoverable past. A fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 convinced Edward Said that he should leave a record of where he was born and spent his childhood, and so with this memoir he rediscovers the lost Arab world of his early years in... more...

  • Katherine Mansfieldby Kathleen Jones

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 22.55

    I was jealous of her writing the only writing I have been jealous of.' Virginia Woolf Widely acknowledged as New Zealand's finest writer, Katherine Mansfield holds a special place in the hearts of New Zealanders. A new biography is a significant literary event. Katherine Mansfield: The Story-teller is the first new biography of Mansfield for a quarter... more...