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  • Beatrix Potterby Linda Lear

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 14.65

    Beatrix Potter's books are adored by millions, but they were just one aspect of an extraordinary life. This captivating biography brings us the passionate, unconventional woman behind the beloved stories: a gifted artist and shrewd businesswoman; a pioneering scientific researcher; a powerful landowner who conserved acres of Lakeland countryside;... more...

  • Gigby Simon Armitage

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 11.27

    A poet is a rock star without the sex'n'drugs, or the rock'n'roll. But that never stopped Simon Armitage dreaming, and in Gig , he explores how music and the muse intertwine in work and in life. Crammed with stories, anecdotes, jokes, absurdities, the odd informal homily, pitfalls and pratfalls (not all the author's own), Yorkshire life and death,... more...

  • Black Sunby Geoffrey Wolff; Geoffrey Wolff

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 22.95

    Includes an afterword by the author . Harry Crosby was the godson of J. P. Morgan and a friend of Ernest Hemingway. Living in Paris in the twenties and directing the Black Sun Press, which published James Joyce among others, Crosby was at the center of the wild life of the lost generation. Drugs, drink, sex, gambling, the deliberate derangement... more...

  • Virginia Woolfby Julia Briggs

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.40

    Virgina Woolf is the greatest of all British women writers and one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century writing. She was a novelist utterly immersed in books, wholly original, passionate, vivid and with a steely dedication to her art. Yet given that what we value about Woolf's life is her nine great novels, most writing about her tends... more...

  • CLINGING TO THE WRECKAGEby John Mortimer

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 11.27

    Clinging to the Wreckage is the first part of John Mortimer's acclaimed autobiography. Here he recounts his solitary childhood in the English countryside, with affectionate portraits of his remote parents - an increasingly unconventional barrister father, whose blindness must never be mentioned, battling earwigs in the mutinous garden, and a vague... more...

  • John Donneby John Stubbs

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 15.50

    John Donne's life story is inextricably tied up with the fabric of a society in the throes of religious persecution. His family had long been subject to the terror inflicted upon Catholics under the reign of Elizabeth I, and while his brother languished in prison, and his mother and uncles fled to exile in Europe, Donne was consumed by the question... more...

  • The Green Foolby Patrick Kavanagh

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 14.65

    Time hardly mattered in the village of Mucker, the birthplace of poet and writer Patrick Kavanagh. Full of wry humour, Kavanagh?s unsentimental and evocative account of his Irish rural upbringing describes a patriarchal society surviving on the edge of poverty, sustained by the land and an insatiable love of gossip. There are tales of schoolboy skirmishes,... more...

  • Here Be Dragonsby Peter C. Newman

    McClelland & Stewart 2011; US$ 21.95

    The #1 national bestseller now revised and updated with a new Epilogue. Now aged 75, Peter C. Newman at last tells the story of his stranger-than-fiction life. Try to keep up as we follow his many lives: as a pampered child in a Czech chateau; a Jewish kid in short pants being machine-gunned by Nazi fighter planes on the beach at Biarritz, en route... more...

  • Our Parisby Edmund White

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 22.00

    With 30 drawings by Hubert Sorin. From the Hardcover edition. more...

  • At the End of Darwin Roadby Fiona Kidman

    Random House New Zealand 2011; US$ 15.09

    An evocative memoir about the emergence of a pre-eminent writer in a changing world 'What I have to tell is largely a personal narrative about how I came to inhabit a fictional world' This absorbing memoir explores the first half of writer Fiona Kidman's life, notably in Kerikeri amid the 'sharp citric scent of orange groves, bright heat and . .... more...