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Shelley and His World (by Claire Tomalin)

Encore Editions (30 Nov, -0001)

"Shelley and His World" was universally acclaimed on publication as an ideal introduction to the poet's life and work. This much-requested reissue is guaranteed to delight Claire Tomalin's loyal readership. 'A vivid, amusing yet heartbreaking picture of Shelley emerges: poetry, politics, travel, friendships, love-affairs, scandals, mysteries, children, visions - all gracefully combined' - "London Review of ...

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The Final Curtsey (by Margaret Rhodes)

Umbria Press (30 Nov, -0001)

This is the intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and the niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Margaret was born into the Scottish aristocracy, into a now almost vanished world of privilege. Royalty often came to stay and her house was run in the style of Downton Abbey. In the Second World War years she 'lodged' at Buckingham Palace while she ...

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The House That Nino Built (by Don Camillo)

Victor Gollancz (30 Nov, -0001)

Collected vignettes featuring a stylized version of the Don Camillo author's family and painting a humorous picture of middle-class life in post-War Italy. The stories, translated by Frances Frenaye, originally appeared in Italian periodicals.

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (by Dr Maya Angelou)

Virago (26 Jan, 1984)

Maya Angelou's seven volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in ...

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Q's Legacy (by Helene Hanff)

Sphere (07 Aug, 1986)

This is the remarkable story of how Helene Hanff came to write 84, Charing Cross Road, and of all the things its success has brought her. Hanff recalls her serendipitous discovery of a volume of lectures by a Cambridge don, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. She devoured Q’s book, and, wanting to read all the books he recommended, began to order them from a small store in London, at 84, Charing Cross Road. Thus be ...

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An Evil Cradling (by Brian Keenan)

Vintage (15 Apr, 1993)

Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast. He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi'ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for the next four and a half years. For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongst them John McCarthy.

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84 Charing Cross Road (by H. Hanff)

Time Warner Paperbacks (24 Jun, 1993)

This book is the very simple story of the love affair between Miss Helene Hanff of New York and Messrs Marks & Co, sellers of rare and secondhand books, at 84 Charing Cross Road, London.

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Biography (Paladin Books) (by Margaret Forster)

Flamingo (26 Jul, 1993)

A biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning which draws a portrait of Victorian family life and gives an alternative view of the poet, suggesting a woman of strong and determined character.

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Daphne Du Maurier: A Daughter's Memoir (by Flavia Leng)

Mainstream Publishing (16 Apr, 1995)

In this memoir the author paints a portrait of her mother, Daphne du Maurier. She presents an account of an unusual and often lonely childhood spent in London and in Cornwall at her mother's beloved house, Menabilly. Family friends included Gertrude Lawrence and Noel Coward, and Nelson and Ellen Doubleday. However at the centre of this story is Daphne du Maurier herself. This book reveals a writer who had a ...

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The Harem within (by Fatima Mernissi)

Bantam Books (07 Sep, 1995)

As a little girl, Fatima Mernissi was often puzzled by the idea of the harem. Even if you accepted that men and women needed to be kept apart, she asked, why couldn't it be the woman who walked freely in the streets, while men stayed locked behind the harem gates? In this story, she tells of her childhood in a Fez harem in the 1940s, a period of social transition in Morocco. Yasmina, Fatima's grandmother, w ...

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The Silent Twins (by Marjorie Wallace)

Vintage (18 Apr, 1996)

When identical twins, June and Jennifer Gibbons were three they began to reject communication with anyone but each other, and so began a childhood bound together in a strange and secret world. As they grew up, love, hate and genius united to push them to the extreme margins of society and, following a five week spree of vandalism and arson, the silent twins were sentenced to a gruelling twelve-year detentio ...

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Whatever Happened to Margo? (by Margaret Durrell)

Time Warner Paperbacks (01 Aug, 1996)

In 1947, with two young children to support, Margaret Durrell took the advice of her maiden aunt and started a boarding house in Bournemouth. But any hopes of a conventional clientele were dashed as the establishment was colonized by a host of eccentrics, comprising, among others, a painter of nudes, a battered wife, a chauvinist bricklayer, and a Maltese transsexual. With brother Gerald descending from tim ...

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