Gilly Smith - Nigella Lawson
This is the first-ever biography of the irresistible domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson. Born in 1960 into a family of privelege, this book covers her childhood, her early career at the Sunday Times and Spectator, her secret marriage to John Diamond, the loss of her sister and husband to cancer-both at early ages, and her tremendous success as the author of How to be a Domestic Goddess and host of Nigella Bites. This is a story of personal tragedy and public success, studded with a cast of celebrity friends and family. With her unashamed enjoyment for food and her curvy beauty, Nigella continues to fascinate and beguile.
Sherry Bosley - Toepicks, Cadaver Dogs, and Sports with No Balls
Sherry Bosley is a columnist whose insights of the skating years with her daughter, a former Team USA member, have entertained mandy. Follow her on a journey that has negotiated customs with crystal encrusted costumes, debated accountants who questioned disposable cash ventures, and sought the "right" competitive music, even in WaWa. Bosley offers a laugh-out-loud chronicle that has been compared to the musings of Bombeck, Evanovich and Ephron.
Jared Cade - Agatha Christie és a hiányzó tizenegy nap
1926. december 3-án eltűnt otthonából egy közepesen ismert angol krimiszerző. 1926. december 14-én este, mikor férje azonosította egy harrogate-i szállodában, már a világ egyik leghíresebb asszonya volt Agatha Christie. A közbeeső tizenegy napban egész Anglia őt kereste, megtalálójának magas összegű jutalmat ígért egy napilap, médiumok kinyilatkoztatásait olvashatták az érdeklődők, az Amerikai Egyesült Államokban is újsághír lett belőle. Amikor végre megkerült, mindenki azt várta, interjúkat ad és elmagyarázza, mi történt az alatt a tizenegy nap alatt. De Agatha Christie egy nyilatkozatot kivéve soha nem volt hajlandó beszélni róla. Jared Cade angol újságíró elhatározta, hogy utánajár a titoknak. Először is elolvasott mindent, amit valaha összeírtak a világ legismertebb eltűnéséről, aztán elkezdte felkutatni a még élő szemtanúkat, illetve a hajdani szemtanúk családtagjait. És eközben bukkant a kincsesbányára: Agatha Christie gyerekkori barátnőjének, sógornőjének lányára, aki mindent elmesélt, amit anyjától csak hallott, ráadásul olyan fényképekkel is megajándékozta, amelyeket még soha nem publikáltak. Ezt a könyvet Agatha Christie nem hivatalos életrajzának is nevezhetjük, hiszen az eltűnés előtti és utáni éveiről is beszámol. Izgalmas, új nézőpontú mű egy tehetséges és bölcs asszonyról.
Jim Maloney - Michael Fassbender
His chiseled yet rugged good looks and masculinity set him apart from the "pretty boy" actors, making him popular with both men and women. His intriguing mix of Irish and German roots has infused him with an easygoing charm combined with a steely confidence and determination to succeed. Michael Fassbender doesn't just act, he becomes the people he is portraying in a type of method acting that has seen him likened to Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, both of whom were his childhood heroes. He is also an actor with remarkable versatility. In his breakthrough movie Hunger, he went on a strict diet to lose weight in order to play IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands. In contrast he portrayed an English army officer in the rollicking World War II adventure Inglorious Basterds; the comic book villain Magneto in X-Men: First Class, and psychiatrist Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method. He shamelessly bared all as a sex addict in Shame and got moody and broody as a chilling hired killer in the action thriller Haywire. In this eagerly awaited biography, Jim Maloney tells his remarkable rise to fame from Heidelberg in southwest Germany, to Killarney in Ireland, on to London and Hollywood. Read how he thought he was Superman, why he dropped out of drama school, his brief attempt to become a heavy metal rock star, and the piece of paper pinned to his school notice board that was to change his life forever.
Graeme Obree - Flying Scotsman
Graeme Obree's story begins with a tough upbringing in the Ayrshire valleys, where he found his escape by taking to the roads on his bike. But amidst the record attempts, media feeding frenzy and thrilling head-to-head duels with Chris Boardman, Graeme was fighting another battle. In this book, he recounts his biggest battle against depression.
Melissa McQuillan - Van Gogh
Van Gogh, the painter whose work was one of the major inspirations for twentieth-century art, is given a fresh and thorough appraisal in this comprehensive new study. Placing the artist in the context of his time, Melissa McQuillan looks at the influences on his life and work and discusses his paintings in depth. The author argues that Van Gogh's works were products of his deliberate engagement with contemporary artistic questions and of his experience as an art dealer. His subsequent reputation, the mythology that grew up after his death, the debates between naturalism and modernity and the social implications of Van Gogh's imagery are studied in full in this lucid account of an artist who sold only one painting during his lifetime but whose works now command the highest prices in the world. 168 illus., 25 in color.
Claire Bloom - Leaving a Doll's House
Claire Bloom is one of the most beautiful, gifted, and accomplished actresses of her generation, famous for her roles on stage (A Doll's House, A Streetcar Named Desire, Long Day's Journey into Night), in films (Limelight, Richard III, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), and on television (Brideshead Revisited, Shadowlands). Now in this startlingly honest yet good-humored memoir, she reveals a private life much at odds with her public success - a life of instability, loss, personal discovery, and renewal.
Antony Penrose - The Lives of Lee Miller
"Part memoir, part photo essay, part search for the real woman behind an unconventional mother....Should ensure Miller the place she deserves in future histories of the period."--"Art in America" - Lee Miller: 1927: New York. Classically beautiful, she is discovered by Conde Nast and immortalized by Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene, Horst, and other famous photographers. - Lee Miller: 1929: Paris. Protege and lover of Man Ray, she invents with him the solarization technique of photography and develops into a brilliant Surrealist photographer. - Lee Miller: 1939-1945: Europe. She becomes a U.S. war correspondent and covers the liberation of Paris. Her photographs of the Dachau concentration camp shock the world. These are but three of the many lives of Lee Miller, intimately recorded here by her son, Antony Penrose, whose years of work on her photographic archives unearthed a rich selection of her finest work, including portraits of her friends Picasso, Braque, Ernst, Eluard, and Miro. To these are added many other photos that complement Penrose's highly readable biography of this uniquely talented artist. 171 duotone illustrations.
Maya Angelou - Gather Together in My Name
In this incredible second book in a series of autobiographies, the poet, still in her teens, gives birth to a son, tries to keep a job, falls in love, dances, falls out of love, chases after her kidnapped baby, and goes to work in a house of prostitution thinking she is helping the man she loves.
Matt Cardle - My Story
When I was 18 I quit college and started looking for a job. Everybody was telling me to get on and find a career. But I was holding out for something amazing to come along... I just couldn't put my finger on what it was. The moment I walked out on to The X Factor stage, everything changed. Music was always my first love... and now here I am - the winner of The X Factor! I hope you enjoy reading my story, from the boy I was, to the guy I am now, and how my life was turned upside down by one single audition. It's been an incredible ride, and I owe it all to you, the people who believed in me every step of the way. Thank you.
Ismeretlen szerző - Lee Miller's War
The full range of Lee Miller's outstanding photographs from World War II, accompanied by her brilliant dispatches. Lee Miller's work for "Vogue" from 1941 to 1945 sets her apart as a photographer and writer of extraordinary ability. Her words combine immediacy with acute observation, and deep personal involvement with professional detachment. Complementing her writing here are two hundred remarkable photographs from the Lee Miller Archives. They show war-ravaged cities, buildings, and landscapes; but above all they portray war-resilient people--soldiers, leaders, medics, evacuees, prisoners of war, the wounded, the villains, and the heroes. There is the raw edge of combat portrayed at the siege of St. Malo and in the bitterly fought Alsace campaign, and the disbelief and outrage Miller describes on witnessing the victims of Dachau. The war's horror is relieved by the spirit of postliberation Paris, where she indulged in frivolous fashions and recorded memorable conversations with Picasso, Cocteau, Eluard, Aragon, and Colette. The book ends with Miller's on-the-scene report giving a sardonic description of Hitler's abandoned house in Munich and the looting and burning of his alpine fortress at Berchtesgaden, which marked a symbolic end to the war. 160 duotone illustrations.
Kim Ghattas - The Secretary
The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, anchored by Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America's place in the world In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival. As President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, she set out to repair America’s image around the world—and her own. For the following four years, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage, and she weaves a fast-paced, gripping account of life on the road with Clinton in The Secretary. With the perspective of one who is both an insider and an outsider, Ghattas draws on extensive interviews with Clinton, administration officials, and players in Washington as well as overseas, to paint an intimate and candid portrait of one of the most powerful global politicians. Filled with fresh insights, The Secretary provides a captivating analysis of Clinton’s brand of diplomacy and the Obama administration’s efforts to redefine American power in the twenty-first century. Populated with a cast of real-life characters, The Secretary tells the story of Clinton’s transformation from popular but polarizing politician to America’s envoy to the world in compelling detail and with all the tension of high stakes diplomacy. From her evolving relationship with President Obama to the drama of WikiLeaks and the turmoil of the Arab Spring, we see Clinton cheerfully boarding her plane at 3 a.m. after no sleep, reading the riot act to the Chinese, and going through her diplomatic checklist before signing on to war in Libya—all the while trying to restore American leadership in a rapidly changing world. Viewed through Ghattas's vantage point as a half-Dutch, half-Lebanese citizen who grew up in the crossfire of the Lebanese civil war, The Secretary is also the author’s own journey as she seeks to answer the questions that haunted her childhood. How powerful is America really? And, if it is in decline, who or what will replace it and what will it mean for America and the world?
Robert K. Massie - Peter the Great
Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned at the age of 10. A barbarous, volatile feudal tsar with a taste for torture; a progressive and enlightened reformer of government and science; a statesman of vision and colossal significance: Peter the Great embodied the greatest strengths and weaknesses of Russia while being at the very forefront of her development. Robert K. Massie delves deep into the life of this captivating historical figure, chronicling the pivotal events that shaped a boy into a legend - including his 'incognito' travels in Europe, his unquenchable curiosity about Western ways, his obsession with the sea and establishment of the stupendous Russian navy, his creation of an unbeatable army, and his relationships with those he loved most: Catherine, his loving mistress, wife, and successor; and Menshikov, the charming, unscrupulous prince who rose to power through Peter's friendship. Impetuous and stubborn, generous and cruel, a man of enormous energy and complexity, Peter the Great is brought fully to life.
Andy Murray - Seventy-Seven
Andy Murray is one of Britain's best loved athletes. On the 7th July 2013 he became the first British man to lift the Wimbledon trophy for 77 years. His new book, Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven, will take us on a personal journey through his career. Focusing on the last two dramatic years, he will share with us his thoughts on the pivotal moments of his playing career and allow us a glimpse into his world - his intense training regime, his close-knit team and his mental and physical battle to get to the very top. This beautiful and very personal book will be a stunning celebration of Andy's career so far.
Ismeretlen szerző - One Direction: Dare to Dream
It's hard to believe how much has changed for us in just a few months. From five lads who didn't even know each other to making it to _ The X Factor _ final, heading off on our first tour, recording our first album and releasing our own music, we've written this book so you can get to know who we really are, where we came from and where we're going next. This is our story of life as One Direction so far and we're really proud to share it with you! 'It's no exaggeration to say we're having the time of our lives now, and it would not be happening if it wasn't for you. Thank you for all your unbelievable support.'
George Plimpton - Truman Capote
He was the most social of writers, and at the height of his career, he was the very nexus of the glamorous worlds of the arts, politics and society, a position best exemplified by his still legendary Black and White Ball. Truman truly knew everyone, and now the people who knew him best tell his remarkable story to bestselling author and literary lion, George Plimpton. Using the oral-biography style that made his Edie (edited with Jean Stein) a bestseller, George Plimpton has blended the voices of Capote's friends, lovers, and colleagues into a captivating and narrative. Here we see the entire span of Capote's life, from his Southern childhood, to his early days in New York; his first literary success with the publication of Other Voices, Other Rooms; his highly active love life; the groundbreaking excitement of In Cold Blood, the first "nonfiction novel"; his years as a jet-setter; and his final days of flagging inspiration, alcoholism, and isolation. All his famous friends and enemies are here: C.Z. Guest, Katharine Graham, Lauren Bacall, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, John Huston, William F. Buckley, Jr., and dozens of others. Full of wonderful stories, startlingly intimate and altogether fascinating, this is the most entertaining account of Truman Capote's life yet, as only the incomparable George Plimpton could have done it.
Joel McIver - To Live Is To Die (angol)
Metallica, the seventh-biggest recording act in American history, are consummate musicians but it wasn't always that way. A significant proportion of their playing expertise was acquired from a pivotal three-year period in their history 1983 to 1986 during which their music, a potent variant of thrash metal, evolved from garage-level to sophisticated, progressive heights thanks to the teachings of their bass player, Cliff Burton. The San Francisco-raised Burton pushed the band to new musical levels with his musical training, songwriting ability, and phenomenal bass guitar skills. Cliff's life was short but influential; his death was sudden and shocking. With his death, Metallica's most critically acclaimed period of activity ended. They went on to record huge-selling albums, but by their own admission, never pushed the creative envelope as radically as they had done in the first four years of their career.
Roddy Doyle - Rory and Ita
Surprisingly, Rory and Ita is Roddy Doyle's first non-fiction book and recounts (largely in their own words) the tale of his parents' lives from their first memories to the present. Doyle is (as his publishers proudly claim) "Ireland's most famous living writer", and his storytelling acumen (matched with an impeccable knack for conveying with maximum vividness the day-to-day detail of his colourfully-drawn locales) has made his books essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary writing. He is, of course, very funny--and who says writing of real distinction should not have us laughing uproariously? Books such as The Snapper and The Commitments proved this beyond doubt. Rory and Ita is something new in his work--rarely have a writer's parents been brought to life in such vivid, tender detail--and rarely have two outwardly ordinary people had such fascinatingly offbeat, surprising lives. Born in 1923 and 1925 respectively, the couple have a total recall of every detail of their Dublin childhoods, their eccentric relatives and, crucially, the politics (both came from Republican families). Inevitably, some of Doyle's keenest followers may be wary of this departure from his customarily idiosyncratic novels (even the much-acclaimed A Star called Henry wrongfooted many readers with its marked departure from the areas we customarily associated with Doyle), but Rory and Ita is actually quite as entertaining as any of Doyle's fiction. His parents come across as remarkable talkers (his mother, in particular, has some very surprising tales to tell), and the book (with its rich and colourful portrait of a country caught between the backwardness of religious repression and the indomitable human spirit of its people) creates a picture of a very human and often very funny world that has now all but vanished. Doyle enthusiasts may hesitate--but they'd be wise to add this one to their libraries, as it has all the insight and humour of the author's best work.
Tony Robinson - Coffee with Silo
This book is a limited edition especially printed for family and friends of the author and those who asked for a copy nicely. It hasn't been produced for commercial purposes. So, if you have enjoyed reading this book, a great way to show your appreciation would be by making a financial donation to the projects to build a meditation hall in the Park of Study and Reflection, Mikebuda, which is going to be built in 2014. For more information about this project and how to make a donation, please consult the Park website: www.mikebudapark.org or contact the author directly. Thank you!
Patricia Cronin Marcello - Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem represents second-wave American feminism. This new biography recounts her truly fascinating life, one that was remarkable even prior to her association with the feminist movement. Steinem was destined to succeed and showed extraordinary strength dealing with difficult family circumstances, a peripatetic upbringing, and financial straights that forced her as a teenager to support herself and her divorced, emotionally troubled mother. Brains and talent became her tickets to Smith College, travel, journalism, and worldwide fame as a feminist icon. Marcello's engaging narrative was written with SteineM&Apos;s cooperation. New details and quotations are presented here for the first time. Students and others unfamiliar with SteineM&Apos;s youth and pre-Ms. Magazine days will find much to respect in her character and achievements.