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Christmas 2021: Biography

Selected by the Bookshop


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This sensational 1941 memoir of life on the frontline of wartime Europe by a trailblazing female reporter is a rediscovered classic, introduced by Christina Lamb.…

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‘Whatever Uglow writes about she makes absolutely fascinating.’ DIANA ATHILLThe story of Sybil Andews and Cyril Power, two artists who changed each other in an age of experiment and turmoil.‘In all her books, she makes us…

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'The best evocation I've read of London in the '80s' Neil Tennant'A suspended act of retrieval, a partisan recall; a sustained, subtle summary of our recent past, and an epitaph for a future we never had' Philip Hoare'Michael Bracewell…

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The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine EvaristoBernardine Evaristo's 2019 Booker win - the first by a Black woman - was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for…

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Towards the end of 1974, a stranger arrived in the small town of Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. He could often be found sitting at the bar in the Napier Tavern, drinking lager and smoking Gauloises while flicking through the…

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*SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION*'Like an Albanian Educated but so much more. . . Funny, moving but also deadly serious' David RuncimanAn engrossing, unforgettable story of coming of age amid political upheaval'I…

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The second volume of the remarkable, Sunday Times bestselling diaries of Chips Channon.This second volume of the bestselling diaries of Henry 'Chips' Channon takes us from the heady aftermath of the Munich agreement, when the Prime Minister…

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From the indie rockstar Japanese Breakfast, an unflinching, powerful, deeply moving memoir about growing up mixed-race, Korean food, losing her Korean mother, and forging her own identity.'As good as everyone says it is and, yes, it will…

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A fascinating journey into the life of H.G. Wells, from one of Britain's best biographers - available for pre-order now How did the first forty years of H. G. Wells' life shape the father of science fiction?From his impoverished childhood…

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The rediscovered classic: a trailblazing Guyanese woman's memoir of post-war London, introduced by Bernardine Evaristo ('full of wit, perceptiveness, humour and compassion')…

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‘Mabey’s memoir on his recovery from crippling depression through a rediscovery of his love for nature is quite remarkable both for its honesty and its total lack of ego. He has much to say on Man’s relationship with…

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The long-awaited first biography of W. G. Sebald - a TLS Summer Read…

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'For those who love Magritte and those who do not, Danchev's biography will come as a revelation' Literary Review…

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'So wise and so well done. It made me wish it were much longer than it is' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie…

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Translated by Allan H. BarrThrough the sweeping, extraordinary story of his own and his father's lives, Ai Weiwei - one of the world's most famous artists and activists - tells an epic tale of China over the last 100 years.Ai Weiwei's…

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