//Biography, Letters & Diaries

  • A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall

    Sonia Purnell

    ‘She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.’ 

    So said the Gestapo of Virginia Hall, AKA the Limping Lady: an American heiress who lost her leg in a hunting accident and still went on to become one of the most influential spies of  World War Two. Her’s is a story of determination and ingenuity, from crossing the Pyrenees in the middle of winter with a wooden leg nicknamed Cuthbert, to grinding down her pearly whites in order to fit the disguise of a French milk maid.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Spies and Stars: MI5, Showbusiness and Me

    Charlotte Bingham

    A sequel to ‘MI5 and Me’, in which Lottie has had the bad luck to fall in love with Harry, a handsome but frustrated young actor…

    Hardback £16.99
  • Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan

    Ursula Buchan

    A new life of the son of a Gorbals Free Church Minister who became Governor-General of Canada, as well as being the creator of Richard Hannay.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing

    Robert A Caro

    A memoir by the author of the stupendous Lyndon Johnson biography.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Emperor: A New Life of Charles V

    Geoffrey Parker

    Fine biography of the Holy Roman Emperor who ruled an empire of 1.5 million square miles over which, long before the British claimed the same, the sun was said never to set. “To God I speak Spanish, to women Italian, to men French, and to my horse – German”.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Working with Winston

    Cita Stelzer

    Intimidating, energetic and demanding, Churchill also inspired fierce loyalty. Drawing on oral testimonies and other unpublished sources of numerous secretaries, CS shows what it was like to work for him.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Churchill Who Saved Blenheim: The Life of Sunny, 9th Duke of Marlborough

    Michael Waterhouse

    The author is a grandson of the 9th Duke and the so-called ‘dollar princess’, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Family Business

    Peter J Conradi

    A delicately written memoir exploring his Jewish background, his sexuality, and his relationship with Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, who became almost a second family for him.

    Hardback £20.00
  • White

    Bret Easton Ellis

    The first non-fiction from the enfant terrible of American literature, part memoir and part cultural analysis.

    Hardback £16.99