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Books For Christmas 2018

02. Books For Christmas 2018: Biography

  • No Longer With Us: Encounters with Naim Attallah

    Introduction by Richard Ingrams

    Subjects of Attallah’s interviews include Enoch Powell, Diana Mosley, Doris Lessing, John Updike, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Hardy Amies, Patricia Highsmith, Harold Acton… (due end Nov).

    Hardback £25.00
  • Journeys to the Other Side of the World: Further Adventures of a Young Naturalist

    David Attenborough

    In the 1950s, when he began darting round the world looking at fabulously interesting things, could he have imagined that he would become Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FLS FZS FSA FRSGS, with 32 honorary degrees to his name?

    Hardback £25.00
  • A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Writings of John Berger

    Joshua Sperling

    A biography of the late art critic, essayist, dramatist, painter, poet and novelist, whose ‘Ways of Seeing’ revolutionised art history. “Far from dragging politics into art, art has dragged me into politics.”

    Hardback £20.00
  • In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure

    Henry Hardy

    Berlin published comparatively little during his lifetime. Much of what we know of his work has emerged through the offices of Hardy, his principal editor. This account of their long collaboration provides a valuable portrait of the man whose ideas now seem more important than ever.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

    Jamie Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein’s daughter’s account of her family and of her rather overwhelming father is intimate and tender.

    Hardback £24.95
  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life

    Michael Caine

    Memoir from the laconic actor forever associated with Minis and Turin.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Carrington: An Honourable Man

    Christopher Lee

    It is no doubt forgivable that the author omits the fact that Lord C was a customer here, but we can attest that he was a delightful man; we miss him.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Darling Winston: Forty years of correspondence between Churchill and his mother

    David Lough

    Beginning in 1881, when WC was only six years old, and continuing until his mother’s death in 1921. By the author of ‘No More Champagne: Winston Churchill and his Money’.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Churchill: Walking with Destiny

    Andrew Roberts

    Keenly anticipated and immense, this new biography is said to be magisterial by its brilliantly dependable – and dependably brilliant – publisher.

    Hardback £35.00
  • Monopoli Blues

    Tim Clark & Nick Cook

    Clark’s father was parachuted into Italy in 1944 by SOE, and captured by the Germans. His radio operator and later wife, did not know whether he was dead or alive for 6 months. Years of filial sleuthing have uncovered the story, and it is a gripping one.

    Paperback £10.99
  • In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin

    Lindsey Hilsum

    Powerful biography of the outstanding American journalist who worked for nearly 30 years for the Sunday Times as a foreign correspondent, famously courageous and charismatic. She was killed in Syria in 2012 during the siege of Homs.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Thomas Cromwell: A Life

    Diarmaid MacCulloch

    Prof. MacCulloch’s book about this subtle and elusive thug, Henry VIII’s fixer and Hilary Mantel’s object of fascination, is widely anticipated.

    Hardback £30.00
  • Ghosting: A Double Life

    Jennie Erdal

    “… like a rare and tropical bird [his] plumage was a wonder to behold…”: A Slightly Foxed limited edition re-issue of Erdal’s quietly uproarious memoir of working – and ghost-writing on an epic scale – for Naim Attallah, the publisher. “‘You can call me what you like,’ he said. ‘I shall call you Beloved – all the girls who work for me are Beloved’…”

    Hardback £18.50
  • Ian Fleming and Operation Golden Eye: Keeping Spain out of World War II

    Mark Simmons

    How Commander Fleming, together with Alan Hillgarth, naval attaché in Madrid, worked up plans to sabotage and disrupt any wartime alliance between Franco and the Axis powers.

    Hardback £19.99
  • Gandhi 1914-1948: The Years That Changed the World

    Ramachandra Guha

    An immense, judicious biography by the eminent Indian historian, who has previously tackled the subject in ‘Gandhi Before India’ and ‘India After Gandhi’.

    Hardback £40.00
  • Promise At Dawn

    Romain Gary

    Who would have expected a Romain Gary revival? Yet the success earlier this year of his novel ‘The Kites’ was real, and this, his autobiography, remains as wild and romantic as ever. Brought up in poverty in Eastern Europe, he became an ace pilot, hero of the Resistance, diplomat, a denizen of the Cote d’Azur and one of the most famous French writers of the C20th.

    Paperback £9.99
  • The King’s War

    Mark Logue & Peter Conradi

    George VI’s relationship with his speech therapist, Lionel Logue, did not end with his famous broadcast in September 1939. One of the authors is Logue’s grandson, the other a journalist and author of ‘Mythomania’.

    Hardback £20.00
  • The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

    Ben Macintyre

    From 1973, Oleg Gordievsky – the USSR’s top man in London – was secretly working for MI6. His identity was kept from the Americans. The CIA man who finally identified him was Aldrich Ames, who turned out to be spying for the Soviets. This is a gripping story of treachery and betrayal, culminating in Gordievsky’s dramatic escape from Moscow in 1985.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Eternal Boy: The Life of Kenneth Grahame

    Matthew Dennison

    O Bliss! O poop-poop! O joy! The life of KG is in capable hands, and we look forward keenly to MD’s interpretation of the strange incident at the Bank of England in 1903, when KG, then Secretary of the Old Lady, was shot at and missed (presumably by the Weasels).

    Hardback £18.99
  • Handel in London: The Making of a Genius

    Jane Glover

    Handel accompanied his princely master George, Elector of Hanover, to London in 1712. His subsequent creative journey – so extraordinarily generous – is ably and entertainingly recounted by a prominent Baroque conductor.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England

    Kate Hubbard

    From squire’s daughter to Dowager Countess, via four husbands and the accumulation of a great fortune, much of it spent on her passion for houses.

    Hardback £20.00
  • Smiling in Slow Motion

    Derek Jarman, introduction by Neil Bartlett

    The second volume of Derek Jarman’s diaries: a follow-up to ‘Modern Nature’ published earlier this year. These cover the last three years of his life. Candid, humorous and moving.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Bolts from the Blue: From Cold War warrior to Chief of the Air Staff

    Richard Johns

    After retirement as Chief of the Air Staff and Air ADC to the Queen in 2000, the author became Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle. This is his memoir.

    Hardback £25.00
  • In My Life: A Music Memoir

    Alan Johnson

    The soundtrack to the life of the MP, former Home Secretary and author of three other volumes of memoir. These, like the ears of the man from Devizes, have all won prizes, sometimes several.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Conflict, War & Revolution: My Life

    Alessandra Kozlowska

    A memoir by Baroness Alessandra Kozlowska (1892-1975) of her childhood in the Caucasus and flight from Russia, travels in Central Europe during WWI and life in Italy between the wars, up to her internment as an alien in WWII.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Philip Larkin: Letters Home, 1936 – 1977

    Philip Larkin, edited by James Booth

    A volume of letters to his family, never published before.

    Hardback £40.00
  • John Law: A Scottish Adventurer of the Eighteenth Century

    James Buchan

    A riveting biography of the Scottish economist John Law who became Controller General of Finance in France during the minority of Louis XV. He was also the richest private citizen in Europe with ideas astonishingly ahead of his time, including a preference for paper money and central banking. His ship turned turtle when the Mississippi Company bubble burst; thereafter he lived from gambling and died a poor man in Venice.

    Hardback £30.00