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Blazing Star: The Life & Times of John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester - Alexander Larman

He went to Oxford University at the age of 12 He slept with his first prostitute at 13 He was an alcoholic by 14 He was imprisoned in the Tower at 18 He was acclaimed a war hero at 19 He died of syphilis at the age of 33 He was English history's f

Kadian Journal - Thomas Harding

In July 2012 Thomas Harding's fourteen-year-old son Kadian was killed in a bicycle accident. Shortly afterwards Thomas began to write. This book is the result. Beginning on the day of Kadian's death, and continuing to the one-year anniversary, and beyo

Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur

On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed th

Assata: An Autobiography, by Assata Shakur, book review: Revolutionary from a different time, a different struggle

The revolutionary Black Liberation Army of the 1970s rose out of the ashes of the Black Panther Party to free black people in the United States, this time through armed struggle. The peaceful civil rights movement of the sixties had eliminated segregation

A book for the beach: I Put a Spell on You by John Burnside

This is a book that will change you and your understanding of life and do so without taking up too much of your holiday timeThe requirement for summer reading used to be a vast, compelling book. Something to lose yourself in. Tolstoy, Conrad, Dostoevsky o

A Feminist in the Forest

In ‘White Beech,’ Germaine Greer Takes an Ecological Journey.

Strictly Ann - Ann Widdecombe

With characteristic verve and integrity, Ann Widdecombe recalls her life and highlights the people and events that most influenced her along the way. From her early family life in Singapore and her convent school days to her student ambitions at Birmin

Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend - Karen Bartlett

Dusty Springfield was one of the biggest and brightest musical stars of the twentieth century. From the launch of her solo career in 1963, she exuded beauty and glamour with a distinctively unique voice that propelled her into the charts time and again. N

Dusty by Karen Bartlett, review

Dusty Springfield's achingly vulnerable voice expressed the agony she felt over her suburban upbringing and her sexuality, says Helen Brown