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Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters - Diane Jacobs

Much has been written about the enduring marriage of President John Adams and his wife, Abigail. But few know of the equally strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody, accomplished women in their own right. Now ac

Branson: Tom Bower fails to deliver a knockout

RICHARD Branson was voted the nation’s seventh biggest hero in a public opinion poll this week, ahead of such British icons as David Beckham, Joanna Lumley and Bradley Wiggins.

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton - Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

The story of Hillary's phoenix-like rise is at the heart of HRC, a thrilling political biography that journeys deep into the heart of "Hillaryland" to discover a brilliant strategist at work. Masterfully unfolded by two White House correspondents, HRC off

Branson: Behind the Mask by Tom Bower - review

What are the dark secrets that lurk behind the public image of the fun-loving entrepreneur? Tom Bower really doesn't like Richard Branson and Richard Branson really doesn't like Tom Bower. This is the second Branson biography Bower has written. The firs

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton - book review

If the best form of revenge,as Frank Sinatra once suggested, is massive success, then Hillary Rodman Clinton needs to become the next president of the United States. Forget forgiveness or mercy.

Falling Out of Time by David Grossman - review

David Grossman's slim book broadens the scope of his moving inquiries into the grieving process In August 2006, the Israeli novelist David Grossman 's son, Uri, was killed in southern Lebanon, his tank hit by a rocket. The news came when Grossman was th

Son of a Gun - Justin St Germain

In Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001, Debbie St Germain is found dead in her trailer, apparently murdered by her fifth husband. For her twenty-year-old son, Justin, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after. Long after his

Romany and Tom - Ben Watt

Ben Watt's father, Tommy, was a working-class Glaswegian jazz musician, a politicised left-wing bandleader and a composer. His heyday in the late fifties took him into the glittering heart of London's West End, where he broadcast live with his own orchest

Call Me Burroughs: A Life by Barry Miles - review

A vivid new biography of the beat wild man recasts him as a vitriolic vaudeville performer haunted by the killing of his wife "Call me Burroughs"? I can't imagine William S Burroughs saying anything so anodyne as he extended his bony hand to be shaken. T

Jumbo: the Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation by John Sutherland - review

The elephant who gave his name to all things huge was a long-suffering beast. John Sutherland tells his life story with zest and compassion The first joke in this delightful book is the title. Unauthorised? Sutherland does not mean that there is a Jumbo