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At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

Weaving biography and thought, this book takes us to the heart of a philosophy about life that also changed lives, and that tackled the biggest questions of all: what...

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Foyles
Tolstoy
Tolstoy

Tolstoy's War and Peace and Anna Karenina are considered two of the greatest novels ever written. Here is a fresh perspective on his extraordinary life and times. In November 1910, Count Lev Tolstoy died at a remote Russian railway station attended by the world's media. He was eighty-two years old and had lived a remarkable and long life during one of the most turbulent periods of Russian history. Born into a privileged aristocratic family, he seemed set to join the ranks of degenerate Russian

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The Book People
The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney
The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney

A biography of Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney told through previously unseen diary excerpts and exclusive interviews with those who knew him best.

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Foyles
Blanche of Castile, Queen of France
Blanche of Castile, Queen of France

This is the first modern scholarly biography of Blanche of Castile, whose identity has until now been subsumed in that of her son, the saintly Louis IX. A central figure in the politics of medieval Europe, Blanche was a sophisticated patron of religion and culture. Through Lindy Grant's engaging account, based on a close analysis of Blanche's household accounts and of the social and religious networks on which her power and agency depended, Blanche is revealed as a vibrant and intellectually

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Michelangelo
Michelangelo

Renaissance man in extremis Michelangelo, in pursuit of the beautiful and sublime Italian-born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475 1564) was a tormented, prodigiously talented, and God-fearing Renaissance man. His manifold achievements in painting, sculpture, architecture, poetry, and engineering combined body, spirit, and God into visionary masterpieces that changed art history forever. Famed biographer Giorgio Vasari considered him the pinnacle of Renaissance achievement. His

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As If
As If

This volume seeks to expose the hollowness of condemnation divorced from understanding in relation to the Bulger murder trial. People have almost become desensitized to random murder. It is often explained away by madness, sexual fantasy or rejection. One murder in recent times reduced every person to silence: the abduction and beating to death of a helpless infant by two ten-year-old boys. How and why did two innocent boys kill another? Is childhood innocence a myth? And what punishment could

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The Book People
The Prophet: The Life of Leon Trotsky
The Prophet: The Life of Leon Trotsky

Few political figures of the twentieth century have aroused as much controversy as the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Trotsky's extraordinary life and extensive writings have left an indelible mark on revolutionary conscience, yet there was a danger that his name would disappear from history. Originally published in 1954, Deutscher's magisterial three-volume biography was the first major publication to counter the powerful Stalinist propaganda machine. In this definitive biography, now

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Horslips: Tall Tales - The Official Biography
Horslips: Tall Tales - The Official Biography

The first book dedicated to the history of HORSLIPS, the legendary pioneers of Celtic Rock. With a detailed timeline, exclusive interviews, previously unpublished...

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Foyles
Augustus John: The New Biography
Augustus John: The New Biography

Augustus John studied at the Slade with his sister Gwen before both of them went to Paris. He lived and worked at feverish speed and his drawings were astonishing for...

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Foyles
Ousmane Sembene: The Making of a Militant Artist
Ousmane Sembene: The Making of a Militant Artist

Presents a portrait and intellectual history of novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. This book offers a comprehensive biography of Sembene and contributes a ...

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Foyles
Michael Ball: The Biography
Michael Ball: The Biography

In this first ever biography of the star, author Willie Robertson provides a comprehensive and compelling insight into the legend that is Michael Ball. A must read for...

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Foyles
Hitler
Hitler

Now at last in a single, abridged paperback - the definitive life. Ian Kershaw's two-volume biography of Hitler was greeted with universal acclaim as the essential work on one of the most malign figures in history. Now this landmark biography is available in one single, abridged edition, tracing the story of how a bitter, failed art student from an obscure corner of Austria rose to unparalleled power, destroying the lives of millions and unleashing Armageddon.

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The Book People
Bigger Than Hitler: Better Than Christ
Bigger Than Hitler: Better Than Christ

In this electrifying autobiography, Rik stands naked in front of his vast legions of fans and disciples and invites them to take communion with the blood he has ...

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Foyles
Toussaint Louverture
Toussaint Louverture

'In overthrowing me, you have done no more than cut down the trunk of the tree of liberty - it will spring back from the roots, for they are numerous and deep.' - Toussaint Louverture The leader of the only successful slave revolt in history, Toussaint Louverture is seen by many to be one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters who ever lived. Born into slavery on a Caribbean plantation, he was able to break from his bondage to lead an army of freed African slaves to victory against the

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The Book People
Reading the Rocks: How Victorian Geologists Discovered the Secret of Life
Reading the Rocks: How Victorian Geologists Discovered the Secret of Life

A rich and exuberant group biography of the first geologists, the people who were first to excavate from the layers of the world its buried history.These first geologists were made up primarily, and inevitably, of gentlemen with the necessary wealth to support their interests, yet boosting their numbers, expanding their learning and increasing their findings were clergymen, academics - and women. This lively and eclectic collection of characters brought passion, eccentricity and towering

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