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Sparks
Sparks

When LA musicians Russell and Ron Mael moved to Britain in 1973, they hit the pop world as Sparks and looked like Oddballs, even in the context of the Glam Rock movement that made them welcome. Soon defined by their weird and wonderful 1974 single This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us from the Kimono My House album, Sparks went on to release 21 albums over four decades, each record inhabiting a bizarre world of it's own. Their songs were peppered with puns and pop culture nods, as well

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Waterloo Commanders
Waterloo Commanders

Written by Andrew Uffindell, Waterloo Commanders: Napoleon, Wellington and Blucher focuses on the three commanders-in-chief who confonted each other on a field of battle during the Waterloo campaign. All made an impact on history and must surely rank amongst the most famous soldiers in history. A readable and meticulously researched three-part biography, the book gives vivid accounts of the three soldiers' parallel lives and extraordinary careers. The dramatic contrasts that emerge between

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Tony Visconti: The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy
Tony Visconti: The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy

A name synonymous with ground-breaking music, Tony Visconti has worked with the most dynamic and influential names in pop, from T.Rex and Iggy Pop to David Bowie and U2. This is the compelling life story of the man who helped shape music history, and gives a unique, first-hand insight into life in London during the late 1960s and '70s. This memoir takes you on a roller-coaster journey through the glory days of pop music, when men wore sequins and pop could truly rock. Featuring

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James Connolly
James Connolly

Very interesting on how fanaticism can develop within a community, and especially relevant today. (Bob Geldof). By former member of the IRA and police informant, Sean O'Callaghan, the story of revolutionary James Connolly, his role in the 1916 Easter Rising, and his subsequent influence both on O'Callaghan himself, and on 20th century Irish politics. Easter Monday, 24th April, 1916: James Connolly, a 48-year-old Edinburgh-born Marxist and former British soldier, stands at the top of the steps

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Marconi
Marconi

A little over a century ago the world went wireless. Cables and all their limiting inefficiencies gave way to a revolutionary means of transmitting news and information almost everywhere, instantaneously. By means of "Hertzian waves," as radio waves were initially known, ships could now make contact with other ships (saving lives, such as on the doomed R.M.S. Titanic); financial markets could coordinate with other financial markets, establishing the price of commodities and fixing exchange

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King of Kings
King of Kings

Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia, was as brilliant as he was formidable. An early proponent of African unity and independence who claimed to be a descendant of King Solomon, he fought with the Allies against the Axis powers during World War II and was a messianic figure for the Jamaican Rastafarians. But the final years of his empire saw turmoil and revolution, and he was ultimately overthrown and assassinated in a communist coup. Written by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Haile Selassie s

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Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn

New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the colourful life of iconic actress Audrey Hepburn, from her early life during World War Two, to ballet school, her acting career and UNICEF work. The Little People, Big Dreams Series:With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all

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The Tipping Point
The Tipping Point

THE TIPPING POINT is the biography of an idea, and the idea is quite simple. It is that many of the problems we face - from crime to teenage delinquency to traffic jams - behave like epidemics. They aren't linear phenomena in the sense that they steadily and predictably change according to the level of effort brought to bear against them. They are capable of sudden and dramatic changes in direction. Years of well-intentioned intervention may have no impact at all, yet the right intervention -

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Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin

The untold story of the woman who helped to make one of humanity's greatest discoveries - DNA - but who was never given credit for doing so. `Our dark lady is leaving us next week.' On 7 March 1953 Maurice Wilkins of King's College, London, wrote to Francis Crick at the Cavendish laboratories in Cambridge to say that as soon as his obstructive female colleague was gone from King's, he, Crick, and James Watson, a young American working with Crick, could go full speed ahead with solving

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John Bradburne
John Bradburne

This is the first publication in English of a biography of a British man that has become an award-winning bestseller in France. John Bradburne's life was a remarkable spiritual odyssey. He was a pilgrim, never at home in the world, whose restless wanderings led him through a succession of religious communities, until he eventually settled among a colony of 90 leprosy sufferers in Zimbabwe. It was here, among the poor of 'Mutemwa', that he spent his last ten years with total dedication until he

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My Remarkable Journey (Unabridged)
My Remarkable Journey (Unabridged)

Here is the definitive autobiography of one of the most famous personalities in television history - an intimate, revealing, and riveting memoir....

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Raoul Wallenberg
Raoul Wallenberg

An Honorary Citizen of the U.S.A., and designated as one of the Righteous among the Nations by Israel, Raoul Wallenberg's heroism in Budapest at the height of the Holocaust saved countless lives, and ultimately cost him his own.A series of unlikely coincidences led to the appointment of Wallenberg, by trade a poultry importer, as Sweden's Special Envoy to Budapest in 1944. With remarkable bravery, Wallenberg created a system of protective passports, and sheltered thousands of desperate Jews in

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Voltaire
Voltaire

This dazzling biography of Voltaire celebrates his extraordinary life through the thousands of his letters to have survived. We think of Voltaire as the epitome of the Enlightenment; in his own time he was also the most famous and controversial figure in Europe. Davidson tells the whole, rich story of his life (1694-1778) - his early imprisonment in the Bastille; exile in England and his mastery of English; an obsession with money, of which he made a huge amount; a scandalous love life; his

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Ringo: With a Little Help
Ringo: With a Little Help

The paperback edition of this, first, in-depth biography of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

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Journey to the Centre of the Cramps
Journey to the Centre of the Cramps

Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography A Short History of Rock'n'Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition: Completely overhauled, rewritten and vastly expanded, it now represents the definitive work on the group. In addition to unseen interview material from Ivy, Lux and other former band members, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps also sees the Cramps' story through

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