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The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain
The Fallen Few of the Battle of Britain

'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few' - Seventy-five years on the unforgettable words of Winston Churchill ring as powerfully as they did in August 1940 when the young men of the RAF stood as the last line of defence against Hitler's far more powerful Luftwaffe. This emotional yet factual book describes the three and a half months (10 July - 31 October 1940) battle day-by-day and covers the essential details of every one of the 540 young pilots who died

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Its So Easy (and other lies)
Its So Easy (and other lies)

Explosive autobiography of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bass guitarist Duff McKaganDuff McKagan was a co-founder of Guns N' Roses, with a 13-year tenure on bass in what was at the time the biggest band on earth. As well as pulling together the classic line-up (Slash on guitar, Steven Adler on drums, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin and vocalist Axl Rose), Duff was the unofficial musical director of the band and the most experienced musician, and played bass, drums and guitar, as well as

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A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols
A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols

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The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

The autobiography of an American icon, Andy Warhol's The Philosophy of Andy Warhol is published in Penguin Modern Classics. 'I never think that people die. They just go to department stores' Andy Warhol - American painter, filmmaker, publisher, actor and major figure in the Pop Art movement - was in many ways a reluctant celebrity. Here, in his autobiography, he spills his secrets and muses about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, success, New York and America and its place in the

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Prince Henry "the Navigator"
Prince Henry "the Navigator"

Henry the Navigator, fifteenth-century Portuguese prince and explorer, is a legendary, almost mythical figure in late medieval history. Considered along with Columbus to be one of the progenitors of modernity, Prince Henry challenged the scientific assumptions of his age and was responsible for liberating Europeans from geographical restraints that had bound them since the Roman Empire's collapse. In this enthralling account of Henry's life-the first biography of "The Navigator" in more than a

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The Secret Life of The Natural History Museum
The Secret Life of The Natural History Museum

`Dry Store Room No. 1` is an intimate biography of the Natural History Museum, celebrating the eccentric personalities who have peopled it and capturing the wonders of scientific endeavour, academic rigour and imagination. Behind the public facade of any great museum there lies a secret domain: one of unseen galleries, locked doors, priceless specimens and hidden lives.Through the stories of the numerous eccentric individuals whose long careers have left their mark on the study of evolutionary

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Songs of the Doomed
Songs of the Doomed

'I was thinking; my mind was running at top speed, scanning and sorting my options. They ranged all the way from Dumb and Dangerous to Crazy, Evil, and utterly wrong from the start . . . stand back. We are on the brink. Yes. I have an idea.' When Hunter S. Thompson has an idea, you just have to listen - and he shares many of his unique ideas in this collection of journalism, social commentary, short fiction and autobiography. Divided into sections by decade, Songs of the Doomed begins with a

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Sissinghurst
Sissinghurst

A fascinating account from award-winning author Adam Nicolson of the history of Nicolson`s own national treasure, his family home: Sissinghurst. Sissinghurst is world-famous as a place of calm and beauty, a garden slipped into the ruins of a rose-pink Elizabethan palace. But is it entirely what its creators intended? Has its success over the last thirty years come at a price? Is Sissinghurst everything it could be? The story of this piece of land, an estate in the Weald of Kent, is told here

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Burghley
Burghley

William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598), was the closest adviser to England's Queen Elizabeth I and-as this revealing and provocative biography shows-he was the driving force behind the Queen's reign for four decades. Cecil's impact on the development of the English state was deep and personal. A committed Protestant, he guided domestic and foreign affairs with the confidence of his religious conviction. Believing himself the divinely instigated protector of his monarch, he felt able to

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Goethe: A Very Short Introduction
Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

In 1878 the Victorian critic Matthew Arnold wrote: 'Goethe is the greatest poet of modern times...because having a very considerable gift for poetry, he was at the same time, in the width, depth, and richness of his criticism of life, by far our greatest modern man.' In this Very Short Introduction Ritchie Robertson covers the life and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832): scientist, administrator, artist, art critic and supreme literary writer in a vast variety of genres. Looking at

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Higher than the Eagle Soars - A Path to Everest
Higher than the Eagle Soars - A Path to Everest

Stephen Venables is one of the greatest British climbers of his generation and he has now written a full autobiography - Higher than the Eagle Soars - A Path to Everest. He explores how and - more importantly - why he became a mountaineer, and reveals a series of never-recorded adventures on four continents.A highly intimate and epic account, at its climax Venables revisits his dramatic ascent without oxygen on the Kangshung Face of Everest, described by Reinhold Messner as the most adventurous

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Creative Writing
Creative Writing

Creative Writing is a complete writing course that will jump-start your writing and guide you through your first steps towards publication. Suitable for use by students, tutors, writers' groups or writers working alone, this book offers: a practical and inspiring section on the creative process, showing you how to stimulate your creativity and use your memory and experience in inventive waysin-depth coverage of the most popular forms of writing, in extended sections on fiction, poetry and life

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Tom Weir
Tom Weir

Tom Weir as a popular television personality climaxed a long life as explorer, naturalist and photographer. His dedication took him from impoverished Glasgow to the ends of the earth and this selection, some never before published, touches on all his many enthusiasms, a book to appeal to all who hold dear the memory of a notable Scotsman. Wiith the full cooperation of Tom's widow, Rhona Weir, Hamish Brown has gathered a selection of his writings and presents them chronologically with an

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The Age of Bowie
The Age of Bowie

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A lot changes as he changes, and the changes keep coming now he has died, and writing this book I found that to properly interpret those changes the book itself needed to move through transformations.  'A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including ...talent'. Or so said David Bowie at 17, in May, 1964 writing his own press biography. Arts commentator Paul Morley, one of

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Thelema
Thelema

To truly understand the philosophy and practice of Thelema, you need to understand its charismatic and influential founder, Aleister Crowley. Thelema demystifies this enigmatic figure, providing a biography of Crowley and showing how his work evolved to become a paradigm-shifting system of magick. This book also explores the texts and writings that form the basis of Thelema, and it provides step-by-step instructions for practicing the basic rites and rituals of this misunderstood tradition.

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