Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

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  • A selection of James'  TV Criticism columns from The Observer 1972 - 1976.  
  • Amanda Barrie was a star of the English stage, screen and the occasional Carry On film.  She was believed to be a slow learner for years as she could not read, so she would have a friend repeat her lines over and over to her until she was word perfect and completely cued-in!  She was finally diagnosed with dyslexia. Here she recounts anecdotes from her packed professional life and talks frankly and without self-pity about her disrupted childhood, disastrous schooldays and her relationships with both men and women, including remarkable threesomes with her husband Robin Hunter.  An ideal piece for any Carry On fan. Illustrated with black and white and colour photographs.

  • Despite the many exotic places Pete McCarthy has visited, he finds that nowhere else can match the particular magic of Ireland, his mother's homeland. In McCarthy's Bar, his journey begins in Cork and continues along the west coast to Donegal in the north. Traveling through spectacular landscapes, but at all times obeying the rule, "never pass a bar that has your name on it," he encounters McCarthy's bars up and down the land, meeting fascinating people before pleading to be let out at four o'clock in the morning. Travel.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about housekeeping but were afraid to ask.  Absolutely packed full with no-nonsense cooking, economical cleaning and budget tips. Ideal for the fledging that has just flown the home nest.
  • Features wild tales of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix and more.
  • Gerald Durrell's debut book is the chronicle of a six months collecting trip to the West African colony of British Cameroon - now Cameroon - that Durrell made with the highly regarded aviculturist and ornithologist John Yealland between December 1947 and August 1948. Their reasons for going on the trip were twofold: to collect and bring back alive some of the fascinating animals, birds, and reptiles that inhabit the region and secondly, for both men to realise a long cherished dream to see Africa. It's a combination of comic exaggeration and environmental accuracy, portrayed in Durrell's light, clever prose that successfully launched Durrell's career as a writer of both non-fiction and fiction, which in turn financed his work as a zookeeper and conservationist.
  • Mayada was born into a powerful Iraqi family.  When Saddam Hussein and his Ba'ath party seized power, the devastation on her life made her a divorced mother of two alone in Baghdad, earning a meagre living printing brochures - until one morning, in 1999, she was arrested by Saddam's Secret Police and taken to the notorious Baladiyat Prison, accused of producing anti-government propaganda.  She and seventeen other women were imprisoned, tortured without trial and threatened with execution. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • An erudite guide to twelve of the most famous sites of myth and legend: Atlantis; Pyramid Hill; Stonehenge; Troy; Machu Piccu and others.
  • In 1932, starlet Carlotta Monti met Fields on a back lot at Paramount.  For the next fourteen years, she was his mistress, sharing his bed, board and bar in a series of rented mansions. She witnessed his bickering with directors and studios, his exuberant pranks and verbal fireworks.  She was there until the tragic end of his battle with alcohol. This insightful memoir is packed with bizarre anecdotes, exclusive reminiscences and often ribald glimpses into the private life of one of Hollywood's most outrageous personalities. Illustrated with black and white photgraphs.