Biography (194)

In the Running

ISBN: 9781849538862

Author: Phil Hewitt    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Runners run to be the best they can be; to challenge who they are, to inspire others and to champion their cause. They run to defy the elements and to conquer n...


Runners run to be the best they can be; to challenge who they are, to inspire others and to champion their cause. They run to defy the elements and to conquer new territories; they run to raise millions for charity; and they run to force social change and to break down prejudice. From the strength and stamina of well-known runners who achieve the almost impossible to the extraordinary runners who have changed lives and history, this collection of unforgettable stories will inspire anyone who's ever pounded the pavement to keep on running and enjoy every minute of this liberating sport.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 08-09-2016


$29.99
Dirty Blvd : The Life and Music of Lou Reed

ISBN: 9781613731062

Author: Aidan Levy    Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Lou Reed made it his mission to rub people the wrong way, whether it was with the noise rock he produced with the Velvet Underground in the late 1960s or his po...


Lou Reed made it his mission to rub people the wrong way, whether it was with the noise rock he produced with the Velvet Underground in the late 1960s or his polarizing work with Metallica that would prove to be his swan song. On a personal level, too, he seemed to take pleasure in insulting everyone who crossed his path. How did this Jewish boy from Long Island, an adolescent doo-wop singer, rise to the status of Godfather of Punk? And how did he maintain that status for decades?Dirty Blvd.—the first new biography of Reed since his death in 2013—digs deep to answer those questions. And along the way it shows us the tender side of his prickly personality.Born in Brooklyn, Reed was the son of an accountant and a former beauty queen, but he took the road less traveled, trading literary promise for an entry-level job as a budget-label songwriter and founding the Velvet Underground under the aegis of Andy Warhol. The cult of personality surrounding his transformation from downtown agent provocateur to Phantom of Rock and finally to patron saint of the avant-garde was legendary, but there was more to his artistic evolution than his abrasive public persona. The lives of many American rock stars have had no second act, but Reed's did.Dirty Blvd. not only covers the highlights of Reed's career but also explores lesser-known facets of his work, such as his first recordings with doo-wop group the Jades, his key literary influences and the impact of Judaism upon his work, and his engagement with the LGBT movement. Drawing from new interviews with many of his artistic collaborators, friends, and romantic partners, as well as from archival material, concert footage, and unreleased bootlegs of live performances, author Aidan Levy paints an intimate portrait of the notoriously uncompromising rock poet who wrote "Heroin," "Sweet Jane," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "Street Hassle"—songs that transcended their genre and established Lou Reed as one of the most influential and enigmatic American artists of the past half-century.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 406


Dimensions: 160 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2015


Tags: May 2016   Music   Biography
$59.99
Grandma Gatewood's Walk

ISBN: 9781613747186

Author: Ben Montgomery    Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown wit...


Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine s Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of America, the Beautiful and proclaimed, I said I ll do it, and I ve done it. Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person man or woman to walk it twice and three times. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV and in the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood s own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence, and interviewed surviving family members and those she met along her hike, all to answer the question so many asked: "Why did she do it?" The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. Even those who know of Gatewood don t know the full story a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering."


Bind: hardback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 30-04-2014


$45.00
Trump's America : The Complete Loser's Guide

ISBN: 9781944068165

Author: Scott Dikkers    Publisher: Independent Publishers Group

This book is important, and not just because it's about Donald Trump. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to discover the official Trump Brand Origin S...


This book is important, and not just because it's about Donald Trump. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to discover the official Trump Brand Origin Story, to learn his positions on vital issues like the military—“Are These the Biggest Missiles We Have?", science— “If Einstein Was So Smart, Why Wasn't He Rich?" and good government—“ Of the Good People, By the Good People, and For the Good People”. Through hilarious stories, photo mashups, official documents, and future newspaper clippings, readers will experience life under the leadership of President Trump. This is the road map every citizen needs to thrive and survive in a "Trumpocalypse."Remember, it will be Trump’s America, but you have to live in it.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 166


Dimensions: 217 x 217 mm


Publication Date: 18-04-2016


$45.00
Original Man

ISBN: 9783899555523

Publisher: Gestalten

Original Man is a compendium of the stories of extraordinary men. From household names including Andy Warhol, Freddy Mercury, and Yves Saint-Laurent to lesser-k...


Original Man is a compendium of the stories of extraordinary men. From household names including Andy Warhol, Freddy Mercury, and Yves Saint-Laurent to lesser-known personalities, the men presented here are incredibly diverse, yet all share entirely original lives. Featuring famous hell-raisers such as Iggy Pop, indomitable explorers including Ernest Shackleton, visionaries like Federico Fellini, and some less mainstream personalities such as Quentin Crisp or Takeshi Kitano, these biographies are as gripping as any fiction. This book is the brainchild of UK men’s fashion maven Patrick Grant. As Grant set about re-awakening the traditional Savile Row tailoring house of E. Tautz after a thirty-year slumber, he wanted to define the kind of man he aspired to be and to clothe. Original Man is the compelling result of his musings—a collection of portraits of men who go beyond a veneer of stylish attire to wring every last drop out of life with their actions, thoughts, or words in a manner scarcely seen nowadays.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 210 x 260 mm


$90.00
Your Pace or Mine?

ISBN: 9781849538275

Author: Lisa Jackson    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

From the co-author of the best-selling beginners’ running book, Running Made Easy, with a foreword by internationally renowned running legend Kathrine Switzer...


From the co-author of the best-selling beginners’ running book, Running Made Easy, with a foreword by internationally renowned running legend Kathrine Switzer. Lisa Jackson is a surprising cheerleader for the joys of running: truth be told, she’s not just a little bit slow, but often ‘last person across the finish line’ slow. But that hasn’t stopped former fitness-phobe Lisa from becoming a marathon runner at 31 and, more astonishingly, an ultrarunner at 41 – even if she’s come last in 17 of 85 marathons and plodded through two 56-mile ultramarathons. This is Lisa’s story, but it’s also the story of the extraordinary people she has met along the way – tutu-clad fun-runners, world record breakers, 250-mile ultrarunners, octogenarians and blind runners – whose tales of love, loss and laughter are sure to inspire you. Your Pace or Mine? is for all runners, from nervous novices right up to seasoned marathoners. It’s for anyone who longs to feel the wonderful sense of connection and achievement running has to offer. Lisa’s message is that running really isn’t about the time you do, but the time you have!


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 10-03-2016


$29.99
The Complete Muhammad Ali

ISBN: 9781771860406

Author: Ishmael Reed    Publisher: Baraka Books

Including material and photographs not included in most of the 100 other books about the champion, Ishmael Reed' The Complete Muhammad Ali is more than just a b...


Including material and photographs not included in most of the 100 other books about the champion, Ishmael Reed' The Complete Muhammad Ali is more than just a biography - it is a fascinating portrait of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. An honest, balanced portrayal of Ali, the book includes voices that have been omitted from other books. It charts Ali's evolution from Black Nationalism to a universalism, but does not discount the Nation of Islam and Black Nationalism's important influence on his intellectual development. Filipino American author Emil Guillermo speaks about how The Thrilla In Manila brought the Philippines into the 20th century. Fans of Muhammad Ali, boxing fans, and those interested in modern African American history and the Nation of Islam will be fascinated by this biography by an accomplished American author.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 427


Dimensions: 155 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2015


$59.99
The Prison Diary of A.C. Barrington

ISBN: 9781927322314

Author: John Pratt    Publisher: Otago University Press

A.C. (Archie) Barrington was a leading New Zealand pacifist during World War 2. Incarcerated in Mount Crawford Prison for his beliefs in 1941, he kept an illici...


A.C. (Archie) Barrington was a leading New Zealand pacifist during World War 2. Incarcerated in Mount Crawford Prison for his beliefs in 1941, he kept an illicit diary, scrawled in the margins of books. Many years later his son John happened across the diary and painstakingly reconstructed it. Such documents are exceptionally rare – until recent times prisoners were not allowed to keep any record of their experiences and many were illiterate anyway. Barrington vividly and compellingly recorded the squalid, rundown conditions, monotonous and exhausting labour, the intense cold from which there was little protection, and the strategies he and his fellow pacifists adopted to enable them to cope with prison life. John Pratt has edited the diary and provides a fascinating commentary on the issues it raises in relation to prison life then and now. He also addresses a fundamental question – what were Barrington and his like doing in prison, when similar expressions of dissent would almost certainly have been ignored in Australia or Britain? Why was New Zealand, with its ‘fair go’, egalitarian reputation, so intolerant and punitive? Pratt chronicles a history of intolerance, suspicion and deep-seated antipathies that may go some way towards explaining the current penal saturation in this ‘friendly’ land.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 280


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 19-02-2016


Tags: Biography   New Zealand   History
$39.95
Mother's Darlings of the South Pacific

ISBN: 9781927322635

Author: Judith A Bennett Ed.    Publisher: Otago University Press

Like a human tsunami, World War II brought two million American servicemen to the South Pacific where they left a human legacy of some thousands of children. Mo...


Like a human tsunami, World War II brought two million American servicemen to the South Pacific where they left a human legacy of some thousands of children. Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific traces the intimate relationships that existed in the wartime Pacific between US servicemen and Indigenous women, and considers the fate of the resulting children. The American military command carefully managed such intimate relationships, applying US immigration law based on race to prevent marriage ‘across the colour line’. For Indigenous women and their American servicemen sweethearts, legal marriage was impossible, giving rise to a generation of children known as ‘GI babies’. Among these Pacific war children, one thing common to almost all is the longing to know more about their American father. Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific traces these children’s stories of loss, emotion, longing and identity, and of lives lived in the shadow of global war. It considers the way these relationships developed in the major US bases of the South Pacific Command from Bora Bora in the east across to Solomon Islands in the west, and from the Gilbert Islands in the north to New Zealand. The writers interviewed many of the children of the Americans and some of the few surviving mothers, as well as others who recalled the wartime presence in their islands. Oral histories reveal what the records of colonial governments and the military largely have ignored, providing a perspective on the effects of the US occupation that until now has been disregarded by historians of the Pacific war.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 424


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 13-06-2016


Tags: Biography   History   Military
$45.00
Only Two For Everest

ISBN: 9781927322406

Author: Lyn McKinnon    Publisher: Otago University Press

The First New Zealand Himalayan Expedition, in 1951, was initiated by Earle Riddiford, who with Ed Cotter and Pasang Dawa Lama made the first ascent of Mukut Pa...


The First New Zealand Himalayan Expedition, in 1951, was initiated by Earle Riddiford, who with Ed Cotter and Pasang Dawa Lama made the first ascent of Mukut Parbat, their target peak in the Garhwal Himalaya. Accompanying them on that expedition, though not to that summit, were two other New Zealand climbers, Edmund Hillary and George Lowe. Hearing of the success on Mukut Parbat, the New Zealand Alpine Club suggested to the Alpine Club in London that acclimatised New Zealanders would be a valuable asset on the forthcoming 1951 British Reconnaissance of Mt Everest, to be led by Eric Shipton. This resulted in an invitation for two New Zealanders to join the party: thrilling news the four climbers received while they were ensconced in the hill-country village of Ranikhet. A day and a half of bitter dispute rent the party asunder. Which two should go to Everest? In this enthralling narrative, journalist Lyn McKinnon tells the stories of Earle Riddiford and Ed Cotter, two extraordinary New Zealanders whose climbing achievements were forever eclipsed by the exploits of others. She draws on private papers as well as published work, and extensively interviews Cotter himself, and the families of both men, as well as many other contemporary climbers, to set the record straight.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 21-10-2016


$49.95
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