Biography (235)

Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines

ISBN: 9781613733769

Author: Mark Ribowsky    Publisher: Independent Publishers Group

In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began presenting a comforting yet biting new sound. Within a year, when young ear...


In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began presenting a comforting yet biting new sound. Within a year, when young ears sought the latest in rock, there was "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend," and a new Southern California-fed branch of pop music. James Taylor was its reluctant leader. Remarkably, Taylor has survived: his 2015 release, Before This World, edged out Taylor Swift and went to No. 1 on the charts. Today he is in better physical (and probably mental) condition than during the whirlwind era when he influenced music so heavily, the decade when magazines and newspapers printed feverish stories about his gawky hunkiness, his love affair with Joni Mitchell, his glittery marriage to Carly Simon, his endlessly carried-out heroin habit, and sometimes even his music. Despite it all, Taylor has become the nearest thing to rock royalty in America. Based on fresh interviews with musicians, producers, record company people, and music journalists, as well as previously published interviews, reviews, and profiles, Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines is the definitive biography of an elusive superstar.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 416


Dimensions: 153 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 21-06-2016


Tags: June 2016   Biography   Music
$65.00
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
My Rescue Dog Rescued Me

ISBN: 9781849539500

Author: Sharon Ward Keeble    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Meet the inspirational dogs who went from being rescued to becoming rescuer, in these incredible true stories. You'll read all about...* Toby, the golden retrie...


Meet the inspirational dogs who went from being rescued to becoming rescuer, in these incredible true stories. You'll read all about...* Toby, the golden retriever who performed the Heimlich manoeuvre to save his owner's life * Liam, the Lhaso Apso-Poodle mix who helped his owner battle an eating disorder * Hercules, the St Bernard who saved his owners from burglars on the first day he moved in * Alfie, the terrier who gave a bullied girl a new lease of life ...as well as many other canine heroes who came to their owner's aid - whether it was saving them from physical threats, or helping them to recover from mental illness, PTSD and bereavement. These remarkable dogs all repaid the love and appreciation that their owners displayed in rescuing them. Let these uplifting stories warm your heart, and show you that adopted dogs truly are man's best friend.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 11-07-2016


Tags: July 2016   Biography
$27.99
Jungle : A Harrowing True Story of Adventure, Danger and Survival

ISBN: 9781849538824

Author: Yossi Ghinsberg    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

I heard the rustle again, too close and too real to ignore. I clutched the flashlight, stuck my head out of the mosquito net...and found myself face-to-face wit...


I heard the rustle again, too close and too real to ignore. I clutched the flashlight, stuck my head out of the mosquito net...and found myself face-to-face with a jaguar. Four travellers meet in Bolivia and set off into the Amazon rainforest on an expedition to explore places tourists only dream of seeing. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime quickly becomes a struggle for survival when they get lost in the wilds of the jungle. The group splits up after disagreements, and Yossi and his friend try to find their own way back without a guide. But when a terrible rafting accident separates them, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone. Stranded without a knife, map or survival training, he must improvise in order to survive. He wonders if he will make it back alive. Ghinsberg's terrifying true account of his ordeal is simply impossible to put down.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 11-07-2016


$29.99
Raphael: Masters of Italian Art

ISBN: 9783848003969

Author: Stephanie Buck    Publisher: h f Ullmann

Raphael (1483–1520) was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition, and for...


Raphael (1483–1520) was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition, and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. In this volume, numerous large-sized illustrations showcase the artist’s oeuvre, and authoritative texts illustrate the decisive stages in the artist’s life and in the development of his work, explaining their significance in the context of his time and for the following generations of artists.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 120


Dimensions: 216 x 253 mm


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Cows in Trees

ISBN: 9781846892318

Author: Julian Earl    Publisher: Quiller Publishing

Highly qualified veterinary surgeon Julian Earl, entertains the reader with a few of his favourite tales and events during his 45 year career not to mention the...


Highly qualified veterinary surgeon Julian Earl, entertains the reader with a few of his favourite tales and events during his 45 year career not to mention the most bizarre of all – finding a cow stuck in a tree! Chapters are littered with anecdotes, hilarious memories, and veterinary stories all told in a lighthearted style with plenty of examples and practical advice on what one should try and avoid when working as a veterinary surgeon. James Herriot for the 21st Century.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 138 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2016


$44.99
Kobe Bryant : Laker for Life

ISBN: 9781629373409

Author: The Los Angeles Daily News    Publisher: Triumph Books

After 20 unforgettable years in the NBA, Kobe Bryant is calling it a career. All he’s done in those two decades is establish himself as one of the best to eve...


After 20 unforgettable years in the NBA, Kobe Bryant is calling it a career. All he’s done in those two decades is establish himself as one of the best to ever play the game, arguably the greatest Laker ever and the most popular athlete in the history of Los Angeles sports. The Black Mamba’s path to iconic status started quietly as the 13th pick of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets but with a draft day trade to the legendary Lakers, the rest is resounding history. Kobe’s credentials are impeccable with five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, one NBA regular season MVP, 18 All-Star game appearances and countless other accolades to his name. Kobe Bryant: Laker for Life is the ultimate tribute to the Lakers superstar as he concludes his legendary career, covering 20 years of hardwood genius. Including nearly 100 full-color photographs, fans are provided a glimpse into the early days of Kobe’s career, bursting onto the NBA scene winning the Slam Dunk Contest to his individual brilliance and NBA titles with the Lakers to his celebratory swan song through the league during his final season. A must-have keepsake for Lakers fans and Kobe aficionados alike, Kobe Bryant is the perfect commemoration of a Los Angeles icon and Laker for Life.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 128


Dimensions: 217 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 20-05-2016


$36.00
From D for Dummy to S for Success

ISBN: 9780992247669

Author: Myles Glew    Publisher: Fraser Books

Bind: paperback


Tags: Business   Biography
$24.95
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
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
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