Biography (200)

Robbie: Rugby Warrior, The Autobiography

ISBN: 9781905080106

Author: Robbie Hunter-Paul    Publisher: Great Northern Books

Robbie Paul was Super League's first superstar, a player who transformed the sport with his brilliance on the pitch and larger than life persona off it. He was ...


Robbie Paul was Super League's first superstar, a player who transformed the sport with his brilliance on the pitch and larger than life persona off it. He was the inspirational heart of a Bradford team who dominated rugby league's new summer era, with Paul the face and driving force of the Bulls for more than a decade.
He arrived from New Zealand as a skinny 18-year-old and developed into a world class talent who took Wembley by storm when he became the first player to score a hat-trick of tries there in a Challenge Cup final. It was the launch pad for a career that included a cross-code move to Harlequins as rugby union went professional, more than 30 league appearances for his beloved Kiwis and captaining Bradford to Super League and World Club title honours.
Artist, musician, media commentator, Paul was no ordinary rugby player. Born of a proud warrior race, his inspirational journey through the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a trophy-laden career is the very essence of the joy of rugby.
Paul's compelling story in his long-awaited autobiography is embellished by his own unique High Performance guide on what it takes to be a better player, mentally, physically and professionally, based on his 18-year playing career and rugby marketing and strategic role today.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 254


Dimensions: 160 x 240 x 24 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2012


$49.99
Daughter of Bluebird

ISBN: 9780957295124

Author: Gina Campbell    Publisher: Great Northern Books

Gina Campbell, last surviving member of a remarkable dynasty, will forever be most closely associated with the fatal attempt by her father to break the water sp...


Gina Campbell, last surviving member of a remarkable dynasty, will forever be most closely associated with the fatal attempt by her father to break the water speed record in his astounding boat. In that sense she is indeed the 'daughter of Bluebird' and has played a ceaseless role in the boat's restoration. In this absorbing autobiography she talks about:

Her life with Donald Campbell as father, early-day 'celebrity', and holder of many world records on land and water.
Her personal life three failed marriages, a suicide attempt and finding happiness in later life, only to have it snatched away; her power-boating career and setting two women's world water speed records in 1984 and 1990.
Her reaction to her father's death while attempting to set a new world water speed record on Coniston Water in January 1967.
Her complete shock at the discovery of Bluebird and Donald Campbell's body by divers in 2001.
Her decision to authorise the removal of the boat and Campbell's remains from the lake despite widespread opposition.
The decision to restore Bluebird and house her in the Ruskin Museum on Coniston Water. Her dream of once again seeing and hearing Bluebird on the lake.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 286


Dimensions: 160 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2012


$49.99
Brief Lives: John Milton

ISBN: 9781843919261

Author: Richard Bradford    Publisher: Hesperus Press

William Shakespeare and John Milton are the two most important poets in English. Shakespeare’s achievements are unchallengeable and secure. Milton can make a ...


William Shakespeare and John Milton are the two most important poets in English. Shakespeare’s achievements are unchallengeable and secure. Milton can make a far more controversial claim to eminence. He wrote the only poem in English recognized as an epic, Paradise Lost, a poem which challenged the beliefs and presuppositions of all of its readers. As a literary writer, his political and historical significance is unique; he was at the centre of the most traumatic period of modern British history, and this left an imprint on his writings.
Richard Bradford addresses two key topics in this short account of Milton’s life and work: the parallels between Paradise Lost and the events in England of the mid-to-late-seventeenth century; and the question of whether Milton’s writings reflect his sense of despair at man’s apparent failure to make the best of our world after the Fall and is thus the first testimony of his religious doubt.

Fascinating for both the general reader and for academics, Richard Bradford brings new understanding to the life, times and works of one of Britain’s most significant writers.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 120


Publication Date: 22-02-2013


$29.99
Falling In Honey : Life and love on a Greek Island

ISBN: 9781849532716

Author: Jennifer Barclay    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

I came here looking for some kind of happiness. I think it might be the cleverest thing I have ever done.

One difficult winter when her love life f...


I came here looking for some kind of happiness. I think it might be the cleverest thing I have ever done.

One difficult winter when her love life falls apart (and so does she), Jen decides on Three Gifts to Self. Gift One and Two are reducing her workload and staying away from relationships for a while. Gift Three, the most important, is a month alone on a tiny, wild Greek island. It's a chance to find another kind of contentment: one that comes from the sun and the sea, from the aroma of herbs on the mountains and holding an octopus in your hands. She decides to act on her dream of staying for longer . because life is too short not to reach out for what makes us happy. But just when everything is falling into place again, the strangest thing happens∞c Falling in Honey is an honest, mouth-watering mix of comedy and romance, and an unforgettable journey from heartbreak to happiness.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 304


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 01-03-2013


Tags: April 2013   June 2014   Biography   Travel
$24.99 $6.00
The Road to En-dor

ISBN: 9781843914631

Author: Elias Jones    Publisher: Hesperus Press

I was filled with the growing hope that my door to freedom lay through the Ouija. And first and foremost in pursuance of my plan, I aimed at inveigling the Comm...


I was filled with the growing hope that my door to freedom lay through the Ouija. And first and foremost in pursuance of my plan, I aimed at inveigling the Commandant into the spiritualist circle and making him the instrument of my escape. The news that there existed a buried treasure which the Turks were seeking gave me an idea of how to do it…

Captured during the First World War, Lieutenant E.H. Jones (a Welsh officer in the Indian Army) and Lieutenant C.W. Hill (an Australian serving in the R.A.F.) were prisoners of war at the Yozgad prison camp in Turkey.
Duty-bound as officers to attempt escape, Jones sensed that what had previously been the harmless fun of fooling around with a homemade Ouija board could be turned into something much more productive. Playing on the credulous nature of their captors, Hill and Jones weave an incredibly elaborate plot, hatched to plan their escape. Acting as mediums for the Ouija board, they attempted to convince their captors that they were gradually descending into insanity – which, had it been true, would have seen them repatriated.
A true story of bravery, dedication and extreme hardship, this book is a fascinating insight account of a daring escapade, a narrative that deserves to be brought back into the public eye.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Publication Date: 26-04-2013


Tags: April 2013   April 2020   Biography   Military
$27.99 $7.99
A la Mod

ISBN: 9781849533997

Author: Ian Moore    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Comedian, mod and professional grump Ian Moore has had enough.
Tired of being unable to park anywhere near his cramped house in a noisy town he doesn’t ...


Comedian, mod and professional grump Ian Moore has had enough.
Tired of being unable to park anywhere near his cramped house in a noisy town he doesn’t like, he hatches a plan to move his wife and young son to a remote corner of the Loire Valley in search of serenity and space.
Several years later, Ian finds himself up to his neck in bilingual offspring, feral cats, promiscuous horses, dysfunctional spaniels and needy hens; he’s wrestling with electric fences, a foreign language, a mountain of animal waste and a wife who collects livestock like there’s a biblical flood on the horizon, all while trying not to dirty his loafers.
But despite the ups, downs and increasing demands of Ian’s showbiz career, the Moore family persevere in true Brit style to create a unique, colourful and ultimately rewarding life in their new home – à la campagne and à la mod!


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 06-05-2013


Tags: May 2013   Biography   Travel
$24.99
Trying

ISBN: 9781849533980

Author: Mark Cossey    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

‘Here again, Mr Cossey?’ asked the young Spanish embryologist, shooting me a welcoming smile as I followed him down the corridor. He had recognised me by si...


‘Here again, Mr Cossey?’ asked the young Spanish embryologist, shooting me a welcoming smile as I followed him down the corridor. He had recognised me by sight and that wasn’t good. I was now the one thing you don’t want to be in a fertility clinic. A regular.
Martha wanted a baby. Mark wanted a baby.
What’s the worst that could happen?
In four years of baby-making boot camp, Mark and Martha face The Calendar, the joy of sober, scheduled sex, hostile cervical mucus, IUI and IVF. Through a combination of ignorance and outrage, Mark survives ejaculating into a small jar, stabbing his wife, having his sperm turned pink and group sex with whales. Written with genuine laugh-out-loud humour and complete honesty, Trying is a noholds- barred welcome to the world of the infertile written by a man who has lived through it all and come through with his ultimate dream realised – his own family. It says a lot when you can call two years of sleepless nights a happy ending.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 06-05-2013


$24.99
The McIlrath Letters

ISBN: 9780956429308

Author: David McIlrath    Publisher: Killyleagh Branch Of The North Of Ireland Family History Society

Here is a series of sixty-four letters, carefully preserved by Mary McIlrath in Killinchy, Co. Down, N. Ireland.

They detail the progress of Mary’...


Here is a series of sixty-four letters, carefully preserved by Mary McIlrath in Killinchy, Co. Down, N. Ireland.

They detail the progress of Mary’s great uncles, the two McIlrath brothers who emigrated in 1860 to New Zealand, and describe their work and achievements over fifty-five years. Historically and genealogically valuable are the frequent references to other emigrants from Killinchy and surrounding district whom they frequently met there. The news, messages and greetings included in the letters of the McIlrath brothers were sure to have been read and circulated to relatives, friends and neighbours, drawing that community at home closer together as well as closer to the one on the other side of the world. Re-reading these letters today, with their deeply personal style and content, it is easy to imagine that our ancestors are writing to us from the past.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 143


Dimensions: 210 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 01-04-2009


Tags: May 2013   Biography   History   New Zealand
$35.00 $19.99
L'Amour Actually

ISBN: 9781849534192

Author: Melanie Jones    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

The woman was one of those irritating expat types who felt she owed it to the world to impart on her all her superior knowledge of life in France. I realised th...


The woman was one of those irritating expat types who felt she owed it to the world to impart on her all her superior knowledge of life in France. I realised that if I didn’t stop her now, she’d be bending my ear all the way to Bergerac.
‘Actually,’ I said, leaning in toward the woman, ‘I’m planning to integrate my way into the boxers of the first good-looking Frenchman I see. Can’t think of any better way to learn the language myself. You wouldn’t happen to know the French for "fancy a shag?" would you? Voulez-vous coucher avec moi just seems a bit nineteen-seventies these days.’

After one particularly bad day at work, advertising executive and confirmed city girl Melanie Jones decides to give up her old life in search of something new and simpler in South West France. With little knowledge of the country, even less of the language and just the memory of a disastrous school French exchange and a few day trips to Calais, she embarks on her adventure with a suitcase full of optimism and not a little bit of naivety. After all, how different can life in France be?
After a series of adventures with skirt-ripping tractors, handsome twin farmers, celebrity not-quite-beens, unusual toilets and a bonkers ex-pat community, all topped up, of course, with lashings of rosé, Melanie begins to discover that her new life in France isn’t quite what she’d thought it would be.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 352


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 04-06-2013


Tags: June 2013   Biography   Travel
$24.99
Journeyman: Eric Clapton - A Photographic Narrative

ISBN: 9781606600559

Author: Gene Shaw    Publisher: Dover Publications

For over five decades, Eric Clapton has ranked among rock's premiere guitarists — and since the early 1980s, famed music photographer Gene Shaw has been captu...


For over five decades, Eric Clapton has ranked among rock's premiere guitarists — and since the early 1980s, famed music photographer Gene Shaw has been capturing great moments from Slowhand's electrifying career. More than 150 of Shaw's rare colour and black-and-white photographs offer a front-row fan's perspective on many legendary musical events. Highlights include Clapton's performance at the 1983 ARMS benefit; the 1992 show with Elton John at Shea Stadium; the 2005 Cream reunions at the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden; several appearances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; and the current Crossroads Guitar Festivals.

The majority of the photographs have never been published before and capture rare and intimate moments between Eric and his fellow musicians not seen anywhere else. These artists include some of the biggest names in the business, so there are also exclusive images of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Joe Cocker, Keith Richards, Albert Collins, Bob Dylan, and other superstars.

Shaw provides a commentary on each show, recapturing the emotionally charged moods of venues ranging from small clubs and theaters to vast stadiums and arenas. Notes on the performances include a partial band lineup and complete set list. This unique retrospective includes an Introduction by Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis and a Foreword by John "Crash" Matos, artist and designer of some of Clapton's signature guitars.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 176


Dimensions: 270 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 25-09-2014


Tags: September 2014   Biography   Music
$59.99
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