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John Murray

The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt

Andrea Wulf, Lilian Melcher
Authors:
Andrea Wulf, Lilian Melcher
Coronet

Beyoncé: Running the World

Anna Pointer
Authors:
Anna Pointer

As a painfully shy six-year-old singing in her parents' kitchen back in the late eighties, it was impossible to imagine the meteoric rise that Beyoncé Knowles would go on to achieve.Fast forward 25 years and not only has she sold 75 million albums, making her one of the most successful recording artists of all time, but she is also an actress, fashion icon, producer and doting mother.Beyoncé: Running The World is the full story of Houston born-and-bred Beyoncé's extraordinary life, which saw her join her first pop group at the age of nine before fronting the girl band Destiny's Child - the biggest-selling female group of all time. After embarking on a solo career in 2003, Beyoncé's status as a superstar was sealed and to date she has won more than 220 awards internationally and the hearts of millions of fans the world over. As the world's biggest star, Beyoncé continues to scale new heights and her latest album, Beyoncé, broke all records after hitting No.1 in more than 100 countries. Echoing the sentiment of her 2011 hit single, she really is running the music world right now.The most definitive and up-to-date telling of Beyoncé's story ever written, this book provides an intimate close-up on both her professional and personal life, with the inside story on how she and rapper husband Jay-Z became the biggest power couple on earth. With reports that their marriage was crumbling before the world's eyes on their 2014 joint tour, On The Run, it pieces together the split rumours that plagued them at every turn and documents exactly how they coped with such intense public scrutiny.The book also analyses Beyoncé's role as a mother to young daughter Blue Ivy and explores the hidden heartbreaks of her past, including a tragic miscarriage, a lengthy battle with depression and an agonising rift with her manager father Mathew.While celebrating Beyoncé's greatest triumphs Beyoncé: Running The World uncovers the truth behind the headlines, finding out exactly who 'Queen Bey' is and what really goes on behind the scenes...

John Murray

Plants: From Roots to Riches

Kathy Willis
Authors:
Kathy Willis

Tie-in to the landmark 25-part BBC Radio 4 series with Kew Gardens.Our peculiarly British obsession with gardens goes back a long way and Plants: From Roots to Riches takes us back to where it all began. Across 25 vivid episodes, Kathy Willis, Kew's charismatic Head of Science, shows us how the last 250 years transformed our relationship with plants. Behind the scenes at the Botanical Gardens all kinds of surprising things have been going on. As the British Empire painted the atlas red, explorers, adventurers and scientists brought the most interesting specimens and information back to London. From the discovery of Botany Bay to the horrors of the potato famine, from orchid hunters to quinine smugglers, from Darwin's experiments to the unexpected knowledge unlocked by the 1987 hurricane, understanding how plants work has changed our history and could safeguard our future. In the style of A History of the World in 100 Objects, each chapter tells a separate story, but, gathered together, a great picture unfolds, of our most remarkable science, botany. Plants: From Roots to Riches is a beautifully designed book, packed with 200 images in both colour and black and white from Kew's amazing archives, some never reproduced before. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry, the acclaimed popular-science writer, have also added all kinds of fascinating extra history, heroes and villains, memorable stories and interviews. Their book takes us on an exciting rollercoaster ride through our past and future and shows us how much plants really do matter.

Hodder & Stoughton

Rowan's Rule

Rupert Shortt
Authors:
Rupert Shortt

This major new edition of Rupert Shortt's acclaimed biography of Rowan Williams provides fresh insight into the life and thought of perhaps the most gifted Christian leader of our time. Unburdened by national office, the former Archbishop has spoken more candidly than ever about the multiple conflicts - over gay clergy, women bishops and the place of faith in the public square - that rocked the Anglican Church and wider society during his decade at the helm.

Sceptre

Inheritance

Sharon Moalem
Authors:
Sharon Moalem
Coronet

Glitter and Glue

Kelly Corrigan
Authors:
Kelly Corrigan

Hodder Paperbacks

Love is the Cure

Elton John
Authors:
Elton John
Hodder Paperbacks

Secrets My Mother Kept

Kath Hardy
Authors:
Kath Hardy

Kath grew up on a vast council estate in the 1950s, the second youngest of ten children. The two most important people in young Kath's life were her charismatic but manipulative mother Flo and her mother's sister Aunty. But Flo and Aunty were keeping secrets, a tapestry of lies that cast a harrowing shadow over the children's lives. Many years later Kath's mother died and while sorting through Flo's things, Kath discovered a bundle of secret letters that sent her on a journey to finally unravel the truth... Inspirational and moving, this is the story of a woman brave enough to confront her past, and strong enough to let love not bitterness define her.

Hodder Paperbacks

Shadowlands: The True Story of C S Lewis and Joy Davidman

Brian Sibley
Authors:
Brian Sibley
Hodder Paperbacks

Secrets of an Essex Girl

Lauren Goodger
Authors:
Lauren Goodger

Welcome to the wonderful world of Lauren Goodger!Before The Only Way is Essex Lauren was just an ordinary girl, working as a secretary and trying to build a life with her long-term boyfriend Mark Wright. Now she's constantly followed by the paparazzi; she can't wear a bikini without her weight being scrutinised and her private life is played out on the front pages of the tabloids.Lauren may be a celebrity who goes to red carpet events, dates gorgeous men, and has her own business, but she's also a down-to-earth girl who loves to laugh and treasures her friends and family.In SECRETS OF AN ESSEX GIRL, Lauren lifts the lid on the truth behind the headlines. She shares her beauty regime, secrets about her love life, and describes how her friends and family have pulled her through the tough times.So much has been written about Lauren but now it's her turn to set the record straight. In this heartfelt account, she opens up about all the incredible ups and downs of her rollercoaster life. Told with searing honesty, this is Lauren as you've never seen her before.

Hodder & Stoughton

My Outdoor Life

Ray Mears
Authors:
Ray Mears
Hodder Paperbacks

Prince William: Born to be King

Penny Junor, Penny Junor
Authors:
Penny Junor, Penny Junor

As the nation celebrates the birth of William and Kate's son Prince George, Penny Junor brings us the definitive biography of the man who will be King before him. His face is recognized the world over, he is unmistakably Diana's eldest son. But what is Prince William really like?How did he survive the traumas and tragedies of his childhood? He watched his parents' unhappy marriage disintegrate in the full glare of the media. Then, when he was just fifteen, his beautiful, funny, loving mother was tragically killed.How does he approach the future, and how, in this celebrity obsessed world, will he protect Kate and baby George from the intrusion that blighted his own childhood?Drawing on her extensive experience and the trust built up over thirty years of writing about the Royal Family, Penny Junor has got closer than anyone to the secret of William's success as she sensitively and elegantly narrates his life story.This extensively updated edition of Penny Junor's revealing biography is a fitting celebration of the world's most famous prince.

Hodder Paperbacks

Walking with Sausage Dogs

Matt Whyman
Authors:
Matt Whyman
Hodder & Stoughton

Tell Me Who I Am: Sometimes it's Safer Not to Know

Alex And Marcus Lewis
Authors:
Alex And Marcus Lewis
Hodder & Stoughton

Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio

Sergio Rubin, Francesca Ambrogetti
Authors:
Sergio Rubin, Francesca Ambrogetti

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was chosen as the next Pope in one of the shortest conclaves in history. He is the first Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope to come from Latin America. Who is this man, and how did he come to such high position?This book begins with the arrival of Bergoglio's family in Buenos Aires in 1929, travelling from Italy, explores his childhood as one of a family of five, his first job as a factory cleaner and the bout of pneumonia which forced him to reassess his life completely. Then from his early days as a seminarian through his experience as a teacher of psychology and literature, through to his consecration as a cardinal by Pope John Paul II, Bergoglio shares his experiences of faith and life.The difficult subjects are met head on, from the declining numbers of priests to celibacy and even the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church - and through it all, Bergoglio's humble approach and desire to live an austere and faithful life shine through.This is a Pope who will not allow himself to be fitted to a traditional mould - and the world waits with bated breath to see what his time as leader of the world's largest church will bring.

Hodder Paperbacks

The House on an Irish Hillside

Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Authors:
Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Chambers

Chambers Biographical Dictionary Paperback

Chambers
Authors:
Chambers

"Some people leave a deeper footprint in the sands of time than others. In these pages we have access to their particular stories and identities."Dame Joan BakewellDiscover the most authoritative, entertaining and fascinating range of biographies in a single volume; from princes and presidents to artists, actors and authors. An historical tour de force and a joy to browse, The Chambers Biographical Dictionary includes everyone from Anne Frank to Kim Jong Il via Calvin Klein and Charles Dickens

John Murray

Mama Tina

Christina Noble
Authors:
Christina Noble

In 1989, driven by a dream and the memory of her own past, Christina Noble travelled 6,000 miles to Vietnam, a country of great beauty where the terrible legacy of war is still being felt. Against extraordinary odds she opened the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, providing medical aid and schooling. Through this foundation the street children could find safety and new beginnings under the protection of 'Mama Tina'. In this vivid and moving book Christina's story continues with the amazing tale of what she and her foundation have achieved. She takes us from the streets of Saigon to the children's prisons of Mongolia. Finally she returns to Dublin where she is greeted by the president of Ireland herself. A staunch campaigner for children's rights, for Christina there are no frontiers, only a world filled with children reaching out.

Hodder & Stoughton

An Open Book - My Autobiography

Darren Clarke
Authors:
Darren Clarke

A golfer loved for his courage and charisma, Darren Clarke has the crowds behind him.They know he is a warm, funny raconteur who likes a Guinness, who both works hard and plays hard. More important, they know that this man pulled himself up by his bootstraps, having lost his wife Heather to cancer, to triumph at the 2006 Ryder Cup.Just days before the start of the 2011 Open at Royal St George's, Darren's game had once again deserted him, leaving him 'putting like a man with blurred vision'. A month before his 43rd birthday he was not in a good place. But Heather was 'watching from above', the crowd were roaring him on, golf guru Dr Bob Rotella was telling him to 'go unconscious' - and something sparked inside him. The rest is golfing history.Born in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, Darren caddied for his golf course greenkeeper father, turning pro in 1990. He has played in four victorious Ryder Cup sides and beat his close friend Tiger Woods in the 36-hole final of the 2000 WGC-Andersen Consulting Match Play. In 2002 he became the only player to win the English Open three times.In An Open Book he speaks candidly about fellow-players, coaches and golfing psychologists; about how he was bullied at school, narrowly missed and IRA bomb and eventually set up a foundation to develop junior golf in Ireland; and about how he found personal happiness again, marrying Alison Campbell in April 2012. Most vividly of all, he takes the reader down those rainswept fairways to the ecstasy of that final putt when, at his 20th attempt, he lifted the silver claret jug.

Coronet

A Hell for Heroes

Theo Knell
Authors:
Theo Knell