The thing you need to know about me is that I am George Corrigan's daughter, his only daughter. So begins this beautifully written memoir, in which Kelly Corrigan intertwines her own story with that of her larger-than-life, Irish-American, born-salesman father, and illustrates both an unbelievably powerful and healing father/daughter relationship and the unbreakable bonds of family. Writing with candor and a surprising amount of graceful humor, Kelly alternates the tale of growing up Corrigan with her life and her father's today, as they each successfully, for now battle cancer. Throughout, she explores the framework of illness and what it means when the one person who has been your source of strength is in need of some himself. Uplifting without shying away from the realities of life with cancer, this highly personal story ultimately examines the universal theme of family, both those we create and those that created us. The Middle Place is about the bittersweet moment between childhood and adulthood when youre a devoted wife and mother, but you'll always be daddy's girl. In fresh, insightful prose, Kelly explores and ultimately embraces that middle place, bringing to light the wonderful opportunity of coming to know who you are and where you truly belong.
The Complete Book of Muslim and Parsi Names is a practical guide for choosing the perfect name for your child. The result of several years of research, it is an erudite and thorough compilation of approximately 30,000 names taken from ten languages. With the actual and the construed meanings and the history or mythology associated with the name given against each entry, this is a precise and invaluable sourcebook for scholars and lay readers alike.
Exploring family history is an urge that has gripped the nation, and it has gripped Jeremy Hardy too. In My Family and Other Strangers he sets out on the road and on the world wide web to find out all he can about the Hardy clan. He aims to prove - or more likely disprove - his grandmother Becky's dubious claims that they are descended from Sir Christopher Wren and that Jeremy's great grandfather was personal bodyguard and confident to the King. Wild stories apart, Jeremy hopes to find family traits that go beyond a big nose and IBS. Whatever he finds, how will he know how much in the blood and how much is coincidence? Might he discover a comedy gene? But perhaps, more than this, he is looking hoping to build up a picture of those relatives who he knew too fleetingly as a small child, and the people who filled their world. Negotiate the living and the dead, the familiar and the distant, My Family and Other Strangers is a fascinating, often comic and deeply moving look at the world of family ancestry.
Why Your World is About To Get a Whole Lot Smaller
Soaring oil prices caused four out of the last five recessions. They caused the current recession. And they will cause the next one. Expensive oil costs us more than just money. It costs jobs, homes and in the long run it is going to radically alter the way we live. For if cheap oil is the fuel that keeps the machinery of globalisation in motion, then expensive oil has the same effect as pouring diesel into an unleaded tank. Everything stalls; the engine fails. Oil prices will rise again in the coming years, as this utterly convincing insight into our collective future argues. And as oil prices fluctuate wildly, our society will change dramatically, and for good. From the homes we live in and the cars we drive to the food we eat and the places we work, our daily lives and global economy are going to be transformed. But while this new, smaller world will take some getting used to, it will also open our eyes to a more localised and ultimately more liveable way of life.
Marketing guru Jack Trout unravels the mystery surrounding the world of marketing- the problems facing GM, newspapers and the beer business for starters, and explains the obvious solutions to these problems.
A lively romp through the fascinating world of Hindi cinema, Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief tracks the making of Omkara, Vishal Bhardwaj's highly acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, from the hours-long script narration for the actors to the star-studded premiere. Interspersed with interviews with Bollywood's best-known directors, lyricists, producers and actors, including Gulzar, Javed Akhtar, Madhur Bhandarkar and the inimitable Dev Anand, Alter's account of behind-the-scenes Bollywood is informative, insightful and often quite funny.
A breathtaking novel of suspense from the co-author of five No 1 James Patterson bestsellers including Judge and Jury and Lifeguard, and the hit thrillers The Blue Zone and The Dark TideA revenge killing. A dead public attorney. And a family caught in the cross-fire.For local detective Ty Hauck, life is good. A waterfront house, a new girlfriend and, after uncovering a Wall Street scandal, heas even a local hero. But then a day trip with his daughter turns into a bloodbath. Inner-city violence seems to have invaded his quiet Greenwich suburn. Or does someone just want it to appear that way?If so, itas someone powerful enough to kill without fear of reprisal. Ty suspects things go deeper, maybe all the way to Washington and the Middle East. And everyone, from the FBI to his own family, wants him to stop looking. But with his estranged brother, Warren, in danger, Ty canat turn away. He ignores the warnings... with devastating and explosive consequences.
The inspiring story of how the Eden Project was conceived and built, by Tim Smit, its creator.
‘With passion and commitment thousands of “small” people built Eden as a symbol of hope in action...
We may all have feet of clay, but that shouldn't stop us trying to make a difference. Wouldn't we all rather look back and say, “I'm glad I did,” rather than “I wish I had”? Some might smile at the naivety of such ambition, believing it to be impossible. We say, “Demand the impossible”.’
So said Tim Smit and thus was the impossible delivered: a living theatre of plants and people and their interdependence, housed in a disused china clay pit and featuring the world’s largest greenhouses. Well over five million visitors have since made their way to Eden, drawn by the astonishing, visionary ambition of its founders. This is Tim's story of how it all came about: the Project's genesis in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, its design and construction against all the odds, its supremely talented team of larger-than-life personalities. Above all, how the energy that brought the vision to life is being applied to possible futures. It is a vision for all to share.
Author Biography Tim Smit is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project, near St Austell in Cornwall. He is also on the board of the Prince's Trust Business division, a member of the Cornwall Gardens Trust and a Director of Kneehigh Theatre. He recently chaired the Landscape Heritage Trust's feasibility study of urban parks and gardens throughout the UK and presented their findings to the government Select Committee on the Environment. In 2000 he was given the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in the UK Award by the English Tourism Council. He lives with his wife and family in Cornwall.
Reviews Smit's vision of Eden is the eighth wonder of the world','Inspiring…An invaluable guide to how a large project can succeed against all odds','Smit is a truly driven individual who does not give up until he has accomplished his visionary goals'
An astute and comical dissection of the culture warsby the author of the much-loved Modern Baptists For More Than twenty years, James Wilcox has been cherished by reviewers and readers alike as one of the most talented American humorists. Since his classic Modern Baptists (picked by Harold Bloom as one of the few contemporary novels in his Western Canon), Wilcox has been charting the intricate spiritual topography of the South with inimitable wit and empathy. His real comic genius (Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review) has never been so brilliantly deployed as in this hilarious look at the peculiarly American cultural divisions of our times.
The witty but compelling story of one man's view of his cancer and its treatment which became an instant bestseller on its publication.
Shortly before his 44th birthday, John Diamond received a call from the doctor who had removed a lump from his neck. Having been assured for the previous 2 years that this was a benign cyst, Diamond was told that it was, in fact, cancerous. Suddenly, this man who'd until this point been one of the world's greatest hypochondriacs, was genuinely faced with mortality. And what he saw scared the wits out of him. Out of necessity, he wrote about his feelings in his TIMES column and the response was staggering. Mailbag followed Diamond's story of life with, and without, a lump - the humiliations, the ridiculous bits, the funny bits, the tearful bits. It's compelling, profound, witty, in the mould of THE DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY.
To Follow the Water: Exploring the Ocean to Discover Climate: 0
In To Follow the Water, critically acclaimed author Dallas Murphy artfully recasts the story of human expansion and cultural development with the ocean playing the central role. Applying a novelist’s eye for detail and a historian’s drive for perspective, he connects the great ages of ocean exploration from Columbus, Magellan, and Cook to the development of modern oceanography. Letting scientists speak for themselves at sea and ashore, Murphy learns that oceanographers are not only observing and explaining the ocean’s dynamic, global circulation, but also employing their skills, tools, and techniques to understand and predict climate change. To Follow the Water is an enlightening and entertaining voyage of discovery spanning the evolution of our relationship to the ocean, first as an impediment to human ambition, then as the pathway for Western expansion, and now, most important, as a subject of scientific study with immediate relevance to our future.
The latest and greatest foolhardy attempt to win a bet by Tony Hawks
All I knew about Moldova were the names of eleven men printed on the inside back pages of my newspaper. None of them sounded to me like they were any good at tennis ...'
An eccentric wager finds Tony Hawks, a man who loves an unusual challenge, bound for the little-known Eastern European state of Moldova. His mission: to track down members of the country's football team and persuade them to play him at tennis. The bizarre quest ultimately has little to do with tennis or football, but instead turns into an extraordinary journey involving the Moldovan underworld, gypsies, chronic power shortages, near kidnap, and a surprisingly tender relationship with his host family.
Follow the fortunes of Tony in this hilarious and often moving adventure as it takes him from Moldova, onwards to Northern Ireland, leading to an exciting denouement in Nazareth - and the naked truth of the bet's final outcome ...
Author Biography Tony Hawks lives in London. He leads a diverse life and has various 'jobs', such as performing stand up comedy, appearing as a panellist on TV and radio (Have I Got News For You, Just A Minute, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), acting, writing, playing tennis, and making music.
Reviews Even if you hate tennis and couldn't find Moldova on the map, you'll be charmed. Utterly recommended,Surprisingly touching as well as incredibly funny,I expected to find this book funny, which it is; I didn't expect to find it illuminating and rather moving, which it is too,This immensely readable account, enriched with moments of true hilarity is, quite honestly, a bit of a gem
THE CHOCOLATE LOVERS' CLUB brings together four very different women with one thing in common: they can't resist chocolate. This is an irresistible novel for anyone who wishes they were a member! Lucy Lombard can't resist it - rich, creamy, sweet, delicious chocolate. For her there's nothing it won't cure and she's not alone. Sharing her passion are three other addicts: Autumn, Nadia and Chantal. Together they form The Chocolate Lovers' Club. They meet in their sanctuary, Chocolate Heaven, as often as they can, and with a cheating boyfriend who promises he'll change, a flirtatious boss, a gambling husband and a loveless marriage, there's always plenty to discuss...
Stunning debut from one of Britain’s most loved comic entertainers
This is Julian Clary’s story, in his own words - the tale of an awkward schoolboy who became a huge worldwide success on stage and screen.
After a sheltered suburban upbringing, Julian was sent to St Benedict’s, where beatings from ‘holy’ men gave him some brutal life lessons, and other ‘unholy’ boys his first awakenings of sexuality. He had just one true friend and ally, Nick - to his other school peers, Julian’s aloof demeanour made him an enigma or simply a figure of ridicule. In school he was just another pained adolescent, but inside Julian was a new Jean Genet or Quentin Crisp bursting to get out.
Leaving St Benedict’s thankfully behind him, Julian went on to college where he found his true vocation as an entertainer with a peculiar comic brand of smut and glamour. At the same time, he was finding as much sex as he could, sometimes with remarkably less-than-glamorous characters.
Periods in community theatre and the singing telegram industry followed before Julian hit the big time with cabaret co-star Fanny the Wonder Dog as The Joan Collins Fan Club. Soon, the world was his oyster. But fame came at a price, as Julian struggled not only with the reality of being a high-profile gay man in the 1980s but also the pain of losing his lover to terminal illness.
Far more than just another celebrity autobiography or ‘funny book’, this is a touching, beautifully written and wryly witty account of a unique progression from shy child to comedy icon.
Author Biography Conceived in broad daylight in Clacton-on-Sea in the summer of 1958, Julian was born the following May to Peter Clary, a policeman, and Brenda. He lived in Surbiton with his parents and two older sisters, looking after guinea pigs and never even going to a single disco, until he left for Goldsmith’s College at 18 to study Drama. From this epoch, the real Julian Clary catapulted himself to stardom. A veteran of the Edinburgh Festival and Royal Variety Show with countless other stage and screen credits, Julian recently reached the latter stages of the BBC’s celebrity ballroom dancing contest, Strictly Come Dancing, and is now the face of BBC One’s primetime National Lottery show, Come and Have A Go. He lives in Camden Town with a cat called Gloria and a little mongrel called Valerie.
Reviews An amazing story… a human testament worthy of a hundred of the more luvvy memoirs spouting self-congratulation,A wryly engaging romp,A witty, charming autobiography
,This is a beautifully honest and sensitive account of a life and career stuffed full of surprising detail. I, for one, never knew Julian was gay,Brilliant
Thomas Lynch was once a brilliant young art historian. Now he is a disgraced middle-aged art historian, overly fond of the bottle and of his fresh young students.
But everything will change now that he’s on the trail of a lost masterpiece, a legendary Madonna by the Italian master Bellini. Insinuating himself into the crumbling English manor house where the painting may be concealed, Lynch attempts to gull the eccentric and perversely beautiful women who live there—though he himself seems to be the pawn in this elaborate game. A Victorian diary that draws Robert Browning into the complicated provenance might provide the key, if Lynch can only manage to beat his hosts in the search.
The unmissable third book from Richard and Judy's TRUE competition
Sometimes a family’s love can achieve the impossible …
On 12th October 1995, Mavis Marsh answered her door to the news every parent dreads most. ‘It’s your son,’ the policeman told her. ‘He’s been in an accident.’ Only hours earlier Matthew had been set for a dazzling future but, in one terrible night, a devastating tragedy altered everything.
Days later, Mavis found herself standing at her son’s bedside as doctors told her to give up all hope. According to them, the damage to Matthew's brain was too severe for him to recover, and the boy she had known and loved was gone forever.
But Mavis and her husband Keith couldn’t give up on their only son. And refusing to accept the diagnosis, they started to work with Matthew themselves, desperately urging their comatose son to fight. For months they tried, to no avail. But then, almost half a year later, he suddenly started to respond …
Author Biography Mavis lives in Leeds with her husband, Keith. They have two daughters and one son, Matthew.
Reviews This is an incredibly moving true tale of hope, dedication and above all love. We defy you not to shed a tear!,An inspirational and moving real life story that proves you can achieve the impossible when you believe enough,astonishing testimony to the power of hope,uplifting
When Aakash Chopra started to write his diary in September 2007, he had no idea that it was going to be an extraordinary year, both for him personally, and for the game of cricket. It began with a great run in the Ranji, culminating in Delhi's victory. Delhi also went on to become North Zone champions, the North Zone won the Duleep Trophy, and in almost every game, Aakash was among the runs. He ended the season with 1339 runs from fifteen games, with five centuries that included three double centuries. Then came the IPL, with its glamorous tie-in with Bollywood. And Aakash found himself on the most talked about side of them all: the Kolkata Knight Riders.A view from within of all that made 2007 such an exciting year for cricketers and cricket lovers, this fast-paced and often tongue-in-cheek account takes us behind the scenes with an honesty and forthrightness uncommon to Indian sport.
Intelligent, wry, and seriously twisted, Peter Crumb is a man who suffers two personalities, only one of which is capable of remorse. His life has been derailed by a single, devastating act of violence, and now, in what he intends to be his last week on earth, he is determined to leave his mark upon humanity—randomly, unjustly, with infinite attention to detail. Allowing the morning's newspaper headlines to loosely dictate his actions, Crumb sets out on a weeklong descent into hell, determined to drag as many as possible into the darkness along with him. Gritty, dazzling, and profoundly disturbing, Jonny Glynn's The Seven Days of Peter Crumb is an extraordinary debut that portrays the deterioration of a severely splintered soul.
Celebrating 60 years of life and 40 years of show biz, this is the long awaited autobiography of a British legend.
Cilla Black is without doubt one of Britain's most treasured personalities. Generations have grown up with Cilla's music, TV shows, and performances. But how much do we really know about 'the girl with the bright red hair and the jet black voice'? What's It All About? is Cilla's own story, told for the first time ever. It's the story of a woman who has worked ceaselessly to stay at the top for forty years despite setbacks and personal tragedy; a life of incredible highs and terrible lows. In this deeply personal autobiography she tells her unique story in intimate and vivid detail for the very first time. This is the real Cilla Black.
Author Biography Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool's heavily bombed, down trodden Scotland Road in 1943, Cilla grew up as a rough and tumble tomboy in a staunchly catholic household. By the time she was twenty - caught up in the incredible youth explosion of the Sixties - she was a key player on the up and coming Mersey scene, managed by Brian Epstein, friends with the Beatles, and having hit after smash hit as Cilla Black, selling a hundred thousand records a day.
Reviews A wonderful book,A fascinating read...the ultimate companion for fans,You'll laugh, but you'll cry too.,A readable, likeable account of the life of a national treasure.
The paperback of TheSunday Times bestseller which spent seven weeks at No 5 - a heartbreaking but inspirational story of a childhood destroyed
One October night in 1975 Richard, aged five, was alone in the house with his three sisters. It was 3am and their mother hadn't come home yet. Next morning, the police arrived to take the children away. Their mother had become the first victim of a serial killer soon to become known as the 'Yorkshire Ripper'.
Passed from one violent home to another, the children were forgotten by all except the press. As the salacious headlines multiplied, Richard and his sisters were never able to recover from their mother's murder. Whilst Richard tried to handle the terror of his violent upbringing, his sister struggled to deal with memories of sexual abuse. Without love or support they spiralled away from help or happiness.
Then one day Richard McCann, having reached suicidal rock bottom, decided no one was going to rescue their lives but him. It was the beginning of an inspirational transformation. Now he is able to tell the story of how the forgotten children of violence suffer, and how they can heal. A heartbreaking, uplifting story of survival and hope.
Author Biography Richard McCann lives in Leeds. Since finishing his first book he has been studying how families can survive and recover after trauma, while also becoming a Samaritan and working for the Youth Offending Service. He is also involved in SAMM (Support after Murder and Manslaughter) and inspires audiences around the UK. He is currently studying for a degree in Social Policy at Leeds University and working on his next book. www.richardmccann.co.uk
Michael J. Fox's remarkable story of his ten-year battle with Parkinson's Disease - now in mass market paperback
In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - in fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. Now, with his trademark ironic sensibility and sense of the absurd, he tells the story of his life - from his childhood in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television and, most importantly, the last ten years, during which - with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends - he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He feels as if he is a very lucky man indeed.
Author Biography Michael J. Fox is best known today for his hit Channel Four sitcom Spin City that he also produced. In the eighties he became an international mega-star, first through TV shows such as Family Ties, then through the record-breaking Back To The Future movies.
Reviews Don't miss this compelling and witty tale of the actor's 11 year fight with Parkinson's disease. An intelligent, poignant and funny read.,a poignant story, well worth reading,this is an optimistic book, there is not an ounce of bitterness or self-pity and it is sharp, touching and genuinely inspiring.,this is an honest, engrossing and uplifting read,funny, touching, inspiring and told in such a way that it becomes impossible to resist
Paperback of 2004's massive Christmas bestseller. The best-written, most gut-wrenchingly honest, stomach-achingly funny book ever written about music, fame and the whole damn thing...
The publication of Feel: Robbie Williams by Chris Heath in September 2004 caused shockwaves of controversy and delight. Not only was its publication trumpeted in tabloids, on TV and the radio, but it was also critically lauded by the broadsheets. Finally, a book had been written on the subject of celebrity and the modern world which had intelligence, honesty and humour.
Written by Chris Heath, who spent nearly two years working with Robbie on this book, every word is imbued with Robbie's humour, charisma, talent, memories and complexity. But more than ever before, this book tells the truth about his extraordinary life. You may have seen his face a million times, heard his music every day, followed him from the beginning of Take That, but this is a man with some serious surprises in store.
After years of rumour and lies, the complete, intimate story of Robert P. Williams had been written.
This is a groundbreaking book.
Author Biography Chris, also an investigative news-writer, has written for Rolling Stone, Details, the Telegraph and The Sunday Times amongst many others. His subjects have varied from Madonna and Lisa-Marie Presley to politicians, murderers and artists. Chris and Robbie have spent nearly two years working on this book.
Reviews The definitive book on Robbie Williams,A phenomenal piece of journalism... an absorbing essay on fame and the music industry,Perceptive, sympathetic and sometimes shocking. It is also - because Williams is a genuinely amusing man - wonderfully funny,The most lustrous and scrupulously observed anatomy of the madness of top-flight 21st century celebrity existence that it has ever been my deep joy to read,It's all there, the inside story that the fans have guessed at and the tabloids have done their best to invent...Until Mrs Williams finally does appear, nobody is going to get closer to Robbie than this,Feel is far too good to be confined to Robbie Williams fans. It is one of the great documentaries of our time - a brillianly observed account of what it feels like to live in the bubble of fame... the excellence of this book so absorbingly conveys what it feels like to be a pop star
When I see her, my first emotion is anger, not sorrow, or the fear I raced here with - that I would be too lateWhen Carol Lee's cherished god-daughter Emma descended into a long and frightening battle with Anorexia, Carol found herself at a loss to know quite what to do. Faced with a confusing assortment of perspectives, theories and treatments from the medical and psychiatric professions, there seemed to be little agreement regarding this perplexing, voracious and sometimes fatal illness. This is the true story of Carol's relationship with Emma , the girl who 'adopted me in a London pub when she was two and three quarters'. Carol tells of her quest to understand and help Emma , weaving back and forth in time creating a picture of Emma's childhood and describing her long battle; her time spent in a secure unit, the secrecy and fury that forever lurked beneath the fragile surface and the infuriating, heartbreaking but ultimately life-saving relationship that they share. We learn through the entries of Emma's diaries and in the book's afterword how she struggled to escape from her dangerous, extraordinary 'dark romance' with this illness and how it was the stories and words that were fed to her that helped her to slowly become well again.
Author Biography Carol Lee is an author, journalist and Alexander Technique teacher. She has written for The Observer, Independent, Guardian, Sunday Times and many national magazines.
Reviews A moving account of one woman's struggle with anorexia,Heartbreaking but fascinating,A disturbing and important book written with tough compassion
The CEO of the Sofa follows America's preeminent political humorist through a year on the domestic front as he covers stories (and visits watering holes) close to home. He waxes cynical over the election of Hillary Clinton. He waxes nostalgic over learning to drive. He waxes poetic as he adds happy endings for liberals to famous tragedies. Now if he would just wax the kitchen floor. And P.J. does still get off the couch and embark on exotic adventures -- to the magical land of India, to the U.N. Millennial Summit, to a blind (drunk) wine tasting with Christopher Buckley, and, most exotical of all, to a Motel 6 where he has twenty-eight channels and a bathroom to himself. In The CEO of the Sofa, P.J. tackles everything and the kitchen sink, fighting evil, injustice, and absurdity with the gloves off and the oven mitts on.
James Frey wakes up on a plane, with no memory of the preceding two weeks. His face is cut and his body is covered with bruises. He has no wallet and no idea of his destination. He has abused alcohol and every drug he can lay his hands on for a decade - and he is aged only twenty-three. What happens next is one of the most powerful and extreme, and honest, stories ever told. His family takes him to a rehabilitation centre. And James Frey starts his perilous journey back to the world of the drug and alcohol-free living. His lack of self-pity gives him an unflinching, often searing honesty. A Million Little Pieces is an uncommonly genuine account of a life destroyed and a life reconstructed.
Motherhood revealed-by a high-profile celebrity mom, dynamic CEO, and Dancing with the Stars co-host and winner. Brooke Burke knows all too well that when you're raising four children, running a household, tending a relationship, building a multimillion- dollar business and pursuing a television career, there's no room for pretense or posturing. Rejecting the idea that there's some simple step-by-step path to the Perfect Body, the Perfect Relationship, or the Perfect Career, she reveals the truths about motherhood with the sincerity that today's smart, sexy and soulful moms need. Brooke lets readers know what really goes on behind the scenes of a surprisingly ordinary life as a celebrity mom, and how she manages to make it all work (on the good days). Always acknowledging the chaos that is present in any woman's life, Burke offers readers a more calculated approach to life and motherhood: dance through it. It's all about hearing the music, finding your footing, and moving gracefully. From tips about caring for your body, to her own stories about the missteps she's made as a mother, to advice about how to handle the tough emotional challenges moms face, Brooke paints an honest picture of motherhood that all women can relate to, insisting that it's not about being right or wrong, it's about being your authentic, naked self.
The No.1 bestseller thatlifts the lid on the world of celebrity - as Piers tries to become one himself...
They say you can always remember where you where when pivotal moments happen, such as losing your virginity or Elvis dying. Let me add another to the list: the moment I sang a diet to the the "Macarena" with Timmy Mallett, live to millions of people...'
Sacked from his high-profile job as a national newspaper editor, Piers Morgan dived helplessly into the world of celebrity. But even twenty years of commenting on the lives of the rich and famous couldn't prepare him for the extraordinary world he uncovered...
A riveting, scandelous and brutally honest account of one man's quest for celebrity, Don't You Know Who I Am? lifts the lid on the egos and outrageous behaviour of everyone from Paris Hilton to Cherie Blair, Kate Moss to the legend that is the Hoff.
Author Biography Piers Morgan was born in 1965. He studied journalism at Harlow College, starting his career in local newspapers and going on to edit his own showbiz column, Bizarre for the Sun. Rupert Murdoch made him Editor of the News of the World in January 1994 and two years later he was headhunted to edit The Mirror, staying there until 2004. He left following a decision to publish photos of British soldiers apparently abusing Iraqi prisoners of war. He has presented two series of Tabloid Tales for BBC2, You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous, the C4 current affairs show Morgan and Platell, and recently shot to fame in the US as a judge on the top rated America's Got Talent. He is also a judge on the hit UK version, Britain's Got Talent.
Reviews Reading this book really is like peering into Morgan’s head. But it’s a fascinating head – its contents are clever and silly, sharp and gullible, occasionally incredibly funny. I’d say he has another bestseller on his hands.,Every page is gold,A typically ribald account of life both making the news and reporting it, as wildly implausible and riotously entertaining as the man himself,He is a very funny writer,Enjoyably revelatory and very good fun,An illuminating, very readable study of the essentially hapless, frequently humiliating and often hilarious nature of media stardom today,A thoroughly enjoyable read
Welcome to the magical underworld of Venice, Italy, where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets... Prosper and Bo are on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old boy who calls himself the Thief Lord. Charming and clever, the Thief Lord leads a band of street children who enjoy making mischief. Prosper and Bo are delighted to be part of this new family. But the Thief Lord also has a dark secret of his own. And suddenly Prosper and Bo find themselves on a fantastical journey to a forgotten place. What they discover ther will change the course of their destiny.
From prize-winning journalist to talk show king on a show voted one of the top 10 British TV programs of all time, Michael Parkinson's starry career spans over four decades. Now an international celebrity himself, the man from a humble but colorful Yorkshire mining family who can tease out the secrets of even the most reticent star guest, at last reveals his own story, with the easy manner and insight that has kept his audiences fascinated. His distinguished career has involved working on highly acclaimed current affairs and film shows. His wide interests and expertise include jazz, film, soccer, and cricket. Witty, humorous, and blessed with exceptional intellectual clarity, Michael Parkinson's memoir is a joy to read.
A magnificent tale of obsession and adventure' The Independent
After a heavy night of tequila, flatmates Dave and Danny set off on what turns out to be a 24,000-mile journey to meet all the other Dave Gormans in the world. They visit Scotland, Israel, America, France and Ireland. They even hold a party in London where 50 Dave Gormans attend, including two women who have kindly changed their name via deed-poll. Silly, but engrossing, fascinating and addictive - and a touching story of two friends who grow to share a mutual obsession.
Author Biography The average Dave Gorman is 37, 5'6" and works in the financial sector. Our Dave Gorman is 29, is a Perrier Award-nominated comedian and writer. His TV work has earned him two BAFTAs for The Mrs Merton Show as well as his own BBC2 series. Danny Wallace is a writer, producer and award-winning journalist, whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Melody Maker.
Reviews A magnificent tale of obsession and adventure,Gorman is becoming the Bill Bryson of stand-up: charming, whimsical, adventurous and laced with belly laughs,You'll like this so much you may want to change your name to Dave Gorman,A warm, funny, life-enhancing book
Recently married, Helen and her wealthy husband have just moved into the Old Rectory. With her husband spending so much time away from home, Helen throws herself into caring for the garden that was the pride and joy of its previous owner. But Helen needs help - and friends - and so decides to take the plunge and join the local Garden Club. Conrad isn't the least bit interested in gardening. Widowed for five years, his life revolves around work and humouring Mac, his curmudgeonly elderly uncle who lives with him and who has expressed a desire to go on the Gardens of Delight tour. But only if Conrad will accompany him. Reluctantly, Conrad agrees. 'Anything for a peaceful life,' he concedes. But a peaceful life is the last thing any of them are in for.
The bestselling book of 2008, now available in paperback
Paul O’Grady is one of Britain’s very best loved entertainers. He is known and adored by millions, whether as the creator of the acid-tongued Blonde Bombsite, Lily Savage, or the presenter of the fantastically successful, award-winning Paul O’Grady Show on Channel 4.
Now, in his own unique voice, Paul O’Grady tells story of his early life in Irish Catholic Birkenhead that started him on the long and winding road from mischievous altar boy to national treasure. It is a brilliantly evoked, hilarious and often moving tale of gossip in the back yard, bragging in the corner shop and slanging matches on the front doorstep, populated by larger-than-life characters with hearts of gold and tongues as sharp as razors.
At My Mother’s Knee features an unforgettable cast of rogues, rascals, lovers, fighters, saints and sinners - and one iconic bus conductress. It’s a book which really does have something for everyone and which reminds us that, when all’s said and done, there’s a bit of savage in all of us…
Author Biography Paul O'Grady first came to fame in the guise of Lily Savage, and was nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1991. Lily later became a regular on This Morning, took over the bed on The Big Breakfast and presented BlanketyBlank, but has now retired. Paul, of course, currently presents The New Paul O’Grady Show on Channel 4.
Reviews Paul speaks with warmth and hilarity about a childhood filled with poverty. Hugely interesting and entertaining.,Among the three-for-two slew of sleb lit heaped on the tables of the nation's major bookshops ... At My Mother's Knee distinguishes itself on every level.,While most celeb memoirs are as memorable as an air kiss, O'Grady's is a proper snog.,Warmly funny, dry and mischievous… Genuine - and brilliant,One of the most brilliantly observed testimonies to working-class life I've ever read,Funny, well observed and recognisably human. Soon you start to wonder why all celebrity autobiographies can't be like this.
THE THIEF Fourteen years ago, four babies were implanted with the Medusa gene - a gene for psychic abilities. Now teenagers, Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan have been brought together by government agents to create a secret crime-fighting force - The Medusa Project. On their way to a distant boot camp, the four teens are attacked and forced to carry out a high-risk diamond theft... WALKING THE WALLS Felix is not scared to be different - but his fellow pupils find him confusing. Felix doesn't care, but everyone around him seems to have something to say about how he's living his life... Why can't they just let him be Felix?
The hilarious true story of a bunch of strangers being swept up in a bored man's experiment' Heat
Danny Wallace was bored. Just to see what would happen, he placed a whimsical ad in a local London paper. It said, simply, 'Join Me'. Within a month, he was receiving letters and emails from teachers, mechanics, sales reps, vicars, schoolchildren and pensioners - all pledging allegiance to his cause. But no one knew what his cause was. Soon he was proclaimed Leader. Increasingly obsessed and possibly power-crazed Danny risked losing his sanity and his loyal girlfriend. But who could deny the attraction of a global following of devoted joinees?
A book about dreams, ambition and the responsibility that comes with power, Join Me is the true story of a man who created a cult by accident, and is proof that whilst some men were born to lead, others really haven't got a clue.
Author Biography Award-winning journalist and producer Danny writes for many publications, including The Independent and The Guardian. Part of the original team behind the British Comedy Award-winning Dead Ringers, also produced the acclaimed cult hit The Boosh, for Radio 4. BBC America recently and bizarrely dubbed him 'one of Britain's most respected journalists', but they were clearly mistaken. He's 25, and lives in an old match factory in Bow.
Reviews One of the funniest stories you will ever read,The hilarious true story of a bunch of strangers being swept up in a bored man's experiment
The ultimate Gi diet book from Britain's bestselling diet and fitness expert
The Ultimate Gi Diet incorporates, and builds upon, the remarkable results and success stories of the original Gi Jean's Diet.
Rosemary takes the scientifically proven success of Glycaemic Indexing (Gi) and represents it in a straightforward format with an easy to follow A-Z of Gi foods. The book contains no calculations or complex charts, but a simple diet and maintenance plan that promises dramatic weight loss - fast!
There is 70% new material, with a greatly extended, easy to follow diet plan offering twice as many meal options and many more new recipes as well as menu plans for solo dieters and shift workers, tips on dining out, easy exercises to speed up weight loss and lots of no-nonsense advice and motivation from Rosemary.
There are anecdotes and success stories for slimmers who have lost weight on the original Gi Jeans Diet, many of whom have reported amazing health benefits. It also features the story of five trial dieters who lost 8 stone between them in just nine weeks and who were featured on ITV's Central News.
Author Biography Rosemary Conley is Britain's most successful and best-loved health and fitness expert. She is the bestselling author of more than a dozen health, fitness and diet books, with sales in excess of 5 million copies. She has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes worldwide, and has her own bestselling magazine and videos. She lives in Leicestershire.
The full story of Kerry Katona, from abused childhood to tabloid fame
By the age of 11 Kerry Katona had lived in countless different homes and attended 8 different schools. By the age of 13 she could beat grown men at pool and knew how to look after her mother during a breakdown. By the age of 15 she had lived in women’s refuges, the heart of London’s East End gangster-land and several different foster homes. By the age of 18 she was a pop star …
Too Much, Too Young is the moving, gripping – yet often very funny – account of one child’s unique upbringing, and a woman’s journey through pop stardom, motherhood and marriage heartbreak.
From the backstreets of Warrington to the smoky pubs of the East End, from the shelters where victims of domestic violence hide, to the exclusive hotels where international pop stars party, this is an extraordinary read.
Better than fiction, more dramatic than the tabloids, more emotional than the soaps and funnier than a reality TV show … welcome to Kerry’s life.
Author Biography Kerry was born in Warrington in 1980. She came into the limelight when she joined the hugely successful band Atomic Kitten. She left in 2001 when her first daughter was born. As well as winning I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! she has been a regular presenter on Loose Women, starred in the successful Irish TV series Show Band and has been the subject of a prime time ITV documentary, My Fair Kerry. She lives in Cheshire with her expanding family.
Reviews You'll be moved by this rags to riches story,It's very easy to empathise with Kerry, who tells her story from the heart. It will make you laugh, cry and gasp with shock in places.
A moving and remarkable triumph' Sebastian Faulks, Independent on Sunday
Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change of scene from his native Belfast. He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi'ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for the next four and a half years. For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongst them John McCarthy.
Reviews An Early nineties classic…It reminds you of the privilege of freedom.
Most of you have already lived out this book, but only in your dreams á During the course of nine injury-ridden but wonderfully fulfilling months in 1998, British sports writer, broadcaster and author Ian Stafford lived out his own fantasies and played sport with the world's greatest individuals and teams in their own environments. In doing so, he put his physical and mental skills to the ultimate test as he attempted to mix with the best.
This book needs no introduction—the hardcover edition was the hottest seller of 2004. Now at last, the paperback edition is available and Katie has brought it right up-to-date with full details of her love for Peter, their new life together, their engagement and their impending wedding. She also reveals the projects she has been working on and what the future holds for her career. No book buyer will want to miss out on the next installment of Katie's life—so fasten your seatbelts for another rollercoaster ride.
Littlejohn returns with a fiercely hilarious collection of pieces on the Brown Years
The Daily Mail's most succesful columnist delivers the coup de grace to New Labour, as the nation voted them out of office. He is not only tough on Brown and the causes of Brown, but devastatingly funny about 'Elf and Safety', 'Yuman Rights', the Surveillance Society and all the bureacratic absurdities that make modern life worse than anything George Orwell ever imagined.
But, as the new introductory material reveals, the coalition of Lib Dem and Conservative also means same meat, different gravy. And already we have the first casualty of the cabinet in David Laws, another rich MP exploiting his position to claim expenses paid to his secret lover.
‘Littlejohn has been … a vivid exponent of a great British columnar style that stretches back five centuries or more. He’s a distant, bastard cousin of Thomas Nash, Daniel Defoe and Alexander Pope. Cassandra and Bernard Levin might justly buy him a pint in the Chesire Cheese. Like or loathe him, he’s the real, talented deal.’ Observer
Author Biography Richard Littlejohn is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, and author of two best-selling books. He has written for London’s Evening Standard and Punch and is still a contributor to the Spectator. His twice-weekly columns in the Daily Mail and the Sun earned him a place in the inaugural Newspaper Hall of Fame as one of the most influential journalists of the past 40 years.
He has been Fleet Street’s Columnist of the Year and was named Irritant of the Year by the BBC’s What The Papers Say awards for his unrivalled ability to get up the noses of the Establishment. His extensive radio and television work has brought him both a Sony award and a Silver Rose of Montreux.
Littlejohn’s satirical novel To Hell In A Handcart was the fastest-selling fiction paperback on its release in 2001. His highly acclaimed non-fiction book You Couldn’t Make It Up skewered John Major’s Conservative government – much the same as the No. 1 bestselling Littlejohn’s Britain did for the Blair years.
Reviews If you prize free expression, this book is essential reading. I was unable to find fault with a single sentiment
Please Don't Make Me Go: How One Boy's Courage Overcame a Brutal Childhood
The harrowing true story of one boyas experiences in a brutal aapproveda school for young offenders in a50s London, run by Catholic monks where violence and abuse were rife.Beaten from an early age by his abusive, father, John struggled to fit in at school where his poverty marked him out. When, aged 13, his father brought a charge against him in order to remove him from the family home, John found himself in Juvenile Court a from here he was sent to the notorious St. Vincentas school, run by a group of Catholic Irish Brothers.Beatings and abuse were a part of daily life a both from Johnas fellow pupils, but also from the brothers, all of which was overseen by the sadistic headmaster, Brother De Montfort. Tormented physically and sexually by one boy in particular, and by the Brothers in general, John quickly learnt to survive but at the cost of the loss of his childhood.Please donat make me go, tells in heart-rending detail the day-to-day lives of John and the other boys a the beatings, the weapons fashioned from toilet chains and stones, the loneliness a but we also see the development of Johnas love of reading, his growing friendship with Father Delaney and his best friend, Bernard, and his unstinting love for his mother whom he feared was suffering at the hands of his violent father.A painfully, brutally honest account, Please donat make me go is also an example of the resilience of the human spirit as it documents how John learnt to survive and come through his ordeal.
The secret life of paradise - what happens when the sun goes down?
How does it feel to live and work in the world’s most beautiful and luxurious tropical island resort, surrounded by white sandy beaches and aquamarine seas? How does it feel to be in the lap of luxury when you’re thousands of miles from anywhere else? And when the guests are some of the richest and most demanding people in the world, where do you find the energy every day to smile, smile and smile again?
Beach Babylon takes you behind the scenes at a five-star tropical island resort. Do all the stories which take place behind the closed doors of the exclusive spa have happy endings? What do the world’s richest people expect from room service during their fortnight in paradise? What does the windsurfing instructor do to keep sane after hours?
In the bestselling tradition of her previous Babylon books, Imogen Edwards-Jones investigates the rivalries and alliances between the staff at a resort where pandering to the guests’ most extravagant whims is de rigueur. With a cast of millionaires, celebrities, hangers-on and prostitutes, Beach Babylon takes you to a world where extreme luxury is the norm and where excess somehow isn’t always enough...
Imogen Edwards-Jones is the co-author of the Sunday Times non-fiction bestsellers Hotel Babylon, Air Babylon and Fashion Babylon as well as author of the novels My CanapéHell, Shagpile, The Wendy House and Tuscany for Beginners. She lives in west London.
Anonymous is the manager of an exclusive five-star island resort.
Frank Skinner is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens. Born Chris Collins in 1957 he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father's passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16 Frank held various jobs later going on to gain an MA in English Literature. Nurturing a serious drink problem from the age of fourteen, Frank eventually turned to Catholicism in 1987 and hasn't had a drink since. He performed his first stand up gig in December 1987. His first television appearance in 1988 met with fits of laughter from the audience and 131 complaints, including one from cabinet minister Edwina Currie. He met fellow comedian David Baddiel in 1990 and the two went on to share a flat throughout the early 90's and to create the hit TV series Fantasy Football League. Winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Skinner's is a unique mixture of laddish and philosophical humour which has won him the prime time ITV show - The Frank Skinner Show. Here, for the first time, Frank candidly tells us of the highs and lows of his fascinating life and career.
Author Biography Born in January 1957 Frank grew up in Oldbury and Smethwick; West Midlands. After various jobs, he performed his first stand up gig in December 1987 and went on to win the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He is currently enjoying success with his own TV chat show.
Reviews Skinner tells this amazing story in a rapid and murky manner,A rattling good read, written with humour and honesty,Skinner has a pathological need to tell the truth and that can only be to the advantage of any autobiography
'If sex - or rather, the lack of sex - in marriages and long-term relationships isn't a hot topic, it's because no one dares talk about it. Or admit to it. Until now ...' ObserverCan we continue to desire what we already have? Does good intimacy always make for good sex? Are domesticity and passion compatible? In Mating in Captivity, psychotherapist Esther Perel tackles the paradox of modern love. Our cultural penchant for equality, togetherness and absolute candour is at odds with erotic desire. Which makes long-term love an increasingly contradictory and messy business. Perel looks at why it's hard to want what you already have, even in the most committed relationship. And teaches how you can reconcile domestic bliss with erotic excitement, and rekindle lost passion. Wise, witty, and as revelatory as it is straightforward, Mating in Captivity is a sensational book that could change the way you love and live.
Many diets leave the body craving for food, causing the body's metabolism to slow down and burn off the calories more slowly. As a result, as soon as the dieter returns to "normal" eating the weight piles back on again. With a selection of eight 30-day diet plans specifically devised with the aim of speeding up the calorie-burning process, Rosemary Conley here sets out to demonstrate how, by eating more of the "right" foods, readers can "eat themselves slim" and stay that way. These low-fat eating plans incorporate a wide variety of choice, with options for vegetarians, gourmets and "lazy" cooks, together with seasonal menu suggestions. The book also includes chapters on exercises designed to boost the metabolism.