Harold, the Last of the Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Requirements: .ePUB reader, 749 KB Overview: A fascinating fictionalised story of the life of Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, written by bestselling novelist and coiner of such phrases as “the pen is mightier than the sword” and “It was a dark and stormy night”, Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Box to Box by Curtis Woodhouse Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.5 MB Overview: The football world is filled with stories of talented young footballers who have thrown it all away before drifting into obscurity. Similarly, the tale of an ageing boxer who won the title against the odds is so familiar it has become a cliche. But put the two stories together and you’ve got something special: wasted footballers simply don’t become boxing champions – at least they didn’t before Curtis Woodhouse.
Woodhouse had been destined for greatness. At the age of 17 he made his debut for his local club, Sheffield United, and quickly went from earning £42 a week to £4000 a week. Suddenly he felt like a rock star, and began living like one – which didn’t help his football. Initially, there wasn’t a problem, and he earned four England Under-21 caps, playing alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. As his drinking increased and he began getting involved in fights, he was sold to Birmingham City at 20 and saw his wages double – but so did his problems. After a brawl, he was sentenced to 250 hours’ community service, and when he finally reached the Premier League he ended up playing against Liverpool while still drunk. He’d fallen out of love with the game. After another transfer, manager Barry Fry suggested he take up boxing to provide an outlet for his anger, and a new passion was born. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Writing Home by Alan Bennett Requirements: ePUB Reader, 3 MB Overview: Bringing together the hilarious, revealing, and lucidly intelligent writing of one of England’s best known literary figures, Writing Home includes the journalism, book and theater reviews, and diaries of Alan Bennett, as well as “The Lady in the Van,” his unforgettable account of Miss Shepherd, a London eccentric who lived in a van in Bennett’s garden for more than twenty years. This revised and updated edition includes new material from the author, including more recent diaries and his introduction to his Oscar-nominated screenplay for The Madness of King George. A chronicle of one of the most important literary careers of the twentieth century, Writing Home is a classic history of a life in letters. Genre:
They Don’t Teach This by Eniola Aluko Requirements: .ePUB reader, 26MB Overview: First class honours law degree. 102 appearances for England women’s national football team. First female pundit on Match of the Day. UN Women UK ambassador. Guardian columnist.
All of these achievements belong to Eni Aluko, who, is keen to share her experiences, aiming to inspire readers to be the best possible versions of themselves. Aluko was appointed UN Women UK ambassador with a focus on promoting gender empowerment in 2016, and in October 2018 she was named by Marie Claire as one of ten Future Shapers Award Winners, recognising individuals who are changing women’s futures for the better. She is currently playing football for Juventus in Italy and writing a weekly column for the Guardian.
They Don’t Teach This steps beyond the realms of memoir to explore themes of dual nationality and identity, race and institutional prejudice, success, failure and faith. It is an inspiring manifesto to change the way readers and the future generation choose to view the challenges that come in their life applying life lessons with raw truths of Eni’s own personal experience. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
The Little Girl on the Ice Floe by Adélaïde Bon Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1 MB Overview: A woman grapples with the traumatic memory of a childhood sexual assault in this international bestseller: “An unsettling autobiographical tale” (Livres Hebdo, France).
When Adélaïde’s parents find her mute and unable to stop crying, they bring her to the police station and file a complaint against “X” for sexual assault. In so many ways, her childhood ended then—at just nine years old. Yet Adélaïde grows up without showing any outward signs of damage. As a teen and then as a seemingly cheerful young woman, she suffers in silence.
Twenty-three years after the attack, Adélaïde receives a call from the Paris juvenile squad. DNA analysis suggests that a serial burglar known by police as “The Electrician” has assaulted at least seventy-two minors between 1983 and 2003. It is suspected that he has hurt hundreds of others who never filed complaints. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Way Out There In the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War by Frances FitzGerald Requirements: .ePUB reader, 895 KB Overview: Way Out There in the Blue is a major work of history by the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Fire in the Lake. Using the Star Wars missile defense program as a magnifying glass on his presidency, Frances FitzGerald gives us a wholly original portrait of Ronald Reagan, the most puzzling president of the last half of the twentieth century.
Reagan’s presidency and the man himself have always been difficult to fathom. His influence was enormous, and the few powerful ideas he espoused remain with us still – yet he seemed nothing more than a charming, simple-minded, inattentive actor. FitzGerald shows us a Reagan far more complex than the man we thought we knew. A master of the American language and of self-presentation, the greatest storyteller ever to occupy the Oval Office, Reagan created a compelling public persona that bore little relationship to himself.
The real Ronald Reagan – the Reagan who emerges from FitzGerald’s book – was a gifted politician with a deep understanding of the American national psyche and at the same time an executive almost totally disengaged from the policies of his administration and from the people who surrounded him.
The idea that America should have an impregnable shield against nuclear weapons was Reagan’s invention. His famous Star Wars speech, in which he promised us such a shield and called upon scientists to produce it, gave rise to the Strategic Defense Initiative. Reagan used his sure understanding of American mythology, history and politics to persuade the country that a perfect defense against Soviet nuclear weapons would be possible, even though the technology did not exist and was not remotely feasible. His idea turned into a multibillion-dollar research program. SDI played a central role in U.S.-Soviet relations at a crucial juncture in the Cold War, and in a different form it survives to this day. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre Requirements: .ePUB reader, 679.48 KB Overview: At the center of this massive and brilliant book is the most universal of man’s cities: Jerusalem, the mystic heart of three great religions, condemned to pay for the passions it inspires by being—through forty centuries—the most bitterly disputed site in the world.
O Jerusalem! is the classic retelling of the spellbinding events of the birth of Israel. Moment by moment, Collins and Lapierre weave a brilliant tapestry of shattered hopes, fierce pride, and breathtaking daring as the Arabs, Jews, and British collide in their fight for control of Jerusalem.
Collins and Lapierre profile the Jewish fighters, from the commanders Ben Gurion and Golda Meir to the soldiers, rabbinical students, and refugees taken directly from their ships to fight; the Arab soldiers, from the explosives expert planting bombs to the charismatic chieftain whose death in battle doomed the Arab cause but inspired a generation of Palestinians; as well as the British efforts of peacekeeping after General Allenby’s conquest of Jerusalem and their departure in the face of the onslaught.
O Jerusalem! is a towering testament to the fiery birth of Israel and an unforgettable tale of faith and violence, of betrayal and indomitable courage.
Collins and Lapierre’s story is the fruit of five years of intensive research and many thousands of interviews. This edition contains an introduction by Dominique Lapierre (translated from the original French by Larry Collins) as well as extensive biographical and chapter notes. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Ernesto “Che” Guevara by Dennis Abrams Requirements: .PDF reader, 3.7 Mb Overview: Immortalized in fashion, film, and music, Ernesto “Che” Guevara was a trained doctor, writer, military leader, and revolutionary more than just a man emblazoned on a T-shirt. When he was a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout South America, where he witnessed people living in terrible poverty. After, Guevara became a radical activist, one in favor of world revolution as a way to achieve economic equality. These views led him to Fidel Castro, then a Cuban revolutionary, and the two worked with others to overthrow the U.S.-backed Cuban government under Fulgencio Batista. After this successful insurrection, Guevara went on to incite further revolutions in other countries, an occupation that would result in his death. This new biography, filled with detailed photographs and handy reference features, offers an insightful narrative tale of a man who acted on his beliefs. Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith Requirements: ePUB Reader, 76 MB Overview: Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years. This vivid, eye-opening biography—the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more, some speaking on the record for the first time—is the first authoritative treatment of Charles’s life that sheds light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne one day.Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father’s expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationships with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren.Ranging from his glamorous palaces to his country homes, from his globe-trotting travels to his local initiatives, Smith shows how Prince Charles possesses a fiercely independent spirit and yet has spent more than six decades waiting for his destined role, living a life dictated by protocols he often struggles to obey. With keen insight and the discovery of unexpected new details, Smith lays bare the contradictions of a man who is more complicated, tragic, and compelling than we knew, until now. Genre: Non-fiction, Biographies & Memoirs
Till Death Us Do Part: A True Murder Mystery by Vincent Bugliosi Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.8 MB | Retail Overview: On December 11, 1966, a mysterious assassin shot Henry Stockton to death, set his house on fire, and left the scene without a trace. A year later, when a woman was found brutally killed, shreds of evidence suggested a connection between the two murders.
In the Palliko-Stockton trial, prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi offered a brilliant summation that synthesized for the jury the many inferences and shades of meaning in the testimony, fitting all the pieces together in a mosaic of guilt. But will the jury be persuaded? Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs