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    A Delicate Wildness: The Life And Loves Of David Thomson, 1914-1988
    Julian Vignoles - Paperback - The Lilliput Press
    Thomson was a Scotsman who became an honorary Irishman, writer, folklorist and radio producer. His life took a fateful turn when, while a history student at Oxford, Thomson came to County Roscommon in the early 1930s as tutor to an Anglo-Irish family. He fell in love with the daughter of the house, became a farmer and 'went native', caught up in the history and landscape of counties Roscommon and Leitrim. He wrote his first book at 40, 'The People of the Sea', an exploration of seal lore. He went on to write 11 published works including autobiographical fiction, before turning to the genre in which he most excelled - memoir: 'Woodbrook', about his time in Ireland, is regarded as an Arcadian masterpiece and minor classic.
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    Don't Ever Tell: Kathy's Story
    Kathy O'Beirne - Paperback - Mainstream Publishing
    Kathy recounts her tragic experiences as a Magdalen girl in unflinching detail, along the way stirring up many extreme emotions. She details her will to survive horrific circumstances and her subsequent fight for justice.
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    Dennis Nilsen: Conversations With Britain's Most Evil Serial Killer
    Russ Coffey - Paperback - John Blake
    In 1983, Denis Nilsen was arrested after body parts were found to be blocking drains at the house where he lived. As the squad car drove him away, he confessed he had strangled 15 young men. During his 30 years in prison, Nilsen has written volumes of his autobiography. Using access to Nilsen's writing and extensive independent research, Russ Coffey explains what Nilsen says and how much of it we can believe. This is a shocking glimpse into the mind of a killer.
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    David Livingstone
    - Paperback - NMS
    David Livingstone rose from being a factory boy to become an African explorer and a hero of the Victorian age. This volume of essays, rich in new scholarship, ties in with an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland which commemorates the 200th anniversary of his birth.
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    David Hume: The Philosopher As Historian
    N. T. Phillipson - Paperback - Penguin
    In this analysis of David Hume's life and works, from his university days in Edinburgh to the rapturous reception of his 'History of England', Nicholas Phillipson reveals the gradual process by which one of the greatest Western philosophers turned himself into one of the greatest historians of Britain.
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    Different Drummer: The Life Of Kenneth MacMillan
    Jann Parry - Paperback - Faber
    Kenneth MacMillan's ballets are in constant demand by world-famous companies, particularly 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Manon' and 'Mayerling'. This biography reveals a complex artist who fiercely guarded his own privacy, whilst his ballets communicated his darkest and most intimate thoughts.
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    Driftwood And Tangle
    Margaret Leigh - Paperback - Birlinn
    A moving and poignant memoir of life in the north-west of Scotland just after the outbreak of the Second World War. Margaret Leigh recounts the years she spent in Wester Ross, Moidart, Coigeach and Barra as a crofter.
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    The Diary Of Miss Idilia
    Idilia Dubb - Hardback - Short
    This is the story of a young girl who, whilst on holiday with her parents in the German Rhineland in 1851, disappeared. Her diary was later discovered in a ruined tower and is here presented in its original form to tell her tragic tale of love and loss.
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    Disruptive: How I Triumphed Over Years Of Abuse From Those Who Were Supposed To Protect Me
    Angela Bayley - Paperback - Synchrony
    Abuse, betrayal and negligence on a possibly unprecedented scale fail to break Angela's spirit. A sensitive and intelligent young girl and talented athlete, she is myopically labelled 'disruptive' by the incompetent authorities. This is her story.
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    Dali And I: Exposing The Dark Circus Of The International Art Market
    Stan Lauryssens - Hardback - Mainstream
    An eye-opening behind-the-scenes view of commerce and conspiracy in the art world. Stan Lauryssens made millions selling the work of Salvador Dali. Here he tells Dali's secret history, the studio of artists that made his work, and the money-making machine that kept his lifestyle afloat.

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