Biography & Autobiography


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    Gorbals Diehards: A Wild Sixties Childhood
    Colin MacFarlane - Paperback - Mainstream
    During the 1960s Glasgow boy Colin MacFarlane had a gang: the Incredible Gorbals Diehards. These were young boys trying to survive in one of the world's toughest areas, the infamous slums of Glasgow. Here, MacFarlane reveals what it was like to grow up on the streets in the Gorbals during this period.
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    Jimmy Irish: Undercover And Alone Against The Mafia - A True Story
    Norman MacDonald - Paperback - Mainstream
    This is the true story of one mans fearless courage whilst working undercover to infiltrate the Mafia. On behalf of every law-abiding American, Jimmy Mullan put his own life on the line as every day and night he rubbed shoulders with the Mobs drug dealers, killers, extortionists, thieves and loan sharks.
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    Leading From The Front: My Story
    Gerald Ronson - Paperback - Mainstream
    Gerald Ronson reveals how he fought his way to the top of the business ladder, lost everything twice, then clawed his way back up again.
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    Robert Craufurd: Wellington's Wayward Martinet
    Ian Fletcher - Hardback - Pen & Sword Military
    To most students of the Peninsular War the name Robert Craufurd usually evokes images of a battle-hardened martinet, flogging his men across Portugal and Spain, driving them hard. However, it is only half of the picture of this most complex character and it is the other half that has never before been revealed.
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    Tommy's Peace: A Family Diary, 1919-33
    Thomas Cairns Livingstone - Paperback - Mainstream
    Thomas Cairns Livingstone began to note his day-to-day experiences in 1913 and continued faithfully for the next 30 years. With each witty and well-observed entry, he recorded events at home and abroad through times of war and peace, joy and sadness. In this follow-up to 'Tommy's War', the focus is on the post-war years.
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    Pour Me: A Life
    A. A. Gill - Hardback - Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    Aged thirty, at a treatment centre in the west of England, A.A. Gill lay in the last-chance saloon, in the dark of a dormitory with six strangers. His dark yet laugh-out-loud memoir charts the year between the end of his marriage and the end of drinking, on April 1st. Or perhaps it was not a year - it might be only six months or eighteen. None of this is hand-on-Bible fact. The one charity of drink is that it strips away memory. So this book is an attempt to resurrect the boat that was going the other way, and its cargo, its log of how he got here. Being A.A. Gill, this is no faith-infused tale of redemption. It isn't an account of a debauched drink-and-drug hell; there will be no lessons to learn; or handy hints or golden rules. But it is a brilliant, funny, and wise book by our greatest journalist.
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    In The All Night Café
    Stuart David - Hardback - Little, Brown and Company
    Belle & Sebastian have been making critically-acclaimed music since 1996. They have played hundreds of gigs, won a Brit Award, and their music has been featured in films such as 'High Fidelity' and 'Juno', and their unsettling, often surreal songs, delicate melodies and alternative approach to pop stardom has earned them armies of fans all over the world. 'In the All Night Café' is founder member Stuart David's charming and evocative account of the band's early history.
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    Out Of Sheer Rage: In The Shadow Of D.H. Lawrence
    Geoff Dyer - Paperback - Canongate
    This biography of D.H. Lawrence is also a travel book. Geoff Dyer followed in Lawrence's footsteps, living out of a rucksack, and by retracing Lawrence's journeys, he learns as much about himself as he does about Lawrence.
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    Nicola Sturgeon: A Biography
    David Torrance - Paperback - Birlinn
    From the age of just 16, Nicola Sturgeon has devoted her life to the SNP - her determination and grit finally winning her one of Labour's stronghold seats in Govan in 2007, a constituency she battled to win for almost a decade. When the party formed its first (minority) administration in 2007 Sturgeon became Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, and swiftly became one of the Scottish Government's most successful ministers. By the time Alex Salmond resigned as First Minister and SNP leader in the wake of a No vote Sturgeon was viewed as his inevitable successor. This is a biography of Scotland's first female First Minister.
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    Salmond: Against The Odds
    David Torrance - Paperback - Birlinn
    David Torrance turns his attention to one of the most interesting politicians Scotland has produced. Based on interviews with close colleagues and friends, as well as rafts of published and unpublished material, he charts the life and career of Salmond. This edition has been updated to cover the SNP's Referendum campaign.

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