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A Passion Play: The Story Of Ian Anderson And Jethro Tull
- Paperback - Soundcheck Books
With the help of fascinating new interviews, Brian Rabey traces the history of a band which started life as the Blades, briefly included Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and went on to become Prog Rock royalty. The band constantly re-invented itself with new personnel and styles from blues, to folk to heavy rock and more. Full of quotes from contemporaries to put the band in context and photographs from the band's private collection, this is a must for fans.
The Cocaine Diaries: A Venezuelan Prison Nightmare
- Paperback - Mainstream Publishing
When Paul Keany proceeded through Caracas airport in Venezuela with six kilos of cocaine hidden in his suitcase, he was expecting a holiday in the sun with a pay packet of 10,000 Euros: enough to pay off a bank loan and a few small debts. But Paul quickly realised he was in serious trouble.
The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story Of A Child Raised By Monkeys
- Hardback - Mainstream Publishing
In 1954, a young girl was abducted and then abandoned in the Colombian rainforest. So begins the incredible story of Marina Chapman, who went on to spend five years in the jungle, her only family being a troop of capuchin monkeys. Using instinct to guide her, she copied everything they did and soon learned to fend for herself. At around ten years old, a feral Marina was returned to civilisation by hunters, who sold her to a brothel. Beaten daily and groomed to be a prostitute, she escaped and lived as a street kid. However, Marina's life as a wild child wasn't over - in some ways, it had only just begun.
- Paperback - Mainstream Publishing
Shaun Attwood arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire. But he was leading a double life. After taking his first Ecstasy pill at a rave in Manchester as a shy student, Shaun became intoxicated by the party lifestyle that would change his fortune. Years later in the Arizona desert, Shaun became submerged in a criminal underworld, throwing parties for thousands of ravers and running an Ecstasy ring in competition with the Mafia mass murderer 'Sammy the Bull' Gravano. This is his story.
Can't Be Satisfied: The Life And Times Of Muddy Waters
- Paperback - Canongate
This is the long-awaited biography of the man who invented electric blues, rising from the cotton fields to Chicago's South Side, and then on to international stardom. It follows Muddy through scores of women, hits, and moments of divine grace.
My Son, My Son
- Paperback - Vintage Books
What do you do when your wife abducts your children? This was the question facing Douglas Galbraith when, in 2003, he returned home to Scotland from a few days' work in London. The house was silent, empty and locked; his four and six-year-old sons' pyjamas lay on the bedroom floor.
Marquess Of Queensberry: Wilde's Nemesis
- Hardback - Yale University Press
The Marquess of Queensberry is perhaps as famous for destroying one of our greatest literary geniuses as he was for helping establish the rules for modern-day boxing. The trial and two-year imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, following a series of events inspired by Wilde's romantic interest in his son, remains one of history's great tragedies. However, Linda Stratman's biography of the marquess, also known as John Sholto Douglas, paints a far more complex picture by drawing on new sources and unpublished letters.
- Paperback - Carcanet
This biography recounts the life and loves of the creator of Frankenstein, from her youth as the daughter of a philosopher and a pioneering feminist, through her passionate, turbulent marriage, and her career as a writer and editor.
Island Wife: Living On The Edge Of The Wild
- Hardback - Two Roads
A memoir of a woman's life on a remote Scottish island - from 19-year-old girl to wife of one to mother of five, hotelier, domestic miracle worker, to empty nester to writer.
John Napier: Logarithm John
- Paperback - NMS
As the inventor of logarithms, John Napier made one of the greatest advances in the history of mathematics, and his development of an ingenious calculating tool is described here.