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    The Glasgow Curse: My Life In The Criminal Underworld
    William Lobban - Paperback - Birlinn
    This chilling and disturbing memoir tells the story of one of Glasgow's most notorious criminals, a man accused of many murders. Writing in his own words, William Lobban tells how he was born in Exeter Prison to a violent, schizophrenic mother and went on to start his own career in crime.
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    In The Front Line: A Doctor In War And Peace
    Alec Glen - Hardback - Birlinn
    This is a memoir by a Scottish doctor who joined the army as a medical officer at the outbreak of World War One, and went on to work in Govan after the war. Less an account of the author's inner life, it is a graphic narrative, by a practitioner in the hospitals and homes of a major city, of hands-on medical care during much of the twentieth century.
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    Va Va Froome: The Remarkable Rise Of Chris Froome
    David Sharp - Paperback - Birlinn
    This is a portrait of a wonderful sporting anomaly. An honest, intelligent, thoughtful, bookish 27-year-old with a hidden steely determination. Chris Froome is the African who will fight to capture the crown of the Tour de France from Bradley Wiggins in 2013.
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    If Only I Had Told: The Shocking True Story From The Girl At The Heart Of Orkney's Satanic Sex Ring
    Esther W. - Paperback - Ebury Press
    A personal, brave memoir and a shocking true account of how two very bad men and a flawed system let a whole community down. 'In 1991, social workers snatched nine children from four families on a tiny Orkney Island amid allegations of a satanic sex abuse circle. Those false allegations had been made by my younger brothers and sisters. It wasn't their fault. They didn't stand a chance'.
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    Up In Lights: The Memoirs Of A 1920s Chorus Girl
    Marjorie Graham - Paperback - Pan Books
    Born into an ordinary Edinburgh family in 1904, Marjorie Graham was expected to grow up like any other respectable girl. But her childhood dance classes with friends instilled a burning desire in her: to be a star. She couldn't have chosen a better time. As the roaring twenties flared into life, young Marjorie got her first break as a chorus girl. But the glamour of being a 'flapper' brought with it hidden dangers, an altogether darker world of failed love affairs, poverty and addiction to drink.
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    The Real Hornblower: The Life And Times Of Admiral Sir James Gordon GCB
    Bryan Perrett - Paperback - Pen & Sword Maritime
    A comprehensive and engaging account of the life and times of a great Naval Admiral. Ever since C.S. Forester's fictional hero enthralled readers, there has been speculation as to whether his adventures were based on the life of a real officer. Perrett argues that Forester's model for his hero was Admiral Gordon, a true-life hero of Nelson's navy, whose escapades mirror many of Hornblower's adventures.
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    A Day To Die For: 1996, Everest's Worst Disaster
    Graham Ratcliffe - Paperback - Mainstream Publishing
    This title reveals for the first time the full, startling facts that led to the 1996 tragedy on Everest. As a first-hand witness, Graham Ratcliffe spent the night of 10th May on Everest's South Col, at 26,000 ft, sheltering from the deadly storm that would claim eight lives. This is Grahams incredible story.
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    Maggie & Me
    Damian Barr - Hardback - Bloomsbury
    It is 12 October 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Miraculously, Maggie Thatcher survives. In small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum rips her wedding ring off and packs their bags. He knows he, too, must survive. Damian, his sister and his Catholic mum move in with her sinister new boyfriend while his Protestant dad shacks up with the glamorous Mary the Canary. Divided by sectarian suspicion, the community is held together by the sprawling Ravenscraig Steelworks.
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    Maggie & Me
    Damian Barr - Paperback - Bloomsbury
    It's 12 October 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Miraculously, Maggie Thatcher survives. In small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum rips her wedding ring off and packs their bags. He knows he, too, must survive. Damian, his sister and his Catholic mum move in with her sinister new boyfriend while his Protestant dad shacks up with the glamorous Mary the Canary. Divided by sectarian suspicion, the community is held together by the sprawling Ravenscraig Steelworks.
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    Ma, I've Reached For The Moon An I'm Hittin The Stars
    Martha Long - Paperback - Mainstream Publishing
    'Never again will I let myself plunge so low, it nearly cost my life then ended in the mad house', Martha vows, as she sits back in the taxi. A young Russian monk from the mental hospital has proposed marriage. Then she receives a shock. A letter from Father Ralph Fitzgerald, the man who rescued her from the streets.

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