Category Archives: Non-Fiction

The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones and other Victorian Scandals by Michelle Morgan

Published by Robinson on 12th April 2018 Synopsis: A grisly book dedicated to the crimes, perversions and outrages of Victorian England, covering high-profile offences – such as the murder of actor William Terriss, whose stabbing at the stage door of … Continue reading

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Shepperton Babylon by Matthew Sweet

Synopsis This is a wonderful secret history of British movies that includes the scandals, the suicides, the immolations and the contract killings – the product of thousands of conversations with veteran film-makers. Here you’ll meet, among many others, the 20s … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Showbiz Reporter by Holly Forrest

Synopsis Press junkets. Premiers. Dom Perignon. They’re all in a day’s work for your average Hollywood celebrity. But, what’s it like on the otherside of the microphone? In this no-holds-barred memoir, showbiz reporter Holly Forest reveals the less glamorous side … Continue reading

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The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Published by Widenfeld and Nicolson Synopsis The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they … Continue reading

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Connecting Dors by Niema Ash and Jason Dors-Lake

Synopsis Diana Dors is a legend. Her fame has survived the adored fifties’s celebrity to today’s cult figure. She is arguably the biggest star the U.K. has produced, not only for her acclaimed body of work but for her generosity, … Continue reading

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Carole Lombard: Twentieth Century Star by Michelle Morgan

Published by The History Press 5th october 2016 I was sent a copy of this book by The History Press in exchange for a fair and honest review Synopsis Carole Lombard was the very opposite of the typical 1930s starlet. … Continue reading

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Marilyn Monroe: A day in the Life – April VeVea

Synopsis Marilyn Monroe is an icon for millions around the world, young and old alike. Now a comprehensive timeline is available for Marilyn’s life. Track the superstar’s path to icon status through her success and failure, her husbands and lovers, … Continue reading

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A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected non-fiction by Terry Pratchett

Synopsis Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series – but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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They All love Jack: Busting the Ripper by Bruce Robinson

Published by Fourth Estate 6th October 2015 Synopsis A book like no other – the tale of a gripping quest to discover the identity of history’s most notorious murderer and a literary high-wire act from the legendary writer and director … Continue reading

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Weird things Customers say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell…

And more weird things customers say in bookshops. Published by Constable and Robinson Synopsis This Sunday Times Bestseller is a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments: ‘Can books conduct electricity?’ ‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… … Continue reading

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