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David Jason - My Life

Author: David Jason

Publisher: Century (2013)

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors, and the star of Only Fools and Horses. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker. Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. David’s is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty.

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Dear Fatty

Author: Dawn French

Publisher: Arrow (2009)

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Deep Down Dark

Author: Héctor Tobar

Publisher: Sceptre (2014)

When the San José Mine collapsed outside Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the gruelling and protracted rescue, but the story of the miners' experiences below the earth's surface - and the lives that led them there - has never been heard, until now. For Deep Down Dark, the Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their stories. These thirty-three men came to think of the mine, a cavern inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, as a kind of coffin, as a church where they sought redemption through prayer. Even while still buried, they all agreed that if by some miracle any of them escaped alive, they would share their story only collectively. Héctor Tobar was the person they chose to hear, and now to tell, that story.

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Dickie Bird - My Autobiography

Authors: Dickie Bird, Keith Lodge

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1997)

When Dickie Bird retired it was an international event shown on TV screens and in newspapers throughout the world. He was a household name, an eccentric, and one of the most loved and respected characters in world cricket. His idiosyncratic style and infectious humour endeared him to millions, transcending his sport. Fiercely proud of his background as a Yorkshire miner's son, his account follows his youth in Barnsley, his early days as a cricketer, through to his career as an umpire and his experiences of the international scene, all told with total honesty by this very private person. As the most respected umpire in the game, Dickie has serious and constructive points to make. Dickie wanted to go out at the top and he certainly did - after standing at 66 Test matches, three World Cup finals and 92 one-day Internationals. Combining forthright views on the game and those involved in it, compelling accounts of what it is like behind the scenes in cricket at the highest level, and the hilarious stories for which Dickie is so well known, here is the refreshing and enjoyable autobiography of a sporting legend.

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Down And Out In Paris And London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin Books (2013)

This unusual account - in good part autobiographical - tells without self-pity and often with humour the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. The Parisian episode is fascinating for its exposure of the kitchens of posh French restaurants, where the narrator works at the bottom of the culinary echelon as dishwasher, or ‘plongeur’. In London, while waiting for a job, he experiences the world of tramps, street people, and free lodging houses. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

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Dylan Thomas - Poet Of His People

Author: Andrew Sinclair

Publisher: Michael Joseph (1975)

Dylan Thomas was the best lyric poet of his age, who, by his life as well as his work, attracted a new mass audience to his craft. He was a cult in his own time as well as a poet for all time. Andrew Sinclair's biography captures the rampaging life style of the man and of the poet - his strengths and weaknesses and, above all, his art.

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East West Street: On The Origins Of Genocide And Crimes Against Humanity

Author: Philippe Sands

Publisher: W & N (2016)

When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would take him halfway around the world in an exploration of the origins of international law and the pursuit of his own secret family history, beginning and ending with the last day of the Nuremberg trial. Part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller, Philippe Sands guides us between past and present as several interconnected stories unfold in parallel. The first is the hidden story of two Nuremberg prosecutors who discover, only at the end of the trial, that the man they are prosecuting may be responsible for the murder of their entire families in Nazi-occupied Poland, in and around Lviv. The two prosecutors, Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, were remarkable men, whose efforts led to the inclusion of the terms 'crimes against humanity' and 'genocide' in the judgement at Nuremberg. The defendant, Hans Frank, Hitler's personal lawyer and Governor-General of Nazi-occupied Poland, turns out to be an equally compelling character.

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Eastern Horizons

Author: Levison Wood

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (2018)

Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of £750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there. EASTERN HORIZONS is a true traveller's tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters; from mujahideen fighters to the Russian mafia. Along the way he meets some people who showed great hospitality, while others would rather have murdered him...

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Escape From Camp 14

Author: Blaine Harden

Publisher: Pan (2013)

Twenty-seven years ago, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. Located about 55 miles north of Pyongyang, the labor camp is a 'complete control district,' a no-exit prison where the only sentence is life. No one born in Camp 14 or in any North Korean political prison camp has escaped. No one except Shin. This is his story. A gripping, terrifying memoir with a searing sense of place, ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14 will unlock, through Shin, a dark and secret nation, taking readers to a place they have never before been allowed to go.

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Everything I Know About Love

Author: Dolly Alderton

Publisher: Fig Tree (2018)

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It's a book about bad dates, good friends and - above all else - about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

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