Spydus Search Results - Browse our Biographies https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?QRY=BIBCGF%3ABIO%20-%20MINOR%3AITD16&QRYTEXT=Browse%20our%20Biographies&SETLVL=SET&CF=BIB&SORTS=DTE.DATE1.DESC&NRECS=20 Spydus Search Results en © 2022 Civica Pty Limited. All rights reserved. Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes : The Official Biography / Rob Wilkins. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1467574&CF=BIB WINNER OF THE 2023 LOCUS AWARD FOR NON-FICTIONWINNER OF THE BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTIONFINALIST FOR THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST RELATED WORKSHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION'Always readable, illuminating and honest. It made me miss the real Terry.' - Neil Gaiman'Sometimes joyfully, sometimes painfully, intimate . . . it is wonderful to have this closeup picture of the writer's working life.' - Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Observer--------At the time of his death in 2015, award-winning and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett was working on his finest story yet - his own.The creator of the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series, Terry Pratchett was known and loved around the world for his hugely popular books, his smart satirical humour and the humanity of his campaign work. But that's only part of the picture.Before his untimely death, Terry was writing a memoir: the story of a boy who aged six was told by his teacher that he would never amount to anything and spent the rest of his life proving him wrong. For Terry lived a life full of astonishing achievements: becoming one of the UK's bestselling and most beloved writers, winning the prestigious Carnegie Medal and being awarded a knighthood.Now, the book Terry sadly couldn't finish has been written by Rob Wilkins, his former assistant, friend and now head of the Pratchett literary estate. Drawing on his own extensive memories, along with those of the author's family, friends and colleagues, Rob unveils the full picture of Terry's life - from childhood to his astonishing writing career, and how he met and coped with what he called the 'Embuggerance' of Alzheimer's disease.A deeply moving and personal portrait of the extraordinary life of Sir Terry Pratchett, written with unparalleled insight and filled with funny anecdotes, this is the only official biography of one of our finest authors.--------'Spins magic from mundanity in precisely the way Pratchett himself did.' - Telegraph'As frank, funny and unsentimental as anything its subject might have produced himself.' - Mail on Sunday WINNER OF THE 2023 LOCUS AWARD FOR NON-FICTIONWINNER OF THE BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTIONFINALIST FOR THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST RELATED WORKSHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION'Always readable, illuminating and honest. It made me miss the real Terry.' - Neil Gaiman'Sometimes joyfully, sometimes painfully, intimate . . . it is wonderful to have this closeup picture of the writer's working life.' - Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Observer--------At the time of his death in 2015, award-winning and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett was working on his finest story yet - his own.The creator of the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series, Terry Pratchett was known and loved around the world for his hugely popular books, his smart satirical humour and the humanity of his campaign work. But that's only part of the picture.Before his untimely death, Terry was writing a memoir: the story of a boy who aged six was told by his teacher that he would never amount to anything and spent the rest of his life proving him wrong. For Terry lived a life full of astonishing achievements: becoming one of the UK's bestselling and most beloved writers, winning the prestigious Carnegie Medal and being awarded a knighthood.Now, the book Terry sadly couldn't finish has been written by Rob Wilkins, his former assistant, friend and now head of the Pratchett literary estate. Drawing on his own extensive memories, along with those of the author's family, friends and colleagues, Rob unveils the full picture of Terry's life - from childhood to his astonishing writing career, and how he met and coped with what he called the 'Embuggerance' of Alzheimer's disease.A deeply moving and personal portrait of the extraordinary life of Sir Terry Pratchett, written with unparalleled insight and filled with funny anecdotes, this is the only official biography of one of our finest authors.--------'Spins magic from mundanity in precisely the way Pratchett himself did.' - Telegraph'As frank, funny and unsentimental as anything its subject might have produced himself.' - Mail on Sunday<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Wilkins, Rob<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Penguin Books, 2023.<br />528 pages ; 20 cm<br /><br />Community Library Painswick (PK) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPRAT - ANF Biography / Paperback - Non-reservable (Set: 21 Mar 2024) - 9939277164<br /> All in one basket : nest eggs https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1430248&CF=BIB All in one Basket brings together Counting My Chickens and Home to Roost, Deborah Devonshire's two sparkling collections of her occasional writings, as well as containing some new editions. All in one Basket brings together Counting My Chickens and Home to Roost, Deborah Devonshire's two sparkling collections of her occasional writings, as well as containing some new editions.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Devonshire, Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of, 1920-<br />First paperback<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : John Murray, 2012<br />360 pages ; 20 cm<br /><br />Community Library Brockworth (BH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - B-DEV - ANF Biography / Paperback - Available - 9939265271<br /> Help... I'm a Key Worker! https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1424728&CF=BIB <span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Headmaster, The Secret<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Olympia Publishers 2023<br />110<br /><br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 23 Apr 2024 - 9952463448<br /> Alas poor Johnny : a memoir of life on an Exmoor farm / Buster Johnson ; edited by Birdie Johnson ; foreword by Boris Johnson. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1411463&CF=BIB First published in the 1960, this is Johnson's account of her time running a farm in Exmoor in the 1950s, with her husband Johnny and their 4 children. In 1951 Buster Johnson moved from Surrey to Exmoor with her husband Johnny, four children, a couple of dogs and a vanload of pigs and poultry. Naturally gregarious, she exchanges a life of domestic servants and bridge parties for a remote and spartan existence at West Nethercote, a farm in the heart of Exmoor national park. Alas Poor Johnny, written some ten years later, is her vivid and fascinating account of their life there, and of farming on Exmoor in the fifties, told with a strong sense of drama and of the absurd. The void left by her lost cultural and social pursuits becomes filled by the minutiae of everyday life, and by her husband Johnny and their four children. Above all, it is filled by the animals. These take the place of absent friends in her affections, their personalities permeating the book. There is a small but strong supporting cast, including busybody Mrs Stevens at the next door farm; Arthur the ex-cowman who moves with them from Surrey; SRN Tommie, the butt of an aggressive ram - and Alby the rabbit catcher, who plays the mouth organ and dances wild dances, enchanting the children. Finally, threading through all this with a glint of steel, is Johnny. He is her antithesis; strong and undemonstrative, generally preferring animals to people. Their relationship is the heart of the book. Alas Poor Johnny is a first-hand account of life on a farm in the 1950s, written at the time but reading with the freshness of the present. It will appeal to anyone, whether interested in Exmoor and old farming practices, a lover of the countryside and of animals, or just wanting to cheer themselves up with a good story, well told. It is a delight to read, hugely funny and, at times, touching. Buster and Johnny spent the rest of their lives at Nethercote. She died in 1987, without ever publishing her book. Her daughter Birdie, who herself lived there for many years, has now done so on her behalf. Boris Johnson, Buster's grandson, has written a foreword. First published in the 1960, this is Johnson's account of her time running a farm in Exmoor in the 1950s, with her husband Johnny and their 4 children. In 1951 Buster Johnson moved from Surrey to Exmoor with her husband Johnny, four children, a couple of dogs and a vanload of pigs and poultry. Naturally gregarious, she exchanges a life of domestic servants and bridge parties for a remote and spartan existence at West Nethercote, a farm in the heart of Exmoor national park. Alas Poor Johnny, written some ten years later, is her vivid and fascinating account of their life there, and of farming on Exmoor in the fifties, told with a strong sense of drama and of the absurd. The void left by her lost cultural and social pursuits becomes filled by the minutiae of everyday life, and by her husband Johnny and their four children. Above all, it is filled by the animals. These take the place of absent friends in her affections, their personalities permeating the book. There is a small but strong supporting cast, including busybody Mrs Stevens at the next door farm; Arthur the ex-cowman who moves with them from Surrey; SRN Tommie, the butt of an aggressive ram - and Alby the rabbit catcher, who plays the mouth organ and dances wild dances, enchanting the children. Finally, threading through all this with a glint of steel, is Johnny. He is her antithesis; strong and undemonstrative, generally preferring animals to people. Their relationship is the heart of the book. Alas Poor Johnny is a first-hand account of life on a farm in the 1950s, written at the time but reading with the freshness of the present. It will appeal to anyone, whether interested in Exmoor and old farming practices, a lover of the countryside and of animals, or just wanting to cheer themselves up with a good story, well told. It is a delight to read, hugely funny and, at times, touching. Buster and Johnny spent the rest of their lives at Nethercote. She died in 1987, without ever publishing her book. Her daughter Birdie, who herself lived there for many years, has now done so on her behalf. Boris Johnson, Buster's grandson, has written a foreword.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Johnson, Buster<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Kibworth Beauchamp : Matador, 2015.<br />1 volume ; 20 cm<br /><br />Community Library Brockworth (BH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 942.352092 - ANF Biography / Paperback - Non-reservable (Set: 12 Jan 2024) - 9939264658<br /> Dusty : the classic biography / Lucy O'Brien. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1407921&CF=BIB Dusty Springfield, considered by many to be Britain's greatest-ever female pop vocalist, has led an often harrowing life. This book offers an updated biography of Dusty, who lost her fight against cancer in 1999. Dusty Springfield, considered by many to be Britain's greatest-ever female pop vocalist, has led an often harrowing life. This book offers an updated biography of Dusty, who lost her fight against cancer in 1999.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>O'Brien, Lucy<br />Revised and updated edition.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Michael O'Mara Books Limited, 2024.<br />304 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm<br /><br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BSPR - ANF Biography / Paperback - In-transit from Up Hatherley (HY) to Cheltenham (CH) (Set: 18 Apr 2024) - 9952476639<br />Cirencester (CR) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BSPR - ANF Biography / Paperback - Available - 9952484569<br /> In ordinary time : fragments of a family history / Carmel Mc Mahon. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1406611&CF=BIB In 1993, aged twenty, Carmel Mc Mahon left Ireland for New York, carrying $500, two suitcases and a ton of unseen baggage. It took years, and a bitter struggle with alcohol addiction, to unpick the intricate traumas of her past and present. Candid yet lyrical, 'In Ordinary Time' mines the ways that trauma reverberates through time and through individual lives, drawing connections to the events and rhythms of Ireland's long Celtic, early Christian and Catholic history. From tragically lost siblings to the broader social scars of the Famine and the Magdalene Laundries, she sketches the evolution of a consciousness - from her conservative 1970s upbringing to 1990s New York, and back to the much-changed Ireland of today. In 1993, aged twenty, Carmel Mc Mahon left Ireland for New York, carrying $500, two suitcases and a ton of unseen baggage. It took years, and a bitter struggle with alcohol addiction, to unpick the intricate traumas of her past and present. Candid yet lyrical, 'In Ordinary Time' mines the ways that trauma reverberates through time and through individual lives, drawing connections to the events and rhythms of Ireland's long Celtic, early Christian and Catholic history. From tragically lost siblings to the broader social scars of the Famine and the Magdalene Laundries, she sketches the evolution of a consciousness - from her conservative 1970s upbringing to 1990s New York, and back to the much-changed Ireland of today.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Mc Mahon, Carmel<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Duckworth, 2024.<br />256 pages ; 20 cm<br /><br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMCM - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 07 May 2024 - 9952463367<br />Cirencester (CR) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMCM - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 30 Apr 2024 - 9952459092<br />Gloucester (GL) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMCM - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 07 May 2024 - 9952473907<br />Up Hatherley (HY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMCM - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 09 May 2024 - 9952474350<br /> Truth be told : tales from a baggy mouth / Linda Robson. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1403555&CF=BIB From growing up in a Catholic household in Islington to appearing on British television screens in 'Birds of a Feather', Linda Robson's life has been a rollercoaster. Sharing her ups and downs on 'Loose Women', Linda has offered her audiences a glimpse into her life, but how did she become the beloved television figure we see today? Linda's memoir recounts the twists and turns of her journey into the spotlight and five decades spent acting on television, her relationships on and off screen, as well as the struggles she's faced. It will take you from laughter to tears as you discover how she became the Linda Robson we love today. From growing up in a Catholic household in Islington to appearing on British television screens in 'Birds of a Feather', Linda Robson's life has been a rollercoaster. Sharing her ups and downs on 'Loose Women', Linda has offered her audiences a glimpse into her life, but how did she become the beloved television figure we see today? Linda's memoir recounts the twists and turns of her journey into the spotlight and five decades spent acting on television, her relationships on and off screen, as well as the struggles she's faced. It will take you from laughter to tears as you discover how she became the Linda Robson we love today.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Robson, Linda<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>UK : Michael Joseph, 2024.<br />298 pages, 16 unumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm<br /><br />Bishops Cleeve (BE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BROB - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952477961<br />Coleford (CO) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BROB - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 995248108X<br />Hesters Way (HW) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BROB - ANF Biography / Hardback - In-transit from Lydney (LY) to Hesters Way (HW) (Set: 18 Apr 2024) - 9952481314<br />Tuffley (TF) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BROB - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952480458<br />Tuffley (TF) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BROB - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 995248044X<br /> Black angels https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1396961&CF=BIB During those dark pre-antibiotic days, when tuberculosis killed 1 in 7 people, white nurses at Sea View, New York's largest municipal hospital, began quitting. Desperate to avert a public health crisis, city officials summoned Black southern nurses, luring them with promises of good pay, a career, and an escape from the strictures of Jim Crow. But after arriving, they found themselves on an isolated hilltop in the remote borough of Staten Island, yet again confronting racism and consigned to a woefully understaffed facility, dubbed 'the pest house' where 'no one left alive'. Spanning the Great Depression and moving through World War II and beyond, this story follows the intrepid young women, the 'Black Angels', who, for twenty years, risked their lives working under dreadful conditions while caring for the city's poorest - 1,800 souls languishing in wards, waiting to die or become 'guinea pigs' for experimental (often deadly) drugs. Yet despite their major role in desegregating the NYC hospital system - and vital work in the race for the cure for tuberculosis and subsequently helping to find it at Sea View - these nurses were completely erased from history. The Black Angels recovers the voices of these extraordinary women and puts them at the centre of this riveting story celebrating their legacy and spirit of survival. During those dark pre-antibiotic days, when tuberculosis killed 1 in 7 people, white nurses at Sea View, New York's largest municipal hospital, began quitting. Desperate to avert a public health crisis, city officials summoned Black southern nurses, luring them with promises of good pay, a career, and an escape from the strictures of Jim Crow. But after arriving, they found themselves on an isolated hilltop in the remote borough of Staten Island, yet again confronting racism and consigned to a woefully understaffed facility, dubbed 'the pest house' where 'no one left alive'. Spanning the Great Depression and moving through World War II and beyond, this story follows the intrepid young women, the 'Black Angels', who, for twenty years, risked their lives working under dreadful conditions while caring for the city's poorest - 1,800 souls languishing in wards, waiting to die or become 'guinea pigs' for experimental (often deadly) drugs. Yet despite their major role in desegregating the NYC hospital system - and vital work in the race for the cure for tuberculosis and subsequently helping to find it at Sea View - these nurses were completely erased from history. The Black Angels recovers the voices of these extraordinary women and puts them at the centre of this riveting story celebrating their legacy and spirit of survival.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Smilios, Maria<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Virago 2023<br />320<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">6 reserves</span><br /><br />Bishops Cleeve (BE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 610.73 - ANF Health & Wellbeing / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 25 Apr 2024 - 9952471238<br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 610.73 - ANF Health & Wellbeing / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 01 May 2024 - 9952445660<br />Community Library Lechlade (LE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - ANF Biography / Hardback - Non-reservable (Set: 12 Jan 2024) - Onloan - Due: 03 May 2024 - 9939160461<br />Dursley (DY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 610.73 - ANF Health & Wellbeing / Hardback - In-transit from Cirencester (CR) to Cheltenham (CH) (Set: 02 Apr 2024) - 9952481233<br /> The counterfeit countess : the untold story of the Jewish heroine who defied the Holocaust / Elizabeth White, Joanna Sliwa. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1392319&CF=BIB We are all too familiar with the stories of Jews who were tortured and killed in concentration camps throughout the Third Reich. But less is known about the persecution of Polish prisoners housed in Majdanek, a concentration and extermination camp on the outskirts of the city of Lublin in south-eastern Poland. 'The Counterfeit Countess' tells this story through the lens of the efforts of one remarkable woman, herself a Jew, who passed as Polish aristocracy, became a lead official in a Polish relief organisation and an officer in the underground resistance movement known as the Polish Home Army. Using the false identity of Countess Janina Suchodolska, Josephine Janina Mehlberg persuaded the SS and other Nazi authorities to give her access to prisoners, bringing them soup, clothing, medicine and tending to their needs, and on many occasions having them freed from the camp. We are all too familiar with the stories of Jews who were tortured and killed in concentration camps throughout the Third Reich. But less is known about the persecution of Polish prisoners housed in Majdanek, a concentration and extermination camp on the outskirts of the city of Lublin in south-eastern Poland. 'The Counterfeit Countess' tells this story through the lens of the efforts of one remarkable woman, herself a Jew, who passed as Polish aristocracy, became a lead official in a Polish relief organisation and an officer in the underground resistance movement known as the Polish Home Army. Using the false identity of Countess Janina Suchodolska, Josephine Janina Mehlberg persuaded the SS and other Nazi authorities to give her access to prisoners, bringing them soup, clothing, medicine and tending to their needs, and on many occasions having them freed from the camp.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>White, Elizabeth<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : John Blake Publishing, 2024.<br />336 pages : maps ; 24 cm<br /><br />Bishops Cleeve (BE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMEH - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952471173<br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMEH - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 995246083X<br />Cirencester (CR) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMEH - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952458932<br />Hucclecote (HE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMEH - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952468121<br />Tewkesbury (TY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMEH - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952460465<br /> Mary Neal and the suffragettes who saved Morris dancing / Kathryn Atherton. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1392195&CF=BIB At the beginning of the 20th century Morris dancing had all but died out in much of England. It was militant suffragettes and slum girls who kick-started the revival that returned the forgotten dances of the countryside to towns and villages across the nation. As a result of their commitment to preserve and pass on the dances, the Morris survived as a living tradition that is still performed to this day. This book examines the role played by the suffragettes in saving a uniquely English folk tradition. At the beginning of the 20th century Morris dancing had all but died out in much of England. It was militant suffragettes and slum girls who kick-started the revival that returned the forgotten dances of the countryside to towns and villages across the nation. As a result of their commitment to preserve and pass on the dances, the Morris survived as a living tradition that is still performed to this day. This book examines the role played by the suffragettes in saving a uniquely English folk tradition.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Atherton, Kathryn<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Barnsley : Pen & Sword History, 2024.<br />224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.<br />Trailblazing women<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Chipping Campden (CC) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BNEA - ANF Biography / Hardback - In-transit from Winchcombe (WE) to Community Library Mitcheldean (MI) (Set: 06 Apr 2024) - 9952471661<br />Stroud (SD) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BNEA - ANF Biography / Hardback - Non-reservable (Set: 15 Mar 2024) - 9952470819<br /> Tudor feminists : 10 Renaissance women ahead of their time / Rebecca Wilson. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1392186&CF=BIB The term 'feminist' would have been anachronistic in the Tudor period, but surely we would not hesitate to call the lady, who would be queen, Anne Boleyn, a feminist? All ten women examined in this book, from Catherine Parr to Margaret Beaufort, lived their lives in a way that challenged the patriarchal world they lived in. Each chapter is dedicated to one remarkable woman, ahead of her time. It explores her achievements and examines the impacts she had on a male-dominated world, while placing her in the context of her particular circumstance and background. The term 'feminist' would have been anachronistic in the Tudor period, but surely we would not hesitate to call the lady, who would be queen, Anne Boleyn, a feminist? All ten women examined in this book, from Catherine Parr to Margaret Beaufort, lived their lives in a way that challenged the patriarchal world they lived in. Each chapter is dedicated to one remarkable woman, ahead of her time. It explores her achievements and examines the impacts she had on a male-dominated world, while placing her in the context of her particular circumstance and background.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Wilson, Rebecca<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Barnsley : Pen & Sword History, 2024.<br />224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm<br /><br />Cirencester (CR) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 942.05 - ANF Biography / Hardback - In-transit from Stow (SW) to Cirencester (CR) (Set: 16 Apr 2024) - 9952476159<br />Hucclecote (HE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 942.05 - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952467982<br />Stroud (SD) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 942.05 - ANF Biography / Hardback - Non-reservable (Set: 15 Mar 2024) - Onloan - Due: 01 May 2024 - 9952472579<br />Tewkesbury (TY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 942.05 - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 03 May 2024 - 9952477511<br /> Pentonville Johnny : My Life as a Drunk https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1391693&CF=BIB This is the story of my early years - my drinking years. I tell it here in the hope that it may be of help to others. This is the story of my early years - my drinking years. I tell it here in the hope that it may be of help to others.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Carter, John T.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Dursley : J & C Carter, 2005.<br />465p. : 12 illustrations ; 210x147mm.<br /><br />Community Library Berkeley (BK) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - ANF Biography / Paperback - Non-reservable (Set: 12 Jan 2024) - 9939274033<br /> Without warning and only sometimes / Kit de Waal. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1391062&CF=BIB Kit de Waal and her brother and sisters had a hard childhood in the West Midlands. Her Irish mother didn't feed them, didn't believe in Christmas or birthdays, and thought the world would end in 1975. Her father saved all his money to return to the Caribbean, where he planned to make a new life without them. At school, their faces just didn't fit in. This is the story of how Kit and her brother and sisters helped each other escape, and what gave Kit the strength to keep living. Kit de Waal and her brother and sisters had a hard childhood in the West Midlands. Her Irish mother didn't feed them, didn't believe in Christmas or birthdays, and thought the world would end in 1975. Her father saved all his money to return to the Caribbean, where he planned to make a new life without them. At school, their faces just didn't fit in. This is the story of how Kit and her brother and sisters helped each other escape, and what gave Kit the strength to keep living.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>De Waal, Kit<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Tinder Press, 2024.<br />128 pages ; 20 cm.<br />Quick reads<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">2 reserves</span><br /><br />31 copies <br /> Roger Federer : the biography / René Stauffer. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1389434&CF=BIB René Stauffer has been closely covering Roger Federer's career for nearly 25 years. In this comprehensive biography, Stauffer talks at length to the man himself, his family, friends, coaches and rivals to paint an unrivalled picture of the greatest male tennis player of all time. From his early life in Basel, Switzerland, where he first picked up a tennis racquet, to the heights of his 20th Grand Slam victory and all points in between, Stauffer reveals the secrets to Federer's success, the hardships and doubts that he has faced and examines the legacy that Federer has created in the modern game. René Stauffer has been closely covering Roger Federer's career for nearly 25 years. In this comprehensive biography, Stauffer talks at length to the man himself, his family, friends, coaches and rivals to paint an unrivalled picture of the greatest male tennis player of all time. From his early life in Basel, Switzerland, where he first picked up a tennis racquet, to the heights of his 20th Grand Slam victory and all points in between, Stauffer reveals the secrets to Federer's success, the hardships and doubts that he has faced and examines the legacy that Federer has created in the modern game.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Stauffer, René<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>Edinburgh : Polaris Publishing, 2024.<br />288 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 20 cm<br /><br />Bishops Cleeve (BE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BFED - ANF Biography / Paperback - In-transit from Up Hatherley (HY) to Bishops Cleeve (BE) (Set: 18 Apr 2024) - 9952471025<br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BFED - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 07 May 2024 - 9952460589<br />Cirencester (CR) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BFED - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 03 May 2024 - 9952458789<br />Stroud (SD) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BFED - ANF Biography / Paperback - Non-reservable (Set: 15 Mar 2024) - Onloan - Due: 08 May 2024 - 995247251X<br /> Beth Chatto : a life with plants / Catherine Horwood. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1389431&CF=BIB Tells the story of the most influential British plantswoman of the past 100 years. Beth Chatto was the inspiration behind the 'right plant, right place' ethos that lies at the heart of modern gardening. She also wrote some of the best-loved gardening books of the 20th century, among them 'The Dry Garden', 'The Damp Garden', and Beth Chatto's 'Gravel Garden'. Some years before her death in May 2018, aged 94, Beth authorised Catherine Horwood to write her biography, with exclusive access to her archive. This title also includes extracts from Beth's notebooks and diaries, never previously published, bringing Beth's own distinctive and much-loved voice into the book. Most of the photographs, from Beth's personal archives, have also never been seen in print before. Tells the story of the most influential British plantswoman of the past 100 years. Beth Chatto was the inspiration behind the 'right plant, right place' ethos that lies at the heart of modern gardening. She also wrote some of the best-loved gardening books of the 20th century, among them 'The Dry Garden', 'The Damp Garden', and Beth Chatto's 'Gravel Garden'. Some years before her death in May 2018, aged 94, Beth authorised Catherine Horwood to write her biography, with exclusive access to her archive. This title also includes extracts from Beth's notebooks and diaries, never previously published, bringing Beth's own distinctive and much-loved voice into the book. Most of the photographs, from Beth's personal archives, have also never been seen in print before.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Horwood, Catherine<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Pimpernel Press Ltd, 2024.<br />288 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 23 cm<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Bishops Cleeve (BE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BCHA - ANF Biography / Paperback - On Reserve Shelf (Set: 17 Apr 2024) - 9952467850<br />Chipping Campden (CC) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BCHA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 09 May 2024 - 9952471734<br /> In between / Maud Blair. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1389335&CF=BIB What does it mean to grow up with an African mother and European father in racially segregated 1950s Rhodesia? For Maud Blair it meant being sent, aged four, to a 'Coloured' boarding school run by Christian nuns. It meant being taught in English rather than her native language, which she was encouraged to forget. It meant only seeing her family for two weeks during the school's Christmas holiday, where Maud longed for the sense of belonging she once had. Labelled as neither African nor European, Maud tries to make sense of her mixed identity in the midst of political unrest and de facto apartheid, taking her to England via South Africa and back to post-independence Zimbabwe. The result is a strikingly original memoir that confronts privilege, prejudice and the place we call home. What does it mean to grow up with an African mother and European father in racially segregated 1950s Rhodesia? For Maud Blair it meant being sent, aged four, to a 'Coloured' boarding school run by Christian nuns. It meant being taught in English rather than her native language, which she was encouraged to forget. It meant only seeing her family for two weeks during the school's Christmas holiday, where Maud longed for the sense of belonging she once had. Labelled as neither African nor European, Maud tries to make sense of her mixed identity in the midst of political unrest and de facto apartheid, taking her to England via South Africa and back to post-independence Zimbabwe. The result is a strikingly original memoir that confronts privilege, prejudice and the place we call home.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Blair, Maud<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Unbound, 2024.<br />288 pages ; 20 cm<br /><br />Charlton Kings (CK) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BBLA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Available - 9952461151<br />Gloucester (GL) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BBLA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Available - 9952473869<br />Stroud (SD) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BBLA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Non-reservable (Set: 15 Mar 2024) - Onloan - Due: 07 May 2024 - 9952470207<br /> Around the world in 80 years : a life of exploration / Ranulph Fiennes ; edited by Barry Johnston. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1388518&CF=BIB He's climbed Everest not long after a heart bypass operation, he's run seven marathons on seven continents, he's hauled loaded sledges across both polar ice caps and he's circumnavigated the Earth - Ran Fiennes truly is the world's greatest explorer, and this book celebrates his 80th birthday by showcasing his greatest achievements in his own words. Featuring interviews and tributes from his friends, colleagues and admirers, 'Around the World in 80 Years' celebrates the incredible life of a legendary explorer. He's climbed Everest not long after a heart bypass operation, he's run seven marathons on seven continents, he's hauled loaded sledges across both polar ice caps and he's circumnavigated the Earth - Ran Fiennes truly is the world's greatest explorer, and this book celebrates his 80th birthday by showcasing his greatest achievements in his own words. Featuring interviews and tributes from his friends, colleagues and admirers, 'Around the World in 80 Years' celebrates the incredible life of a legendary explorer.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Fiennes, Ranulph, Sir, 1944-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2024.<br />xiv, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm<br /><br />Stroud (SD) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BFIE - ANF Biography / Hardback - Non-reservable (Set: 15 Mar 2024) - 9952492677<br /> The long and winding road / Lesley Pearse. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1385796&CF=BIB Lesley Pearse didn't publish her first novel until she was 48. Now she has sold over ten million books around the world and is a constant presence on the bestseller chart. A writer of heart-stopping stories, Lesley's books are filled with heroines struggling to make it in a difficult world. Yet this description could apply to Lesley herself. In this, her first ever autobiography, she tells of growing up in an orphanage after her mother's death, her racy twenties in London during the swinging sixties and working as a bunny girl and dressmaker. Packed full of Lesley's signature warmth, wit and poignancy, this is the story of a woman and a writer fighting against the odds to achieve her dreams. Lesley Pearse didn't publish her first novel until she was 48. Now she has sold over ten million books around the world and is a constant presence on the bestseller chart. A writer of heart-stopping stories, Lesley's books are filled with heroines struggling to make it in a difficult world. Yet this description could apply to Lesley herself. In this, her first ever autobiography, she tells of growing up in an orphanage after her mother's death, her racy twenties in London during the swinging sixties and working as a bunny girl and dressmaker. Packed full of Lesley's signature warmth, wit and poignancy, this is the story of a woman and a writer fighting against the odds to achieve her dreams.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Pearse, Lesley<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>UK : Michael Joseph, 2024.<br />356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">11 reserves</span><br /><br />Bishops Cleeve (BE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPEA - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 26 Apr 2024 - 9952488297<br />Charlton Kings (CK) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPEA - ANF Biography / Hardback - In-transit from Winchcombe (WE) to Churchdown (CN) (Set: 15 Apr 2024) - 9952487312<br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPEA - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 07 May 2024 - 995248707X<br />Dursley (DY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPEA - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 09 May 2024 - 9952487525<br />Gloucester (GL) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPEA - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 20 Apr 2024 - 9952490135<br />Hucclecote (HE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPEA - ANF Biography / Hardback - In-transit from Dursley (DY) to Lydney (LY) (Set: 17 Apr 2024) - 9952488777<br /> Unique : a memoir / Kelly Holmes. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1384412&CF=BIB Last year, Dame Kelly came out publicly as being gay and revealed that for the first 52 years of her life she'd been living a LIFE OF FEAR. Now in a heart-rending and inspirational new memoir she tells of her journey from hiding her sexuality as a young soldier at a time when being gay in the military was illegal, to her fears of being outed as she stood on the podium at the Athens Olympics, the games which catapulted her to fame as a double-gold medallist. Last year, Dame Kelly came out publicly as being gay and revealed that for the first 52 years of her life she'd been living a LIFE OF FEAR. Now in a heart-rending and inspirational new memoir she tells of her journey from hiding her sexuality as a young soldier at a time when being gay in the military was illegal, to her fears of being outed as she stood on the podium at the Athens Olympics, the games which catapulted her to fame as a double-gold medallist.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Holmes, Kelly<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Mirror Books, 2023.<br />288 pages ; 24 cm<br /><br />Bishops Cleeve (BE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BHOL - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 20 Apr 2024 - 9952423764<br />Charlton Kings (CK) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BHOL - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952461100<br />Cirencester (CR) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BHOL - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 995245905X<br />Coleford (CO) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BHOL - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952422083<br />Hucclecote (HE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BHOL - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 30 Apr 2024 - 9952468008<br />Quedgeley (QY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BHOL - ANF Biography / Hardback - In-transit from Cirencester (CR) to Quedgeley (QY) (Set: 12 Apr 2024) - 9952424566<br /> The house of hidden meanings : a memoir / RuPaul. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1380627&CF=BIB A profound introspection of his life, relationships, and identity, 'The House of Hidden Meanings' is a self-portrait of the legendary icon on the road to global fame and changing the way the world thinks about drag. Central to RuPaul's success has been his chameleonic adaptability. From drag icon to powerhouse producer of one of the world's largest television franchises, RuPaul's ever-shifting nature has always been part of his brand as both supermodel and super mogul. Yet that adaptability has made him enigmatic to the public. In this memoir, RuPaul makes himself truly known. Stripping away all artifice, RuPaul recounts the story of his life with breath taking clarity and tenderness, bringing his signature wisdom and wit to his own biography. A profound introspection of his life, relationships, and identity, 'The House of Hidden Meanings' is a self-portrait of the legendary icon on the road to global fame and changing the way the world thinks about drag. Central to RuPaul's success has been his chameleonic adaptability. From drag icon to powerhouse producer of one of the world's largest television franchises, RuPaul's ever-shifting nature has always been part of his brand as both supermodel and super mogul. Yet that adaptability has made him enigmatic to the public. In this memoir, RuPaul makes himself truly known. Stripping away all artifice, RuPaul recounts the story of his life with breath taking clarity and tenderness, bringing his signature wisdom and wit to his own biography.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>RuPaul, 1960-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : 4th Estate, 2024.<br />239 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm<br /><br />11 copies <br /> Friends, lovers and the big terrible thing : a memoir / Matthew Perry. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1380337&CF=BIB In an extraordinary story that only he could tell, Matthew Perry takes readers onto the soundstage of the most successful sitcom of all time while opening up about his private struggles with addiction. Candid, self-aware, and told with his trademark humour, Perry vividly details his lifelong battle with the disease and what fuelled it despite seemingly having it all. 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing' is an unforgettable memoir that shares the most intimate details of the love Perry lost, his darkest days, and his greatest friends. In an extraordinary story that only he could tell, Matthew Perry takes readers onto the soundstage of the most successful sitcom of all time while opening up about his private struggles with addiction. Candid, self-aware, and told with his trademark humour, Perry vividly details his lifelong battle with the disease and what fuelled it despite seemingly having it all. 'Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing' is an unforgettable memoir that shares the most intimate details of the love Perry lost, his darkest days, and his greatest friends.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Perry, Matthew, 1969-2023<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Headline, 2024.<br />272 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">10 reserves</span><br /><br />Fairford (FD) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPER - ANF Biography / Paperback - On order<br />Hesters Way (HW) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPER - ANF Biography / Paperback - On order<br />Matson (MN) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPER - ANF Biography / Paperback - On order<br />Tetbury (TE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BPER - ANF Biography / Paperback - On order<br /> Wifedom : Mrs Orwell's invisible life / Anna Funder. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1378668&CF=BIB Looking for wonder and some reprieve from the everyday, Anna Funder slips into the pages of her hero George Orwell. As she watches him create his writing self, she tries to remember her own - when she uncovers his forgotten wife, it's a revelation. Eileen O'Shaughnessy's literary brilliance shaped Orwell's work and her practical nous saved his life. But why - and how - was she written out of the story? Using newly discovered letters from Eileen to her best friend, Funder recreates the Orwells' marriage, through the Spanish Civil War and WWII in London. As she rolls up the screen concealing Orwell's private life she is led to question what it takes to be a writer - and what it is to be a wife. Looking for wonder and some reprieve from the everyday, Anna Funder slips into the pages of her hero George Orwell. As she watches him create his writing self, she tries to remember her own - when she uncovers his forgotten wife, it's a revelation. Eileen O'Shaughnessy's literary brilliance shaped Orwell's work and her practical nous saved his life. But why - and how - was she written out of the story? Using newly discovered letters from Eileen to her best friend, Funder recreates the Orwells' marriage, through the Spanish Civil War and WWII in London. As she rolls up the screen concealing Orwell's private life she is led to question what it takes to be a writer - and what it is to be a wife.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Funder, Anna, 1966-<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>UK : Penguin Books, 2024.<br />449 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Bourton (BN) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BBLA - ANF Biography / Paperback - In-transit from Bourton (BN) to Stroud (SD) (Set: 16 Apr 2024) - 995249341X<br />Prestbury (PY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BBLA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 29 Apr 2024 - 9952494602<br /> Calling Sergeant Crockford : the story of a pioneering policewoman in the 1960s / Ruth D'Alessandro. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1378504&CF=BIB Written by her daughter Ruth and rich in social history, this is the story of a real-life woman police sergeant at the top of her game, guiding her WPCs through the immense societal changes of the early 1960s. Written by her daughter Ruth and rich in social history, this is the story of a real-life woman police sergeant at the top of her game, guiding her WPCs through the immense societal changes of the early 1960s.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>D'Alessandro, Ruth<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Welbeck, 2024.<br />383 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">1 reserve</span><br /><br />Matson (MN) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BCRO - ANF Biography / Paperback - On Reserve Shelf (Set: 16 Apr 2024) - 9952490674<br /> Revolutionary acts : love & brotherhood in Black gay Britain / Jason Okundaye. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1378217&CF=BIB In this landmark work, Jason Okundaye meets an elder generation of Black gay men and finds a spirited community full of courage, charisma and good humour, hungry to tell its past - of nightlife, resistance, political fights, loss, gossip, sex, romance and vulgarity. Through their conversations he seeks to reconcile the Black and gay narratives of Britain, narratives frequently cleaved as distinct and unrelated. In this landmark work, Jason Okundaye meets an elder generation of Black gay men and finds a spirited community full of courage, charisma and good humour, hungry to tell its past - of nightlife, resistance, political fights, loss, gossip, sex, romance and vulgarity. Through their conversations he seeks to reconcile the Black and gay narratives of Britain, narratives frequently cleaved as distinct and unrelated.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Okundaye, Jason<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Faber & Faber, 2024.<br />xxv, 268 pages ; 24 cm<br /><br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 306.766 - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 27 Apr 2024 - 9952491700<br />Gloucester (GL) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - 306.766 - ANF Biography / Hardback - Available - 9952492863<br /> Lioness : my journey to glory / Beth Mead ; foreword by Ian Wright. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1377407&CF=BIB Beth Mead is one of the world's most talented footballers - Golden Boot winner and Player of the Tournament at the UEFA Euro 2022, England Player of the Year 2021-22, Arsenal Player of the Season 2021-22, and nominee for the 2022 Ballon d'Or. But long before this, Beth was just an ordinary kid from Hinderwell, North Yorkshire who wanted to play football. From being placed in the local boys' team as a child because her mum wanted her to run off her boundless energy, to joining Middlesbrough FC's Centre of Excellence and making her professional debut at Sunderland, Beth and women's football have come a long way. Now, Beth shares the challenges that shaped her, what she faced on the journey to the top, and the life events that made her stronger. This book is fully updated to include the details of the 2022-23 season, including Beth's road to recovery after her injury. Beth Mead is one of the world's most talented footballers - Golden Boot winner and Player of the Tournament at the UEFA Euro 2022, England Player of the Year 2021-22, Arsenal Player of the Season 2021-22, and nominee for the 2022 Ballon d'Or. But long before this, Beth was just an ordinary kid from Hinderwell, North Yorkshire who wanted to play football. From being placed in the local boys' team as a child because her mum wanted her to run off her boundless energy, to joining Middlesbrough FC's Centre of Excellence and making her professional debut at Sunderland, Beth and women's football have come a long way. Now, Beth shares the challenges that shaped her, what she faced on the journey to the top, and the life events that made her stronger. This book is fully updated to include the details of the 2022-23 season, including Beth's road to recovery after her injury.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Mead, Beth<br />Updated [edition].<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Seven Dials, 2024.<br />xiv, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (colour) ; 20 cm<br /><br />Churchdown (CN) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMEA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 30 Apr 2024 - 9952496680<br />Fairford (FD) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BMEA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 07 May 2024 - 9952495277<br /> Learning to think : a broken system kept her trapped, education helped her break free / Tracy King. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1377109&CF=BIB Put yourself in Tracy King's shoes. Growing up in an ordinary council estate outside Birmingham; a house filled with creativity, curiosity and love, but marked by her father's alcoholism and her mother's agoraphobia. By the time she turns twelve her father has been killed, her sister taken into care and her mother ensnared by the promises of born-again Christianity. This isn't the stuff of cult documentaries; this is the story of an ordinary family trapped in a broken system. It's a story that could happen to anyone without the tools to transform their circumstances. And it's the story of how Tracy found her way out. Put yourself in Tracy King's shoes. Growing up in an ordinary council estate outside Birmingham; a house filled with creativity, curiosity and love, but marked by her father's alcoholism and her mother's agoraphobia. By the time she turns twelve her father has been killed, her sister taken into care and her mother ensnared by the promises of born-again Christianity. This isn't the stuff of cult documentaries; this is the story of an ordinary family trapped in a broken system. It's a story that could happen to anyone without the tools to transform their circumstances. And it's the story of how Tracy found her way out.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>King, Tracy<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Doubleday, 2024.<br />336 pages ; 23 cm<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">2 reserves</span><br /><br />Bishops Cleeve (BE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BKIN - ANF Biography / Hardback - On Reserve Shelf (Set: 17 Apr 2024) - 9952492227<br />Bourton (BN) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BKIN - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 27 Apr 2024 - 9952493363<br />Prestbury (PY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BKIN - ANF Biography / Hardback - In-transit from Prestbury (PY) to Charlton Kings (CK) (Set: 16 Apr 2024) - 9952494580<br />Quedgeley (QY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BKIN - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 15 Apr 2024 - 9952493258<br />Stroud (SD) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BKIN - ANF Biography / Hardback - Non-reservable (Set: 15 Mar 2024) - Onloan - Due: 01 May 2024 - 9952492499<br /> That Peckham boy : growing up, getting out and giving back / Kenny Imafidon. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1376594&CF=BIB A candid and unfiltered take on some of the most challenging topics that define our times, 'That Peckham Boy' is a personal manifesto exploring what it means to be young, Black and poor in the city. It is shaped by Kenny's difficult childhood, his transformative time in prison and the people and conversations that took him from being on trial for murder into the company of some of the most successful people in the world. A candid and unfiltered take on some of the most challenging topics that define our times, 'That Peckham Boy' is a personal manifesto exploring what it means to be young, Black and poor in the city. It is shaped by Kenny's difficult childhood, his transformative time in prison and the people and conversations that took him from being on trial for murder into the company of some of the most successful people in the world.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Imafidon, Kenny<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Penguin Books, 2024.<br />304 pages ; 20 cm<br /><br />Bishops Cleeve (BE) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BIMA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Onloan - Due: 07 May 2024 - 9952467710<br />Bourton (BN) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BIMA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Non-reservable (Set: 16 Feb 2024) - 9952457782<br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BIMA - ANF Biography / Paperback - Available - 9952463227<br /> The boy from Baghdad : my journey from Waziriyah to Westminster / Nadhim Zahawi. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1376094&CF=BIB Nadhim Zahawi arrived in the UK aged 11, having been forced to flee Iraq with his family, under threat from Saddam Hussein's regime. In this candid and poignant memoir, Nadhim vividly recalls his upbringing in the Middle East, his family's adjustment to their new life in Britain and his rise to Second Lord of the Treasury, one of the highest offices in his adoptive homeland. From his family home being repossessed in his teens to the incredible success of YouGov, and from the highs (and lows) of Jeffrey Archer's mayoral campaign to overseeing Britain's rollout as Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment, every setback faced and hurdle cleared have reinforced Nadhim's belief in the power of hard work and the benefits of an open, inclusive society. This is the full and fascinating story of Nadhim's personal, professional and political journey from Waziriyah to Westminster. Nadhim Zahawi arrived in the UK aged 11, having been forced to flee Iraq with his family, under threat from Saddam Hussein's regime. In this candid and poignant memoir, Nadhim vividly recalls his upbringing in the Middle East, his family's adjustment to their new life in Britain and his rise to Second Lord of the Treasury, one of the highest offices in his adoptive homeland. From his family home being repossessed in his teens to the incredible success of YouGov, and from the highs (and lows) of Jeffrey Archer's mayoral campaign to overseeing Britain's rollout as Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment, every setback faced and hurdle cleared have reinforced Nadhim's belief in the power of hard work and the benefits of an open, inclusive society. This is the full and fascinating story of Nadhim's personal, professional and political journey from Waziriyah to Westminster.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Zahawi, Nadhim<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2024.<br />320 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 24 cm<br /><br />Bourton (BN) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BZAH - ANF Biography / Hardback - On order<br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BZAH - ANF Biography / Hardback - On order<br />Cirencester (CR) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BZAH - ANF Biography / Hardback - On order<br />Gloucester (GL) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BZAH - ANF Biography / Hardback - On order<br />Stroud (SD) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BZAH - ANF Biography / Hardback - On order<br /> A life worth living : acting, activism & everything else / Tommy Jessop. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1372855&CF=BIB Tommy Jessop is a multi-award winning actor, theatre performer, and campaigner. Tommy has been at the vanguard of bringing awareness of the potential of people living with Down syndrome to the media, and to government. 'A Life Worth Living' will be Tommy's story - from his journey into acting and campaigning while showing his unstoppable determination, charisma, and love for life. Tommy's natural instinct to help others leaps out from the pages, as does his wish to make people aware that those with learning disabilities just want to be treated like everybody else. Tommy Jessop is a multi-award winning actor, theatre performer, and campaigner. Tommy has been at the vanguard of bringing awareness of the potential of people living with Down syndrome to the media, and to government. 'A Life Worth Living' will be Tommy's story - from his journey into acting and campaigning while showing his unstoppable determination, charisma, and love for life. Tommy's natural instinct to help others leaps out from the pages, as does his wish to make people aware that those with learning disabilities just want to be treated like everybody else.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Jessop, Tommy<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>London : Wildfire, 2024.<br />341 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (colour) ; 20 cm<br /><br />Prestbury (PY) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BJES - ANF Biography / Paperback - Available - 9952487681<br /> Hits, flops, and other illusions : my fortysomething years in Hollywood / Ed Zwick. https://gloucestershire.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/WPAC/BIBENQ?SETLVL=&BRN=1371426&CF=BIB This career memoir from the director of 'Blood Diamond', 'The Last Samurai', 'Legends of the Fall', 'About Last Night', and 'Glory', creator of the show 'thirtysomething', and executive producer of 'My So-Called Life', gives a dishy, behind-the-scenes look at working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Though there are many factors behind such success, including luck and the contributions of his creative partner Marshall Herskovitz, he's known to have a special talent for bringing out the best in the people he's worked with, especially the actors. In those intense collaborations, he's sought to discover the small pieces of connective tissue, vulnerability, and fellowship that can help an actor realise their character in full. This memoir is also a meditation on working, with tips for anyone who's ever imagined writing, directing, or producing for the screen. This career memoir from the director of 'Blood Diamond', 'The Last Samurai', 'Legends of the Fall', 'About Last Night', and 'Glory', creator of the show 'thirtysomething', and executive producer of 'My So-Called Life', gives a dishy, behind-the-scenes look at working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Though there are many factors behind such success, including luck and the contributions of his creative partner Marshall Herskovitz, he's known to have a special talent for bringing out the best in the people he's worked with, especially the actors. In those intense collaborations, he's sought to discover the small pieces of connective tissue, vulnerability, and fellowship that can help an actor realise their character in full. This memoir is also a meditation on working, with tips for anyone who's ever imagined writing, directing, or producing for the screen.<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Author: </span>Zwick, Edward<br /><span style="font-weight:bold;">Published: </span>New York : Gallery Books, 2024.<br />304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm<br /><br />Cheltenham (CH) - (Gloucestershire) - Adult Non-Fiction - BZWI - ANF Biography / Hardback - Onloan - Due: 07 May 2024 - 9952487118<br />