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New non-fiction for October 2020

Composite of books about David Attenborough, Boris Johnson and David Jason.

A Life on our Planet: My witness statement and vision for the future, by David Attenborough

A Life on Our Planet' is Attenborough’s witness statement, and vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake - and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.

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Boris Johnson: The Gambler, by Tom Bower

Tom Bower is acknowledged as Britain's leading investigative writer. His 24 bestselling books encompass a remarkably wide range of subjects. His most recent books include the most authoritative and best-selling account of Tony Blair's decade as prime minister and the definitive biographies of Gordon Brown and Geoffrey Robinson MP.With his trademark access, insight and candour, Britain's leading investigative biographer tackles his most fascinating subject yet: Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.

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A Del of a Life, by David Jason

In celebration of Sir David Jason's 80th year, 'A Del of a Life' relives Jason's extraordinary life and career from over 50 years in entertainment. From a trainee electrician to one of Britain's most revered and loved actors, Jason shares heartfelt and hilarious wisdom with readers on subjects ranging from family to work, resilience to ebullience. Told with his characteristic warmth and wit, Jason shines a wonderful new light on the characters and shows that fans have come to love him for, from Del Boy to Granville, Larkin to Frost.

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Troy: Our greatest story retold, by Stephen Fry

This is Stephen Fry's bewitching retelling of the legend of Troy - a tale of love and war, passion and power.

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Limitless: The autobiography, by Tim Peake

In fascinating and personal detail, and based on exclusive diaries and audio recordings from his mission, Tim Peake takes readers closer than ever before to experience what life in space is really like: the sacrifice that astronauts make in being apart from their families, the sights, the smells, the fear, the exhilaration and the deep and abiding wonder of the view from space. 'Limitless' is a book about the power of following our dreams - however unlikely they may seem - and of striving to reach our potential, even when we might not believe in it ourselves.

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Nadiya Bakes, by Nadiya Hussain

Learn to bake incredible cakes, pastries, pies and puddings for every occasion with Nadiya's simple and achievable recipes. In true Nadiya fashion these bakes include the classics and mouth-watering twists that will become your sweet staples for every birthday party, afternoon treat, lunchbox snack, dessert and even dinner. These recipes will be your favourites for every day and for every celebration. Our beloved Bake Off winner has created your ultimate baking cookbook to conquer cakes, biscuits, traybakes, tarts and pies, showstopping desserts, breads, savouries, and even 'no-bake' bakes.

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Red comet: The short life and blazing art of Sylvia Plath, by Heather L. Clark

The first biography of this great and tragic poet that takes advantage of a wealth of new material, this is an unusually balanced, comprehensive and definitive life of Sylvia Plath. Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark presents new materials about Plath's scientist father, her juvenile writings, and her psychiatric treatment, and evokes a culture in transition in the mid-twentieth century, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Sylvia's world.

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Off Grid Life: Your ideal home in the middle of nowhere, by Foster Huntington

Bestselling 'Van Life' author Foster Huntington shares his experiences - as well as others - living by his own rules in this aspirational book filled with awe-inspiring photographs of unique homes in unexpected places. After spending three years on the road living in a camper van, Foster Huntington continued his unconventional lifestyle by building a two-story treehouse. Foster, like many others, are finding freedom, tranquility, and adventure in living off the grid in unconventional homes. 'Off Grid Life' showcases unique dwellings from all around the world. Organized into sections like tree houses, tiny houses, shipping containers, yurts, boathouses, barns, vans, and more, the 250 aspirational photographs feature enviable settings like stunning beaches, dramatic mountains and picturesque forests.

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Look Again: The autobiography, by David Bailey

The extraordinary, riotous life of iconic photographer David Bailey - from the Second World War to the Swinging Sixties, from Eighties excess to the present day.

Quite, by Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman's warmth, humour, no-holds-barred attitude and smoky eye have made her the favourite broadcaster of millions and a much-loved household name. In this, her first ever book, Claudia invites us all into her world. She shares her observations on topics such as the importance of melted cheese, why black coats are vital, how it's never okay to have sex with someone who has an opinion on your date outfit, how nurses are our most precious national treasure, and why colourful clothing is only for the under 10s. This is a love letter to life - the real, sometimes messy kind. Quite celebrates friendship, the power of art, the highs and lows of parenting, and of course, how a good eyeliner can really save your life.

Elizabethans: How modern Britain happened, by Andrew Marr

When the Queen stepped up her crown in 1953 at the age of 25, Britain was a very different nation. In this vital history, bestselling author Andrew Marr tells the story of modern Britain through the people who shaped it: from Sylvia Plath to Elvis Costello, Frank Critchlow to Bob Geldof, Zaha Hadid to James Dyson, David Attenborough to the Beatles. How did our activists, our innovators, our artists, our every-kind-of-mover-and-shaker define and progress this new Elizabethan era over the last 7 decades? How did the 70s shape the 80s, shape the 90s to incrementally land us where we are today? And where exactly is that?

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The Wild Life of the Fox, by John Lewis-Stempel

The fox is our apex predator, our most beautiful and clever killer. We have witnessed its wild touch, watched it slink by bins at night and been chilled by its high-pitched scream. And yet we long to stroke the tumbling cubs outside their tunnel homes and watch the vixen stalk the cornfield. There is something about foxes. They captivate us like no other species. Exploring a long and sometimes complicated relationship, 'The Wild Life of the Fox' captures our love - and sometimes loathing - of this magnificent creature in vivid detail and lyrical prose.

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A Year at the Chateau, by Dick and Angel Strawbridge

Like many Brits, Dick and Angel had long dreamed of living in France, but where others might settle for a modest bolthole in the French countryside, the Strawbridges fell in love with a 19th-century fairytale chateau, complete with 45 rooms, seven outbuildings, 12 acres of land and its own moat. Throwing caution to the wind, Dick and Angel swapped their two-bedroom flat in East London for an abandoned and derelict castle in the heart of the Loire valley and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime with their two young children Arthur and Dorothy.

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My Life in Red and White: my autobiography, by Arsene Wenger

In 'My Life in Red and White', Wenger charts his extraordinary career, including his rise in France and Japan where he managed Nancy, Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight (clubs that also play in red-and-white, like Arsenal!) to his 22 years at the helm of an internationally renowned club from 1996 onwards. He describes the unrest that led to his resignation in 2018, and his current role as Chief of Global Football Development for FIFA. He offers studious reflections on the game and his groundbreaking approach to motivation, mindset, fitness and football that was often beautiful to watch. This book is a must-read for not only Arsenal fans but football fans everywhere, for management and business leaders, and anyone seeking the tools for success in work and life. It will illuminate the mystique surrounding one of the most revered and successful manager's life story, strategy and vision in the world's most popular sport.

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