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New non-fiction for August 2016

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Spymaster: the life of Britain's most decorated cold war spy and head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield by Martin Pearce

Spymaster: the life of Britain's most decorated cold war spy and head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield by Martin Pearce

Spymaster: the life of Britain's most decorated cold war spy and head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield by Martin Pearce

The extraordinary story of the most highly decorated British spymaster of the Cold War, Sir Maurice Oldfield. Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (commonly known as the SIS or MI6), he was the first Chief to be named and pictured in the press, and often alleged by them to be the model for the screen versions of both Ian Fleming's M and John Le Carre's George Smiley.

A fast ride out of here: confessions of rock's most dangerous man by Pete Way and Paul Rees

A fast ride out of here: confessions of rock's most dangerous man by Pete Way and Paul Rees

Tales of rock excess from the former UFO bass player that make Keith Richards seem a model of restraint. Six marriages, four divorces, a pair of estranged daughters and two dead ex-wives. Ozzy Osbourne stated, "They call me a madman but compared to Pete Way, I'm out of my league".

Not just jam: the Fat Pig Farm book of preserves, pickles and sauces by Matthew Evans

Not just jam: the Fat Pig Farm book of preserves, pickles and sauces by Matthew Evans

Books on preserving methods are always popular. In this book, Matthew Evans offers a collection of more than 90 modern recipes for old-fashioned preserving methods.

I tried to run a railway by Gerard Fiennes

I tried to run a railway by Gerard Fiennes

A classic tale from a former Mayor of Aldeburgh. This one has been described as the Holy Grail of Railway books. The style is from another age but it is highly readable and forthright. There are lots of funny and insightful moments, about railways, about management and life in general drawn from the author’s 40 years on the railways. This has been out of print for years so even if are not interested in railways it is an interesting curio.

The girl with the lower back tattoo by Amy Schumer

The girl with the lower back tattoo by Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has become one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director. This book is presented with Amy's usual candour and is a no holds barred look at her life.

Brandon King

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