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New non–fiction for September 2014

Written by · Published Aug 21, 2014

Stephen Fry

The news is read by Charlotte Green

Charlotte Green is a national treasure. When news broke that she was to replace the late great James Alexander Gordon as the voice of BBC Radio 5’s football results, The Times announced, “Exquisite voice to announce results of the beautiful game”.

Until her retirement in early 2013, Charlotte was the voice of Radio 4. Her warm and perfectly modulated tones reassured millions of devoted listeners that, despite some of the dreadful news stories she had to read out to the nation over a period of 27 years, we were safe in her hands.

Only when I laugh by Paul Merton

Paul Merton is widely considered to be one of Britain’s most established and famous living comedians. His humour is mostly intelligent, surreal at other times. This memoir pulls you into his confidence and treads the fine line between witty and honest, entertaining and moving, shocking and uplifting.

A long way home by Saroo Brierley

Remarkable true story of how an Indian born Australian business man traced the mother he had been separated from 25 years before.

Proud: My autobiography by Gareth Thomas

Moving autobiography of former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas, who represented Wales in both rugby union and rugby league. Thomas announced publicly he was gay in 2009, making him the first openly gay professional rugby union player.

Thomas Cromwell: The untold story of Henry VIII’s most faithful servant by Tracy Borman

Reviled as a Machiavellian schemer who stopped at nothing in his quest for power, Thomas Cromwell was also a loving husband, father and guardian, a witty and generous host, and a loyal and devoted servant.

With new insights into Cromwell’s character, his family life and his close relationships with both Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII, Tracy Borman, joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, examines the life, loves and legacy of the man who changed the shape of England forever.

More fool me by Stephen Fry

Following on from his hugely successful first autobiography The Fry Chronicles, comes the second chapter in Stephen Fry’s life. Expect this one to be everywhere in the media.

Walking home by Clare Balding

Another national treasure, Claire Balding’s follow up to My animals and other family, Walking home is a celebration of Britain and a revealing memoir. Clare recalls her charming adventures and experiences with the landscape, weather and people.

Brandon King

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