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New non-fiction for September 2016

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Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

Elizabeth Jane Howard was an acclaimed novelist who is still fondly remembered in Bungay where she spent her later years and fought to keep her local library open. She is best known for the five-book Cazalet Chronicles, the latest volume of which – All Change – was published just two months before she died. The author has completed interviews with Howard, her family and friends and has had full access to the late author’s papers.

John Le Carre: The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from my Life

The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carre’s memoir and his first work of non-fiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his ‘secret sharers’ - the men and women, who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author’s extraordinary engagement with the last half-century.

Sian Evans: Queen Bees: Six brilliant and extraordinary society hostesses between the wars - a spectacle of celebrity, talent, and burning ambition

Queen Bees details the lives of six remarkable women who made careers out of being society hostesses, including Lady Astor, who went on to become the first female MP, and Mrs Greville, who cultivated relationships with Edward VII, as well as Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan and Lady Colefax.

Alan Johnson: The Long and Winding Road

Suffolk Bookfest guest Alan Johnson continues with the latest in his popular autobiographical series.

Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run

Long awaited autobiography from The Boss.

Danny Baker: Going Round the Bend

Danny Baker continues his memoir of his colourful life.

Adele Bellis: Brave

Inspiring true story of a young Lowestoft woman who suffered a terrifyingly abusive relationship culminating in a horrific acid attack from the man who claimed to love her.

Christopher D.E. Hamel: Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature.

The idea for the book is to invite the reader into intimate conversations with 12 of the most famous manuscripts in existence and to explore with the author what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history - and sometimes the modern world too.

Christopher de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, collectors and the international community of manuscript scholars, showing us how he and his fellows piece together evidence to reach unexpected conclusions.

Brandon King

I work in the Suffolk Libraries Stock Team