Related to: 'Boo!'

Constable

Backing into the Spotlight

Michael Whitehall
Authors:
Michael Whitehall

Backing into the Spotlight is Michael Whitehall's hilarious memoir. The book covers Michael's early life growing up in suburban London in the 1940s and 1950s with his social climbing mother Nora (who coined the phrase 'a la carte' to describe people who were posher than her and whose company she craved); Whitehall family stories from the Putney ghetto; a successful career as an agent and producer (of course actors can be egotistical, greedy and vain, but they're not half as bad as agents and producers); and then the surprise twist in the tale when thanks to his comic genes and his wife Hilary's acting talents, Jack Whitehall becomes, much to their surprise, a successful comedian and actor.Fortunately Michael manages to seize Jack's considerable shirt tails and forge the beginnings of a modest career in front of the camera. Fame has come at a sedate pace: The Million Pound Drop, The One Show Best Dad in Comedy Award 2013, dictionary corner on Countdown with his new best friend Nick Hewer, Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip and eighth place in Heat Magazine's Weird Crush Awards 2016, and of course BBC2's Backchat.

Seal Press

Please Don't Bite the Baby (and Please Don't Chase the Dogs)

Lisa Edwards
Authors:
Lisa Edwards

Please Don't Bite the Baby (and Please Don't Chase the Dogs) , chronicles certified professional dog trainer Lisa Edwards' endearing and entertaining journey to ensure that her household survives and thrives when she introduces her son to her motley pack of animals. As Lisa knows all too well, the dog/child relationship is simultaneously treasured, misunderstood, and sometimes feared. In a twist, Lisa's dog training techniques inevitably seep into how she navigates her first year with baby to mixed but enlightening results. Lisa includes her best training techniques for the everyday pet owner itemized at the end of each chapter. This book is important for parents, grandparents, and caregivers who have dogs and young children together and want to ensure safety for all.

Virago

Desert Dawn

Waris Dirie
Authors:
Waris Dirie
Robinson

Carl Rogers

David Cohen
Authors:
David Cohen

Carl Rogers was the psychiatrist who pioneered the practice of client-centred therapy, revolutionising the practice of psychotherapy, yet his own life was far from ideal. This biography explores his life - including his tortured marriage, his use of confidential information about his children's lives and his drinking - against the background of his work. The author draws heavily on the papers left by Rogers to the Library of Congress.

Brian J. Robb

Brian J. Robb is the editor in chief of Titan Magazines and has been the editor of Star Wars magazine for over a decade. He is also the author of the BGT Star Trek - planned to publish alongside new film in summer 2012.

Daphne Du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day. In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children.Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.

David Sedaris

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays'. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

Frank Walker

Frank Walker is a veteran journalist. His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for the SUN-HERALD covering defence, veterans' affairs, national security and terrorism. He's also worked on the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, the NATIONAL TIMES, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany. In 2009, Hachette published his first book, THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM - the remarkable true story of the secret war of Captain Barry Petersen in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It was a bestseller. Frank followed this with his bestselling GHOST PLATOON in 2012, MARALINGA in 2014 and COMMANDOS in 2015. He lives in Sydney with his family. For more information visit www.frankwalker.com.au

Harry Pearson

Harry Pearson was born and brought up on the edge of Teesside. He is the author of eight works of non-fiction. The Far Corner - A Mazy Dribble through North-East Football, was runner-up for the William Hill Prize and has been named as one of the Fifty Greatest Sports Books of All Time by both the Observer and The Times. He wrote a weekly sports column in the Guardian from 1996 to 2012, and won the 2011 MCC/Cricket Society Prize for his book about Northern club cricket, Slipless in Settle. He lives in Northumberland.

Linda Grant

Linda Grant is a novelist and journalist. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2000 and the Lettre Ulysses Prize for Literary Reportage in 2006, and was longlisted for the Man Booker in 2002 for Still Here. The Clothes on Their Backs was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2008 and went on to win the South Bank Show Award.

Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi was born in Poland and grew up in France and Canada. A novelist and writer, she is visiting professor of Literature and the Medical Humanities at King's College London. She was chair of the Freud Museum from 2008-2014 and is a former president of English PEN. She was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in 2013. Her published work includes Mad, Bad and Sad, All About Love and Losing the Dead. @LisaAppignanesi

Mark Dagostino

Mark Dagostino is a multiple New York Timesbestselling coauthor whose career has been built through the sharing of uplifting and inspirational stories. Before becoming an author, Mark served ten years on staff in New York and LA as a well-respected correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for Peoplemagazine. More information is available on his website markdagostino.com.

Maya Angelou

Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.

Michael Whitehall

Michael Whitehall worked as a journalist, a preparatory schoolmaster, an articled clerk, a copywriter and as a public relations consultant before becoming a theatrical agent. He has been involved in the careers of a number of the UK's leading actors and actresses including Daniel Day Lewis, Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Edward Fox, Richard Griffiths, John Le Mesurier, Sir Donald Sinden, and many more. He is also the author of Shark-Infested Waters.Hugh Massingberd wrote or edited some forty books, including works of genealogical reference, studies of royalty and social history and a series of illustrated volumes on palaces, grand hotels and country houses, great and small. His five collections of Daily Telegraph obituaries were all bestsellers. The fifth volume was shortlisted for the inaugural Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing in 2000. He died in 2007.

Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt, OBE, is the world's most celebrated contemporary adventurer and explorer. A former member of the SAS, he has been a leader of major expeditions to both poles and elsewhere in the world for over thirty years.

Robert Lacey

Robert Lacey is an internationally renowned historian and biographer and co-founder of Cover magazine. His ground-breaking and highly-acclaimed MAJESTY - ELIZABETH II AND THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR was published in 1977 on the occasion of the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

Toby Young

Toby Young was born in 1963. In the course of his career as a journalist he's been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and Vanity Fair. He lives in Shepherd's Bush

Tracey Helton Mitchell

Tracey Helton Mitchell is a recovering heroin addict. After completing rehab in 1998, she dedicated her life to the care and treatment of heroin users. Tracey entered school through an ex-offender's program where she earned a bachelors of business administration and masters of public administration. In addition, she is a certified addiction specialist and supervisor. She was featured in the move Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street. She has also been featured by CNN, Anderson Cooper, Vice, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times. Tracey lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.

Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction, seven novels, and a biography of St. Francis of Assisi, SALVATION.

Waris Dirie

Waris Dirie is an internationally renowned model. In 1997 she was appointed by the UN as special ambassador for women's rights in Africa, in its efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation. She lives in New York with her son. The film rights to her story have been sold to Elton John's production company, Rocket Pictures.