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1. In Your Prime: Older, Wiser, Happier - India Knight

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Part guide, part memoir, part manual, India Knight seeks to provide proper, weighty answers to the questions women are asking themselves now. Covering a wide range of subjects from clothes and cosmetics, being a parent to older children, having older parents and what that entails and of course, the menopause, In Your Prime is the definitive, much-needed guide to approaching middle age with confidence and panache.

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2. If Wishes Were Horses A Memoir Of Equine Obsession (Large Print 16pt) - Susanna Forrest

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Vividly and beautifully told, often deeply shocking, The Honoured Society is the true story of one woman's personal journey to the dark heart of the Mafia. In 1979, having been fascinated by Coppola's masterpiece The Godfather, twenty - year - old Petra Reski jumped into her car and drove from her home in Germany to the Mafia - stronghold of Sicily; she wanted to see for herself the stark truth behind the glamorous fiction. In 2007, six Mafioso were shot dead outside a pizzeria in the North German town of Duisburg; in thirty years, the influence and violence of organised crime had only grown, but now Reski would be called to report on the scene as one of the world's foremost Mafia experts. In The Honoured Society, Petra Reski exposes just how far Italy's mafias permeate everyday life across Europe. Through her firsthand accounts of meeting crooked priests and heroic victims, wet - eyed wives and murderous husbands, she also tells the human stories and, too often, the human costs, of the Mafia's ongoing bloody war.

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3. Ike's Bluff President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World - Evan Thomas

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Evan Thomas's startling account of how the underrated Dwight Eisenhower saved the world from nuclear holocaust. Upon assuming the presidency in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower set about to make good on his campaign promise to end the Korean War. Yet while Eisenhower was quickly viewed by many as a doddering lightweight, behind the bland smile and simple speech was a master tactician. To end the hostilities, Eisenhower would take a colossal risk by bluffing that he might use nuclear weapons against the Communist Chinese, while at the same time restraining his generals and advisors who favored the strikes. Ike's gamble was of such magnitude that there could be but two outcomes: thousands of lives saved, or millions of lives lost. A tense, vivid and revisionist account of a president who was then, and still is today, underestimated, IKE'S BLUFF is history at its most provocative and thrilling.

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4. In a Door, into a Fight, Out a Door, into a Chase: Moviemaking R - William Witney

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5. In Japan the Crickets Cry How Could Steve Metcalf Forgive the Japanese? (Large Print 16pt) - Steve MetcalfRonald Clements

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Steve had suffered under the brutal regime of his Japanese guards. He and his classmates at Chefoo school in China - for the most part the children of missionaries - had been interned in 1942. Resentment of the Japanese was a way of life. Could he possibly pray for them? Painfully, reluctantly, he found that he could, and his prayers sank deep. At the end of the war the China Inland Mission was seeking young men willing to go to Japan . Steve trained, packed and went. Thus began Steve's lifelong love of Japan. Over the years he would tussle with a culture where courtesy wins over truth; where suicide is an honourable choice; where to be foreign is to be forever alien. Time after time he would encounter miracles of healing, provision, and protection as God looked after him, his wife Evelyn and their growing family. In a resistant culture he would see many come to Christ. This is the story of how a boy's grudging prayers were remarkably answered.

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6. In Search Of Mary Shelley - Fiona Sampson

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Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe. Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, creating two of our most enduring archetypes today. In this fascinating dialogue with the past, Fiona Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story.

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7. Inner Weather Learning from Depression (Large Print 16pt) - Jenny Stewart

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A lucid, honest and deeply searching account of the author's struggle to come to terms with anxiety and depression. Jenny Stewart shows how, over many years, with considerable help from others, she was able gradually to take control of her depression, not by focusing on its causes, but by understanding how best to fight it. It covers practical advice as well as personal revelations. There are many books about depression - what makes this one different? This is not just a self - help book, it is a self - seeing book. It has been written specifically with women in mind. Inner Weather shows that it is possible to make something positive out of the depressive experience, provided that we have the courage to learn from it. It fills a gap between the many excellent books of professional advice and personal memoirs that relate the depressive experience. 

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8. Inside the Kray Family (Large Print 16pt) - Rita Smith

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A book on how Britain's most famous serial killers were identified, caught and convicted.

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9. Inside the Medium (16pt Large Print Edition) - Kelvin CruickshankDonna Fleming

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What must it feel like for celebrity psychic medium Kelvin Cruickshank to be surrounded by spirit all the time? How does he juggle fatherhood with his responsibilities as a medium, and what do his friends think of what he does for a living? What does he think of sceptics, and how does he look upon other mediums? And how does he cope with the grief and expectations of the living and spirit worlds alike? Delve deep into the mind of the medium in this tell-all account from Kelvin - the psychic medium himself.

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10. Inside the Medium (Large Print 16pt) - Kelvin Cruickshank, Donna Fleming

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What must it feel like for celebrity psychic medium Kelvin Cruickshank to be surrounded by spirit all the time? How does he juggle fatherhood with his responsibilities as a medium, and what do his friends think of what he does for a living? What does he think of sceptics, and how does he look upon other mediums? And how does he cope with the grief and expectations of the living and spirit worlds alike? Delve deep into the mind of the medium in this tell-all account from Kelvin - the psychic medium himself.

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11. Iron Curtain Memoirs: Before, Behind and Escape - Irene Kucholick

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This is a story about what it was like to grow up in a Germany, dominated by Adolf Hitler and feared Nazis...

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12. It Started with Dracula The Count, My Mother and Me (Large Print 16pt) - Jane Congdon

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The terrifying legend of Count Dracula silently skulking through the Transylvania night may have terrified generations of filmgoers, but the tall, elegant vampire captivated and electrified a young Jane Congdon igniting a dream to one day see his mysterious land of ancient castles and misty hollows.

Four decades later she finally takes her long - awaited trip - never dreaming that it would unearth decades - buried memories of life with an alcoholic mother, and trigger a life - changing inner journey. Unfolding in 18 days as she followed the footsteps of Dracula from Bucharest, to the Carpathian Mountains, and the Black Sea. Dracula's legend becomes the prism through which she would revisit her childhood and lay claim to a happiness she had never known.

A memoir full of surprises, Jane's story is one of hope, love - and second chances.

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13. I'll never walk alone - J M Smart

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Judith Smart is severely disabled with cerebral palsy, and all her life has struggled to maintain her independence. In her autobiography she tells her life story in her own words, typed with one finger over many months and years, on her own word processor. The chapters cover all the stages of her life. They begin with the day when the doctors told her mother to "put your daughter into an institution and forget about her" through many years of boarding school and into residential care. Finally, we follow her as she makes her bid for freedom: out into the world and into a job, a car and independent living, having gained two university degrees. Her story is inspiring, funny and challenging. She reveals some private problems and secret struggles that able-bodied people may not always recognise, particularly the lack of empathy and respect that disabled people so often encounter. Yet Judith's gentle and patient nature has enabled her to triumph over loneliness, cancer and neglect and transform these problems into opportunities to learn and grow. There is laughter to be found in almost every situation. This is a celebration of friendship, determination and the power of love over adversity. Judith always knew that she would never walk alone but, thanks to her sunny disposition and philosophical attitude, she never has : - her many friends will always walk with her. Her mother in particular was always a stalwart ally and this book is dedicated to her memory.

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14. Iris Origo Marchesa Of Val d'Orcia (Large Print 16pt) - Caroline Moorehead

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Iris Origo was one of the twentieth century's most attractive and intriguing women, a brilliantly perceptive historian and biographer whose works remains widely admired. Iris grew up in Italy with her Irish mother after the death of her wealthy American father. They settled in the Villa Medici in Florence, where they became part of the colourful and privileged Anglo - Florentine set that included Edith Wharton, Harold Acton and the Berensons.When Iris married Antonio Origo, they bought and revived La Foce, a derelict stretch of the beautiful Val d'Orcia valley in Tuscany and created an estate that thrives to this day. During World War II they sided firmly with the Allies, taking considerable risks in protecting children and sheltering partisans and Iris's diary from that time, War in Val d'Orcia, is now considered a modern classic. Caroline Moorehead has drawn on many previously unpublished letters, diaries, and papers to write the definitive biography of a very remarkable woman.

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15. I Am, I Am, I Am - Maggie O'Farrell

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THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER, AND BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, IRISH TIMES, OBSERVER, RED and THE TELEGRAPH.

Longlisted for The Wellcome Book Prize

I AM, I AM, I AM is a memoir with a difference - the unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman's life in near-death experiences. Insightful, inspirational, intelligent, it is a book to be read at a sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life's fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count.

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose?

I AM, I AM, I AM will speak to readers who loved Cheryl Strayed's WILD or Max Porter's GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS.

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