FRANK SINATRA : AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE BY SPENCER LEIGH

With exclusive interviews with fellow musicians, promoters and those who knew him, FRANK SINATRA : AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE, with much unique material, will be the definitive account of Sinatra and his career. FOREWORD BY SIR TIM RICE. The acclaimed author Spencer Leigh has written a compelling biography of one of the world's biggest stars, with remarkable stories about Sinatra on every page, and an exceptional cast of characters, readers will wonder how Sinatra ever found time to make records. If this book were a work of fiction, most people would think it far-fetched. 
'Whether there has been a better telling of the Frank Sinatra story than Spencer Leigh's version only someone who has read the myriad of other attempts can say. I can say for sure that after reading FRANK SINATRA : AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE you may want to read more about him, but you won't need to.' - SIR TIM RICE

ISBN : 9780857160867     
PUB DATE : 01/10/15     
PAGES : 368     
£15     
FORMAT : 230 X 152mm     
BIOGRAPHY     

 

 

THE TIN RING : LOVE AND SURVIVAL IN THE HOLOCAUST BY ZDENKA FANTLOVÁ

Zdenka Fantlová's peaceful life was changed forever when she was sent to Terezín concentration camp. Here she was given a humble engraved tin ring by her first love Arno. When he gave her the ring he said, 'That's for our engagement. And to keep you safe. If we are both alive when the war ends I will find you'. Arno was sent East on a penal transport later that same day. Zdenka survived six concentration camps including Auschwitz, Gross Roden, Mauthausen and Belsen - the worst of all - risking her life for the tin ring. In the last chaotic days of the war in Belsen she crawled to a Red Cross post. There she was saved by an unknown British soldier to whom the book is dedicated. A unique and incredible story of love, human endurance and will power.

'An unforgettable memoir... deserves to be read for its unique story and for its shared message about the unrelenting human spirit.' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

ISBN : 9780857160447     
PUB DATE : 06/09/12     
PAGES : 272     
£8.99     
FORMAT : B - FORMAT PAPERBACK     
BIOGRAPHY / POLITICAL      

 

 

WILLIAM ARMSTRONG : MAGICIAN OF THE NORTH BY HENRIETTA HEALD 

Magician of the North is the first full-scale biography of this extraordinary man. William George Armstrong was a visionary inventor, engineer and businessman who bestrode the 19th-century world like a colossus, bringing global renown to his great Elswick works on the Tyne, while adding lustre to Britain's imperial might. In its heyday, Elswick employed 25,000 people in the manufacture of hydraulic cranes, warships and armaments.

He created Cragside in Northumberland, the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, and planted in its grounds seven million trees. At Cragside his guests included the Shah of Persia, the King of Siam, the Prime Minister of China and the future kings Edward VII and George V.

This book is much more, however, than the life of one man. It is the story of Britain at the height of empire, riding the crest of industrial success a country awash with scientific and technological achievements, bursting with hopes and dreams. It will appeal as much to lovers of romance as to more practically inclined readers. The Queen and the Prince Consort played a vital role in fostering the scientific ferment, but so did characters such as Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley. It was the era of the self-made man, and no one personified Samuel Smiles's doctrine of self-help more clearly than William Armstrong.

ISBN : 9780857160423     
PUB DATE : 15/11/12     
PAGES : 370     
£14     
FORMAT : 199 X 129mm      
BIOGRAPHY / POLITICAL     

 

 

THE PITMEN'S REQUIEM BY PETER CROOKSTON

The Pitmen's Requiem movingly relates the stories and the hardships of the miners who worked in the Great Northern Coalfield. It tells, through interviews and investigative reporting, how Robert Saint's famous brass band composition Gresford - the Miners Hymn - commemorating the disaster at Gresford Colliery, became a requiem for mining communities and their way of life.

ISBN : 9781904794486     
PUB DATE : 05/05/10     
PAGES : 232     
£12.99     
FORMAT : 159 X 235mm     
BIOGRAPHY / POLITICAL     

 

 

ALAN BEITH : A VIEW FROM THE NORTH BY ALAN BEITH

Alan Beith has been an MP for England's northernmost constituency for 35 years and is a leading figure in the Liberal Democrats. His book covers key stages in his party's growth, including the 1970s Lib-Lab pact and Paddy Ashdown's leadership, and also what the philosophy of Liberalism is all about. He writes about his work overseeing Britain's intelligence and security services over more than a decade, and how faith has helped him through dark times with the deaths of his first wife, Barbara, and his son, Chris.

ISBN : 9781904794271     
PUB DATE : 17/09/08     
PAGES : 304       
£18.99     
FORMAT : 152 X 241mm     
BIOGRAPHY / POLITICAL