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Thirty years ago, Noel Fitzpatrick graduated as a veterinary surgeon, unaware that he was about to become one of the leading veterinary surgeons in the world... Treating thousands of animals, many of whom were thought to be beyond help, Noel has had a rather extraordinary journey, learning how animals have changed his life, and the lives of those around them, for the better. Join Noel as he shares his rather moving and often funny tales about the animals he's treated and the unique 'animal people' he has met along the way! Reflecting on valuable lessons of Integrity, Care, Love and Hope, discover how these factors have sustained him through the unbelievable highs and crushing lows of a profession where lives are quite literally at stake. As Noel explores what makes us connect with animals so deeply, we meet Peanut, the world's first cat with two front bionic limbs!  From eight-year-old therapy dachschund Olive to the gorgeous five-year-old Dobermann Odin, embark on some of Noel's most challenging cases - and of course meet his beloved companions Ricochet, the Maine Coon, and Keira, the scruffy Border terrier who is always by his side. Product Information: ISBN: 9781409183792 Author: Professor Noel Fitzpatrick  Publisher: Trapeze Format: Hardback Pages: 448 Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4.2cm

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Achieving a hit in every decade since the 1950s, Cliff Richard stands alone in pop history... Join the phenomenal legend as he tells his story, in his own words, in this highly anticipated new autobiography!  Coming of age in 1950's London, he began his music career at Soho's legendary 2i's Cafe. Now, approaching his 80th birthday with record sales of over 250m and counting...  Discover his story, from forging the way for British rock 'n' roll with his unique sound to playing live across the world, with a constant backdrop of screaming fans. Delve into Cliff's life as he looks back on his humble upbringing, and how he went on to fulfil his wildest dreams by becoming a pop star and even a film star. Talking of finding Christianity, reflecting on the ups and downs of life in the public eye, and revealing how the false allegations against him changed his life forever, this is the must-have read for all Cliff Richard fans. He's seen era-defining pop stars come and go, and he's still making new music, with a new project to be released this year! Here's his story of how he made it all happen. 'Before Cliff Richard and the Shadows, there was nothing worth listening to in British music.' - John Lennon. Product Information: ISBN: 9780957490765 Author: Cliff Richard Publisher: Ebury Press Format: Hardback Pages: 416 Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.8cm

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Delve into this eye-opening companion to Netflix's acclaimed series The Crown as renowned biographer and the show's historical consultant, Robert Lacey takes us through the real history that inspired the drama! Covering two tumultuous decades in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Lacey looks at the key social, political and personal moments and their effects - not only on the royal family, but also on the world around them. From the Suez Canal Crisis and the US/Russia space race to the legacy of the Duke of Windsor's collaboration with Hitler, along with the rumoured issues with the royal marriage... The Crown provides a thought-provoking insight into the historic decades that the show covers, revealing the truth behind the on-screen drama. Extensively researched and complete with beautifully reproduced photographs, this is a unique look behind the history that inspired the show and the years that would prove to be the making of the Queen. This is the must-have read or gift for any fans who love Netflix's The Crown! Product Information: ISBN: 9781788701822 Author: Robert Lacey Publisher: Blink Publishing Format: Paperback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9cm

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Revelatory investigation into the police handling of the Yorkshire Ripper Case which spanned over 14 years. Newly updated to include Sutcliffe’s bid for freedom in 2008, and the verdict from court in 2010. For over twenty years, the dark secrets of the biggest criminal manhunt in British history have remained a closed book. Detectives refused all requests to tell the inside story of the Yorkshire Ripper investigation that logged over two million manhours of police work. The victims who survived maintained a wall of silence. And the detailed forensic evidence, witness statements and autopsy reports have remained locked away – until ‘Wicked Beyond Belief’ was published. Award-winning writer Michael Bilton persuaded the key people to talk. After years of exhaustive research he has revealed the extraordinary truth behind the murder enquiry that left Peter Sutcliffe free to kill again and again. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780007450732• Author: Michael Bilton• Publisher: Harper Collins• Format: Paperback• Pages: 798• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 5.5cm

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A natural subject for the UK's bestselling true-crime author: a study of people who randomly kill large numbers of others, or who set out to do so in specific places or situations! Because of the ease of obtaining firearms in the USA, many of these, inevitably, are American, but there have been other recent examples in New Zealand and Norway, while three major mass shootings took place in the UK at Hungerford in 1987 (17 dead, including the killer), Dunblane in 1996 (18, including the killer), and in Cumbria in 2010 (13, including the killer). As such killings become more frequent, it is easy to blame them on the ready availability of firearms and weak or non-existent background checks, even though many countries, including the UK, have extremely robust firearms legislation. Christopher Berry-Dee offers case studies in some of the most infamous mass killings of the past fifty years, from school massacres to workplace killings, hate crimes to familicides. Product Information: ISBN: 9781789464214 Author: Christopher Berry-Dee Publisher: John Blake Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.2cm

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Dennis Nilsen murdered at least 15 people before his arrest in 1983... Discover this groundbreaking criminal study, as seen on new TV Series 'Des', with Nilsen's full cooperation, resulting in a fascinating - and horrifying - portrait of the man who worshipped death. In February 1983, residents of Muswell Hill had been plagued by blocked drains. When a plumber was called to investigate, he discovered a large blockage of biological material. To his horror, it appeared to be formed of human flesh and bones. The next day, local resident Dennis Nilsen was arrested. 'Are we talking about one body or two?' a detective asked. Nilsen replied 'Fifteen or sixteen, since 1978. I'll tell you everything.' 'You really have to read this extraordinary book to get a full flavour of the weirdness of Nilsen and his crimes' - Sunday Times. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787466258 • Author: Brian Masters • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2cm

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Insights into the world of a Prison Doctor, this time taking us deeper into the walls of Bronzefield, the UK's biggest women's prison. From the drug addicts who call Amanda 'the mother I never had' to the women who've pushed back at domestic abuse, to women close to release in their 70s, who just want to stay in the place that they've always known, these are stories that are heartbreaking, harrowing and heart-warming. Amanda listens, prescribes, and does what she can. After all, she's their doctor. Product Information: ISBN: 9780008385736 Author: Amanda Brown Publisher: Harper Collins Format: Paperback Pages: 288 Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 1.9cm

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We all know and love the charming elderly man that stole the nation's hearts whilst doing his bit in a time of crisis... but who is Captain Sir Tom Moore? Discover who this inspiring man really is in his new exclusive Autobiography. Where did he come from?  From a childhood in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales, Tom Moore grew up in a loving family, which wasn't without its share of tragedy. With the storms of the Second World War being threatened, Tom Moore raised his hand and joined the fight.  This war would take him from a country he had never left to the heart of India, and the Far East, to which he would return many years later to view the sight he had missed first time around: the distant peak of Everest. Explore the story we have all been waiting for. This is the story of the past hundred years here in Britain. A time that has seen a lot of change... 'Gloriously enthralling' - Daily Mail. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241486108 • Author: Captain Tom Moore • Publisher: Michael Joseph  • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.6cm

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Monty Don is back with the enlightening new book, My Garden World -  the celebration of every living creature that we all share! This year has given us the enforced opportunity to learn more about the fascinating natural world around us... Whether you live in the countryside or the town, Monty's observations and insights are relevant to each and every one of us.  Join Monty Don's personal journey through the natural year, month by month, season by season, observed from the immediate world around him. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473666559 • Author: Monty Don • Publisher: Two Roads • Format: Hardback • Pages: 416 • Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 4cm

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Join Jason Fox in this powerful and inspiring new book and learn how to manage stress, harness fear and even develop the mind-set to thrive under pressure! Having experienced the Special Forces, rowing oceans or investigating some of the world’s most notorious drug cartels, Jason Fox has had his fair share of emotional and psychological battles… Drawing on the practices of the British military and the techniques developed during his career, delve into Fox’s practices on how anyone can build the strength of mind and the resilience of an elite soldier! Explore the tools Jason Fox has used to overcome the extreme and hostile environments that have tested his resolve, and learn to build the grit and inner strength needed to conquer whatever challenge life puts in front of you. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787633193 • Author: Jason Fox • Publisher: Bantam Press • Format: Hardback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.5 x 3cm

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Christopher Berry-Dee is the man who talks to serial killers. A world-renowned investigative criminologist, he has gained the trust of murderers across the world and discussed in detail their shocking crimes.  The killers' pursuit of horror and violence is described through the unique audiotape and videotape interviews which Berry-Dee conducted, deep inside the bowels of some of the world's toughest prisons. Using their own words to describe their crimes, this shocking book allows the reader a glimpse into the inner workings of the people who have committed the worst crime possible - to mercilessly take the life of another human being. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913543754 • Author: Christopher Berry-Dee • Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers • Format: Paperback • Pages: 240 • Dimensions: 19.56 x 12.7 x 2.29 cm

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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing is the world's most comprehensive illustrated work of boxing reference... Featuring biographies of every historic champion across each weight class, from all-time greats such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis and Mike Tyson, to modern legends including Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Floyd Mayweather, it's an indispensable compendium of boxing facts, statistics, history and culture. Covering all aspects of the sport, from its beginnings in the days of illegal challenge matches to the multi-million-dollar televised extravaganza it is today! This encyclopedia includes details of the careers of the world's greatest boxers, descriptions of many of the most iconic fights, and considers the prominent figures behind the scenes such as promoters, trainers and managers. Product Information: ISBN: 9781787395961 Author: Harry Mullan Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Format: Hardback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 28.5 x 23.5 x 1.9cm

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Join Fearne Cotton as she details her struggle and journey towards finding inner happiness... Determined to break loose from the taboo of mental health, Fearne opens up about her own fight with depression, how she managed to keep it at bay and how she continues to improve herself. With expert advice from the Mind, along with ideas and exercises, delve into the journey of happiness as Fearne invites you to try it out for yourself! If you desire to begin 'Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect', then this book is the ideal companion for you. The Sunday Times Bestseller! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781409175070• Author: Fearne Cotton• Publisher: Orion Spring• Format: Paperback• Pages: 272• Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2cm

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In December 2018, after fifty years of belly-laughs, energy and outrage, Billy Connolly announced his retirement from live stand-up comedy. It had been an extraordinary career. When he first started out in the late sixties, Billy played the banjo in the folk clubs of Scotland. Between songs, he would improvise a bit, telling anecdotes from the Clyde shipyard where he'd worked. In the process, he made all kinds of discoveries about what audiences found funny, from his own brilliant mimes to the power of speaking irreverently about politics or explicitly about sex. He began to understand the craft of great storytelling. Soon the songs became shorter and the monologues longer, and Billy quickly became recognised as one of the most exciting comedians of his generation. Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together the very best of Billy's storytelling for the first time. With an introduction and original illustrations by Billy throughout, it is an inspirational, energetic and riotously funny read, and a fitting celebration of our greatest ever comedian. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529361360 • Author: Billy Connolly • Publisher: Two Roads • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 12.7 x 2.22 cm

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Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the death of Stirling Moss on 12 April 2020 at the age of 90 made headlines, almost 60 years after he retired from Formula One. In The Boy, Richard Williams assesses what made him such an iconic figure. Told in 60 brief chapters, Williams builds a fascinating and revealing portrait of a driver who was a hero to millions. As the long years of war began to recede, sport in Britain was getting moving again and there was a need for heroes. The Boy explains how and why he came to occupy such a unique place in the esteem and the affections of the nation. Moss may never have been world champion, but he created a remarkable and enduring legacy, and Williams brilliantly shows just how he did it. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781471198458 • Author: Richard Williams • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK • Format: Hardback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.7 cm

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Read the inspirational memoir from the presenter of BBC One’s The Repair Shop . . . 'We had our hardships, and there were times that we didn’t have a lot of food and didn’t have a lot of money. But that didn’t stop me having the time of my life.' Making It is an inspirational memoir about beating the odds and turning things around even when it all seems hopeless. In this book, Jay Blades shares the details of his life, from his childhood growing up on a council estate in Hackney, to his adolescence when he was introduced to violent racism at secondary school, to being brutalized by police as a teen, to finally becoming a beloved star of the hit primetime show The Repair Shop. An expert at giving a second life to cherished items, Jay’s positivity, pragmatism and kindness shine through these pages and show that with care and love, anything can be mended. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529059199 • Author: Jay Blades • Publisher: Bluebird • Format: Hardback • Pages: 240 • Dimensions: 23.39 x 15.29 cm

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''So lithe,' they say. 'So spry and sparkling. So uncannily youthful. How on earth do you do it?' Well, what can I tell you? An hour of tai chi first thing in the morning, an HIIT work-out with my personal trainer, a bowl of steamed kale and a handful of almonds for lunch, and then two hours of yoga in the afternoon followed by an ice bath - this is a routine which I'm sure would work miracles for anyone of any age, although I can't be entirely sure because I haven't myself adopted any aspect of it at any point. Fortunately, during my life and career I have been given all sorts of advice and learned huge amounts from some great and enormously talented people. I've been blessed to play characters such as Derek Trotter, Granville, Pop Larkin and Frost, who have changed my life in all sorts of ways, and taught me lessons that go far beyond the television set. And I've worked a few things out for myself as well, about friendship, ambition, rejection, success, failure, adversity and fortune. With any luck, some of these thoughts and observations will chime with episodes and challenges you have faced, or are facing, in your own life. And if they don't... well, hopefully, at the very least you'll get to have a good old laugh at my expense. So lean back, pour yourself a glass, and try not to fall through the bar flap...' Delve into the hilariously funny but deeply heartfelt autobiography of the national treasure that is David Jason - a must-have read for all those who truly adore Del boy. Product Information: ISBN: 9781529125115 Author: David Jason Publisher: Century Format: Hardback Pages: 336 Dimensions: 24 x 15.6 x 3cm 

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Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening. The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions. Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant on major police investigations. Kerry's job has taken her to the cells of maximum-security prisons, police interview rooms, the wards of secure hospitals and the witness box of the court room. Her work has helped solve a cold case, convict the guilty and prevent a vicious attack. Kerry's frank memoir gives an unforgettable insight into the personal and professional dangers in store for a female psychologist working with some of the most disturbing men and women. Product Information: ISBN: 9781788402170 Author: Kerry Daynes Publisher: Endeavour Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3 cm

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If you're reading this, then we have something in common .... Whether it's a love of getting crafty, meticulously organising or making fun-shaped snacks! I find it hard to sit still, but losing myself in a craft project or tidying a drawer is my form of meditation. It's a chance for me to forget about the things going on in the world around me for a minute. I hope this book helps you to lose yourself for a moment, too - and that you enjoy reading it and even, maybe, having a go at some of the bits inside. Lots of Love, to the moon and back Stacey x Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529109498 • Author: Stacey Solomon • Publisher: Ebury Press • Format: Hardback • Pages: 272 • Dimensions: 22.2 x 16.2 x 2.7 cm

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