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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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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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The Nazis spared their lives because they were twins. In the summer of 1944, Eva Mozes Kor and her family arrived at Auschwitz. Within thirty minutes, they were separated. Her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, while Eva and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man who became known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. They were 10 years old. While twins at Auschwitz were granted the 'privileges' of keeping their own clothes and hair, they were also subjected to Mengele's sadistic medical experiments and were forced to fight daily for their own survival. In a narrative told simply, with emotion and astonishing restraint, The Twins of Auschwitz shares the inspirational story of a child's endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913183578 • Author: Eva Mozes Kor, Lisa Rojany Buccieri • Publisher: Monoray • Format: Paperback • Pages: 240 • Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 2 cm

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Heinz Knocke was one of the outstanding German fighter pilots of World War II and this vivid first-hand record of his experiences has become a classic among aviation memoirs, a best-selling counter-balance to the numerous accounts written by Allied pilots. Knoke joined the Luftwaffe on the outbreak of war, and eventually became commanding officer of a fighter wing. An outstandingly brave and skilful fighter, he had flown over four hundred operational missions before being crippled by wounds in an astonishing 'last stand' towards the end of the war. In a text that reveals his intense patriotism and discipline, he describes being brought up in the strict Prussian tradition, the rise of the Nazi regime, and his own wartime career set against a fascinating study of everyday life in the Luftwaffe, and of the high morale of the force until its disintegration. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784386023 • Author: Heinz Knoke • Publisher: Greenhill Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 208 • Dimensions: 21.59 x 13.97 x 2.54 cm

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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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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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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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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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This official book charts the evolution of the Manchester United's matchday publication from a simple team sheet to today's glossy magazine... A vital part of the Old Trafford matchday experience! With stunning front covers, fascinating long-reads, columns from Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson and more. Product Information: ISBN: 9781911613831 Author: Manchester United  Publisher: Reach Sport Format: Hardback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 19.6 x 25.3 x 2.7cm

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Which comic books have helped define Marvel Comics and make them the pop-culture phenomenon they are today? Find out in Marvel Greatest Comics, a compelling showcase of some of the most trailblazing and inspiring comic books ever created. From the groundbreaking original Human Torch and his aquatic adversary Namor, the Sub-Mariner in 1939 to the game-changing 1960s Super Hero icons such as Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four, to smart modern makeovers in the 21st century like Guardians of the Galaxy and Squirrel Girl, Marvel have set the pace. This book's specially curated and expertly appraised selection is a stunningly illustrated and insightful assessment of Marvel Comics and its legacy through the comics that made the company great. These are the comics that changed the face of an industry. These are Marvel's greatest comics. Product Information: ISBN: 9780241410059 Author: Melanie Scott Publisher: DK Format: Hardback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 28.8 x 24.2 x 2.1cm

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Expanded and updated, this is the definitive history of British serial killing 1888-2020 - by the UK's leading criminologist, David Wilson. This fascinating tells the stories of Britain's serial killers from Jack the Ripper to the extraordinary Suffolk Murders case. David Wilson has worked as a Prison Governor and as a profiler, and has been described as the UK's leading expert on serial killers. His work has led him to meet several of the UK's deadliest killers, and build up fascinating insights into what makes a serial killer - and who they are most likely to target. A vivid narrative history and a call for prison and social reform, Professor Wilson's new book is a powerful and gripping investigation of Britain's serial murderers. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780751581072 • Author: David Wilson • Publisher: Sphere • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm

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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history.While also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. Product Information:• ISBN: 9780241334140• Author: Michelle Obama• Publisher: Penguin• Format: Hardback• Pages: 426• Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 4cm

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Familar to millions, Fearne Cotton's voice is her career, her livelihood and her communication to everyone - whether it's through the television, radio or her 'Happy Place' podcast. So, when Fearne's doctor told her she was at risk of needing a throat operation followed by two weeks of being unable to speak, she found herself facing a period of unexpected contemplation. Fearne began to think about other times her voice had gone unheard as a young woman, as 'just the talent', as the foil to louder, more dominant figures. At what point do we internalise this message, and start silencing ourselves? When do we swallow down our authentic words to become pleasers and compromisers at the cost of our own happiness or wellbeing?  Speak Your Truth dives into all the ways we learn to stay quiet for the wrong reasons, and explores how to find your voice, assert yourself and speak out with confidence! Brave, vulnerable and deeply personal, Speak Your Truth shares Fearne's compelling story and helps you to shape your own. Product Information: ISBN: 9781409183174 Author: Fearne Cotton Publisher: Orion Spring Format: Hardback Pages: 256 Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.8 x 3cm

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As a reporter and then spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Michelle was a frequent visitor to Huntsville's Walls Unit, where she recorded the final moments of death row inmates' lives before they were put to death by the state. Michelle witnessed some of the most notorious criminals, including serial killers, child murderers and rapists, speak their last words on earth, while a cocktail of lethal drugs surged through their veins. Misgivings began to set in as the execution numbers mounted. She came to know and like some of the condemned people she saw die, and began to query the seemingly arbitrary nature of the death penalty. Product Information: ISBN: 9781788701495 Author: Michelle Lyons Publisher: Blink Publishing Format: Paperback Pages: 296 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2cm

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Murders that defy detection. Discover the stories behind some of the most infamous unsolved murders of the last century, including the Black Dahlia, the Zodiac Killer and the JonBenét Ramsey case. Detailing essential evidence. Profiling key suspects. Tracking police investigations. Sorting facts from speculation. Ideal for True Crime fans looking for a new case to take a stab at, get ready for an unforgettable read. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241424568 • Author: Amber Hunt, Emily G. Thompson • Publisher: DK • Format: Paperback • Pages: 224 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5 cm

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A first-team squad brimming with new heroes and world-class players in every position on the pitch. A mythical stadium and a passionate fan base the envy of the world. And the bar of footballing brilliance raised ever higher all in a dramatic top-flight season that will go down as the most unique in history since World War Two. This is Liverpool FC in 2020. The country's most successful club, back on top of English football with a record-breaking triumph to crown a glittering era for Jürgen Klopp's mighty Reds. This official commemorative book tells the sensational story of a side which just kept winning, and winning, and winning. UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup. This beautifully illustrated story of a historic season is packed with breath taking images, exclusive interviews and revealing insight from Klopp and his Kop stars. Written by the editorial team behind the LFC match day programme and monthly magazine and produced by the club's official publishing partners, Reach Sport, this is the ultimate souvenir for any Liverpool fan, telling the remarkable story as it unfolded day by day. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781911613756 • Author: Liverpool Football Club • Publisher: Reach Sport • Format: Hardcover • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.2 x 3.1 cm

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A teenage boy lies on the pavement, bleeding from a stab wound; a distraught mum watches, in mute shock, as her daughter suffers a terrifying fatal asthma attack; a young girl is gang-raped and her stricken boyfriend takes an overdose; a disturbed young man flings himself in front of a speeding train at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Few people can imagine living in a world where such situations are part of everyday life. Yet for veteran paramedic Lysa Walder, these and thousands of other emergency call outs are part of a day's work: scenes of tragedy, heroism loss and horror - but also stories of triumph and humour. Lysa has been a paramedic for over twenty years, working for the London Ambulance service - the world's biggest and busiest free service - for much of that time.  Here, she reveals what it's really like to work in a job that brings paramedic teams face-to-face with death - and destiny - every day. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789462043 • Author: Lysa Walder  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.3cm

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