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Do you love to hear all about a person's life, especially those that have had extraordinary experiences? Take your pick of the best autobiographies written by some of our favourite people here at The Works. You'll find the latest celebrity and comedian autobiographies here as well as autobiographies from people who have had interesting lives.

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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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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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'One small soul like me won't make much difference' – Captain Tom. Captain Tom taught us many lessons, Be brave. Be flexible. Be hopeful. Most importantly, be kind. If Captain Tom's big heart and generosity of spirit helped see us through difficult days, this was his parting gift. Full of the wit, warmth and wisdom that made him so special, his reflections and guiding principles form a long life, well lived; Life Lessons will be a source of reassurance, hope, and encouragement for generations to come. And a reminder, whenever times are hard, that tomorrow will be a good day. 'A wonderful life story with lessons for us all . . . beautifully written' – Daily Telegraph 'Engaging . . . His upbeat nature shines through and reminds us how much worse this year would have been without him' – Evening Standard Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241504017 • Author: Captain Tom Moore • Publisher: Michael Joseph • Format: Hardback • Pages: 160 • Dimensions: 18.4 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm

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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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The landmark memoir of a global music icon. Sinéad O'Connor's voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Her recording of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on American television. O'Connor was unapologetic and impossible to ignore, calling out hypocrisy wherever she saw it. She has remained that way for three decades. Now, in Rememberings, O'Connor tells her story - the heartache of growing up in a family falling apart; her early forays into the Dublin music scene; her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll; the fulfilment of being a mother; her ongoing spiritual quest - and through it all, her abiding passion for music.  Product Information: • ISBN: 9781844885411 • Author: Sinéad O'Connor • Publisher: Sandycove • Format: Hardback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 2.9 cm

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This is a searingly honest memoir by Kailash Limbu, a serving Gurkha soldier who undertook five tours of active service in Afghanistan. Kailash Limbu was in the front line of the fighting in Helmand Province. On dangerous resupply missions and on offensive patrols that took them to the heart of the 'killing zone', he and his men came under frequent attack from Taliban fighters. On many occasions he has feared he would not live to see the end of the day - and, inevitably, he lost several friends and colleagues from the close-knit Gurkha brotherhood. His means of coping with the trauma of conflict was to travel back in his mind to his childhood in a remote Himalayan village in Nepal. But even amid the simplicity of mountain life, danger and tragedy lurked. In this compelling narrative Capt Limbu celebrates his Gurkha heritage and confronts demons that have shaped but never broken him. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789292572 • Author: Captain Kailash Limbu • Publisher: Michael O'Mara • Format: Hardback • Pages: 272 • Dimensions: 23.39 x 15.29 x 2.39 cm

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As an 18-year-old, black, broke, lonely, insecure, university drop-out, from a bankrupt family, I wrote in my diary that I wanted to be a 'Happy Sexy Millionaire' by the age of 25. By 25 I was a multi-millionaire having created a business worth over $300m dollars. Ironically, in achieving everything I set out to, I learnt that I was wrong about almost everything... The world had lied to me. It lied to me about how you attain fulfilment, love and success, why those things matter, and what those words actually mean. We are losing ourselves. We're chasing the wrong things, asking the wrong questions, and polluting our minds. It's time to stop, it's time to resist and it's time to rethink the fundamental social blueprint that our lives are built upon. In this book, I'll dismantle the most popular, unaddressed lies about happiness that we've been led to believe. I'll expose the source of these lies, examine the incentives that fuel them and replace them with a practical set of scientifically proven and unconventional ideas that will help you to live a truly fulfilled life, a life full of the love you seek and the success you deserve. Product Information: ISBN: 9781529301496 Author: Steven Bartlett Publisher: Yellow Kite Format: Hardback Pages: 272 Dimensions: 24.5 x 14.2 x 2.6cm

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For anyone seeking to understand the experiences of the ordinary German soldier during World War II, Blood Red Snow provides an excellent starting point. Gunter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on, storing them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing, and it was not until he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow. The author's excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. Later, the horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit and their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. He is also posted to Romania and Italy, assignments he remembers fondly compared to his time on the Eastern Front. This book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, some six decades later, the fulfilment of a responsibility the author feels to honour the memory of those who perished. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781526781994 • Author: Gunter K. Koschorrek • Publisher: Frontline Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 302  • Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm

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A decade ago, Caitlin Moran thought she had it all figured out. Her instant bestseller How to Be a Woman was a game-changing take on feminism, the patriarchy, and the general 'hoo-ha' of becoming a woman. Back then, she firmly believed 'the difficult bit' was over, and her forties were going to be a doddle. If only she had known: when middle age arrives, a whole new bunch of tough questions need answering. Why isn't there such a thing as a 'Mum Bod'? How did sex get boring? What are men really thinking? Where did all that stuff in the kitchen drawers come from? Can feminists have Botox? Why has wine turned against you? How can you tell the difference between a Teenage Micro-Breakdown, and The Real Thing? Has feminism gone too far? And, as always, who's looking after the children? Now with ageing parents, teenage daughters, a bigger bum and a To-Do list without end, Caitlin Moran is back with More Than A Woman: a guide to growing older, a manifesto for change, and a celebration of all those middle-aged women who keep the world turning. 'This book is a hilarious memoir, a passionate polemic, and a moving manifesto on how to be a decent person and try, in the face of countless stresses, to live a full open-hearted, joyous life’ – The Sunday Times Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529102772 • Author: Caitlin Moran • Publisher: Ebury Press • Format: Hardback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.5 x 2.8 cm

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Kate Garraway shares the raw and emotional story of the devastating impact that Covid-19 has had on her family - and how they are finding strength in hope. In March 2020, Kate Garraway's husband, Derek Draper, contracted Covid-19 and was placed in a medically-induced coma. Initially, Kate was told that he would not survive. Now at home but requiring round-the-clock care, he is thought to be the UK's longest-fighting Covid-19 patient. In this intimate book, Kate shares her deeply personal story. As well as recounting how the illness took hold of their lives, she writes about how she is coping with the uncertainty of their future and how she strives to hold on to hope even at the darkest of times. Kate's exceptional courage, positivity and warmth shine through on every page, making The Power of Hope a truly inspiring read that will resonate with all of us whose lives continue to be touched by the virus. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787635005 • Author: Kate Garraway • Publisher: Bantam Press • Format: Hardback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.1 cm

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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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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: Paperback • Pages: 464 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm

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This astonishing account of a man who kept bouncing back from near death is a testament to the author's determination and sheer strength of spirit. In 1940, Rehfeldt volunteered was on the Front from 1941 fighting for the city of Tula, south of Moscow. Battling in freezing conditions and with no winter clothes, the privations resorted to using those taken from Soviet corpses. In agony from severe frostbite to his legs, Rehfeldt defied the odds and astonished his surgeon when he walked again. He was then promoted from Gunner to Trained Private Soldier in 1942, and to Corporal for bravery in the field in 1943. But two years later, Rehfeldt was captured by US Forces and held as PoW for one month in a camp at Waschow before internment in Holstein from where he was released in July 1945. After which, he began studying veterinary medicine: his future career. Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front is a visceral account of a soldier who frequently came close to death but somehow survived. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784383619 • Author: Hans Heinz Rehfeldt, Marc Rikmenspoel • Publisher: Greenhill Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 23.62 x 15.49 x 3.05 cm

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Join our favourite domestic godess in this fabulous insight into the real life of Mrs Hinch - like you've never seen her before! 'Well guys, here we are! What an absolute whirlwind of a journey this has been so far.' 'It's often felt like a fairy tale but it hasn't always been easy, and I'm going to let you in on the highs and the lows as well as my biggest fears and my darkest challenges. Because this book right here, is me. This is me: Soph - the wife, the mother and the person behind Mrs Hinch. So let's do this! Put your Hinch Lists to one side, get comfy and join me on the sofa with a cuppa. Welcome to my world. This is my story.' The must-have read for all Hinchers and those who have fallen in love with the stunning lifestyle she has created for all of us! 'We're mad about Mrs Hinch' - Vogue. 'My new cleaning goddess' - Daily Telegraph. Product Information: ISBN: 9780241454305 Author: Mrs Hinch Publisher: Michael Joseph Format: Hardback Pages: 336 Dimensions: 22 x 15.9 x 2.4cm

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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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Where is your break point? Ex-Special Forces soldier and star of TV's SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ollie Ollerton has faced many break points in his life and now he tells us the vital lessons he has learnt. His incredible story features hardened criminals, high-speed car chases, counter-terrorism and humanitarian heroics - freeing children from a trafficking ring in Thailand. Ollie has faced break points in his personal life too, surviving a freak childhood attack, run-ins with the law as a teenager rebelling against a broken home, his self-destructive battles with alcohol and drug addiction, and his struggles with anxiety and depression. His final redemption as an entrepreneur and mental health charity ambassador has seen him overcome adversity to build a new and better life. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781788703000 • Author: Ollie Ollerton • Publisher: Blink Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 19.56 x 12.7 x 2.79 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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Calling all David Attenborough fans... the legacy-defining book we have all been waiting for has finally arrived! Join Attenborough as he reflects upon his life's work, the dramatic changes to the planet that he has witnessed and what we can do to it a make a brighter, better future. 'I am 94. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.' 'A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement, and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake - and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right.' 'We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.' 'All we need is the will to do so.' A gripping and inspiring insight into a rather extraordinary life's account of what really is important to the universe - a must-have read for all Attenborough-lovers and those looking to start making change! Product Information: ISBN: 9781529108279 Author: David Attenborough Publisher: Ebury Press Format: Hardback Pages: 272 Dimensions: 16.3 x 24.1 x 3.1cm

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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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What does it take to succeed? What is the mindset required to be the best? How do you stay at the top of your field? How do you come back from failure? Eddie Hearn knows what it takes. In his remarkable career, Hearn has worked alongside some of the biggest names in sports entertainment and has seen first-hand the grit and relentless determination that it takes to succeed. Structured around the key skills that Eddie Hearn values the most, this book looks at his business, life, and the drive to succeed. Covering subjects such as discipline, passion, preparation, motivation and failure, this book shows you what it takes to get the most in your life and career. In this insightful and revealing book, Eddie talks about the highs and lows of his career - from negotiating a billion dollar boxing deal to selling out Wembley for the Joshua Klitschko fight - and draws the valuable lessons that we can learn from boxing's toughest performers. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529312195 • Author: Eddie Hearn • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.2 cm  

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