• Individual actors & performers

      An East End Life

      by Derek Martin

      As long-suffering EastEnders patriarch Charlie Slater, Derek Martin has become one of British TV's best loved stars. Now in this witty and revealing memoir, Derek tells of his extraordinary journey from growing up in the real East End of London during the Blitz to taking up residency in Albert Square. Derek's journey to Albert Square has proved to be an eventful one. A bone fide East Ender, born within the sound of Bow Bells, Derek grew up during the Blitz in a tight-knit, working-class family. In this candid memoir he describes those tough early days, his stint in the police, life on the wrong side of the law and how he turned his dream of being an actor into a reality. But not before trying his hand as a professional gambler and acting as a runner for the notorious East End gangster Charlie Kray, brother of twins Ronnie and Reggie. Determined to be an actor, Derek began his hugely successful stage and screen career firstly as a stuntman; before landing memorable TV roles in series such as Law and Order, Minder, King and Castle, The Governor and doomed soap Eldorado. In this frank and revealing tale, Derek pulls no punches as he admits past mistakes and describes his remarkable transformation into one of our best loved actors. Meet the man behind the character as he shares with readers his heartbreak over two marriage break ups and his devotion to his twin boys. An East End Life is a truly remarkable story spanning nearly seven decades, packed with tears and laughter that will endear you to this popular star.

    • Individual actors & performers

      On the Beat

      My Story

      by Graham Cole

      Actor Graham Cole pounded the beat in ITV1 police drama The Bill for more than two decades and won plaudits for his carefully crafted portrayal of dependable PC Tony Stamp, the television cop most like the real thing. While on screen Tony Stamp became a Sun Hill stalwart and the sort of old-fashioned policeman you would want on your side, off-screen Graham worked tirelessly with the real police to make sure he's kept up to date with frontline officers. Graham worked in the NHS as a porter before starting his acting career doing summer seasons and working in holiday camps. His television break came as an extra playing monsters in Doctor Who and appearing in episodes of shows such as Only Fools and Horses and Secret Army. Later his skill at stage fighting landed him work as an extra in The Bill and it wasn't long before he was given a full-time job as area car driver and all round good guy Tony Stamp. Now, in a witty and candid memoir, he reveals just what it was like to star in one of television's most enduring series, the key events he's seen during his time on the show and how he really felt about leaving after 25 years. On The Beat is the entertaining autobiography of a likeable star who reveals the inside story behind the scenes of Britain's favourite police drama and the ups and downs of an actor's life.

    • Music

      Postcards From a Rock and Roll Tour

      by Gordy Marshall

      Postcards From a Rock & Roll Tour is drummer Gordy Marshall's witty and wry take on life on the road touring with legendary rock band The Moody Blues. Part memoir, part travelogue, it's a candid, unexpected and often hilarious account of just what it's like to travel around the world playing to sell-out audiences, living out of a suitcase and spending days and days on a tour bus. If you thought being in a rock band was all sex, drugs and rock and roll, then think again. Postcards From a Rock & Roll Tour gives a rare insight into the reality of life as a travelling musician. Includes a foreword by the legendary Graeme Edge of The Moody Blues.

    • Biography: general

      Walk, Don't Run

      A Rockin’ and Rollin’ Memoir

      by Steven Jae Johnson

      “An epic story of show-biz dreams.”—Mike Foley “It’s this generation’s American Graffiti — it’s Happy Days slammed into Resurrection Boulevard.”—Rick Marcelli “Johnson’s memory for the adventures we shared breaking into show business is seamless.”—Edward James Olmos “Like a front-row seat to the action when rock ‘n’ roll was still young and exciting!”—Jason Liller Kids, This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll: A Rockin’ and Rollin’ Memoir Made on the 1960s Sunset Strip in Hollywood Here is a story that is glamorous, inspiring, and gritty — a marvelous fusion of the ups, downs, and in-betweens of life and music and passion in 1960s Hollywood, California, the place where dreams are made and chased and, sometimes, die. When Steven “Rusty” Johnson, Eddie Olmos, and Joey Zagarino met in high school in 1962, the sky was the limit and rock ‘n’ roll stardom was a record deal away. These three friends forged a life-long friendship that would take them through triumph and tragedy, victory and defeat, success and failure — all in the pursuit of reaching the rock ‘n’ roll dream. This is not only the story of three dreamers, it is a true tale that shows that success — and life — is about taking it from the top, catching a good groove, and taking it one beat at a time. SOUNDTRACK INCLUDED WITH BOOK AND EBOOK! Walk, Don’t Run: A Rockin’ and Rollin’ Memoir is about passion and dreams — and music. That’s why this incredible book comes complete with an incredible soundtrack! When you get the book, you’ll also get the album that The Pacific Ocean featuring Edward James Olmos singin’ and screamin’ on vocals while Steven “Rusty” Johnson pounds away on the drums. All of it digitally remastered in high-quality mp3 format beautifully tagged and ready to be transferred to you favorite music device. It’s a riveting and exciting album that will take you back to a time when the music was loud, the cars were fast, and dreams were a record deal away. Track List of Album: 16 Tons • Road to Hell • My Shrink • Subterranean Homesick Blues • Track of My Tears • I Can’t Stand It • I Wanna Testify • 99 1⁄2 • Mickey’s Monkey (If you purchased the book or ebook elsewhere, please visit www.WalkDontRunTheBook.com to claim your soundtrack. You’re going to love it!)

    • Autobiography: arts & entertainment

      Vanished Springs

      by Yuan Chong Xu (author)

      An atobiography of Xu Yuanchong, one of the best renowned and most productive Chinese- English/French translators, who advocates and earnestly practises the principle of poetic translation—from rhythmic poems to rhythmic poems Relating his youth spent with those figures who had profound influences in various realms during the 20th century in China, including the Neo-Confucian Fung Yu-lan, famous poets Wen Yiduo and Pien Chih-lin, and Nobel Prize winner Yang Zhenning

    • Autobiography: arts & entertainment

      Autobiography of John Stuart Mill

      by John Stuart Mill (author)

      Text difficulty between popular and professional readers For English major and learners at intermediate and advanced levels Based on classic works, involving various fields of social sciences, adopting a bilingual format, providing cultural annotations Selected works of various subjects and styles, some being witty and humorous and some being sarcastic and heuristic

    • Documentary films
      January 2019

      Memory, Place and Autobiography

      Experiments in Documentary Filmmaking

      by Author(s): Jill Daniels

      There has been a significant growth in autobiographical documentary films in recent years. This innovative book proposes that the filmmaker in her dual role as maker and subject may act as a cultural guide in an exploration of the social world. It argues that, in the cinematic mediation of memory, the mimetic approach in the construction of documentary films may not be feasible, and memory may instead be evoked elliptically through hybrid strategies such as critical realism and fictional enactment. Recognizing that identity is formed by history and what ‘goes on’ in the world, the book charts the historical trajectory of the British independent filmmaking movement from the mid-1970s to the present growth of new online distribution outlets and new media through digital technologies and social media.

    • Documentary films
      January 2019

      Memory, Place and Autobiography

      Experiments in Documentary Filmmaking

      by Author(s): Jill Daniels

      There has been a significant growth in autobiographical documentary films in recent years. This innovative book proposes that the filmmaker in her dual role as maker and subject may act as a cultural guide in an exploration of the social world. It argues that, in the cinematic mediation of memory, the mimetic approach in the construction of documentary films may not be feasible, and memory may instead be evoked elliptically through hybrid strategies such as critical realism and fictional enactment. Recognizing that identity is formed by history and what ‘goes on’ in the world, the book charts the historical trajectory of the British independent filmmaking movement from the mid-1970s to the present growth of new online distribution outlets and new media through digital technologies and social media.

    • Biography & True Stories
      October 2013

      How Blue is my Valley

      The Real Provence

      by Jean Gill

      Humorous travel memoir about moving from Wales to France; amazon bestseller. Appeals to readers who enjoy armchair travel, who love France and Provence, who read Peter Mayle's books, who dream of changing their lives and moving to a rural haven, especially older readers about to retire from work or those wanting to give up their current work. The true scents of Provence? Lavender, thyme and septic tank. There are hundreds of interesting things you can do in a bath but washing dishes is not one of them, nor what writer Jean Gill had in mind when she swopped her Welsh Valley for a French one. Keen to move out of the elephant's stomach, that stew of grey mists called weather in Wales, she offered her swimming certificate to a bemused Provencale estate agent and bought a house with good stars and its own spring-water. Or rather, as it turns out, a neighbour's spring-water that is the only supply to the kitchen, which, according to the nice men from the Water Board, is emptying its dirty water directly and illegally onto the main road... and there's worse ... But how can you resist a village called Dieulefit, `God created it', the village 'where everyone belongs'. Discover the real Provence in good company ... Watch the book trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_Rrn4CGw5A

    • Biography: arts & entertainment

      Last Stop, Carnegie Hall

      New York Philharmonic Trumpeter William Vacchiano

      by Brian A. Shook

    • Music

      Bridge Between Music, Art & Architecture: Boxed Set

      by Owen Waldschlagel

      Book, 2 Pyramid Books & 2 CDs.The nature of beginning is to connect. The result of connecting intellectually or physically is some form of development. This publication describes a life of connections involving the natural physical world with music and art. The stimulations of the progressive effects among the three brought forth the logical steps of architecture and self sustaining vocation. It begins with a young boy exploring and interacting with nature. His family and society allow his abilities and imagination to develop and flourish. The freedom of seizing opportunities and fates adventures allow his various talents to expand. Geography and the ocean become an integral part of his existence as he becomes a man. He often believes as he travels in solitude over land and sea toward his destiny that he exists in another time, perhaps hundreds of years earlier. As a young adult he reconstructs a sailing vessel that he found under the Brooklyn Bridge, in NYC. The sailboat is capable of ocean voyages. He sails and discovers interesting attributes combining the muses of natural science with those of music and philosophy. His interactions with people within and without his life bring him an awareness of the human condition. He is a song writer turning his thoughts into lyrics and music. He returns home to NY and discovers the high attributes of applying knowledge and logic to problems to create solutions. Involved in the everyday possibilities of hopes and dreams either through creating music, producing artwork or constructing dwellings he aspires to elevate destinies. A central theme of this book is the affability of the relationships between the different talented personalities and their abilities to share a logical or artistic quest as their paths crossed. Often the group would be thinking or creating in tandem or as one. The end results connect the reader to the sources of creativity that produce a bridge between Music, Art and Architecture. All inspired with creative communication being the only impetus. This tome describes how they developed a philosophical approach to solve some problems of the human condition through innovative architecture and vocation. The CDs feature 18 songs. Also includes two Pyramid Books -- "Sol-Ra" and "Returning Origin".

    • Television

      Dai and Let Live

      by Dai Jones

    • Biography & True Stories

      Dalek I Loved You

      by Nick Griffiths

      Nick Griffiths watched his first Doctor Who aged four and a bit. He would have hidden behind the sofa but it was back against the wall and his parents didn't let him move furniture so he hid behind a cushion instead. He's since been told by his mum and dad that they didn't have a sofa only armchairs. So this book should really be called Behind the Armchair, but that didn't sound right. And so began a life long obsession. When Doctor Who started getting rubbish (after Tom Baker basically) he nearly escaped into the world of music and girls until he discovered someone selling tapes of old episodes in the small ads and that was that again. Only in the last few years has an anti-social obsession become something he can earn a living from as a journalist and happily this coincided with Doctor Who getting good again. Plus he has a son now so he can claim he's watching it for him. Oh and his son's called Dylan not Gallifrey or Davros. "A very funny book for anyone who grew up wearing Tom Baker underpants - I know I did." DAVID TENNANT

    • Biography & True Stories
      May 2013

      The Valbonne Monologues

      by Chris France

      Living the life of the idle rich on the Cote d'Azur, here are some of the things being said about the author and his writing: - "The funniest book I have ever read." - "As funny as Wilt by Tom Sharp." - "50 shades of shite." - "As intellectually challenging as reading Heat magazine with a hangover." - "As appealing as sucking warm diarrhoea through a tramps sock." - "This book makes those who suggest you should never stop trying look really stupid." - "Somhow death seems a less daunting prospect after reading this book." - "If you want a gripping tale delivered with fine turns of phrase and an evocative prose, read another book."

    • Biography & True Stories

      My Cool Sixties

      Lennon, Jagger & The Rest

      by Tony Norman

      'If you remember the Sixties, you weren't there.' Tony Norman turns the cliché on its head with his memories of an amazing decade. Sex, drugs, laughter, gang fights, groupies, lovers, broken hearts. They are all part of growing up with the teenage Mod band he loves like brothers. It's a golden age for music and London is buzzing like never before. The Rest live it all to the max. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, Tony dreams of becoming a music writer and interviewing rock legends like John Lennon and Mick Jagger. It all comes true in this sexy-funny-handclappin'-footstompin'-good-time-story. Young and Free in Sixties London. Right place... Right time... Be there! Also available 'My Cool Sixties - The Album'. 13 original songs inspired by the people and places in the highly acclaimed book.

    • Autobiography: general
      March 2010

      Cheapjack

      The Adventures of a Fortune-Teller. Knocker-Worker and Mounted Pitcher

      by Philip Allingham

      New edition of unique 1930s fairground memoir which achieved extraordinary success on first publication in both UK and US. Philip Allingham, brother to detective novelist Margery, was a young man uncertain of his direction in life. Setting out from his London office one morning, sporting a top hat and tails, he discovered his vocation as a fortune teller and salesman in the farigrounds and market places of working class England in the Depression era. Cheapjack is of interest to linguists as marking the first printed use of many Romany words. Essentially it is a delightful and completely individual coming-of-age autobiography, told with modesty and humour. This new edition includes many illustrations as well as biographical material and an introduction by Francis Wheen. It has been well reviewed in national newpapers.

    • Biography & True Stories
      October 2013

      Going Solo on Lake Como

      by Ciara O'Toole

      Sometimes flying by the seat of your pants is the best thing you can do … When Ciara O’Toole and her husband move to Lake Como, Italy, they make plans – to run their own businesses, to learn the language and to immerse themselves in the Italian way of life. But just a few months into the adventure Ciara’s marriage ends and she finds herself alone in a country where she doesn’t speak the language. She is faced with a choice: return to Ireland or stay in Italy and make her new life work. Determined to make a go of it, she throws herself into everything – forging new friendships – whirlwind romances, attempting to eat her own weight in four-cheese pizzas … and learning to fly a seaplane! Her new passion grips her as she works tirelessly towards an all-important milestone: her first solo flight. Told with warmth, humour and disarming honesty, Going Solo on Lake Como is the inspirational story of how one woman finds her wings and takes to the skies. ‘It made me laugh, it made me cry. It is epic in scope but incredibly intimate.’ Jane Maas

    • Autobiography: arts & entertainment
      September 2012

      Owain Arwel Hughes

      My Life in Music

      by Owain Arwel Hughes (Author)

      Owain Arwel Hughes, OBE CBE, is one of the world’s foremost conductors. Having recorded and performed with leading orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia Halle Orchestra and many throughout Scandinavia, his career of over forty year has seen him share centre stage with some of the world's greatest performers from Julian Lloyd Webber to Bryn Terfel, Pavarotti to Shirley Bassey, and has brought him into 50 with a wide array of personalities - Prime Ministers, royalty, Church leaders and sports stars. Now, in his open, honest and entertaining autobiography, prompted by the catastrophic events of 9/11, Owain takes a look back at the events and people that have shaped and influenced his life and the occasions when, despite adversity, the show had to go on…

    • Theatre: individual actors & directors
      October 1997

      A Confession in Writing

      by A. Shaughnessy

      An account of fifty years, training at Ealing Studios then writing and directing for film, theatre and television, by the principal script-writer and editor of TV series such as the original 'Upstairs, Downstairs'.

    • Biography: general

      Random Thoughts

      by Chris Corcoran

      Chris Corcoran opens his mind to share every thought he's ever had, in his own random order. There are insights into his life as he takes readers back to his Eighties school disco days to reveal how the greatest moment of his teenage years was ruined by Queen's Radio Ga-Ga. He also shares the wisdom of his life experience from his time on CBeebies' Doodle Do with a lesson on the dangers of toilet roll. And he answers many of life's great questions...Why isn't optimism enough to complete a marathon? Why does food taste better in a field? And, more importantly, what is the point of Petit Filous? These thoughts and more are all here, delivered in his unique affectionate and charming way. "Quick Reads" are exciting, short, fast-paced books by leading, bestselling authors, specifically written for emergent readers and adult learners.

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