Biography

Front cover of Lothar Neethling deur Annette Jordaan
Lothar Neethling - Annette Jordaan

Lothar Neethling deur Annette Jordaan is die storie van die polisie se slim en gewilde forensiese deskundige wat sy naam verdedig teen beweringe dat hy middels voorsien het om mense aan die slaap te maak of te vermoor. Hy wen uiteindelik die saak oor “die ergste naamskending denkbaar”, maar sy openbare beeld kry 'n skadu, en vrae en wanopvattings bly tot ná sy dood spook, met pynlike gevolge vir sy naasbestaandes.

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Black Mass - Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill

Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill is an epic story of violence, double-cross, and corruption at the center of which are the black hearts of two old friends whose lives unfolded in the darkness of permanent midnight. James "Whitey" Bulger became one of the most ruthless gangsters in US history, and all because of an unholy deal he made with a childhood friend. John Connolly a rising star in the Boston FBI office, offered Bulger protection in return for helping the Feds eliminate Boston's Italian mafia. But no one offered Boston protection from Whitey Bulger.

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Tigress of Forli - Elizabeth Lev

Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev shows how between her birth in 1463 as the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Milan, to her death in 1509 as a member of the powerful Medici family, Caterina Sforza's life crossed the firmament of Italy's High Renaissance like a shooting star.

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Lives in Writing - David Lodge

Lives in Writing by David Lodge is a collection of essays on writers and writing by the Booker-shortlisted novelist and critic. Writing about real lives takes various forms, which overlap and may be combined with each other: biography, autobiography, biographical criticism, biographical fiction, memoir, confession, diary. In these thoughtful and enlightening essays David Lodge considers some particularly interesting examples of life-writing, and contributes several of his own.

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Wilfred Thesiger - Alexander Maitland

Wilfred Thesiger by Alexander Maitland is an authorised biography which was written with Thesiger's support before he died in 2003 and with unique access to the rich Thesiger archive. Alexander Maitland investigates this fascinating figure's family influences, his wartime experiences, his philosophy as a hunter and conservationist, his writing and photography, his friendships with Arabs and Africans amongst whom he lived, and his now-acknowledged homosexuality.

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Galley Slave - Jean Marteilhe

Galley Slave by Jean Marteilhe is a remarkable memoir which tells of the miseries of Jean Marteilhe of Bergerac, a Protestant condemned to the Galleys of France for his Religion, who, after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, attempted, like so many French Huguenots, to escape to the more sympathetic Protestant countries bordering France. In 1700, heading through the Ardennes towards Charleroi, he was captured by French Dragoons and thrown into gaol. In 1707 he then found himself, like so many Huguenots, condemned to serve in the French Mediterranean galleys.

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The Prince of Medicine - Susan P Mattern

The Prince of Medicine by Susan P Mattern offers the first authoritative biography in English of this brilliant, audacious, and profoundly influential figure. Galen of Pergamum (A.D. 129 - ca. 216) began his remarkable career tending to wounded gladiators in provincial Asia Minor. Later in life he achieved great distinction as one of a small circle of court physicians to the family of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, at the very heart of Roman society.

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The Winter of Our Disconnect - Susan Maushart

The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart asks the question if Thoreau could last two years in the woods without the mod-cons of the early nineteenth century (running water), then surely Susan Maushart can survive six months without the technology of the twenty-first century?

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The Millionaire and the Bard - Andrea Mays

The Millionaire and the Bard by Andrea Mays tells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession. When Shakespeare died in 1616 half of his plays died with him. No one-not even their author-believed that his writings would last, that he was a genius, or that future generations would celebrate him as the greatest author in the history of the English language.

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Mandela - Martin Meredith

Mandela by Martin Meredith details the life of Nelson Mandela, one of the most admired political figures of the twentieth century. It was his leadership and moral courage above all that helped to deliver a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa after years of racial division and violence and to establish a fledgling democracy there.

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Call Me Burroughs - Barry Miles

Call Me Burroughs by Barry Miles is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject. It was written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and draws from countless interviews with figures like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself.

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Between Man and Beast - Monte Reel

Between Man and Beast by Monte Reel contains all the elements of an enthralling adventure story. In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle in search of a mythic beast, the gorilla. After wild encounters with vicious cannibals, deadly snakes, and tribal kings, Du Chaillu emerged with 20 preserved gorilla skins--two of which were stuffed and brought on tour--and walked smack dab into the biggest scientific debate of the time: Darwin's theory of evolution. Quickly, Du Chaillu's trophies went from objects of wonder to key pieces in an all-out intellectual war.

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Helen Suzman - Robin Renwick

Helen Suzman by Robin Renwick is a short but concise volume on the veteran anti-apartheid campaigner and parliamentarian. Suzman devoted, in Lord Renwick’s words, ‘her political career to the pursuit of high principles’, never lacking in energy, resourcefulness, intellectual rigour, and sharp-tongued humour in her decades of campaigning against apartheid and its manifestations, grand, petty and brutal, from forced removals to her support for Winnie Mandela during her banishment to Brandfort and over the inquest into the murder of Steve Biko.

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Tibetan Peach Pie - Tom Robbins

Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. Tom Robbins' warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels-including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates-provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination.

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The Calvin Handbook - Herman J Selderhuis

The Calvin Handbook edited by Herman J Selderhuis gathers contributions from internationally renowned scholars and offers a comprehensive view of Calvin's life, his theology, and the history of his reception. This handbook is a uniquely helpful resource on Calvin for readers of every interest level. Research on French theologian John Calvin is flourishing around the world, and his quincentennial in 2009 has given such research even greater momentum. This book is designed to support and stimulate that research.

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Reeva - June Steenkamp

Reeva by June Steenkamp is a painfully honest and unflinching account of Reeva's life. June talks about what really went on in her mind as she sat in the packed Pretoria court room day after day and how she is coping in the aftermath of the verdict. In the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, shooting her multiple times while she cowered behind the locked door of their bathroom. His trial has attracted more international media attention and public scrutiny than any since that of OJ Simpson.

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Nelson - John Sugden

Nelson by John Sugden is the most authoritative and intimate portrait written of Horatio Nelson In this epic biography of history's most celebrated naval commander, acclaimed historian John Sugden separates fact from myth to offer a powerful portrait of the hero of Trafalgar. As was true of the Sugden's riveting account of Horatio Nelson's early years ("Nelson: A Dream of Glory," 2005), this comprehensive life of Lord Nelson is built from largely overlooked primary documents, letters, and diaries that reach across two centuries to invite us to share Nelson's multifaceted life.

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Beethoven - Jan Swafford

Beethoven by Jan Swafford peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world's most iconic music. Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that would shape all of his future work.

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On the Wild West - Mark Twain

On the Wild West by Mark Twain concentrates on his journey through America's Wild West, tapping into the perennial interest in this period in history. From 1861 to 1867, a young Mark Twain travelled through the Wild West. Following an abortive foray into a career as a Confederate Cavalry man he opted instead to head off on a stagecoach road trip with his brother Orion, who had just been appointed Secretary of Nevada Territory. Twain sets out on an epic voyage from Missouri to Sacramento.

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Michelangelo - Miles J Unger

Michelangelo by Miles J Unger is the life of one of the most revolutionary artists in history, told through the story of six of his greatest masterpieces. Among the immortals--Leonardo, Rembrandt, Picasso--Michelangelo stands alone as a master of painting, sculpture, and architecture. He was not only the greatest artist in an age of giants, but a man who reinvented the practice of art itself.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters - Dan Wakefield

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters edited by Dan Wakefield is an extraordinary collection of personal correspondence which has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut's fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide.

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Front cover of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal - Jeanette Winterson

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin.

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