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Imagine your mother has terminal cancer, which she has fought throughout your childhood, but once it’s under control and you finally feel settled in your mid 20s your father is diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). For Dan Marshall this was his reality.

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Instrumental, a love letter to classical music, is the memoir of James Rhodes. An absurdly talented concert pianist who was saved by the musical greats.

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In this new and unique take on Oscar Wilde’s life Fitzsimons draws a clear and often surprising picture of Wilde, as shaped by the women he knew.

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Part-essay and part-memoir, The Theatre of War chronicles the development of Theatre of War and Outside the Wire Theatre Companies as told by their founder Bryan Doerries.

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By most criteria Patti Smith is an extraordinary artist in many different mediums and as M Train shows writing is no exception. It is written with the poetry of a lyricist similar to the swirling worlds of Dylan, Bolano and Murakami.

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Alison Weir has been praised for her readability, depth of research and superb storytelling. Her latest historical biography does not disappoint. Her pleasant, easy narrative voice spins a tale of factious squabbling, courtly romances and vicious politics.  

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I have always wanted to learn how to do origami but usually I would get confused at the 10th fold and end up with something that looked absolutely nothing like the end product. Predictably I would just give up and the pretty paper would be used for something else.  

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As a book claiming to be a mixture of funny and horrible, Furiously Happy for the most part meanders in a no-mans land between the two.

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Notes on Suicide is an essay that aims to attempt to understand suicide: “The act itself, what precedes it and what follows it”. Its inception came after a period of turbulence in the author’s own life where suicide was contemplated but not attempted.

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