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    A Life of Contradictionby Mark Dowd This superb memoir of a gay, working class boy from Manchester exploring how to reconcile his sexuality with his Catholicism is all the more powerful because of his deep knowledge of and commitment to his faith. Spanning the late 1960s to the present day, Mark Dowd’s Queer and Catholic chronicles a changing attitude to...

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    by Donald McRae Shortlisted For The 2015 William Hill Sports Book of The Year Prize. “I kill a man and most people forgive me. However, I love a man and many say this makes me an evil person.” On 24 March 1962, when Emile Griffith stepped into the ring to defend his world title against Benny Paret, he was filled with rage. During their weigh-in, the Cuban...

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    By Andrew Lownie 434 pages, with 24 pages of B&W photographs. The extraordinary true story of Guy Burgess, the man at the heart of the Cambridge Spy Ring and a linchpin of Cold War espionage. In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and...

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    by Tom Quinn The story of William Tallon, the late Queen Mother’s most devoted servant. Charming, loyal, promiscuous and in possession of a truly wicked sense of humour, Billy entered royal service at the age of 15 and, over the next fifty years, became one of the most notorious figures to have graced the royal household. Over time Billy became one of the...

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    A Graphic Novel by Vivek Tiwary. The story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered The Beatles. An uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian himself died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two. He was homosexual when it was a felony to be so in...

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    by Richard Davenport-Hines 432 pages, paperback Marking the 70th anniversary of the death of John Maynard Keynes, this entertaining biography revives our understanding of the 20th Century’s most charismatic and revolutionary economist. We discover the connoisseur, the intellectual, the public official and the statesman who was equally at ease socialising...

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    The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry. By Bill Jones. One winter’s night in 1976, over 20 million people in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory on an ice rink in Austria. Overnight he became one of the most famous men on the planet. He was awarded the OBE. He was chosen as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Curry had changed ice skating...

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    By Julie Kavanagh. Ballet’s first pop icon, Nureyev revolutionised an old art form, bringing a new young audience to opera houses, and sparking Rudimania across the globe. From his birth on a train in Siberia at the height of Stalin’s Terrors, Nureyev’s life was extraordinary... 787 pages, hardback

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    By David Leavitt. To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary programmable calculating machine. But the idea of actually producing a “Turing machine” did not crystallise until he and his Bletchley Park colleagues built devices to crack the Nazis’ Enigma code. 319 pages, paperback

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