Biography & True Stories

Our Non-Fiction Book of the Month, Levels of Life Read more...

Levels of Life

Read an extract from our Non-fiction Book of the Month, Julian Barnes' Man Booker nominated Levels of Life - a story of ballooning, photography, love and his grief at losing his wife...

You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed. People may not notice at the time, but that doesn't matter. The world has been changed nonetheless.

Colonel Fred Burnaby of the Royal Horse Guards, member of the Council of the Aeronautical Society, took off from the Dover Gasworks on the 23rd of March 1882, and landed halfway between Dieppe and Neufchatel. Read more...

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Love letters? Love Nina Read more...

Love, Nina

Nina Stibbe - author of Love, Nina, which was shortlisted for last year's Waterstones Book of the Year, tells us about the experience of compiling this hilarious and touching collection of family letters...

"I started writing letters in earnest when I was 19 and I'd gone to France supposedly to be an au pair but ended up housesitting. People still wrote letters in those days and if you took the trouble of writing one you'd very likely get one back which was especially nice if you were a bit lonely." Read more...

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