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Benedict Cumberbatch: The Biography
Justin Lewis

John Blake, 2014

An intimate portrait of a heartthrob and rising star, best known for his portrayal as Sherlock Holmes Benedict Cumberbatch has played detective and monster, barrister and scientist, politician and painter, comic and spy. Still only in his thirties, and with a string of starring and supporting roles, he has portrayed contemporary icons, historical figures, and fictional favorites, from Stephen Hawking, to William Pitt the Younger, to ...


The Real Life Downton Abbey: How Life Was Really Lived in Stately Homes a Century Ago
Jacky Hyams

John Blake, 2012

Fans of Julian Fellowes' hit show can step back 100 years to the world of the pampered, privileged upper classes and take a look at exactly what goes on behind the magisterial doors of their favorite stately home   Using the characters and setting of the popular television show as a point of reference for the reader, this is a closer look at the Edwardian period. They were the super rich of their times, pampered beyond belief—the ...


Solitary Fitness
Charlie Bronson, Stephen Richards

John Blake, 2007

Buy my book and I’ll show you how to burn off ugly love handles, firm up your abs, make your arms huge and powerful, build up stamina and help change your life forever! All of this without fancy gym equipment,steroids, steaks, pills or powders. Hey . . . don't forget the ladies! Not just for the men, this is ideal for anyone of an adult age. Did Samson do drugs, did Hercules need fancy trainers . . . You're never going to run any faster with ...


The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It
Malcolm Kendrick

John Blake, 2008

Statins are the so-called "wonder drugs" widely prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels that claim to offer unparalleled protection against heart disease. Many experts claim that they are completely safe and that they are also capable of preventing a whole series of other conditions. This groundbreaking study exposes the truth behind the hype surrounding statins and reveals a number of crucial facts, including that high cholesterol levels ...


The Noble Art of Seducing Women: My Foolproof Guide to Pulling Any Woman You Want
Kezia Noble

John Blake, 2012

Everything a man needs to know to become an infallible seducer of women, courtesy of a female pick-up artist   Kezia Noble is one of the first women to offer the aspiring pick-up artist advice on how to attract women from a woman's point of view. She runs many classes and a workshop, and even produces corporate videos on the chemistry of attracting women. Now, in answer to requests from her students, Kezia has written a book on the 15 ...


Bobby Womack: My Story 1944 - 2014
Bobby Womack, Robert Ashton

John Blake, 2014

Honest, insightful, and unflinching, this is the authentic voice of the Midnight Mover, a hard-working and prolific legend in the music business who stood shoulder to shoulder with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye as a true giant of soul, R&B, and blues music Bobby Womack was a true legend, a phenomenally gifted musician with 40 albums and 30 million record sales to his name. The success of his songs helped him to escape the ghetto ...


Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell?
Horace Greasley

John Blake, 2013

An incredible true tale of one man's courage and defiance of the German nation in the name of love Horace "Jim" Greasley was 20 years old in the spring of 1939 when Adolf Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland. There had been whispers and murmurs of discontent from certain quarters and the British government began to prepare for the inevitable war. After seven weeks training with the 2nd/5th Battalion Leicester, he found himself facing the ...


Greatest Ever Boxing Workouts
Gary Todd

John Blake, 2013

The sequel to Workouts from Boxing's Greatest Champs will KO all boxing and combat sport enthusiasts Featuring a classic coterie of international boxing legends, this superb anthology is illustrated throughout with some of the best photos of them at work in the ring or training in the gym. Celebrated present-day fighters and former champions featured here range from the instantly recognizable Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Mike ...


Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops 1951–2014
Emily Herbert

John Blake, 2014

A thoughtful look at the brilliant life and tragic death of a comedy icon   At midday on August 11, 2014, much-loved comedian Robin Williams was pronounced dead at his California home. From Mrs. Doubtfire , Jumanji , and Aladdin to Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society , Robin Williams brought laughter—and deep joy—to a generation. He was sparklingly funny, a lightning-fast improviser, and a wonderful comic. But what ...


Daniel Radcliffe: The Biography
Sue Blackhall

John Blake, 2015

The true story of the Half-Blood Prince who has become a fullblooded actor and level-headed young adult Danielle Radcliffe went from shy schoolboy to the world's most famous boy wizard overnight. Just 10 when he won the iconic role of Harry Potter, Daniel has often had to beat his own demons as he met the challenge of combining childhood with being a child star. No one could have envisaged just how huge Harry Potter would be, or how ...


The New Royal Family: Prince George, William and Kate, the Next Generation
Robert Jobson

John Blake, 2013

A fully updated insider's account of the royal romance from trusted journalist Robert Jobson, NBC's royal correspondent   It is the love story which captivated the world. and, after 8 years together, William and Kate married in spectacular style at Westminster Abbey on April 29th, 2011. This is a true insider account of Prince William's amazing love affair with Kate Middleton; from their initial meeting at university in Scotland to ...


The Secret Diary of Eric Cowell: Aged 6 1/2 Months
Tess Read

John Blake, 2015

Being born is a very peculiar experience. I was just having this lovely dream about my wonderful dark cave that I've got really rather attached to, when I felt this urge to see if there was anywhere else in the world. Out I popped and there he was, staring right at me. A face with lots of black hair, black eyebrows, unnaturally white teeth, an utterly soppy expression on his face and tears in his eyes. Who was this?! Today I met Jeeves. Well, ...


Novak Djokovic and the Rise of Serbia: The Sporting Statesman
Chris Bowers

John Blake, 2014

A biography of one of the greatest living tennis players, and his relationship with his homeland of Serbia Novak Djokovic is not just one of the world's great tennis players, he is the de facto ambassador for his homeland, Serbia. Not an easy job, given the lingering resonance of Serbia's role in the 1990s Yugoslav wars in the world’s news bulletins. To this day, the words "Serbia" and "atrocities" are linked in the minds of many. This ...


Amy Winehouse: The Biography 1983-2011
Chas Newkey-Burden

John Blake, 2011

A detailed biography that pays tribute to the award-winning singer whose turbulent life and untimely death have captivated the world   An indisputable musical icon and controversial celebrity figure, Amy Winehouse's unique blend of jazz, pop, and soul singing and songwriting brought her a host of awards—including two prestigious Ivor Novellos and five Grammys—as well as an army of committed fans who adored her rich voice and ...


Flight MH370: The Mystery
Nigel Cawthorne

John Blake, 2014

A top true-crime journalist takes on a confounding current mystery offering up a new theory with international implications On March 8, 2014, at 41 minutes past midnight, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. At 1:19 a.m., the plane and its 227 passengers vanished from the skies. No trace has been found. The disappearance of Flight MH370 has horrified people across the globe. In an age where a ...


A Dog Called Dez: The True Story of How One Amazing Dog Changed His Owner's Life
John Tovey, Veronica Clark

John Blake, 2015

John had followed a bad path, drifting in and out of trouble, sent to improvement schools, a young offenders' institution, and, finally, to prison. He was on self-destruct, and believed that nothing and no one could help him. But when he was viciously attacked by a notorious train "steaming" gang, he knew he had to take the witness stand. The evidence he so bravely gave helped put his attackers behind bars, but just as it appeared that he was ...


Chris Bowers

John Blake, 2013

Updated to include the full 2012 season, a biography of the man many consider the greatest-ever tennis player Roger Federer's astounding all-around ability has led to him being referred to as one of the most complete players the game has ever seen, and with 17 Grand Slam wins and an Olympic Gold Medal under his belt, the Swiss star has already achieved legendary status in the game. This authoritative and affectionate biography traces ...


Monster: My True Story
Aileen Wuornos, Christopher Berry-Dee

John Blake, 2004

Told in her own words, this is the story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was portrayed in an Oscar-winning performance by Charlize Theron in the film Monster. There have been few female serial killers, but Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in 2002, was a remarkable example of this rare breed of death row inmate. All too often, female prostitutes have been the victims of male serial killers—Wuornos’ killings were the inverse of this ...


Bitter Harvest: Zimbabwe and the Aftermath of its Independence
Ian Smith

John Blake, 2008

For more than a decade, Ian Smith served as Rhodesia's Prime Minister during the era of white minority rule. Following his death in 2007, he is still a man with the ability to excite powerful emotions. To some he is a leader whose formidable integrity led him into head-to-head confrontation with the Labor government of Britain in the 1960s. To others he is a demon best known for stating "I don't believe in black majority rule ever, not in a ...



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