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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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Federer
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



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

John Blake, 2014

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 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 ...
  
  











  



  
Ginger Baker: Hellraiser: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Drummer
Ginger Baker

John Blake, 2010

The music, the marriages, the polo, the drugs, the trans-Saharan trucking scheme—the drummer best-known for his work in Cream and his contributions to World Music tells his whole fascinating story   Peter "Ginger" Baker is a legend. A pioneering drummer who has transcended genres, he did much to popularize world music with his fierce passion for the rhythms of Africa. He is that rare thing, a critically-acclaimed musician who has ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Martin Clunes: The Biography
Stafford Hildred, Tim Ewbank

John Blake, 2014

This in-depth and affectionate biography paints a complete picture of this respected actor, presenter, producer, director, dog lover, animal rights campaigner, patron of the Born Free Foundation, and devoted family man. Martin Clunes has been a familiar face on British television for almost two decades. During that period he has starred in some of the best-loved shows of modern times, including Doc Martin , William and Mary , and of course 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 ...
  
  











  



  
Queen Unseen: My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 20th Century
Peter Hince

John Blake, 2011

An intimate and affectionate insider's story of his years spent alongside Queen, with exclusive personal photos   For more than a decade, Peter Hince worked alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the world and heading up their road crew as they performed at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Here he recalls the highlights of those years with the band. He was with Freddie Mercury when ...
  
  











  



  
It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity
Dr. Jenny Boyd, Holly George-Warren

John Blake, 2014

B. B. King, Joni Mitchell, Keith Richards, Queen Latifah, and more than 70 other iconic musicians discuss the creative process in exclusive interviews "I was amazed at how many people have shared an experience I thought was so rare."  —Eric Clapton In this exciting, original, and inspiring book, 75 of the world's most iconic musicians reveal, many for the first time, their thoughts on creating music. Psychologist Jenny Boyd has probed ...
  
  











  



  
Robert Downey Jr: The Biography
Martin Howden

John Blake, 2011

From his first role as a cherubic five-year old through Iron Man 2 and the films yet to come, a look at the life and career one of Hollywood's most surprising leading men   Robert Downey Jr. has become one of Hollywood's most shining, distinctive stars thanks to scene-stealing roles in films like Iron Man , Zodiac , and Sherlock Holmes . This book takes an in-depth, insightful look at his work in front of the camera as well as his ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Rory McIlroy: The Biography
Frank Worrall

John Blake, 2014

Hard-hitting Rory McIlroy was always destined to become a professional golfer, from the moment he recorded a 40-yard drive aged just two. His first hole-in-one came when he was nine, and he played in his first professional European tour event as a 16-year old in 2005. Despite high expectations, Rory keeps a cool head on his young shoulders and lets his golf do the talking. His maiden victory came in the nail-biting 2009 Dubai Desert Classic, and ...
  
  











  



  
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 ...
  
  











  



  
Up and Down with the Rolling Stones: My Rollercoaster Ride with Keith Richards
Tony Sanchez

John Blake, 2011

Legendary among fans since its 1979 release, originally titled I Was Keith Richards' Drug Dealer , this is the absolutely over-the-top, outrageous account of the Stones at their debauched peak   Tony Sanchez worked for Keith Richards for eight years buying drugs, running errands, and orchestrating cheap thrills. In this notorious chronicle of that time, he records unforgettable accounts of the Stones' perilous misadventures racing cars ...
  
  











  








   



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