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  • "A heartwarming and hilarious listen"

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    This is one of those books that I did not want to end. I want to buy it for all of my friends and would happily listen to it all over again. I feel bereft now I no longer have Nina Stibbe and the cast of characters from Gloucester Crescent in my life. These letters written to her sister Vic over a 5 year period in the 1980s are written and narrated in a very understated but incredibly heartwarming and funny style. Nina writes perfectly about the minutiae of daily domestic life and portrays the characters who live on or pass through Gloucester Crescent in a warm, funny, but never unkind way. I felt as though I were listening to letters from a friend. I loved the literary references which again, were so understated and Nina never becomes starstruck by any of the famous people she meets from the arts and literary world.
    An absolute joy!

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    Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life

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    • By Nina Stibbe
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    In the 1980s, Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There's a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright. Not to mention the two boys, their favourite football teams, and rude words, a very broad-minded mother and assorted nice chairs.

    Saffy says: "A heartwarming and hilarious listen"
  • "What a joy for Duranies"

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    If like me you were a Duranie back in 1981 you will love this! For a few days whilst listening to this I was 13 years old again, reliving my youth and listening to the DD back catalogue. This is really well read by John Taylor (always my favourite) and really transported me back to the 80s. The best part is definitely the early days - John growing up in Birmingham and forming the band with Nick Rhodes. His memories of his parents are really moving and he comes across as a genuinely nice guy. It is ultimately a positive, uplifting autobiography and if like me you are feeling a little old these days it will definitely cheer you up !

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    In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

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    • By John Taylor
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    A shy only child, Nigel John Taylor wasn't an obvious candidate for pop stardom and frenzied girl panic. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. John formed Duran Duran with his friend Nick Rhodes in the spring of 1978, and they were soon joined by Roger Taylor, then Andy Taylor and finally Simon Le Bon. Together they were an immediate, massive global success story, their pictures on millions of walls, every single a worldwide hit. In his frank, compelling autobiography, John recounts the highs and the lows.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant!"
  • "A warm, candid, moving memoir"

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    If you thought all politicians were Eton educated idiots with no idea of what goes on in the real world listen to Alan Johnson's memoir. I could not stop listening to this and was moved to tears on several occasions. However it is not a depressing 'misery memoir' . It is narrated candidly and warmly by the author and at no stage is there any self pity. Instead it is a memoir filled with love for the two amazing women in his life- his mother Lily and sister Linda. I really hope that Alan Johnson does a follow up to this - OK we know what happened to Alan after 1997 when he became a Labour MP but I am interested in his journey from Post Office worker, to Marxist to MP. I would also love to know what happens to his sister Linda. Essential listening.

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    This Boy

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    • By Alan Johnson
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    Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of postwar Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all.... This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together.

    Saffy says: "A warm, candid, moving memoir"
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    In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. Then, in 1999, Clare took a call from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. "Do you walk?" she asked. "Well, I walk the dog...." That series, Ramblings, is still going strong - and Clare's caught the walking bug. Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. Her and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer's Walk, a 71-mile route. What could possibly go wrong?

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    Following on from his hugely successful first book, The Fry Chronicles, comes the second chapter in Stephen Fry's life. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of More Fool Me is performed by Stephen Fry himself.

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UNABRIDGED) by Stephen Fry Narrated by Stephen Fry

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    This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

    Mary says: "Hours of delighted listening"
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    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

    Jules D says: "Bring on 2016"
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    Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder - Alan Partridge - a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan's never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best - and best-loved - radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan's broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

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    Michael McIntyre has become Britain's biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

    John says: "An absolute pleasure from start to finish"
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    Sandra says: "Absolutely Fabulous!!"
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    Lover of all things book says: "Different from the TV series; Good in its own way"
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    David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

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    • By David Attenborough
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    The Climb: The Autobiography

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    • By Chris Froome
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    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of the revealing, inspirational memoir from the British winner of the Tour de France. The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome's journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey victory in the 2013 Tour de France.

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