A Roving Commission Book

A Roving Commission

  • Author : Winston Churchill
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1939
  • Genre: Great Britain
  • Pages : 410

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My Early Life Book

My Early Life

  • Author : Winston Churchill
  • Publisher : Leo Cooper Books
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Prime ministers
  • Pages : 385
  • ISBN 10 : 0850522579

My Early Life Excerpt :

This memoir was first published in 1930 and describes the author's school days, his time in the Army, his experiences as a war correspondent and his first years as a member of Parliament.

Fragrant Orchid Book

Fragrant Orchid

  • Author : Yoshiko Yamaguchi
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Release Date : 2015-02-28
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 418
  • ISBN 10 : 9780824854041

Fragrant Orchid Excerpt :

The acclaimed actress and legendary singer, Yamaguchi Yoshiko (aka Li Xianglan, 1920-2014), emerged from Japan-occupied Manchuria to become a transnational star during the Second Sino-Japanese war. Born to Japanese parents, raised in Manchuria, and educated in Beijing, the young Yamaguchi learned to speak impeccable Mandarin Chinese and received professional training in operatic singing. When recruited by the Manchurian Film Association in 1939 to act in "national policy" films in the service of Japanese imperialism in China, she allowed herself to be presented as a Chinese, effectively masking her Japanese identity in both her professional and private lives. Yamaguchi soon became an unprecedented transnational phenomenon in Manchuria, Shanghai, and Japan itself as the glamorous female lead in such well-known films as Song of the White Orchid (1939), China Nights (1940), Pledge in the Desert (1940), and Glory to Eternity (1943). Her signature songs, including "When Will You Return?" and "The Evening Primrose," swept East Asia in the waning years of the war and remained popular well into the postwar decades. Ironically, although her celebrated international stardom was without parallel in wartime East Asia, she remained a puppet within a puppet state, choreographed at every turn by Japanese film studios in accordance with the expediencies of Japan's continental policy. In a dramatic turn of events after Japan's defeat, she was placed under house arrest in Shanghai by the Chinese Nationalist forces and barely escaped execution as a traitor to China. Her complex and intriguing life story as a convenient pawn, willing instrument, and tormented victim of Japan's imperialist ideology is told in her bestselling autobiography, translated here in full for the first time in English. An addendum reveals her postwar career in Hollywood and Broadway in the 1950s, her friendship with Charlie Chaplin, her first marriage to Isamu Noguchi, and her postwar life as singer, actress, po

My Early Life Book

My Early Life

  • Author : Sul??n Ibn-Mu?ammad al-Q?sim? (Sharja, Emir)
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2011-04-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408814208

My Early Life Excerpt :

A unique memoir by the current emir of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates

My Early Life Book

My Early Life

  • Author : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  • Publisher : OUP India
  • Release Date : 2012-10-18
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 0198083793

My Early Life Excerpt :

This edition of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's My Early Life (1932)-complemented by contextual notes and including close to 45 illustrations-has been specially designed for children and young adults. From childhood days at home, school life, and teenage desires and confessions to the trip to England and struggles as an attorney, and finally his South African years, this book opens a window to Gandhi's early life spanning the years 1869 to 1914.

Surprised by Joy Book
Score: 4
From 33 Ratings

Surprised by Joy

  • Author : C. S. Lewis
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2017-02-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062565440

Surprised by Joy Excerpt :

A repackaged edition of the revered author’s spiritual memoir, in which he recounts the story of his divine journey and eventual conversion to Christianity. C. S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics—takes readers on a spiritual journey through his early life and eventual embrace of the Christian faith. Lewis begins with his childhood in Belfast, surveys his boarding school years and his youthful atheism in England, reflects on his experience in World War I, and ends at Oxford, where he became "the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England." As he recounts his lifelong search for joy, Lewis demonstrates its role in guiding him to find God.

Home Book
Score: 4
From 25 Ratings


  • Author : Julie Andrews
  • Publisher : Hyperion
  • Release Date : 2009-04-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 0786884754

Home Excerpt :

"A frank, intriguing memoir." --People "Painfully shrewd, and written with real delicacy and pathos." --The New York Times Book Review "Home reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class English singer a star 45 years ago: intelligence, gentle humor, and a clear, sweet, surprisingly powerful voice . . . In warmly nostalgic later chapters, the book begins to glow." --Entertainment Weekly "A delightful remembrance of her own childhood, and an engrossing prelude to her cinematic career . . . Andrews is an accomplished writer who holds back nothing while adding a patina of poetry to the antics and anecdotes throughout this memoir of bittersweet backstage encounters and theatrical triumphs." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Frank and fascinating . . . Andrews comes across as plainspoken, guilelessly charming and resoundingly tough." --Time In Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, Julie Andrews takes her readers on a warm, moving, and often humorous journey from a difficult upbringing in war-torn Britain to the brink of international stardom in America.

Cold Cream Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Cold Cream

  • Author : Ferdinand Mount
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Journalists
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105131798816

Cold Cream Excerpt :

Ferdinand Mount's parents belonged to what came to be called 'Hobohemia', 'a raffish subdivision of the upper class which, like some rare blue butterfly, was to be found only on the Wiltshire Downs'. His uncle was Anthony Powell, and this sparkling memoir reads like a non-fictional A Dance to the Music of Time. It throngs with characters of every shade and hue, from Harold Acton in Florence having his aesthetic flourishes crisply trumped by his outspoken mother, to the wild ways of Donald Maclean; from boneshaking cycling with Peter Fleming to discovering a 14-year-old Miriam Margolyes, 'an opulent tumble of dark curls and puppy fat' reclining on his landlady's hearth rug, hoping to pose for Augustus John. There is the strange nighttime behaviour of a certain royal, together with John Wells, Auberon Waugh and the repugnant and ill-mannered Oswald Mosley, and later on an intimate acquaintance with Margaret Thatcher and her acolytes ('Mr Parkinson would like a word, Prime Minister'). Among the beautifully turned anecdotes is sadness too- the loss of his grandfather, termed 'one of the Paladins of Gallipoli' by Churchill, and the unbearably slow and lonely death of his mother. Very much a memoir of rich experience and slowly gained maturity and happiness, it is a joy to read on every page.

Ahead of Time Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Ahead of Time

  • Author : Ruth Gruber
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2010-10-19
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 319
  • ISBN 10 : 9781453203149

Ahead of Time Excerpt :

The renowned journalist and Jewish activist looks back on her first 25 years in “one of the most evocative journalistic autobiographies to appear” (Publishers Weekly). In this fascinating memoir, Ruth Gruber recalls her first twenty-five years, from her youth in Brooklyn to her astonishing academic accomplishments and groundbreaking journalistic career. She shares her experiences entering New York University at fifteen and just five years later becoming the world’s youngest person to earn a PhD. She recounts her time in Cologne, Germany, studying during Hitler’s rise to power, and her adventures in Europe and the Arctic as a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune. Spirited and compelling, Ahead of Time is a striking account of the early years of a woman at the center of the twentieth century’s turning points.

Churchill Book


  • Author : Winston Churchill
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Release Date : 2012-06-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 536
  • ISBN 10 : 9780306821615

Churchill Excerpt :

A collection of the best and most quoted speeches and writings of Nobel Prize-winner Winston Churchill Winston Churchill knew the power of words. In speeches, books, and articles, he expressed his feelings and laid out his vision for the future. His wartime writings and speeches have fascinated generation after generation with their powerful narrative style and thoughtful reflection. Martin Gilbert, Churchill's official biographer, has chosen passages that express the essence of Churchill's thoughts and describe-in his own inimitable words-the main adventures of his life and the main crises of his career. From first to last, they give insight into his life, how it evolved, and how he made his mark on the British and world stage.

My Early Life on St  Kitts and Nevis Book

My Early Life on St Kitts and Nevis

  • Author : Clement Bouncin Williams
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2012-08-31
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781477264836

My Early Life on St Kitts and Nevis Excerpt :

CLEMENT BOUNCIN WILLIAMS - B.Sc (UWI), M.Sc (Reading Univ.-UK) DOB: AUGUST 13, 1948 Status: MARRIED Spouse: Cynthia V. Williams TWO(2) Children: Clement Jomo Jihan Adika Career Highlights ? High School Teacher: Mathematics and Natural Sciences ? Curriculum Development Officer and National Coordinator High School Sciences ? Caribbean Examination Council Examiner (Chemistry) ? Taxi and Tour Operator ? Actor, Artistic Director and Producer Community Theatre Group ? Author and Playwright I loved it all! Especially the portion about the entrepreneurial prowess of the authors mother!!!! AMAZING!!!Being first generation Kitty-Nevy I don't have the privilege of the oratory exchange between one generation and another about life on St. Kitts and Nevis in years gone by. This book provides me with that oratory exchange; ranging from food and beverage preparations to reasons for the creation of communities which I pass often on my current day's journey to aspects of our Health, Education, Economic and Political systems. Thus presenting great evidence of the tremendous strides our Federation has made over the decades. Whether from the Federation or the wider Caribbean this book will cause some to reminisce, others to be educated and for all to take pride in the wisdom of our people! Unoma Allen, M.Sc. Lecturer CFB College, St. Kitts.

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time Book

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time

  • Author : Robert McCrum
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Best books
  • Pages : 287
  • ISBN 10 : 1903385830

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time Excerpt :

100 Best Non Fiction Books has its origins in the recent 2 year-long Observer serial which every week featured a work of non fiction). It is also a companion volume to McCrum's very successful 100 Best Novels published by Galileo in 2015. The list of books starts in 1611 with the King James Bible and ends in 2014 with Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction. And in between, on this extraordinary voyage through the written treasures of our culture we meet Pepys' Diaries, Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time and a whole host of additional works.

Far Away and Long Ago Book

Far Away and Long Ago

  • Author : William Henry Hudson
  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • Release Date : 2020-07-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 197
  • ISBN 10 : 9783752356311

Far Away and Long Ago Excerpt :

Reproduction of the original: Far Away and Long Ago by William Henry Hudson

On the Road Book

On the Road

  • Author : Richard Hammond
  • Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Release Date : 2013-11-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780297869450

On the Road Excerpt :

ON THE ROAD: GROWING UP IN EIGHT JOURNEYS - MY EARLY YEARS is a new form of autobiography, in which TOP GEAR presenter Richard Hammond tells the story of his early life through a series of significant driving episodes. He's a child in the back seat of Dad's car on the way to the seaside in Weston-Super-Mare. He's on his first bike, a red one, in Solihull, then on his first motorcycle, a Honda MTX50. He's at the wheel of his first car (and in the back with his first girlfriend). He is driving a furniture delivery van as part of his first job in and around Ripon. Now he is showing off with a friend, risking everything. ON THE ROAD is an emotional road map in which each chapter has its own registration number, and its own distinctive interior. Most importantly, each chapter sets off and arrives. ON THE ROAD surges on to its destination, reversing or moving quickly through the gears, reliving the central episodes and conflicts of Richard's life. Every chapter is a stage in a longer journey. Although there are precious few road-rage monologues against four-wheel drivers and men in vests in white vans, Richard Hammond's readers will quickly recognise the funny self-deprecating and balanced ease that has made him one of Britain's best-loved writers and television presenters.

Scenes from Early Life Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Scenes from Early Life

  • Author : Philip Hensher
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2013-01-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780865477629

Scenes from Early Life Excerpt :

From the Man Booker–short-listed author of The Northern Clemency, a family and a nation—Bangladesh—are forged through storytelling, conversation, jokes, feuds, blood, songs, bravery, and sacrifice In late 1970 a boy named Saadi is born into a large, defiantly Bengali family in eastern Pakistan. Months later the country splits in two, in what will become one of the most ferocious twentieth-century civil wars. Saadi tells the story of his childhood and of the ingenious ways his family survived the violence and conflicts: from his aunts stuffing him endlessly with sweets to stop marauding soldiers from hearing him cry, to street games based on American television shows; from the basement compartment his grandfather built to hide his treasured books, pictures, and music until after the war, to the daily gossip about each and every one of the relatives, servants, and neighbors. Scenes from Early Life is a beautifully detailed novel of profound empathy—an attempt to capture the collective memory of a family and a country. At once heartbreaking and surprisingly funny, Scenes from Early Life is based on the life of Philip Hensher's husband, and as such it is at once a memoir, a novel, and a history. As this remarkable writer brings the past to life, we come to feel, vividly and viscerally, that Saadi's family—and its struggles and triumphs—are our own. Scenes form Early Life is the winner of the 2013 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.