Denis Compton, Evel Knievel, Oasis, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Brian Johnston, George Sanders, Robert Shaw

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‘Take off your coat,’ said the doctor. I took it off. ‘And your dress,’ he said. ‘It’s too dangerous – the folds may catch in the debris and bring the whole thing down.’ I took off the dress. ‘Fine,’ he said shortly. ‘It’ll have to be head first. We’ll hold your thighs. Go down and see if it’s possible to give an injection. Can you grip the torch with your teeth?’

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‘You don’t want to mind about any of this,’ said the driver, waving a hand at the grey ruins and the greyer dust. ‘In a few days you’ll be so used to it that you’ll like them. Berlin’s a grand place! I’d rather be here than anywhere else in the world, and that’s a fact.’

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Robert Shaw

'Chillingly well told' Sheridan Morley

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‘Compton was not the last of the double internationals, but he was the greatest’ Michael Parkinson

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‘a masterpiece which will humanise the legend’ Daily Mail

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Getting High

‘Paolo is the only person to speak about what it was like on the road with us because he’s been there. He’s been there, he’s seen it, he’s done it.’ Noel Gallagher

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Alan McGee and The Story of Creation Records

The oral history of Britain's greatest independent record label

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Steve Marriott

‘Revealing… sympathetic… long overdue.’
Uncut

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evel incarnate

Definitive biography of the legendary American daredevil

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“I never used any other drug but the clear cocaine and I believe that I am the only living person in the world to-day who ever took two hundred grains in twenty-four hours and survived.”

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I have an uneasy feeling that history is catching up with old Persia all too fast. While Persia’s past still lies in plain sight, where an American family could live in it, I’m eager to tell our story. If for no other reason than for myself, to keep the memory of it as fresh as those new roses, as real as those tan mud walls.

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“Forty years ago he was Slightly in Peter Pan, and you might say that he has been wholly in Peter Pan ever since.” Kenneth Tynan

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‘A highly readable work … Niven emerges as gallant and gracious.’ Chicago Tribune

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‘Incredibly good-looking, in a dark way … that curious quality of a man with an eternal secret. … That was what was so arresting. … That and the voice.’ Geraldine Fitzgerald

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‘If Robert had a mission, it was to emphasise that life was meant to be fun; he was one of the few men I knew who strode through life instead of circumnavigating it. He died without ever growing old.’ Michael Parkinson

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‘Hollywood is a chain gang and we lose the will to escape; the links of our chain are forged not of cruelties but of luxuries: we are pelted with orchids and roses; we are overpaid and underworked.’

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‘She had all the charm of an electric carving knife’ Dirk Bogarde

‘She was a darling girl’ Sybil Thorndike

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Memoirs of a Professional Cad

Wickedly funny lifemanship from a Hollywood original

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‘Cheer up,’ said Mother. ‘Don’t make your unhappy life miserable.’

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‘You have to laugh with Dolly Scannell. Somehow that Cockney flow of funny tales shakes you up into laughter’ Evening Standard

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He espied a lady who possessed an unusual knocker. He offered her £3 for this collector’s item and she was thrilled to be able to unscrew it on the spot for him. He said he happily left a knockerless lady holding in her hand his three £1 notes.

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‘One of the most poignant love stories in the English language.’
Country Life

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