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In June 1992, author Roy Moxham did a very strange thing: he wrote to a bandit in an Indian jail. Phoolan Devi was the controversial and charismatic 'Bandit Queen' hailed as a modern-day Robin Hood in the villages surrounding Delhi. In revenge for her own gang rape, her followers killed 20 high-caste Indians, which led to her surrender and imprisonment.
Struck by her story and appalled by her plight, Roy Moxham helped Phoolan Devi obtain justice, offered her encouragement when she became an MP in India on her release, and travelled with her for several years before she was finally gunned down in 2001. Based on the diaries that documented their extraordinary friendship, Moxham offers a fascinating portrait of a remarkable woman and reveals the hidden face of India.
Published: 3 Jun 2010
Ray Bishop was on the run, skulking in a dealer's house in north London, when an image of his face flashed up on the TV, accompanied by a public warning. The assembled company were aghast, and Ray felt sick at what he saw. How had he become Britain's most wanted man?
Outlaw is Ray's brutal, shocking, adrenaline-soaked autobiography. The narrative starts on a council estate in South East London, where he and his friends were regularly brutalised by the police. He got involved in petty crime, and was despatched to various notoriously violent youth-detention centres, all of which served to criminalise him, and others like him, much further. He graduated with flying colours to a career in London's underworld as an armed robber, a drug smuggler and a people trafficker, developing a serious addiction to cocaine and heroin along the way.
Ray eventually wore himself out, and enrolled in a rigorous rehabilitation programme which provided him with a path to redemption. In 2010 he realised his childhood dream of becoming British Middleweight Boxing Champion. A truly inspirational turnaround, and a riveting life story.
Ged, Moby and Ratter are blaggers, old-fashioned highwaymen. But crime is out of control in Liverpool, as violent gangs fight it out for control of the drug trade. Blaggers are a dying breed...
Ged is planning a big job that will last them through the winter, and all they have to do is stay out of trouble until then - but Moby manages to get a contract on his head, and Ged is going to need all his killer instinct just to survive.
Their hot affair had been a secret, until now. Will was an outlaw, hacking the computer networks of the fabulously wealthy. Fee was one of the privileged elite, living with her husband in a luxurious apartment. She helped Will create a new identity when his life was in danger. He had given her the best sex she'd ever had. Now paying with fire was becoming a full time job.
Involved in the recovery of some highly explicit material, Fee finds herself on a headlong descent into danger. On the outer reaches of the metropolis, the Amazenes are on the prowl: beautiful warrior women who also have some business with Fee's pirate lover. Will she be able to stop him from straying back to the wrong side of the tracks?
This is the sequel to Outlaw Lover.
Published: 29 Feb 2012
He stood tall and handsome in his leathers, his eyes raking her nakedness and sex-soaked body. Fee felt a thrill of danger. The pirate was a superb and ferocious lover. And an altogether wild and unpredictable man.
The pirates live by rules Fee Cambridge has never heard of. Her home is an upper level, deluxe pleasuredome of technologically advanced comfort. Theirs is the harsh outer reaches of the decaying city, where lawlessness abounds in a sexual underworld. Bored with predictable husband and pampered lifestyle, Fee is determined to sample life and lust on the wild side of town. Needy for the rugged sexuality of urban outlaws, she leads a double life of piracy and privilege. Will her taste for fevered adventure and shady activities get her too deep into danger?
Published: 31 Mar 2013
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein. Romantic Outlaws tells the story of the woman behind the novel and her extraordinary mother Mary Wollstonecraft.
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NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER
'A gripping account of the heartbreaks and triumphs of two of history's most formidable female intellectuals, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley. Gordon has reunited mother and daughter through biography, beautifully weaving their narratives for the first time.' Amanda Foreman
English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and author Mary Shelley were mother and daughter, yet these two extraordinary women never knew one another. Nevertheless, their passionate and pioneering lives remained closely intertwined, their choices, dreams and tragedies eerily similar.
Both women became famous writers and wrote books that changed literary history, had passionate relationships with several men, were single mothers out of wedlock; both lived in exile, fought for their position in society, and interrogated ideas of how we should live.
Romantic Outlaws takes the reader on a vivid journey across revolutionary France and Victorian England to explore in this ground-breaking dual biography of the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and the author who wrote Frankenstein - mother and daughter - a pair of visionary women, who should have shared a life, but who instead share a powerful literary and feminist legacy.
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Magnus Walker is one of life’s originals. Serial entrepreneur, fashion designer, TV presenter, motivational speaker and one of the world’s most prolific Porsche collectors, the dreadlocked, tattooed hoarder of individual creativity is a very modern incarnation of success.
Raised in the urban decay of Thatcher’s Britain, Sheffield-born Magnus Walker left school with just two O levels and drifted for several years before buying a one-way ticket to America. Now, 30 years and three successful businesses later, by following his instincts, rejecting convention and pursuing his passions Magnus has succeeded against all the odds.
Here, for the first time, is the full story of his journey from a Northern steel town to the bright lights of Hollywood, from a boy with little hope to an anti-establishment hero. Along the way we’ll witness his potent combination of inspiration and graft, discover his motivations and his ambitions, and come to understand his philosophy and the keys to his success.
Inspiring and exhilarating, URBAN OUTLAW is a compelling tale of succeeding through pure instinct and determination by a man who was brave enough to follow his own path.
Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang - a gang that supports freedom and kindness for all. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave yet sometimes naive cat?
Soon the city erupts in an all-out gang war as the evil Sally Bones attempts to control the lives of all cats. Horrified and outnumbered, Varjak and the others must fight for their freedom or die trying; can Jalal's Way really be the best way?
This is another thrilling adventure, eagerly awaited by all Varjak fans, both young and old.
The definitive Norman Mailer collection, as he writes on Marilyn Monroe, culture, ideology, boxing, Hemingway, politics, sex, celebrity and - of course - Norman Mailer
From his early 'A Credo for the Living', published in 1948, when the author was twenty-five, to his final writings in the year before his death, Mailer wrestled with the big themes of his times. He was one of the most astute cultural commentators of the postwar era, a swashbuckling intellectual provocateur who never pulled a punch and was rarely anything less than interesting. Mind of an Outlaw spans the full arc of Mailer's evolution as a writer, including such essential pieces as his acclaimed 1957 meditation on hipsters, 'The White Negro'; multiple selections from his wonderful Advertisements for Myself; and a never-before-published essay on Freud. The book is introduced by Jonathan Lethem.
A sweeping Western historical romance, from Nicole Jordan, the New York Times bestselling author
Lovers in the midst of a lawless Colorado range war, Jake McCord and Caitlin Kingsly boldly forsake their feuding families for a blazing, forbidden passion. But then Jake commits the ultimate betrayal – is this the end to their all-consuming romance?
Rouge romance - the best historical romance novels, perfect for fans of Georgette Heyer.
Published: 28 Aug 2014
In this intimate and engaging biography, Graeme Thomson interviews Nelson himself, his band and those who knew him best en route to discovering the real Willie Nelson.
The Outlaw brilliantly describes a complex and compelling man whose life and music reflect something fundamental at the heart of twentieth-century America. Thomson's revealing portrait is a timely reminder of the stature and achievements of a true living legend.
Covering everything from dirt poor beginnings in Texas, global fame in the 70s, four marriages, the death of a son and affairs with Amy Irving and Candice Bergen up to his current position as a 73-year-old pot smoking man of the road, Thomson's account emerges as the first detailed, clear-eyed account of Nelson's fascinating life.
'It will change the way you remember the 20th century and read the news in the 21st' Steven Pinker
'A clarion call to preserve law and order across our planet' Philippe Sands
'A fascinating and important book ... given the state of the world, The Internationalists has come along at the right moment' Margaret MacMillan, Financial Times
Since the end of the Second World War, we have moved from an international system in which war was legal, and accepted as the ultimate arbiter of disputes between nations, to one in which it was not. Nations that wage aggressive war have become outcasts and have almost always had to give up their territorial gains. How did this epochal transformation come about? This remarkable book, which combines political, legal, and intellectual history, traces the origins and course of one of the great shifts in the modern world.
'Sweeping and yet personable at the same time, The Internationalists explores the profound implications of the outlawry of war. Professors Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro enrich their analysis with vignettes of the many individuals (some unknown to most students of History) who played such important roles in this story. None have put it all together in the way that Hathaway and Shapiro have done in this book' Paul Kennedy
'In this timely, elegant and powerful book, Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro help us understand the momentous significance of the individuals who imagined an end to war. As the world stands on the cusp of a return to an earlier age, The Internationalists is a clarion call to preserve law and order across our planet' Philippe Sands
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2014 AND THE PADDY POWER POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BOOK OF THE YEAR.
Award-winning journalist James Fergusson is among the few to have witnessed at first hand the devastating reality of life in the failed and desperate state of Somalia.
This corner of the world has long been seen as the rotting and charred heart of Africa: a melting pot of crime, corruption, poverty, famine and civil war. And in recent years, whilst Somalia’s lucrative piracy industry has grabbed the headlines, a darker, much deeper threat has come of age: the Al Qaida-linked militants Al Shabaab, and the dawn of a new phase in the global war on terror.
Yet, paradoxically, Somalia’s star is brightening, as forms of business, law enforcement and local politics begin to establish themselves, and members of the vast Somali diaspora return to their homeland.
Fergusson takes us to the heart of the struggle, meeting everyone from politicians, pirates, extremists and mercenaries to aid workers, civilians and refugees. He gives a unique account of a country ravaged by war, considers what the future might hold for a generation who have grown up knowing little else and exposes the reality of life in this hard, often forgotten land.
Giggs, Cantona, Law, Charlton and Best - all would seem obvious candidates for the accolade of Manchester United's Penalty King. But none came close to the record of the man the FA once admitted was the greatest outside-left England never had: Charlie Mitten. Now, Ruud van Nistelrooy, latest in the line-up of United hitmen, has closed in on the glorious record. Were he alive today, Mitten would be the first to congratulate the Dutchman. For, above all else, Mitten valued true masters of the beautiful game.
'Cheeky' Charlie Mitten was an ever-present in the first great post-war side which established the legend that is Manchester United today. But he stepped out of line - becoming a trailblazer in the players' contract revolution. Mitten walked out in 1950 to play in South America for a millionaire football baron who was offering riches beyond the dreams of even the brightest soccer stars of Mitten's generation. During one short season with Bogotá Santa Fé, he won a place in South American folklore as orchestrator of one of the most sensational upsets in football history - a scratch Colombian XI's defeat of the world champions, Uruguay.
Rejecting an offer from Real Madrid, Mitten returned to Britain only to find he had been frozen out by the FA selectors. But, though spurned by England, Mitten had still achieved the unlikely record of being capped by three different countries - Scotland, England and Colombia. When Manchester United also cold-shouldered their errant star, he joined unfashionable Fulham and, in a brilliant swansong between 1952 and '56, inspired a glorious young forward line-up that included the late Johnny Haynes. Mitten then went into management, first at Mansfield and eventually at Newcastle, but his attempts to introduce a more skilful approach to the game and his warnings of an impending soccer hurricane from the South American continent were largely ignored. At the time of his death in 2002, he believed England were still paying the price.
Published: 1 Dec 2005
Restlessly vital and possessed of great physical strength, José Beyaert lived many lives. During the Second World War, he boxed and trafficked arms for the Resistance on his bicycle. After it, he became an international cyclist. In 1948, a mile from the end of the Olympic road race around Windsor Park, he broke away alone to take the gold medal and started an adventure that would last the rest of his life.
A Tour de France rider in the sport's golden age, José was invited to open a new velodrome in Colombia, South America. He travelled, intending to stay a month. Instead, driven by his thirst for adventure, he stayed for fifty years, becoming by turns athlete, coach, businessman, emerald-trader, logger, smuggler, perhaps even hired killer.
Matt Rendell, who knew José Beyaert and met many of his family, friends and associates, tells the fascinating story of an almost-forgotten sporting hero who, incapable of living by other people's rules, lived his many lives on his own terms.
After his last blag, Ged Brennan's had enough. He sees young kids making big money. Ged wants some of that for himself but there's no way he's getting involved in clubs, drugs and topless bars. So when he's offered the clubland empire of an executed gangster, he passes the parcel to his sex-addicted cousin Moby. Mistake.
After Ratter's death, his common law widow, Margo, is told that her landmark project, a media village, is to be taken away from her. Mistake.
The council's regeneration committee headhunt Ged Brennan to steer the final stages of Margo's development. He's read with righteous horror the bold new plans to create a 'permissive' zone in clubland. The last thing on his mind is that it'll be anything to do with him. Mistake.
The result is an intrigue of Machiavellian proportions, with friends and relatives plotting against each other and ready to fight - to the death - for what's theirs.
Three brothers run away from home to live like Robin Hood and his merry men, deep in the forest of Brendon Chase. They make their camp in an ancient oak tree and live like outlaws, loving the dangers and excitements of their wild surroundings.
Their aim is never to be caught - but how can they avoid all the people who are searching for them, including the police?
The classic story of social justice and outrageous cunning.
Robin Hood, champion of the poor and oppressed, stands against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. Taking refuge in the vast Sherwood Forest with his band of men, he remains determined to outwit his enemies.
With an introduction by bestselling author John Boyne, and including child-friendly endnotes.
Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his Gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers’ ploughs.
Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy’s brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka?
Peter FitzSimons, bestselling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of Australian history, is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories. From Kelly’s early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the Felons Apprehension Act, which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly Gang, to Ned’s appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim ‘He is the devil!’ and ‘He is the bunyip!’. FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his Gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel.