Category: Autobiography

  • Download E-books Seeing Things: A Memoir PDF

    By Oliver Postgate

    Oliver Postgate's demise in December 2008 used to be greeted with nice unhappiness. For over forty years his identify was once synonymous with the easiest in kid's television—Bagpuss, The Clangers, Ivor the Engine, The Pogles, Noggin the Nog, and Pingwings. Oliver wrote and narrated the tales, whereas Peter Firmin illustrated the characters and made the puppets. Their vintage motion pictures are nonetheless enjoyed by way of audience of every age. during this scrumptious autobiography, Oliver Postgate describes how he got here to create his tales and characters, constructing leading edge concepts of animation and puppetry along his buddy and co-producer Peter Firmin. Amazingly, just about all of Oliver's movies have been made in a cowshed in Kent on the cheap of subsequent to not anything. however the route to film-making was once faraway from traditional, or maybe deliberate. Oliver Postgate used to be the grandson of George Lansbury, chief of the Labour get together within the Nineteen Twenties, and his father used to be Raymond Postgate, who turned recognized because the founder and writer of The strong nutrients Guide. Oliver in neither's footsteps. sooner than his first television creation, Alexander the Mouse in 1958, he had already been a battle evacuee; a conscientious objector; a farm laborer; a aid employee in post-war Germany; an artist; an actor; and an inventor. the tale of Oliver Postgate's striking and adventurous lifestyles, and the fantastic characters who populated it, either genuine and imagined, is witty, captivating, fantastically remembered, and wonderfully told.
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  • Download E-books COMRADE JIM: The Spy Who Played for Spartak PDF

    Like many operating category youngsters starting to be up within the struggle, the younger Jim Riordan could fantasize his approach out of his devastated atmosphere with goals of Wembley and FA Cup glory for his neighborhood workforce, Portsmouth FC. Spartak Moscow, the crew he may turn out enjoying for, wasn't even on his radar. Taught Russian and expert as a secret agent within the comparable establishment that nurtured the likes of Alan Bennett and Michael Frayn, he was once published to Berlin as a part of his nationwide carrier to snoop on Soviet army communiqués. yet, unbeknownst to his seniors, he all started blending with Russian servicemen, often via casual kick-abouts, and the eagerness of those idealistic younger males could domesticate his curiosity in Russian tradition, and particularly communism, till it blossomed right into a complete grown love affair. From the shambolic outfit that was once the British Communist occasion within the Nineteen Fifties, to chilly battle Moscow at its coldest, to his friendship with the Cambridge 5 and conferences with Brezhnev and Gregarin, and his eventual debut in entrance of 50,000 Spartak lovers on the Lenin stadium, here is the awesome real tale of the single Englishman to have played—and survived—Russian league football; instructed with grace, humor, and lashings of vodka.

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  • Download E-books The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story PDF

    By Ross Williams

    “How do you love me now?” within the ring and behind the curtain with Hardcore Holly lengthy sooner than he turned “Hardcore Holly,” Robert Howard was once a fighter. From humble beginnings — a boy ruled by way of his disciplinarian stepfather yet fueled by means of an unquenchable ardour for professional wrestling — Bob grew up suffering to make ends meet. As an grownup with a family members of his personal to supply for, Bob fought in bars for cash ahead of ultimately following his dream of wrestling. From local promotions all of the solution to the intense lighting of the WWF, from fake starts off as Thurman “Sparky” Plugg and “Bombastic” Bob to popularity as an across the world recognized celebrity, The Hardcore fact tells the tale of Bob’s existence together with his sixteen years operating for Vince McMahon. during this rollercoaster story of good fortune and frustration, replete with ignored possibilities, damaged offers, and a damaged neck — a narrative of quick motorcycles and speedier automobiles, misplaced loves and wrestling bears, bar fights and betrayal — Bob stocks his uncompromised perspectives at the current wrestling panorama with interesting insights into the area chief in activities entertainment.
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  • Download E-books How to Be a Woman PDF

    By Caitlin Moran

    The New York Times bestseller—part manifesto, half memoir—that placed a brand new face on feminism because it lower to the guts of matters with an irreverent, transcendent, and hilarious touch—now to be had in a restricted Olive Edition.

    “There are plenty of issues to like approximately Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman….A excellent, well timed stand opposed to sexism so ingrained we slightly even discover it. it's, within the dour language [Moran] militates so brilliantly opposed to, a booklet that had to be written.”—New York Times

    Though they've got the vote and the capsule and have not been burned as witches given that 1727, lifestyles is not precisely a walk down the catwalk for contemporary girls. they're beset through uncertainties and questions: Why are they alleged to get Brazilians? Why do bras damage? Why the incessant speak about infants? And do males secretly hate them?

    Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud humorous scenes from her personal, from the rebellion of formative years to her improvement as a author, spouse, and mom. With rapier wit, Moran slices correct to the truth—whether it is in regards to the office, strip golf equipment, love, fats, abortion, well known leisure, or children—to jump-start a brand new dialog approximately feminism. With humor, perception, and verve, How to Be a Woman lays naked the explanations why woman rights and empowerment are crucial matters not just for girls this present day but additionally for society itself.

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  • Download E-books Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg PDF

    By Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    “The authors make this unassuming, so much studious girl come pulsing to lifestyles. . . . Notorious RBG could be a playful venture, however it asks to be learn heavily. . . . That I spoke back so in my opinion to it's a testimony to [its] storytelling and panache.”— Jennifer Senior, New York Times

    Supreme court docket Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by no means requested for fame—she has basically attempted to make the realm a bit higher and a bit freer.

    But approximately a half-century into her occupation, anything humorous occurred to the octogenarian: she gained the net. throughout the US, those that weren’t even born while Ginsburg first made her identify as a feminist pioneer are tattooing themselves together with her face, surroundings her famously searing dissents to song, and making viral video clips in tribute.

    Notorious RBG, encouraged via the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and taken to you by way of its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist, is greater than only a love letter. It attracts on intimate entry to Ginsburg's kinfolk, shut pals, colleagues, and clerks, to boot an interview with the Justice herself. An unique hybrid of stated narrative, annotated dissents, infrequent archival photographs and files, and illustrations, the publication tells a never-before-told tale of an strange and transformative girl who transcends generational divides. because the state struggles with the incomplete company of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testomony to how some distance we will include a bit chutzpah.

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  • Download E-books Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song PDF

    By Sara Bareilles

    With clean candor, Sounds Like Me unearths Sara Bareilles, the artist—and the woman—on songwriting, soul looking out, and what’s stumbled on alongside the way.

    Sara Bareilles stocks the thrill and the struggles that include developing nice paintings, all whereas staying real to your self. Imbued with humor and marked by means of Sara’s confessional writing variety, this assortment tells the interior tale at the back of a few of her most well liked songs. so much lately identified for her chart-topper “Brave,” Sara first broke via in 2007 along with her multi-platinum unmarried “Love Song.” She has published 5 albums that experience offered 2.5 million copies and spawned a number of hits. greater than a privileged view contained in the event of a outstanding musical talent—this is a relocating tribute to the common look for development, therapeutic, and self-acceptance.
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  • Download E-books Scotland's Jesus: The Only Officially Non-Racist Comedian PDF

    By Frankie Boyle

    Interpreting Scotland's Jesus might be like being known as into the lounge via your baby shouting that they see a bit purple dot at the head of a television newscaster, then using the white sizzling bullet during the propaganda circuitry of his or her exploding mind. It's a humorous ebook concerning the information, partially since it used to be determined pornographic ebook approximately Scottish Independence wouldn't particularly promote.

    In chapters starting from foreign Politics to the Animal global, Scotland's Jesus is permitted the chance to show off his more and more unsympathetic worldview and disintegrating psyche. A torrent of jokes approximately contemporary occasions give you the framework for a broader philosophical melancholy. Frankie Boyle makes use of the tales of the preferred press as a springboard to provide an explanation for the character of truth and the main points of our enslavement to mirthless company Warlocks.
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  • Download E-books Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds PDF

    Kara knew she may perhaps succeed in the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She had performed it as soon as ahead of. That’s why, while she failed in a moment try out, it introduced her so low. As she struggled with nutrition dependancy and hunted for how one can deal with emotions of failure and disgrace, Kara's weight shot to greater than three hundred kilos. Deep in her own gorge, Kara discovered the one means out was once up. She resolved to climb the mountain again—and this time, she might achieve the summit with out looking ahead to her plus-sized prestige to disappear.

    Gorge: My trip Up Kilimanjaro at three hundred Pounds is the uncooked tale of Kara’s ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the pinnacle of the area. Her tough yet inspiring trek speaks to each lady who has struggled along with her self-image or felt that nutrients was once controlling her existence. sincere and unforgettable, Kara’s trip is one in all extreme ardour, patience, and self-acceptance. In Gorge, Kara exhibits that enormous girls can do large things.
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  • Download E-books Under My Skin, Volume 1: to 1949 PDF

    By Doris Lessing

    "I used to be born with skins too few. Or they have been scrubbed off me via. . .robust and effective hands."

    The reports absorbed via those "skins too few" come to mind during this memoir of Doris Lessing's early life and adolescence because the daughter of a British colonial relations in Persia and Southern Rhodesia in truth and with overwhelming immediacy, Lessing maps the expansion of her recognition, her sexuality, and her politics, supplying an extraordinary chance to get less than her pores and skin and notice the forces that made her essentially the most special writers of our time.
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  • Download E-books A Passion for Flying: 8,000 hours of RAF Flying PDF

    By Tom Eeles

    Staff Captain Tom Eeles served within the RAF for forty four years and totaled over 8000 hours of flying in twenty-eight diverse airplane varieties. Tom entered RAF collage Cranwell in 1961 and won his RAF wings in 1963. His first posting used to be to No sixteen squadron flying the Canberra. Its function as a mild bomber squadron was once basically nuclear strike, with a secondary function of traditional flooring assault via day and evening. sixteen Squadron used to be deployed to Kuantan, Malaya. In July 1966 and on mortgage to the Senior provider, Tom suggested to RNAS Lossiemouth for a swept wing conversion direction at the Hunter prior to beginning the Buccaneer Operational Flying path. After sixty five hours within the Buccaneer he used to be published to 801 NAS, HMS effective.

    In 1969 he joined 736 Naval Air Squadron which used to be accountable for education classes for RAF aircrew changing to the Buccaneer. He moved to twelve Squadron established at RAF Honington. Their job used to be to supply a maritime strike/attack potential and a nuclear strike power in help of the united kingdom nationwide Plan. 1975 observed a circulate to seventy nine Squadron flying the Hunter. After a spell on the RAF employees collage, Tom grew to become employees officer accountable for all elements of speedy jet complicated flying education at the Hawk at Valley and multi engine complex flying education at Finningley. In 1983, chosen to command 237 OCU, back flying the Buccaneer at Lossiemouth.
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