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Let's Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood

by Jasper Rees

While it’s hard not to wish that Wood were alive to write her own life story, this joyous and revealing biography remains a treat. Rees – who interviewed Wood more times than anyone - draws on exclusive access to her extensive archive of personal and professional material, and on interviews with her family and closest friends - including Julie Walters, Dawn French, Celia Imrie and many others. If you’re a diehard Wood fan (as I am) you’ll find this account of her life wholly engrossing, and it also stands as a wonderful tribute to a pioneering entertainer and her exacting comic genius.

Trapeze, £20.00, 15th October 2020, 9781409184096
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Remarkable People: A Celebration of Goodness, Kindness and Humanity

by Dan Walker, Jr.

"It turns out there is such a thing as society after all." Walker is the anchor of BBC1's "Breakfast", also hosts "Football Focus" and regularly presents "Match of the Day". Along the way, he has encountered a host of remarkable people and in this "celebration of goodness, kindness and humanity", he re-tells some of their wonderfully heartwarming stories, highlighting such issues as deprivation, inequality, loneliness and mental health in the process. In so doing, he is determined to shine a light on the "kindliness, compassion and selflessness which continue to characterise so many people and their actions right across the country".

Headline Book Publishing, £20.00, 29th October 2020, 9781472278890
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Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer

by Jamie Redknapp

"One minute it was all about Shoot! magazine, endless keepy-ups and countless impromptu kickabouts. The next, I'm playing for Bournemouth Reserves against terrifying, full-grown men." This nostalgic childhood memoir from the former Liverpool player (and son of Harry Redknapp), who now has a weekly column in the Daily Mail and more than a million followers on Instagram, features a family steeped in football and evokes the relationship between Harry and Jamie with warmth and charm, taking in caravans, lollies, sweaty T-shirts, paper rounds, cheese sandwiches, Glacier Mints, "The A-Team", "E.T." and Chinese takeaways along the way.

Headline Book Publishing, £20.00, 1st October 2020, 9781472271938
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The Windsor Diaries: A Childhood with the Princesses

by Alathea Fitzalan Howard

These hitherto-unpublished youthful diaries of Alathea Fitzalan Howard-who lived alongside the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret at Windsor Castle during the Second World War-capture the tight-knit, happy bonds between the Royal Family, and the teenage aspirations and anxieties of Fitzalan Howard herself. Illustrated with family photographs and edited by her nephew's wife, Isabella Naylor-Leyland (the author died in 2001), they also provide a bird's-eye view of Royal wartime life. With a new series of "The Crown" slated for autumn 2020, this could be the heir apparent to Anne Glenconner's Lady in Waiting.

Hodder & Stoughton, £20.00, 8th October 2020, 9781529328080
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Really Saying Something

by Sara Dallin

In the early 1980s, best friends Dallin and Woodward arrived at the YMCA in London with their sights set on careers in the media. But it wasn't to be. This "honest, revealing and hilarious" book from the duo, who co-founded celebrated girl group Bananarama, takes in George Michael, Andy Warhol, "Top of the Pops", the challenges of making it in a male-dominated industry, balancing motherhood and fame, the hairstyles and TV interviews they'd rather forget, and the overriding joys of writing and recording new music. Just humming "Really Saying Something" takes me back to the school disco.

Hutchinson, £20.00, 29th October 2020, 9781786332660
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I Wanna Be Yours

by John Cooper Clarke

The first ever autobiography by the Bard of Salford, punk poet, rock star, and reluctant national treasure, who stands 5'11" in his customary suit jacket, skin-tight drainpipes and dark glasses. Tales of the people he has met and worked with (including Nico, Chuck Berry and Bernard Manning) are interspersed with stories of his rock 'n' roll and performing career. It also reveals Cooper Clarke's extensive knowledge of 20th-century popular culture, his private passions, and his guilty pleasures, from Baudelaire and Rimbaud, to football, "Coronation Street", horse racing and Pam Ayres.

Picador, £20.00, 1st October 2020, 9781509896103
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Look Again: The Autobiography

by David Bailey

Who do you think you are? David Bailey? Born in London's East End, Bailey burst onto the scene in 1960 when his work for Vogue revolutionised fashion photography. Looking back on his "riotous" career, he reflects on life in 1960s London and New York, and the many famous names he has captured on camera, from Queen Elizabeth II, to the Krays, Sir Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson. He is also a film and documentary director, is friends with Kate Moss and Damien Hirst, and never stops working. "Crammed with eye-opening and irreverent stories", it should be both glamorous and entertaining.

Macmillan, £20.00, 29th October 2020, 9781509896820
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Quite

by Claudia Winkleman

"Quite celebrates friendship, the power of art, the highs and lows of parenting, and how a good eyeliner can save your life." In her first book, the smoky-eyed TV presenter, best known for presenting "Strictly Come Dancing", "It Takes Two" and "Comic Relief," invites us all into her world, as she shares her observations on the importance of melted cheese, why black coats are vital, why nurses are our most precious national treasure, and why colourful clothing is only for the under-10s (I take exception to that bit).

HQ, £16.99, 1st October 2020, 9780008421656
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Hungry

by Grace Dent

I love Dent's writing in the Guardian, especially her resolutely unsnobbish restaurant reviews, so was keen as mustard to read this food-filled memoir of her Cumbrian childhood.It does not disappoint; in fact, it's entirely scrumptious. Taking in trips to the all-new Asda, cheese and pineapple hedgehogs, feeding crusts to gypsy horses, cooking "sketty" (spaghetti) with her Liverpudlian dad, chips and gravy in the school canteen, the fine art of softening an onion and much more besides, it also provides an evocative account of the landscape of working-class eating in the 1970s and '80s.

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, £16.99, 7th October 2020, 9780008333171
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Tainted Glory: Travels with Oscar Wilde

by Rupert Everett

As a devotee of Everett's brilliant previous memoirs, I was thrilled to have a sneak preview of this third, its title a quote from Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband. At heart it's the riveting inside story of the making of Everett's film about Wilde's last years, "The Happy Prince", but there are other marvels too: Aunt Peta, who introduces him to the joys of make-up; his expulsion from the Central School of Speech and Drama; and in 1980s Paris, his great friend Lychee, who burns bright but then is gone. Wonderfully waspish, but also shot through with nostalgia and pathos.

Little, Brown, £20.00, 1st October 2020, 9781408705117
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