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With the End in Mind: How to Live and Die Well

by Kathryn Mannix

"You are likely to be made sad," palliative medicine expert Kathryn Mannix warns us near the start of the Sunday Times bestseller With the End in Mind her wise and brilliant consideration of the process of dying. A mix of case studies and lessons drawn from her four decades of clinical practice, it was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. But Mannix hopes "that you will also feel comforted and inspired. I hope you will be less afraid".

William Collins, £9.99, 10th January 2019, 9780008210915

David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet

by Thomas Dilworth

The first full biography, Vintage says, of the Modernist poet, visual artist and essayist. "A gorgeous addition to the growing interest in David Jones, lavishly illustrated with his dreamy engravings and watercolours," said the Sunday Times, which named it a book of the year pick.

Vintage, £14.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781784708009

Letter to Louis

by Alison White

A mother's memoir about her son's traumatic birth and ensuing developmental difficulties. "Intimate, sometimes heartbreaking and often funny, this letter of love is essential reading," said the Mail on Sunday.

Faber & Faber, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9780571335640

The Real Traviata: The Song of Marie Duplessis

by Rene Weis

A biography of Marie Duplessis, the woman who inspired Verdi's "La Traviata".

Oxford University Press, £14.99, 1st January 1970, 9780198828297

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

by Clemantine Wamariya

A memoir of how the author fled the Rwandan genocide with her sister as a child, searching for safety for years before being granted refugee status in the US at the age of 12. "Extraordinary," said the Guardian.

Windmill Books, £9.99, 10th January 2019, 9781786090508

The Life of Stuff: A memoir about the mess we leave behind

by Susannah Walker

How the author sorted through her mother's house after her death, discovering how much she had hoarded. Cathy Rentzenbrink called this "excellent" in the Times.

Black Swan, £9.99, 10th January 2019, 9781784163303

Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester

by Nicola Tallis

The first biography of Lettice Knollys, the Countess of Leicester in the Elizabethan era, cousin to Elizabeth I, and possibly also Henry VIII's illegitimate granddaughter.

Michael O'Mara Books Ltd, £9.99, 5th November 2018, 9781782439240

Goethe: Life as a Work of Art

by Rudiger Safranski

A biography of the great German writer, statesman and naturalist.

Liveright Publishing Corporation, £16.99, 4th December 2018, 9781631494895

The Art of Not Falling Apart

by Christina Patterson

The author, a journalist who loses her job, embarks on a series of interviews of a sort she'd never done before, with everyone from the first person to be publicly fired from a FTSE-100 board, to a mother with an ill baby who still worried about being fat.

Atlantic Books, £8.99, 3rd January 2019, 9781786492760

Writer's Luck: A Memoir: 1976-1991

by David Lodge

The novelist's memoir about the years when he found success as a writer, between 1976 and 1991.

Vintage, £10.99, 17th January 2019, 9781784708078
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