Terry Pratchett A Life with Footnotes: The Official Biography by Rob Wilkins
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Terry Pratchett, as if you need telling, was one of the greatest world-creators, wordplay humourists, off-kilter satirists, unseen academics and, of course, fantasy authors that ever lived. In his time, he created an inimitable kind of fantasy writing – a kind of writing infused with such wry genius that it defies classification – and was heaped with plaudits and awards for it. But what you might not know, when he tragically died, in 2015, he was hard at work on the kind of story he had not yet told. His own.
And it’s the story of a boy told he would never amount to anything. A young man who abandoned his studies to become a searching journalist and who came up with his first novel idea (in both senses) before he turned twenty. A man who smelted his own celebratory sword, who ate his first prestigious award in front of a crowd of dismayed librarians and insisted that his unfinished novels be literally destroyed by steamroller upon his heart-breaking death.
Pratchett sadly ran out of time before he was able to complete his memoir. But, thanks to the efforts of his friend and manager, Rob Wilkins, and with the help of his numerous cherished friends, we at last are treated here to the first and only biography of the great, great, singular fantasist. How can you not take this chance to visit the life of an artist whose staggering imagination literally shaped the world of books as we know it?
FAF: Through Fire by Faf du Plessis
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This is not a book about cricket. It is the story of a man who just happened to play cricket at the highest level. Through Fire is a no-holds-barred autobiography offering exceptional insight into the core being of an elite sports personality.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse: The Animated Story by Charlie Mackesy
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A journey, in search of home
Charlie Mackesy’s beloved The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse has been adapted into an animated short film, coming to BBC One and iPlayer this Christmas.
This beautifully made hardback celebrates the work of over 100 animators across two years of production – with Charlie’s distinctive illustrations brought to life in full colour with hand-drawn traditional animation and accompanying hand-written script.
“I made a film with some friends about a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse – their journey together and the boy’s search for home. I hope this book gives you courage and makes you feel loved.” Love Charlie x
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry
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Matthew Perry, for many of us, will forever be Chandler Bing (from Friends, of course). Many of us will be guilty of having assumed at one time or another that Perry is Bing. But more went into Perry’s journey with the beloved sitcom that most of us realise. Here’s how he introduces the book:
‘Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And
I should be dead.’
Here his tale charts his life and career from his early childhood ambition to his spectacular fame and success and on into the present day. In particular, it zeroes in on his life-threatening struggle with addiction and the contentment he has finally achieved through sobriety. Expect vignettes of a fractured family and a young man desperate for recognition, stories about his equally recognisable castmates and behind the scenes happenings, unexpected accounts of other celebrity encounters and, most illuminating of all, expect to be intrigued by Perry’s thoughts and Friends and everything that went into it and what it continues to represent.
Warm, disarmingly honest and, naturally, exceptionally funny, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is a celebrity memoir that comprises more than your average doses of intimacy and candour.
The Journey: A Big Panda and Tiny Dragon Adventure by James Norbury
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Join Big Panda and Tiny Dragon as they set off on an extraordinary adventure in this companion to the global bestselling phenomenon Big Panda and Tiny Dragon.