Based upon work & materials compiled for the acclaimed & now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography. A Short History of Rock’n’Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised & updated edition: Completely overhauled, rewritten & vastly expanded, it now represents the definitive work on the group.

In addition to unseen interview material from Ivy, Lux and other former band members, Journey To The Centre Of The … More

Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to my Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: it’s part guidebook, part memoir, part poetry – and pure delight. Here in short essays are glimpses of the tumultuous life that led Angelou to an exalted place in American letters and taught her lessons about compassion and fortitude.

Whether she is recalling lost friends, extolling honesty or simply singing the praises of a meal of red rice, Maya … More

Unrestrained by convention, lion-hearted and free, Eleanor Marx (1855-98) was an exceptional woman. She pioneered the theatre of Henrik Ibsen. She was the first woman to lead the British dock workers’ and gas workers’ trades unions. For years she worked tirelessly for her father, Karl Marx, as personal secretary and researcher. Later she edited many of his key political works, and laid the foundations for his biography.

But foremost among her achievements was her pioneering feminism. For her, sexual equality was a necessary precondition for a just … More

Crick’s George Orwell is important because this English political scientist is the first writer to have been given unrestricted access to Orwell’s papers as well as unlimited rights of quotation. The result is the best-written and most comprehensive Orwell biography to date — which means it suffers only by comparison with Orwell’s own work.

Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four were the first books to capture the mass audience he coveted, but it was the … More

English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft & author Mary Shelley were mother & daughter, yet these two extraordinary women never knew one another. Nevertheless, their passionate & pioneering lives remained closely intertwined, their choices, dreams & tragedies eerily similar.

Both women became famous writers & wrote books that changed literary history, had passionate relationships with several men, were single … More

Pre-order the new Beastie Boys book here. Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “AD-ROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique.

For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture. With a style … More

Frida is the story of one of the 20th century’s most extraordinary women, the painter Frida Kahlo. Born near Mexico City, she grew up during the turbulent days of the Mexican Revolution &, at 18, was the victim of an accident that left her crippled & unable to bear children. To salvage what she could from her unhappy situation, Kahlo had to learn to keep still – so she began to paint.

Kahlo’s unique talent was to make her one of the century’s most enduring artists. But her remarkable paintings were only … More

Combining factual biography with the imaginative structure & investment in the language of the novel, Joseph fully engages with the world he recreates, & by presenting a multifaceted view from Kitch’s friends, rivals & even enemies, he gets to the heart of the man behind the music & the myth, reaching behind the sobriquet to present a holistic portrait of the calypso icon Lord Kitchener.

Born into colonial Trinidad in 1922 as Aldwyn Roberts, ‘Kitch’ emerged in the 1950s, at the forefront of multicultural Britain, … More