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AUTHOR

TITLE

PUBLISHER

PRICE

 

 

 

 

 

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ALEXY.

THE MEZUZAH in the MADONNA'S FOOT:

Harper

£4.50

 

Trudi,

Marranos and Other secret Jews. A Woman discovers her spiritual heritage.

Acclaimed in the Progressive's 'Best Reading of 1993', these thrilling and harrowing firsthand stories of survivors and their rescuers vividly reveal the secret history of the Jews who found asylum from Hitler's Final Solution under Franco's Fascist regime.

"A woman discovering her Jewish roots... (and) the Jewsish past of Spain viscerally brings home the complex layers of history. Alexy cracks open historical events to reveal Spanish efforts on behalf of Jewish refugees... while at the same time discovering the still fearful heart of the Marranos, remnants of another persecution". Lilly Rivlin.

Trudi Alexy and her family fled Prague at the outbreak of World War II. They lived in SPain as secret Jews until 1941, when they immigrated to the US.

Fair / Good

1994

 

RRP £10.99

 

ISBN: 0-06-060340-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLISON.

TWO OR THREE THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE.

Dutton

£3.75

 

Dorothy,

The story of the Gibson women - sisters, cousins, daughters and aunts - and the men who loved them, often abused them, and, nonetheless, shared their destinies.

With luminous clarity, Allison explores how desire surprises and what power feels like to a young girl as she confronts abuse.

A probing look at her families history to give us this lyrical, complex memoir that explores how the gossip of one generation can becomes legends of the next.

Good / V Good

1995

Hardback

 

       
  ALLISON & CARLIN. BEYOND THE LIMITS. Warner
£3.95
  Stacy & Peter,

A Woman's Triumph on Everest.

In 1988 Stacy Allison became the first American woman ever to reach the summit of Everest. Beyond the limits describes, in her own words, the long road to this triumphant moment, relating in the process her struggle to be accepted in mountaineering circles, her exhausting conquest of the world's highest peak, and vividly re-creating what it feels like to cling to the side of a mountain-face by your fingertips.

But this rare insight into the idiosyncratic world of the climbing elite is only half of Stacy's story. Abused by her husband, she had tp draw on the same reserves of courage and detrmination that enabled her to climb Everest in order to face the sham of her marriage, and walk out on the man who no longer deserved her love.

For anyone who has faced an impossible mountain - whether physical or metaphorical - and reached for its summit, Beyond the Limits thrillingly shows that it can be done.

Fair / Good

1995

 

ISBN: 0-7515-1181-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMROUCHE.

MY LIFE STORY

Women's Press

£3.00

 

Fadhma,

Translated by Dorothy S Blair.

The Autobiography of a Berber Woman.

Fadhma Amrouche was a singer and a poet, a woman who embodied in her life and her person that confrontation between colonist and colonised, Christian and Muslim, Berber and Arab that is the inheritance of her present-day North Africa.

She was born in Kabylia, a mountianous region far from the colonised coast, the 'illigitimate' daughter of a widow. The 'code of honor' among the men of her Berber village was often violently enforced, so the young mother walked six days to entrust her daughter to the care of French nuns.

Fadhma married at 16, and moved first to Tunis and eventually to Paris, where her two surviving children settles. There she was to become famous as a singer of the wild and plaintive songs of her beloved Kabylia.

My Life Story was completed in 1962 when the author was eighty years old. It is recognised as a classic in tis original French, and is now translated into English for the first time by DOrothy Blair.

Fair / Good

1988

 

 

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4093-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANDREWS.

MEDICINE WOMAN.

Arkana

£3.50

 

Lynne V,

The intriguing story of a white woman's quest among the Heyoka Indians.

Lynne's journey took her to the wilds of Canada, where she became apprenticed to Agnes Whistling Elk, a medicine woman. There she learnt the mysticism and wisdom of the tribe and became a huntress and a warrior.

Auto/biography, religion, mythology, spirituality.

Fair

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANGELOU.

EVEN THE STARS LOOK LONESOME.

Virago

£3.95

 

Maya,

Reflections on the people and places she has known. Hardback.

OUT OF STOCK AT PRESENT - SORRY!!

Good / V Good

1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANGELOU.

GATHER TOGETHER in MY NAME.

Virago

£3.50

 

Maya,

Vol 2: In this moving sequel to her bestselling 'I Know Why the Caged Bord Sings', the war is over and Maya has given birth to a son.

Unemployed, isolated, she embarks on a series of brief lonely affairs and transient jobs - in shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

Finally she turns to prostitution and the world of narcotics. But even in great adversity, Maya invests life with the remarkable sense of richness that has won her such an enormous following.

Fair / Good

1986

 

ISBN: 0-86068-685-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANGELOU.

I KNOW WHY the CAGED BIRD SINGS.

Virago

£3.50

 

Maya,

Vol 1: Moving and beautifully written biography of growing up in the South in the 1920s is deservedly a besteseller in the US.

Maya and her brother Bailey, who nicknames her Maya ('mine'), live with their stern and rock-like grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Her store is the centre of the Black community, frequented by exhausted cotton-pickers, by Reverend Thomas who 'laughed like a hog with colic', by crippled Uncle Willy. But over all lies the brooding presence of the 'whitefolks' who rule from the other side of town.

A visit to St Louis and their adored mother ends in tragedy: Maya is raped by her mother's lover. For years afterwards she refuses to speak, except to Bailey. And in those years she learnt that 'it was awful to be a Negro' ...brutal to be young and already trained to sit quitely and listen to charges brought against my color'.

Moving to California meant the joy of living with her mother, the rich pleasure of learning drama and dance, challenging a white world that refused 'coloreds' a job. And just weeks after her school graduation, with her hard-won independence and the sustaining love of her remarkable mother, she gave birth to, and kept, a treasured son.

Fair / Good

1984

 

 

ISBN: 0-86068-511-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANGELOU.

SINGIN' & SWINGIN' and Getting Merry Like Christmas.

Virago

£3.75

 

Maya,

Vol 3: At twenty-one Maya's life has a double focus - music and her son.

Working in a record store to support both, she is on the edge of new worlds: marriage, show business and, in 1954, a triumphant tour of Europe and North Africa as feature dancer with Porgy and Bess.

There are setbacks and disappointments, but energy and a profound confidence in her ability to survive keep Maya buoyant. A joyful celebration of music and dance, travel and friendship.

Fair / Good

1985

ISBN: 0-86068-673-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPLEMAN-JURMAN.

ALICIA.

Bantam

£3.25

 

Alicia,

Memoirs of a Survivor: War heroine.

Alicia did more than survive. She triumphed. When Alicia Jurman was thirteen, she fled the Nazis through the forests and fields of Poland. Despite her youth, she rescued other Jews from the grip of the Gestapo.

At the end of the war, Alicia, whose parents and four brothers had perished in the Holocaust, risked her life again, leading other survivors from Poland to Palestine through an underground route. Her capacity for heroism in the face of brutality and evil shines through, and her story cannot easily be forgotten.

Fair / Good

1990

 

ISBN: 0-553-17551-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

AZADI & FERRANTI.

OUT OF IRAN.

Futura

£1.75

 

Sousan with Angela,

One Woman’s Escape From The Ayatollahs.

Born into the wealthy, westernised elite of the Shah's Iran, Sousan Azadi grew up in luxury. In her privileged circles the thunder of approaching revolution was easy to ignore. Then the Shah fell and in the terrifying new fundamentalist regime of Ayatollah Khomeini Sousan ans her friends were branded taghoutiI, devil's followers. They were hunted, their children brainwashed, their property confiscated.

Alone with her son after the death of her husband, Sousan became an easy target. She was flung into jail, where she witnessed terrible suffering inflicted in the name of 'immodest behaviour' and 'indecency'. Only when she caught the eye of a Mullah, who clearly expected sexual favours in return, did she escape.

But real freedom still lay beyond the snow-capped Zagros mountains, in Turkey - a hazardous route for a woman and child to take.

Fair

1988

Ex-Lib

 

ISBN: 0-7088-3926-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BAUMAN.

A DREAM OF BELONGING

Virago

£2.95

 

Janina,

My years in post war Poland.

SOLD - OUT OF STOCK - AT PRESENT!

Good

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BECKER.

THE ANGEL OF MOSTAR.

Hutchinson

£3.95

 

Sally,

One Woman’s Fight to Rescue Children in Bosnia.

Sally Becker's successful attempts to evacuate the sick and injured, Croat and Muslim alike, from the horrors of war in Bosnia are now famous.

Shocked by the pictures of suffering she saw in the news and determined to do something about it, Sally set off for Bosnia hoping to help disturbed shell shocked children through art therapy.

She soon realised that there were many children who needed more than just therapy, wounded children who might die unless given immediate medical attention outside of the war zone.

She began to organise her own evacuations of sick and wounded women and children. There are many children alive today to testify to her courage and determination, causing the press to name her 'The Angel of Mostar'.

Yet despite the danger and hardship that she and the volunteers who helped her endured, her efforts have generated a surprising amount of criticism from the UN and from other major aid agencies. Her robust reply of 'If they can do it without Sally Becker, that's fine. But why don't they bloody well do it?' is typical of a woman who has acted while others merely talked.

This is her story. Moving and simply told, it describes the long nightmare of a country torn apart by war, and one person's attempt to make a difference.

Good / V Good

1994

Hardback.

 

ISBN: 0-09-178927-3

 

       
  BELL. JUST TAKE YOUR FROCK OFF. Ourstory
£4.25
  Barbara,

A Lesbian Life.

The daughter of a mill worker in Lancashire, Barbara Bell had her lesbian 'initiation' the year after Radcliffe Hall's 'The Well of Loneliness' (1928). Since then, she has never had the time to be lonely.

Her uncle Jack was the first in a long line of gay men who befriended her - one workmate even taught her about French kissing in the lunchbreaks. But always Barbara was on the lookout for women like herself.

She found them in Girl Guide camps, Paris clubs, Park Lane tea rooms, Hitler's Germany, London in the blitz, a Watford approved school and a Nigerian village.

She had two lesbian 'marriages' but also illicit and delicious 'flutters'. She was a butch in tailored suits and femme in crocheted lace. In a silent world she learned to be discreet but she never turned her back on love.

Living in Brighton in the early sixties, Barbara zoomed round the countryside in a sportscar, counselling heartbroken lesbians. Gay liberation ushered in a world of more freedom than she could ever have imagined when she was young. In her seventies she started 'buddying' men and women with AIDS and wore a red hat to their funerals.

Familiar to viewers of BBC2's 'It's Not Unusual', Barbara Bell here talls the full story of her extraordinary life and times.

Lesbian Biography, Lesbian History, Women's Studies.

Good / V Good

1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISBN: 0-9535880-0-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

BERNHARD.

CONFESSIONS of a PRETTY LADY.

Flamingo

£3.25

 

Sandra,

Welcome to the extraordinary world of Sandra Bernhard.

Sophisticated, sardonic and witty, nothing escapes her acute eye and sharp tongue. With the pitch-perfect sense of style and humour, Bernhard has written a brilliant memoir of growing up, describing the thrill of emerency vehicles, why she moved back to suburbia, a traumatic abortion, dreams of Madonna, family car trips through the midwest, the art of manicures and her experiences of Jews who celebrate Christmas.

Confessions of a pretty woman captures perfectly the strong and subversive humour that is well known to those who are familiar with Sandra's film and TV appearances and recent one-woman show, 'Without You I'm Nothing'.

Her unique blend of caustic wit and fragile irony proves her to be as compulsively readable on paper as she is dazzlingly charismatic on stage.

Fair / Good

1993

 

ISBN: 0-586-21782-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIELENBERG.

THE ROAD AHEAD.

Corgi

£3.00

 

Christabel,

Sequel to 'The Past is Myself': Biography of her life up to the 1960's.

Following the extraordinary success of her wartime memoirs, 'The Past is Myself', Christabel Bielenberg received thousands of letters from readers begging her to describe what happened next. The Road Ahead takes up the story at the moment the first volume left off - with the outbreak of peace.

Germany was devastated by war and its aftermath, while Britain seemed grey and exhausted to Christabel. She was soon appointed the Observer's special correspondent in Germany, and, reunited with her husband, Peter (techincally an enemy alien), she joined the struggle for reconciliation with, and the rebuilding of, a defeated nation.

It was Peter's near-fatal accident and her own illness which decided the young couple to turn their backs on England and Germany and make a new start farming in Ireland.

Life was harsh at first, but predictably Christabel found humour in the accidents of poverty and the many mishaps of country life. The beautiful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains provided a haven for the family and for the hosts of young people from all over the world who joined them each summer.

Christabel became involved with the Peace Women of Northern Ireland and learned as much as hse could about the adopted country she had grown to love so passionately.

Taking her seventieth birthday as a stopping point for a life that even now, some fourteen years further on, is as rich and full as it ever was, she looks back with characteristic modesty and gratitude. Her readers will be enchanted by this second volume of memoirs, as clear-sighted and generous, as honest, funny, touching and brave as The Past is Myself.

Good / V Good

1993

 

 

ISBN: 0-552-99469-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOWEN.

RETURN TO LAUGHTER.

Gollancz

£3.00

 

Elenore Smith,

The experience of the author, and the African tribe she lived with and how they all affected each other. Hardback

OUT OF STOCK AT PRESENT - SORRY!!!

Fair (1st)

1956

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOWERS.

GERTRUDE STEIN.

Macmillan

£4.50

 

Jane Palatini,

Women Writers Series.

Until recently Getrude Stein was best known as an eccentric collector of modern art, as a hostess - with Alice B Toklas - of a world famous Parisian literary salon, and only incidently as a writer of enigmatic poetry and prose, most of it unread, much of it out of print.

In her engaging account of Stein's work, Jane Palatini Bowers elucidates some of Steins most difficult texts and enables readers to re-evaluate Steins position in the modernist canon. Steins deconstruction of genre, language systems and literary conventions made her marginalization by modern critics and scholars.

The world of literary criticsim has only recently caught up with Getrude Stein's literary practice. Recent critical theories (feminist and post-structuralist) have facilitated a reassessment of Stein's work and a recognition of her centrality in modernist and postmoderninst literary history.

Informed by post-structuralist theory, but refreshingly jargon-free, Bowers's study will guide readers as they negotiate the difficulties and enjoy the pleasures of Gertrude Stein's writing.

Good / V Good

1993

Hardback

 

 

ISBN: 0-333-54909-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRITTAIN.

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH..

Virago

£4.50

 

Vera,

One Woman's Unforgettable Record of the First World War - a haunting elegy for a lost generation. 1900-1925

In 1914 Vera Brittain was eighteen, and as war was declared she was about to go to Oxford. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that was unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war years.

This is her account of how she survived the war; how she lost the man she loved; how she nursed the wounded; and how she emerged into an altered world.

Autobiography of the writer and campaigner. Now a major BBC TV Series.

Fair / Good

1993

Large £2 p&p (UK)

ISBN: 0-86068-035-5

 

       
 

BRITTAIN.

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH..

Fontana

£2.00

  Vera,

One Woman's Unforgettable Record of the First World War - a haunting elegy for a lost generation. 1900-1925.

As Above.

Poor / Fair

1980

ISBN: 0-00-635703-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

BURKE.

FAMILY VALUES:

Abacus

£3.95

 

Phyllis,

A Lesbian Mother's Fight for her Son. 

When her lesbian partner gave birth through donor insemination, it seemed only natural that Phyllis Burke should adopt their child as his other legal parent. But as it became apparant that, even in liberal San Francisco, there were powerful forces ranged against her fight for recognition. Burke's perception of her lesbian identity was tested as never before.

Previously suspicious of the militancy of gay activist groups like Queer Nation, Burke now found herself increasingly drawn to their proactive stance as her entry into motherhood and love for her son sparked a growing radicalisation.

An extraordinary account of motherhood in the face of ignorance and prejudice - a story of civil rights, political warfare, Hollywood, and scraping spaghetti off the floor.

Fair / Good

1995

 

ISBN: 0-349-10638-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

BURN.

THE CALLING OF KATH BURN.

Angel

£3.50

 

Kath,

Autobiography of the female "pilgrim" and "priest".

  • What makes a woman want to be a priest?
  • Where is her calling coming from?

This is the utterly honest account of one woman's pilgrimage from Whitley Bay in the north of England to Pakistan, Ireland, the United States and Canada. Kath discovered that to fulfil her calling, she had to be on the move. Coming from a traditional Anglo-Catholic parish, she learned that God wanted her to serve him in the Church. She tested this calling as a missionary, a member of a religious order and finally realised that her role was a more active one - as a priest.

After an attempt to be accepted for ordination in Britain, she enrolled as a student of theology in the United States and was ordained there. Everyone who is for or against the ordination of women to the priesthood should open their minds and hearts to the challenge that Kath's calling poses.

The revd Kath Burns has been a rector of American and Canadian parishes, and is currently serving as priest at St Mark's church in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fair / Good

1988

ISBN: 0-947785-21-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CASSIDY.

AUDACITY to BELIEVE.

DLT

£4.50

 

Sheila,

The moving story of Sheila Cassidy.

Sheila who as a young Doctor who went to work in Chile and became caught up in the terrible injustice of that country - injustice which finally led to her own arrest, imprisonment, torture and expulsion.

Good / V Good

1996

ISBN: 0-232-51987-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAMBERLAIN.

29 INMAN ROAD.

Virago

£3.50

 

Ena,

This lyrical, poignant autobiography, in the classic tradition of Cider with Rosie and Lark Rise to Candleford, belongs to the 1920s, to a street in south-west London, to its people - and especially to Ena Chamberlain, the family 'afterthought'.

Energetically and vividly she observes and interprets the complex nuances of family relationships and describes the carnival delights of the street - frequently retreating from them to the wonderfully sacrosanct world of her own imagination.

A celebration of the women who dominate street society; shape it or perish by it. It is also a story about Ena’s adored father who is the catalyst for the end of the story - and the end of childhood.

Good / V Good

1990

 

ISBN: 1-85381-139-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHERNIN.

CROSSING THE BORDER.

Women's Press

£4.50

 

Kim,

An Erotic Journey.

A young American women, charged with idealism and passion, leaves behind her family to travel to Israel. There, on a kibbtuz near the Palestinian border, she strives to create a way of life she can believe in.

There she meets the soldier of whom she has long dreamt. And there she forges a powerful friendship with Sena - one of the kibbutz's leading women organisers...

But love at the border soon becomes as ambiguous and dangerous as the border itself... and a young Kim Chernin threatens to be destroyed by the very passion she has invoked.

Good / V Good

1994

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4414-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHING.

ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES.

Sphere

£3.00

 

Lucy,

One Woman's Triumph over Blindness and Despair.

The daughter of a prosperous architect in Canton, Lucy Ching was blinded at the age of six months by a medicine man's herbal 'cure'. In a society which believed that suffering was a punishment of evil, blind children were hidden away out of shame. they grew up as outcasts unable to look after themselves: many were sold into slavery and prostitution, and some were deserted to die.

Lucy Chings story is an heroic one of triumph against all odds. It tells how, with the help of her selfless and devoted amah and a set of braille letters, Lucy built a life of her own. She taught herself to read, ventured out of the family house for the first time, met strangers, and eventually gained a place at school where she excelled and made many friends.

With her family and amah she survived the Revolution, poverty snd bereavement, winning a scholarship to America and returning to Hong Kong where her social work gained her the MBE.

This is a moving story of great personal bravery as well as a fascinating account of changing life during a time of great upheaval in China.

Fair / Good

1982

 

 

 

 

ISBN: 0-7221-2318-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLETTE.

THE EVENING STAR.

Women’s Press

£2.95

 

 

Recollections

The Evening Star begines and ends from Colette's divan in the Palais-Royal, where she refuses to take any painkillers for her arthritic hip because, she said, 'they change the colour of my thoughts'.

Comapanion to the earlier Looking Backwards (The Women's Press 1987), this volume is in effect a love letter, and a tribute, to Paris during the Nazi Occupation.

The minutiae of life in war-time France interweave with half a century of recollections or remarkable people as the authour moves effortlessly within the paradox of being trapped by disease and the Occupation, and being free to travel wherever she will through her writing, her imagination and her exuberant love of a beneficient world.

Good

1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOPER.

THE RAINBOW COMES and GOES

Century

£3.50

 

Diana (Lady),

Vol 1 - Her life to the 1920's (Writer/ Socialite).

Born Lady Diana Manners, the youngest child of the 8th Duke of Rutland, Lady Diana Cooper became famous as a great socialite between the wars and during her marriage to Duff Cooper - the politician, writer and first Viscount Norwich - whose wife she became in 1919.

This is the first of her three volume autobiography, in which she writes fluently of her early life - from her Edwardian upbringing as one of the 'Quality', to her presentation at Court in 1911 and the years during which she earned a reputation as a 'scalp-collector' of 'eligibles' - though the 'ineligibles' were always more to her taste.

Before her engagement and marriage to Duff Cooper, she also describes her period as 'Nurse Manners' at Guy's Hospital during the 1914-18 war.

The reader of this memoir enters both the life of an exceptional individual, and the fascinating world of the aristocracy before and during the First World War.

Fair / Good

1984

 

ISBN: 0-7126-0452-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOPER.

TRUMPETS FROM the STEEP.

Century

£3.50

 

Diana (Lady),

Vol 3 - The second world war years.

Born Lady Diana Manners, the youngest child of the 8th Duke of Rutland, Lady Diana Cooper became famous as a great socialite between the wars and during her marriage to Duff Cooper - the politician, writer and first Viscount Norwich - whose wife she became in 1919.

This is the third part of her three volume autoiography and here she tells of the Second World War years, when she experiences the London raids during the Blitz at one extreme, and digs for victory at the other.

But because of who and what she is, the inevitable glamour still persists and she cuts a brilliant social figure - whether it be with President Roosevelt at the White House or when following the blazing trail of Duff Cooper's wartime career through the Far East, the British Embassy in Paris, Algiers and Australia.

Trumpets from the Steep forms the most moving and tenderly written volume of a fascinating life story.

Fair / Good

1984

 

ISBN: 0-7126-0957-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRACKNELL.

A BIASED MEMOIR.

Penguin

£4.50

 

RUTH,

Australia’s first lady of theatre, film and television.

From performing in radio soap operas in evening wear to dancing a wild tango in the famous Phillip Street revues to subverting the 'old dear' stereotype in Mother and Son, Ruth Cracknell has led an acting life that embraces Australian theatre history since World War Two.

Her personal account beautifully evokes the endless summers and long verandahs of childhood, the wild adventure of London in the fifties, the fun and desperation of rehearsals in many theatres - and always the richness of a life hugely emjoyed and lived to the full.

V Good / Mint

1999

 

ISBN: 0-14-027588-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREIDER.

TWO LIVES:

Women's Press

£3.25

 

Jane Tapsubei,

My Spirit & I 

A unique insight into the vastly different worlds of Africa and the West, and two autobiographies in one: the life of the author, a Nandi woman from East Africa now resident in Canada, and the life of the first Tapsubei, of whom she is a reincarnation.

The author grew up, one of the Nandi people, in colonial and post-independence Kenya. Her parents seperated when she was young; Jane was taken from her mother and brought up in her fathers household. There from her beloved grandmother she hears the story of her past life in a previous incarnation, as a resourceful mother who took to cattle-raiding to win for herself a better life.

Inspired, Jane vows to live up to this example, a vow which takes her up country to Kisumu and Nairobi, where she tries her hand at a variety of jobs, from misionary to midwife. Eventually her path leads to Europe and North America, where she finds independence at last, and a career as artist and writer.

Fair / Good

1986

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4006-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUNDIFF.

CALLED TO BE ME.

Triangle

£2.50

 

Margaret,

Deaconess Margaret Cundiff's reminiscences of 10 years in a Parish church in North Yorkshire.

OUT OF STOCK - AT PRESENT!

Fair

1982

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DALY.

OUTERCOURSE – The Be-dazzling Voyage.

Women’s Press

£5.00

 

Mary,

The resplendent philosophical Autobiography of the world’s foremost radical feminist philosopher.

Containing recollections from my Logbook of a radical feminist philosopher (be-ing an account of my time/space travels and ideas - then, again, now and how).

"A shimmering and utterly unique achievment, a portrait of the radical feminist philosopher as a child, young adult, and wonderlusting Crone. By interweaving memories from her philosophical explorations, Mary Daly puts her story, character, adventure, and the faculty of imagination back into philosophy.

Ultimately, she presents us with an invaluable document of radical feminist be-ing, actualizing that be-dazzling reality and inviting all readers, finally, to voyage with her and her uncanny Familiars to the Other side of the moon. Take me to the moon, Mary Daly!". - Jane Caputi

Good / V Good

1993

Large / Heavy

£3.50 P&P (UK)

ISBN: 0-7043-4372-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

D'ARCY.

TELL THEM EVERYTHING.

Pluto

£2.50

 

Margaretta,

The women in Armagh said to me 'tell them everything' and this i have tried to do.

This is the story of a sentence served in the bizarre and controversial jail environment that has resulted from the British government's new policy (1976) of 'criminalising' political prisoners in Northern Ireland.

The author preferred to spend three months in Armagh jail with 30 young republican women on the no-wash protest rather than pay a fine for protesting (on international women's day 1979) against the inhuman and squalid conditions in the prison - she describes vividly but with humour how the women organised themselves with courage and dignity despite living amid excrement, urine and menstrual blood for 23 hours a day.

She poses a crucial question for the women's movement - can it remain silent in the face of the sufferings and resistence of the republican women prisoners in Ireland?

A woman who spent 3 months in an Armagh jail.

Fair / Good

1981

 

ISBN: 0-86104-349-9

 

       
  DARROW. FLIRTING WITH DANGER. Virago
£5.50
  Siobhan,

Confessions of a Relucatant War Reporter.

Siobhan Darrow has worked for CNN for nearly 15 years, serving as a corresponadent in Russia, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Checnya and Albania.

Siobhan Darrow grew up in New Jersey in a home that was split between her proper Ulster mother and her Jewish father: emotional strife and poverty were a way of life.

After her father died, Siobhan travelled to Russia where she got a rare chance to live among ordinary Soviets in the days before the fall of communisim. She then took to journalism and became one of CNN's star reporters with a career that involved years of travel, hair-raising visits to war zones and disastrous love affairs.

Fair / Good

2000

RRP £10.99

Large £3 P&P (UK)

 

ISBN: 1-86049-816-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAVIS.

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

Women’s Press

£3.50

 

Angela,

Angela Davis - An Autobiography.

Written when she was 28. Already established as one of America’s outstanding radical black leaders. She had campaigned for the release of the Soledad brothers, imprisoned in Governor Reagan's California.

She had worked in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, among the Black Panthers and the Communist Party. She had spent fourteen months in jail, before being acquitted of the crime of 'murder, kidnapping and conspiracy' in a spectacular political trial.

Now, fifteen years on, she reassesses those turbulent years, and her own developing politics, later to be expounded in 'Women, Race and Class'.

Fair / Good

1990

 

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4209-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEGENERES.

MY POINT... AND I DO HAVE ONE.

Boxtree

£4.50

 

Ellen,

From the star of the TV show "Ellen".

Observations, outrageous dreams, and strange but (sort of) true stories. (Lesbian Interest).

"Hello and welcome to my book (and now yours). Thank you for your interest in my thoughts, my words of wisdom, and my recipe for French toast. Throughout the year it took me to write this, I wrote in solitude, recording my thoughts as they came to me, digging up old memories, pouring out my heart and soul. Then, at the end of the process, I hoped and prayed to God that there were a few people out there who would enjoy it." - Ellen Degeneres.

Good / V Good

1996

 

ISBN: 0-7522-0179-4

 

       
  DELANY, DELANY & HEARTH. HAVING OUR SAY. Delta
£3.95
  Sarah, A Elizabeth & Amy.

The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years.

Two extraordinary women tell their stories of family, love, sisterhood, and a century of American history.

Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life afte over a hundred years of living side by side.

Their sharp memories show us the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T Washington; Harlem's Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, and Paul Robeson.

Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a high school teacher. their extraordinary story makes an important contribution to our nation's heritage... and an indelible impression on our lives.

Fair / Good

1997

 

ISBN: 0-385-31252-0

 
     
  DIRIE. DESERT FLOWER. Virago
£5.95
 

Waris,

 

with Cathleen Miller.

The Extraordinary Life of a Desert Nomad.

Waris Dirie is a remarkable woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty. She lives a double life - by day she is an internationally famous model and a spokesperson on women's rights in Africa - at night she dreams of home in her native Somalia.

Waris Dirie (whose name means desert flower), was one of the twelve children born into a traditional family of tribal desert nomads in East Africa. She remembers her early childhood as carefree - running with her brothers, racing camels - until it came her turn to meet the old woman who administered the ancient custom imposed on most Somalian girls: circumcision. Waris suffered this torture when she was just five years old.

Then at the age of twelve, when her father arranged her marriage with a sixty-year-old stranger in exchange for five camels - she ran away. After a death-defying escape through the dangerous Somalian desert she travelled to London and worked as a maid for the Somalian ambassador, until his family returned home. Penniless, and with little English, she strated working as a janitor in McDonalds where she was famously discovered by a fashion photographer.

Fair / Good

1999

 

Large £2.50 P&P (UK)

 

ISBN: 1-86049-606-7

 

 

 

 

 

DITLEVSEN.

EARLY SPRING.

Women's Press

£3.00

 

Tove,

Autobiography of one of Denmark's best-loved writers.

Tove Ditlevsen is one of Denmark's best loved writers, and the author of over 30 books of poetry and prose.

Yet she grew up in loneliness and poverty, a clumsey and ungainly child in a working-class area of Copenhagen in the 1930s.

Despite this, Tove never lost sight of her dream and one aim in life - to become a poet. Early Spring is her own account of those first eighteen years, poignant, funny and unforgettable. It is the story of immense courage and hope.

Fair / Good

1980

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4004-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUNCAN.

MY LIFE.

Gollancz

£4.50

 

Isadora,

The uninhabited autobiography of the woman who founded "modern dance".

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927), a remarkable visionary, revolutionized dance in the twentieth century, captivating audiences in the United States, Europe and Russia with her passionate, innovative, free-flowing style. Frank and open like her dancing, her famous autobiography describes her total commitment to establishing modern dance as a serious art form, leading the way for other great dance pioneers such a Ruth St Dennis, Agnes De Mille and Martha Graham.

Duncan tells of her early enchantment with classical music and poetry and their influence on her techniques, her great successes abroad, and her founding of schools of dance for children in France, Russia and Germany, as well as the love affairs and tragedies in her life.

Good / V Good

1996

 

ISBN: 0-575-06250-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

DURAS.

LA DOULEUR.

Flamingo

£2.95

 

Marguerite,

Autobiography backed by a pair of wartime stories.

"This book is hard fact: part of Marguerite Duras's autobiography, backed by a pair of wartime short stories... it conveys as well as print can what life was like in Paris in the summer of 1944 and the late spring of 1945". The Times

"The work cuts to the bone: distressing and illuminating as the texts are about the nature of war and the self, and the eroticism of grief and violence. How rare and valuable is this account of the last wild, hurtful, murderous days of Hitler's Reich in Paris. Enough to make you change your view of history". Fay Weldon

One of France's most distinguished writers. the author of many novels and screenplays, she is best known outside France for her filmscript 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' and her novel 'The Lover' which won the Prix Goncourt in 1984, and the Ritz Hemmingway Award in 1986. 'Outside' a collection of selected essays was also published by Flamingo.

The translator, Barbara Bray, was the joint winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize in 1986 for her translation of 'The Lover'.

Fair / Good

1986

 

 

 

ISBN: 0-00-654225-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMECHETA.

HEAD ABOVE WATER:

Flamingo

£2.25

 

Buchi,

An Autobiography.

At the age of twenty-two, Buchi Emecheta left her husband and found herself alone with five small children to support in cold and foggy North London - a long way from her native Nigeria.

She had few qualifications and no prospects - how was she to keep her head above water? By becoming a writer, she decided - and that, despite setbacks, was what she became.

Sheer determination won her a degree in Sociology and a decent place to live, and her dream seemed to come true when, in 1972 the Newstatesman started to serialize her work and her first book 'In the Ditch', was published.

Since then, her writing has brought her all the acclaim she desired, but her account of her struggle to establish herself was subject tot he whim of publishers and the vagaries of the Establishment.

Written with wry humour and raw feelings, Buchi explores what it means to be poor, black and unrecognised in London.

Poor

1986

 

ISBN: 0-00-654135-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FARMER.

WILL THERE REALLY BE A MORNING?

Fontana

£2.95

 

Frances,

The violent and tragic story of a Hollywood Star. (Film)

Frances Farmer was young, talented and beautiful - Hollywood made her a star. but she was also a rebel, and when she fought against the system and against her family she was defeated.

In 1942, this sane and angry woman was committed by her mother to a lunatic asylum. She spent the next eleven years in conditions of unspeakable brutality and appalling squalor. Her searing descriptions compare with 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'.

Astonishingly, Frances survived. And in the period before she died, she wrote this harrowing account of the Hollywood dream turned nightmare. Her triumphant survival is as powerful and moving as the tragedy she suffered before.

Fair / Good

1985

 

ISBN: 0-00-636526-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORRESTER.

TWOPENCE to CROSS the MERSEY.

Collins

£2.00

 

Helen,

Helen Forrester's poignant story of her poverty-striken childhood in Liverpool during the 1930s.

"...records, with remarkable steadiness and freedom from self-pity,the story of a childhood that - even if it was all forty years ago - most people would have set doen in rage and despair". Edward Blishen

Fair / Good

1995

ISBN: 0-286-13304-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORSTER.

HIDDEN LIVES:

Penguin

£3.95

 

Margaret,

A FAMILY MEMOIR.

Memoir of the writer and the other women in her family.

"A memoir of Foster's grandmother and mother which reflects on the changes in women's lives - about sex, family, work - across three generations.

It is a moving, evocative account, passionate in its belief in progress, punchy as a detective novel in its story of Foster's search for her grandmother's illegitimate daughter.

It also shows how biography can challenge our basic assumptions about which lives have been significant and why" - Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times.

(Autobiography/Biography/History/Women's Studies).

Good / V Good

1996

 

ISBN: 0-14-023982-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRASER.

ROSES ROUND THE DOOR.

Fontana

£2.50

 

Christine Marion,

The touching and moving 2nd part of her Autobiography (1st = Blue above the chimneys).

Continuing the heartwarming story of her life which began in the Govan district of Glasgow.

After the death of Mam and Da, she goes to live on a housing scheme with her sister Kirsty, but - spirited and fun loving as ever, despite being confined to a wheelchair – it is not long before she is married and living in the beautiful Highland countryside.

Her passionate love of animals, the joy of marriage and motherhood and - by the end - the start of her successful writing career are recounted with characteristic warmth and humour. Together with delightful observations of country life, and her undaunted courage in coping with the problems of being in a wheelchair.

Author of the bestselling 'Rhanna' series.

Good / V Good

1986

 

ISBN: 0-00-637052-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRASER.

THE HOUSE BY THE DVINA:

Corgi

£3.50

 

Eugenie,

A Russian Childhood.

A unique and moving account of life in Russia before, during and after the Revolution. The fascinating story of two families, separated in culture and geograpgy, but bound together by a Russian-Scottich marriage.

It includes episodes as romantic and dramatic as any in fiction: the purchase by the authors greatgrandfather of a peasant girl with whom he had fallen in love; the desperate journey by sledge in the depths of winter made by her grandmother to intercede with Tsar Aleksander II for her husband; the extraordinary courtship of her parents; and her Scottish granny being caugth up in the abortive revolution of 1905.

Eugenie Fraser herself was brought up in Russia but was taken on visits to Scotland. She marvellously evokes the reactions of a child to two totally different environments, sets of customs and family backgrounds. The characters on both sides are beautifully drawn and splendidly memorable.

With the events of 1914 to 1920 - the war with Germany, the Revolution, the murder of the Tsar, the withdrawl of the Allied Intervention in the north - came the disintergration of the country and of the family life.

The stark realities of hunger, deprivation and fear are sharply contrasted with the day-to-day experiences, joys, frustrations and adventures of childhood. The reader shares the famiy's suspense and concern about the fates of its members and relives with Eugenie her final escape to Scotland.

Good / V Good

1991

 

 

 

 

 

ISBN: 0-552-12833-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 G

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GUERIN.

MOUNTAIN CHARLEY.

Oklahoma

£3.75

 

Mrs. E. J,

Or the adventures of Mrs. Guerin, who was 13 years in male attire.

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!

Good / V Good

1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 H

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAYTHORNE.

ON EARTH TO MAKE THE NUMBERS UP.

Open University

£3.00

 

Evelyn,

Growing up in a mining village in wartime South Yorkshire.

Writing about the years she spent growing up in Conisborough in the 1930s and 1940s. Her father was a miner, and when he fell ill life was a battle for his wife and family.

Evelyn recalls what her mother said when a neighbour was taken into the Workhouse. "Poor old sod, they''ll suck the soulout of her in there". But the woman had been doubly unfortunate. Not only had she no money, she had no family either. And in the pit villages of South Yorkshire as Evelyn remembers them, the family was what mattered most.

Much of Evelyns writing may be read as a celebration of the woman whose ingenuity and persistence kept her household fed and clothed in the teeth of every kind of mischance, and who taught her children, through it all, to recognise their own worth.

The title of this book, like so much that happens in it, grows out of a memory of Evelyn's mother.

Good / V Good

1991

 

ISBN: 0-947780-66-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELLMAN.

SCOUNDREL TIMES.

Women's Press

£3.00

 

Lillian,

Vol 3: Autobiography of Lillian Hellman.

Following the highly successful 'An Unfinished Woman' and 'Pentimento'. In it she tells of the McCarthy era and her involvement in the witch-hunting, black-listing 1950s in America.

In 1952 she made her position clear in a letter to the House Un-American Activities Committee: 'To hurt innocent people whom I knew many years ago to save myself is, to me, inhuman and indecent and dishonourable. I will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions'.

Her story is recounted with masterly economy, free from self-pity or self-justification. It is as fascinating and moving as her earlier works - though more controversial and disturbing.

Fair / Good

1984

 

 

ISBN: 0-7043-3215-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEWETT.

WILD CARD.

Virago

£5.00

 

Dorothy,

An Autobiography 1923 – 1958:

In this extraordinary autobiography, Dorothy Hewett traces the personal and political metamorphoses of her first thirty-five years.

A woman who challenged sexual and political conventions, Hewett is also one of Australia's most famous playwrights and poets. In combining the passions of her life with her power as a writer she has created a classic of people, place and political history.

After university, several failed love affairs, an attempted suicide and a major poerty prize, Dorothy Hewett joined the Australian Communist party in 1945.

Four years later she left her first husband and moved to Redfern, Sydney - where 'the air is breathless with soot and smog and the knock-off whistle from the brewery, the print factory and the glassworks punctuate the day' - with her lover, a boilermaker.

Hers is a life of extremes: the pleasures and purgatories of a woman who tackled everything placed in her path with a searing honesty, energy and intellect.

Fair / Good

1990

 

£3.50 P&P (UK)

RRP £12.99

 

ISBN: 1-85381-143-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUNNIFORD.

GLORIA.

Arrow

£2.75

 

Gloria,

The Autobiography of Gloria Hunniford.

The queen of British broadcasting reveals the story of her fascinating rise to fame.

From her humble beginnings in semi-rural Northern Ireland with its home-baking, harvest-gathering and traditional family values, to her current status as a successful independent woman in the dog-eat-dog world of showbiz, we follow the phenomenal, uphill journey of this superstar of the British radio and television industry.

Gloria is an engaging and open as the lady herself, with the warmth and honesty she is famous for shining through every page. Whether she is describing in painful detail the hard personal struggles or revealing the behind-the-scenes secrets of her exclusive interviews with the stars, Gloria will never fail to delight and intrigue as we follow her captivating battle to 'have it all'.

Fair / Good

1994

 

ISBN: 0-09-922031-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 J

 

 

 

       
  JENKINS. INITIATION: Piatkus 
£5.95
  Elizabeth B,

A Woman's Spiritual Adventure in the Heart of the Andes.

In 1989, Elizabeth Jenkins was working on a doctorate in clinical psychology. Although her life seemed full, she felt spiritually empty, and yearned for some deeer meaning.

Elizabeth'a extraordinary experiences began when she travelled to Peru to research into Andean healing practices. In Cuzco, gateway to the sacred mountains of Machu Pikchu, Elizabeth felt a strong spiritual calling and became the only Westerner to be admitted into a group of native Peruvians working with an Andean master. Later she was introduced to Juan Nunez del Prado, an initiated priest of the Andean Path.

With Juan as her guide, Elizabeth experienced the many different stages of initiation into one of the oldest sacred paths in the world. The mystical tradition of the Andean Path has been kept alive by the Q'eros, who have lived undisturbed in the high Andes for the last 500 years. These direct descendants of the Inkas taught Elizabeth the secrets of Andean shamanism and how to work with the energes of the natural world aroundher. They revealed ancient Inkan prophecies which have relevance to all our lives.

Good / V Good

1998

 

ISBN: 0-7499-1798-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHNSTON.

HOLD ON To The MESSY TIMES.

Pandora

£3.25

 

Sue,

Funny, touching and dramatic memoirs.

Sue tells us about her extraordinary and huge family, including Grandpa 'the Duke' who drive the Flying Scotsman, the adventures and misadventures of the aunts, uncles and cousins, and how she won the Second World War aged eighteen months.

She tells us vivdly and hilariously about 'the people, places and events that touched me and moved me and that I have hekd on to'. Here are the heady days of the Cavern Club with the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers; the exploits of the young actress on the road in political theatre alongside the likes of David Hare and the five foot tall Dracula, and here is the 'stick insect' woman and her attempts to stop smoking, keep fit and stay sane into the bargain.

All this and much more is int he book, richly illustrated with photographs and drawings and presented by a new and exciting writing talent who has already, as Sheila Grant in Brookside, taught us how to 'Hold on to the messy times'.

Fair / Good

1989

 

 

ISBN: 0-04-440497-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KALE.

THE FIRE ESCAPE.

Putnam

£2.50

 

Susan,

Autobiography of a clergyman's daughter, a trained artist, a writer of ability, a firewoman, who became a prostitute.

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!

Fair

Hardback 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAYSEN.

GIRL INTERRUPTED.

Virago

£4.50

 

Susanna,

A clear-sighted, unflinching work that provokes questions about our definitions of sane and insane.

In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she’d never seen before, 18year old Susanna Keysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital.

She spent 2 years on a ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital, renowned for it’s famous clientele – Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor and Ray Charles.

Kaysen's extraordinary memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers.

Autobiography / Psychology

V Good / Mint

1995

 

 

ISBN: 1-85381-835-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

KINGSTON.

THE WARRIOR WOMAN.

Picador

£2.50

 

Maxine Hong,

Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (China).

In the five years after it was published and won the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Woman Warrior became a modern classic. Its brilliant and moving combination of fact, invention and reinvention speaks to all.

The book tells of what its like and the strangeness of being Chinese and a woman; it also gives a superb account of what it's like simply to live.

It is an investigation of soul, not landscape, its sources are dream and memory, myth and desire; its crises are the crises of a heart in exile from roots that bind and terrorise it.

Poor / Fair

1982

 

 

ISBN: 0-330-26400-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

KITCH.

PAVEMENT FOR MY PILLOW.

Orion

£5.00

 

Chris,

The astonishing story of one woman’s climb from pitiful baglady to scholar and writer.

Interspersed with joyful diary notes about her present life - studying for her MA, walking her dogs and living on her boat and then back in All Saints Convent in Oxford - this is the remarkable story of a woman who has succeeded in transforming herslef from pitiful baglady to scholar and writer.

This is an inspiring story of incredible courage by a positive, humane, intelligent woman. In telling her story she endeavoured to assure those who are in the position she was once in, that no matter how allienated one feels in society, it is still possible to change and regain one's self respect.

Good / V Good

1997

Hardback

 

ISBN: 0-75280-340-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KRASNOPOLSKY.

I REMEMBER.

Women's Press

£3.00

 

Fara Lynn,

A poignant memoir of pre-revolutionary Russia.

'Hannah' is a little Jewish girl in pre-revolutionary Russia, struggling with schoolwork, sacrificing new clothes to play the piano, assiduously caring for her grandpa when he comes to stay. Hannah is growing into a woman, learning to love and to care for others, learning to face a world in turmoil.

'I Remember' is the powerful and moving memoir of Fara Lynn Krasnopolsky (alias Hannah), evoking her bittersweet childhood years and bringing village life in pre-1914 Russia vividly to life.

Fair / Good

1992

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4292-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUZWAYO.

CALL ME WOMAN.

Women's Press

£3.00

 

Ellen,

Autobiography of a black South African woman and her personal and political story of over 70 years.

  • How does it feel to be a black woman in South Africa?
  • Can a grandmother look on quietly while the young people of Soweto face the tanks and bullets of apartheid's police?

Like millions of black South Africans made strangers in the land of their birth. Ellen Kuzwayo has lost a great deal in her lifetime: the farm in the Orange Free State which had belonged to her family for nearly a hundred years: her hopes for a full and peaceful life for her children; even her own freedom, when, at the age of 63, she found herself detained under the so-called Terrorism Act for an offence never specified. But she has not lost her courage.

This remarkable autobiography refuses to focus only on the author, for it draws on the unrecorded history of a whole people. In telling her own personal and political story over 70 years. Ellen Kuzwayo speaks for, and with, the women among whom she lives and works. Their courage and dignity remain a source of wonder.

Fair / Good

1988

 

ISBN: 0-7043-3936-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

KYI.

LETTERS FROM BURMA.

Penguin

£2.00

 

Aung San Suu,

For the last decade of Burma's traumatic history, Aung San Suu Kyi - Winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize – has been the inspirational leader of attempts to restore democracy to her country.

In these 52 pieces, originally written for a Japanese newspaper and begun soon after her release from house arrest, she paints a vivid, poignant yet fundamentally optimistic picture of her native land.

One woman's vision, humanity and commitment to political and ethnic harmony won her party an overwhelming victory in the election of May 1990; every facet of her personality is powerfully displayed here.

These letters were awarded the prestigious Japanese Newspaper Association's Award for 1996. They are illustrated with pencil drawings by the Burmese artist Heinn Htet.

Fair / Good

1997

Ex-Library

 

ISBN: 0-14-026403-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANE.

INSTEAD OF DIAMONDS.

Penguin

£3.00

 

Carla,

The making of one of Britain's most talented "comedy" writers.

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!

Fair / Good

1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAWRENCE.

A TELLING and a KEEPING.

Women's Press

£2.75

 

Maureen,

A Writer's Autobiography.

An unforgettable portrait of the artist as a young woman, growing up in the north of England. It is a delicate evocation of life in the 1940s and 1950s, when girls moved to the inescapable rhythm of home, school, home, school, and dreamed of escape through romance or more miraculously, university.

This girl is wary. Like her mother, she learns that in the face of opposition, silence and subterfuge may win where confrontation fails. One day, she promises herself, she will use her other voice, the voice that speaks in her mind.

Fair / Good

1989

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4148-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEDUC.

LA BATARDE.

Virago

£3.95

 

Violette,

Translated by Derek Coltman.

Writer born in 1907, the illegitimate daughter of a servant. Expelled from boarding school by her affair with another pupil.

With the publication of La Batarde in the mid sixties the extraordinary personality of Violette Leduc took its rightful place among the world's most original autobiographers. This poignent, blazingly frank account of the first forty years of her life prompted many readers to regard her as a female Genet.

La Batarde is an obsessive and revealing self-portrait of a remarkable woman who felt herself humiliated by the circumstances of her birth and by her physical appearance, and who carried on a long search for her own identity through a series of agonising and passionate love affairs with both men and women.

Leduc confesses it all without shame or self-consciousness, without pretense or affection, in a brilliant style wholly her own.

As Simone de Beauvoir wrote in her introduction to this edition: "Whoever speaks to us from the depths of his loneliness speaks to us of ourselves. In La Batarde, a woman is descending into the most secret part of herslef and telling us about all she finds there with an unflinching sincerity, as though there were no one listening".

Introduction by Simone De Beauvoir (Lesbian Content).

Good / V Good

1985

£2.50 P&P (UK)

 

 

 

 

ISBN: 0-374-51371-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEHMANN.

The SWAN In The EVENING.

Virago

£3.00

 

Rosamond,

Fragments of an inner life - Auto of the British Writer.

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!

Good

1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEIPMAN.

The LONG JOURNEY HOME.

Corgi

£3.00

 

Flora,

The Memoirs of Flora Leipman.

The remarkbale autobiography of a courageous woman who spent five years in Stalin's 'labour camps' and nearly forty years trying to return home.

Flora Leipman was born in Glasgow in 1918 and spent a happy childhood there with her family. In 1932, after the death of their father, Flora's mother decided to take the children back to her native Russia.

Within a year of arriving in the Soviet Union, Flora's mother was accused of being a British Spy and sentenced to ten years in Stalin's notorious labour camps.

The rest of the family followed one-by-one until Flora herself was arrested in 1937 and, after five months in solitary confinement, sent to the camps.

This was just the beginnging of FLora Leipman's extraordinary fight for survival. Even when she was released from the camps in 1941, ill and weak from malnutrition, Flora remained under suspicion because of her British origins.

Fighting to look after her mother, who never fully recovered from her ordeal, Flora approached life in contemporary Russia with bravery and determination, but never lost sight of her ultimate goal - one day she would go home.

Fair / Good

1988

 

 

ISBN: 0-552-12863-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEIPMAN.

The LONG JOURNEY HOME.

Corgi

£4.75

 

Flora,

The Memoirs of Flora Leipman.

The remarkbale autobiography of a courageous woman who spent five years in Stalin's 'labour camps' and nearly forty years trying to return home.

AS ABOVE....

Good / V Good

1988

RRP £12.95

Hardback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUMLEY.

GIRL FRIDAY.

BBC

£4.50

 

Joanna,

Personal diary of Joanna Lumley who was left to fend for herself on a desert island for 9 days. Shown on TV

When actress Joanna Lumley said yes, she didn't realize quite what she was letting herslef in for. After a day's survival training with the Irish Guards, she was dropped on a deserted island off Madagascar and left to fend for herself. Girl Friday is a fascinating personal diary of her experience.

Accustomed to a very different lifestyle, Joanna rises to the challenge: she builds her A-frsme bed, survives a tropical storm, finds fresh water and food, cooks on an open fire and makes her own lime juice cordial. She even learns to tolerate the intense heat and the myriad of blood-sucking insects.

Girl Friday is more than just an account of physical survival. It is an intimate record of how it feels to live in solitude, without the emotional and physical supports that sustain the human spirit. With remarkable honesty Joanna describes her excitements and joys, and her increasing sense of dislocation and even insanity.

Revealing an unknown side to one of Britains most popular celebrities, Girl Friday is Joanna Lumley as you've never seen her before. Full of beautiful photographs and Joanna's own sketches from the island, it is an eye-opening account of the delights and dilemmas of life in paradise.

Good / V Good

1994

 

Hardback (A4 Size)

Large £3.50 P&P (UK)

 

RRP £12.99

 

ISBN: 0-563-37071-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

LYTTON.

PRISONS & PRISONERS:

EP

£4.00

 

Lady Constance,

Experiences of a Suffragette. Hardback

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!

Fair / Good

1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAHMOODY.

NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER.

Corgi

£2.50

 

Betty,

In 1984 Betty Mahmoody's husband took his wife and daughter to meet his family in Iran. He swore they would be safe, they would be happy and they would be free to leave... He lied!

Betty and her husband, Dr Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody ('Moody'), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody's family. With them was their four-year-old daughter, Mahtab.

Appalled by the squalor of their living conditions, horrified by what she saw of a country where women are merely chattels and Westerners are despised, Betty soon became desperate to return to the States.

But Moody, and his often vicious family, had other plans. Mother and daughter became prisoners of an alien culture, hostages of an increasingly tyrannical and violent man.

Eventually, Betty was given the name of a man who would plan their perilous route out of Iran, a journey that few women and children have ever made. Their nightmare attempt to return home began in a bewildering snowstorm...

Fair / Good

1991

 

 

ISBN: 0-552-13356-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAILLART.

The CRUEL WAY.

Virago

£3.25

 

Ella K,

Ella and her friend Christina travel to the East. A courageous account of a troubling friendship and a remarkable journey. (Travel / Autobiography).

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!

Fair

1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAITLAND.

VERY HEAVEN.

Virago

£3.50

 

Sara, Ed,

Looking back at the 1960’s.

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!

Fair / Good

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANNING.

a CORRIDOR of MIRRORS.

Women's Press

£3.50

 

Rosemary,

Autobiography of a school principal, writer and Lesbian.

How does one conduct a successful public career, as principle of a school and novelist, yet keep the most central facts of one's private life secret?

Rosemary Manning is known as author of several novels (including the much loved 'The Chinese Garden') as well as stories for children (among them the 'Dragon' books). Yet her most personal story, the autobiographical 'A Time and a Time', she first published under a pseudonym.

At that time, for a woman with a public reputation to keep up, this was necessary, for it was the story of a lesbian love affair.

Now this famous writer has produced an autobiography, under her own name, putting her political and personal experience into a new perspective.

She deals with her early hopes for a changed world through socialism; her relationships with friends and lovers; and her late, and she feels crucial, encounter with the women's liberation movement.

Good / V Good

1987

 

 

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4054-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARKHAM.

WEST WITH the NIGHT.

Penguin

£2.50

 

Beryl,

The story of Beryl Markham - Aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty and her life in Kenya of the 20s ad 30s.

Beautiful, brave and quite remarkable, Beryl Markham was the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo, from east to west, the first woman in Africa licensed as a racehorse trainer and probably the only woman in Kenya to have hunted with the chieftan of the Nandi Murandi.

West with the Night is her story, simply but beautifully told. More than mere autobiography, it is a moving testament to the Africa she loved, a land which has changed beyond recognition.

Good

1988

 

ISBN: 0-14-011539-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARKHAM.

WEST WITH The NIGHT.

Virago

£3.50

 

Beryl,

The story of Beryl Markham - Aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty and her life in Kenya of the 20s ad 30s.

As Above...

Good / V Good

1988

ISBN: 0-86068-541-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATLEY.

ALWAYS In The CONVENT SHADOW.

Wolfhound

£3.75

 

Margaret,

Memoirs of childhood in an Irish convent school.

Margaret Matley recalls her childhood in a convent school, committed to the care of the Good Shepherd Nuns after the death of her young mother.

Over the next 10½ years ‘Frances’ as she was known, forgot the world outside.

Here she reveals the sadness and trauma when eventually, leaving the Nuns, she was forced, alone, to a future beyond the convent gates.

Fair / Good

1991

ISBN: 0-86327-324-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

McKENZIE MAVINGA & PERKINS.

In SEARCH of MR McKENZIE.

Women’s Press

£3.50

 

Isha & Thelma,

2 sisters quest for an unknown father.

Isha McKenzie-Mavinga and Thelma Perkins are sisters. But they grew up apart and had little contact until they met again as adults and began to discover their past.

Placed as small children in children's homes run by a Christian mission to the Jews, they knew little of their mother, daughter of a Jewish refugee from Russia. Of their father they knew nothing except that he came from the Caribbean.

Their search fro this unknown father led them to delve into old photograph albums, hunt through libraries, interview everyone they could find who might know even a little about the enigmatic Ernest McKenzie-Mavinga. It took them across the world to Trinidad. And it taught them a great deal about the history that would make sense of their identity as black women in Britain.

Isha McKenzie-Mavinga is a professional counsellor, specialising in developing training courses to include the experience of black people, especially black women. Thelma (Tod) Perkins is trained as a nurse and as a teacher, particularly interesed in language development of the under-fives. Both live in London.

V Good / Mint

1991

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4249-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCNEILL.

ONE of The FAMILY:

Women’s Press

£3.75

 

Pearlie,

Forward by Robyn Archer.

An Australian Auto. Sydney in the 1940’s and 50’s.

Memories of violence, deprivation, abuse and a great deal of pain.

Intense feelings remain to this day: loathing for her violent father, and a blend of anger, compassion and occasional admiration for her mother, who had little time for comfort and encouragement for her children, but who took a neighbour to court for throwing water over her youngest child when he peed in the gutter!

A compelling picture of life in Sydney in the 1950s as seen by a teenager rejected and made homeless by her parents.

V Good / Mint

1989

 

ISBN: 0-7043-4210-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEULENBELT.

The SHAME Is OVER.

Women’s Press

£2.95

 

Anja,

A Political Life Story.

Story of a Dutch feminist born into a middle-class family, a respectable existance tarnished by her marriage; she is sixteen years old and five months pregnant. Her poverty - financial and emotional - is acute and harrowing and in no way unusual.

From wifehood she moves to single motherhood; gets caught up in the fake heat of the sixties sexual revolution; studies; learns what society means by feminine; falls in love repeatedly, seduced by the appearances of intimacy. She becomes politicised, working in mixed left groups, struggling with concepts inadequate to describe her lived reality.

Poor / Fair

1980

 

ISBN: 0-7043-3854-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

MILLER.

ONE GIRL'S WAR.

Brandon

£3.00

 

Jane,

Personal exploits in MI5's most secret station.

A fascinating memoir from the heart of the world of intelligence operations in war-time Britain, when Joan Miller was personal assistant to Maxwell Knight, chief of MI5's B5 (b) Section.

This is the book, the British Attorney General tried to stop in the High Court in Dublin, saying that its publication would do irreparable damage to the British Security Service, MI5.

Fair / Good

1986

 

ISBN:0-86322-089-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

MILLETT.

The LOONEY BIN TRIP.

Virago

£3.95

 

Kate,

Crucial Analysis of the Question of Madness.

Committed to a mental institution in the seventies, whilst at the height of her fame, Millett was diagnosed as manic depressive and prescribed lithium without which, she was informed, she would degenerate further into madness.

'The Looney Bin trip' is set seven years on, during 'the happiest summer of my life' when Millett was trying to withdraw from the clutches of the debilitating drug.

With great passion and cinematic immediacy Millett writes of the struggle to prove her sanity, of how alarmed friends try to have her recommitted, of her sojourn in a hellish Irish mental hospital, and of a paralysing bout of depression which has to occur before she resurfaces to a 'normal' life...

Fair / Good

1993

 

ISBN: 1-85381-326-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MILLETT.

SITA.

Virago

£3.50

 

Kate,

Record of the decline of her affair with a seductive older woman...

Every lover's trick, every piercing anguish is here; the self-deceptions, the obsessive analysis, the stifling aroma of disappointment, the cruel reprieves of lust and laughter, the helpless watching.

While Sita - dashing and dramatic - irretrievably draws away. Vivid, exciting, hypnotic in its intensity, Sita turns a familiar failure of love into a powerful triumph.

Fair / Good

1977

ISBN: 0-86068-024-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIN.

RED AZALEA.

Indigo

£3.50

 

Anchee,

Life and Love in China:

When Anchee Min left China in 1984 her knowledge of English was minimal. She tried to write this autobiography in her own tongue, but found it impossble. Only with the emotional freedom granted by a new language could she find her means of expression.

Portrait of growing up during China's cultural revolution, an account of a mass psychosis and a testament to the courage, powers of survival and ability to love in the face of appalling privations (Lesbian content).

Good / V Good

1993

 

ISBN: 0-575-40010-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIN.

RED AZALEA.

Gollancz

£4.25

 

Anchee,

Life and Love in China:

When Anchee Min left China in 1984 her knowledge of English was minimal. She tried to write this autobiography in her own tongue, but found it impossble. Only with the emotional freedom granted by a new language could she find her means of expression.

Portrait of growing up during China's cultural revolution, an account of a mass psychosis and a testament to the courage, powers of survival and ability to love in the face of appalling privations (Lesbian content).

Good / V Good

1993

Hardback

RRP £16.99

ISBN: 0-575-05529-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOORE.

WHEN a WOMAN MEANS BUSINESS.

Pavilion

£3.50

 

Debbie,

How Debbie succeeded in a male dominated world.

Based not only on my experiences and the conclusions I've drawn from them, but on those of friends and fellow business-women like Anita Roddick of the 'Body Shop' and Sophie Mirman of the 'Sock Shop'.

There's no doubt that women in business have made great strides in the last ten years. It's partly due to a wider acceptance of women in many spheres of activity, while events like the Veuve Clicquot Award have contributed much to raise the profile of female entrepreneurs.

We still have a long way to go, though I have no doubt that we will get there in the end. Remarkably, in America about fifty per cent of the million new companies in 1986 were started by women, and the trend is being repeated in Britain. Many of the young women I meet are so full of confidence and energy, not even recognising the existence of the obstacles that we have had to overcome.

I hope this book will give any woman who means business not only practical advice, but the inspiration and encouragement to achieve success and recognition. - Debbie Moore. (Auto / Biography)

V Good

1989

 

Hardback

RRP £12.95

 

ISBN: 1-85145-004-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORGAN.

MY PLACE.

Virago

£3.50

 

Sally,

In 1982 Sally Morgan travelled to her grandmother's birthplace, Corunna Downs Station in Western Australia. What started as a tentative search for information about her forebears turned into an extraordinary emotional and spiritual pilgrimage.

Sally and her family were confronted with their own suppressed history, and with fundamental questions about their identity. Through memories and images of growing up in Perth in the fifties and sixties, hints and echoes emerge, hidden knowledge is uncovered, and a fascinating story unfolds - the mystery of her Aboriginal identity.

The momentum of her narrative in turn sparks responses in her great-uncle, her mother and, finally, her grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories.

My Place is a powerful autobiography of three generations in Australia. The experiences of life and growing up in suburban Perth in the 1950's and 1960's and an account of a search for truth into which a whole family is drawn.

Fair / Good

1987

 

ISBN: 0-86068-148-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORGAN.

MY PLACE.

Freemantle

£3.75

 

Sally,

My Place is a powerful autobiography of three generations in Australia.

The experiences of life and growing up in suburban Perth in the 1950's and 1960's and an account of a search for truth into which a whole family is drawn.

Fair / Good

1987

ISBN: 0-949206-31-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORGAN.

In SEARCH of The ASSASSIN.

Bloomsbury

£4.00

 

Susie,

One woman's journey to find an assasin after she is injured in a bomb attack.

In 1984 Susie Morgan, an English journalist was critically injured in a bomb attack at a press conference in Nicaragua, just across the Costa Rican border.

The conference had been urgently convened by Eden Pastora, charismatic leader of the anti Sandinista Contra rebel forces at his jungle headquarters. Seventeen journalists were injured and three killed in the blast, Pastora, the target, miraculously survived.

It took Susie two yeaars and dozens of operations to recover, and, as she did, she became obsessed by a desire to track down the assassin - a man who had passed himself off as a Danish photographer, had travelled with journalists to the press conference and had planted the bomb, concealed in his camera case, only inches from where Susie Morgan stood.

An intensely gripping story which chronicles Susie's own emotional odyssey, it is also a highly dramatic narrative of one woman's tenacious and courageous struggle against the labyrinth machinations of corrupt governments on every side and the enormous difficulty she faced as a journalist, with no legal powers, to get to the truth: a truth almost everyone wanted hidden.

Documentary / Film - Shown on TV in 1988

Fair / Good

1991

Hardback

£2.50 P&P

 

ISBN: 0-7475-0401-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORIARTY.

DOROTHY.

Corgi

£3.25

 

Dorothy,

The Memoirs of a Nurse - World War 1 and Cairo in the 20's.

Dorothy Bishop was born in 1889, two years after Queen Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee. She escaped the constraints of her large and unusual family to become a nurse in London of the First World War and the Cairo of the early twenties.

A happy childhood in London and Kent is brought vividly to life. Dorothy's was not a conventional family and the close relationsip which existed between her charming but remote mother and Richard Austin Freeman - doctor, artist and celebrated detetive novelist - created a strange menage a trois which formed the background of her youth.

And then the war began. This is the first book to describe how a training nurse survived in the days before antibiotics and unions: when surgeons baptised babies before operating; when cockroaches in the ward were everyday hazard; and when nurses worked fourteen-hour days a week for £8 a year. After qualifying, a brief spell of private nursing left Dorothy disillusioned, until her sense of adventure took her to Cairo - exotic, eye-opening and full of romance...

A delightful and often humourous portrait of a lively and resourceful girl who through a demanding vocation experienced friendship, heartbreak and love.

Fair / Good

1991

 

 

ISBN: 0-552-99463-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEIMANN.

BOOMER.

Pandora

£3.95

 

Linda,

The Railroad Memoirs of Linda Neimann. Account of one woman's experience of 5 years "Booming" - Manual train worker.

Linda Neimann's life felt like a runaway boxcar - drugs, drink and failed relationships. So she jumped off, into the world of the railways, into a contemporary women's adventure of the American West.

A boomer is a manual worker on a train, usually a brakeman, who travels to trainyards that are booming in order to find work. This is a spirited and raunchy account of one woman's experience of 5 years of booming - of coping with the physical demands, the emotional isolation and the huge added pressure of being a woman in a fiercely male world.

What emerges is a complex portrait, of the author's own struggles, - both inner and outer - and those of the men around her, and of an industry and way of life fast disappearing. This is autobiography up close and private - an unforgettable ride down the tracks.

Good / V Good

1998

 

 

ISBN: 0-04-440883-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUTTALL.

It COULD HAVE BEEN YOU.

Virago

£3.50

 

Merlyn,

A Survivor’s Frank and Shocking Account of a Vicious Rape – and the Fight for Compensation that Followed.

Merlyn Nuttall was hurrying to work one morning when a man appeared and forced her at knife point towards an empty house. Forty-five minutes later, naked and bleeding, Merlyn escaped.

She survived the horrific rape and attempted murder but her fight to recover bought her into surprising areas of resistance - including a refusal by the NHS to pay for plastic surgery to her neck scars.

Her bestselling story provides vital information for victims and their families.

Fair / Good

1998

 

ISBN:01-86049-368-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OAKLEY.

TAKING It LIKE a WOMAN.

Flamingo

£3.25

 

Ann,

An account of the emancipation of one remarkable young woman.

Ann Oakley is one of the foremost feminist writers today. In her autobiography she describes the events which made her a feminist and the kind of mother, wife, academic and writer she is. 'This books is about my life, but it is also about others', she writes, and in this honest, sometimes painful, and absorbing account of her life so far in the second half of the twentieth century, every woman will find some reflection of her own personality and feelings.

Ann oakley's life has encompassed great achievments, and powerful crises - including a breakdown and serious illness. Interwoven with the account of her life is the description of a haunting love affair which raises many unsolved problems faced by women today.

Ann Oakley's life has never embraced easy answers, and her book, written with clarity and inner perception, encourages us to understand that living with contradictions is not such a bad way of life after all.

Fair / Good

1984

 

 

ISBN: 0-00-654042-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVINGTON.

BLACK & WHITE SAT DOWN TOGETHER

Feminist Press

£3.95

 

Mary White,

Edited and with a forward by Ralph E Luker.

Afterword by Carolyn E Wedin.

The Reminiscences of an NAACP Founder.

Ovington's memoirs provide a rare glimpse into the rich history of the NAACP. That one of the founders of this pivotal group was a woman, and a white woman at that, highlights relations between gender and power as well as those between race and power...

The story of the woman who became "chairman" of the most influential civil rights organisation in the history of the United States, who travelled back and forth across the country to make speeches about racial equality, is a story worth hearing...

The publication of these reminiscenses fills a gap both in black history and women's writing; keeps open the conversations on race, gender, and class; and gives us all something to celebrate.

Good / V Good

1996

 

 

ISBN: 1-55861-156-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PARTNOY.

The LITTLE SCHOOL.

Virago

£3.25

 

Alicia,

Tales of Disappearance & Survival in Argentina.

Alicia partnoy was among the 30,000 Argentinians who 'disappeared' after the military junta came to power in 1976. One of the very few survivors, this is her remarkable portrayal of events in a concentration camp - the Little School - where she and her friends were interned.

With heartbreaking clarity and perception, Alicia Partnoy weaves into the gruelling details of daily prison life - 'we were forced to lie silent and prone, often immobile or face down for many hours' - extraordinary moments of warmth, humour and companionship: passing bread with her toes to a fellow prisoner; the 'magic power' of a denim jacket which belonged to a murdered friend.

With this testimony, a classic of prison writing, 'the voices of my friends grow stronger. By publishing these stories I feel these voices will not pass unheard'.

Good / V Good

1988

 

ISBN 0-86068-929-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PING-YING.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY of a CHINESE GIRL.

Pandora

£3.25

 

Hsieh,

Translated into English by Tsui Chi

With a new introduction by Elizabeth Croll.

This is the story of Hsieh Ping-Ying, a Chinese girl born at the beginning of this century who rejected the traditions of the old order and eventually became one of China's leading women writers.

At school, she unwrapped the binding on her feet so that she could run about freely with the other children. As a young woman she went into the army in order to escape an arranged marriage. As an adult she was charged with being a communist and imprisoned.

Hsieh Ping-Ying's story takes us back to the heart of pre-revolutionary China. She describe he relationship with her family; with her mother and with her grandmother and of the difficulties she faced rejecting traditonal constraints in order to live as an independent woman.

Fair / Good

1986

 

ISBN: 0-86358-052-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RATUSHINSKAYA.

In The BEGINNING.

Hodder & Stoughton

£6.00

 

Irina,

 

Translated by Alyona Kojevnikov

The Formative Years of the Dissident Poet.

Only twenty-eight years old when she was imprisoned for her poetry, Irina Ratushinskaya spent four years in the brutal conditions of labour camp, an experience vivdly described in her first book, 'Grey is the Colour of Hope'.

In the beginning goes back to life before her arrest, interweaving her experiences growing up in Odessa with those of her childhood friend and future husband, Igor Geraschenko, who grew up in Kiev.

With wit and simplicity Irina describes a biased and turbulent education, pressure to work for the KGB, the growth of faith and an impromptu wedding. Her introduction to banned writers and samizdat literature encouraged her own poetry writing, which was soon circulating widely in literary circles in the Soviet Union and the West.

In the Beginning is more than a poet's account of growing up in the Soviet Union. It brings to life the environment in which the dissident mind develops and is nourished. In the book, Irina shows how her early experiences moulded her personality, enabling her at a time almost unbearable pressure to remain true to her own convictions.

V Good / Mint

1990

Hardback

£3.50 P&P

 

 

ISBN: 0-340-41698-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

RATUSHINSKAYA.

GREY Is The COLOUR OF HOPE.

Hodder & Stoughton

£6.00

 

Irina,

 

Translated by Alyona Kojevnikov

The gripping account of a young woman's experiences in the brutal conditions of a Soviet labour camp. Only 28 years old, she was imprisoned for the poetry she was already regarded as a leading writer of her generation, in the line of Mandelstam and Pushkin. She nearly died from malnutrition and a series of protest hunger strikes.

Yet it is an extraordinary story of hope, in which Irina's unerring sense of justice and a deep personal faith sustained her and the women dissidents she lived with in the Mordovian camp's notorius 'Small Zone', an area reserved for 'especially dangerous political criminals.

Together, the women built for themselves a life of selfless courage, order and mutual support. Grey is the Color of Hope is as much their story as Irina's. With faithful attention to detail and surprising moments of humour, Irina's continuously gripping narrative culminates in her unexpected release. it came as the result of intense pressure from the Western media, political and church sources, and the petitions of countless individuals who were deeply moved by the poet's courageous struggle.

Contains some previously unpublished poems.

V Good / Mint

1988

 

Hardback

£3.50 P&P

 

ISBN: 0-340-41697-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROOHIZADEGAN.

OLYA'S STORY.

Oneworld

£4.00

 

Olya,

A Survivor's Dramatic Account of the Persecution of Baha'is in Revolutionary Iran.

House burnings, mob violence, mass arrests, kidnapping, torture, summary executions and secret burials. this was Iran in the early 80s, and everyday reality for the Baha'is, Iran's largest religious minority.

The world's press ran harrowing stories, the US Congress and parliaments around the world passed urgent motions, and President Reagan appealed directly to Iran to stop the persecution. But it went on and on.

Now, for the first time, we have a detailed eye-witness account of those dramatic events. This is the moving story of one woman's experiences at the hands of Iranian revolutionaries. Amid the escalating violence, Olya Roohizadegan saw friends, neighbours and relatives imprisoned, tortured and executed.

For months she visited prisoners, supported their relatives, organized clothing and shelter for the homeless, and smuggled news and photographs out of Iran to the outside world. Then it was her turn...

Shortly to be the subject of a new Hollywood film, Olya's story culminates in her dramatic escape from the hangman's rope, in a hazardous overland journey to Pakistan and the West. It is a story of the triumph of faith, humour, courage and love in the face of the most severe trials that could confront the human spirit.

Fair / Good

1994

 

 

ISBN:1-85168-073-X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUSSELL.

The TAMARISK TREE.

Virago

£3.75

 

Dora,

Vol 3 - The Challenge to the Cold War.

This eagerly awaited 3rd volume of Dora Russelll's autobiography spans the decades from the 1940s to the 1980s.

In 1943 she joined the Soviet Relations Division of the Civil Service, becoming one of the small group who produced 'British Ally', a paper welcomed in Russia as a symbol of the wartime alliance. But by the war's end the Cold War had hardened.

Dora, angered by the West's rejection of Soviet overtures, travelled with the Women's Peace Caravan in the 50s and early 60s throughout Europe to India, China, East Berlin, Russia and the United States. Her involvements with the peace and women's movements as indomitable campaigner and writer has stretched into the 80s.

But just as central to her life have been her children and grandchildren, about whom she writes with warmth, humour, and candour.

This is the story of a woman of extraordinary vigour, intelligence and courage who has done so much to transform our times.

Fair / Good

1985

 

ISBN: 0860684520

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SAGAN.

WITH FONDEST REGARDS.

Alison & Busby

£3.50

 

Francoise,

Translated by Christine Donougher.

Candid portrait of herself, her friends, her enthusiasms – of, indeed, a life lived to the fullest.

There are tributes to Jean-Paul Sarte and Billie Holiday, revealing cameos of Orson Wells, Rudolf Nureyev and Carson McCullers and a wistful evocation of Tennessee Williams.

Also an insider’s insight into the literary and social whirl of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Good / V Good

1988

 

ISBN: 085031951X

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETTLE.

ALL The BRAVE PROMISES.

Pandora

£3.25

 

Mary Lee,

Memories of Aircraftwoman 2nd class 2146391.

Mary Lee Settle was a young American woman living a comfortable life in Washington D C when the Second World War broke out. In 1942 she boarded a train, carrying 'a last bottle of champagne and an armful of roses', and left for England to join the WAAF.

She witnessed the horror of the war - the bombing raids, the planes lost in fog, the children evacuated, a blacked-out Britain of austerity and strain.

She also witnessed the women, her fellow recruits, as they struggled to adapt to their new identities and new lives at the bottom of the uniformed pile.

Dedicated 'to the wartime other ranks of the Women's Auxillary Air Force - below the rank of Sergeant', this rare book captures women's wartime experience; a remarkable and important story by one of America's prizewinning novelists.

Good / V Good

1984

 

ISBN: 0863580335

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHAN.

In MY OWN NAME.

Women's Press

£3.00

 

Sharan-Jeet,

An Autobiography.

Sharan-Jeet Shan is a teacher who lives with her two sons in Milton Keynes. But she grew up in the Punjab, India, the daughter of a Sikh army officer.

From childhood, Sharan-Jeet had a mind of her own. She chafed against the restrictions of her status as a girl, subject to the authority now of her father, in the future of a husband.

So she set out to train as a Doctor. But when she fell in love with a Muslim the full wrath of her family descended upon her, she was taken out of medical school, locked up, beaten, and eventually forced into an arranged marriage...

The story of how she continued to struggle to assert her own autonomy and establish a home of her own in a strange country is one of extraordinary courage, faith and determination.

Sharan-Jeet's story is exceptional. But it also reflects the experiences of a whole generation of Asian women now living and working in Britain.

Fair

1985

 

ISBN: 0704339749

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEEN.

LOOKING GLASS.

Longmans

£4.75

 

Marguerite,

Life of the novelist and her close friendships with Ellen Terry and Huge Walpole. Hardback.

Good

1966

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOREY.

JOYCE'S WAR.

Virago

£2.95

 

Joyce,

Vol 2 - 1939 – 1945: Grimsby during the war.

With an RAF husband rarely on leave, Joyce, the mother of two girls, fights her own battles on the homefront - with air raids, in-laws, machine work and poverty - searching always for her dream house and a life to call her own.

Joyce Storey, born near Bristol in 1917, began her autobiography at age 66.

Destined to join the ranks of Laurie Lee's, Helen Forrester's and Kathleen Dayus' autobiographical classics of the twentieth century, Joyce's War, the sequel to 'Our Joyce', evoke in marvellously vivid colours, the ordinary story of an extraordinary working-class woman's life.

Fair / Good

1992

 

ISBN: 1853815136

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOTT.

FORGETTING’S No EXCUSE.

Quartet

£2.95

 

Mary,

Journalist Campaigner and Feminist.

First published in 1973, Mary Stott's first volume of autobiography. It is the honest, very human story of the life and work, marriage and widowhood of one of our most influential journalists, a woman whose life has been distingushed be determination, considerable talent and a highly developed sense of justice and comapssion.

It tells vividly the story of the early days of the women's liberation movement; the astonishing changes over the years in the technique of newspaper production; and ends with her very moving account of 'learning to be a widow' which has brought comfort and strength to many women who found her experiences reflected their own.

Good / V Good

1989

 

ISBN: 1853811025

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOTT.

FORGETTING’S No EXCUSE.

Virago

£3.50

 

Mary,

Journalist Campaigner and Feminist.

First published in 1973, Mary Stott's first volume of autobiography. It is the honest, very human story of the life and work, marriage and widowhood of one of our most influential journalists, a woman whose life has been distingushed be determination, considerable talent and a highly developed sense of justice and comapssion.

It tells vividly the story of the early days of the women's liberation movement; the astonishing changes over the years in the technique of newspaper production; and ends with her very moving account of 'learning to be a widow' which has brought comfort and strength to many women who found her experiences reflected their own.

V Good / Mint

1989

 

ISBN: 1853811025

 

 

 

 

 

 

 V

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VON MECK.

As I REMEMBER THEM.

Dobson

£3.95

 

Galina,

Memoirs of Galina Von Meck.

Grand-daughter to Peter Tchaikovsky - who spent many years in prisons in Russia and settled in England translating his letters to his family.

Fair / Good

1973

Hardback

£2.50 P&P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WANG.

The CHINESE CHURCH That WILL NOT DIE.

Hodder

£2.50

 

Mary,

One Christian Woman's plight in China.

"I was born in China. I love my country. I ponder her great age, her four million square miles, her population of more than 800 million, but she is not too old for me, or too vast, and China has space for all people. All but those who wish to follow Jesus Christ.

My family were fortunate to escape, but our elation is tempered by the shadow of those Christian friends who remain in China, Have they been executed or sent to labour camps?

By 1966 all the churches were closed. Posters in Shanghai said: 'Hang God'. A letter from a labour camp reads: 'Pray for us. We are in Gethsemane and near to Calvary'. The church in China has been silenced but is not dead. 'It will not die'.

Mary Wang has recently been apoointed Director of the Chinese Overseas CHristian Mission.

Fair / Good

1971

 

ISBN: 0340150572

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATERS. Ethel,

HIS EYE Is On The SPARROW:

Pyramid

£2.25

 

Ethel with Charles Samuels.

ETHEL WATERS.

The story of the singer, who lived through poverty, racial hatred and also the songs and rivalries of the theatre.

Straight from the heart comes every word of this sensational autobiography. Ethel Waters tells it her own way, sweet, tough and true.

"Singing 'Stormy Weather' proved a turning point in my life... in the middle of the Cotton Club floor I was telling the story of my misery and confusion".

Fair

1972

ISBN: 0515027588

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHITEHOUSE.

A MOST DANGEROUS WOMAN?

Lion

£3.95

 

Mary,

Her own personal inside story.

Few people have aroused such strength of feeling - for and against - as Mary Whitehouse. Few names are as well-known as hers. Some regard her as 'a most dangerous woman' who wants to turn the clock back to the dark ages of total censorship. Others see her as the last bastion of decency and morality, speaking out for the silent majority.

  • What is really behind the myth?
  • How did it all begin?
  • How did she come to hit the headlines and stay there for twenty years - this seemingly ordinary, grandmotherly figure?

In this book Mary Whitehouse tells her own story. The public dimension starts in 1963, and she vividly recreaes the atmosphere and preoccupations of the permissive sixties.

Her own early days and family life form the backcloth as she takes the reader behind the scenes through a succession of campaigns, from Clean-up TV and battles with the media to 'Inside Linda Lovelace' the Gay News blasphemy trial, and The Romans in Britain.

Fair / Good

1982

Hardback

£2.50 P&P

 

 

 

ISBN: 0856484083

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIGMORE.

WHY SUFFER?

Avery

£2.95

 

Ann,

The Inspiring True Story of One Woman’s Fight Against Dietary Ignorance, Disease and World Hunger.

Why Suffer? Is the remarkable and inspirational autobiography and Ann Wigmore, pioneering health educator and founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston.

Ann was raised by her grandmother, a healer, in a small Eastern European village. There, against the dramatic backdrop of the First World War, she learned the power of natural healing while helping her grandmother care for the sick and wounded. Following the war, Ann came to the United States.

Overworked and depressed, she was beset by health problems that ultimately led her to search for the path to rejuvenation and health. Here is the story of how Ann discovered the amazing powers of sprouts and wheatgrass juice, and popularised them as part of her unique live foods program.

The story goes on to describe how, in 1963, she founded what is today the world-famous Hippocrates Health Institute, a centre for rejuvenation and the restoration of health.

At the age of seventy-five. Ann Wigmoire is a vital, active member of the worldwide wholistic health community. During the last decade she has lectured in over twenty countries, and has appeared on national television, in Cosmopolitan, and in Glamour magazine.

Here is the very personal and moving story of this remarkable woman who has helped thousadns of people to find better health.

Good / V Good

1985

 

 

ISBN: 0895292866

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILLIAMS.

SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE.

Corgi

£3.00

 

Donna,

Vol 2: The life of an autistic woman. The sequel to the International bestseller 'Nobody Nowhere'.

In Nobody Nowhere, the remarkbale autobiography of an autistic girl, Donna Williams described her lie dominated by disembodied pattern, sound, colour and movement, cut off from the incomprehensible actions of people.

In Somebody Somewhere she explores the four years since the diagnosis she waited twenty-five years for, and her attempts to leave her 'world under glass' and live 'normally'.

Donna's decision to leave the comforting isolation of her world has brought agonies and rewards. She describes intensive sessions with the therapist, where she learns devastating truths behind her misconceptions of the real world.

She recounts her breakthroughs working with autistic children, and the pain and joy of recognising her own emotions for the first time.

Most poignantly, she learns that she can communicate with others in friendship and enjoy the pleasure of 'being with'.

Somebody Somewhere continues Donna's searing, revelatory account of her battle, demonstrating once more her unforgettable courage and determination.

Fair / Good

1995

 

 

ISBN: 0-552-14198-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOLFF.

HINDSIGHT.

Quartet

£5.00

 

Charlotte, M.D.

An Autobiography.

Dr Wolff writes frankly about her life and work, her feelings about Germany and about England, her home for over 30 years.

In the late 70’s, at the invitation of German feminists, she returned to Berlin to lecture and read from her work.

The experience was emotionally high charged, but it gave her a detached hindsight on the past and a new perspective on her life and work present and future.

Writer of ‘Love between women’ (1971) and ‘Bisexuality: A study’ (1977).

Fair / Good

1980

Hardback

1st Edition

ISBN: 0-7043-2253-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOOLSEY.

DEATHS Other KINGDOM.

Virago

£3.00

 

Gamel,

The poet and novelist who went to live in the Spanish province of Malaga, shortly before the civil war broke out.

Fair

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOOLSEY
& KING.

DEAR MOTHER.

Women's Press

£3.75

 

Marijke &
Susan Eds),

An Anthology of women writing to or about their Mothers.

Daughters reveal how they feel about their mothers in this warm and inspiring collection of journal extracts, essays and autobiographical writings.

Together, they demonstrate the enormous diversities and depths that make up a Mother-Daughter relationship. Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, Marilyn French, Mary Day, Catherine Cookson, Virginia Woolf, Stephanie Dowrick, Marge Piercy and more bring honest and heartfelt perspectives to bear on the strangth and significance of Mother-Daughter ties.

(Culture & Society / Short Stories - Various / Autobiography).

Good / V Good

1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

    VIRGINIA WOOLF:    
WOOLF:
CONGENIAL SPIRITS:
Hogarth
£7.95
The Letters of Virginia Woolf
Hardback
WOOLF:
A Change of Perspective.
Hogarth
£7.95
The Letters of Virginia Woolf - III
Hardback
WOOLF:
A Reflection of the other Person.
Hogarth
£7.95
The Letters of Virginia Woolf - IV.
Hardback
WOOLF:
The Sickle side of the moon.
Hogarth
£7.95
The Letters of Virginia Woolf - V
Hardback
WOOLF:
Leave the letters till we're dead.
Hogarth
£7.95
The Letters of Virginia Woolf - VI
Hardback
WOOLF.  
A WRITER'S DIARY.
Panther 
£3.95
Virginia,

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