Alan Sugar (from ‘Alan Sugar. What You See is What You Get. My Biography’)
He's outspoken, he's blunt, and he's not always popular – but he is always honest. And finally, he's ready to tell the full story of his life, revealing how the boy from a Clapton council estate became Lord Sugar of Clapton, a life peer, multi-
Steve Jobs (from ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson)
This book is about the roller-
Tony Blair (from ‘Tony Blair. A Journey’)
Tony Blair is the politician who defines our times. His emergence as Labour leader in 1994 marked a seismic shift in British politics. Within a few short years, he had transformed his party and rallied the country behind him, becoming prime minister in 1997 with the biggest victory in Labour's history, and bringing to an end eighteen years of Conservative government. He took Labour to a historic three terms in office, as the dominant political figure of the last two decades.
A JOURNEY is Tony Blair's first-
A JOURNEY is a book about the nature and uses of political power. In frank, unflinching, often wry detail, Tony Blair charts the ups and downs of his career to provide insight into the man, as well as the politician and statesman. He explores the challenges of leadership, and explains why he took on public opinion to stand up for what he believed in. He also looks forwards, to emerging power relationships and economies, and to Britain's changing role, addressing the vital issues and complexities of our global world. Few British prime ministers have shaped the nation's course as profoundly as Tony Blair, and his achievements and his legacy will be debated for years to come. Amid the millions of words written about him, this book is unique: his own journey, in his own words.
Nelson Mandela (from ‘Mandela, The Authorised Biography’ by Anthony Sampson)
Over a decade after his presidency of South Africa, Nelson Mandela remains an inspirational figure to millions of people – both in his homeland and far beyond her borders. He is, without doubt, one of the most important figures in global history. Mandela's opposition to apartheid and his 27-
Alistair Cooke (from ‘Alistair Cooke. The Biography’ by Nick Clarke)
We all recognise the unmistakable voice, but how much do we know about the writer of Letter from America? In a BBC career spanning 65 years, Alistair Cooke has given little more than tantalising glimpses of the man behind the microphone. Only in his late eighties did he break a steadfast rule, allowing a biographer close enough to tell the whole compelling story of his life and times.
As Nick Clarke has discovered in many hours of interviews, Alistair Cooke's life story is full of surprises. Born in the back streets of Salford, brought up in a Blackpool boarding house and christened plain Alfred, he swiftly broke free from his modest origins. He swept through Cambridge, changed his name and was soon on nodding terms with the Prince of Wales.
Before his thirtieth birthday he had been befriended by Charlie Chaplin and hired by the fledgling BBC as a film critic. He married into one of America's most famous families and set up home in New York, and that's just the start of the tale Nick Clarke — himself a noted broadcaster — has to tell. Drawing on a rich variety of private and public sources, Clarke shows how Cooke carved out for himself, with dogged determination, a unique position as a commentator on American life and politics for the BBC and — in parallel — the Manchester Guardian. And how, when many men might have moved sedately towards retirement, Cooke launched energetically into new careers, becoming a familiar television face in the US on Masterpiece Theatre and completing his epic BBC series and book, America. Cooke's story is not without its sadness, frustration and regrets, and Nick Clarke gives us the whole man -
Margaret Thatcher (from ‘Margaret Thatcher. The Downing Street Years’)
The Downing Street Years is, first and foremost, a brilliant first-