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Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

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Some years ago, Sheila Weller wrote a memorable joint biography of Carole King, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell, entitled "Girls Like Us". The last...

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

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Thanks in large part to the generous interventions of Scott Griffin (with whom your correspondent went to school in his callow youth), poetry has,...

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums by Will Friedwald

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Will Friedwald has excelled himself. In the wake of his monumental "A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers", a further classic bursts...

Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond by William...

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In 1849, through a formal Act of Submission, the terrified 10-year-old leader of the Sikh kingdom of Punjab ceded vast tracts of valuable land...

How to Catch an Elephant by Amy Schwartz

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When it comes to children's literature, this delightful book, published in 1999, remains one of the great unsung. Even its publisher has disappeared. But...

On the Fringe: A Life in Decorating by Imogen Taylor

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Sybil Colefax and John Fowler are hardly household names, but in the world of design (and their distinctive use of English chintz), the firm...

Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor by Simon Fenwick

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As the first archivist to peruse and collate "Paddy" Leigh Fermor's papers (19 cartons strong), Simon Fenwick unearthed a tantalising glimpse of his enigmatic...

The Twelve Days of Christmas [correspondence] by John Julius Norwich

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This delightful stocking-stuffer, of immense humour and charm, was originally published in 1998, and remains a Christmasy classic. Being "thank you" notes on the...