W&N Biography HB February £20.00 416pp 16pp illustrations 978 0 297 86725 8 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 86726 5
BARRY MILES William Burroughs: A Life
Authoritative biography of cult writer William Burroughs (1914-1997). Made a cult figure by the publication of Naked Lunch (1959), and rendered infamous for the accidental killing of his wife Joan Volmer, Burroughs was a ‘guru’ of the sixties youth movement. One of the most prolific and radical writers of the era, Burroughs was hailed a genius by Norman Mailer. No writer has taken such risks in their writing or spanned such a wide rage of media: novels, memoirs, poetry, art, photography, experimental tapes and movies – and more CD recordings than most rock groups. Based upon extensive research, this biography paints a new portrait of Burroughs, exploring his troubled family relationships, travels, drug use and mysterious reputation. Barry Miles met Burroughs in 1965, and became a close friend as well as working with him on a number of projects. His previous books include biographies of Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac and Paul McCartney’s official biography.
Location: London Available for Interview
Orion Autobiography MMP June £6.99 304pp 978 1 409 14809 8 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 409 14810 4
DOT MAY DUNN The Village
A young girl tries to make sense of World War Two. Living through 1939 as a young child was a bewildering experience. In a world where prisoners of war were kept close by, bombs threatened and food was rationed, the time for innocent play had ended. Following Dot through the war years in rural Derbyshire, The Village is a tender coming of age memoir - a child’s struggle to comprehend the world around her. Dot’s story is haunted by conflict but deeply woven with incredible warmth, nostalgia and spirit. ‘An eye-opener of a memoir’ – Daily Mail on Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram Dot May Dunn was born in Derbyshire, the daughter of a miner. She studied nursing at Leicester Royal Infirmary, eventually becoming a Research Fellow at St Bartholomew’s London and the London Hospital Medical College. Dot’s first book, Twelve Babies on a Bike, spent six weeks on the Sunday Times bestseller list, selling over 39,000 copies.
Location: Oxford Available for Interview
Non-Fiction/Biography/Aubiography • February / June 2014