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Orion Humour / Memoirs MMP October £18.99 288pp 978 1 4091 5467 9 eBook: £18.99 / 978 1 4091 5468 6

SIMON DAWSON The Sty’s the Limit When Middle Age Gets Mucky

The true and funny story of one man’s age-related angsts among the animals on a Devonshire smallholding. Years ago Simon Dawson gave up his city job, moved to Exmoor and became an accidental self-sufficient smallholder surrounded by animals. Now life is changing all over again: horror of horrors, he’s getting older. Enlisting a cast of best friends – including Ziggy, a panicked soon-to-be father, Garth, an annoying teenager, and The General, the resident alpha pig – a plan is hatched to help each other mature (or immature). So join Simon and co in this uplifting laugh-out-loud antidote to middle age in the mud; a place where you truly realise the sty’s the limit! Simon Dawson gave up his London job, moved to Exmoor and runs courses on smallholding, butchery and food processing. He is in demand as a journalist and broadcaster, as well as being a foster dad to various animals.

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Location: Exmoor Available for interview @simondawson1

Orion Biography: Arts & Entertainment HB October £20.00 320pp 16pp full colour illustrations 978 1 4091 1668 4 eBook: £20.00 / 978 1 4091 1842 8

MICK WALL Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly

A no-holds-barred biography of one of the last classic rock bands, the Foo Fighters. Long before Kurt Cobain blew his brains out in 1994, Dave Grohl was planning for a life after Nirvana. Did Grohl merely take the sonic blueprint of Nirvana and embellish it with a more life-affirming pop sheen? Of course he did. Every band in America that sold over a million records in the post-grunge 90s did the same. The difference was that Grohl had real credibility. With exclusive testimony from true insiders, this book is an exploration of the real story behind Grohl and the Foo Fighters. It is the only serious literary biography of the group and its leader, one of the most famous and critically bulletproof rock figures of the 21st century. Mick Wall was the founding editor of Classic Rock magazine. He is the author of numerous biographies including Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Don Arden and John Peel.

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Location: Oxfordshire Available for interview www.mickwall.com/blog @WallMick

Orion Non-fiction • October 2015