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1 Lowborn - Kerry Hudson
Auteur : Kerry Hudson
Genre : Biographies et mémoires
A powerful, personal agenda-changing exploration of poverty in today’s Britain.

‘One of the most important books of the year’ Guardian

'When every day of your life you have been told you have nothing of value to offer, that you are worth nothing to society, can you ever escape that sense of being ‘lowborn’ no matter how far you’ve come?’

Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. She scores eight out of ten on the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma.

Twenty years later, Kerry’s life is unrecognisable. She’s a prizewinning novelist who

2 The Lowborn - Tola Akinboro
Auteur : Tola Akinboro
Genre : Romans et littérature
Retired W02 Usman left for Lagos with heavy heart and high expectation. His retirement savings was not forthcoming, his only son was on a sickbed, and his ego was trashed by poverty. Anyway, he would have to set aside his ego and embrace the new lifestyle that Lagos has to offer.

Benson was a typical Nigerian youth with a huge ambition, a degree in mathematics, and an empty pocket. He faced the hard life of Lagos headfirst when all else failed.

After a jail term at the Los Angeles State Prison, Charles did not believe he found himself from where he started off in Lagos city. Now that USA was in the past, Charles would need to put away the shame of deportation and understand the survival strategy in this fast-paced city.

They never thought they would see the outside of the wall of the Agodi Prison, but the gods decided to grant them a new life. Koja, Moses

3 The Lady's Lowborn Lover (Kielan Series #2) - Brenna Lyons
Auteur : Brenna Lyons
Genre : Contemporain
Lady Riann Summer-Night's programs to help the lowborn find matches has brought Jaesin Park and his bond-brother Matty to a fine inn in Hanford.

Alia Autumn fears this meeting day will be her last; if she fails to find a mate or bond-sister in the morning, her high born family may decide she's unmatchable.

Being in a high-stress situation and close proximity are all these two need to find each other...or is it?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This is a re-release title.

4 A Low-Born Lass: a novel. - Mary Emma Martin
Auteur : Mary Emma Martin
Genre : Romans et littérature
The FICTION & PROSE LITERATURE collection includes books from the British Library digitised by Microsoft. The collection provides readers with a perspective of the world from some of the 18th and 19th century’s most talented writers. Written for a range of audiences, these works are a treasure for any curious reader looking to see the world through the eyes of ages past. Beyond the main body of works the collection also includes song-books, comedy, and works of satire.

Chelsea
Manning
5 Chelsea Manning 2020 Memoir - Chelsea Manning
Auteur : Chelsea Manning
Genre : Biographies et mémoires
An extraordinarily brave and moving memoir from one of the world's most famous whistle-blowers, activists and trans women.

In 2010 Chelsea Manning, working as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army in Iraq, disclosed 720,000 classified military documents that she had smuggled out via the memory card of her digital camera. In March 2011, the United States Army sentenced Manning to thirty-five years in military prison, charging her with twenty-two counts relating to the unauthorized possession and distribution of classified military documents. The day after her conviction, Manning declared her gender identity as a woman and began to transition. In 2017, President Barack Obama commuted her sentence and she was released from prison.

In her as yet untitled memoir, Manning recounts how her pleas for increased institutional transparency and government accountabili

6 Oh Happy Day - Carmen Callil
Auteur : Carmen Callil
Genre : Europe
Carmen Callil explores her roots in a book that is a miracle of research and whose writing is fuelled by righteous anger – a story of Empire, migration and the poverty and injustice of nineteenth-century England

In this remarkable book, Carmen Callil discovers the story of her British ancestors, beginning with her great-great-grandmother Sary Lacey, born illegitimate in 1808, an impoverished stocking frame worker in Leicestershire. Through detailed research, we follow Sary from slum to tenement and from pregnancy to pregnancy. We also meet George Conquest, a canal worker and the father of one of Sary’s children. George was sentenced – for stealing a piece of hemp – to seven years’ transportation to Australia, where he faced the extraordinary brutality of convict life. Meanwhile, Mary Ann Brooks and her father John, a silversmith, travel across the seas from Li
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8 Skint Estate - Cash Carraway
Auteur : Cash Carraway
Genre : Biographies et mémoires
‘Brilliant, horrifying and really f***ing funny’ KATHY BURKE

‘Give[s] powerful voice to the often silent story that explains so much of Britain’s current fracturing’ OBSERVER

I’m a scrounger, a liar, a hypocrite, a stain on society with no basic morals – or so they say. After all, what else do you call a working-class single mum in temporary accommodation?

Skint Estate is the darkly funny debut memoir from Cash Carraway, a scream against austerity that rises full of rage in a landscape of sink estates, police cells, refuges and peepshows.
A voice that must be heard.

‘Cash’s brutal honesty will leave you wanting to make a change, stand up and be heard. A must-read’ VICKY McCLURE

‘Extraordinary ... Bursts with energy, wit and anger’ KE

Engleby
9 Engleby - Sebastian Faulks
Auteur : Sebastian Faulks
Genre : Romans et littérature
‘His most brilliant novel yet’ Daily Telegraph

Mike Engleby has a secret...

This is the story of Mike Engleby, a working-class boy in the seventies who wins a place at an esteemed English university. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education.

Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power. When Jennifer, the fellow student he admires from a afar, disappears the reader has to ask: is Engleby capable of telling the whole truth?

‘Engleby himself is the most vivid personality Faulks has yet devised... engagingly lucid and disarmingly funny...’ Guardian

10 The Quarry - Ben Halls
Auteur : Ben Halls
Genre : Romans et littérature
'Ferociously alive, this is an immensely impressive first collection from a fresh literary voice' Jude Cook, Guardian

'Halls's stories show that even in zero-hour, austerity-battered Britain, the tenderness and warmth of human connection exists. The Quarry is, in the end, a testament to this messy truth - how love, hate, hope and fear have always lived on the same street' GLEN BROWN, author of Ironopolis

You can see it in them; all that anger inside, it's toxic. Throw some drink into it and everything bubbles over. People say that they never see it coming, the swing of the fist that kicks it all off, but I can tell.

In these interconnected short stories, we meet the men living on the Quarry Lane estate in west London. These are men at work, at the pub, at home, with their families, lovers a

Handstands
11 Handstands In The Dark - Janey Godley
Auteur : Janey Godley
Genre : Biographies et mémoires
Brought up amid near-Dickensian squalour in the tough East End of Glasgow and sexually abused by her uncle, Janey married into a Glasgow criminal family as a teenager, then found herself having to cope with the murder of her mother, violence, religious sectarianism, abject poverty and a frightening family of in-laws.

First-hand, Janey saw the gangland violence and met extraordinary characters within an enclosed and seldom-revealed Glasgow underworld - from the grim and far-from-Swinging 60s, to the discos of the 70s, to the tidal wave of heroin addiction which swept through and engulfed Glasgow's East End during the 1980s.

This evocative, intimate and moving portrayal of a woman forced to fight every day for her family's future will strike a chord with anyone who has ever struggled against adversity.

Radical
Romance
12 A Radical Romance - Alison Light
Auteur : Alison Light
Genre : Biographies et mémoires
'Remarkable, moving, illuminating. A memoir of cauterising honesty. This is a book that deserves to be widely read' Spectator

Alison Light met the radical social historian, Raphael Samuel, in London in 1986. Twenty years her senior, Raphael was a charismatic figure on the British Left, utterly driven by his work and by a commitment to collective politics. Within a year they were married. Within ten, Raphael would be dead.

Theirs was an attraction of opposites - he from a Jewish Communist family with its roots in Russia and Eastern Europe, she from the English working class. In this chronicle of a passionate marriage, Alison Light peels back the layers of their time together, its intimacies and its estrangements.

She tells of moving into Raphael's cluttered 18th-century house in Spitalfields and into his equally full, unconventional life; o

Blackest
Streets
13 The Blackest Streets - Sarah Wise
Auteur : Sarah Wise
Genre : Europe
'An excellent and intelligent investigation of the realities of urban living that respond to no design or directive... This is a book about the nature of London itself' Peter Ackroyd, The Times

A powerful exploration of the seedy side of Victorian London by one of our most promising young historians.

In 1887 government inspectors were sent to investigate the Old Nichol, a notorious slum on the boundary of Bethnal Green parish, where almost 6,000 inhabitants were crammed into thirty or so streets of rotting dwellings and where the mortality rate ran at nearly twice that of the rest of Bethnal Green. Among much else they discovered that the decaying 100-year-old houses were some of the most lucrative properties in the capital for their absent slumlords, who included peers of the realm, local politicians and churchmen.


Inventory
14 Inventory - Darran Anderson
Auteur : Darran Anderson
Genre : Biographies et mémoires
A smuggler and a deserter, Darran Anderson’s grandfathers skirted the Second World War on the fringes of legality. Darran’s father survived the height of the political violence in Northern Ireland and Darran came of age during the final years of the Troubles.

As a young man, Darran lost his way in the midst of hedonism, division and isolation. To find a way to exist in the world, he felt compelled to leave his hometown.

But the disappearance of another young man in his family brings him back to the city and its history. Darran walks the banks of the River Foyle, his father and uncle by his side, searching for what has been lost and what might now be said.

Inventory is sunlight, exposing and cleansing. It is a challenge to generations of silence. A portrait of a city, a biography of a family, a record of the objects that make up a life. Darran A

Motherwell
15 Motherwell - Deborah Orr
Auteur : Deborah Orr
Genre : Biographies et mémoires
THE NO.3 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'Raw, compelling, wise and tender' Dolly Alderton

'Motherwell is razor-sharp, fearless and wonderful' Adam Kay

'Utterly candid and staggeringly good, both as the history of a woman and the history of a place' India Knight

Just shy of 18, Deborah Orr left Motherwell - the town she both loved and hated - to go to university. It was a decision her mother railed against from the moment the idea was raised. Win had very little agency in the world, every choice was determined by the men in her life. And strangely, she wanted the same for her daughter. Attending university wasn't for the likes of the Orr family. Worse still, it would mean leaving Win behind - and Win wanted Deborah with her at all times, rather like she wanted her arm with her at all times. But while she managed to escape, Deborah's severing fro

16 Who Killed My Father - Édouard Louis & Lorin Stein
Auteur : Édouard Louis & Lorin Stein
Genre : Sciences sociales
Who Killed My Father is the story of a tough guy – the story of the little boy I never was. The story of my father.

‘What a beautiful book’ MAX PORTER

In Who Killed My Father, Édouard Louis explores key moments in his father’s life, and the tenderness and disconnects in their relationship.

Told with the fire of a writer determined on social justice, and with the compassion of a loving son, the book urgently and brilliantly engages with issues surrounding masculinity, class, homophobia, shame and social poverty.

It unflinchingly takes aim at systems that disadvantage those they seek to exclude – those who have their expectations, hopes and passions crushed by a society which gives them little thought.

Édouard Louis is the vanguard of France’s new generation of political writers
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