Non-Fiction Bestsellers – Memoirs / Real Life Stories



Three of our bestselling memoirs in paperback – these incredible stories are drawn from real life.

  • On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming
  • The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • Educated by Tara Westover

This book bundle comes beautifully wrapped at no additional charge. Unless you specify otherwise on purchase, all three books will be wrapped as one package in Christmas-themed paper.


On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming

Autumn 1929 – a young girl is kidnapped from a beach. Five agonising days go by before she is discovered safe and well in a nearby village.

The child remembers nothing of these events and at home, nobody ever speaks of them again. Decades later, Laura Cumming delves into the mystery surrounding her mother’s disappearance. Examining everything from old family photos to letters, tickets and recipes, she uncovers a series of secrets and lies perpetuated not just by her family but by the whole community and in doing so unlocks a mystery almost a century old.

A moving, many-sided human story of great depth and tenderness, and a revelation of how art enriches life.’ Sunday Times. Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize. Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

Yet through every step, every encounter and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey. The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

‘A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance.’ Guardian. ‘Raynor writes exquisitely…It’s a tale of triumph: of hope over despair; of love over everything.’ The Sunday Times.

Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist.

She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent.

At sixteen, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it.

‘Westover examines her childhood with unsparing clarity, and, more startlingly, with curiosity and love, even for those who have seriously failed or wronged her.’ The New Yorker

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