Tommy Caldwell’s account is enough to give  vertigo

Mountain climber Tommy Caldwell has taken part in physical sport since infancy. He was able to turn it into a career by securing corporate sponsorship and continuously analysing his own capacity for endurance. One false move or miscalculation and 'my body would be bouncing down the wall until it exploded on the boulders far below' he said in discussing the key elements of focus and intensity.

Muriel Matters chained herself to the grille in the House of Commons to convince the PM women belonged inside. 'We must do something vulgar to attract your vulgar attention!' she said.

The sayings of Princess Diana are collated in new book, 'I'm Going To Be Me: The People's Princess Revealed In Her Own Words'. Each sentence in the book reveals her shaky hold on life.

Eddie Izzard's mother died when he was just six. Whenever he mentions her in his new memoir Believe Me, his memory suddenly sharpens and sadness sweeps in.

Lizzy Barber, 30, won the 2017 Daily Mail First Crime Novel competition for her thriller entitled My Name Is Alice. She was awarded a £20,000 advance from Penguin Random House.

What are you doing up one’s favourite tree?:

James Aldred's (pictured right) tree-climbing skills are widely sought after within wildlife TV. In his first literary venture entitled The Man Who Climbs Trees he shares his experience of working on the BBC series Life of Mammals alongside Sir David Attenborough. Although he has faced angry gorillas, killer bees and flesh-eating maggots nothing remains scarier than when he was caught in the Palace gardens by the Queen (pictured left). He was rigging cameras for a TV documentary, but nobody had told the monarch.

Bill Oddie's wife Laura describes his north London garden as being 'ludicrous'. In the 'Spooky Corner', a white porcelain hand looks like it's reaching up from beneath the earth.

Evelyn Shillington's diaries tell of how she heard guns echoing across the Channel from France during Dunkirk. She also explains how the war affected her marriage in the memoirs.

John Welshman reveals Titanic survivors' shocking stories in a 'moving account' of the ship's infamous doomed maiden sea voyage, including a man who wanted to use the ice to chill his whisky.

Marcus Berkmann has been a Matthew Engel fan since the 1980s and, like the writer's books on Englishness, this book also addresses the intricacies of language and took years to write.

Novelist Terry Newman discusses the iconic style of 30 writers and their impact on global fashion. Diary extracts from legends such as Virginia Woolf feature, in addition to historic photos.

The festival, which takes place at venues across Henley-on-Thames from October 2-8, features more than 160 talks, workshops and performances for both adults and children.

Judy Murray describes how Andy paid trip to McDonald's after 2016 Wimbledon victory. The famous mother reveals all in a new biography entitled Knowing The Score.

Son of a slave who became a superstar

Paul Robeson (pictured with his wife in 1935, and right in 1949) was once a box office draw in the Twenties and Thirties, appearing in films such as the King Solomon's Mines. His rendition of Ol' Man River, from Hammerstein and Kern's musical Show Boat, made him world famous. But even when famous he'd be baited by whites who'd say: 'Your daddy was probably one of my daddy's slaves. You probably belong to me.' His father, William Drew Robeson, was a slave and 'kept in bondage on the tobacco farm' in North Carolina.

Emma Kay has created a 'feast of nostalgia' on kitchenware through the ages in her beautifully illustrated short book, in which she reveals forgotten labour-saving devices.

Will Storr interviews a young offender, suicide survivor and an anorexic girl whilst considering historic values of 'Self' to uncover how self-seeking even the most unexpected of us truly are.

Cuttlefish are proving useful for those wanting to create more effective camouflage gear. Leading fashionistas are also showing interest in fabrics that alter their designs as the model moves.

Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Travels With A Donkey In The Cevennes', Hugh Thomson and his friend traversed a Coast to Coast trail with a rescued mule in search of a pint.

Admission free... When you next read those words at the entrance to one of our national museums, thank Hans Sloane (1660-1753), whose collection formed the core of the British Museum.

Phyllida Law reveals her early stage star antics

Phyllida Law shares her notebook-style memoir of the early years in her career. Featuring the intricate details of living on £30 when she married Tom and her eventful youth from set designer to actress. Her sharp little jottings and spot-on observations are a distillation of all that is inimitable and comical about her personality.

Raw fear. Ruth Fitzmaurice feels it each time she prepares to dive into the Irish Sea from the stone steps of her hometown of Greystones in County Wicklow.

Sweetpea (Jane) Slight's memoir explores her famed boss, Thelma Holt, as well as her own life in this behind-the-scenes account of the vodka and cigarette-fuelled life with the London luvvies.

This book takes surgeon Henry Marsh into his own ageing, with a degree of disillusion and anxiety about the state of hospital organisation, and his decision to retire.

The title of Julie Welch's engagingly vintage book sums up precisely my response to the tales inside. Reading it was to be transported back to my days at boarding school.

The plan is: they'll keep a pair of male pigs, of the Gascon Noir variety, which they'll feed and nurture and give a good year of happy life to, before killing them and filling the freezer.

This book tells the final chapter of Operation Relentless, a huge international collaboration to catch one of the world's most wanted men, also known as the Merchant of Death.