Biography/Autobiography

Biography/Autobiography

Biography/Autobiography

Biography/Autobiography

Biography, Autobiographies of interesting people in the 20th century and beyond. Real lives are often stranger than fiction.

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OSCAR WILDE
FRANK HARRIS    Book Number: 56222
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Written in 1910 and privately published in New York in 1916, Harris's 'Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions' gained almost instant notoriety. Attacked by critics for its extravagant inventions, vi...
MADIBA: The Reader's Digest Tribute to Nelson Mandela
NELSON MADELA & JOHN CARLIN    Book Number: 80658
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In 2005, Reader's Digest spoke with Nelson Mandela and explored his hopes, concerns and faiths for the future of his beloved South Africa. In 1990 he walked out of prison, free after 27 years, to ...
ESSENTIAL CHAPLIN: Perspectives on the Life & Art
RICHARD SCHICKEL    Book Number: 85816
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"That indomitable spirit is an integral part of the make-up of the screen Charlie Chaplin" Churchill wrote. At age 28, Charlie Chaplin was a millionaire and one of the world's most famous personal...
MORE LIVES THAN ONE
FERGUS BYRNE    Book Number: 86019
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Sub-titled 'The Extraordinary Life of Felix Dennis', when he died in 2014, Dennis was a multi-millionaire. Canny, infuriating, cynical and generous by turns, a true maverick, Felix left Harrow Col...
ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION: On the Love of Cats and Persons
PETER TRACHTENBERG    Book Number: 86556
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When his favourite cat Biscuit goes missing, Peter Trachtenberg sets out on a journey to find her which takes him 700 miles and many years into his past. He delves into the history of his relation...
LET ME PLAY THE LION TOO: How to be an Actor
MICHAEL PENNINGTON    Book Number: 87715
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Recently a triumphant King Lear in New York, Michael Pennington has been a leading actor for 50 years in the RSC and English Shakespeare Company and played leading roles plus solo shows on Shakespe...
STUART: A Life Backwards
ALEXANDER MASTERS    Book Number: 88793
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Told backwards - Stuart's idea - it starts with a deeply troubled 32 year old stepping out in front of the 11.15 train from London to King's Lynn, and ends with a 'happy-go-lucky little boy' of 12....
FROM BROKEN GLASS:
STEVE ROSS    Book Number: 89365
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Steve Ross was born Szmulek Rozental near Lodz, Poland, in 1931. Aged just eight when the Nazis invaded his village, he spent the next six years in a day-to-day struggle to survive in the ten conce...
NOT THE WHOLE STORY: A Memoir
ANGELA HUTH    Book Number: 89371
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In 1943, at the age of five, Angela Huth decided that she wanted to be a writer. She and her mother Bridget had decamped to California just before the outbreak of war but her film director father H...
KNIFE'S EDGE: The Heart and Mind of a Cardiac Surgeon
PROFESSOR STEPHEN WESTABY    Book Number: 89417
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A dramatic head trauma sustained during university rugby was a horrific experience for Professor Stephen Westaby but he emerged from his recovery with the qualities of an exceptional heart surgeon:...
JE T'AIME: The Legendary Love Story
VERONIQUE MORTAIGNE    Book Number: 89028
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When the young Jane Birkin met film star Serge Gainsbourg in 1968, he had recently divorced from Brigitte Bardot and was contemptuous of the debutante who was presented to him as his co-star. Jane...
DEAR DUDLEY: Life and Laughter
BARBRA PASKIN    Book Number: 89392
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When Dudley Moore was ill with the neurological disease PSP, his friend and biographer Barbra Paskin asked hundreds of friends and admirers to contact him with a cheerful message. This memoir is he...
WHITE
BRET EASTON ELLIS    Book Number: 89611
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In the words of the Sunday Telegraph about this author 'A rebel whose work is controversial precisely because its sinister themes are so dextrously written.' One of the most gifted and serious nov...
WAGING HEAVY PEACE
NEIL YOUNG    Book Number: 89632
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Southern Man has a fantastic music and song writing career spanning 40 years and 34 studio albums of rock and roll, folk and country. From his early days with Buffalo Springfield and his solo care...
CALL THE VET
BRUCE FOGLE    Book Number: 89852
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Sub-titled 'My Life As A Young Vet In 1970s London' Bruce Fogle was the husband of respected actress Julia Foster and the father of author and broadcaster Ben. In-between, he became the world's be...
ON THE HIGH WIRE
PHILIPPE PETIT    Book Number: 89974
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Translated by Paul Auster, this poetic handbook was written when the hire wire artist was just 23 years old. Philippe Petit became world famous with his feats such as walking between the towers of...
BEING DAVID ARCHER
TIMOTHY BENTINCK    Book Number: 89786
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A self-deprecating dual biography of character and actor, juxtaposing the simple life of farmer David Archer with the rollercoaster ups and downs of being an actor. When Tim Bentinck landed the pa...
WINE GIRL: A Sommelier's Tale
VICTORIA JAMES    Book Number: 89822
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The groping patron she learned to handle, but behind the scenes, the world of high dining was a mess of fractious relationships and unacknowledged abuse. Aged 13, Victoria James started her first j...
WORLD I FELL OUT OF
Melanie Reid    Book Number: 89847
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From the award-winning writer of The Times Magazine Spinal Column, a deeply moving and darkly funny and inspirational memoir on how we survive, despite everything. On Good Friday 2010, Melanie Rei...
VETS MIGHT FLY
JAMES HERRIOT    Book Number: 90028
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A few months of married bliss, a lover's nest in Darrowby and the wonders of home cooking are rudely interrupted for James Herriot by the Second World War. RAF training proves tough for James, but...
JOY OF BIG KNICKERS:
KATE GARRAWAY    Book Number: 90114
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Why do we not talk about how important big knickers are? Will the menopause be a nightmare? How do we make love last? Kate Garraway, TV and radio presenter, turned 50 and questioned everything: 'F...
MR MOJO: A Biography of Jim Morrison
DYLAN JONES    Book Number: 90131
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Who was the real Jim Morrison? Found dead in his bathtub aged only 27, having achieved worldwide stardom as lead singer of The Doors, Morrison was quickly immortalised among the rock 'n' roll deit...
PICASSO'S BRAIN: The Basis of Creative Genius
CHRISTINE TEMPLE    Book Number: 90212
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Picasso believed that intelligence was relevant to the creative process, saying "one can see the intelligence in each of Manet's brushstrokes", and although there is no psychometric assessment of h...
MARGARET ATWOOD: Starting Out
ROSEMARY SULLIVAN    Book Number: 90036
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More than 30 years after the publication of 'The Handmaid's Tale', Margaret Atwood, International award winning and bestselling Canadian author, continues to be a household name and now the TV adap...
THERE'S SOMETHING I'VE BEEN DYING TO TELL YOU: 7 CDs
LYNDA BELLINGHAM    Book Number: 90276
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The much-loved actress, famous from the Ah! Bisto adverts was a tremendously gifted storyteller. She brings a rich collection of tales of love, loss and laughter, often laugh-out-loud funny as she...
RED DAUGHTER
JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ    Book Number: 90414
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Stalin's daughter was a difficult, complicated and deeply sympathetic woman. In one of the most momentous events of the Cold War, Svetlana Alliluyeve, the only daughter of Joseph Stalin, abandoned...
TREVOR MCDONALD: An Improbable Life
TREVOR MCDONALD    Book Number: 90432
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Sir Trevor McDonald, now in his eighties, has been a leading figure in British news reporting for 50 years. Starting his career in Trinidad on the island's radio station, he had parents who taught ...
ROY STRONG: Self-Portrait as a Young Man
ROY STRONG    Book Number: 90553
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'I first became national news in 1967 when, at the age of thirty-one, I was appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Thereafter there is a torrent of material; but what about the three ...
HER MAJESTY A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY 1926-TODAY
CHRISTOPHER WARWICK    Book Number: 88646
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Born in 1926, married in 1947, crowned as Queen in 1953, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has for over six decades steadfastly and loyally carried out her duty on behalf of her country. German art p...
CHURCHILL'S BESTIARY: His Life Through Animals
PIERS BRENDON    Book Number: 90802
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'From beak to tail feather and from flipper to fin, this is a book that will long be known, read and savoured.' - James W. Muller of the International Churchill Society. One of Winston Churchill's...
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