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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GEORGE BERNARD SHAW - THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY
FRANK HARRIS    Book Number: 56217
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Written in 1930, Harris begins with Shaw’s family background and ends with a chapter on the future, this kaleidoscopic attempt to pin Shaw down succeeds mainly by indirection, in its casual insight...
THE SAVAGE PILGRIMAGE: A NARRATIVE OF D.H. LAWRENCE
CATHERINE CARSWELL    Book Number: 56218
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Catherine Carswell was one of the most loyal and dependable of D. H. Lawrence’s friends. When he died in 1930, with the controversy over 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' still raging, the abuse heaped on...
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...
SOME OF MY LIVES: A Scrapbook Memoir
ROSAMOND BERNIER    Book Number: 74573
Published price: $30
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Bernier's father chaired the directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and when she herself was a young harp student she met all the great musicians of her day, from Otto Klemperer, who threw food a...
MARTIN AMIS: The Biography
RICHARD BRADFORD    Book Number: 79206
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'Martin projects his perplexities and horrors onto the fictional canvas, but not to dispose of them. He feels he has a duty to his audience, to challenge, infuriate, entertain, but not to use his w...
ON WHEELS
MICHAEL HOLROYD    Book Number: 79543
Published price: $18
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An acclaimed biographer of George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey and other post-Victorian rebels, Michael Holroyd has now written an unforgettable book about his own relationship with the Motor Car....
GREAT FACE FOR RADIO: The Adventures of a Sports Commentator
JOHN ANDERSON    Book Number: 79663
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John Anderson got into commentating by the obvious route: he took a course in journalism at his local college. More surprising is that he was the only person to fail the course; everyone else passe...
REVOLUTION
DEB OLIN UNFERTH    Book Number: 80231
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Sub-titled 'The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the Sandinistas' this is a very funny, honest memoir of being young, semi-idealistic, stupid and in love. It is an utterly captivating memoir o...
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 ...
DARING MY PASSAGES: A Memoir
GAIL SHEEHY    Book Number: 80487
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Literary Manhattan and the world of New Journalism at the fledgling New York magazine is the setting for this memoir. Gail Sheehy was the author of Passages, a book that changed millions of lives ...
LOVE-CHARM OF BOMBS: Restless Lives In the Second World War
LARA FEIGEL    Book Number: 80489
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A powerful wartime chronicle told through the eyes of five prominent writers - Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, Rose Macaulay, Hilde Spiel and Henry Yorke (writing as Henry Green). Capturing the st...
INVISIBLE WOMAN: Taking On the Vintage Years
HELEN WALMSLEY-JOHNSON    Book Number: 81129
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There are two sides to the business of ageing - the psychological side and the physical side - and they craftily embrace during the fraught process of getting proper clothes on in the morning and p...
DAVID HOCKNEY A BIGGER BOOK
DAVID HOCKNEY    Book Number: 81103
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Taschen's brand new SUMO-sized David Hockney monograph is as spectacular in format as it is in scope. In it, the artist takes stock of more than 60 years of work, from his teenage days at the Brad...
DISTRICT NURSE: My Life as a Nurse in the 1950s
Patricia Jordan    Book Number: 81475
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Born in Belfast, Patricia Jordan leaves behind a close-knit but demanding Irish family and a failed romance to begin nursing training in London. From the tough world of nursing school she goes on ...
HISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS: 50 Timeless Crushes
KELLY MURPHY & HALLIE FRYD    Book Number: 81777
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Here is a completely new way of doing history: work your way through the movers and shakers by giving them a rating out of five for sexiness. Che Guevara is the irresistible intellectual on a motor...
IN MY OWN TIME
JANE MILLER    Book Number: 81838
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By the author of 'Thoughts on Being Old' and the acclaimed 'Crazy Age', Jane Miller first worked in publishing then as an English teacher in a London comprehensive and finally as a Professor at the...
WHEN LIONS ROAR: The Churchills and the Kennedys
THOMAS MAIER    Book Number: 81934
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Two of the most important families of the 20th century, the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys characterised their "special relationship" and also formed t...
LUCKY LUPIN
CHARLIE MORTIMER    Book Number: 82209
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Diagnosed as HIV positive in 1986, Charlie "Lupin" Mortimer was told he had only about two years to live. But while other early victims of AIDS died, Lupin obstinately kept alive, and with the new ...
ELVIS ALL SHOOK UP
ROY BLOUNT    Book Number: 82611
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From the Introduction, 'Elvis had a lot to do with creating a generation, but he wasn't part of it. He was a generation unto himself, not a beatnik, not a hippie. He was sort of the opposite of the...
AMERICANA: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story
RAY DAVIES    Book Number: 81226
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You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, All Day and All of the Night, Come Dancing and Lola, The Kinks were inducted into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame in 1990 and Ray Davies is still on tour. He has...
WEAR AND TEAR: The Threads of My Life
TRACY TYNAN    Book Number: 82354
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Tracy is the daughter of Kenneth Tynan, archetypal voice of the sixties, dandy, wit and the first person to use today's most common expletive on television, which created a sensation at the time. T...
ANCHORED IN LOVE: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash
JOHN CARTER CASH    Book Number: 82461
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June Carter was an American music legend, a 'Country Girl', part of the renowned Carter Family whose mix of folk and blue grass thrilled the country. Eventually, June married another music legend, ...
BEST OF BENN: Speeches, Diaries, Letters
EDITED BY RUTH WINSTONE    Book Number: 82467
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Radical statesman and MP for over 50 years, Tony Benn was the pre-eminent diarist of his generation. His political activity continued after 'retirement' through mass meetings, broadcasts and socia...
GROWING UP POOR IN LONDON
LOUIS HEREN    Book Number: 82489
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The pages are corrugated by the texture of life in urban villages, the smell and feel of 20s and 30s Shadwell like a November mist slinking up and away from the Thames. Here is a choice collection...
IF IT MOVES, SALUTE IT!
MICHAEL PERRIS    Book Number: 82493
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National Service finally came to an end in 1960, although it was 1963 before the last conscript left the army. This account of Navy life from the late 1950s gives a vivid personal impression of Nat...
JACK KEROUAC: A Biography
TOM CLARK    Book Number: 82495
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Celebrated by most people, especially exam-taking school children, as the author of 'On the Road', Jack was a writer and poet with a wonderful and unique writing style. This excellent and well-writ...
JACKIE SEWELL
KEITH DIXON    Book Number: 82496
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Known as the footballer who was 'worth his weight in gold', in 1951 Jackie Sewell was transferred from Nottingham to Sheffield for a world record fee of £34,500, a staggering amount in those days. ...
PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE:
CHARLES YEATS    Book Number: 82513
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The author was brought up in Basutoland at a time when it was part of Britain's Empire and he spent a term at Harrow School, which gives him a unique insight into what the current struggle for glob...
LITERARY CHURCHILL: Author, Reader, Actor
JONATHAN ROSE    Book Number: 82551
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In many ways the perfect subject, Winston Churchill won the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature and was a tremendously successful middlebrow author. Here Rose surveys all of his important writings and ...
BLUE TOUCH PAPER: A Memoir
DAVID HARE    Book Number: 82896
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Playwright David Hare wanted to reform society from the very beginning. Applying to Cambridge in the hope of being taught by the socialist thinker Raymond Williams, he found that Williams never tur...
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