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
Bibliophile price: £2.50
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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
Bibliophile price: £3.00
Product format: Hardback

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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
Published price: $29.95
Bibliophile price: £1.38
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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...
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 ...
DAVID HOCKNEY A BIGGER BOOK
DAVID HOCKNEY    Book Number: 81103
Bibliophile price: £2,250.00
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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...
IN MY OWN TIME
JANE MILLER    Book Number: 81838
Published price: £14.99
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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...
TIN PAN ALLEY: The Rise of Elton John
KEITH HAYWARD    Book Number: 83349
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With his very heavy spectacles and dodgy haircuts, but unique singer song writing talent, someone in Denmark Street Soho spotted the talent of Reg Dwight. Not just about the emergence of one of Br...
TELEGRAPH BOOK OF CHAMPIONS: An Anthology of the Greats
MARTIN SMITH    Book Number: 84105
Published price: £18.99
Bibliophile price: £5.00
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From the era-defining brilliance of Muhammad Ali to the tactical and man-management genius of Alex Ferguson and the single-mindedness of Ellen MacArthur and Ayrton Senna, gathered together here for...
BALANCHINE AND THE LOST MUSE
ELIZABETH KENDALL    Book Number: 83990
Published price: £19.99
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An Oxford University Press publication which offers some of the loveliest prose in recent dance writing. Kendall's portrait of Balanchine's first 20 years is now the standard reference for this pe...
BLUE TOUCH PAPER: A Memoir
DAVID HARE    Book Number: 84199
Published price: $27.95
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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...
MAN WITH HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS: James Sadler
RICHARD O. SMITH    Book Number: 84514
Published price: £14.99
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Suffering from acute acrophobia and also a bathmophobic - a fully functioning adult who is afraid of stairs - Richard O. Smith emanates from Oxford's Town not Gown and his admiration for an histori...
SECOND SUNS: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest
DAVID OLIVER RELIN    Book Number: 84434
Published price: $16.95
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When Harvard medical graduate Geoff Tabin joined Sanduk Ruit at the newly established Tilganga eye centre in Nepal, he was an ophthalmologist who could already work with precision using the latest ...
WHAT LANGUAGE DO I DREAM IN? A Memoir
ELENA LAPPIN    Book Number: 84440
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A multiple émigré, Elena's decision to write in English was the result of many wanderings. Russian, Czech, German, Hebrew and finally English, each language is a link to a different piece of her r...
MICHAEL JACKSON: Life, Death, Legacy DVD
FIREFLY ENTERTAINMENT    Book Number: 85132
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The King of Pop was due to play in London shortly before his untimely death in 2009. He is still much missed, but his music and legacy lives on. This special 75 minute colour DVD is a profile of ...
AN ORDINARY MAN
P. RUSESABAGINA & T. ZOELLNER    Book Number: 84918
Published price: $16
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A cautionary tale of survival, here is the remarkable life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda. As the country descended into chaos during the 1994 genocide, hotel manager Paul Rus...
VANITY FAIR DIARIES 1983-1992
TINA BROWN    Book Number: 85241
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Vanity Fair represented the last word in literary prestige, social glamour and visual ravishment. It was published by Condé Montrose Nast (1872-1942), the dashing Casanova and publishing entrepren...
RETURN: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between
HISHAN MATAR    Book Number: 84981
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'I am reluctant to give Libya any more than it has already taken.' 'In the 36 years since we left Libya, my family and I had built associations with several surrogate cities: Nairobi, where we wen...
HER MAJESTY: A ROYAL EDITION A
Christopher Warwick    Book Number: 73173
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Her Majesty the Queen, Royal Edition by Vivienne Westwood is limited to 500 copies with special cover and clamshell case designed by British fashion legend Vivienne Westwood. Comes with the number...
HER MAJESTY VIVIENNE WESTWOOD EDITION ROYAL DEPARTURE
CHRISTOPHER WARWICK    Book Number: 81198
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Her Majesty the Queen, Royal Edition by Vivienne Westwood limited to 500 copies with special cover and clamshell case is designed by British fashion legend Vivienne Westwood. A hand-crafted coutur...
PENGUIN BLOOM: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved A Family
CAMERON BLOOM    Book Number: 85389
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A lovely young Australian couple Cameron and Sam Bloom were holidaying with their three little boys in Thailand when Sam leant against a safety fence, riddled with dry rot. The barrier collapsed b...
STEPHEN HAWKING: A Life in Science
MICHAEL WHITE & JOHN GRIBBIN    Book Number: 85406
Published price: £10.99
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During his lifetime anything about Stephen Hawking was newsworthy and this would never have happened to any other scientist in the world. But Stephen Hawking was no ordinary scientist. His book A...
GANDHI: Radical Wisdom For A Changing World
ALAN JACOBS    Book Number: 85579
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The famous mind, body and spirit publisher Watkins presents one of their Masters of Wisdom selections of inspiring and memorable writings and teachings from celebrated sages of the modern ages. Th...
KEITH MOON STOLE MY LIPSTICK
Judith Wills    Book Number: 85741
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Sub-titled 'The Swinging '60s, The Glam '70s and Me', Judith Wills sang with Freddie Mercury, got high with Jim Morrison, had a strange encounter with David Bowie, babysat Kate Beckinsale, accompan...
BOHEMIAN LIVES: Three Extraordinary Women
AMY LICENCE    Book Number: 85871
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Bibliophile price: £3.50
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Ida Nettleship, Sophie Brzeska and Fernande Olivier were three early 20th century women who lived in the shadow of their artist partners, the painter Augustus John, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Pablo ...
A LIFE IN QUESTIONS
JEREMY PAXMAN    Book Number: 85647
Published price: £20
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Paxman "looks disdainful and contemptuous and furious with his guest because he by and large is." - Andrew Marr. The no-nonsense star of BBC Newsnight, Jeremy Paxman is an incisive political inter...
WAYS OF LIFE: On Places, Painters and Poets
ANDREW MOTION    Book Number: 85942
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Appointed Poet Laureate in 1999, here is a personal selection of Andrew Motion's best non-fiction writing from over 30 years. He has had a significant career as a prize-winning biographer and as a...
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...
WEAR & TEAR: The Threads of my Life
TRACY TYNAN    Book Number: 85836
Published price: $26
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A candid, entertaining memoir told through clothes. Tracy Peacock Tynan grew up in swinging London and New York in the 1950's and 60s, privy to her parents' glamorous parties and famous friends - ...
YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW: My Life
SOPHIA LOREN    Book Number: 85840
Published price: $17
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Mambo! In her first memoir, the Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren tells her incredible life story from the struggles of her childhood in war-torn Naples to her life as a screen legend, ic...
LUCA ANTARA
MARTIN EDMOND    Book Number: 86016
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By turns memoir, travelogue, history and detective story, the book parallels the life of the author, an emigré to Sydney and that of an historical figure, Antonio da Nova, the servant of a 17th cen...
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