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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MAKING OF MARKOVA: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerina
TINA SUTTON    Book Number: 86972
Published price: £25
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It is pre-World War I England and a shy, delicate Jewish girl with flat feet, knock-knees, and weak legs is destined to become the youngest-ever soloist at Sergei Diaghilev's famed Ballets Russes a...
MARILYN MONROE: The Private Life of a Public Icon
CHARLES CASILLO    Book Number: 86973
Published price: £21.99
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Neglected and abused as a child, the troubled Norma Jeane Baker was an unlikely candidate to become Marilyn Monroe, one of the great icons of the 20th century. Her death by overdose in 1962 did no...
NEIL ARMSTRONG: A Life of Flight
JAY BARBREE    Book Number: 86976
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When Yuri Gagarin made the first human space flight in 1961, the US programme was rubbished in the press for failing to beat the Russians. Some Americans wanted to quit gracefully, but John F. Kenn...
PLAY ON: Now, Then, And Fleetwood Mac
MICK FLEETWOOD & A. BOZZA    Book Number: 86979
Published price: £20
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Mick Fleetwood: the mesmeric eyes, wild hair and serpentine legs that defined an era are immortalised in this frank, funny and seriously outrageous life in rock'n'roll. "Play On", the title of th...
RADICAL GENERAL: Sir Ronald Adam
ROGER BROAD    Book Number: 86982
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The historian Sir Michael Howard said General Sir Ronald Adam (1885-1982) was "...an extraordinarily enlightened adjutant-general", whereas his military contemporary General Sir Bernard Paget said ...
VANESSA: The Life of Vanessa Redgrave
DAN CALLAHAN    Book Number: 86987
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The Redgrave family is often referred to as an acting dynasty, and Vanessa is the tallest, grandest tree in that particular forest. Exceptionally gifted as an actor, she is led by instinct which h...
PIGEON TUNNEL: Stories from My Life
JOHN LE CARRÉ    Book Number: 86995
Published price: $28
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"These are true stories told from memory...To the creative writer, fact is raw material." From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War to his career as a writer that took him...
QUEEN OF THE WORLD
ROBERT HARDMAN    Book Number: 86996
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Having presented a birthday gift to Her Majesty the Queen for her 90th birthday, our Annie is enthralled by the charm and diplomacy of our British monarch. In 1994 alone Her Majesty had hosted the...
TELLING TALES: The Fabulous Lives of Anita Leslie
PENNY PERRICK    Book Number: 87001
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The story of a flamboyant woman in her upper class circle and her "startling achievements" during the war. Best known for her popular biographies of her relatives including Winston Churchill's mot...
A FORTUNATE MAN: The Story of a Country Doctor
JOHN BERGER    Book Number: 87252
Published price: £9.99
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In 1966, John Berger spent three months in the Forest of Dean shadowing an English country GP named John Sassall. He is a fortunate man - his work occupies and fulfils him, he lives amongst the pa...
H IS FOR HAWK
HELEN MACDONALD    Book Number: 86900
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Multi award winning and hugely enjoyable this 'beautiful and nearly feral' book is a literary naturalist's reaction to grief. When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she wa...
SIX: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters
LAURA THOMPSON    Book Number: 86913
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'Take six girls, all of them rampant individualists, and let them loose upon one of the most politically explosive periods in history.' The girls, born between 1904 and 1920, were born into one of ...
BACKSTAIRS BILLY: The Life of William Tallon
Tom Quinn    Book Number: 85700
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When he was around eight years old, Billy began collecting news and pictures of the Royal Family, and soon it was to become an obsession as he would even remove old magazines from dustbins in case ...
HOW TO BE COOL
THOMAS W. HODGKINSON    Book Number: 87341
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'150 Essential Idols, Ideals And Other Cool S***' is the sub-title of this multi biography of public figures from William Blake (1757-1827) and Coco Chanel (1883-1971), Charlie Parker (1920-55), Ni...
HOW TO SOUND CULTURED
THOMAS W. HODGKINSON    Book Number: 87342
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Master 250 names that intellectuals drop over conversation and never be caught out with how to pronounce Borgesian or mistake your Rimbaud for Rambo. Become an overnight king of high culture enjoy...
KEEP FIGHTING: The Billy Bremner Story
PAUL HARRISON    Book Number: 87345
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"I have always been in awe of Billy Bremner, the player. His passion and commitment to Leeds United and football will never be surpassed. In a game, he was tireless and hard - very hard." - Johann ...
I AM DYNAMITE! A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche
SUE PRIDEAUX    Book Number: 87466
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The multi award-winning biography has been described as "A revelation". Friedrich Nietzsche's work rocked the foundations of Western thinking, yet he is one of history's most misunderstood philoso...
MY FATHER'S WAKE
KEVIN TOOLIS    Book Number: 87471
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Sub-titled 'How the Irish Teach Us To Live, Love and Die' this profound book is on the culture of grief and death, serving as both a memoir and anthropology and a refreshing counterpoint to the ind...
LUCIE AUBRAC
SIAN REES    Book Number: 87409
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Sub-titled 'The French Resistance Heroine Who Defied the Gestapo'. In 1943 during the Nazi occupation of France, a young woman called Lucie Aubrac engineered the audacious escape of her husband fr...
ROGER DALTRY: THANKS A LOT MR KIBBLEWHITE: My Story
ROGER DALTREY    Book Number: 87423
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My Generation! Roger Daltrey was THE voice, the front man of The Who and this is his story of My Generation, Tommy and Quadrophenia, of smashed guitars, exploding drums, cars in swimming pools, fi...
TESLA: The Wizard of Electricity
DAVID J. KENT    Book Number: 86609
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Visionary, inventor, genius and rebel, who was Nikola Tesla? Popular science writer David Kent reveals the life, drama and mystery surrounding this romantic figure. Tesla (1856-1943) created nume...
MADAME CLAUDE: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege
WILLIAM STADIEM    Book Number: 87581
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Madame Claude ran the most exclusive sex service in Paris, far removed from the traditional image of prostitution. Madame Claude's girls were physically perfect and mentally equally well-endowed, s...
ON A FARTHER SHORE: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
WILLIAM SOUDER    Book Number: 87587
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Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring, published in 1962, was a major milestone in the environmental movement. A marine biologist by training, Carson had won acclaim with her earlier books The Sea Aro...
REAL WALLIS SIMPSON: A New History of the American Divorcée
ANNA PASTERNAK    Book Number: 87592
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Unlike many Wallis-watchers, Anna Pasternak really likes her subject. When Wallis Simpson first met "David", the future short-lived King Edward VIII, she told her ever-watchful aunt Bessie "I know...
SOPHIA LOREN: Movie Star Italian Style
CINDY DE LA HOZ    Book Number: 87493
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Turning heads in enduring classics like Houseboat, The Millionairess, Arabesque, Marriage Italian Style, Two Women, and Heller In Pink Tights, the international movie star Sophia Loren grew up in a...
LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS
DAVID SEDARIS    Book Number: 85963
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After having lived in Paris for 13 years and now in London, American humourist Sedaris "Renders the pathos, chaos, and impossible variety of daily encounters...brutally honest, hilarious and affect...
ONLY GIRL
ROBIN GREEN    Book Number: 87685
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Voted Observer Book of the Year, this raucous and vividly dishy memoir is written by the only woman on the masthead of Rolling Stone Magazine in the 60s, a female Almost Famous, during the sex and ...
BY THE OLIVE GROVES: A Calabrian Childhood
GRAZIA IETTO GILLIES    Book Number: 87699
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From the goat bells of Calabria to the traffic of South London, childhood to adulthood, we are taken on an enchanting journey involving memory and Grazia's mamma's cooking. The passage of time and...
ELISABETH'S LISTS: A Family Story
LULAH ELLENDER    Book Number: 87708
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The story of the grandmother the author never knew was passed down through sepia photos, scrawled letters and dramatic anecdotes. And now a book of lists. Intriguing, they were written between 19...
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...
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