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
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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
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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 ...
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...
BLUE TOUCH PAPER: A Memoir
DAVID HARE    Book Number: 84199
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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...
SECOND SUNS: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest
DAVID OLIVER RELIN    Book Number: 84434
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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 ...
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 ...
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...
STEPHEN HAWKING: A Life in Science
MICHAEL WHITE & JOHN GRIBBIN    Book Number: 85406
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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...
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...
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
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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
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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...
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...
PEBBLED SHORE: The Memoirs of Elizabeth Longford
FOREWORD BY ANTONIA FRASER    Book Number: 86023
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The celebrated historical biographer Elizabeth Longford only began her writing career in her late 50s. These fascinating memoirs cover the first 60 years of Lady Longford's eventful life, ending i...
JEAN RENOIR: A Biography
PASCAL MÉRIGEAU    Book Number: 85962
Published price: £25
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Hailed by his friend and contemporary Orson Welles as "very probably the greatest of all directors", Jean Renoir was the son of the Impressionist painter and grew up in turn-of-the-century artistic...
NOTHING DAUNTED
DOROTHY WICKENDEN    Book Number: 85895
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Sub-titled 'The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls In The West', from the élite ethos of Smith College, to the raw frontier of northwestern Colorado, two friends dared to defy the convention...
THE OUTSIDER: My Life in Intrigue
FREDERICK FORSYTH    Book Number: 86219
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Trained first as a pilot, then as a journalist, Freddie Forsyth finally turned to fiction and has become one of the most lauded thriller writers of our time. Just as exciting as his fiction, his a...
TRANSFORMER: The Complete Lou Reed Story
VICTOR BOCKRIS    Book Number: 86277
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Entertainment weekly said, "Blending informed biographical narrative with abundant quotes and a dishy conversational style, Bockris captures the many moods - and mood swings - of a true rock and ro...
MR SMILEY MY LAST PILL AND TESTAMENT
HOWARD MARKS    Book Number: 86229
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Howard Marks is Britain's most famous drug smuggler having served seven years in a US penitentiary before becoming the bestselling author of Mr Nice. A former Oxford physics graduate, he was relea...
OUT OF AFRICA
KAREN BLIXEN    Book Number: 86254
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Karen Blixen was born in Denmark in 1885 and studied art before marrying her cousin, a baron, in 1914. Together they managed a coffee plantation in Kenya until they divorced in 1925. She continue...
VIVA LA REVOLUCION ERIC HOBSBAWM ON LATIN AMERICA
ERIC HOBSBAWM    Book Number: 86283
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With honorary degrees from universities in several countries, historian Eric Hobsbawm died in 2012 but when he was 85 years old, wrote that Latin America was the only region in the world outside Eu...
EMILY HOBHOUSE: Feminist, Pacifist, Traitor?
ELSABÉ BRITS    Book Number: 86658
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During the Anglo-Boer War, it is estimated that over 27,000 Boer women and children died. Although Emily Hobhouse has been little celebrated in her own country, she is still lauded in South Africa ...
MAKING A NOISE: Getting It Right, Getting It Wrong in Life,
JOHN TUSA    Book Number: 86664
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Always outspoken, John Tusa is a Renaissance man who has had a huge influence on broadcasting, the arts, politics and even academic life in Britain. Tusa was only a single generation away from pro...
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