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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
HEAT: Extreme Adventures at the Highest Temperatures
RANULPH FIENNES    Book Number: 86760
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"All my life I have read tales of desert exploration. Over forty years I have travelled in many hot places, whether fighting in an Arab army, searching for a lost desert city or merely seeing for m...
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...
THE RETURN: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between
HISHAM MATAR    Book Number: 86592
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Born in New York City to Libyan parents, Hisham Matar spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in London. His first novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Pr...
NOTABLE WOMAN: The Romantic Journals
JEAN LUCEY PRATT    Book Number: 86889
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Aged just 16 "and just realising life and beginning to think for myself", in April 1925, Jean Lucey Pratt began writing a journal and continued to write until a few days before her death in 1986. ...
WISH YOU WERE HERE
LYNN RUSSELL    Book Number: 87162
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Sub-titled 'The Lives, Loves and Friendships of the Butlin's Girls', here are the stories of seven girls who worked as Redcoats from the 1950s to the 1970s. From pranks and feuds to falling in lov...
KESU: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer
JENNIFER KRAMER, G. CRANMER    Book Number: 86971
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Kesu - meaning 'wealth being carved' - was the name given to Doug Cranmer, a whittler and doodler who embodied 'indigenous modern' art long before the term was coined. His art is energetic, colour...
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...
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 ...
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...
JOINING THE DOTS: A Woman In Her Time
JULIET GARDINER    Book Number: 87755
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Age 16 in 1960, Juliet Gardiner was writing 'amusing' anecdotes to the Letters Page of Woman's Realm and had run away from home. It was the start of a decade that was to be momentous in changing B...
MARILYN IN MANHATTAN: Her Year of Joy
ELIZABETH WINDER    Book Number: 87858
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In 1954, Marilyn Monroe left Hollywood behind and along with it a failed marriage and a frustrating career. She needed a break from the scrutiny and insanity of Los Angeles. She needed Manhattan....
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Glory Days - 50 Years of Dreaming
ENCORE BOOKS    Book Number: 87793
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'I want it all' is what Bruce Springsteen once said. Here is an artist whose musical output can switch, seemingly effortlessly, from the gung-ho R&B swing of classic rock albums like 'Born to Run'...
GEORGE MICHAEL: The Biography 1963-2016
ROB JOVANOVIC    Book Number: 87804
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'I've always been pretty self-analytical and my songs have always been like that. But then I am probably a lot of things I wouldn't have been had I not become famous.' - George Michael. From the f...
TINA TURNER: My Love Story
TINA TURNER & DEBORAH DAVIS    Book Number: 87825
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One of the very best musical shows ever in the West End of London is Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on which the superstar herself had great control and input. Her book is an explosive and inspirin...
BOOTLE BOY: An Untidy Life in News
LES HINTON    Book Number: 88088
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When 15-year-old Bootle-born Les Hinton blagged his way into a job on the Australian paper The News he had no idea it was about to be taken over by Rupert Murdoch in a scenario that was repeated ag...
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