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
Bibliophile price: £4.00
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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...
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...
LIFE OF GRAHAM
BOB MCCABE    Book Number: 75743
Published price: £7.99
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The authorised biography of the Monty Python Graham Chapman who was the quiet, pipe-smoking, tweed-jacketed one who had actually qualified as a doctor. His calm demeanour belied his true anarchic ...
SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS: People and Places
ASA BRIGGS    Book Number: 76485
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One of our most respected British historians describes how he got his unusual name, a question often put to him, and considers whether having been born in Bradford, an industrial town surrounded by...
BRIEF LIVES: Sigmund Freud
DAVID CARTER    Book Number: 76504
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Freud claimed that his ancestors fled persecution by moving eastward in the 14th and 15th centuries and in the course of the 19th century moved further from Lithuania to Galicia. There the family ...
JUST THE JOB, LAD: More Tales of a Yorkshire Bobby
MIKE PANNETT    Book Number: 76980
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Here is another in the popular series based on the real-life experiences of a policeman who returns to his North Yorkshire roots and finds that working a rural beat throws up even more challenges t...
KING: William Lyon Mackenzie King:
Allan Levine    Book Number: 77291
Published price: £30
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Described by the conclusion of this massively detailed book as 'Canada's Greatest Prime Minister', and in the Winnipeg Free Press as a 'character of baffling complexity', Mackenzie King actually he...
BRANDED GENTRY
CHARLES VALLANCE & D. HOPPER    Book Number: 77574
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Every era, every society has its gentry and ruling élite. Wealth, authority and power are seldom static for long. Dynasties come and go, political systems rise and fall, money changes hands in ne...
REAL ELIZABETH: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
ANDREW MARR    Book Number: 77448
Published price: $32
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Published 2012 in the USA to coincide with the 60th year of her reign, the book was originally published as "Diamond Queen, Elizabeth II and Her People" in GB in 2011. Our Queen Elizabeth is one o...
THE SHARPER YOUR KNIFE, THE LESS YOU CRY
KATHLEEN FLINN    Book Number: 78324
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Sub-titled 'Love, Laughter and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School' here is a vibrant portrait of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. 'I flip open my binder, reading the rules, the chef bios, the...
SOME OF MY LIVES: A Scrapbook Memoir
ROSAMOND BERNIER    Book Number: 74573
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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...
UNTOUCHABLE
RANDALL SULLIVAN    Book Number: 77566
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Sub-titled 'The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson', at a staggering 776 pages here is the definitive life of the most enigmatic superstar of modern times. Michael Jackson was the mo...
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...
THE WIVES
ALEXANDRA POPOFF    Book Number: 79216
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Sub-titled 'The Women Behind Russia's Literary Giants' here are the muses and editors, saviours and publishers. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway used their wives for inspiration, yet their...
STAY THE DISTANCE
PETER JACOBS    Book Number: 79480
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Sub-titled 'The Life and Times of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Michael Beetham' here is the eagerly awaited authorised biography of the last Chief of the Air Staff to have flown in the face o...
ON WHEELS
MICHAEL HOLROYD    Book Number: 79543
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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...
PLEASE NURSE!
JOAN LOCK    Book Number: 79987
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First published as 'Reluctant Nightingale' in 1970, repackaged for the modern reader is this life of a student nurse in the 1950s. When Joan Lock began her formal training as a nurse, she was unpr...
WONDER OF BRIAN COX
BEN FALK    Book Number: 79742
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Professor Brian Cox is probably the best known physicist and former pop star in the world today. Here we have the unauthorised biography of the man who has brought science to the nation presenting...
SHOW ME A HERO: The Sin of Richard Byrd Jnr
JEREMY SCOTT    Book Number: 80412
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Richard Byrd retired from the active duty list in his late twenties due to a severe ankle injury, knowing that he would not pass physically his annual medicals in the US Navy. Just a few years befo...
GELLHORN: A Twentieth Century Life
CAROLINE MOOREHEAD    Book Number: 80214
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From her birth in St Louis in 1908 to her death in London in 1998, the tall, glamorous blonde passed through Africa, Cuba, Panama and most of the great cities of Europe. Martha Gellhorn's heroic c...
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...
UNIVERSAL TONE: Bringing My Story to Light
CARLOS SANTANA    Book Number: 80471
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The intimate and long-awaited autobiography of a guitar legend. In 1967 in San Francisco, just a few weeks after the Summer of Love, a young Mexican guitarist played a blistering solo that announc...
UNFAITHFUL MUSIC AND DISAPPEARING INK
ELVIS COSTELLO    Book Number: 80353
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The son of a jazz trumpeter, Elvis Costello was never in any real doubt that his career would be that of a singer-songwriter and by the end of the 1970s he had achieved major hits with albums such ...
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 ...
LITTLEJOHN'S LOST WORLD
RICHARD LITTLEJOHN    Book Number: 80402
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Broadcaster and writer Richard Littlejohn poses the rather poignant question that we may all have pondered at some time or another; 'What became of the people we used to be?' Born in Ilford, Essex,...
GRAIL QUEST IN THE VALES OF AVALON
CHRIS TRWOGA    Book Number: 81028
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The Holy Grail is lost. It never existed. It is the stuff only of legend. Lost only through lack of faith, a legend that permeates people's deepest felt needs and its physical existence is irreleva...
CONSTANCE STREET
CHARLIE CONNELLY    Book Number: 80980
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The true story of one family and one street in Silvertown, in the East End of London, a stone's throw from Bibliophile's HQ. Through the Great War, the Roaring Twenties, the Depression and the out...
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