Biography/Autobiography

Biography, Autobiographies of interesting people in the 20th century and beyond. Real lives are often stranger than fiction.

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ON THE HIGH WIRE
Book number: 89974 Product format: Hardback Author: PHILIPPE PETIT
Published price: £9.99
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Translated by Paul Auster, this poetic handbook was written when the hire wire artist was just 23 years old. Philippe Petit became world famous with his feats such as walking between the towers of...
RED DAUGHTER
Book number: 90414 Product format: Paperback Author: JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ
Published price: £8.99
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Stalin's daughter was a difficult, complicated and deeply sympathetic woman. In one of the most momentous events of the Cold War, Svetlana Alliluyeve, the only daughter of Joseph Stalin, abandoned...
CHURCHILL'S BESTIARY: His Life Through Animals
Book number: 90802 Product format: Hardback Author: PIERS BRENDON
Published price: £20
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'From beak to tail feather and from flipper to fin, this is a book that will long be known, read and savoured.' - James W. Muller of the International Churchill Society. One of Winston Churchill's...
LAKELAND BOYHOOD
Book number: 90762 Product format: Paperback Author: DAVID CLARK
Published price: £12
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Lord Clark of Windermere has always believed the Lake District a special place. His memoirs of the 1940s and 50s give a unique insight into a thriving rural community of working people which is no...
BABY SNATCHERS
Book number: 90831 Product format: Paperback Author: MARY CREIGHTON
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'You're all fallen women. You've sowed the seed of Satan. You are nothing.' When Mary Creighton found herself pregnant at just 15 out of wedlock in 1960s Ireland, she dreamed of a happy life with ...
ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG NATURALIST
Book number: 90904 Product format: Paperback Author: DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
Published price: £12.99
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Welcome paperback reprint of a book first published in 1980 under the title 'The Zoo Quest Expedition: Travels in Guyana, Indonesia and Paraguay.' In 1954 a young David Attenborough had the opport...
JOURNEYS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD
Book number: 90905 Product format: Paperback Author: DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
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A companion to 90904 Adventures of A Young Naturalist, the book was first published in 1981 under the title 'Journeys to the Past: Travels in New Guinea, Madagascar, and the Northern Territory of A...
EDWARD WESTON: Portrait of the Young Man As An Artist
Book number: 90770 Product format: Hardback Author: GRAHAM HOWE & B. GATES WARREN
Published price: £40
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During his 50-year career, Edward Weston (1886-1958) blazed a trail in Photo-Modernism capturing portraits, landscapes, still life and nudes. This has established him as one of the most revered pr...
FAY WRAY AND ROBERT RISKIN: A Hollywood Memoir
Book number: 90771 Product format: Hardback Author: VICTORIA RISKIN
Published price: £22.50
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Fay Wray was most famous as the blonde in a diaphanous gown who captured the heart of the mighty King Kong, the 25 foot 60 tonne gorilla as he placed her, nestled in his 8 foot hand, on the ledge o...
INDIAN SUN: The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar
Book number: 90865 Product format: Hardback Author: OLIVER CRASKE
Published price: £20
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Ravi Shankar became a household name when the Beatles started promoting his music in 1968, but he was already a prominent figure in the American West Coast scene, with David Crosby of The Byrds pro...
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH
Book number: 90913 Product format: Paperback Author: MITCH ALBOM
Published price: £8.99
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A tender, transporting and deeply moving story of a young man asked to give the eulogy of his childhood rabbi, intersected with sermons and fables and meetings with his pastor. We see that both th...
ALI: A Life
Book number: 90990 Product format: Paperback Author: JONATHAN EIG
Published price: £12.99
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Winner of the Sports Book of the Year 2018 this is the most definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best and wit...
GANDHI, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY:
Book number: 91012 Product format: Paperback Author: MOHANDAS K. GANDHI
Published price: $18
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Known as Mahatma Gandhi, this popular and influential book covers the period from his birth in 1869 to the year 1921, describing his childhood, schooldays, early marriage, journeys abroad, legal st...
HOUSE OF GLASS
Book number: 91091 Product format: Hardback Author: HADLEY FREEMAN
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A moving memoir following the Glass siblings throughout the course of the 20th century exploring assimilation, identity and home, the book is the story and secrets of a 20th century Jewish family. ...
WILD THING
Book number: 91132 Product format: Paperback Author: PHILIP NORMAN
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Sub-titled 'The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix', this first-rate analysis is an engaging memorial to a rock revolutionary. 'Arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock m...
DAY LIKE TODAY: Memoirs
Book number: 91134 Product format: Paperback Author: JOHN HUMPHRYS
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The bombshell book that everyone was talking about by the radio genius and maestro of Mastermind, John Humphrys has been a journalist with the BBC for a record-breaking 50 years. He has reported f...
EVERYTHING THAT MAKES US HUMAN
Book number: 91195 Product format: Hardback Author: JAY JAYAMOHAN
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On a daily basis Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon Jay Jayamohan makes life-and-death decisions on the most vulnerable and fragile members of society - babies and children. Daily, parents and car...
INSOMNIA
Book number: 91311 Product format: Hardback Author: Marina Benjamin
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A sublime view of the treasures and torments to be found in wakefulness, this is an entertaining and existential nocturnal reverie in search of lost sleep. Rich in imagery, beautiful, jagged and p...
KANT'S LITTLE PRUSSIAN HEAD AND OTHER REASONS WHY I WRITE
Book number: 91281 Product format: Hardback Author: CLAIRE MESSUD
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In 29 intimate, brilliant and funny essays, Claire Messud reflects on a childhood move from her Connecticut home to Australia, the complex relationship between her modern Canadian mother and a fier...
GATSBY'S OXFORD
Book number: 91351 Product format: Hardback Author: CHRISTOPHER SNYDER
Published price: $28.95
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Sub-titled 'Scott, Zelda, and The Jazz Age Invasion of Britain: 1904-1929' this extraordinary history shows how the story of F. Scott Fitzgerald's creation of Jay Gatsby, war hero and Oxford man at...
THERE'S A MYSTERY THERE
Book number: 91401 Product format: Hardback Author: JONATHAN COTT
Published price: $30
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Sub-titled 'The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak', Jonathan Cott first interviewed the artist in 1976 for Rolling Stone following the publication of the trilogy that began with 'Where the Wild Thing...
LIFE IN COLD BLOOD: A Natural History
Book number: 91372 Product format: Hardback Author: DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
Published price: £25
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Amphibians and reptiles were the first vertebrates to venture forth from the seas some 300 million years ago. Exactly when and which kind of fish was the first to make the move is not known with an...
NINE CONTINENTS: A Memoir in and Out of China
Book number: 91381 Product format: Hardback Author: XIAOLU GUO
Published price: $26
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A fascinating portrait of China in the 1980s and 1990s, how the Cultural Revolution shaped families, and how the country's economic ambitions gave rise to great change. Xiaolu Guo is one of the mo...
LIFE IN NATURE
Book number: 91591 Product format: Hardback Author: SIR PETER SCOTT
Published price: £16.99
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Sir Peter Scott was the only son of legendary explorer Captain Scott. His godfather was J. M. Barrie and he was married to Elizabeth Jane Howard. He represented GB and Northern Ireland at sailing...
OH, WHAT A LOVELY CENTURY
Book number: 91593 Product format: Hardback Author: RODERIC FENWICK OWEN
Published price: £20
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Top ranking bestseller, Roderic Fenwick Owen (1921-2011) was at one time or another a travel writer, biographer, beachcomber, husband to a Polynesian princess, painter, court poet and a Royal Air F...
ENCOUNTERS WITH PEGGY GUGGENHEIM
Book number: 91603 Product format: Hardback Author: STEFAN MOSES
Published price: £22.50
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Sub-titled 'An Intimate Collection of Behind-The-Scenes Photos Featuring the Legendary Art Collector', the renowned photographer took these images between 1967 and 1974, and many have never been se...
UNDIVIDED: Coming Out, Becoming Whole
Book number: 91618 Product format: Paperback Author: VICKY BEECHING
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'It is a beautiful story of personal triumph over toxic nonsense of religious homophobia.' - Nicky Campbell. Vicky Beeching began writing songs for the church in her teens and by 30 she was a hous...
VOICES FROM THE BLUE: The Real Lives of Policewomen
Book number: 91821 Product format: Paperback Author: JENNIFER REES & R. STRANGE
Published price: £10.99
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Libby Purves in the TLS said, 'God, I love these women! Their breeziness, compassion, humour and resilience are a tonic.' In February 1919, London's first women police officers took to the streets...
THE GIRL: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch
Book number: 91663 Product format: Hardback Author: MICHELLE MORGAN
Published price: £19.99
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The film The Seven Year Itch precipitated Marilyn into her stratospheric status as a sex symbol, but according to this author, a lifelong Marilyn fan, it was also paradoxically the film that gave M...
DE NIRO: A Life
Book number: 91710 Product format: Paperback Author: SHAWN LEVY
Published price: $16
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Robert De Niro is one of the greatest screen actors of his generation. With performances in Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter and Raging Bull he dazzled moviegoers ...
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