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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
TRY THIS AT HOME: Adventures In Songwriting
FRANK TURNER    Book Number: 88307
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"Life is about love, last minutes and lost evenings" is an evocative line from folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner's song "I knew Prufrock before he got famous". Like Paul McCartney's "Yesterd...
A WILD LIFE
MARTIN HUGHES-GAMES    Book Number: 88383
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Many of us will know Martin as part of the BBC's Springwatch and Autumnwatch team, but before he began presenting he had for over three decades been a cameraman on some of the finest wildlife docum...
BOYS IN THE TREES: A Memoir
CARLY SIMON    Book Number: 88581
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Rock star, poet, feminist icon, seductress, survivor, Carly Simon's life and career is one of the last great untold stories of popular music. Her lyrics, sung in that instantly recognisable husky,...
BUT SERIOUSLY: An Autobiography
JOHN MCENROE    Book Number: 88583
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A book we seed at number one. 15 years after his massive bestseller Serious, John McEnroe came back and was ready to talk about the game of tennis, its winners and losers. What's it like playing ...
DIVING-BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
JEAN-DOMINQUE BAUBY    Book Number: 88775
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Born in Paris in 1952, in 1996 he set up ALIS, the Association du Locked-In Syndrome. He died in March 1997, having famously written this book literally with the blink of an eye. It was in 1995 t...
HOW TO FAIL
ELIZABETH DAY    Book Number: 88782
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Full of wisdom, humour, humility and tenderness, this painfully honest celebration is of things going wrong. 'Out of crisis has come clarity, and sometimes even catharsis.' Part memoir, part mani...
STUART: A Life Backwards
ALEXANDER MASTERS    Book Number: 88793
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Told backwards - Stuart's idea - it starts with a deeply troubled 32 year old stepping out in front of the 11.15 train from London to King's Lynn, and ends with a 'happy-go-lucky little boy' of 12....
ANN CHRISTOPHER
RICHARD CORK    Book Number: 88805
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A beautiful glamorous Royal Academy of Arts 2016 first edition publication. Ann Christopher is primarily a non-figurative sculptor who works in cast bronze, stainless steel and Corten and who crea...
BEN NICHOLSON: Tate British Artists Series
VIRGINIA BUTTON    Book Number: 88841
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England's 'Paradigm Modernist Painter', Ben Nicholson played a decisive role in several radical art groupings such as the Hampstead Set of the 1930s and the St Ives School in the 1940s and 50s. Hi...
CHANEL'S RIVIERA: Life, Love and The Struggle for Survival
ANNE DE COURCY    Book Number: 89162
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Coco Chanel may have been the best dress designer in history and the French Riviera was arguably one of the most famous pieces of coastline. In 1930, the two cultural titans were combined when Chan...
I WANT WHAT I WANT
GEOFF BROWN    Book Number: 89173
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First published in 1966 and here in paperback reprint is an extraordinary portrait of a young person struggling with their gender identity, a ground-breaking novel about a transgender life. Writte...
VINTAGE ROGER: Letters from the POW Years
ROGER MORTIMER    Book Number: 89182
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Commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1930, Roger Mortimer divided his life between the racecourse, the hunting field, London's nightclubs and his parents' well-appointed mansion in Cadogan Sq...
LIVES OF THE SURREALISTS
DESMOND MORRIS    Book Number: 89122
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Surrealism was a new philosophy of psychic automatism exempted from any aesthetic or moral concern. The Surrealist movement began in Paris in the 1920s and was not in origin and art movement, but ...
LONG DRAWN OUT TRIP: A Memoir
GERALD SCARFE    Book Number: 88858
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The man famed for his venomous nib, the legendary cartoonist and designer tells his life story for the first time, encompassing sweeping social changes in the 1960s and beyond. For more than half ...
CHURCHILL & ORWELL: The Fight for Freedom
THOMAS E. RICKS    Book Number: 88941
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Historian Simon Schama called Winston Churchill and George Orwell 'the architects of their time'. The two never met, but their parallel lives and views on how society should function, their ideas ...
DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC!
ELIJAH WALD    Book Number: 89281
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In 1965 on the evening of 25th July, Bob Dylan took to the stage at Newport Folk Festival in black jeans, black boots, and a black leather jacket, carrying a Fender Stratocaster in place of his fam...
WHO IS THAT MAN? In Search of The Real Bob Dylan
DAVID DALTON    Book Number: 89328
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The real Bob Dylan is Bobby Zimmerman, yearning to escape Hibbing, Minnesota, or the Woody Guthrie wannabe playing Greenwich Village haunts. Was he the Folk Messiah, the seething amphetamine hipst...
FROM BROKEN GLASS:
STEVE ROSS    Book Number: 89365
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Steve Ross was born Szmulek Rozental near Lodz, Poland, in 1931. Aged just eight when the Nazis invaded his village, he spent the next six years in a day-to-day struggle to survive in the ten conce...
NOT THE WHOLE STORY: A Memoir
ANGELA HUTH    Book Number: 89371
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In 1943, at the age of five, Angela Huth decided that she wanted to be a writer. She and her mother Bridget had decamped to California just before the outbreak of war but her film director father H...
KNIFE'S EDGE: The Heart and Mind of a Cardiac Surgeon
PROFESSOR STEPHEN WESTABY    Book Number: 89417
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A dramatic head trauma sustained during university rugby was a horrific experience for Professor Stephen Westaby but he emerged from his recovery with the qualities of an exceptional heart surgeon:...
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