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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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...
SOME OF MY LIVES: A Scrapbook Memoir
ROSAMOND BERNIER    Book Number: 74573
Published price: $30
Bibliophile price: £3.00
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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...
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...
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...
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 ...
INVISIBLE WOMAN: Taking On the Vintage Years
HELEN WALMSLEY-JOHNSON    Book Number: 81129
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There are two sides to the business of ageing - the psychological side and the physical side - and they craftily embrace during the fraught process of getting proper clothes on in the morning and p...
DAVID HOCKNEY A BIGGER BOOK
DAVID HOCKNEY    Book Number: 81103
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Taschen's brand new SUMO-sized David Hockney monograph is as spectacular in format as it is in scope. In it, the artist takes stock of more than 60 years of work, from his teenage days at the Brad...
HISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS: 50 Timeless Crushes
KELLY MURPHY & HALLIE FRYD    Book Number: 81777
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Here is a completely new way of doing history: work your way through the movers and shakers by giving them a rating out of five for sexiness. Che Guevara is the irresistible intellectual on a motor...
IN MY OWN TIME
JANE MILLER    Book Number: 81838
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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...
LITERARY CHURCHILL: Author, Reader, Actor
JONATHAN ROSE    Book Number: 82551
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In many ways the perfect subject, Winston Churchill won the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature and was a tremendously successful middlebrow author. Here Rose surveys all of his important writings and ...
IN THE DARK ROOM: A Journey In Memory
BRIAN DILLON    Book Number: 83051
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Winner of the Irish Book Award for Non-Fiction 2005, here is a Penguin reprint of one of the best memoirs about an unhappy childhood. It is a meditation on the nature of memory, a dazzling achieve...
TIN PAN ALLEY: The Rise of Elton John
KEITH HAYWARD    Book Number: 83349
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With his very heavy spectacles and dodgy haircuts, but unique singer song writing talent, someone in Denmark Street Soho spotted the talent of Reg Dwight. Not just about the emergence of one of Br...
FRANCIS BACON IN YOUR BLOOD: A Memoir
MICHAEL PEPPIATT    Book Number: 83230
Published price: $20
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As a student, the would-be journalist Michael Peppiatt was desperate to get an interview with the artist Francis Bacon, famous for his visceral studies of screaming popes and dismembered bodies. Ne...
INSTRUMENTAL: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music
JAMES RHODES    Book Number: 83233
Published price: $27
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This is the book they tried to ban on the grounds that it would be too disturbing for the author's children. After court cases and appeals, however, it eventually burst into print and was praised b...
TELEGRAPH BOOK OF CHAMPIONS: An Anthology of the Greats
MARTIN SMITH    Book Number: 84105
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From the era-defining brilliance of Muhammad Ali to the tactical and man-management genius of Alex Ferguson and the single-mindedness of Ellen MacArthur and Ayrton Senna, gathered together here for...
FOOTFALLS ECHO IN THE MEMORY
VERNER BICKLEY    Book Number: 83826
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Educated in Wales and London, Verner Bickley has lived in Asian and Pacific countries for over 50 years and in his engrossing memoirs he retraces his steps as a 19 year old naval officer in pre-ind...
BALANCHINE AND THE LOST MUSE
ELIZABETH KENDALL    Book Number: 83990
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An Oxford University Press publication which offers some of the loveliest prose in recent dance writing. Kendall's portrait of Balanchine's first 20 years is now the standard reference for this pe...
WHAT LANGUAGE DO I DREAM IN? My Family's Secret History
ELENA LAPPIN    Book Number: 84319
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At the age of 47 and during a busy bustling family meal with her husband and three children in 2002, Lena received an unexpected phone call naming her biological father as Joseph Schneider, his rea...
RAYMOND MASON
MICHAEL EDWARDS    Book Number: 84359
Published price: £42
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A friend of Giacometti, Balthus and Bacon, born in 1922, Raymond Mason established an international reputation chiefly through a number of monumental works in Paris, Montreal, New York, Washington ...
STANLEY, I RESUME: Further Recollections
STANLEY JOHNSON    Book Number: 84383
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The colourful father of Leo, Boris, Rachel and Jo was never going to be less flamboyant than his offspring, and in this second volume of memoirs we pick up his story at the beginning of a relations...
ASYLUM: A Survivor's Flight from Nazi-Occupied Vienna
MORIZ SCHEYER    Book Number: 84197
Published price: $28
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Written in 1944 while the author was hiding from the Nazis in a French convent, this survivor's account of the persecution and genocide of the Jews has an immediate quality which is fuelled by his ...
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...
WORLD OF RAYMOND CHANDLER: In His Own Words
EDITED BY BARRY DAY    Book Number: 84238
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The master of "hardboiled fiction" grew up in London and was educated at Dulwich College before transforming the crime genre with his stories of the mean streets of California's urban scene. Chandl...
MAN WITH HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS: James Sadler
RICHARD O. SMITH    Book Number: 84514
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Suffering from acute acrophobia and also a bathmophobic - a fully functioning adult who is afraid of stairs - Richard O. Smith emanates from Oxford's Town not Gown and his admiration for an histori...
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 ...
AUCTIONEER: ADVENTURES IN THE ART TRADE
SIMON DE PURY & W. STADIEM    Book Number: 84437
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Flamboyant television auctioneer Simon de Pury, nicknamed "the man with the golden gavel", tells his own diamond-encrusted story. Realising he will never make a creative artist himself, he finds em...
WHAT LANGUAGE DO I DREAM IN? A Memoir
ELENA LAPPIN    Book Number: 84440
Published price: $32.99
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A multiple émigré, Elena's decision to write in English was the result of many wanderings. Russian, Czech, German, Hebrew and finally English, each language is a link to a different piece of her r...
ONCE A SAINT: An Actor's Memoir
IAN OGILVY    Book Number: 84750
Published price: £20
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A veteran actor who has starred with Helen Mirren, Penelope Keith, James Mason and Trevor Howard, Ian Ogilvy was educated at Eton and RADA and developed his acting talents early. Forced to enter a ...
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