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
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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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Bibliophile price: £0.75
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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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
WHAT LANGUAGE DO I DREAM IN? A Memoir
ELENA LAPPIN    Book Number: 84440
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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...
MICHAEL JACKSON: Life, Death, Legacy DVD
FIREFLY ENTERTAINMENT    Book Number: 85132
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The King of Pop was due to play in London shortly before his untimely death in 2009. He is still much missed, but his music and legacy lives on. This special 75 minute colour DVD is a profile of ...
AN ORDINARY MAN
P. RUSESABAGINA & T. ZOELLNER    Book Number: 84918
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A cautionary tale of survival, here is the remarkable life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda. As the country descended into chaos during the 1994 genocide, hotel manager Paul Rus...
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...
LIFE OF P. T. BARNUM
P. T. BARNUM    Book Number: 85364
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'I am 'a showman' by profession, and all the gildings shall make nothing else of me.' Meet the greatest entertainer of the 19th century. In 1934, desperate to create a better life for his family,...
PENGUIN BLOOM: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved A Family
CAMERON BLOOM    Book Number: 85389
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A lovely young Australian couple Cameron and Sam Bloom were holidaying with their three little boys in Thailand when Sam leant against a safety fence, riddled with dry rot. The barrier collapsed b...
STEPHEN HAWKING: A Life in Science
MICHAEL WHITE & JOHN GRIBBIN    Book Number: 85406
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During his lifetime anything about Stephen Hawking was newsworthy and this would never have happened to any other scientist in the world. But Stephen Hawking was no ordinary scientist. His book A...
LIVES OF JOHN LENNON
ALBERT GOLDMAN    Book Number: 85557
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Look beyond the legends of Lennon to the man behind the music. After six years of research and some 1,200 interviews, this collation of the many faces of John Lennon looks extraordinarily deeply in...
STOP THE CLOCKS
JOAN BAKEWELL    Book Number: 85639
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Sub-titled 'Thoughts On What I Leave Behind' our national treasure muses on how the world has changed in her lifetime. Joan Bakewell has led a sometimes breathless life as a copywriter, studio man...
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