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....
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 ...
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....
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...
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 ...
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...
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:...
PATRICK O'BRIAN - A Very Private Life
NIKOLAI TOLSTOY    Book Number: 89426
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Author of the naval classic Master and Commander, which became a blockbuster film starring Russell Crowe, Patrick O'Brian was an obsessively private person. His fascinating life has been painstaki...
JE T'AIME: The Legendary Love Story
VERONIQUE MORTAIGNE    Book Number: 89028
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When the young Jane Birkin met film star Serge Gainsbourg in 1968, he had recently divorced from Brigitte Bardot and was contemptuous of the debutante who was presented to him as his co-star. Jane...
LISTENING TO THE ANIMALS: Becoming The Supervet
NOEL FITZPATRICK    Book Number: 89118
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'That star I wished upon when I decided I wanted to be a vet aged ten, lying on my back in that ice-starched field and staring up at the enormity of the universe, has been the guiding light of my e...
DEAR DUDLEY: Life and Laughter
BARBRA PASKIN    Book Number: 89392
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When Dudley Moore was ill with the neurological disease PSP, his friend and biographer Barbra Paskin asked hundreds of friends and admirers to contact him with a cheerful message. This memoir is he...
WHITE
BRET EASTON ELLIS    Book Number: 89611
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In the words of the Sunday Telegraph about this author 'A rebel whose work is controversial precisely because its sinister themes are so dextrously written.' One of the most gifted and serious nov...
EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE: First Loves and Last Tales
OLIVER SACKS    Book Number: 89614
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Scientist and storyteller, since his death in 2015, Oliver Sacks continues to enrich the world of science and literature with his fascinating and probing examinations of the human brain. Published...
WAGING HEAVY PEACE
NEIL YOUNG    Book Number: 89632
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Southern Man has a fantastic music and song writing career spanning 40 years and 34 studio albums of rock and roll, folk and country. From his early days with Buffalo Springfield and his solo care...
THIS IS BACON
KITTY HAUSER & C. CHRISTOFOROU    Book Number: 89701
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Francis Bacon was one of the giants dominating the artistic landscape of the mid 20th century. This highly illustrated book features 19 of his major works in stunning and original colour illustrat...
FOR THE RECORD
DAVID CAMERON    Book Number: 89414
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"Democracy hadn't been decisive, so I would have to be." David Cameron starts his memoir the day after the election of 2010 in which the Conservative Party failed to win an overall majority. As l...
CALL THE VET
BRUCE FOGLE    Book Number: 89852
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Sub-titled 'My Life As A Young Vet In 1970s London' Bruce Fogle was the husband of respected actress Julia Foster and the father of author and broadcaster Ben. In-between, he became the world's be...
ON THE HIGH WIRE
PHILIPPE PETIT    Book Number: 89974
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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...
TWO RIDERS WERE APPROACHING:
MICK WALL    Book Number: 89979
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The UK's best known rock writer draws upon his own interviews and extensive research to produce an inimitable, novelistic portrait of the Guitar God. Jimmy was a down-at-heel guitarist in New York...
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