Lovereading.co.uk

summer reading likeyoulove newgen books for YA readers a game for all the family daughther of the house rosie thomas
Vouchers

Biography / Autobiography Biographies and Autobiographies

In their own words or from the pen of a biographer, the lives of others hold a magnetic intrigue for. Indulge your curiosity here…

This Month's Featured Books

Sixty Degrees North Around the World in Search of Home
Malachy Tallack
August 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Follow the latitude line from Malachy Tallack's home on Shetland and you voyage to Greenland, Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia before coming home, a wiser and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2015
     
Jewels of Allah The Untold Story of Women in Iran
Nina Ansary
A fascinating, behind the scenes view, looking simply and astutely at the history and story of women in Iran. The author is a historian born in Iran and now living in the USA. This is a book you can dip...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/06/2015
     
The Secret Life of Fighter Command: Testimonials from the Men and Women Who Beat the Luftwaffe
Sinclair McKay
Firstly, I'm no expert on history so can't answer for the accuracy of the text and the range of material used in writing this history. For me as a general (female) reader it was a gripping read, especially as the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer's acclaimed account of a disastrous expedition on Mt Everest. This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2011
     
The Valley A Hundred Years in the Life of a Yorkshire Family
Richard Benson
Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for biography 2015. If I could nominate a Book of the Month, this would be it, Richard Benson’s family memoir has kept me up late and made me get up at dawn the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson
In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world. Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Breaking Ground Classic Travel Writing from Pioneering Women

A unique collection of classic travel writing, showcasing and celebrating the pioneering spirit of women throughout the ages. Spanning three centuries, this assortment of writings reveals a rich treasure trove of anecdotes and adventures from incredible women worth celebrating and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/07/2015
     
Louis Van Gaal The Biography
Maarten Meijer
Louis Van Gaal led the young Ajax team he moulded to Champions League glory in 1995, went on to win titles across Europe with Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich and served two stints as national coach of Holland. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
England Rugby Heroes
Julian Bennetts
Drawing on almost 150 years of rich rugby heritage and featuring more than 70 carefully crafted biographies, this book describes each player's career, the highlights and their special skills.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
The Twinkling of an Eye
Brian Aldiss
Writer, soldier, bookseller, father: Brian Aldiss has earned many titles in his life. In the Twinkling of an Eye is a candid, vivid and charming look at the stories behind this distinctive writer of fiction. This is Aldiss at his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Notes from A Small Island
Bill Bryson
In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, Bill Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Village of Secrets Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
Caroline Moorehead
A myth has grown up around the villages of France’s mountainous Massif Central and the part they played in aiding refugees and escaping Jews. While extraordinary acts of daring and bravery were carried out the history has become over-simplified and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Walking the Nile
Levison Wood
In November 2013, former soldier Levison Wood embarked on one of the last great explorations; to walk the Nile from source delta. In this detailed, thoughtful, inspiring and dramatic book, recounting his walk along the length of the Nile, he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
The Yellow Jersey Club
Edward Pickering
What does it take to accumulate such great mental strength, skill and endurance? What are the differences as well as the key factors in common? What sets these men apart from the rest of the field? This book gives the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The Path of the Ninja
Martin Faulks
By turns thrilling, funny and spiritually enlightening, this is a real-life Kick-Ass. Martin Faulks grew up in a Norfolk village. Returning from the rec with a friend one day they were attacked by a gang of older boys. Martin ran...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
Chase Your Shadow The Trials of Oscar Pistorius
John Carlin
Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. As the Independent Newspaper’s South African Bureau Chief from 1989-1995, John Carlin has extensive knowledge of the country, its political and sporting heroes, his book Playing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
     
The Life and Loves of a He Devil A Memoir
Graham Norton
A look at the loves and passions in Graham Norton’s life, looking back to recall early loves and inspirations and considering how they change as you grow older. These are lessons he’s learned from life – that it is your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
Tom Jones - The Life
Sean Smith
“You couldn’t make up a life story as big as this” says author Sean Smith of his subject, Tom Jones. It was published ahead of the indomitable Tom Jones’ 75th birthday in June and provides an entertaining and informative look...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2015
     
The Debs of Bletchley Park
Michael Smith
More than eight thousand women worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, largely unsung, they played a crucial role in breaking the German codes. As Michael Smith’s new book shows, they were many and varied from all walks...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


The Churchill Factor How One Man Made History
Boris Johnson
From one political renegade to another as Boris Johnson distils the essence of the Churchill magic. He considers Churchill in wartime and in peacetime, his bravery, outspokenness, oratory and legendary...
 
 

The Invisible Woman Taking on the Vintage Years
Helen Walmsley-Johnson
June 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. From Helen Walmsley-Johnson, adapted from her Guardian columns (Vintage Years), a guide to finding your...
 
 

Rod Laver An Autobiography
Rod Laver
Praised from an early age for having “the eye of a hawk” Rod Laver still retains one of the most powerful reputations in men’s tennis. He was World No 1...
 
 

No Limits My Autobiography
Ian Poulter
Shortlisted for the Autobiography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Now one of England’s top professional golfers, Ian Poulter can be a controversial and forthright figure...
 
 

Sikkim Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom
Andrew Duff
Andrew Duff's discovery of family connections with Sikkim leads him into uncovering the history of one of the small states caught up in the politics of Empire, eventually subsumed into...
 
 

The Last Act of Love The Story of My Brother and His Sister
Cathy Rentzenbrink
A powerful, timely and incredibly moving memoir in the bestselling tradition of Blake Morrison, Joan Didion and Ruth Picardie. Told with boundless warmth and affection, The Last Act of Love...
 
 

Revolution
Russell Brand
Russell Brand lays bare the discontent running below the surface of life, everything from the political inaction on corruption in the financial industry to the demonization of the poor and...
 
 

The Virgin Way How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead
Sir Richard Branson
There’s no single magic formula on offer but Richard Branson can share a lifetime’s learning, setting down what he’s learned and what he’s observed in those who have inspired him....
 
 

Young Lawrence A Portrait of the Legend as a Young Man
Anthony Sattin
Said to be the first examination of T E Lawrence as a young man, in his new book, Anthony Sattin has used first-hand source material, museum records and foreign office...
 
 

In These Times Living in Britain Through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815
Jenny Uglow
You emerge from reading In These Times almost convinced that you, too were one of the people waiting on the outcome of the Battles, dealing with family away at war,...
 
 

Loving Amy A Mother's Story
Janis Winehouse
A new and intimate appraisal of Amy Winehouse from her mother, Janis. Watching her precocious and often difficult daughter grow-up, Janis saw her develop into a musician with a world-wide...
 
 

Jambusters The Remarkable Story Which Has Inspired the ITV Drama Home Fires
Julie Summers
This is the book that inspired the major ITV drama series HOME FIRES. Through archive material and interviews with many WI members, Julie Summers takes us behind the scenes, revealing...
 
 

Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. In 2009 Gareth Thomas was quoted as saying “It ended my marriage and nearly drove...
 
 

My Salinger Year
Joanna Rakoff
Poignant, keenly observed and irresistibly funny, My Salinger Year is a memoir about literary New York in the late 1990s, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a...
 
 

Hitler's Forgotten Children My Life Inside the Lebensborn
Ingrid von Oelhafen, Tim Tate
It's hard for anyone rooted in their identity, their nationality and family history to know what it can be like to have none of those things. To have to spend...
 
 

The Bletchley Girls War, Secrecy, Love and Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
Tessa Dunlop
Interest in Bletchley Park has reached dizzying and glamorous heights, so to read a realistic rather than romanticised picture of fifteen women who spent time there is utterly compelling. These...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


What Could Possibly Go Wrong...
Jeremy Clarkson
Armed with conviction, curiosity, enthusiasm and a stout pair of trousers, the author hurtles around the world in search of answers to life's puzzles.
 
 

Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and engaging. Two sisters (aged 11 and 9), conclude that finding their...
 
 

There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You
Lynda Bellingham
Lynda Bellingham is a tremendously gifted storyteller with a rich collection of tales of love, loss and laughter and this book brings her kind heart, courage and emotion to the...
 
 

A Journey to Britannia A Journey from the Heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall, C. AD130
Bronwen Riley
Imagine, courtesy of Bronwen Riley’s fantasy travelogue, Journey to Britannia, just how you’d travel from Rome to Britannia at the height of the Roman Empire. Stepping off the boat at...
 
 

Tom Jones - The Life
Sean Smith
“You couldn’t make up a life story as big as this” says author Sean Smith of his subject, Tom Jones. It was published ahead of the indomitable Tom Jones’ 75th...
 
 

Roy Jenkins
John Campbell
Following Roy Jenkins from his not-quite working class roots through to his rise in politics and influence on post-war Britain. Jenkins can be seen either as an usher in of...
 
 

Watch Me
Anjelica Huston
A second volume of autobiography, following A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston picking up her story as she embarked on some turbulent times with Hollywood, love, acting and honours...
 
 

KP: The Autobiography
Kevin Pietersen
The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of...
 
 

On a Wing and a Prayer One Woman's Adventure into the Heart of the Rainforest
Sarah Woods
When writer and intrepid traveller Sarah Woods set about discovering the jungles of Central and South America, her quest - to catch sight of one of the few last breeding...
 
 

Victoria A Life
A. N. Wilson
Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous...
 
 

Behind the Mask The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Matthew Dennison
Aristocrat, literary celebrity, 'Rose Queen', devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast - Vita Sackville-West was many things, but she was never straightforward. Her life is re-told here in a dazzling new...
 
 

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry
Bill Jones
Winner of the Outstanding Sports Writing Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. The triumph...
 
 

Another Man's War The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten African Army
Barnaby Phillips
Barnaby Phillips writes of Isaac Fadoyebo, just one of the 100,000 soldiers who signed on and were conscripted to fight in World War II. Isaac’s fate was to be sent...
 
 

Please, Mister Postman
Alan Johnson
Winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Having written of his childhood in This Boy, Labour MP, Alan Johnson follows on...
 
 

Young Winstone
Ray Winstone
An exploration of Ray Winstone’s past, growing up in an East End recovering the bombing of WWII. Ray Winstone reveals not only his childhood but also how it helped mould...
 
 

Taking Command
General Sir David Richards
Retiring in 2013 after 40 years of Army service, General Sir David Richards has been one of our most highly praised Generals, an outspoken voice on the state of the...
 
 

Peace and War: Britain in 1914
Nigel Jones
Taking us through the year that ended in all-out war, Nigel Jones plots the political mood of the country and the unsuspecting populace at work and at play as they...
 
 

The Race to Truth Blowing the Whistle on Lance Armstrong and Cycling's Doping Culture
Emma O'Reilly
The inside story of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal from a woman who was part of the US Postal cycling team. She quickly saw the win at any price culture...
 
 

So, Anyway... The Autobiography
John Cleese
The long-awaited autobiography from John Cleese, co-founder of Monty Python and star of Fawlty Towers. How John Marwood Cleese left Weston-super-Mare and conquered the world of comedy with many digressions...
 
 

Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince’s life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents...
 
 

Crusaders in Chains
Robin Esser
Crusaders in Chains is a fascinating, amusing and eminently readable romp through the 50+ years Robin Esser has spent working in Fleet Street and the UK press; starting as an...
 
 
See ALL Authors in this category
See ALL Featured Books (with opening extracts) in this category
  

Add to favourites

From the Horse’s Mouth
… or the Groom’s

There are people who just read biographies, interested only in the details of the lives of real people. There are others, like us, who enjoy dipping a toe, every now and then, into the deep inviting waters of the biography pool, to see first-hand the experiences of a person, past or present, who captures our imagination or pique’s our interest. From the First Man on the Moon to the latest winner of a jungle-based reality TV programme; sport-star to leading politician; religious leader to Arctic explorer, the choice is vast!

Sign up for our emails to stay up to date with the latest releases, thumb through our monthly Book of the Month recommendations, or search the name of someone who’s life you want to know all about and we’ll help you take that look through the keyhole into the intimate world of someone fascinating.

_______________________________

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you’re never too far away from your next great read, great events, competitions and discounts? Sign up for our free emails and let the passion of our experts guide you to some wonderful new reading.

That book you loved has finally come to an end. Where do you go next? With our unique Author Like for Like tool, you’ll discover other authors guaranteed to be right up your street. Login, sit back, put your feet up and enjoy.

Reading Groups! Let us help you find your next hot topic. Visit our Special Section bursting with thought provoking titles and get an extra 5% discount if you buy 5 or more copies.