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In their own words or from the pen of a biographer, the lives of others hold a magnetic intrigue. Indulge your curiosity here… Read and find out more about the lives of well-known figures. Want more inspiration? Head to our 'Best Autobiographies Ever' blog post filled with recommendations from our bookish friends.
What do you say about a BBCâ€™s news correspondentâ€™s lifeâ€™s experiences? He comes across as a thoroughly nice man living through some appalling times.
Thoroughly researched, beautifully, yet accessibly written this is the story of the most remarkable soldiers who left their mark not just on Britain but the whole world. Some of them have their names etched in the national mythology whilst others are more obscure figures but nonetheless their achievements or failures have had consequences on our life today.
One of the most exciting pieces of publishing this autumn. Six hundred pages of pure delight from childhood memories through diary entries, theatre and radio anecdotes, to reflection, observation, philosophy and wisdom. Almost impossible to pull away from, it is a must.
Including the full story of her Greek tragedy, this chronicles the highs and lows of a remarkable athlete.
The diaries of five people during the Second World War, an unmarried secretary, a mother with evacuated children, a social worker, a salesman and a writer. It illustrates the very human side and in many ways a very ordinary side of an extraordinary period as they live their lives but reflect on times. A memorable and highly absorbing work.
I'm a huge fan of Bob Dylan's music, and his autobiography is as intriguing, expansive and freewheeling as his records. Full of beautifully observed moments and intensely personal, this is a must for any fan of Dylan's canon. Barry Falls, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog. A series of reflections and memoirs as stark and lyrical as his songs can be. One line conjuring up a myriad of depths. It’s startlingly beautiful, as one would expect. A ‘must buy’.
The story of a musician and music producer who got a virus that destroyed the memory part of his brain. His wife, the author, campaigned to try to find a cure, left him to start her life afresh and then found she could not live without him. It’s quite a story.
A tale of sexual duplicity and scandal. In a nutshell, Gordon Langley Hall, illegitimate Brit and biographer, who inherited a fortune, upped sticks, went to Carolina and changed sex. As Dawn he/she married a young black mechanic. We are now in the racially tense 60s. Next came a child! This is the bizarre tale that smacks of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Strange stuff.
You have probably caught some of the coverage for this book. It first appeared as a web diary and then there was much speculation as to whom the author might be. To date she remains anonymous, even through the book deal. Smart girl. What she does here is to expand on her web diary and give more on her life, her ‘calling’ and her origins. It’s very explicit, very chatty and not the sort of thing you want to read in one sitting for it’s a tad repetitive.Comparison: Catherine Millet Similar this month: None. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 26 November 2009. Exclusive to Lovereading Click the screen below to watch the full interview with Belle de Jour.
Over forty years ago, a group of five Englishmen - and one wayward American - rewrote the rules of comedy. MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS, an unheralded, previously unseen half-hour show of sketches, hilarities, inanities and animations, first appeared on the BBC late one night in 1969. Its impact has been felt on the world ever since. From its humble beginnings, it blossomed into the most influential movement in modern comedy. THE PYTHONS' AUTOBIOGRAPHY BY THE PYTHONS is a unique look at arguably the most important comic team of the modern age, with 64 pages of photographs, many culled from the team's own personal collections, many more seen for the first time. This is the definitive word on all things Pythonesque.
The long-awaited story of one of Britain's comic legends. Marvellously funny and deeply touching it reveals a wonderful slide of life that's full of warmth. Sykes reveals his extraordinary life working alongside a generation of legendary comedians and entertainers, despite being dogged by deafness and eventually virtual blindness.
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!
Want more inspiration? Head to our 'Best Autobiographies Ever' blog post filled with recommendations from our bookish friends.