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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.
The tale of a remarkable 1838 expedition of six sailing ships, 346 men and four years spent surveying 280 Pacific islandsal novel that is highly topical, taut, witty and entertaining
The first life story of Stevenson to be written with access to his collected correspondence. Harmanâ€™s previous book (on Fanny Burney) was shortlisted for the Whitbread
The diaries of five ordinary people during the period of 1945 to 1948, originally collected for the Mass Observation Project, which, with literally thousands of others, have been stored, mostly unread, in the University of Sussex. What can I say except they are quite extraordinarily fascinating. Showing frustrations, passions, excitement, boredom, annoyances and hopes, they hypnotically conjure up such a different time.
Short listed for the Whitbread Biography Award. Richard Mabey's Wonderfully observed account of how the natural world helped him recover from clinical depression.
Morehead visited war zones camps and prisons to collect these stories and she doesnâ€™t shy away from the difficult questions about who should be allowed to live where
Entitled â€˜Carrion Kissesâ€™ in its 1st editions this is a harrowing tale of an obsessive relationship. Only with the eventual death of her partner did Lock discover the full extent of her nightmare
This book prompted acres of press on her and her family and the discovery of a cache of letters from the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward-Burns-Jones to her great-grandmother. Josceline then turned detective in this enthralling account of love in a fascinating age.
The rags to riches story of Mary Robinson who started her career in a debtors prison yet rose to become the mistress of George IV
The colourful and often gruesome life of the 18th-century pioneering surgeon and anatomist John Hunter generally regarded as the father of modern medicine
The book follows the authorâ€™s relationship with her anorexic niece. It is tragic and insightful
The name behind the creation of the infamous club, Annabel's, in Berkeley Square; wife of entrepreneur, the late James Goldsmith. These are Annabel Goldsmith’s memoirs, well written and an enjoyable read to boot
Long before The Collector, back in the 40’s as an Oxford student, Fowles kept a journal and continued to do so for the next half century. They have been edited by Charles Drazin is the acclaimed author of The Third Man.
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.