Biographies & Autobiographies

  • Call the Midlife! - Hardback - 9780297609827 - Chris Evans
    Chris Evans
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    Now he's approaching 50, Chris Evans is very much aware he's a prime candidate to be entering a 'midlife crisis'. In this book, he argues that this is completely the wrong term for this time in a man or woman's life and it's really the Golden Age.

    At 50, many people are still capable of physically doing everything they have always wanted to - and sometimes even better than before! Mentally, those approaching their 50s are also more in the know than before, but how do you make the most of this time? Here, Chris talks about taking a year out to plan to make the most of this period and enjoy a successful future.

    Wise and witty, Chris looks at the best ways to rest, the most worthwhile relaxation methods and the sleep and nutrition needed to ensure there's a happy 25 years (at least) ahead.
  • GMYD
    Guy Martin
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    Guy Martin's beloved grandfather always used to tell him: 'When you dead, you dead'. Taking this advice as a rule to live by, Guy reveals why he loves riding at such dangerous speeds and living his life at full throttle.

    Within the past year, Guy has raced the Isle of Man TT and finished on the podium, bike trekked through India, and competed in solo 24-hour bicycle races. He's also commissioned the building of the world's largest Wall of Death - and built a bike to ride on it. All of this in addition to working his day job as a truck mechanic.

    With plenty of personal photographs also included, this is an honest memoir from a much-loved daredevil that celebrates making the most of the time he's got.
  • OROM
    Olly Murs
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    One of the UK's biggest stars, Olly Murs reveals what really happens when he goes on tour in his latest book, On the Road.

    Providing an exclusive insight into the hard work that goes on behind the scenes when it comes to putting on a 27-date nationwide tour, Olly shares all the jokes, arguments, heartbreaks and giggles he experiences along the way.

    An access-all-areas insight into Olly's day job, he also reveals what really happened when he got the X Factor job. Complete with 200 exclusive pictures, there are also guest appearances from the likes of Robbie Williams, Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand, John Bishop and big-name footballers.
  • DAFS
    Jonathan Franklin
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    From the bestselling author of 33 Men, the unbelievable true story of the trapped Chilean miners, 438 Days by Jonathan Franklin explores the shocking tale of Salvador Alvarenga, the Mexican fisherman who survived 14 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

    17 November started out as any other day for fisherman Salvador, readying his boat for a two-day fishing trip. The day, however, will change his life forever as when he's out at sea, a vicious storm hits and destroys his engine, with the strong current dragging his boat further and further away from shore.

    As the storm gains strength, Salvador soon finds himself adrift in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Cruise ships and container vessels passed nearby - not one stopped for the stranded fisherman; and Salvador considered suicide on multiple occasions, including offering himself up to a pack of man-eating sharks. But Alvarenga developed a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote island.

    An incredible story of one ordinary man beating the ultimate odds, 438 Days is a terrifying, shocking and ultimately uplifting story of survival that highlights the power of hope.
  • LITV
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    With a film adaptation starring Academy Award winner Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings due to hit our screens later this year, now is as good a time as any to reacquaint yourself with Alan Bennett's hilarious memoir The Lady in the Van.

    Instructed by the council that she must move on from the streets of Camden, an eccentric old lady, Miss Mary Shepherd, is invited to move her van into the garden of kind homeowner Alan Bennett - and there her and her van stay for the next 15 years.

    A fascinating story that was adapted into an award-winning stage show, The Lady in the Van is a funny, poignant and life-affirming book filled with beautiful illustrations from the talented David Gentleman, the new film's screenplay and stunning on-set photographs.
  • AITH
    Majella O'Donnell
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    Majella O'Donnell, wife of Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell, writes her inspirational memoir - culminating in her successful battle with breast cancer.

    Going all the way back to her childhood growing up in a small town in 1960s Ireland, this autobiography finds Majella talking about her early love of music and how dreams were shattered by a broken marriage and an uphill battle with depression.

    With her confidence and self-esteem very low, Majella reveals how she decided to take charge of her own life. This is when she met and fell in love with Daniel O'Donnell. After a decade or so of happily married life, Majella was diagnosed with breast cancer.

    The biggest challenge of her life, Majella discusses how with the love and support of her family, her husband and huge public support, she managed to beat the illness.
  • LTPR
    Alison Weir
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    One of the most popular and authoritative historians writing today, Alison Weir provides a captivating account of the life and times of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox in this eye-opening biography.

    The niece of Henry VIII, Douglas had royal Tudor blood running through her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl and many thought she should have been queen of England. Lady of honour to five of Henry's wives, the countess was beautiful and tempestuous and created scandal by falling in love with unsuitable men on two occasions... Fortunately, her arranged marriage turned out to be a love match.

    A brave survivor, her dynastic ties to two crowns proved hazardous. Imprisoned in the Tower of London on three separate occasions (once under sentence of death), she also helped bring about one of the most notorious royal marriages of the 16th century - but this, too, ended in tragedy.

    Instrumental in securing the Stuart succession to the throne of England for her grandson, this biography covers an extraordinary life that spanned five Tudor reigns.
  • SBBR
    Stuart Broad
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    In his brand new book Broadside: How We Regained the Ashes, England international cricketer Stuart Broad explains how the England cricket team bounced back from a very disappointing World Cup to rediscover the form and passion that led them to an unexpected Ashes triumph and provides a revealing portrait of the life at the top of international cricket.

    Only a few weeks before, there had been calls for captain Alastair Cook to step down, and for Kevin Pietersen to be recalled to the side, while Broad himself appeared to be struggling to regain his pace after an injury. After a moderate series in the Caribbean, England began to find a new approach against New Zealand, which they carried through to devastating effect to win the Ashes.

    A fiery competitor on the pitch, Broad is extremely eloquent off it and his insights into the game and the key moments that spurred England to Ashes success will delight cricket fans of all ages.
  • SJTD 12 years +
    Karen Blumenthal
    12 years +
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    An inventor. An icon. A dropout. A genius. Many words have been used to describe the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, and this fascinating biography by Karen Blumenthal - written especially to appeal to a younger generation - tracks the revolutionary's unlikely path from being unwanted at birth to becoming the 'rock star of technology'.

    Adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs in San Francisco in 1955, Steve Jobs was always made to feel special at home. At school, however, he was considered a nuisance and a troublemaker - a boy who pushed the boundaries. Lasting only one semester at college, Jobs started Apple Computers in his parents' garage, and the rest is history...

    Known for his perfectionism, taste and keen eye for style, Steve Jobs revolutionised how we consume music, film and telecommunication industries. This fascinating Steve Jobs biography - The Man Who Thought Different - will provide readers with unrivalled insight to the man at the forefront of 21st century technology. This is his story.
  • Second Innings - My Sporting Life - Hardback - 9781473616578 - Andrew Flintoff
    Andrew Flintoff
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    Fast bowler, king of the jungle and all-round 'cheeky chappy' Andrew Flintoff reveals the secrets of his career in this honest and uplifting biography.

    He discusses the desire that led him to take up professional boxing and his troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his cricket career. Through the highs and lows, he tells why he just wanted to keep himself free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism.

    With a sense of mischief, loyalty and adventure, Andrew also reveals the differences between his extrovert 'Fred' persona and the more reflective 'Andrew' - the man he really is.
  • MCOY
    A. P. McCoy
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    A.P. McCoy, the most successful jump-jockey of all time tells his amazing life story in this incredible autobiography. Since 1992, McCoy has ridden over 4,300 winners and this book looks at how he has managed to achieve so much.

    Powerfully honest, the book is themed around McCoy's ten most important races - ranging from his first ride to his greatest triumph - and gives you an insight into what it's like to be one of the world's most successful living sportsmen.

    An inspirational true story about what it takes to become a riding phenomenon, McCoy also looks at fatherhood, writing novels and his decision to retire while at the top.
  • ALOW
    Alex Honnold
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    If you fall, you die.

    Alex Honnold is one of the world's most famous and best 'free solo' climbers. Scaling seemingly impossible rock faces without ropes, pitons or support of any kind, one wrong move and his life could be over. This is his story.

    Sure to make you turn white and your palms sweat, you'll be thrilled and terrified as you read about seven of Alex's exploits and achievements. From Yosemite's famous Half Dome to the frighteningly difficult El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico, Alex has climbed them and reveals how he prepared for each task, why he decided to do the climbs and just how good it felt getting to the top.

    A very exciting book about (quite literally) reaching for the heights, this is a must-read for anyone interested in extreme sports and climbing. It provides a personal insight into why Alex does what he does and how he manages to maintain focus even when faced with peril and danger.
  • KGJN
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    The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta made headlines across the world earlier this year and this biography provides a compelling portrait of King John, the supposed tyrant leader who issued - and consequently rejected - the famous document that bound him and his successors to better behaviour.

    Extensively researched and written by Marc Morris, author of A Great and Terrible King and The Norman Conquest, the book examines whether King John was the familiar figure we all know from Robin Hood - a monarch who was greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel.

    Throughout the book, the historian draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to show what John was really like. He argues he was dynamic, inventive and relentless, but also a very flawed individual whose rise to power involved treachery, rebellion and murder. The book also looks at the invasions by Wales, Scotland and Ireland that occurred under John's reign and the civil war and foreign invasion that brought upon his downfall.
  • TUFN
    Phil Tufnell
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    From playing for England at Lord's to being named 'King of the Jungle' on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, Phil Tufnell has had an incredible career. In this memoir, he looks back with trademark 'Tuffers' humour at his life since retiring from cricket in 2003.

    From his weekly ribbing of Sue Barker on A Question of Sport to showing off his ballroom fleckle as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Phil reveals all about the places he's been and the people he has met during his broadcasting career. Told with absolute joy, this is a celebration of all the things he achieved through this very unexpected career change.

    From bizarre requests from TV executives to sheer pride at mastering skills he never thought possible, Phil Tufnell's Where Am I? is a hilarious and heart-warming treasure trove of stories from one of the nation's favourite personalities.
  • BODI
    Bill Oddie
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    Regarded as a national treasure, not only for his comedic past as one of the Goodies, but also his endless enthusiasm for our feathered friends, Bill Oddie: Unplucked is a book full of his personal odes to birds, birdwatching and other animals.

    The book compiles the best of Bill's recent published magazine columns, blog posts and musings about birds and nature, alongside the wildlife he has been lucky enough to see over the years. Covering an array of subjects, from encounters with Orcas in Argentina to disputes with his London neighbours over noisy parakeets, the book captures the spirit of Bill Oddie perfectly.

    Witty, entertaining and packed full of opinions about natural history, the book is illustrated throughout with comic line drawings. A must for fans of Bill, birds and so much more!
  • ISDR
    Dan Boothby
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    With his lifelong obsession with Gavin Maxwell's Ring of Bright Water trilogy, Dan Boothby jumped at the chance to move into the author's former home - a tiny island on the western seaboard of the Highlands of Scotland.

    Island of Dreams: A Personal History of a Remarkable Place is the memoir of Boothby's time living there. It covers the people he met and the stories they told, as well as the author's attachment to the remote landscape - and the otters that inhabited it.

    After drifting about for more than 20 years, Boothby felt he had found home when he arrived. Living in such exquisite surroundings also gave Boothby the chance to embark on his own quest to better understand the mysterious Gavin Maxwell.

    A wonderfully personal memoir about the search for home.
  • The Times Great Lives - Hardback - 9780007950829 - Anna Temkin
    Anna Temkin
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    Focusing on the lives of those who have shaped the world we live in today, this huge book features over 120 obituaries curated by The Times.

    From Lord Kitchener and Marie Curie to Sir Terry Pratchett, Great Lives is a hugely fascinating read that gives readers an instant picture of a life for over 150 years. Updated and reproduced in their entirety, the book provides a wealth of fascinating information and opinion on the most influential characters of the twentieth and early twenty-first century.

    Be they politicians, sportspeople, musicians, writers, artists, pop stars or military personnel, this insightful and endlessly engaging read is a must for anyone with an interest in the history and people of the twentieth century.
  • GURK
    Colour-Sergeant Kailash Kheban
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    Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas finds Colour Sergeant Kailash Limbu providing a fascinating insight into what life is like as a serving Gurkha.

    In the summer of 2006, Limbu's platoon was sent to relieve and occupy a police compound in the town of Now Zad in Helmand. They were expecting the operation to take 48 hours. It actually took 31 days and became one of the longest sieges during the Afghan campaign.

    In this memoir, Limbu recalls the month spent during this time - a period where he and his troop killed an estimated 100 Taliban fighters - and talks about his home life growing up in a village without roads or electricity. From his childhood to traditional Gurkha training and rituals - including learning how to use the lethal Kukri knife - this is an eye-opening and fascinating account of one man's life as a Gurkha.
  • TJTL
    Sean Smith
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    From bestselling biographer Sean Smith comes the fascinating and tumultuous true story behind Wales' best-known export, sage of BBC's The Voice and living music legend Sir Tom Jones.

    Now into his mid-70s, Tom Jones' life has been an unforgettable roller-coaster ride. Who would have thought that a boy from a small Welsh mining town, who married his sweetheart at 16, in just seven years would become a major musical hit, living a lavish lifestyle in sunny California? Through intimate interviews, Smith uncovers all this and more, including the years Tom Jones spent as little more than a Vegas lounge singer, his A-list friendships, his family life and much, much more...

    As revealing as it is entertaining, this Tom Jones biography is the definitive story of a great talent who is showing no signs of slowing down. A must-read book for all fans of the Sex Bomb and Delilah singer!
  • APRL
    Paul Jones
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    A heartbreaking memoir from Paul and Coral Jones, April tells the story of the shocking abduction and murder of their beloved five-year-old daughter, April.

    Throughout the ordeal, Paul Jones kept a diary of his thoughts and feelings and this book reveals them for the first time - portraying a searingly honest account of unimaginable emotional pain. Both parents speak of their love for their daughter, their feelings during the search and the draining ordeal of facing paedophile Mark Bridge in court during the trial in which he was convicted of her murder and abduction.

    The entire nation was shocked by April's disappearance from Machynllech, Wales in October 2012 in shocking circumstances that sparked the biggest police search in UK history. This harrowing book tells of the heartbreak her parents faced throughout this horrific period.
  • BRSL
    Jo Milne
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    With the moment an operation enabled her to hear for the first time in almost 40 years being named by Google as one of the most inspiring moments of 2014 and hitting millions of views on YouTube, Jo Milne's memoir Breaking the Silence tells a truly remarkable and uplifting story about how her world changed in incredible ways...

    Deaf from birth, Jo lived in a world of silence for 39 years. Battling deep depression and the difficulties her lack of hearing threw at her, Jo was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Usher Syndrome, an affliction that will one day rob her of her sight too, before she turned 30. Determined to live her life to the full, in 2014 Jo made the decision to undergo a cochlear implant surgery which would allow her to hear for the first time in her life. Every day since then has become a journey of discovery...

    From hearing the Beatles and Rolling Stones for the first time to finally being able to put a voice to the familiar sight of her own mother, Jo Milne's Breaking the Silence is a beautifully written, heart-warming real-life story about an unbelievably brave woman who always lives life with a smile on her face.
  • Absolute Pandemonium - Hardback - 9780283072314 - Brian Blessed
    Brian Blessed
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    Actor. Film star. Martial artist. Mountaineer. Trained undertaker. Unlikely diplomat. There's no one quite like Brian Blessed and in his new autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium, the national treasure takes readers on a riotous journey from his childhood to finding fame.

    Told in his own words (you can even hear his bellowing voice as you read!), Brain leaves no detail to the imagination as he regales readers with tales such as falling for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffering some unfortunate wire problems when he's hoisted to the heavens on the set of Flash Gordon and charming George Lucas to land the part of Boss Nass in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

    There are far less 'Hollywood' stories along the way, too, where Brian takes secret revenge on his headmistress (and her very big bottom), woos his wife Hildegard Neil and braves the shocking death toll on the hit drama series My Family and Other Animals...

    A perfect book for his many, many fans and those with an interest in film and theatre, Brian Bessed's autobiography is hilarious, light-hearted and very, very loud.
  • HEAT
    Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt OBE
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    After revealing his incredible achievements in the bestselling Cold, Sir Ranulph Fiennes reveals what it's like to live - and survive - in the hottest conditions on the planet in his latest book, Heat.

    Britain's most famous adventurer, Fiennes took on the endurance test of living in extreme heat without water or shelter shortly after becoming the oldest Briton to have finished the Marathon des Sables. Showing his integrity and resolve, the book tells how he managed to live through temperatures that regularly exceeded 40 degrees.

    A red-hot read about the limits of human endurance.
  • HCHC
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
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    After running for president in 2008, Hillary Clinton expected to return to represent New York in the United States Senate. But to her surprise, President Barack Obama asked her to serve in his Democratic administration as Secretary of State.

    Hard Choices is a memoir that finds Clinton looking back at the challenges she faced in her four years in this role. From forming a successful working relationship with Obama to winding down two wars and addressing a global financial crisis, the decisions Clinton helped make would affect the entire world.

    With a truly global perspective of the trends affecting the landscape of the 21st century, this book finds Clinton drawing on her conversations with numerous world leaders and experts to give her views on how the US can continue to compete and thrive in modern society. She also gives a personal and passionate plea for human rights, particularly those affecting girls, LGBT people and the youth of today.

    Endlessly fascinating, this book not only provides a glimpse into life in Washington, but also an insight into Clinton's mind and a masterclass in international relations.