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Biographies & Autobiographies

  • COHE
    Ben Cohen
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    Ben Cohen's dad didn't know anything about the sport his young son had taken up, but he was happy to drive him to practice, and was soon helping out at the club.

    When his business went bankrupt money was tight, but Ben's hard-working parents inspired their son to put his all into rugby. Then, when Ben was 20, his father intervened in a fight in the nightclub where he worked. He was viciously beaten and one month later he died in hospital. Ben was doing an England press conference at the time, and it was down to coach Clive Woodward to deliver the devastating news.

    But the ordeal was far from over. The inquest lasted five months before the funeral could be held, and it was a year before the family were in court, facing Peter's assailants. Ben put all of the anger and pain from his father's death into his rugby.

    Fast and powerful on the wing, he was soon the best in the world in his position and a cornerstone of the England team, culminating in the legendary World Cup win in Sydney in 2003. And yet he always felt like an outsider.

    Most people didn't know that Ben is clinically deaf. His sixth sense for the game got him through on the pitch, but off it his poor hearing was often taken for arrogance. This is an inspirational story of passion and pain; of the highs of achieving your goals, and the grief of losing something you can never get back.
  • MDLF
    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.
  • HRED
    Harry Redknapp
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    More than just an autobiography, A Man Walks On to a Pitch, written by Harry Redknapp, is a nostalgic trip through the footballing ages - from the times of footballers living down your street to the globetrotting, multi-million-pound-earning professionals of today.

    As Harry shares the stories of some of the legends and journeymen of the game he played with, coached, argued and drank with, Harry picks out his top team of footballing superstars he has crossed paths with during his near 50-year career in the game.

    Told with the candour for which the former Spurs and West Ham manager is so much-loved, A Man Walks On to a Pitch by Harry Redknapp weaves its way between fantasy football bible and an earnest memoir, telling the tales of the the greatest players he believes have ever graced the game - and his professional and personal life.
  • DDYR
    Danny Dyer
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    'I've had an up and down life - and I've tried to write down some of the stuff I've learned along the way . . . straight from the nag's gob.' From running wild with a gang of mates around the rough and ready streets of Canning Town to getting engaged and landing the role of a lifetime as Mick Carter in EastEnders, it's fair to say that Danny Dyer has seen a thing or two. And he's not shy in telling you about it either. An East Ender born and bred, Danny takes this opportunity to reflect on life, tackling such vital questions as 'Where have all the old school boozers gone?' 'Am I middle class?' 'Why is being sensitive an essential part of being an actor?' and reveals why it is that you can take the boy out of the East End, but you can't take the East End out of the boy. Never one to mince his words, Danny serves his opinions straight up in this honest, funny and often surprising look inside his world.
  • 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.
  • MAGS
    Michael Coveney
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    In a career now spanning six decades, Dame Maggie Smith has firmly established herself as one of the world's favourite actresses. This biography sheds some light on the lady behind Professor McGonagall's pointy hat.

    Famously private, this book has been published with Maggie's approval and is written by Michael Coveney, one of the few writers lucky enough to have interviewed her in recent years. Covering her glorious career in detail, from her days starring in the West End to a role alongside Laurence Olivier in Othello and her Academy Award-winning performance in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, up to the more recent fare including the Harry Potter series and Downton Abbey, the book provides a fascinating glimpse of the real Maggie Smith.

    Drawing on personal archives, interviews and his own encounters with Maggie, alongside conversations with immediate family and close friends, the fully up-to-date book not only celebrates Maggie Smith's incredible work on stage and on screen but also takes a look at the personal experiences that have shaped her as a person.

    A must-have book about a true national treasure.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • WKTH
    Levison Wood
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    An explorer and writer that has led expeditions on five continents, this inspirational book follows Levison Wood as he attempts to walk the entire length of the Himalayas.

    Tying in with a hit Channel 4 show, this is a powerful and enigmatic tale of survival and endurance. Levison reveals how he managed to form strong bonds with local guides, porters, mountain men, soldiers, farmers, smugglers and shepherds as he embarked on his quest.

    By travelling on foot and following the same footpaths as the locals, Levison uncovers hidden stories that reveal the history of the Himalayas and stretch back over two millennia of exploration.
  • DAFS
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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.
  • REED
    Mick Wall
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    When Lou Reed died in October 2013, the legendary rock musician received acclaim and plaudits from all corners of the music industry. After following his role in The Velvet Underground with a solo career that brought the world the likes of Perfect Day, Walk on the Wild Side and Satellite of Love, not to mention the iconic albums Transformer and Berlin, his influence shines through to this day. Living a colourful and varied life, Reed poured his emotions and experiences into his lyrics and this book, written by lifelong fan Mick Wall, examines the often misunderstood genius of the man behind the music. From the ECT treatment that scarred him at 17 to his three marriages, his experimental private life and his cultural influences, this is a book that shows how Lou Reed's darkly honest approach changed the ideals of rock music forever.
  • LITV
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    With a film adaptation starring Academy Award winner Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings proving a huge success, 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.
  • SCIN
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TMGL
    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.
  • 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.