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Find the most popular biographies and autobiographies at The Book People this Christmas. Our selection of biographies and autobiographies range from jaw-dropping true stories about incredible achievements and the power of nature to tell-all books from the country's most popular celebrities.

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Christmas: Biographies

Find the most popular biographies and autobiographies at The Book People this Christmas. Our selection of biographies and autobiographies range from jaw-dropping true stories about incredible achievements and the power of nature to tell-all books from the country's most popular celebrities.

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    Ian McKellen: The Biography

    Garry O'Connor

    Product Code: IANM
    Hardback
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    The life and times of one of Britain's favourite actors...

    In this biography, Garry O'Connor looks over the career of the one and only Sir Ian McKellen - a thespian actor who has received critical acclaim for his work on stage and in major films including X-Men and Lord of the Rings.

    This book looks back over Ian's early life and roles and shows how his charm and personality has led to honours including a knighthood and how he has established himself as one of the ardent campaigners for LGBT+ rights. Garry doesn't hold back from any controversial times in Ian's life either...

    This unflinching biography provides an intimate and affectionate portrait of one of Britain's finest ever actors.
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    I Am C-3PO

    Anthony Daniels

    Product Code: CTPO
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    We have a good feeling about this... If you're a Star Wars fan, you're going to love Anthony Daniels' autobiography, I am C-3PO.

    Anthony Daniels actually spoke the very first words in any Star Wars film ('Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor! We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness.' - if it ever comes up in a pub quiz...) as the gold-plated and anxious droid C-3PO found himself on the same Imperial Star Destroyer as Darth Vader...

    Now, for the very first time Anthony candidly tells his (and C-3PO's) story in his own words - from his reaction to seeing a concept image in the mid-70s to his role in this years Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. He talks about fellow cast members including George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher and offers an insight into the physical pain involved in being stuck in C-3PO's solid shell for hours on end in sweltering conditions.
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    Wham! George & Me

    Andrew Ridgeley

    Product Code: WGAM
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    Discover how it felt to be Top of the Pops!

    For the first time ever, Andrew Ridgeley shares what it felt like to be one half of Wham! - one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. He reveals all about his first meeting with Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (better known as George Michael, of course) as a teen in 1970s Watford and how a shared love of records inspired them to write and record some of the most perfect pop songs of all time.

    Andrew talks about how he quickly became soul mates with George and offers a glimpse into the high-flying life of a 1980s superstar, revealing all about their glittering trumphs and successes. He fondly recalls their farewell show at Wembley Stadium in 1986 and reveals how their friendship lasted until George's dying day.

    Charting the years of 1974 to 1986 with humour, love and integrity, this is a special memoir that shows what happens when a band Do It Right.
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    Help Me

    Marianne Power

    Product Code: HLPM
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    Praised by Fearne Cotton and Jessie Burton, Marianne Power's Help Me is the humorous and moving story of the journalist's quest to live according to the rules she found in her self-help books.

    Marianne decided to test one book a month for a year to see if following the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and embracing the Power of Now really did have a significant and positive impact on her mental health. What began as a clever and fun experiment soon evolves into something much more poignant...

    This is a deeply personal, witty and moving book about one woman's journey of redemption - and it's one that can also inspire you to find happiness.

    For fans of authors like Matt Haig, Bryony Gordon, Danny Wallace
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    Alastair Cook: The Autobiography

    Sir Alastair Cook

    Product Code: ALCM
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    England's greatest batsman shares his story...

    Alastair Cook achieved 12,462 runs, 161 Test matches, 33 hundreds and 4 Ashes series wins during his cricket careers, so why did he suddenly quit the sport at the age of just 33?

    In this jaw-dropping and candid memoir, Alastair talks about the anxieties, tension and emotions that lurk behind cricket's genteel exterior and recalls the highs, lows, triumphs and fallouts he experienced. He recalls his famous disagreement with Kevin Pietersen and reveals the reasons he left international cricket.

    He also reveals what it takes to not only be one of England's greatest sportsmen but also the price a professional athlete has to pay to stay at the top of their game.
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    Who Am I Again?

    Lenny Henry

    Product Code: LENY
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    Learn all about the life of Lenny Henry, one of Britain's favourite comedians, in this long-awaited autobiography.

    Raised in Dudley, Lenny first appeared on our screens as a 16-year-old in 1975 and since then his career has gone from strength to strength. In his memoir, he talks about growing up with six siblings and how his natural ability to make people laugh saw him through a number of tough challenges including racism.

    He looks back over his entry into showbusiness and how performing in variety shows of dubious quality made him question his life decisions... This is an honest and heartbreaking coming-of age story from a recognisable figure that also includes recipes, comic strips and advice for aspiring comedians.
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    My A-Z of Cricket

    Henry Blofeld

    Product Code: AZOC
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    A is for All-rounder, B is for Blowers, C is for Cricket...

    Renowned broadcaster Henry 'Blowers' Blofeld offers his personal A-Z of everything cricket in this charming book. He explains the confusing terminology with wit and charm and also shares some of his favourite anecdotes from a glittering career in the sport.

    This entertaining book makes a great gift for cricket obsessives and those who don't know their googlys from their bouncers.
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    Behind The Lens

    David Suchet

    Product Code: BLDS
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    Now you can investigate the man behind Poirot with David Suchet's photographic memoir.

    A stalwart of stage and screen, David has wowed thousands of fans with his committed performances and is rarely seen without his camera. In Behind the Lens, he shares evocative photographs from his personal archives that capture the finest moments from his glittering 50-year career alongside musings on his life experiences.

    He talks about growing up in his beloved London and reveals how his Jewish roots have influenced his career. He also discusses the joys and perils of fame, his love of photography and music and reflects on the changing nature of the acting industry.
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    Writers: Their Lives and Works

    DK

    Product Code: WTLW
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    Bookworms and literature lovers will delve into this compendium full of over 100 biographies of the world's greatest writers including Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    Each author, playwright and poet's profile is accompanied by a stunning portrait and a critical evaluation of their key ideas, themes and techniques.

    From the Middle Ages through to contemporary writers, this book offers a captivating insight into the lives, loves and influences of a number of extraordinary writers.
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    Bowie by O'Neill

    Terry O'Neill

    Product Code: BOWE
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    David Bowie fans will be Dancing in the Street when they flick through the pages of this selection of Terry O'Neill's photographs capturing the Changes the Thin White Duke went through during the course of his colourful life.

    From the last Ziggy Stardust performance to the recording of the seminal album Young Americans, this keepsake hardback contains candid shots of one of the world's most fascinating and influential musicians in his natural element. It includes gatefold spreads of some of his most famous moments - including the photograph that inspired the Diamond Dogs album cover and an impromptu meeting with Elizabeth Taylor!

    Among the 500 photographs are rare and never-before-seen shots of Bowie playing live shows, shooting films and mingling backstage. Celebrating the Golden Years of one of music's greatest Heroes, this hardback is a must for any music fan.
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    The Man Who Was Saturday

    Patrick Bishop

    Product Code: MWWS
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    Published to mark the 40th anniversary of his death, The Man Who Was Saturday is Patrick Bishop's eye-opening and action-packed biography of Airey Neave - a World War II hero, spymaster and politician who was murdered in the House of Commons car park in 1979.

    Examining the life, war and death of Airey, this book reveals how he was the first British officer to escape from Colditz and how (while using the code name 'Saturday') he became a key figure in the IS9 escape which helped hundreds of Allies out of Occupied Europe.

    As well as getting mixed up in several great spy scandals, Airey was also a trained lawyer who served indictments on the Nazi leaders during the Nuremburg war trial. As if that wasn't enough, he was also the man who helped get Margaret Thatcher into power in 1975...

    His death in 1979 is just as remarkable as his life. A bomb was placed beneath his car while he was driving up the ramp of the House of Commons underground car park, killing him instantly and although the murder was claimed by Irish Republican group the INLA, the killers have never been identified.
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    Best Foot Forward

    Adam Hills

    Product Code: BFFW
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    The Last Leg host and stand-up comedian Adam Hills tells his life story in this touching and hilarious biography.

    Adam has been performing for over 30 years and in this book he talks about losing his leg and how his experiences as a disabled comedian have inspired him in so many ways. He reveals how following your heart and staying positive can lead to so many incredible experiences - including hosting one of Channel 4's most popular shows!

    He also talks through his favourite childhood memories, backstage blunders and exciting encounters with celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Connolly and the bloke who sang The Macarena.
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    Trials and Error

    Dougie Lampkin

    Product Code: TEDL
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    Dougie Lampkin, the world's greatest off-road rider, talks about his life in motorcycling in this incredible and unique autobiography.

    He reveals the inspirations behind his stunts and how he always believed he was set for a life on two wheels - his dad placed a motorcycle next to his cot before he arrived home for the first time, after all!

    Dougie comes from a family of sportsmen and had won seven consecutive outdoor world titles and five indoor world titles, earning him the MBE by the age of 25 and this book he brings the excitement of his sport vividly to life - sharing behind-the-scenes drama of his Red Bull challenges including riding over a multi-million-pound F1 car without leaving a scratch.

    For fans of: Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, Carl Fogarty
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    Look What You Made Me Do

    Helen Walmsley-Johnson

    Product Code: LWYM
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    After listening to The Archers and hearing the story about Helen Tichener being emotionally abused by her husband, Helen Walmsley-Johnson found some of the plot elements disturbingly familiar. This is her story about how she wound up - and escaped - two relationships full of coercive control.

    Helen's first husband controlled all aspects of her life, from who she saw to how much money was in her bank account. He alienated her from friends, family and even their three daughters. He eventually threw her out, leaving Helen no chance but to painfully rebuild her life.

    In her early 40s, Helen met Franc - who at first seemed kind, charming and considerate but soon also started telling her what to wear, eat and even to think.

    This candid and gripping memoir explains how she ended up being trapped by two smiling abusers and has been written to help other women in similar situations have the courage to walk away. It will help you recognise, understand and survive this sinister form of abuse.
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    Journeys to the Other Side of the World

    Sir David Attenborough

    Product Code: JOSW
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    Sir David Attenborough is now in the seventh decade of his hugely successful television career as a broadcaster and naturalist. His success began with the famous Zoo Quest in 1954, where he travelled the world to discover exotic animals for a zoo exhibition in the UK.

    In this fascinating memoir, David revisits his journeys from Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern territory of Australia.

    Originally published in the late 1950s, this warm and humorous account finds David exploring some of the most remarkable cultures and wildlife from this time including his encounters with paradise birds, chameleons and sifakas.
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    Up - Ben Fogle

    Ben Fogle

    Product Code: UPBF
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    Following the devastating stillborn birth of their son Willem, seasoned adventurer Ben Fogle and his wife Marina made a promise to embrace every day and be more positive. This led to Ben's dream of conquering Mount Everest.

    In April 2018, Ben set off along with Olympic Gold-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton and mountaineer Kenton Cool to climb to the top while raising funds for the British Red Cross and highlighting the environmental challenges mountains face.

    The trio walked the fine line between life and death 8,000 metres above sea level and Ben quickly realised how enlightening this seven-week journey was going to be.

    This memoir is told with humour and warmth and covers both Ben and Marina's - who was holding the family together at home - experiences during his expedition.
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    In My Life - Alan Johnson

    Alan Johnson

    Product Code: AJML
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    Former home secretary Alan Johnson celebrates his love of music in this marvellously entertaining memoir.

    He recalls first hearing Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly's True Love on the radio as a child in the 1950s and how this led to a lifelong passion. He fondly remembers humming Elvis Costello's Watching the Detectives while working as a postman and celebrates his love of artists ranging from Lonnie Donegan and The Beatles to David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

    A great read for music lovers and those who are interested in politics, this book lets you discover more about Alan Johnson the man while also transporting you back to a world of jukeboxes full of unashamedly romantic love songs and heartbreaking ballads.
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    More Power

    Hugh Matheson

    Product Code: MREP
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    Jurgen Grobler, one of Britain's most esteemed sporting coaches and the mastermind behind many Olympic rowing successes, has remained largely out of the spotlight throughout his life.

    This biography, written by Olympic medallist Hugh Matheson and rowing historian Christopher Dodd, looks at the ways in which he has inspired Britain's rowing teams so so many Gold medals.

    Grobler has worked with athletes including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell over the years and won Gold in a range of boat classes. This book looks over his career - from his early years in the German Democratic Republic to the fall of the Berlin Wall and then a move to Britain in pursuit of rowing greatness.
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  • The Real Pet Detective

    Tom Watkins

    Product Code: RLPD
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    Retired policeman Tom Watkins is the founder of Animal Search UK - Britain's foremost search service for missing pets. The Real Pet Detective is his story.

    Tom talks about the various ways in which he and his team have managed to reunite animals with their grateful owners and these range from recording owners' voices to lure cats from hiding places and even organising a fly-over to raise the profile of a missing terrier.

    Animal Search UK reunites over 2,000 pets and owners every month and The Real Pet Detective spans 20 years of dramatic and heart-warming rescues.
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    Ed Sheeran: Memories we made

    Christie Goodwin

    Product Code: EDMM
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    Ed Sheeran is the world's biggest pop star right now and this book showcases images from a 10-year collaboration between 'The A-Team', 'Shape of You' and 'Galway Girl' singer and photographer Christie Goodwin.

    Christie first photographed Ed when he was a young busker in 2008 and in the decade since, he has played to thousands upon thousands of fans in stadiums and festivals all over the world. This book contains intimate and unseen photographs of Ed in action from all over this time.

    It features a foreword and photo captions from Ed's father, John Sheeran and will delight anyone who is fascinated by the singer-songwriter's hugely successful career.
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    From My Heart

    Linda Nolan

    Product Code: FMYH
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    Beloved singer and broadcaster Linda Nolan provides a brave and honest account of her life and battles with cancer in an inspiring memoir that will make you laugh, cry and want to dance.

    The autobiography finds Linda - one of the singers from The Nolans whose hit I'm in the Mood for Dancing is still a floor-filler today - talking about her roller-coaster life. She discusses what it was like growing up in a big Irish family and how she and her sisters coped with the worldwide fame that followed. She also reveals the secrets and feuds that threatened to tea them apart.
    Linda candidly talks about her first battle with breast cancer and how the death of her husband left her deeply depressed and contemplating suicide. After choosing to live life to the full again, she received the news the cancer had come back and was now incurable. However, Linda has decided to enjoy the time she has left and embrace all the little things in life.
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