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Our range of biographies and autobiographies are perfect for learning about the interesting stories of how some of your favourite famous people rose to fame or, in some cases, infamy. We have a great range of books on celebrities and their lives, sporting heroes revealing their competitive mindsets, and intriguing reads about political figures and cultural icons. Whatever you're after, we're sure to have the right biography for you.

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Biographies & Autobiographies

  • 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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  • 100 Things I Meant To Tell You

    Arthur Smith

    Product Code: HTAS
    Hardback
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    Enjoy a laugh-out-loud journey into the mind of comedian and 'grumpy old man' Arthur Smith.

    100 Things I Meant to Tell You is Arthur Smith's first book for many years and it's filled with 100 stories, poems and articles inspired by a lifetime on the road performing to thousands of comedy fans.

    From shows all over the world to his musings on goat yoga (it's a thing in Ipswich), this book is full of personal, eye-opening and funny stories.
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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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  • My Life in Football

    Kevin Keegan

    Product Code: KEVN
    Hardback
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    You will love it when you read Kevin Keegan's autobiography! Love it!

    Fifty years after making his professional debut, Kevin Keegan looks over a glittering football career that saw him win trophies galore while playing for Liverpool and Hamburg and be named as England captain. He also recalls the ups and downs of his managerial career - from being the man in charge of the Newcastle team known as 'The Entertainers' to his unhappy time in charge of the national team.

    For the first time, he also reveals the shattering truth about his return to St James Park during the Mike Ashley era. Honest, brave, bold and funny, this is a moving account of an incredible life in the constantly changing world of football.
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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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  • 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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  • Some Sunny Day

    Product Code: SSDY
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    At 94 years old, Madge Lambert is one of the few remaining women to have served as a nurse during the Burma Campaign between 1944 and 1945. It was while working here that she met her husband, Captain Basil Lambert. The couple have a love of dance that saw them appear on a Strictly Come Dancing Remembrance Day special.

    Based on first-hand research and meetings with Madge, Robert Blair's biography celebrates their romance, explaining how they met in the most desperate of times. Joining the troopship when she was just 20 years old and not long qualified, she was based in Chittachong on the Indian border, close to a fierce battle between the Allied forces and the Japanese.

    Madge spent long and exhausting hours nursing badly injured soldiers and eventually met Basil. This is a heart-warming and poignant account of how their burgeoning romance survived the final few months of war - and has thrived ever since.
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  • Three Kings

    Leo Moynihan

    Product Code: THRK
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    Three great football clubs... Three fine managers.

    Written by Leo Moynihan and Jonny Owen, this book will appeal to fans of Celtic, Liverpool and Manchester United alike. It focuses on three legendary managers who were born within a 20-mile radius of each other in the central lowlands of Scotland: Jock Stein, Bill Shankly and Matt Busby.

    It explains how their early lives formed in this mining community went on to change the world of football in a way that still resonates today.
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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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  • Stable Lass

    Gemma Hoggs

    Product Code: SLAS
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    Gemma Hoggs' Stable Lass is a heartfelt memoir that reveals what it's like to work at one of the country's top racing yards.

    Gemma explains how despite the long hours and low pay, she finds her job incredibly rewarding: she works in the beautiful surroundings of Middleham in Wensleydale and the majesty of the horses makes up for any challenges she faces from humans.

    She talks about the dangers, politics, in-fighting, romances and affairs that exist in the horse riding industry and also opens up about her grief after losing a horse. She also reveals all about the people she deals with - from straight-talking boss Mickey Hammond to millionaire owners and jockeys that starve themselves to lose weight...
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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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  • Dear Cancer, Love Victoria

    Victoria Derbyshire

    Product Code: DCLV
    Hardback
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    This is BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire's moving account of how she dealt with the devastating news she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Told with honesty and openness, her diary (which she has written daily since she was 9 years old) reveals why she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight and how she used it to inspire thousands of others to seek diagnosis and help.

    She discusses all of the key moments in candid detail, including the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, how she went about telling her partner and children and the trials of her mastectomy and chemotherapy.

    She also talks about her joy at finishing treatment and returning to work. This is a hugely affecting and heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting story about a brave struggle against a terrible illness.
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  • Call the Midlife!

    Chris Evans

    Product Code: MDLF
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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.
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  • Dadland

    Keggie Carew

    Product Code: CSCTC
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    Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016, Keggie Carew's Dadland is a story of war and grief, jealousy and madness and mischief and fierce love.

    A poignant exploration of what becomes of us as we grow old, it is full of Keggie's memories of her rather unorthodox but charming father. As her father Tom begins to lose his memory, Keggie tries to unravel his story but finds out so many surprising secrets.

    She learns that Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer and a law unto himself. He was also part of an elite SEO unit who was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerilla resistance in France, Burma and during the Second World War - and that was just the beginning...

    Dadland takes in elements of peace and war and then follows a painful path into dementia. It's a heartbreaking, powerful and perfectly poignant true story about an extraordinary man.
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  • The Little Book of Chanel

    Emma Baxter-Wright

    Product Code: AWOFE
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    This monograph on Coco Chanel chronicles the life and legacy of one of history's most influential couturiers. From her early days of millinery, through her revolutionary inventions in sportswear and jersey fashions for women, the classics that have made her name, such as the Chanel cardigan jacket and the little black dress, to the global empire of the brand under the helm of Karl Lagerfeld, this beautifully illustrated book offers a fascinating account of Chanel's evolution and innovation. Detailed photographs and sketches of her designs, along with fashion photography and catwalk shots, pay tribute to one of the world's most highly regarded fashion houses and the woman behind it.
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  • Call the Midlife: TFI Friday, Top Gear and Other Middle-Aged Dilemmas

    Chris Evans

    Product Code: AUFLG
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    During his run into turning FIFTY, CHRIS EVANS is on a MISSION. To take stock of WHERE HE IS and WHERE HE'S AT in order to figure out how BEST to get the MOST out of what he BELIEVES are the BEST YEARS yet to come. His typically positive and upbeat journey involves ONE HUNDRED DAYS of contemplation, research, focus, frustration and DECISION MAKING while SECRETLY: *Training for The London MARATHON *Bringing back his cult Nineties TV show TFI FRIDAY *And the small matter of suddenly being asked to take over TOP GEAR. HEALTH, LOVE, MARRIAGE, SEX, DEATH and even RELIGION all come under his witty microscope as he poses the conundrum - MIDLIFE: CRISIS vs OPPORTUNITY ? There can only be one winner.
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  • The Wicked Wit of Princess Margaret

    Karen Dolby

    Product Code: BPLBF
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    Celebrate the rapier-like wit of the royal rebel, the late, great Princess Margaret - or 'Ducky' as she was known behind closed doors. Even as a child, Princess Margaret - younger sister of Elizabeth - was noted for her theatrical and witty demeanour. Her nanny, 'Crawfie' described her as a 'born comic' and her sister, now Queen Elizabeth II, remarked that parties were always better with Margaret in attendance as she made everyone laugh. She made John Lennon blush and Pablo Picasso was infatuated with her - and she made no secret of her intolerance for the dim-witted, the disobedient or the boring - and her one-liners are legendary: On considering that Elizabeth would one day be Queen, Margaret's response was one of sincere commiseration, 'Poor you', she told her. Attending a high-society party in New York, the hostess asked politely how was the Queen? 'Which one?' Margaret replied coolly, 'My sister, my mother, or my husband?'
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  • This is Going to Hurt

    Adam Kay

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    Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, comedian Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a fascinating insight into the multitude of work the staff of the NHS has to undertake to keep us all safe and in good health.

    A junior doctor between 2004 and 2010, Adam provides a no-holds-barred account of the 97-hour weeks, life-or-death decisions and the constant tsunami of bodily fluids he had to contend with...

    Looking back on notes scribbled in secret after his busy shifts, Adam also explains how he managed to survive on the low pay and the effect his choice of career had on both his social life and relationships. This is a book that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know - and a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.
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  • The Volunteer

    Jack Fairweather

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    SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD 'Totally gripping'-- Simon Sebag Montefiore 'Pilecki is perhaps one of the greatest unsung heroes of the second world war ... this insightful book is likely to be the definitive version of this extraordinary life' -- Economist Would you sacrifice yourself to save thousands of others? In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interned at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre -- Auschwitz. It was only after arriving at the camp that he started to discover the Nazi's terrifying plans. Over the next two and half years, Witold forged an underground army that smuggled evidence of Nazi atrocities out of Auschwitz. His reports from the camp were to shape the Allies response to the Holocaust - yet his story was all but forgotten for decades. This is the first major account to draw on unpublished family papers, newly released archival documents and exclusive interviews with surviving resistance fighters to show how he brought the fight to the Nazis at the heart of their evil designs. The result is an enthralling story of resistance and heroism against the most horrific circumstances, and one man's attempt to change the course of history.
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  • First Man In

    Ant Middleton

    Product Code: BUKIX
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    Former Special Boat Service (SBS) sniper Ant Middleton tells his incredible life story in this exhilarating and jaw-dropping autobiography.

    He offers an insight into Special Forces training and how you're programmed to understand failure is not an option. He also talks about the lessons he's learned and the personal tragedies he's suffered along the way.
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  • The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism

    Naoki Higashida

    Product Code: AJPFA
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    Written by Naoki Higashida when he was only thirteen, this remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children. Using a question and answer format, Naoki explains things like why he talks loudly or repeats the same questions, what causes him to have panic attacks, and why he likes to jump. He also shows the way he thinks and feels about his world - other people, nature, time and beauty, and himself. Abundantly proving that people with autism do possess imagination, humour and empathy, he also makes clear how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding. David Mitchell and his wife have translated Naoki's book so that it might help others dealing with autism and generally illuminate a little-understood condition. It gives us an exceptional chance to enter the mind of another and see the world from a strange and fascinating perspective. The book also features eleven original illustrations, inspired by Naoki's words, by the artistic duo Kai and Sunny.
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  • My Family and Other Animals

    Gerald Durrell

    Product Code: AYDKI
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    A keepsake Penguin Classics edition of Gerald Durrell's My Family And Other Animals.

    Based on the author's own childhood, this is an entertaining story that will take you to the island of Corfu as the family come across scorpions, snakes and more animals and characters.
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  • Going Solo

    Roald Dahl

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    Phizz-whizzing new branding for the World's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl. As a young man, Roald Dahl's adventures took him from London to East Africa, until the Second World War began and he became a RAF pilot. You'll read stories of whizzing through the air in a Tiger Moth Plane, encounters with deadly green mambas and hungry lions, and the terrible crash that led him to storytelling. Going Solo is exciting, enthralling and just like its prequel Boy - it's all True...Illustrated with photographs and original letters. And now you can listen to all of Roald Dahl's stories on audio, read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - and there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Also look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting Twit or Miss! and House of Twits inspired by the revolting Twits.
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  • Break Point

    Ollie Ollerton

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    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER OLLIE OLLERTON CO-HOSTS SAS: WHO DARES WINS ALONGSIDE ANT MIDDLETON, JASON FOX and MARK BILLINGHAM. THIS IS HIS INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY Where is your break point? Is it here? Facing the gruelling SAS selection process on one leg, with a busted ankle and the finish line nowhere in sight? Or here? Under heavy fire from armed kidnappers while protecting journalists en route to Baghdad. Or is it here? At the bottom of a bottle, with a family in pieces, unable to adapt to a civilian lifestyle, yearning for a warzone? Ex-Special Forces soldier and star of TV's SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ollie Ollerton has faced many break points in his life and now he tells us the vital lessons he has learnt. His incredible story features hardened criminals, high-speed car chases, counter-terrorism and humanitarian heroics - freeing children from a trafficking ring in Thailand. Ollie has faced break points in his personal life too, surviving a freak childhood attack, run-ins with the law as a teenager rebelling against a broken home, his self-destructive battles with alcohol and drug addiction, and his struggles with anxiety and depression. His final redemption as an entrepreneur and mental health charity ambassador has seen him overcome adversity to build a new and better life. 'Everyone has the capacity for incredible achievement, because it's only when it's crunch time, when you're down to your last bullet - when you're at break point - that you find out who you really are.'
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