Biographies & Autobiographies
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.
John Humphrys marks his retirement from the BBC with a candid memoir...
John has held politicians to account on Radio 4's Today programme for 33 years and here he shares all about his eventful career - from his childhood in Cardiff to presenting the Nine O'Clock News and reporting on Watergate, apartheid South Africa and so many other world-changing events.
He talks about the inspirations for his take-no-prisoners interviewing style and speaks out about his suspicion of all forms of authority. He also shares his passions for various causes and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of working for the Today programme.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leading Winston Churchill scholar Dr. Christopher Catherwood reveals what the former prime minister - a man often declared the greatest statesman to have ever lived - was like as a man in this painstakingly researched biography. It's packed with photographs and artefacts from the former PM's life.
Drawing on archive interviews, artworks and personal notes for some of Churchill's most famous and inspiring wartime speeches, this book explores his hidden history in detail. From being homesick while at boarding school to his successes and failures (he disastrous Gallipoli campaign and his blind spot over India), it reveals him to be a powerful, colourful and remarkable character.
This is a must-read for anyone who is fascinated in political history and those who have gained an interest in the politician after seeing John Lithgow in The Crown or Gary Oldman's Oscar-winning performance in The Darkest Hour.
How would it feel if all your sons and daughters were caught up in war?
Annabel Venning tells the incredible true story of four brothers and two sisters (the Walker children including her grandfather, Walker) who were swept along by the momentous events of the Second World War.
She reveals how each sibling faced an extraordinary struggle for survival despite their vastly different circumstances: Harold was a surgeon and Ruth a nurse while Peter, Edward and Walter all fought on the frontline. Meanwhile, glamorous Bee had her sights set on everlasting happiness with an American suitor...
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.
This incredible DK book is packed with clear and informative biographies of 85 scientists whose ideas, actions and achievements changed the world in a variety of ways.
From Greek mathematicians including Archimedes and Pythagoras through to physicists of the early 20th century such as Marie Curie and Albert Einstein and modern greats like Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee.
Animal lovers who enjoyed reading The Secret Life of Cows will love Helen Browning and Tim Finney's Pig: Tales from an Organic Farm.
This evocative and illuminating book explores why the humble pig holds such a special place in our hearts and follows the life and times of a gang of Saddleback pigs who live on one of the most advanced organic farms in the UK.
By following them growing up, Helen has the chance to reveal just how mischievous, intelligent and inventive these animals can be - and share her vision for the future of ethical farming.
Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed's inspiring book brings together the best quotes of advice he has been given by a host of politicians, actors, sports personalities and celebrities.
Featuring wisdom and insight from the likes of Stephen Fry, Dame Judi Dench, Bear Grylls, Ruby Wax and Heston Blumenthal, this beautiful book (with orange sprayed edges and pen-and-ink portraits of each famous face by the talented Samuel Kerr) is packed with quips, tips and so much more advice that covers various aspects of life and its foibles.
Perfect for dipping in and out of, this gift book is a treasure trove of the encounters Richard has had with a wide range of famous faces over the years - and the advice they gave that he believes will lead you to a better life.
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
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.
Join Steve Backshall on an unforgettable journey into the unknown...
Accompanying a major TV series, this book finds the explorer extraordinaire recalling his discoveries as he explored the darkest corners of our planet in search of world firsts and tested the limits of human endeavour.
Steve recalls his experiences in inspiring and unflinching detail and reveals how every destination brought about its own challenges - from climbing an ice fall in Greenland to navigating a South American river and exploring the world's longest cave system in Mexico.
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.
Commemorating 50 years since the death of Winston Churchil, this is a unique illustrated biography for anyone interested in the history of Britain.
It includes rare and previously unpublished images from the vaults of the Churchill Archive Centre and family pictures from the Broadwater collection. Written by historian Max Arthur, the book covers everything from Churchill's youth and early military career through to the First and Second World Wars and his post-war life.
Endlessly fascinating, it includes timelines, speech drafts, telegrams and insights into Churchill's key influences, acquaintances and family.
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...
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.
David Jason, the nation's favourite actor, talks about his life in acting and how he brought characters like Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter and Detective Jack Frost to life.
He reveals behind-the-scenes gossip about each character (and show) and reveals how each one changed his life. David also explains why each one means so much to him.
Told with characteristic charm and wit, this is a funny and poignant autobiography from a national treasure.
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.
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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