Biographies & Autobiographies

Real Lives

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    Dylan Jones
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    One of the greatest musical icons of all time, David Bowie's legacy and influence continues to reign strong across so many aspects of our culture. This biography is drawn from over 180 interviews and will tell you so much you didn't know about the man (who fell to Earth) behind Ziggy Stardust, Starman and Ashes to Ashes.

    Respected journalist and editor Dylan Jones has collated thoughts from Bowie's friends, rivals, lovers and collaborators to provide insight into a musician who was equally flamboyant and private. It looks at his entire career and traces his life from growing up in Brixton to his time spent in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and beyond.

    It reveals the huge impact Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother, Terry, had on his life and how he would absorb influences through intense relationships before dropping people cold when he'd got what he needed. Also featuring never-before-seen material from interviews Jones conducted with Bowie over two decades, this is an intimate, insightful and gloriously gossipy portrait of one of our finest ever polymaths.
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    David King
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    On 8 November, 1923, Adolf Hitler stormed into a beer hall in Munich, fired his pistol in the air and declared the start of a revolution.

    Seventeen hours later and he was on the run from the police, with his career seemingly in tatters. All that remained of his bold move was a trail of destruction... Written by historian David King, this is the true story of the monumental criminal proceeding that followed as Hitler and nine other suspects were charged with high treason.

    While reporters from all over the world came to witness the trial, things clicked into place for Hitler and he ended up hailing the fiasco of the beer hall putsch as a victory for the fledgling Nazi Party. This trial thrust Hitler into the limelight and provided him and set him on his journey to power.

    Using trial transcripts, police files and a host of sources, including 500 documents recently discovered from the Landsberg Prison record office, King's The Trial of Adolf Hitler explains how this failure of the justice system changed the world forever.
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    Robert Webb
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    Robert Webb is one of the stars of Peep Show and a regular on television screens all over the country. In his memoir, How Not to Be a Boy, he explores the relationships and experiences that made him who he is as a man.

    Told with heart, wit and honesty, Robert explains all about the lessons he learned while growing up and how he came to realise that it's almost impossible to be Luke Skywalker or any other 'bloke' that society demands men look up to... He talks about friendships, relationships and family in great detail and reveals how experiences with all of these helped him develop in his own individual way.

    Part a memoir, part a call to arms for men to start talking openly about their problems, this is a funny, touching and important read from one of Britain's most popular personalities.
    'Quite simply brilliant. I (genuinely) cried. I (genuinely) laughed out loud. I loved it.' J.K. Rowling
    'A truly great read, full of heart' Dawn French
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    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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    Brendan Cox
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    Jo Cox was a daughter, mother, wife, sister, MP, humanitarian and activist who believed in the power of community and cared for so many others - especially those less fortunate than her.

    Her murder in 2016 shook the nation and in the aftermath of her death, her husband Brendan urged the general public to remember what she stood for during her life rather than the way she died.

    This poignant memoir looks back at all the good things Jo did during her life and the successful campaigns she ran. Brendan also looks to the future and explains the ways in which he plans to honour her legacy by continuing to push for a more inclusive and positive society.

    The publication of this book coincides with the launch of greatgettogether.org, an event that finds communities coming together to celebrate all the things they have in common.
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    Portia Simpson
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    Portia Simpson was Scotland's first ever qualified female gamekeeper and in this memoir - set against the glorious backdrop of the Scottish Highlands - she talks about the highs and lows she has experienced during her career.

    A lover of the great outdoors from a very early age, Portia talks about her childhood and how she managed to break into what is traditionally a conservative and male-dominated profession. She explains how she honed her skills, where she trained and the dedication that set her apart from the crowd - and even inspired a character in the BBC's Monarch of the Glen.

    This is a captivating read that provides a fascinating and unique look at the life of a huntswoman while also offering a sense of wonder at nature's beauty.
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    Saroo Brierley
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    Lion is the heartbreaking and inspiring original true story of the lost little boy who found his way home twenty-five years later and is now a major film starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. As a five-year old in India, I got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, I crossed the world to find my way back home. Five-year-old Saroo lived in a poor village in India, in a one-room hut with his mother and three siblings...until the day he boarded a train alone and got lost. For twenty-five years. This is the story of what happened to Saroo in those twenty-five years. How he ended up on the streets of Calcutta. And survived. How he then ended up in Tasmania, living the life of an upper-middle-class Aussie. And how, at thirty years old, with some dogged determination, a heap of good luck and the power of Google Earth, he found his way back home. Lion is a triumphant true story of survival against all odds and a shining example of the extraordinary feats we can achieve when hope endures. 'Amazing stuff' The New York Post 'So incredible that sometimes it reads like a work of fiction' Winnipeg Free Press (Canada) 'A remarkable story' Sydney Morning Herald Review 'I literally could not put this book down. Saroo's return journey will leave you weeping with joy and the strength of the human spirit' Manly Daily (Australia) 'We urge you to step behind the headlines and have a read of this absorbing account...With clear recollections and good old-fashioned storytelling, Saroo...recalls the fear of being lost and the anguish of separation' Weekly Review (Australia)
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    Chris Graham
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    When Chris Graham was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at the age of just 34, he made the decision to live life to the fullest and enjoy incredible adventures and the best of what the world has to offer.

    This poignant memoir finds Chris looking back at a life that took him from a trouble childhood into the British Army. Alzheimer's has already claimed the life of his father at 42 and saw his brother in a nursing home at 43. To make the most of life, Chris decided to embark on an awareness-raising 16,000-mile solo cycle around North America...

    Armed only with his bike, a sense of humour and British determination, Chris left his loyal wife Vicky and his son Dexter at home as he undertook this amazing challenge - despite the fact he could forget the different between left and right at any point. Of course, he made it home in time for Christmas... this is an inspiring, moving and heart-rending book.
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    Davina McCall
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    Davina McCall shares her life experiences in her eagerly anticipated autobiography, Lessons I've Learned.

    One of the nation's favourite television personalities, the book is written with her trademark warmth and humour and covers all of her extraordinary life. From battles with drugs and alcohol to her undying love for her family and the crazy experiences in Davina's jetsetting career.

    She reveals what each experience has taught her and hopes her wisdom will inspire you to learn lessons in the same way. It's a memoir to inspire you to reach your own personal goals and to find happiness.
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    Mike Massimino
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    Mike Massimino always wanted to be a spaceman. Even being rejected by NASA twice could not stop him achieving his dream. This is his inspirational story.

    Combining high science with thrilling adventure, Mike reveals how even when he was told his eyesight was too poor to be an astronaut, he wouldn't give up on his goal - he simply trained his eyes to be better and was accepted by NASA at the third time of asking.

    This was the beginning of an 18-year career (1996-2014) that found him servicing the Hubble telescope, walking in space and even being the first man to tweet from space. Mike talks movingly about the Columbia tragedy and how it felt to step into a space shuttle following this horrific experience.

    Vivid and awe-inspiring, he also provides a fascinating insight into the hard work, camaraderie and sheet guts it takes to step into space and live as an astronaut.
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    TH White
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    A classic memoir about the bond between man and animal, this edition of T. H. White's The Goshawk includes a foreword from H is for Hawk author Helen Macdonald.

    First published in 1951, the book finds White describing the struggles (and enjoyment) he experienced while trying to train a wild goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird. With no training and only a few out-of-date books on falconry to guide him, he set about trying to bend the will of Gos to his own.

    Suffering setback after setback, White found himself becoming more and more attached to his new animal friend and together he believed they could soar.
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    Patrick Barclay
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    Manchester United's identity as an attacking force can all be tracked back to one man - legendary manager, Sir Matt Busby.

    With an emphasis on young, local players, Busby's football teams played a quick, passing, attacking game that entertained fans in their droves. However, tragedy struck when his 'Busby Babes' team were involved in the 1958 Munich air disaster where 23 people died (including eight players). This definitive biography looks at the effect of this tragedy and how, a decade later, Busby led a new United team to triumph as they won the European Cup.

    With interviews with players including Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Nobby Styles, who reveal just what it felt like to play for one of the greatest and most influential football managers of all time, this book reveals the qualities that set Busby apart.
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    Sarah Gristwood
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    As well as being the creator of classic characters including Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Squirrel Nutkin, Beatrix Potter lived an extraordinary life of her own.

    This biography from Sarah Gristwood unveils just how extraordinary Beatrix's life was. Describing her as a woman of contradictions (a sheltered Victorian daughter who grew into an astute modern businesswoman; a talented artist who became a scientific expert; a famous author who gave everything up to be a farmer...), this book follows the key turning points in Beatrix's life.

    From her brief first engagement to her happy second marriage and how she drew inspiration from her childhood pets and beloved locations in the Lake District, this book also explores Beatrix's last 30 years - when she abandoned books and worked as a farmer and conservationist, saving thousands of acres of the Lake District that still thrive today.
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    Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt OBE
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    Sir Ranulph Fiennes is Britain's greatest living polar explorer and this book provides a visual guide to the trials and tribulations he has gone through while on his expeditions.

    Fully illustrated, the book (with some adventures that were previously published in the narrative memoir, Cold) has maps, diary notes and personal photography from Fiennes' expeditions including the Transglobal Expedition and his unsupported crossings of Antarctica.

    The detailed maps showcase his routes across the various arctic landscapes he has traversed and there are captions that provide analysis of exactly what he has achieved. The book is not only full of stunning scenery, but also shows how Fiennes has pushed the boundaries of the human body in cold conditions.
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    Greg Rutherford
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    Not only a gold medal-winning athlete (in fact, he's one of the most successful British Olympians of all time) but also one of the stars of this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, Greg Rutherford tells his story in this revealing autobiography.

    One of the few Brits to have won gold at European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic level, he reveals how his route to the top was not a smooth journey. A reckless teenager who would sometimes sleep rough or car surf, he found an outlet in sport.

    He tells how falling short in the Beijing Olympics inspired him to glory on London 2012's unforgettable 'Super Saturday' and explains how his hard work and dedication paid off. An opinionated and likeable figure, he also offers up his thoughts on current issues surrounding the athletics world including doping.
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    Joey Barton
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    One of the most compelling and controversial characters from 'the Beautiful Game', Joey Barton reveals all in this explosive, warts-and-all autobiography.

    Raw yet redemptive, the book not only finds Joey looking back at a footballing career that has taken in stints at Manchester City, Newcastle, Queens Park Rangers, Marseille, Burnley and Glasgow Rangers but also a troubled personal life that found him being sent to prison for assault in 2008.

    It was this experience, along with the birth of his children, that made Joey sit back and re-evaluate his life and decisions. He claims that football is a sport that 'eats people alive' and in his trademark candid, challenging and entertaining style explains how this and his upbringing affected his decision-making. A popular figure on social media, he also talks about his plans for the future.
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    Ross Brawn, the most successful figure in Formula 1 history, and Adam Parr, the former CEO of Williams, have come together in Total Competition to explain to motor racing fans the lessons they have learned during their career and how they can use these to achieve their very own business goals.

    Compelling, comprehensive and revealing, this book explains what it takes to get to the top in a way that recalls Sir Alex Ferguson's bestselling advice guide, Leading. Ross Brawn talks about his four decades of success and examines the methods he has used to achieve so much. He also examines the occasions when he has got things wrong.

    This is a definitive portrait of modern motorsport that explores the pressures of the sport and the cut-throat nature of an industry where coming second is deemed as failure.
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    Clare Campbell
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    This poignant book will pull on the heartstrings of anyone who reads it, especially those who love cats.

    Written by Clare Campbell, the author of Dogs of Courage, it examines the plight of the nation's rescue cats. It's packed with stories about how brave cats who have strayed from their owners have been over the course of history. From when wild cats were considered vermin to some of the most incredible rescues that have taken place in recent years, these are extremely touching stories.

    Very loyal animals - no matter how badly they're treated - this book gives credit to those amazing people who care for stray cats and reveals just how much they're loved in return.
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    Steven Jamieson
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    A story of friendship and heroism, this real-life read finds Cornish lifeguard Steven Jamieson revealing all about the bond he shared with a Newfoundland dog called Bilbo.

    When the two first met, Steven was not expecting Bilbo to change his life forever. He was happy enough just living in his bijou home overlooking Land's End and the Atlantic ocean and doing his job. When he spotted Bilbo's webbed paws and thick, double layer of fur, he realised this dog might just be an excellent swimmer...

    Promoted to honorary lifeguard, Bilbo managed to save three lives and earned fans from all over the world. As the pair became closer, they had to find their way through some very dark days. It was their close relationship that got them through these huge life obstacles...

    Warm, heartfelt and moving, this is an inspiring read for anyone who loves animals.
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    Alastair Sawday
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    Campaigner, publisher and wanderer Alastair Sawday has spent his life travelling all around the world and in this book he celebrates the joys of slow travel. His musings will inspire you to take a breath and embrace all the beauty that surrounds you on your next trip away.

    This travelogue finds Alastair looking back on his own travels and recalling stories from those who have travelled to provide ruminations and reflections about people, places and ideas. He contemplates how much slow journeying adds to the appeal of France profonde, the darker side of Sicily and even the woodland, flora, fauna, views and silence of rural Britain.

    This is the perfect book for armchair travellers who haven't climbed mountains, swam in rivers and don't really change, but are eager to understand our world and its infinite variety of joys.
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    Ian Wright
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    One of the most recognisable - and possibly loudest - characters in football, Arsenal legend Ian Wright talks about the career that took him from non-league football to Highbury and then into punditry in his highly entertaining memoir, A Life in Football.

    A fantastic gift for any football fan, you can hear Wrighty's voice as he reveals all about what it was like playing for Crystal Palace and then moving on to Arsenal where he won trophies and broke records galore. While at the Gunners, the team evolved from George Graham's supposedly 'Boring, boring Arsenal' into a thrilling team managed by Arsene Wenger. Wrighty explains what it was like to be part of this revolution and also discusses his fabourite team mates, what it meant to break Arsenal's goalscoring record and what he really thinks of Tottenham Hotspur...

    He also talks about more personal issues; touching upon everything from spending a week in prison to presenting on primetime television.
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    Jonathan Trott
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    One of the most popular English cricketers of recent times, Jonathan Trott's Unguarded is an autobiography that not only looks at his sporting successes but also finds him opening up about mental health issues.

    A mainstay during one of England's most successful periods, Jonathan scored a century on his debut to clinch the Ashes in 2009. Despite being a regular and pivotal part of the team, Jonathan left the 2012-13 Ashes tour of Australia as he was suffering from a stress-related illness.

    In this eye-opening memoir, readers will find themselves transported right into the heart of the England dressing room - and into the heart of what it is to be a professional sportsman. From the successes on the field that were followed by a sharp decline to the dangers that pressure and expectation can bring, this is a book all about the rewards and risks that sports stars take...
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    Johan Cruyff
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    The footballing world was shocked and saddened by the death of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in March this year. Widely regarded as one of the best players of all time, he inspired the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands to glory.

    In his autobiography, My Turn, Johan tells the story of a truly unbelievable sporting career. A player who was synonymous with total football, he helped change the way teams played football and inspired players to break the shackles of convention and play in any position on the pitch. He talks about starting out at Ajax, where he won eight national titles and three European Cups, before moving on to Barcelona, where he quickly won La Liga.

    As well as club success, he also won many individual awards and inspired his country to a World Cup final appearance in 1974. While his playing career went from strength to strength, his off-the-field life was more turbulent - he encountered bankruptcy and was even the victim of a kidnapping attempt. He then followed this up with a trophy-laden managerial career. This is his story in his own words.
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    Ken Clarke
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    A witty, honest and forthright read that takes its title from his beloved Miles Davis, Ken Clarke looks back over his 46 years as the member of parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire in Kind of Blue: A Political Memoir.

    One of the genuine 'Big Beasts' of the political scene, Ken has been at the heart of the government under three different prime ministers and is well known not only for his Europhile views but also his love of cricket, Nottingham Forest Football Club and jazz.

    In this memoir, he charts his rise from a working-class scholarship to high political office and the upper echelons of his party and the government. However, Clarke is not a straightforward Tory; his position on the left of the party often led to Margaret Thatcher questioning his credentials and his passionate commitment to the European project has led many fellow Conservatives to regard him with suspicion - and cost him the leadership on no less than three occasions.

    With a ringside seat in British politics for four decades, this is a candid account of life both in and out of government full of observations that will enthral readers of all political persuasions.