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Celebrity Autobiographies and Biographies of Britain's National Treasures

Britain has many brilliant national treasures and every one of them has an amazing story to tell. We have a great range of celebrity autobiographies, from all manner of talented and influential people, as well as great celebrity biographies about our best national treasures, living or dead. Learning the stories and histories of how these great people came to be so loved and respected by our society is truly fascinating and so we've compiled our very favourite celebrity biographies and autobiographies from and about Britain's national treasures for you to enjoy.

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1. David Bowie: A Life

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Dylan Jones

Journalist Dylan Jones presents the legendary David Bowie in a way you've never seen him before. Dylan brings together accounts from those who knew and loved Bowie as well as 20 years' worth of interviews between Bowie and himself to give an insight into the well-guarded private life of this amazing musician. From how he came to have such a creative and unusual career to his family life, including the effect his half-brother's schizophrenia had on his life and work, this biography is a must-read for all fans of this Starman.


2. Maggie Smith: A Biography

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Michael Coveney

The phenomenal Dame Maggie Smith has been wowing film, TV and theatre audiences for sixty years and in this book you can learn all about her incredible life and career. Though Maggie is known for liking her private life kept private, she has approved this terrific biography by Michael Coveney. Beginning with her early work on the stage and following her through to her more recent work in the Harry Potter films and Downtown Abbey, this comprehensive look into the life of this star is a really unique read.


3. The Zoo Quest Expeditions

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Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough first wrote this autobiography in the 1950s after he secured a job with the BBC filming a show called Zoo Quest which allowed him to travel around the world, finding unusual animals for London Zoo. This book was then republished in 2017 to celebrate 65 years of David working at the BBC and is filled with strange and exciting anecdotes of the adventures David had whilst filming the show. If you want a glimpse into the origins of what made this famous animal lover into the national treasure he's become then this is the book for you.


4. The Story of Beatrix Potter

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Sarah Gristwood

Beatrix Potter, the incredible author and illustrator behind some of the world's best-loved children's stories, was a rather fascinating woman. In Sarah Gristwood's biography you can discover how she came to be successful as a writer despite living in a time where women writers were still struggling to find the respect they deserved. Sarah shines a light on Beatrix's charming childhood where she found inspiration for her stories to her adult life, her marriages and her work as a farmer. Learn the story of the lady behind countless terrific tales in this amazing biography. 

5. Tom Jones - The Life

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Sean Smith

The life of this Welsh legend has been a thrilling one so far and biographer Sean Smith lets you see how Tom went from a small mining town to one of the biggest singers in the world. Over the years Tom has gained many celebrity friends and has had many incredible adventures, discover them all in this brilliant biography. Moving from Wales to California to Vegas and back again, this biography is certainly not one to be missed.


6. My Brief History

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is known for his brilliant mind and scientific expertise but in this fascinating autobiography you can get a glimpse into the personal side of the amazing life Stephen has led. Starting with his childhood in post-war Britain and taking you through his educational journey and his motor neurone disease diagnosis at 21, to his life as a father and physicist, this memoir makes fascinating reading. Best known for his book, A Brief History of Time, Stephen leads you through his own history and his life so far.