New Autobiographies and Biographies That Make the Perfect Christmas Gift

This Christmas give the gift of thrilling and heart-warming true stories with one of our new autobiographies and biographies. You can read about the extraordinary lives of celebrities and those with incredible stories to share in our latest autobiographies. Or, discover stories of the past by well-respected historians in our range of new biographies. There really is something for to keep everyone happy this Christmas.

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1. The Real Pet Detective

Tom Watkins

Tom Watkins is the founder of Animal Search UK, a service helping to locate missing pets and reunite them with their owners. During his 20 years as The Real Pet Detective, Tom has dealt with many bizarre and complicated missing pets cases... and has tried some strange techniques to find them. Packed with incredible, heart-warming stories, this book is perfect for animal lovers.

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2. How Not To Be a Boy

Robert Webb

Comedian and actor, Robert Webb, has written this autobiography all about his strange journey that turned him from a boy to a man. Moving through various lessons he learnt growing up, Robert examines the way men are viewed in society and why this needs to change. Using his own stories and memories, he encourages men to start talking about their troubles. This at once hilarious and moving read is great as a gift for everyone this Christmas.

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3. Relish: My Life on a Plate

Prue Leith

This eye-opening memoir will show you Great British Bake Off judge, Prue Leith, as you've never seen her before. She documents her life, starting with her move from South Africa to London in the 1960s right up to her success as a chef and food critic. Prue gives you a fascinating insight into her amazing career whilst also letting you into her personal life, including life as a mother and the adoption of her daughter. This memoir contains the life story of a very interesting figure and is entertaining and surprising throughout.

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4. Dear Cancer, Love Victoria

Victoria Derbyshire

This autobiography deals with BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire's, breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. In unflinching detail, Victoria describes her experiences with cancer, how she coped with telling her family and the struggles she had with chemotherapy and mastectomy. This book is both shocking and uplifting as Victoria describes how she bravely coped with her diagnosis.

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5. This is Going to Hurt

Adam Kay

Comedian Adam Kay worked as a junior doctor in the NHS from 2004 to 2010. In this revealing autobiography, Adam shares his experiences with the long hours, low pay and stressful shifts that junior doctors, up and down the country, are facing every day. Relatable for doctors and eye-opening for everyone else, no stone is unturned in this shocking memoir about life in the medical profession.

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6. Pet Subjects

Peter Wedderburn

Pete Wedderburn has been working as The Telegraph's resident vet for 10 years and in this autobiography he shares the highs and lows of his career. From the many great animals he's met over the years to the toughest decisions he's had to make, Pete holds nothing back. With witty narration and a lot of warm-warming stories, this book is filled with memorable anecdotes and characters.

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7. The Trial of Adolf Hitler

David King

Historian, David King's, fascinating biography about the Beer Hall Putsch, an attempt by Adolf Hitler to start a revolution in Munich in 1923, makes astonishing reading for history buffs. When the attempt failed he went on the run from the police and was eventually tried for high treason. With police files, trial transcripts and more, this is an amazing exploration of a significant part in the build up to the Second World War and success of the Nazi Party in Germany that is often lost to history.

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If you need more exciting, moving or eye-opening books to gift this Christmas, check out our full selection of biography and autobiography books.

  • PTSB
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    Pete Wedderburn is the Telegraph's resident vet and in Pet Subjects, he recalls some of his favourite animal patients.

    From animals big to small, Pete the Vet has seen it all. He recalls both the heart-warming and heartbreaking moments from his career and tells them all with a tender and witty turn of phrase.

    Among the critters you'll get to read about are Apollo the hamster, Nero the cat and Ned the terrier.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Thanks to her no-nonsense approach to cooking, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith is one of Britain's favourite foodies. This is her eye-opening life story, told in her own words. She looks over her eventful career, home life and relationships with heart, humour and honesty.

    Prue Leith has always described herself as greedy, but this autobiography shows that is not necessarily the case. A South African who came to London in the early '60s and opened her Leith's restaurant shortly after, she was a famed food critic by the turn of the '70s and here she recalls how her love of food inspired such a glorious career.

    She reveals how her passion for food has helped her in every aspect of her life and also looks back over everything from the birth of her son and the adoption of her daughter to her affairs. It's a warts-and-all approach that will have you laughing, crying and understanding why good food is so important to Prue.