Can you please recommend an interesting biography?

(65 Posts)
WetAugust Sat 10-May-14 00:07:58

Preferably an autobiography.

I've recently read Andre Agassi -Open, Joanna Lumley's, Rupert Everett's, Duncan Bannantyne's and Alan Sugar's (which is the best and most candid I have ever read).

Am very open minded, so could be anybody's.

Thank you

IamtheDevilsAvocado Wed 15-Apr-15 12:59:28

84 charing cross road
Alan johnson - this boy
Loved Franz skinner's autobiography - he writes brilliantly
Very disappointed by pamela Stephenson-billy. Am big BC fan!

Not an autobiography as such, but brilliant writing by a young windower about his wife - it's not raining daddy its happy '. Brookes-Dutton

NotCitrus Sat 21-Mar-15 12:57:19

Alan Cumming! Not my father's son.
Mostly about his experiences delving into family secrets for his episode of Who do you think you are? - worth a read even if you've seen that episode (she says avoiding huge spoiler!)

Richard E Grant, Stephen Fry..

CoteDAzur Sat 21-Mar-15 12:20:34

Miracles Of Life - J G Ballard's autobiography. Fascinating overview of his years in a Japanese internment camp in Shanghai (which he later fictionalised in Empire Of The Sun) as well as his time at Cambridge and later years that gave birth to the likes of Crash.

hackmum Thu 05-Mar-15 09:54:49

I see this thread is still going! Hope the OP has found something to her taste by now. If not, Viv Albertine's memoir, published last year, is an excellent read.

IthoughtATMwasacashpoint Wed 04-Mar-15 15:22:10

Empty Mansions, the story of millionairess recluse Huguette Clark. A fascinating read with some amazing photos of her various homes.

Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

hackmum Tue 02-Dec-14 09:22:02

Rupert Everett's two autobiographies, particularly the first one.

Alan Johnson's This Boy and Please Mister Postman, though again the first one is a better read.

Damian Barr's Maggie and Me.

gonegrey56 Mon 01-Dec-14 18:52:50

Prue Leith's autobiography was so interesting - she has done so much in her career, and her account was fascinating. I also recently read a biography of the cook Elizabeth David , quite a character ! Well worth getting hold of, can't remember the exact title .

landrover Tue 25-Nov-14 22:15:18

Steve Brooksteins book just come out, sounds fascinating (but x factor won't be happy!)

Daydreamersea Sun 23-Nov-14 22:07:01

Sharon osbournes is pretty interesting

Daydreamersea Sun 23-Nov-14 22:02:54

Bob geldof - is this it - written about 20 years ago

Even though I don't particularly like him I was lent both of Piers Morgans autobiographies which were really interesting, more about the world he inhabited as opposed to the man himself.

Nancy spungens biography by her mother - she was Sid vicious girlfriend.

Toast by Nigel slater

This boy by Alan johnson

writtenguarantee Sun 23-Nov-14 21:59:26

infidel - ayaan hirsi ali
malcolm X

both good. neither are light (perhaps obvious). I might try something like stephen fry for christmas.

Lunastarfish Sun 23-Nov-14 21:56:07

Read Slash from Guns n Roses - he's had a crazy life!

lem73 Sun 23-Nov-14 21:55:56

It's about 25 years old but Tina Turner's autobiography still sticks in my mind. It had a huge impression on me as a teenager about being a strong woman and also how you can come back from making mistakes and unfortunate choices.

TheDogsMissingBollock Sun 23-Nov-14 21:54:03

Richard e Grant's one

arnold schwarzenegger was very interesting.
You do not need to be a fan of his films or his politics.
There is a lot about body building, which you also don't need to know anything about, it was very interesting.
And a lot about the difference in culture between growing up in Europe and living in US.

My DH recommends Chris Evans but I've not read it.

WetAugust Sat 13-Sep-14 23:19:03

Keith Richards about the Rolling Stones although I think it was ghost written.

Duncan Bannantyne's and Hilary. ?? From Dragons Den. Both really interesting.

HolgerDanske Mon 08-Sep-14 22:43:57

Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela

My Life, Bill Clinton (Have yet to read Hillary's. Must get that done!)

Not a biography but still a very lovely book and such fun - My Love Affair with Jewelry by Elizabeth Taylor

HolgerDanske Mon 08-Sep-14 22:29:31

I really liked Sir Roger Moore's autobiography:

'My Word is My Bond'

damepeanutbutter Mon 08-Sep-14 22:19:03

A Scandalous Life - The Biography of Jane Digby by Mary S Lovell is a biography I read almost 14 years ago for the book group that I was with at the time and we all absolutely loved it. Jane Digby scandalised Victorian England with her unconventional behaviour and today she would be a feminist icon. I found this book un-put-downable. The ending is very poignant and sad. Here is the Amazon link

Let me quote one review on Amazon:
"During her "Scandalous Life" Jane Digby was often written about in the popular press and remained a topic for tea time gossip for more than 50 years! Victorian England was fascinated by this unconventional woman who lived her life as she followed her heart and passions across Europe and the Middle East"

I can guarantee if you read this book you will be gripped.

damepeanutbutter Mon 08-Sep-14 21:58:37

My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding. Beautifully written and in parts so funny that I had to stop reading and try and control myself. I listened to the audio version - Clare narrates and is utterly brilliant.

isitsnowingyet Mon 08-Sep-14 18:55:41

Rob Bryden's - amusing and I found it an interesting read.

Rivercam Mon 08-Sep-14 18:50:11

Some Other a Rainbow - john McCartney about the time he was a hostage ( not a recent book)

Boris Becker autobiography - good read

Miranda - the book when she 'talks' to her 18 year old self

tumbletumble Mon 08-Sep-14 18:45:44

Agree re Frank Skinner. I also enjoyed Michael J Fox's, and I recently read and loved Viv Albertine's - highly recommended.

I thought Dawn French's was okay.

hazelnutlatte Mon 08-Sep-14 18:38:29

The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton (former teammate of Lance Armstrong) I don't think you need to be especially interested in cycling to read it - it's mostly about Lance and how he got away with bullying and cheating his way to the top - fascinating stuff.

I also liked Russell Brands booky wook - much better written than most 'celebrity' biographies but his attitude to women is appalling! It is still a real page turner though

loulougreen Mon 08-Sep-14 18:26:25

Hi there just read 'Coming up Trumps' by the 92 year old Baroness Trumpington, it's excellent , very enjoyable and easy to read, give it a try!

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