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Autobiography: A need to read!

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JollySallyJeffries Tue 01-Oct-13 16:21:21

Hi everyone!

Not to be too smug, but im off to Dubai on a lovely winter hol in a couple of weeks and have searched and searched for a decent few books to take with me to no avail!!

My problem is that i only really like reading things that are written in first person, so autobiograaphies are my main choice!

Havent read one since last year so i've no idea whats around and whats any good- Anyone got any recommendations?

ConfusedandDazed24 Tue 01-Oct-13 21:05:27

Have you ever read anything about the Mitfords? They are a fascinating family, and there are plenty of books around about them?

ghostonthecanvas Tue 01-Oct-13 21:06:45

Rod Stewart. His was quite funny.

DuchessofMalfi Tue 01-Oct-13 22:00:30

David Mitchell, Jo Brand. Both good.

Mitfords are fascinating. So agree with that.

nettie Tue 01-Oct-13 22:10:05

Agree with other posters about Mitford Sister books being a good read.

I also enjoyed Rob Lowes autobiography. John Taylor's is pretty good as well.

joanofarchitrave Tue 01-Oct-13 22:12:06

Andre Agassi's autobiography Open is fab. I also really enjoyed John McEnroe's (Serious) but that dates me a bit these days!

Am not a massive tennis fan btw but do like sports autobiographies.

M0naLisa Sat 05-Oct-13 08:07:38

I enjoyed
Peter Kay
Michael McIntyre
Jason Manford
Cheryl cole
I'm looking forward to John Bishop book coming out on 9/10

CoteDAzur Sat 05-Oct-13 09:10:07

J G Ballard's autobiography "Miracles Of Life" is brilliant.

MrsBungle Sat 05-Oct-13 09:11:29

Also agree with the Mitford girls - good read.

Stephen fry - Moab is my washpot is interesting.

Follyfoot Sat 05-Oct-13 09:15:30

Paul O'Grady has written 3 volumes I think, all really good. Can second Andre Agassi's - it is fascinating. Ruby Wax too. And David Niven's books are still funny.

Off to try some Mitford books next...

chicaguapa Sat 05-Oct-13 09:58:49

Both Chris Evans' and Michael McIntyre have been the ones I've enjoyed the most.

KatieScarlett2833 Sat 05-Oct-13 10:02:09

Boy George, Take it like a man
Helter Skelter , book about the Manson murders
Marianne Faithfull by Mark Hodkinson
The Autobiography of Henry V111, by Margaret George

tumbletumble Sat 05-Oct-13 19:06:06

I enjoyed Frank Skinner's autobiography, even though I'm not that keen on him as a comedian. Michael J Fox's was also surprisingly good (called Lucky Man).

Not quite an autobiography but written in the first person about his work in criminology - Paul Britton's The Jigsaw Man is an interesting read.

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey is brilliant.

I also really enjoyed The Heart Shaped Bullet by Kathryn Flett, about her divorce.

How about travel writing in the first person? I love Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux and Sarah Moss (Strangers in Iceland).

MrsDavidBowie Sun 06-Oct-13 08:33:50

New ones out by Graham Nash and Anjelica Houston.

southeastdweller Sun 06-Oct-13 20:41:31

Tate it Like a Man, by Boy George.
Our Betty, by Liz Smith.

Looking forward to the ones by Patsy Kensit and Jennifer Saunders.

rugbychick Sun 06-Oct-13 20:55:33

I've just started reading The Secret Life Of Bletchley Park. Whilst it's not an autobiography, it's still an interesting read about that period of time in British history.
Other than that, I've enjoyed Nelson Mandela's autobiography, "Long Walk To Freedom". The others I've enjoyed have already been mentioned

GoofyIsACow Sun 06-Oct-13 20:58:02

I agree with the Chris evans one, surprisingly good.

GoofyIsACow Sun 06-Oct-13 20:58:15

Actually there are two. I think!

southeastdweller Sat 12-Oct-13 21:41:59

Has anyone started reading any of the ones that came out this week?

singaporefling Sat 12-Oct-13 22:42:59

IM YOUR MAN -Leonard Cohen... Very good... Biography though...

Scarlettsstars Sun 13-Oct-13 22:15:07

David Niven's The Moon's a balloon would be my recommend

MrsCakesPremonition Sun 13-Oct-13 22:18:42

I read your thread title and immediately thought of "The Child that books built" by Frances Spufford.

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