Our Christmas Top Picks: Autobiographies and Biographies 2016

Our Christmas Top Picks: Autobiographies and Biographies 2016

Lone Ranger

A gentle start to 2016 saw Guy cycle 527 miles from Lincolnshire to Scotland, sleeping outside in a bitterly cold January to compete in a 24-hour bike race in snow and ice. 

Zayn

The first and only official book from ZAYN. Global superstar ZAYN shares a photographic journey of his life since leaving One Direction. ZAYN opens up with this collection of thoughts, inspiration, and never-before-seen personal photographs. 

Jamie Vardy

The official autobiography of Jamie Vardy. An ordinary lad from Sheffield, Jamie Vardy has become known as an against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Yet a few years ago, things couldn’t have been any more different

Keeping On Keeping On

This latest collection contains Bennett’s peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre, a West End double-bill transfer, and the films of The History Boys and The Lady in the Van. 

Between Us

In this warm and intimate book, Peter invites you to take a look behind the scenes of his incredible life. He’ll talk about the highs and lows he has experienced: how he met and fell in love with his wife, Emily; the laughs and fun he has with his children, Amelia, Junior and Princess and how his music has evolved . 

Scrappy Little Nobody

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

No Cunning Plan

Sir Tony Robinson is a much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career lasting over fifty years. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, he reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, to comedy icon Baldrick in Blackadder.

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

Amy shares stories about her family, relationships, career, good – and bad – sex, recounting the experiences that have shaped who she is today: from the riches to rags story of her childhood to becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the planet and an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. 

The Pigeon Tunnel

In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive – reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. 

Kind of Blue

Clarke has had a ringside seat in British politics for four decades and his trenchant observations and candid account of life both in and out of government will enthral readers of all political persuasions.

Born To Run

 Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour and originality found in his songs.

Not Dead Yet

In his memoir Phil talks honestly about his three failed marriages, his alcoholism and his ill health but also describes the highs and lows of his career, and what it is like to work with other rock legends from Eric Clapton to Robert Plant. 

No Nonsense

So, you think you know Joey Barton. Think again. No Nonsense is a game-changing autobiography which will redefine the most fascinating figure in British football. It is the raw yet redemptive story of a man shaped by rejection and the consequences of his mistakes.

My Story

Not a standard footballer’s autobiography, Ian Wright’s memoir is a thoughtful and gripping insight into a Highbury Hero and one of the greatest sports stars of recent years.

The Vamps

They have gone from schoolboys to superstardom in just a few years, and for the first time Connor, Brad, Tristan and James tell their story. From life on the road to dealing with their new-found fame, nothing is off-limits.

Fear

In Fear, the world’s greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to try and explain what fear is, how it happens and how he’s overcome it so successfully.

The Princess Diarist

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time―and what developed behind the scenes. 

A Life in Parts

Cranston traces his journey from chaotic childhood to his dramatic epiphany, to mega-stardom and a cult-like following, by revisiting the many parts he’s played, on camera (astronaut, President of the US, etc.) and off (paperboy, farmhand, dating consultant, murder suspect, son, brother, lover, husband, father). 

Colder

Colder is the fully illustrated edition of Fiennes’ memoirs, compete with personal photographs, maps and diary notes of his adventures. New narrative is supported with personal photography from his many polar expeditions. 

Reborn

From her turbulent marriage, her difficult pregnancy and birth to her beautiful baby Bunny, to her time in the Big Brother House, and the continued challenges of looking after her disabled son, Katie finally lifts the lid on the trails and tribulations of the past few years.

Alanatomy

I am ready now to take a long hard look at myself and that’s what Alanatomy is. It’s the story of my rise to fame: the joys, the traumas, the parties, the disappointments. Hopefully you will find it witty, fun, heartwarming, but more importantly honest, and that it will keep you entertained every time you pick it up.

A Shore Thing

In this hilarious page turner, Scotty T will not only let slip scandalous secrets from Geordie Shore, Ex on the Beach and Celebrity Big Brother, but will open up about his antics when the cameras stop rolling. 

Politics

Nick Clegg knows the volatile state of modern politics first hand. Here he offers a frank account of his experiences – from his spectacular rise in the 2010 election, through his tumultuous years as Deputy Prime Minister, to a brutal defeat in 2015 – in order to tell the inside story of this change, and reflect on what it means for our future.

Lizzie Armitstead Autobiography

In this brilliant and unique autobiography Lizzie Armitstead takes the reader to the heart of the most demanding of endurance sports and the challenges faced by one of its most gifted competitors.

Top Fear: The Remaking of a TV Legend

‘Today and every day for me, up until May 2016, is all about the first episode of the brand new Top Gear. The show I’ve been hired to save from becoming mere ashes blowing across the hinterland of the golden age of television. A show as infamous as it’s revered the world over.

I Am Brian Wilson

I Am Brian Wilson reveals the man who fought his way back to stability and creative relevance, who became a mesmerizing live artist, who forced himself to reckon with his own complex legacy and completed Smile, the legendary unfinished Beach Boys record.

Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol

Steve grew up in the streets of West London, where as a neglected boy living off his wits and petty thievery, he is given purpose by the glam art rock of David Bowie and becomes one of the 1st generation of ragamuffin punks taken under the wings of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. 

Dare to Do: How I Looped the Planet by Bike and Boat

An incredible adventurer and an inspiration, Sarah has met with devastating catastrophe, motivated people to do amazing things, and encountered unbelievable beauty in the natural world.

Greg Rutherford Autobiography

Greg Rutherford is one of the most successful British athletes of all time, winning gold at European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic levels, an achievement matched by only four others.

A Life in Questions

The witty, incisive and frank memoirs from the legend of Newsnight and long-standing quiz master of University Challenge. Filled with views, opinions and stories from 4 decades in front of the camera. 

Peggy and Me

Hello dear book browser and welcome to Peggy and Me. The story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy in the form of Peggy. Some of you may be thinking: “a book about a dog, how totally brilliant, I need hear no more, I’m sold.

Living with No Excuses

Military hero and beloved “Dancing with the Stars” alum Noah Galloway shares his life story, and how losing his arm and leg in combat forced him to relearn how to live–and live to the fullest.

The Long and Winding Road

 In The Long and Winding Road, Alan’s characteristic honesty and authenticity shine through every word. His book takes you into a world which is at once familiar and strange: this is politics as you’ve never seen it before…

Lessons I’ve Learned

Written in the accessible, easy-going and humorous way that Davina has become famous and loved for, Lessons I’ve Learned will motivate readers to reach their goals, find happiness and fulfillment, and feel more confident.

The Shepheards Life

Some people’s lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks’ isn’t. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations.

At the Edge

In this unflinching memoir of mayhem, Danny shares his anarchic childhood on the Isle of Skye and early days as a street trials rider, takes us behind the scenes of his training and videos, and reveals what it takes to go the next level – both mentally and physically. 

The Age of Bowie

Morley will offer a startling biographical critique of David Bowie’s legacy, showing how he never stayed still even when he withdrew from the spotlight, how he always knew his own worth, and released a dazzling plethora of mobile Bowies into the world with a bloody-minded determination and a voluptuous imagination.

My Story

Jo’s commitment and down-to-earth approach to life, work and family makes her one of the most likeable and well respected personalities in British retail and her honesty, hard work and entrepreneurial grit are an inspiration to all.

Watching the Wheels

Courageously honest, and hugely rewarding, Watching the Wheels is a return to the last golden era of F1 racing, whose image still burns ferociously for those who love the sport for what it reveals about human skill in the face or near certain death.

Hinterland

All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operation in Tibet.

Set the Boy Free

From roaming the streets of Manchester to constantly pushing musical boundaries as the most loved guitarist Britain has ever produced, Johnny Marr’s memoir is the true history of music – told by one of its very own legends.

Adele

In Adele, bestselling biographer Sean Smith talks to those close to her as he follows her astonishing journey to fame that began on the gritty streets of Tottenham. 

My Stir-Fried Life

This is the fascinating story of how food transformed the life of a boy brought up in poverty in Chicago’s Chinatown but who went on to become one of the world’s greatest authorities on Chinese and Asian food. 

Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs

His fans have spoken, but despite their requests, Peter Davison has gone ahead and written his autobiography anyway. It wasn’t the book they tried to stop it was more like the book they didn’t want him to start.

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