Our Christmas Top Picks: Autobiographies and Biographies

Our Christmas Top Picks: Autobiographies and Biographies

Only Fools and Stories: From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost – David Jason

David Jason tells us about the many other lives he has lived – his characters. From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost, he takes us behind the scenes and under the skins of some of the best loved acts of his career. 

Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions – Russell Brand

The program in Recovery has given Russell Brand freedom from all addictions and it will do the same for you. This system offers liberation from self-centredness, a new perspective, freedom from the illusion of suffering for anyone who is willing to take the necessary steps.

Paul O’Grady’s Country Life – Paul O’Grady

Paul’s hilarious lessons in country lore include everything from how to churn your own butter, how to birth a lamb and to how to lure a cow out of your kitchen while naked from the waist down. Brilliantly funny and full of classic stories, this is a must for all Paul O’Grady fans!

Reveal : Robbie Williams – Chris Heath

Bestselling author Chris Heath has been working closely with Robbie for many years to create a personal and raw account of fame, fortune, family and music; a vivid and detailed story of the real highs and lows as Robbie has found his way forward.

How to be a Champion – Sarah Millican

Part autobiography, part self help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny, Sarah Millican’s debut book delves into her super normal life with daft stories, funny tales and proper advice on how to get past life’s blips.

Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad – Rio Ferdinand

Rio’s book now shares the story of meeting, marrying and losing Rebecca, his own and the family’s grief – as well as the advice and support that get him through each day as they strive to piece themselves back together. 

Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions – Sir David Attenborough

Written with his trademark wit and charm, Adventures of a Young Naturalist is not just the story of a remarkable adventure, but of the man who made us fall in love with the natural world, and who is still doing so today.

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years – Madla Langa & Nelson Mandela

Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela’s presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write but was unable to finish.

Me Life Story – Scarlett Moffatt

In what will quite surely be the funniest book of the year, laugh along with Scarlett as she describes her journey from ballroom dancing diva, to adventures with her survivalist Dad, working at ASDA and life as a student.

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death – Maggie O’Farrell

I AM, I AM, I AM is a memoir with a difference – a story of a woman’s life in near-death experiences. It is a memoir you will finish newly conscious of your own vulnerability, determined to make every heartbeat count.

What Happened – Hilary Rodham Clinton

The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath – both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale.

Finding my Virginity – Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good.

Little Me: My Life from A-Z – Matt Lucas

The hilarious, heart-warming and tear-jerking memoir from one of Britain’s best-loved comedians and actors, Matt Lucas

What I Learnt: What my Listeners Say and Why we Should Take Notice – Jeremy Vine

In a book punctuated by vivid anecdotes and laugh-out-loud moments, Jeremy Vine explains what it’s like to hit a button and hear the voices of so-called ordinary people. And why they are not so ordinary after all.

Back to the Boy – James Arthur

Back to the Boy gives an insight into the life of one of the most exciting musicians of today, and how his experiences are reflected in the blend of raw emotion and passion in his music.

How Not to be a Boy – Robert Webb

Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not To Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren’t the Luke Skywalker of your life – you’re actually Darth Vader.

Blue: All Rise: Our Story – Blue

All Rise: Our Story is the boys’ intimate tell-all account charting the highs and the lows of their incredible career, the stories behind the headlines, and our favourite face-palm-worthy Blue moments. With explosive new reveals, never-before-seen photos, and all the latest updates

Brand New Me – Charlotte Crosby

Here in BRAND NEW ME Charlotte talks us through an incredibly busy year, making us laugh as ever with her funny moments but also opening up about the difficult months surrounding her shock departure from Geordie Shore, betrayal and her heartbreaking ectopic pregnancy. 

Let Me Be Frank – Frank Bruno

Now ready to talk about the condition that devastated his world, Frank’s story offers his own unique perspective on living with bipolar disorder.

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary of Hope – Victoria Derbyshire

Moving, wonderfully heartwarming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer.

Unqualified – Anna Faris

Part advice, part memoir UNQUALIFIED will reveal Anna’s unique take on “how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic and worthwhile adventure of finding love.

The Panther in my Kitchen: My Wild Life with Animals – Brian Blessed

Written with all of Brian’s ebullience, The Panther in My Kitchen is a laugh-out-loud, life-affirming book about the joy animals bring and why we should care for them.

A Farmer and his Dog – Adam Henson

Beginning by introducing us to the dogs who have been faithful companions to the Henson family over the years, Adam goes on to explore the impact made by the UK’s hardest working breeds.

What Does This Button Do? – Bruce Dickinson

Bold, honest, intelligent and very funny, WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO? is an up-close look inside the life, heart, and mind of one of the most unique and interesting men in the world; a true icon of rock.

My Life – Gloria Hunniford

Gloria has previously penned two best-selling books on the tragic loss of her daughter, Caron Keating, but in her autobiography Gloria will, for the first time, explore her life from her humble beginnings to the much-loved national treasure she is today.

Arthur and Friends: The Incredible Story of a Rescue Dog and How Dogs Rescue Us – Mikael Lindnord

Arthur and Friends is the continued adventures of Arthur, the plucky, scruffy stray dog from Ecuador who followed his owner Mikael through the jungle to find his forever home.

Leonardo Da Vinci – Walter Isaacson

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science.

The Diary of Two Nobodies – Giles and Mary

In The Diary of Two Nobodies, you will have the unique opportunity to discover, first hand, what occurs when a man who sees himself as a cross between Mr Bean and Basil Fawlty shares his life with a woman who identifies closely with the Queen.

Unseen – Reggie Yates

n his first book, Unseen, Reggie takes us behind the scenes on his journey from TV host to documentary storyteller. Using some of the key moments and extreme circumstances he has found himself in, Reggie examines what he has learned about the world, and himself as a person.

What is it All but Luminous – Art Garfunkel

From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel–a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time. 

My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage – Ingrid Seward

Ingrid Seward reveals the real story of the marriage of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

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, humor, and originality found in his songs. 

All Things Remembered – Goldie

As one of Britain’s most influential DJs, producers, promoters, and record-label owners – whose contributions to the UK rave scene in the 1990s defined the genres jungle and urban rave, Goldie is an iconic figure. 

My Life, Our Times – Gordon Brown

As former Prime Minister and our longest-serving Chancellor, Gordon Brown has been a guiding force for Britain and the world over three decades. This is his candid, poignant and deeply relevant story.

Jo Malone: 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.

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from my Life – John le Carre

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. 

To Siri, with Love: A Mother, her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines – Judith Newman

With honesty and humour, To Siri With Love chronicles one year in the life of Gus and the family around him. And at the heart of the book lies Gus’s passionate friendship with Siri, Apple’s ‘intelligent personal assistant’.

Keeping On, Keeping On – Alan Bennett

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

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens – Eddie Izzard

Brimming with the surreal humour and disarming candor of his shows, Believe Me tells the story of a little boy who lost his mother yet who has risen to become a star of comedy and drama.

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

With 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. 

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96 thoughts on “Our Christmas Top Picks: Autobiographies and Biographies

  1. A good selection but my four would have to be: Alan Sugar, Del Boy, Steven Gerrard and the man with the golden typewriter.

  2. I would pick Sue Perkins, Guy Martin, Bill Bryson and James Rebanks. A nice mixture of humour, peace, grit and determination!

  3. There have been some great books this year. From the list I think I’d go Alan Bennett and Guy Martin – talk about extreme differences!

  4. Colder – Ranulph Fiennes. The man has had some amazing adventures, it would be good to read about some of them.

  5. Fear: Our Ultimate Challenge – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    A Life in Parts – Bryan Cranston

  6. Fear,Our Ultimate Challenge by Ranulph Fiennes,Just the though of his Challenges fills you with awe of the man.And Davina McCall Lessons I’ve learned seems like a good read,Perhaps she hasn’t had it as easy as I assume for some reason she may of.Great books.

  7. The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John Le Carre sounds like an interesting book.

  8. Guy Martin, Peter Davison, Chris Evans, Lizzie Armistead, Greg Rutherford and I’ve already read the Tony Robinson book, it’s fab

  9. anna kendrick – this is on my sisters wish list too so hopefully one of us will get it for christmas

  10. I’ve read Carrie Fisher’s book as well as Hillary Clinton and Matt Lucas’. Loved them all! I’d love to read Robert Webb and Sarah Millican

  11. 1. My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage – Ingrid Seward
    2. The Panther in my Kitchen: My Wild Life with Animals – Brian Blessed

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