A decade after his last book, Graham Norton is older and wiser. Still imparting his characteristically outrageous humour, he looks at the inspirations and drives in his life – from his beloved dogs to the people he has loved and lost. Graham has been on our screens for 20 years now – as primetime presenter, comedian, Eurovision host and DJ. Now regarded as a ‘national treasure’, fans across the country will love how his warm personality shines through in this funny, but touching, book.
John Cleese’s career has stretched across the generations; not many people can say they haven’t heard of Monty Python or Fawlty Towers. In this rollicking memoir, he takes the reader on a tour of his ascent in the world of entertainment – from his days growing up in Weston-Super-Mare and his early comedic stints at Cambridge University to his first true love with Fawlty Towers co-star Connie Booth. The book twists and turns with shocking revelations and funny digressions (for example, why it is important to know the dates of all the kings and queens); a beautifully-structured and expertly-written autobiography.
Clare Balding’s fantastic new book is all about her very British adventures, using walks around Ireland and Britain as its framework. Growing up, Clare immersed herself in the world of riding; geography was not her strong point, and she only knew places in the UK by their racecourses. Then, fifteen years ago, she took a call from a radio producer that was to change her life. Ramblings, the name of the series, is still popular today, and Clare has most definitely “caught the walking bug”. Her book is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure; she is guaranteed to inspire, motivate and entertain you along the way.
The epitome of an “English gentleman”, Sir Roger Moore has had an outstanding career, spanning seven decades. Arguably the most suave of all the James Bonds, he is internationally famous for his outstanding acting skills. However, behind the scenes he is also a prankster, joker, and loves to tell a good story. In this autobiography there are plenty of them – as well as his own, he also recounts anecdotes told to him by a variety of stars; from Frank Sinatra to Michael Winner. This is a highly entertaining book with many laugh-out-loud moments.
Behind the Scenes is just what you’d expect from the title – a candid and truthful account of Dame Judi Dench’s long career, including many photos from her personal collection. She allows the reader insights into her on-screen and on-stage life, as well as her time spent at home. The book is an updated version of her first photograph album ‘Scenes from my Life’, published in 2005, as she looks back on the last few years, writing about her role as ‘M’ in the Bond films, as well as the joys of working on films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Philomena.
This book was published only days before Lynda Bellingham’s recent death, but will serve as a great inspiration for many people across the country. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2013, the autobiography tells of some of the most heart-wrenching moments of living with the disease in this brave and honest memoir of her final months. Despite it being such a dark time for Lynda and her family, she manages to inject her infectious warmth through her gifted storytelling, in a book that will make you laugh as much as it will make you cry.
An original take on an autobiography, Dermot O’Leary – one of the nation’s favourite TV presenters – tells his story through the songs that were playing at key moments in his life. Dermot has always been passionate about music – he attended his first gig aged nine. But this isn’t a book of his favourite records; it’s about songs that are connected with memories, even if at times he has wanted to escape them: “the songs chose him, not the other way round”. Humorous and engaging, Dermot’s memoir will get you thinking about the soundtrack to your own life.
This tongue-in-cheek “memoir” follows the upbringing of the Leeds-born star, and is a hilarious prequel to the bestselling ‘Being Keith’. Keith lifts the lids on all of his early life events that led him to become the ‘ladies’ man’ he is today – from rejecting a career as a breakdancer to perfecting his entrepreneurial skills whilst arranging a topless jelly-wrestling competition! As you’d expect, the book is funny and cheeky, guaranteed to provide you with many a belly laugh over the festive period.
Close Up is a deeply personal and truthful account of the star’s modelling, presenting and acting career – after she was once told she was too curvy to be a model. In her autobiography, Kelly opens up about having her heart broken by the men she has loved, as well as the tragic losses she has faced. From being raised in a council house in Kent to owning a home in the Hollywood Hills, Kelly talks about how her life has taken numerous unexpected turns in her funny, feisty manner.
A born entertainer, there’s not much Stephen Fry hasn’t done in his long career; from starring in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves & Wooster to hosting QI and playing the role of Prime Minister in the last season of ‘24’, he is an award-winning comedian, actor, TV presenter and director. In More Fool Me, he reveals a side to himself that he has long kept hidden – namely, his wild party days of the 1980s. With gritty extracts from his diaries of the time, this unputdownable book is a glimpse into his very full life thus far.
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