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Posted on 21 Aug 2014 22:36:41 BDT
Julia says:
Alan Clark Diaries.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2014 23:28:06 BDT
I enjoyed Pauline Prescots and also Alan Johnsons.They are memorable of the many I have read.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2014 22:27:38 BDT
I loved Alan Johnson's autobiography - despite his tough childhood he insists he was happy. I believe his follow up is due soon. Another autobiography that sticks in my mind is Nicky Campbell's where he tells of his fascinating search for his birth parents. I've just enjoyed "Hons and Rebels" by Jessica Mitford. The Mitfords were so unbelievably eccentric, and this is a funny memoir by possibly the most likeable of the sisters.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2014 21:34:06 BDT
I agree Paul O'Gradys books have been really enjoyable. Hope I'm right in saying he's busy writing his fourth.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2014 17:45:13 BDT
boleyn says:
has to be paul o gradys trilogy. you hear him telling you his story
its intreasting to know that "our vera" was a real person.
down to earth and very funny.

Posted on 27 Feb 2014 15:38:00 GMT
I think Alan Suger is a brilliant self made man and have read all his books so far and found he is very down to earth particularly as he is from the same neck of the woods as me.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2014 14:32:41 GMT
Julie D says:
Thanks so much for posting this. A fan of Hendry's, I did not realize a biography had been published - will certainly be purchasing. Just looking around on internet I found a website too - Ian Hendry - True Brit.

Posted on 25 Feb 2014 13:08:37 GMT
Gabes says:
Send in the Clowns - The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry
This was a very good and well researched biography in my opinion

Posted on 14 Jan 2014 14:55:04 GMT
I'm reading "The Court Jester" by Mansour Bahrami. He has led a remarkable life and his book is as entertaining as his tennis.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2014 14:25:38 GMT
Jane Hair says:
A Kentish Lad - Frank Muir
The Moons a balloon and bring on the horses - David Niven

If you like old showbiz stories these are for you. I found a Kentish Lad particularly hilarious!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 17:34:05 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013 07:31:42 GMT
Rebecca Parker,Angel Just-Rights

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2013 19:03:13 GMT
C. helene says:
a perfect definition. dont be sad, just read everything by the Amazing Tomalin!An unequelled biographer.Mrs Jordan is both uplifting and heartbreaking, be warned!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2013 12:17:42 GMT
Recently read Alan Johnson's "This Boy" - brilliant read; a social history lesson but not political. One autobiography I loved was Nicky Campbell's - he was adopted as a baby and as he attempts to discover his roots there are some real surprises.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2013 13:14:45 BDT
Don Juandre says:
Chaplin's 'My autobiography' definitely seconded. His word-choice is worthy of a book in itself!

(I have, to date, no intention of writing this myself...) :-)

Posted on 17 May 2013 13:03:07 BDT
valmilly says:
M.m.Kaye's three part autobiography :-The sun in the morning ,Golden afternoon and enchanted eveing.

Posted on 16 May 2013 23:02:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 May 2013 00:08:30 BDT
Andyfff says:
Hi Folks
Charles Chaplins "My biography" was very interesting as it covers a complex man, over many years; I read this a few years back. More recently read the Wyatt Earp biography which again covers changes in society as well as the life of another fascinating man. (Links below)
Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend
My Autobiography (Penguin Modern Classics)

Happy reading!
Andyfff

Posted on 15 May 2013 20:13:50 BDT
Don Juandre says:
I've not read the entire thread, and am sure someone must have mentioned this one already, but (just in case), I was full of admiration for Keith Richard's 'Life'. Keith's skill as a raconteur, added to the skill of his helper, James Fox, in writing in such a way as to create a really strong illusion that this is just 'old Keef' reminiscing in a bar, make this an irresistible depiction of the second half of the 20th century, as seen through the eyes of a Blues musician - (from Surrey).

I promise I am not Keith Richard.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2013 18:49:24 BDT
maybe I should have stayed in bed by Deke Leonard is the funniest rock music autobiography ever

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2013 20:51:58 BDT
TomC says:
Please do not use these discussion forums to promote your own book or one with which you are associated. It is both unwelcome and against Amazon rules. From the "Important Announcement from Amazon":

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In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2013 14:39:12 BDT
A. Ford says:
The Life of Will Scott, Author of the Cherry Books by Judith Ford

Try this one by an author new to Kindle and about a little known (nowadays) pioneering colossus as a caricaturist in the early avant-garde period around WW1. Scott went on to be a successful playwright (he had three plays running in the West End at the same time) and fiction author ('The Limping Man' was filmed twice in the 1930s) and after WW2 - a very successful writer of children's fiction (nationally acclaimed for the Cherry Books series). Ms Ford's style is clear,succinct and readable. Lots of verbatim quotations and primary-sourced material aired for the first time.

Posted on 11 May 2013 18:45:34 BDT
Chief. says:
'If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor'. Bruce Campbell.

Cambells real life is far stranger and more entertaining than any of his movie roles could be!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2013 16:21:14 BDT
Lesley York says:
'John' The biography written by his ex wife Cynthia Lennon, brilliant book. You don't have to be Beatles fan to appreciate it.
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