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I have not read any Biographies before,whay do you suggest as a first read?


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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2010 17:32:22 GMT
Mary B says:
Perhaps you would like books about real life ordinary people. My book, 'The Past Recaptured' is abouthow I had to make a stand to leave home and train as a nurse in the fifties. This led to much more and I never regretted anything that happened afterwards. It's all true and I made so many friends over the years.
There are many like me and their staries are well worth reading. There is Jennifer Worth with her stories of the East End, all real life as it really is.
I do hope you find something to enjoy but I'm sure you will.

Posted on 29 Nov 2010 13:19:21 GMT
C. A. Moore says:
I agree with you, Jane Austen, about 'celebrity' biographies. They are usually ghost written for people like Katie Price and (in my opinion) intended as a money-spinner and ego-booster for the 'celebrity' involved, not because they have anything particularly interesting to say. 'My Booky-Wook, 1 and 2' - give me a break!!

I usually go for people or periods I'm interested in.

I have found the following enjoyable/informative/etc reads:

'Dear me' by Peter Ustinov

Gerald Durrell's books about his childhood in Corfu (My Family and Other Animals, etc)

The House of Mitford by Jonathan Guinness

Beau Brummell by Ian Kelly

Posted on 27 Nov 2010 23:07:06 GMT
garden mad says:
rudolf Nureyev 'The Life' by Julie Kavanagh - A Fascinating read of one of the worlds greatest ballet dancers.
The Prince Of Princes 'The Life of Potemkin' - Simon Sebag Monefiore - A great read on Catherine The Greats lover
Churchill by Roy Jenkins - Fascinating read on Churchill
Mandela by Anthony Sampson

These are just some of the bigoraphies i have enjoyed the most and a mixed selection for you

Posted on 26 Nov 2010 17:59:34 GMT
A. Mackie says:
Mao.

Fantastic Book. Or Churchill by Jenkins. Both well worth a read.

Posted on 26 Nov 2010 17:51:19 GMT
MONTGOMERY says:
I highly recommend the following biography, which is absolutely first-rate:

INDIRA: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi - Katherine Frank
ISBN: 0007259301

Frank offers a thorough and deeply affecting portrait of a publicly dynamic and privately self-effacing woman, who came to embody India during her tenure as Prime Minister.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2010 13:49:19 GMT
Cormac Mac says:
No problem, Jane. Good reading.

Posted on 19 Nov 2010 11:53:18 GMT
J. Bowen says:
Justice for All. It's a bigraphy of Earl Warren, an American Judge who probably had as much an impact as any white man on American Civil Rights.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2010 00:51:28 GMT
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007 says:
Pimp: The Story of My Life

A brutally raw, honest and unbelievable true story. A confession.

Pimp the Story of My Life - Iceberg Slim

is not a book for the masses but is intelligent, self examining, stunningly descriptive of another tragic, poisoned and exciting world that did actually exist, and one of the best written books ever. And I have read a lot of books. It was and is extremely influential.

Posted on 18 Nov 2010 22:57:34 GMT
Check out Fatty Arbuckle. Trust me.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2010 22:32:17 GMT
RPG Grognard says:
I'd have to say 'The Moons a Balloon' by David Niven - I know he was an actor - read it anyway
'Quartered Safe out Here' by George MacDonald Fraser
And though strictly speaking not a biography - 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich' by Wiliam Shirer

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2010 19:12:49 GMT
monica says:
I looked at product description for this book, and there's something awfully fishy about it. I suspect that the book's subtitle gives away the true agenda. . .

G.E. Hearn, completely agree about The Right Stuff. I wonder though if Robert Mason knows what the title signifies in (possibly outdated) street slang? although I'd actually have been interested in reading the memoirs of a man in habitual pursuit of pretty young lads.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2010 15:18:53 GMT
zapbass says:
Freefall by Tom Read....................if you can get a copy it is one of the best books i have ever read, i have thousands on various subject matter. When you've read it, you'll want to read it again straight away - Enjoy !

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2010 14:14:04 GMT
drew says:
depends what sort of books you like eg funny or serious. A Boy Called It, is very good and very moving.

Posted on 18 Nov 2010 12:32:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Nov 2010 12:33:18 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
There are several books that I've enjoyed that fit into your category, but above all else I would suggest these:

"Challenging and life changing" you asked?

Number1:

"Chickenhawk" by Robert Mason.

Chickenhawk

A young boy has the dream of flying helicopters. He joins the U.S. Army where he's trained and then sent off to the early days of the Vietnam War. This book has become a classic and really transports the reader back to those days. I won't describe all the details here because there are so many excellent reviews of this classic book, but I can thoroughly recommend it.

"The Right Stuff" by Tom Wolfe.

The Right Stuff (Picador Books)

A beautifully written study of the original NASA "Mercury Seven" astronauts. But not so much a technical book. More of a study of what it took to participate in the greatest of Mankind's adventures.

Posted on 18 Nov 2010 08:09:27 GMT
D. M. Ohara says:
If you are interested in one of the great scientific minds of the 19th century, don't overlook Charles Darwin. There are several big modern biographies [Adrian Desmond and James Moore, John Bowlby, Janet Browne] - but be sure to start with Darwin's own 'Voyage of the Beagle' - a first-hand account of his extensive journies of exploration as a young man.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2010 11:39:03 GMT
hi try funny guys, old moving in years until new, eg Marx Brother, 4 * Goons (The long banana skin), Tommy Cooper, david Niven, ( the moon isa ballon) Dean Martin, Chic Murray, Billy Connelly etc.... or inventers from 1880 onwards, James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Alexander Flemming, Edison ,John Logie Baird,Frank Whittle,

Posted on 17 Nov 2010 08:41:37 GMT
Tray says:
My best recommendation so far is Chris Pownall's Funny How Things Work Out. It's not only brow raising but a thoroughly good all round read.

Posted on 16 Nov 2010 11:46:52 GMT
My Early Life by Winston Churchill is one of the most entertaining and interesting Autobiography I have ever read, and I read a lot of Autobiographies/Biographies.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2010 23:16:50 GMT
Hi Jane.
Definately right up your alley Jane: No celebs and no sports and very interesting. Not Easily Washed Away: Memoirs Of A Muslim's Daughter

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2010 21:50:05 GMT
k123 says:
Stephen King's 'On Writing' is a brilliant not quite autobiography. You get a bit about him and his life, and then how certain events have inspired his work e.g. he explains how he got the idea for Carrie. You then get his perspective on the writing process and what has and hasn't worked for him. He also refers to other authors -some positively - some not, so that is very interesting too.I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Posted on 14 Nov 2010 13:06:41 GMT
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Posted on 12 Nov 2010 10:14:58 GMT
I know you don't have a kindle device, but you can get the reader for PC, which i did, and i have just finished reading "Don't tell my mum" by Brian Greening, and thought that for the money, it wasn't bad. It's not amazingly written, and it's more auto-biog than biog, but it's quite interesting to read something written by someone totally not famous.

Posted on 12 Nov 2010 07:52:56 GMT
I enjoyed Satish Kumar's biographt and also Reshad Feild. Cant remember what they are called but they left an impression. (spiritual but not religious books). JAn

Posted on 7 Nov 2010 18:13:27 GMT
Sian rose says:
Hi Cormac, i don't have a kindle and have no desire to buy one, thankyou for your suggestion though,other people reading this might be interested.

Posted on 7 Nov 2010 17:59:47 GMT
Cormac Mac says:
Read the brilliant On The Brinks by crime writer Sam Millar. Granted, it would cost you a small fortune to obtain a copy in the second-hand market, but thankfully it has just been released on Kindle for a couple of quid. Well worth your time money and download. Enjoy. On The Brinks: The Extended EditionOn The Brinks: The Extended Edition
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