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Posted on 23 Mar 2011 21:42:43 GMT
H. M. Hall says:
the four books by Betty Macdonald, The Egg and I The Plaque and I Anybody can do Anything and Onions in the Stew are the funniest autobiographical book ever I have read them on and off for more than 60 years

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2011 21:48:45 GMT
Dear H M Hall
Can I say I totally agree with you? I read the Egg and I when I was in hospital over 40 years ago, and reread it recently. The book still holds up as a classic of it`s kind.
I also own Onions in the Stew and The Plague and I...wonderful books...brilliant ...
Kind regards
Christine

Posted on 23 Mar 2011 23:29:12 GMT
As someone else said, Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller is incredible. Also Sky Burial and The Good Women of China by Xinran. Finally, If This Is A Man/The Truce by Primo Levi.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2011 23:30:25 GMT
Big YES for Alexandra Fuller! Scribbling the Cat and Colton Bryant by her are also very good :0)

Posted on 26 Mar 2011 16:40:09 GMT
Sam Dilly says:
Do try 'Poppy Dream - the story of an English addict' by Joe South. I guarantee that you won't put it down once you have started it. So funny, so sad and so real. The newspaper and magazine reviews prompted me to buy this book and they were correct it is 'Overwhelming.'

Posted on 27 Mar 2011 04:00:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Mar 2011 04:02:34 BDT
Tippi says:
ECSTACY AND ME by Hedy Lamarr. Like the book's blurb says, A SHOCKER! Probably tame by todays standards, but it's hard to put down once you start it.

Tippi, USA

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2011 10:04:35 BDT
Compelling, quick-easy-thoughtprovking-read available on Amazon today; brilliantly portrayed autobiography:
Angel Just-Rights Rebecca Parker (paperback - personally recommended)
Angel Just-Rights Rebecca Parker (kindle)
Angel Just-Rights Rebecca Parker (e-book)
Worth the buy (published feb 2011) superbly brave & original

Posted on 28 Mar 2011 22:13:02 BDT
Tippi says:
I am not ashamed by Barbara Payton.
My way of life by Joan Crawford.
loved these 2 books.

Tippi, USA

Posted on 30 Mar 2011 23:43:14 BDT
AB. says:
Check the books by Carol Ann Lee. All excellently researched and written.

Posted on 31 Mar 2011 14:26:45 BDT
Indra says:
DESERT FLOWER by WARIS DIRIE

Posted on 3 Apr 2011 21:46:49 BDT
Kazza says:
I have a very eclectic taste and read almost anything. The three autobiographies that spring to mind are 'The Long Walk to Freedom', Nelson Mandela (as above), Roy Keane and Frank Skinner's that I laughed out loud to. On a completely different note, I remember crying through the autobiography by Anthony Nolan's mother called ' A Kiss through Glass'.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2011 20:33:54 GMT
debs65 says:
little girl lost

ingrid steel

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2011 07:25:54 GMT
A year in provence - Peter Mayle A Year in Provence
Driving over lemons - Chris Stewart Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia (The Lemons Trilogy)

These books make me smile and bring the sun into my life rather than the rain.

Posted on 21 Nov 2011 20:39:24 GMT
Rob Lundy says:
I have just finished 'Under The Ivy' the new Kate Bush biography and would thoroughly recommend it. I've read quite a few bigraphies on musicians, a lot of which have been pretty dire and by people who seemed more concerned to let you know that they actually new the person in question. This one, however, is excellent and gives a great deal of insight into how Kate Bush wrote, what her thought processes were, and what went into her recording. The book includes a whole host of characters - family, friends, professional colleagues, all of whom speak very highly of her. The book goes a long way to dispelling a lot of the myths that have been perpetuated by the press and is a very balanced view of her life and career.

Posted on 16 Dec 2011 16:38:13 GMT
Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret Hart
Pro wrestling is something that most people don't take seriously and/or find crass. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this wasn't it. So many wrestlers have lost their lives to wrestling. Not what you'd expect from something that is meant to be pantomime.
I know it's not the best biography in the world, there is no doubt about it.
But if you want an honest (non-ghost written), revealing, touching, rollercoaster, behind the scenes account of someone's job/life then this is it.

Posted on 17 Dec 2011 08:31:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Dec 2011 08:32:36 GMT
Boswell's biography of Johnson (followed by Pottle's biography of Boswell).

Posted on 17 Dec 2011 18:40:27 GMT
Ed Austin says:
The Moon's a Balloon
Just absolutely fantastic.

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 09:32:30 GMT
The moons a balloon is without doubt the best celebrity auto biography written. Funny exciting and sad. A great story of days that are gone. Thankyou David niven

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 10:06:02 GMT
J. King says:
Renegade Hero by Michael Hingston is probably the most exciting book I have read. I can recommend it not only as a biography and history book but a great adventure story. The author is to be congratulated on his research and credibility. It would seem to me the RAF is the villain. I am surprised they haven't been taken to task
The books tells the story of Cold war helicopter ace Terry Peet lived for flying. He was a `go anywhere, do anything,' Royal Air Force pilot with a reputation for `sheer guts'. Whether ferrying troops to remote jungle landing zones or snatching casualties from makeshift clearings surrounded by two-hundred-feet high trees, he willingly pushed himself and his primitive Sycamore helicopter to the limit. During two years in the hot spots of Malaya and Borneo with the RAF, he repeatedly cheated death and earned a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air. Then suddenly he disappeared without trace, apparently drowned tragically while on a recreational scuba dive off the North Wales coast. Six years later he dramatically reappeared in a back-from-the-dead drama worthy of fiction. The media hailed him enthusiastically as a renegade hero and `Flying Pimpernel' when the story of his mysterious disappearance and subsequent extraordinary double life unfolded.
In fact he had been recruited by the CIA for a clandestine air force involved in paramilitary operations in the former Belgian Congo. He was told that his departure from the RAF had to be `covert'. The summary presented in his eventual court martial crucially omitted this. It also failed to disclose that his employment as a mercenary, or `contract pilot' to use the CIA's more inoffensive terminology, received the tacit approval of British intelligence. Moreover, a claim that the RAF had not seen or heard anything of him following his disappearance in Anglesey was completely untrue
Renegade Hero: The True Story of RAF Pilot Terry Peet and His Clandestine Mercy Flying with the CIA

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 19:47:29 GMT
H. F. (Wien) says:
The Diary of Anne Frank
Verlorene Jugend Tagebuch eines Soldaten (German Edition)
Truman by David Mc Cullough

are my 3 favourites

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2012 01:22:07 GMT
I would have to recommend 'THE TEST OF COURAGE' by Christopher ROBBINS. It is the life story of a young jewish boy who grew up in Poland pre war and his life from there during the war and beyond. It is an amazing story of courage and achievement, bringing to life the extent of horrors he experienced and fought through, eventually becoming a Nazi hunter, and amazing teacher of languages in his later life.
I could not put this down. Michel Thomas, as he became known is without doubt one of the bravest men you could imagine. What a life story ! GET IT.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2012 11:09:12 GMT
Steven Webb says:
overly medicated by Shaun Lewisham, amazing

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2012 11:09:27 GMT
Steven Webb says:
overly medicated by Shaun Lewisham, amazing

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2012 11:10:09 GMT
Steven Webb says:
Overly medicated by Shaun Lewisham, amazing read
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Posted on 12 Jan 2012 19:31:30 GMT
Gefrin says:
this thing [which took me a decade to write] is probably as bad as they get...they won't let me reduce the price [it really is that bad in subject!]Insanity (with Love from Russia)
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