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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 28 Aug 2010 15:32:28 BDT
J. Myatt says:
S Riaz "The Perfect Summer" is very much my kind of book. I'm sure I shall enjoy reading it but at the moment I have other books which need to take precedence. In any case I could always donate it to a charity shop who could probably make more than the £1 I paid for it! Please don't feel guilty.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2010 11:31:17 BDT
S Riaz says:
J. Myatt, I hope you enjoy it. I feel sure you will. Please let me know, or I will feel guilty!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2010 10:19:59 BDT
J. Myatt says:
Returning to a post from S Riaz on page one of this thread I have just bought "The Perfect Summer" Juliet Nocholson from my local branch of Poundworld. Not a shop I often use but when I was passing this morning I just decided to go in!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2010 23:47:34 BDT
S. Tustin says:
I tend to buy Biographies of people that I like,but I did enjoy:
Call Of The Wild - Guy Grieve
Silvertown - Melanie McGrath
If I Don't Write It Nobody Else Will - Eric Sykes
The trilogy of books by Kathleen Dayus which are Her People, Where There's Life, All My Days

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2010 21:43:17 BDT
Would suggest picking someone with whom you like, I prefer fiction to biographies but have read a few, the Duchess is one of my favourites but again it's probably down to personal likes

Posted on 27 Aug 2010 18:44:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Aug 2010 18:55:58 BDT
O. Stirling says:
Read about George Orwell's life and you'll want to become a better person. What a life. In fact you could ease yourself into biography reading by trying out his 'Down and Out in Paris and London', if you haven't already. Great read and based entirely on his own experiences.

Edit: I should point out I haven't actually read George Orwell's biography, I base my comments on the fact that I have read all his books and essays, the best ones 4-5 times. 'Down and Out...', 'Road to Wigan Pier', 'Shooting an Elephant' and 'Homage to Catalonia' are all marvelous reads, and describe his experiences and feelings.

Posted on 27 Aug 2010 17:33:23 BDT
If you are a music lover and a fan of Brit pop, I recommend that you read Alex James's 'a bit of a blur.' Fantastic read. Also really, really enjoyed 'things the grandchildren should know' by Mark Everett (e from the eels). Amazing read.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2010 05:42:24 BDT
You could start with Adolf Hitler: my part in his downfall by Spike Milligan

Posted on 27 Aug 2010 01:45:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Aug 2010 01:46:49 BDT
Life on Air by Sir David Attenborough. Both amusing and fascinating.
Visions of Glory and Alone by William Manchester. Best-written biography of Churchill.
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman"! and "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" by Richard Feynman
Cider with Rosie and As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven

All of the above first rate and totally different.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2010 22:13:27 BDT
I would recommend a Lost Childhood by Santina Clelland. Read reviews in Amazone

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2010 21:40:35 BDT
forreal says:
Read the Shattered Dreams about Zimbabwean woman, I have read it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2010 21:35:18 BDT
forreal says:
Shattered Dreams is not a biography but it is a book that is about a ture story and this person is trying to share her life story.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2010 16:42:08 BDT
Marie H. says:
I think you would like Ice Bound by Jerri Nielsen, and Rules of Engagement by Tim Collins. These are a nice way into biographies, but a really good biography is Harpo Speaks, its about Harpo Marx, one of the famous brothers. Celebrity was not so much in evidence then so its really good. Do not rule out Frank Skinners autobiography its superb.

Posted on 26 Aug 2010 02:31:57 BDT
JC Hall says:
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (last year's Booker winner) - biog/novel cross about Thomas Cromwell. Fab.

Otherwise, it's worth remembering that a biog is just a story - if you're into the topic it helps, but a good writer can make anyone fascinating. This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson isn't an easy read but is an extraordinary story about a brilliant man who did incredible and heroic things that changed the world, in spite of a severe mental illness.

Enjoy!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2010 22:19:16 BDT
monica says:
jenna, somehow I called up your tags. If you don't speak Irish English this mightn't mean anything to you, but I'm sorry for your troubles. . . . Cheers and good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2010 21:17:05 BDT
Hello Jane Austen
I am not a celebrity, I did something interesting, it was life changing and the book I've written is not about sport. That seems to fit your criteria. If you type in Drink, Dear Boy? on Amazon you can read the blurb, synopsis and reviews. I'd be interested to know what you decide.
Regards Alwyne Chappell

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2010 11:29:53 BDT
it depends on who you are into do you like people with a shady past?

Posted on 23 Aug 2010 21:16:48 BDT
Sian rose says:
jenna thanks for that but not my kind of book ,although it does look like a good read.

Posted on 23 Aug 2010 21:02:35 BDT
jenna says:
A interesting book that I have recently pre-ordered from Amazon is "Wake Up, Mummy" by Anna Lowe if you are interested in true life stories.

Posted on 21 Aug 2010 01:16:43 BDT
The Quest For Corvo: An Experiment in Biography (NYRB Classics)

Posted on 20 Aug 2010 20:45:56 BDT
Life and death in Shanghai by Nien Chen.

Posted on 20 Aug 2010 16:25:41 BDT
S Riaz says:
There are lots of Dickens biographies of course. I read the Peter Ackroyd one and that was great. Also, the Juliet Barker Bronte biography was really good. Anne de Courcy did some great biographies about women and you might like "The perfect summer" by Juliet Nicholson- not a biography as such, but a book about the summer of 1911, which is a kind of social history and introduces characters you might lead onto. She did a follow up about the period after WWI as well, which was very good. I think you have enough to start with - sorry! I kept thinking of things.

Posted on 20 Aug 2010 14:40:58 BDT
Sian rose says:
well thankyou Elijah,i had a look this book is out in september.

Posted on 20 Aug 2010 14:33:32 BDT
Elijah says:
I Strongly recommend Children of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America

Children of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2010 08:37:34 BDT
Sian rose says:
that sounds great i love little women and ha...yes i love jane Austen as well, i have a list of great suggestions to buy now i never would have found these myself.
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