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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 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 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 22:13:27 BDT
I would recommend a Lost Childhood by Santina Clelland. Read reviews in Amazone

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 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 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.

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.

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

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 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 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 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.

Posted on 28 Aug 2010 16:03:55 BDT
S Riaz says:
Hope you like it anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2010 16:07:11 BDT
The best one i have ever read is Cliff Morgan's autobiography. Cliff was an international rugby player for Wales and a broadcaster for the BBC but don't let you put this off if you don't like sport. He describes his home life in the Valleys of Wales; his young life; his mother and father and playing career more like a social history of the era - right through to his recovery from a stroke.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2010 17:23:00 BDT
J. Myatt says:
Thank you.

Posted on 30 Aug 2010 09:01:52 BDT
Ian Walthew says:
Patrick French's biography of V.S. Naipaul The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul

As a writer myself, this is, without doubt, the best literary biography I've ever read. I think one would enjoy it even if one had never read a single of one of Naipaul's many books and novels.
A Place In My Country: In Search Of A Rural Dream

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2010 09:05:38 BDT
Ian Walthew says:
As someone who has written a memoir set in the Cotswolds, I couldn't agree with you more on Laurie Lee.

Re. William Manchester: his own autobiography is spectacular. How do you rate his biography of Churchill against Roy Jenkin's Churchill: A Biography ?
A Place In My Country: In Search Of A Rural Dream

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2010 11:27:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Aug 2010 13:11:31 BDT
PCN Grigsby says:
Reply to Jane Austen of 19th August 13.17 BST - seeking Biographies but not of celebritries.

As the author, you will almost certainly consider my suggestion biased, I am confident however that you will find "A LIFE APART - the fate of an outsider"
interesting. Patrick about whom it is written was born in Port Said in 1931 to an Irish father and a mother part Syrian part English. He was not a celebrity. His early life spent in South Eastern Turkey upto the end of the War in 1945 then in austerity Britain was challenging and unusual as he was torn between two very different cultures. The cosmopolitan population of Mersin in neutral Turkey during the War had mixed loyalties making for riveting cloak and dagger situations. After his troubled public school education, Patrick returned to England to a new and successful life with his soul mate Beryl in 1955.

Posted on 31 Aug 2010 11:54:36 BDT
A Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela is a fascinating read about a truly great man...

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2010 12:57:39 BDT
skiwiman says:
Long Walk to Freedom - is an outstanding book (or two books depending on your choice). It is the life story of Nelson Mandela and is a powerful read.

Billy - about Billy Connolly. I found this very interesting and not at all me, me, me which some celeb books are. He had a tough upbringing and really is a self-made man. His wife who wrote the book does take every opportunity to spout her psychology stuff, but leaving that aside this is a good read.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2010 13:13:25 BDT
C. Hart says:
[[ASIN:1907407197 Leaving England] You may enjoy my book Leaving England which is about a couple who take early retirement and move to Cornwall to run a small B & B. Its not exciting but it is funny and fast moving with lote of quirky characters. Don't take my word for it, read the reviews! Good luck Carole Hart

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2010 19:31:53 BDT
I have only ever read about Dave Pelzer. He had an abused childhood and came out strong and shining in the end. Great positive thinking and great reading!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2010 08:32:38 BDT
elsie marley says:
try: the assasin's cloak- an anthology of the world's greatest diarists. you cannot fail to find somebody who interests you. Claire Tomalin has got to be one of the best living biographers, try her on Katherine Mansfield (be warned, Mansfield died quite young so it mightn't be what you are looking for.)Tomalin has also done Austen.

Posted on 8 Sep 2010 16:53:03 BDT
Bunny says:
I don't think you should rule out celebrity autobiographies altogether because many people now classed as 'celebrities' have had very interesting lives, and you would miss out on a great deal of very good books. Richard Branson's for example is a very good read, amazing in fact and he has led an astonishing life and done far more than most people know about. But as someone who has read nothing but for the past ten years I would recommend you go for the autobiography over the biography every time (if available obviously) as it is always better to hear it from the 'horse's mouth.'

Posted on 8 Sep 2010 20:34:09 BDT
Sian rose says:
Hi thanks for all these ideas,Bunny Rogers....your right about Richard Branson he is very interesting and i will buy his book actually so thanks"!! i suppose i am not thinking of people like him as celebritys, im just thinking of people like Katie Price or anyone on soaps, as i dont watch a lot of TV i dont know who some of these people are or to be honest i dont care who they are!! I dont like books about bad childhoods or anything worse not my kind of thing,i have read Angelas Ashes that was an exception to not liking that kind of book. Cider with Rosie is a perfect book i could read it over and over again, Paul Magnussen...i like the sound of every book you have suggested thank-you.
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