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Posted on 27 Mar 2009 20:02:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Sep 2009 22:24:23 BDT
Kootanay says:
The best of a better generation of autobiography was "Over the Bridge" - Richard Church. (Begins on New Year's Day, 1900.) For simple philosophical rectitude, read Joseph Wood Crutch's biography of Thoreau. For wit and wisdom read B. W. Edginton's biography of Charles Waterton.

Posted on 27 Mar 2009 23:32:12 GMT
'Lucky Man' by Michael J Fox is excellent. I am really looking forward to his second biography 'Always Looking Up' coming out in April

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2009 22:18:18 BDT
Polly says:
I too liked reading Lucky Man by Michael J Fox. It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong is also inspirational, and I don't think you need to be a cycling fan necessarily to appreciate it.

Posted on 31 Mar 2009 10:38:10 BDT
The funniest autobiography I have ever read has to be Frank Skinner, absolutely hilarious, even my husband couldnt put it down and he cannot get into reading at all. The most interesting autobiography for me is Annabel Goldsmiths, very interesting and heart warming. Love it

Posted on 31 Mar 2009 17:15:26 BDT
Dr. Phibes says:
Mr. Nice by Howard Marks is a brilliant read. Also recommended is The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White. (Now out of print unfortunately.)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2009 23:05:32 BDT
Mr. H. Poole says:
One of the funniest biographies I've come across lately is by Wilf Lunn, called My Best Cellar. He used to be on TV years ago in Vision On. It's one of the few books I've read that made me laugh out loud and want to read out bits to anyone who would listen!

Posted on 4 Apr 2009 19:11:18 BDT
I've just finished Leslie Phillips autobiography which I enjoyed immensely. The bio I found most satisfying to read was Martin Gilbert's biography of Churchill. Though it did take me a year to finish all 8 volumes!

Posted on 5 Apr 2009 10:27:18 BDT
Lance Armstrong, Mcenroe, Martin Johnson are three of my favourites. Dave

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2009 11:29:44 BDT
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Posted on 8 Apr 2009 16:30:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Apr 2009 16:31:13 BDT
I think my mums biography' Not Stupid' is the best She talks about living ,educating and caring for my brother and I . My brother has autism and I have Asperger syndrome. Reading this book helps me remember the past and think about my future.

Patrick

Posted on 8 Apr 2009 18:59:31 BDT
Iris Ellis says:
cash-the autobiography of johnny cash
a multitude of sins- the autobiography of hugh cornwell, the ex member of the band, the stranglers.

Posted on 9 Apr 2009 10:02:39 BDT
Obelix says:
James Joyce, by Richard Ellmann. No other biography comes close.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2009 14:08:57 BDT
J Lindsay says:
The Man Who Went Into the West - Byron Rogers' biography of the poet R S Thomas (the original Mr Grumpy or a light-hearted, warm conversationalist, depending on whom you speak to) - is superb.

Posted on 10 Apr 2009 16:03:31 BDT
M.W. says:
Muhammad - Karen Armstrong
Measure of a Man - Sydney Poitier

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2009 17:36:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2009 17:39:56 BDT
So far must say Fatwa by Jacky Trevane

Posted on 11 Apr 2009 11:39:38 BDT
E. Chalmers says:
I read Humphrey Button's "Menhuin" recently, which was fantastic. However, the best biography I've read is Meridith Daneman's book on Margot Fonteyn.

Posted on 11 Apr 2009 17:51:36 BDT
Bobby Smith says:
Two entries: Guy Sajer 'The Forgotten Soldier' - a classic WW2 autobiography - even though some seem to doubt its authenticity. Plus (and I admit I am biased!!) - One Love Two Colours: The unlikely marriage of a Punk Rocker & his African Queen, by...err..me (Bobby Smith) - my book will have you laughing and crying - often at the same time. Thanks for reading my shameless piece of advertising.

Posted on 12 Apr 2009 22:24:25 BDT
Steve Gad says:
The one that stirred me most was Jimi Hendrix 'The Man, the Magic, the Truth' by Sharon Lawrence. This book left me feeling very angry at the way Jimi's legacy has been handled (his father's first words on hearing of Jimi's death, were reported to have been "How much money is there?") and this is the tone for the latter third of the book, where family members and former managers fight over his estate. The book is written by someone who clearly loved Jimi very much, and who was equally angered by his death and what followed.

There is a fascinating section where she talks to the girl Jimi was with when he died, and several questions are finally answered in this book, without actually being answered directly. A great read, even for someone like myself, who isn't really a Jimi 'fan' as such.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2009 11:47:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2009 11:48:21 BDT
Siochan says:
The Moon's A Balloon, by David Niven, was probably for me the most entertaining autobiography I've ever read.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2009 09:20:04 BDT
I managed to get hold of an advance copy of Today I'm Alice, by Alice Jamieson, who suffers from multiple personality disorder. This is truly an extraordinary book and an amazing journey of a woman surviving with 9 separate personalities vying for attention in her head.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2009 18:37:11 BDT
this one(marley and me) is deff' the best :P

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2009 18:41:30 BDT
joseph says:
if you are a bloke Errol Flynn's is a boys own adventure when he was young and a real eye opener after his rise to fame in Hollywood

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2009 23:06:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2009 21:54:58 BDT
Kootanay says:
Re- R.S Thomas: his autobiography is also worth reading - more exactly, his four autobiographical essays translated from the Welsh by Jason Walford Davies and collected into one volume by Phoenix. Grumpy? Well, yes, of course. They were cutting down beech trees to widen the roads on Lleyn, all in the interests of "safety"! He had good reason to be grumpy. He liked the right things in life and despised all the stupid, noisy insensibilities of modern life which compromised them.

Posted on 15 Apr 2009 15:28:59 BDT
Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar - Simon Sebag-Montefiore
Young Stalin - same author
All good reading, shocking, revealing and essential.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2009 15:56:55 BDT
Surfer Rosa says:
For me the number one is "Scar Tissue" by Anthony Kiedis. I really love it! Is not necessary at all to be a RHCP fan. It's not as much music or RHCP as band but mostly about Anthony's drugs addiction.
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