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Initial post: 16 Nov 2010 11:46:21 GMT
Tray says:
I'm on a quest to read auto/biographies by your average unknown Joe Bloggs, instead of being sucked into the world of celebrity. I've recently finished reading 'Funny How Things Work Out' by Chris Pownall & wondered if anyone could recommend an equally good read.

Posted on 16 Nov 2010 20:03:30 GMT
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Posted on 17 Nov 2010 16:24:07 GMT
Pat says:
This one fits:

Dropped In It - the autobiography of a Cotswold Boy and Arnhem Veteran as a paperback

DROPPED IN IT, true story of a WWII veteran at Operation Market Garden, Arnhem,1st Airborne Division as an ebook

Very down to earth.

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Posted on 17 Nov 2010 17:39:11 GMT
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Posted on 18 Nov 2010 14:13:15 GMT
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Posted on 18 Nov 2010 15:18:38 GMT
Tray says:
Thanks for the recommendations everyone!

Posted on 18 Nov 2010 20:29:49 GMT
Aussie J says:
try this
No Time to Cry Tales of a Leicester Bouncer

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2010 21:05:27 GMT
Why not try mine 'We had dreams and songs to sing' I am an ordinary Joe Bloggs who by writing his autobiography has brough delight to thousands, according to the feedback I get. My story is true and honest and whilst based on my following of Liverpool football club it is a story of passion and belief, and how I came from the working class suburbs of Liverpool to do quite well for myself. writing the book took me into a whole new world.

The story gives you very personal views of disasters and triumphs. This book is not just any old football book!

Hope you chcek it out.

Keith Salmon

Posted on 19 Nov 2010 22:10:58 GMT
T-bone says:
I just read our man in orlandoOur Man in Orlando: Murder, Madness and Mayhem in the Sunshine State. which is about an ordinary guy working for the FCO in Orlando, it was very enjoyable. You could also try the "princess" series by jean sassonPrincess: True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, not sure if that is on kindle though. Also worth a try are Vermilion Gate: A Family Story of Communist China, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers and Fatwa: Living with a Death Threat
I have just got this 3,096 Days which looks good.
Hope that helps

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Posted on 20 Nov 2010 18:24:39 GMT
shell says:
Ugly by Constance Brasco was an excellent read ,based on her true story.

Posted on 21 Nov 2010 02:06:35 GMT
If interested, I invite you to check out my memoir, In Jupiter's Shadow, the story of a regular kid struggling with an overwhelming secret. The book has an online page if you'd like to research it before making a decision. Additionally, it's received several favorable reviews (reviews online at http://www.jupitersshadow.com/reviews.html). Thank you for your consideration!
In Jupiter's Shadow

Posted on 21 Nov 2010 16:59:10 GMT
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choir girl says:
For an amusing read you could try 'Call the Midwife' by Jennifer Worth.
For an inspirational read you could try 'Three Cups of Tea' by Greg Mortenson.

Posted on 21 Nov 2010 18:36:33 GMT
D. A. Evran says:
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Paperback - 7 Sep 2007) - saw the film last night for the first time - cried my eyes out. Beautiful, powerful, heart wrenching and most of all great for your own self belief.

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Posted on 23 Nov 2010 11:48:40 GMT
I too am a non-celeb who has written a book - in two volumes. It is called A BOY FROM NOWHERE by David Mitchell and like Mr H. Salmon mine is a story which both (1)describes the poverty and misery of the pre-war London East End made worse by The Great Depression. I try to paint a picture of what life was back then, how we managed to live, what we did for entertainment, how we kids thought up ideas how to make a few pennies for sweets. And then (2) ot also follows my life - a boy born in the slums of East London but who refused to accept his father's edict that we were working class people, we should leave responsibility to 'our betters' as he called them and not have ideas of grandeur. Poor old Dad - he didn't recognise that following the war a new world was in vogue - a world in which people like with no education (spoiled by the war and by a father who didn't believe we too coud be one of the 'betters') and no special skills could also be a success. I admit this was made more diffiicult by the fact that all working class lads back then had to leave school at 14 and go to work to help the family. But I fought my way to the top regardless and ga8ined my first directorship in The City by the time I was 25. I went on to build my own business from nothing, owned my own warehouse, retired in my fifties, built a beautful villa in the sun and went to Spain for 9 years holidays.
I call my book A BOY FROM NOWHERE because thats where I came from - nowhere. I was offered and accepted a position by the Czechoslovak Embassy in London as Director of one of their UK based companies to look after the sales and marketing of their confectionery products throughout the UK. Consequently I had very close relations with that country, learned to speak Czech reasonably well for an Englishman, and had many adventures behind the Iron Curtain. I was known as something of an expert on Czechoslovakia, as it was then, and this is why MI6 contacted me to request my help in certain matters which I was glad to give. In my time I have had a terrific life - a life I had no right to dream of - let alone live and I have had the good fortune to meet many people who I write about in my book. I believe my book is an interesting book - but Alas! because I am not a wellknown person it has not attacted the attention that it perhaps deserves.
Please see my website on: www.davidjmitchell.co.uk for further information.
David Mitchell

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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2010 10:42:37 GMT
Have you read "For Ava, with Love" by Linda M Durrad. It is a true story - beautifully told.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2010 10:44:05 GMT
Have you read "For Ava, with Love" by Linda M Durrad? It is a beautifully told true story ... a cannot put down book of an 'ordinary' person - non-celeb.
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