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Initial post: 4 Aug 2010 17:28:02 BDT
Which biography have you enjoyed most this year?

Posted on 6 Aug 2010 21:59:58 BDT
hiljean says:
Do you mean published this year or read this year? I've read three this year and enjoyed them all:

Daphne du Maurier, by Margaret Forster
The Snow Geese by William Fiennes (part autobiographical, part travel, part ornithology)
The Music Room by William Fiennes

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 07:24:14 BDT
So many "famous people's" biographies out there. Why do folk want to read about the already-famous? Surely they've had their share of the limelight. Readers aught to be looking for less-known people's bigraphies, Ordinary people'e lives. There are great insights there!

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 17:16:04 BDT
monica says:
James, should readers be looking by any chance for biographies relating a childhood in Tanganyika?

Toulouse-Lautrec by Julia Frey and Hans Christian Andersen by Jens Andersen. Nice to see a thread about biography on the biography forum.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2010 08:54:02 BDT
Dear Mr James Penhaligon
I share your view on biographies written - or ghost written - by famous people; well I would wouldn't I, for I am not famous and have written a book. Not being famous will ensure that whilst my recently published book 'Drink, dear boy' is available from Amazon, none will know it's there, exept you that is Mr Penhaligon. If you read the blurb, synopsis and reviews on Amazon, the title will make sence.

Regards Alwyne Chappell

Posted on 15 Aug 2010 21:09:10 BDT
Elmira Gulch says:
Most recent was 'Foxy Ferdinand' about Ferdinand The Csar of Bulgaria and 'Death By Fame' the life of Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Both give great insight into the late 19th & early 20th Centuries.

Posted on 23 Aug 2010 20:55:43 BDT
jenna says:
Depends what type of biography your are looking for. "Wake Up, Mummy" by Anna Lowe is available for pre-order from Amazon. I think this might be a good one for 2011.

Posted on 2 Nov 2010 15:34:36 GMT
ajk77 says:
Suze Rotolo: A Freewheelin Time
Richard Balls: Ian Dury

Posted on 3 Nov 2010 05:36:07 GMT
KAREN says:
a journey of two men by donald parham sold on amazon is the best iography i have ever read!

Posted on 4 Nov 2010 20:40:55 GMT
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My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Errol Flynn. The first half reads like a novel, the second a kick in the crotch aimed at mid 50s American society and some of its personalities - not least the author himself! Fascinating stuff that'll have you ditching any of the preconceived ideas about Errol Flynn that Hollywood legend has foisted on us down the years.

Posted on 4 Nov 2010 23:47:30 GMT
Pete Pointer says:
21 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall it has to be The Iron Curtain Kid by Oliver Fritz. This book about a boy growing up in the former East Germany is still my personal favorite.

Posted on 7 Nov 2010 12:00:54 GMT
Cormac Mac says:
Read the brilliant On The Brinks by crime writer Sam Millar. Granted, it would cost you a small fortune to obtain a copy in the second-hand market, but thankfully it has just been released on Kindle for a couple of quid. Well worth your time money and download. Enjoy. On The Brinks: The Extended Edition

Posted on 7 Nov 2010 17:25:13 GMT
Flossie says:
What about autobiographies? Read artist Anthony Christian's "The Child that Art Made" and loved it! (ASIN: B004AYD9DW)

Posted on 11 Nov 2010 20:30:00 GMT
Pat says:
Definitely Norman Wisdom, also Harry Patch and Colin Hall - DROPPED IN IT, true story of a WWII veteran at Operation Market Garden, Arnhem,1st Airborne Division

Posted on 17 Nov 2010 08:45:41 GMT
Tray says:
I found Chris Pownall's Funny How Things Work Out to be my best recommendation so far this year, although it is an autobiography.

Posted on 18 Nov 2010 21:23:07 GMT
I re-read Rik Mayalls biography this year - Bigger than Hitler - Better than Christ
I don't really care about current 'famous' celebrities, I usually read biographies of Historical ones instead! So the fact that this book is probably two thirds fiction and very funny suits me! I especially love the bit where he is blu-tacking some pork pir to the inside of his bum cheeks in order to impress a lady friend with his adventurous love making...
I also love the fact that he spells Actor "Acter" (there was an agreement whereby his book would not be seen or corrected by an editor) - although usually mistakes like that really annoy me - he just pulls it off so well!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2010 16:55:39 GMT
wildrover220 says:
Couldn't agree more James. I have spend the last few years working on a bio of a less well known man, James McRory Smith who lived as a recluse for over 30 years in a remote cottage in the Far North of Scotland. His story is a fascinating account of a man pitting his wits against the wilderness, enduring endless isolation and existing, for a large part, off the land. James' lifestyle belonged to a bygone age, yet he lived it in the 20th century, turning his back on the luxuries and conveniences of the modern world.Highland Hermit

Posted on 3 Dec 2010 22:44:29 GMT
mine has received great reviews, everyone who has read it couldnt put it down and its not expensive its called an ordinary man in an ordinary world by martin mcgregor available from amazon lulu.com and smashwords, if you like it i can send you signed copies, thanks and enjoy reading!
martin mcgregor

Posted on 28 Feb 2011 08:37:22 GMT
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Posted on 3 Mar 2011 19:31:54 GMT
wildrover220 says:
I thoroughly enjoyed Highland Hermit by James Carron. It is the true life story of James McRory Smith who lived as a recluse for over 30 years at Strathchailleach, a remote bothy in the far north of Scotland. Surviving without mains water, power or phone, he lived off the land, enduring hostile conditions and the remote landscape in one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles. Plenty of fascinating background and Scottish stuff too [[ASIN: ASIN B004D4YB4K Highland Hermit]]

Posted on 10 Mar 2011 12:14:06 GMT
Crime Queen says:
Crime Lover, thanks for the alert of Millar's On The Brinks on Kindle On The Brinks: The Extended Edition. Been after a copy for a very long time at a reasonable price. Now for under two quid, how can you not grab it?

Posted on 13 Mar 2011 16:44:14 GMT
I have just finished a biography by the author Jason Brookes. The book is entitled "laugh I thought I'd die". I have read a lot of biographies, especially by the rich & famous but this book if anything, exceeds them. I had tears rolling down my face throughout, either from laughing, crying ,or crying with laughter. It tells the story of an amazing life, cheating death on numerous occasions & recently overcoming cancer in a foreign hospital. How can this be humorous you ask. I implore you to read it & be amazed.

Posted on 22 Mar 2011 15:59:18 GMT
Conrad Jones says:
Try Undisputed the story of a Welsh dairy farmer who at just 5ft 2" became a 3 times undisputed World champion against all the odds. Not just a story about a fighter but the story of his battle to keep the farm going through the farming crisis of the 90's whilst training himself for top class fights, teaching students six days a week, and watching his father suffer and lose his fight against MS.

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Try Undisputed the story of a Welsh dairy farmer who at just 5ft 2" became a 3 times undisputed World champion against all the odds. Not just a story about a fighter but the story of his battle to keep the farm going through the farming crisis of the 90's whilst training himself for top class fights, teaching students six days a week, and watching his father suffer and lose his fight against MS. Guidelines

Posted on 21 Apr 2011 14:09:11 BDT
1923: A Memoir 84p on Kindle

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1923: A Memoir presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith's story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

1923: A Memoir tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

Posted on 1 Jun 2011 12:37:55 BDT
K. Taylor says:
At the book launch of [Tied with an Easy Thread ISBN 978-0755213283] people were incredibly moved by readings from my biography of my mother. They all wanted to know more...
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