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Favourite biographies

L. Hyde "chummymummy"
 
Billy Connolly
Billy Connolly
"Obviously written by a woman who loves him, this is a biography that reveals the man behind the facade we see on TV. Would like to read an autobiography by Connolly soon"
A Mad World, My Masters: Tales from a Traveller's Life
A Mad World, My Masters: Tales from a Traveller's Life
"A rollicking good read from a great storyteller with a journalist's attention to detail. Don't expect an academic life view -- this is danger and action through a journalist's lense. A fantastic read"
Iris: A memoir of Iris Murdoch
Iris: A memoir of Iris Murdoch
"Truly poignant in the way only a spouse's story can be -- make sure you read it BEFORE you see the film"
A Journal of the Plague Year (English Library)
A Journal of the Plague Year (English Library)
"Still one of my favourites, what Defoe lacks in artistry he makes up for in journalistic detail. Historical and revealing"
Coleridge : Early Visions
Coleridge : Early Visions
"This is the man who introduced me to Coleridge, and I will be forever thankful. Lyrical and compelling account of a romantic's life"
Dr Johnson and Mr Savage: A Biographical Mystery
Dr Johnson and Mr Savage: A Biographical Mystery
"Fascinating and insightful--Holmes really brings alive the men behind the literature and the history. It's as if you've spent the afternoon in their company"
Scanty Particulars: The Life of Dr James Barry
Scanty Particulars: The Life of Dr James Barry
"Reveals the real story behind Dr Barry's secret life"
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
"Truly inspirational and more lyrical than prose"
Learning to Fly
Learning to Fly
"Go on  -- you know you want to know how much the engagement ring really cost! Surprisingly interesting, not the best crafted book in the world, but fun nonetheless"
Managing My Life: My  Autobiography: The Autobiography
Managing My Life: My Autobiography: The Autobiography
"I hated Fergie before I read this, but it is very revealing about what made him the (amazingly successful) person he is."