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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2009, 16:13:32 GMT
Clare Mulley says:
Current favourite is Alexander Masters' brilliant and hugely compelling 'Stuart: A Life Backwards', although anything by Claire Tomalin, Hermione Lee, Richard Holmes always likely to be good, and Julian Barnes' 'Flaubert's Parrot' is a classic even though it may not strictly be a biography...

Posted on 27 Feb 2009, 09:19:02 GMT
Liz says:
Dont think of an elephent by John Mace has to be far the best i've read.

Posted on 1 Mar 2009, 21:45:01 GMT
Dave says:
Frank Skinners and Bob Geldofs are the best two I have read, both very honest and Skinners made me laugh out loud several times.

Posted on 5 Mar 2009, 12:46:07 GMT
Dixie Jones says:
Best biography. Definetly. A Life Of Picasso, by John Richardson. Ive read the first three volumes and cant wait for the author to finish the final one. Absolutely splendid writting, not only about Picasso, but about many of his contemporaries. These volumes are filled with cultural riches

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2009, 23:16:00 GMT
DCP says:
Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner. Actually one of the best books I've ever read.

For a more predictable good read, Bill Bryson's 'The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid' is worth a go.

Posted on 6 Mar 2009, 09:51:22 GMT
i enjoyed,
Busters diary by Roy Hattersley

Marley & me by John grogan

Posted on 6 Mar 2009, 10:48:50 GMT
A. Holland says:
I'm sticking with pop music biogs for this post. The Peter Guralnick books about Elvis Presley are magnificent. And for a truly disturbing read, Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story by Nick Tosches takes some beating, he gets right inside The Killer's head.

Posted on 7 Mar 2009, 10:40:21 GMT
My daughter recommends both biogs by sharon osbourne. She also couldn't put down lucky man by Michael J Fox. There is also Alan alda never have your dog stuffed.

We both enjoyed listening to My life by Bill Clinton and living History ny Hillary rodham clinton (both abridged) on audio cassette. we liked them so much we have re-ordered them on Cd

Posted on 7 Mar 2009, 11:53:29 GMT
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Posted on 7 Mar 2009, 12:46:58 GMT
A. Holland says:
On a different note, Primo Levi's auto-biographies 'If This Is A Man' and the 'The Truce' (usually sold in one volume) are an absolutely life changing read. They're about his recollections of Aushwitz and the liberation. I realise that this sound like rather a miserable and heavy subject, but they're absolutely essential and life-affirming.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2009, 19:32:42 GMT
Ken Scott says:
I think it has to be Dwain Chambers, Race Against Me. Quite frankly it is the most honest and graphic account of a scandal I have ever read. So graphic in fact, that we hear he is threatened with legal action. An honest account from an honest man.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2009, 12:29:47 GMT
Yes, Chris, I'm a fan of biographies too, and loved Alison Weir's books on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. One of my favourite biographies is The Devil Drives by Fawn Brodie. Sir Richard Burton was a fascinating character and was totally out of his own rather hidebound Victorian times. Explorer, linguist, expert fencer - a total Renaissance man.


Posted on 8 Mar 2009, 18:37:01 GMT
Harry says:
Errol Flynn - My Wicked Wicked Ways !

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2009, 16:22:46 GMT
Brendan Long says:
Arthur Miller - Timebends.Brilliant

Posted on 10 Mar 2009, 20:48:57 GMT
The Grass Arena by John Healy

Posted on 13 Mar 2009, 22:54:30 GMT
I like the book Approved schol girl, about an unknownn, now mother of 4 children who had a very unhappy childhood that I don't think many people would have survived with mind intact.

Posted on 18 Mar 2009, 16:37:41 GMT
Uber Driver says:
"Who Is Tom Baker" is terrifyingly funny, terrifyingly honest and terrifyingly terrifying. A great work of literature.

Posted on 18 Mar 2009, 17:57:56 GMT
A. J. Higham says:
the dirt - an autobiography of motley crue by Neil Strauss was the best thing ive read since the BFG!

Posted on 19 Mar 2009, 12:44:53 GMT
Charlie says:
Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox
David Starkeys book about the wives of Henry VIII
The Gift of Laughter by John Miller - about Peter Ustinov

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2009, 13:36:00 GMT
Russell Watson's - no question!! He really has a story to tell about his life, his health problems, his overnight success and his struggle against classical music snobbery. It is an inspiring and emotional read, well worth the money, even if you are not a fan.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2009, 14:42:38 GMT
I thought this was abit tacky myself

Posted on 24 Mar 2009, 22:16:34 GMT
marmalady says:
Try Virginia McKenna's new book, A Life In My Years; it's beautiful, poignant, heartbreaking.
Henrietta's Dream by Henrietta Spink; this tells you what life is really like with disabled children, and the overwhelming love a parent feels for them.
will think of some more later.

Posted on 26 Mar 2009, 12:52:57 GMT
I read a lot of biographies, most of which i forget as soon as i've finished them. One that i have recently read is Paul O'Grady's autobiography - i've forgotten the title but something about "At my mother's knee". I thought this was well written, humerous and a good account of social history. Another one that comes to mind that i read some years ago is by Norman Wisdom. The title of which i have also forgotten.

Posted on 26 Mar 2009, 15:01:05 GMT
Wimpyfan says:
Gene Simmons from Kiss's autobiography is very interesting.....

Posted on 27 Mar 2009, 03:48:11 GMT
"Marie Antoinette: The Journey" is excellent, in that it beautifully blends scholarship and an engaging narrative. It really is a work of art between two covers.
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