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I have not read any Biographies before,whay do you suggest as a first read?


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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2011, 22:19:41 BST
Last edited by the author on 16 Jul 2011, 19:12:29 BST
ian says:
More to it than just a story...
Be The Best You Can Be ( polio my constant companion )

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2011, 11:24:35 BST
J. S. Fester says:
Try Winston Churchill's 'My Early Years' (I think). A really great read

Posted on 30 Jun 2011, 14:24:47 BST
1923: A Memoir 83p

Review
It's a personal as well as a social history. Smith has the knack of bringing the times to life in a way that few writers can manage. It's the ability to tell a story, the knowledge of when to move on & not labour a point.
--The Bookbag

1923 is a book that succeeds in two ways with ease, both as a personal memoir of a life lived in a volatile age and as a record of that age for all time. --The Current Reader

"1923" is uplifting and highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

1923: A Memoir is a protest against social injustice, corruption, war, famine, poverty, and societies blinded by greed. More importantly, it is the story of hope and the notion that anything can be overcome if desired. --The Publishing Guru
Product Description
To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family's early history-their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

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.
From the Back Cover
The sky is clear. I am in the back of a truck, in a long convoy of vehicles. We are moving like an enormous centipede up a two lane road. There are 15 men in each lorry. Woodbine cigarettes and Capstans dangle from our mouths. The straps to our tin helmets hang loosely around our chins. We are cocksure and unafraid. We are survivors and conquerors pushing our way through northern Germany. Opposite our convoy, there is an endless procession of refugees. They are pushing their scant possessions in hand carts or dragging along worn luggage with ropes wrapped around them. The procession contained men and women, the young and the old. Thin, cadaverous horses followed the throng dragging their hoofs in the thin soil beside the road. The jetsam was a mixture of forced labourers, ex prisoners, ex concentration camp inmates and the Diaspora from Germany's eastern provinces. They were all moving southward, as if believing that their homes still existed or that they still had relatives alive to give them shelter. If the Netherlands and Belgium were any example to me, there was little left of Europe. What had not been bombed had been looted and what had not been looted had been burned to the ground.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2011, 07:13:28 BST
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2011, 07:14:29 BST
ian says:
Hope I have not added this book already, and hope it is of some help.
Gorbachev - The Rise and Fall of a Hero

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2011, 18:00:37 BST
Try Wild Swans it was a great true story - could be termed as a Biography

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2011, 08:41:21 BST
R. Chang says:
Hi
You may care to read mine - Scalpel in the Sand. It is about my ten years as a surgeon in Saudi Arabia. Although there is much about surgery, there are observations about the ordinary Arab people, their cultures and their social mores. It will dispel myths aout the Arab and Muslims. There are many amusing anecdotes that will not fail to bring forth a chuckle or two. As I had the privilege to teach the first group of women to graduate, I was well placed to observe the green shoots and problems of women's emancipation. There is an entire chapter on it. At the end ofthe book is Back to the Beginnings, an account of my background and upbinging. Try it, it is available in the Kindle version for only £1.71 in the UK or $2.99 in the US - a give away price. I wrote it to be read not to make money, hence the price. It has nothing to do with celebrities, I was an ordinary jobbing surgeon.

Posted on 2 Jul 2011, 09:30:54 BST
David Black says:
Here's an unusual biography about someone who had done something 'interesting' with their life. Playing for England Just an ordinary guy who takes on the huge challenge of the British Army's reserve SAS selection course...beat that!

Posted on 8 Jul 2011, 16:05:50 BST
Dailymail says:
Here's a brilliant autobiography 'A Cockneys Journey' by Eddie Allen available at amazon....

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2011, 16:26:04 BST
sunnyrandall says:
Two biographies that I thoroughly enjoyed:-
Crazy Horse and Custer:The Parallell Lives of Two American Warriors - Stephen Ambrose
Francis Walsingham: Elizabeth's Spymaster - Robert Hutchinson (not entirely sure of the title but that is close)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2011, 18:47:25 BST
The Steward says:
1.Bonhoeffer - Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. - Eric Metaxas.
2.The Rebbe - The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson - Samuel Heilman and Menachem Freidman.
3.Muhammad - A biography of the Prophet - Karen Armstrong
4.Lives - Buddha - Karen Armstrong

Those are all good :) x

Posted on 12 Jul 2011, 12:45:19 BST
Papillon by Henri Charrière

Posted on 17 Jul 2011, 00:13:46 BST
Mad , Bad and Dangerous to know by R.Finenes . Spot on to read ......not to be missed !.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2011, 08:21:41 BST
A customer says:
well nelson mandela's long road to freedom is incredible . and also shantaram though thats known to be a rather tall tale but i loved it. if you like bob dylan read his chronicles vol 1. good luck . tim

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2011, 20:57:14 BST
shell says:
try UGLY by Constance Bresco , this was an excellent read

Posted on 22 Jul 2011, 09:31:45 BST
Bax says:
Escape: The true story of the only Westerner ever to escape from Thailand's Bangkok Hilton

Try "Escape" by David McMillan, an autobiographical account of a true prison escape. It moves along so fast it reads like fiction but it really happened. The author is the first Westerner to escape from this high-security prison in Bangkok, Thailand. Amazing stuff. The book blurb features reviews from the BBC, News of the World (RIP), The Age, The Australian, London Evening Standard, Zoo Weekly, etc. Although you have to admire the author for escaping, it kind of puts you off choosing international drug smuggling as a career choice.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2011, 09:55:41 BST
R. Chang says:
I usally read only biographies and autobiographies that I an either learn from orprovide insight into world events. I am currently reading Richard Nixon's memoirs in preparation for a political thriller that I am working on. Basically it questions the conventional wisdom about Watergate and Nixon's resignation from the presidency after winning by 18 million votes, 49 out of 51 states and all the sourthern states during his re-elecction.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2011, 11:44:19 BST
V. says:
MAURICE NICOLL, A PORTRAIT by Beryl Pogson

Posted on 22 Jul 2011, 12:43:19 BST
I enjoy reading and have read many biographies, mostly of famous people but some about ordinary unheard of people. The two I have enjoyed most were WILD SWANS BY JUNG CHANG. This is a very interesting and informative story covering the lives of 3 generations of women, grandmother,mother and daughter in China.From their strict customs, the Chairman Mao era, and through to the much horrific cultural revolution. I love reading anything about China and Egypt so thoroughly enjoyed this book and have not heard of anyone who has not liked it after reading it.
The second book I would recommend is BRIDGE ACROSS MY SORROWS BY ROBERT CORAM + CHRISTINA NOBLE. This story is about Christina herself and takes her from the slums of Dublin to Vietnam where she opens an orphanage for the children of the street. Very good reading and most moving.

Posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:14:51 BST
K. Jones says:
The biographies i enjoy most are actually comedians....
Micheal McIntyre & Russell Brands bookywook (1) were brilliant! A nice laugh aswell.

Posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:54:25 BST
K. Varnham says:
Most people are pet lovers, and the novelist James Herriot(John Wright) became famous through his first best seller 'All Creatures great and Small' which has been made into a film and TV series. I can't remember how many books were written, but I have read a good number and find them all very amusing. After this author died his son decided to write a biography of his father. I can't think of a better first book to recommend. I hope you and many others give this an airing, as you will not regret it.

Posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:29:24 BST
K. O'Brien says:
After 20 years of being forced to keep silent by my Dad I finally found the courage to break my silence after he passed away, My unique story tells of how I was left after my mum's suspicious death to suffer physical, mental, sexual and cruel abuse at the hands of my Dad and others I thought I could trust, My story is true, down to earth, hard hitting and harrowing but also humorous, After my book was published I was invited on my local radio station to talk about my book which as also been mentioned in the press to say that the book is doing well and also one of the chapters from my book is due to be published in a magazine called That's Life, These are the chapter listings from my book NEVER TRUST ANYONE to give you an insight on what my book is about, Author Keira O'Brady, e-mail kobrady@hotmail.co.uk

‎1. Six of Us Trapped In A Bedroom Fire.
2. Mum leaves Dad but pays a deadly price.
3. Why can't I see mum in hospital.
4. I can't stand you and I wish you was dead.
5. Were out of control
6. A haunted house.
7. Do you want me to tell your kids who really killed their mother?
8. The house is engulfed in flames.
9. Dad drags Marcus and Shaun down to the Social Services.
10. "No Dad please don't I'm sorry"
11. You're a liar and I wish I was dead.
12. Have you ever seen a dead body?
13. Wake up Dad please, I love you.
14. Dad puts me and Ryan in care.
15. Dad comes home, but not to stay.
16. Dad is physically, mentally and cruelly abusive.
17. Dad deliberately burns down the house.
18. Run Ryan He's Got A Knife.
19. Dad sexually abuses me.
20. Someone reports Dad to the NSPCC.
21. I have brought you all a new mother.
22. Have I been drugged?
23. I've lost all respect and now I'm out of control.
24. Dad puts me in care.
25. Dad forces me to have an abortion.
26. "Just tell the police he raped you".
27. Dad finds out I'm expecting again.
28. Carl is physically abusive.
29. I'm expecting again and suffer severe panic attacks.
30. The police arrest me.
31. Dad, Ryan, Carl and I are all remanded in custody.
32. The trial.
33. I'm expecting again, but find it hard to bond with the baby.
34. Torn between two lovers.
35. Dad confesses about sexually abusing me.
36. It was me who killed your mother.
37. Dad's got lung cancer.
38. Please don't force me to see dad.

Posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:47:00 BST
K. O'Brien says:
After 20 years of being forced to keep silent by my Dad I finally found the courage to break my silence after he passed away, My unique story tells of how I was left after my mum's suspicious death to suffer physical, mental, sexual and cruel abuse at the hands of my Dad and others I thought I could trust, My story is true, down to earth, hard hitting and harrowing but also humorous, After my book was published I was invited on my local radio station to talk about my book which as also been mentioned in the press to say that the book is doing well and also one of the chapters from my book is due to be published in a magazine called That's Life, These are the chapter listings from my book NEVER TRUST ANYONE to give you an insight on what my book is about, Author Keira O'Brady, e-mail kobrady@hotmail.co.uk

‎1. Six of Us Trapped In A Bedroom Fire.
2. Mum leaves Dad but pays a deadly price.
3. Why can't I see mum in hospital.
4. I can't stand you and I wish you was dead.
5. Were out of control
6. A haunted house.
7. Do you want me to tell your kids who really killed their mother?
8. The house is engulfed in flames.
9. Dad drags Marcus and Shaun down to the Social Services.
10. "No Dad please don't I'm sorry"
11. You're a liar and I wish I was dead.
12. Have you ever seen a dead body?
13. Wake up Dad please, I love you.
14. Dad puts me and Ryan in care.
15. Dad comes home, but not to stay.
16. Dad is physically, mentally and cruelly abusive.
17. Dad deliberately burns down the house.
18. Run Ryan He's Got A Knife.
19. Dad sexually abuses me.
20. Someone reports Dad to the NSPCC.
21. I have brought you all a new mother.
22. Have I been drugged?
23. I've lost all respect and now I'm out of control.
24. Dad puts me in care.
25. Dad forces me to have an abortion.
26. "Just tell the police he raped you".
27. Dad finds out I'm expecting again.
28. Carl is physically abusive.
29. I'm expecting again and suffer severe panic attacks.
30. The police arrest me.
31. Dad, Ryan, Carl and I are all remanded in custody.
32. The trial.
33. I'm expecting again, but find it hard to bond with the baby.
34. Torn between two lovers.
35. Dad confesses about sexually abusing me.
36. It was me who killed your mother.
37. Dad's got lung cancer.
38. Please don't force me to see dad.

Posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:48:53 BST
K. O'Brien says:
Ooooops sorry I think I have posted that twice

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2011, 18:54:07 BST
mmc says:
If you are looking for an interesting Biography try a new release 'A Long Road to Freedom' by Mary Mc Cartan.

Posted on 27 Jul 2011, 20:26:56 BST
K. Varnham says:
I love Sea adventure stories, usually the sailing type of amateurs with huge travel ambition. Any titles to recommend?
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