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want to move away from the celebrity auto/biography- ideas please


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Posted on 19 Mar 2012, 06:48:08 GMT
andy evans says:
You could try ours - 'Displaced'
West Yorkshire native re-discovers his roots in the former Yugoslavia.
Born into the coal-mining industry, Andy Evans spent his childhood dreaming of another place, one not blackened by industry, but green and pure, the land his grandfather, Maksim Culumovic, had once called home.

Maksim was a `Displaced Person'. Originally from the former Yugoslavia, he had left his country of birth during the bitter fighting of World War II, where, in 1941, he had survived a brutal attack on his village that had left his neighbours, friends and the majority of his family ruthlessly slaughtered. The once peaceful community he had fought so hard to protect was destroyed in one single despicable act.

Following the horror of that day, he had left what remained of his family, including his older brother, Ostoja, his friends and everything he had ever known and after time spent in resettlement camps in Germany and Italy, Featherstone became his new home.

Like most of West Yorkshire, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Halifax had become home to `alien' communities, encouraged over by a western power that had suffered heavy casualties in the war and needed a new workforce to run the heavy industry at home.

For the next 40 years, Maksim worked hard and built himself a new life, far away from the one he had started with. The shadow of his past hung over him, but he remained silent on the subject.

When he died in 1988 aged 79, it was his grandson, Andy, who set out to find the past, so well hidden to both family and friends that it would take a twenty-year search to uncover the truth.

Displaced is a joint work between Andy, and his Bosnian cousin Vesna Kovac, granddaughter of Ostoja, bought together finally to show both sides of this emotional story. The hardships of the coalmine and a heartbroken grandchild are bought into sharp contrast with a young woman's trials in a post-Yugoslav civil war that would once again scar the landscape of what is now Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia.

Their stories combine to create an enthralling text and finally answer the question that Andy, now 45, has spent the last twenty years trying to discover.
Who was Maksim?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2012, 07:29:02 GMT
pixiegeaves says:
An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan is about his four and a half years spent as a hostage in Beirut. An amazing and inspirational read about friendship and how the human mind copes in tragic circumstances.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2012, 19:38:48 GMT
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Posted on 25 Mar 2012, 11:45:27 BST
laila says:
Hello Sarah and Millie. have you tried TAPESTRY OF TEARS. RD PAYNE ?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2012, 13:39:40 BST
Rosinante says:
Try my prizewinning book - "Threads - the Tapestry of Life" which took me years to research. Based on real events in the lives of my mother's family, and set in Russia, Estonia, England and South Africa during the Russian Revolution, WWI, WWII and in Stalin's gulags. They are a very ordinary family, who experience love, fear, hunger and heartbreak. Tempered by endurance, their dramatic hardships create quite extraordinary characters who, drawn from opposite ends of the earth, their lives inextricably interwoven, wind their way through turbulent historical times. The book vividly brings to life the triumph of the human spirit as three strong men, who face the horrors and loneliness of war, human brutality and the harshness of nature, and four strong women, who resourcefully confront the vagaries of life's heartbreaks and hardships, triumph over incredible obstacles. Love, hope and courage are continual themes throughout these trials. I hope you read it and enjoy it. Rose O'Flynn

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012, 18:11:46 BST
Try my ebook, paperback or talking book. I am an unknown Joe Bloggs or mister nobody who sat down and wrote about my time in the forces. It's called - Pull up a Sandbag and pass me a Lamp. Sorry to be so blatent but you did ask.

Cheers,
John

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012, 18:27:50 BST
Hello John, I'm a writer too and I've checked out your book, only to find that it's only in paperback and it says it's unavailable at the moment. Is something wrong there that can be put right before you promote it to the masses? Just trying to help. Kind regards. CM (aka author, Pearl Barley)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012, 19:19:44 BST
Try 'Dollar In My Pocket' by Stephen R. Griffiths.

Posted on 30 Mar 2012, 00:34:34 BST
Xinran's The Good Women of China and Sky Burial. Anything by Alexandra Fuller. Great Western Beach and Maidens' Trip by Emma Smith!

Posted on 30 Mar 2012, 02:05:39 BST
Check out the motorbike guys:
One Brit, One Bike, One Big Country
Pack Your Bags and Get Out!
An American Odyssey
Definitely not celebrities: Enjoy...

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2012, 06:40:49 BST
helene hanff says:
i loved a book called family life by elisabeth luard.its unusual,but very moving.(though not weepy style)

Posted on 1 Apr 2012, 12:47:30 BST
MP Collins says:
Try mine 'One More Sunrise' the life and times of an airline pilot.

Posted on 4 Apr 2012, 13:18:34 BST
Bookworm says:
You may like to try 'Horseplay' by Gillian Ware Horseplay - a lovely autobiographical account of how an interaction with horses helped the author gain new meaning to her life after being diagnosed with an incurable medical condition. Told in an engaging style, this story will appeal at all levels; even if you don't know anything about horses, the book is well-written, inspiring and often humorous. Well worth checking out.

Posted on 7 Apr 2012, 13:28:20 BST
phleabas says:
I thought Emigrating Home was quiet funny, it's not a celebrity biography and I see it's available for free today on Amazon Emigrating Home

Posted on 8 Apr 2012, 16:39:02 BST
Josh Turner says:
I found Secrets of a Webcam Girl: A memoir by Annabelle Baxter to be a very good read.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2012, 13:58:45 BST
laila says:
Now try " Tapestry of Tears". RD Payne True story of a difficult life.
Good comments from readers.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012, 20:51:35 BST
J. morris says:
tryENDAL by Allen and Sandra Parton.

Posted on 21 Apr 2012, 02:40:59 BST
Cheryl Reid says:
My Diary is now No.1 in Womens' Biography, Books Humour and Kindle Books Humour and it is only 90p...

Posted on 21 Apr 2012, 03:04:56 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2012, 05:25:55 BST
David Groen says:
I recommend the book "Jew Face: A story of love and heroism in Nazi-occupied Holland." It's a story about 2 Jewish people in Amsterdam from different parts of the city and a very different background who are thrust together in the worst of times. Not your ordinary Holocaust book and a true story. You can find out more about it on the blog..http://hollandsheroes.com/ or find the book here..Jew Face: A Story of Love and Heroism in Nazi-Occupied Holland

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2012, 13:38:15 BST
John Newton says:
Please try my book, you won't find a more ordinary Joe Bloggs anywhere. It's called Demons in the Dark, An Alcoholic's tale, by John T Newton.

Posted on 25 Apr 2012, 01:09:12 BST
Poked and Prodded- A Humorous Medical Memoir

Memoir Description:
This is a story about a man. A man who felt he had developed a potentially life-threatening sickness, only to be told "you're fine". This is a story about this man's struggle to deal with and overcome this all-too-common medical drama.

So, sit back, relax. Gather your family round. Call up your pets. Invite your family physician to sit next to you as you journey into Poked and Prodded.

General Surgeon's Warning- Reading the following story may cause one or more of the following symptoms:

*Uncontrollable laughter
*Sudden sadness
*Loss of appetite
*Gain of appetite
*Pessimism
*Optimism
*Increased Heart Rate
*Decreased Tension
*Goosebumps
*Flatulence
*Vivid Dreams
*Sleep Paralysis
*Excessive Sweating

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012, 20:53:14 BST
try reading 'memories of a mental nurse' by robert panton. it will either make you laugh, or it will make you cry; sometimes it will make you feel a little angry, but it is 'real.!'

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2012, 22:50:56 BST
Hope you don't mind me suggesting my own autobiographical story published on Amazon last week. It is called 'Crushed: My NHS Summer' & you will find it here http://amzn.to/IgrIBM

Thank You
Jan

Posted on 4 May 2012, 09:28:37 BST
P. R. Scott says:
Well, this is probably shameless self promotion, but as an independant writer/publisher, I have no agent to do it for me, so the autobiographical 'Expletives Deleted' is now FREE on Kindle for the next 5 days. Thanks
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