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

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Posted on 15 Aug 2011 12:00:33 BDT
comely says:
Henry Miller.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2011 09:45:56 BDT
K. Pratt says:
I've just read Orange Juice and Cod liver Oil by Peter Morley. He is your average unknown who just tells his story reaching back to the influences on his parents from the early 20th century, tales of his childhood in the new forest and his career in an international corporation. It is about family and society and there are some very witty insights to human nature. A great read.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2011 22:49:08 BDT
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KR Wright says:
I would recommend Orange Juice and Cod Liver Oil by Peter Morley. Its a twist on the usual autobiography incorporating social history and the story of an ordinary family.

Posted on 6 Aug 2011 21:57:36 BDT
Try a non-celebrity autobiography - Rebecca Parker. Hope you enjoy.
Angel Just-Rights

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2011 19:44:43 BDT
How about Queen Noor's memoir: A Leap of Faith: Memoir of an Unexpected Life. I enjoyed it.

Personally, I do not consider her a celebrity because she is a member of a royal family, but not currently herself on the throne, nor constantly in the public eye.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2011 16:23:21 BDT
A message to my Family, by Stuart J Cole. definatly an unknown.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 11:47:15 BDT
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Posted on 1 Aug 2011 22:23:17 BDT
edwardius says:
Could I suggest my autobiography - a non celeb ordinary person talking about the trials and tribulations of life. I was a working single parent with two kids, and had to battle to get my youngest help - he's autisic but it took four years to get a diagnosis. I hope I've portrayed the fight in a realistic, sensitive but humourous way. Please have a look. Its called "So, what is normal" by Georgina Wilfred. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2011 19:03:42 BDT
I am writing in the guise of my grandmother, Mrs M J Katz. Quite recently my grandfather released an e-book by the name 'Gone to Pitchipoi', It is a Poland/Holocaust/WWII memoir but follows as opposed to any chronological time scale, a sort of child's memories of the event. It follows My grandfather's (Mr Rubin Katz's) tale as a bit of a cheeky risk-taker as he grows from a child into a young man, he pulls some of the most audacious stunts I have ever read about. Dodging bullets in Warsaw is one thing but befriending a German Soldier? I'm genuinely seeing my grandfather in a whole new way. Whether you read it or not, whether you bother heeding my advice or recommendations I will always keep this book on my virtual shelf! Even if you don't have a kindle you can always download the free reader on your computer.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2011 14:22:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Aug 2011 14:27:24 BDT
Try "Fish and Ships" by Alf Pickup, a hilarious true biography about life in the Royal Navy from 1961-1986, If you don't laugh out loud reading this you are either in traction [unable to hold the book]or have your jaw wired together. Be prepared to wear an incontinence pad, you'll need it.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2011 03:02:48 BDT
booksalot says:
Check out the website
It's an excellent book

Posted on 30 Jul 2011 11:56:49 BDT
Hi ya I cant reccommend BORSTAL GIRL by EILEEN MACKENNEY enough, its a true story about a woman who has to fight to survive all the hardships thrown at her, not always in the correct way and soon she is on the wrong side of the law and ends up in borstal, which only magnifies eileens fighting spirit and will to survive, it is a book that you just wont be able to put down once you start. Its very much like the Martina cole novels but in this case it is a TRUE story.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2011 18:56:16 BDT
Brendan C. says:
Try new release 'A Long Road to Freedom' by Mary Mc Cartan

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2011 15:45:11 BDT
K. O'Brien says:
Thank you so much sjp and good luck also with your book and the future.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2011 14:05:03 BDT
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Posted on 27 Jul 2011 14:00:37 BDT
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 how I was left after my mum's suspicious death at the age of 9 years old 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 but also humorous, After my book was published I was invited on my local radio station to talk about my book it's also been advertised in the local press and 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, Author Keira O'Brady e-mail, Thank you all for your time.
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. Dads' got lung cancer.
38. Please don't force me to see Dad

Posted on 25 Jul 2011 12:47:27 BDT
Bax says:
For a really fast-moving and quite incredible true story, try "Escape" by David McMillan. The author tells how he escaped from prison in Thailand:

Escape: The true story of the only Westerner ever to escape from Thailand's Bangkok Hilton

It's the kind of book that keeps you up at night. Very fun.

Posted on 22 Jul 2011 18:07:38 BDT
An American Odyssey is about 6 ordinary middle-aged English blokes who crossed America on Harley Davidsons, taking in as much of the old USA and route 66 as possible. This was a particularly daring feat as most of them had not ridden a motorcycle for 20 years or more.

Review by chopaholic
Hats off to the writer and his friends. Mid life crisis or not, a lot of people talk about it but these guys got out there and had a go. An informative and humorous read. Read this and I dare you to not feel a little envy.

Posted on 21 Jul 2011 07:06:54 BDT
Chris Thrall says:
EATING SMOKE: One Man's Decent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland

With 12,000 fans, Eating Smoke is the most popular pre-release book on Facebook (/eatingsmoke) and already an Amazon bestseller in class.

"Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong. Sacked from a bizarre series of jobs, he found himself homeless, hooked on crystal methamphetamine and working for the 14K, Hong Kong's largest crime family, as a doorman in the Wan Chai red-light district. Dealing with violence, psychosis and the `Foreign Triad' - a secretive expat clique that unbeknown to the world works hand-in-hand with the Chinese syndicates - he had to survive in the world's most unforgiving city, addicted to the world's most dangerous drug..."

Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2011 08:32:18 BDT
R. Chang says:
You can try my book scalpel in the sand. It is about my time in Saudi Arabia working as a surgeon amongst the ordinary people. It was a period of great change. I was involved in many major projects, kidney transplantation, nutrition support service, and major disaster response planning for the new kkia airport. I was privileged to teach the first group of women doctors to graduate and so could observe the green shoots and the problems of women's emancipation. My observations of a different culture are non-conventional and will dispel myths about Arabia.

Posted on 1 Jul 2011 07:05:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2011 07:06:21 BDT
ian says:
Be The Best You Can Be ( polio my constant companion ) not sure if this would assist, a short true story of hope, written 'as narrated' by the survivor.

Posted on 1 Jul 2011 03:07:02 BDT
An American Odyssey Here's the story of 6 ordinary blokes who did a very brave thing.
When you think of the sheer size of North America, it's not surprising that those who live on the east coast think of the UK as being `just across the pond' compared to the west coast of the USA that is such an unimaginable distance that it might as well be on the moon, at least in so far as road or rail travel is concerned, and no ordinary American would ever dream of attempting such a journey.
Well, you know what they say about Mad Dogs and Englishmen... 6 of these middle-aged and inexperienced `lads' undertook a 4,000 mile, coast-to-coast journey from Washington DC to Los Angeles, on Harley Davidson bikes, no less, riding for the most part in the hottest time of day, and following wherever possible the old Mother road: Route 66. Why not tag along on the highs and lows of their epic journey?

Posted on 30 Jun 2011 23:52:47 BDT
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Posted on 25 Jun 2011 21:28:36 BDT
Aditya says:
I can recommend Onsite Opportunity: Tryst of an Indian Software Engineer with the World. Finished reading it a short while ago and found it very engrossing and good entertainment

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2011 15:51:11 BDT
If you want to read a memoir that will knock your socks off, read My Mother Killed Christ: But God Loves Me Anyway. This woman shows the character and strength that celebrities are clearly lacking. Granted, the story does have it's share of sex and scandal, but it is a true story of triumph. I could not put it donw!
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