Biographies

A selection of the latest titles in the Biographies section recently added to our stock.  Click on the bookjacket or title to check availability on the online catalogue.

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April

The secrets of my life by Caitlyn JennerThe secrets of my life by Caitlyn Jenner

'The Secrets of My Life' looks at Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman.

 

 

 

 

 

The most beautiful – my life with Prince by Mayte GarciaThe most beautiful – my life with Prince by Mayte Garcia

In 'The Most Beautiful', a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the long-distance romance that followed), to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership), to the devastating losses that ultimately dissolved their romantic relationship for good. Throughout it all, they shared a bond more intimate than any other in Prince's life. No one else can tell this story or can provide a deeper, more nuanced portrait of Prince - both the famously private man and the pioneering, beloved artist - than Mayte, his partner during some of the most pivotal personal and professional years of his career.

 

 

 

 

Reborn by Katie PriceReborn by Katie Price

Katie Price is one of the most talked-about women in the UK, and she has had an explosive couple of years. In her latest autobiography she talks about her controversial marriage to stripper Kieran, their very public split after he slept with one of her oldest friends, her difficult pregnancy and the fear she felt giving birth to her fifth child prematurely, the continued joy and challenges of looking after her severely disabled son, Harvey, her public battle with Peter Andre, and the truth behind his allegations, and more.

 

 

 

 

The truth game – memoir by Vanessa NicolsonThe truth game – memoir by Vanessa Nicolson

As a teenager Vanessa plays a game with her father: they take turns to ask a question and the other must answer truthfully. One day Vanessa asks: 'Apart from with Mummy, have you ever been so in love that you would have liked to marry someone else?' Her father is visibly shaken and as the truth emerges it becomes clear why.

 

 

 

 

 

Prince Charles- the passions and paradoxes of an impossible life by Sally Bedell SmithPrince Charles- the passions and paradoxes of an impossible life by Sally Bedell Smith

Drawing on extensive access to the Royal Family's inner circle, Sally Bedell Smith delivers unprecedented insights into Prince Charles, a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role.

Beginning with his lonely childhood, Smith details his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his love affairs, from the tragedy of his marriage to Diana to his eventual reunion with Camilla, as well as his relationship with the next generation of royals, including Will, Kate, Harry, and his beloved grandchildren.

 

March

 

Fathers by Sam MillerFathers by Sam Miller

In early 2014, after many years living abroad, Sam Miller returned to his childhood home in London. His father was dying. When the editor, writer, critic and academic Karl Miller died later that year, the obituaries spoke of his brilliance and influence, of how he founded the London Review of Books, and how he had shaped the careers of some of the finest writers and poets of the second half of the 20th century. But they gave little sense of Karl Miller beyond the world of work: the warm, funny, football-loving family man so adored by his children and grandchildren. In the months after his death, Sam began to write about his father. He had been told, long ago, a family secret involving his parents and a close friend. Now, by reading his father's papers and with the help of his mother, he was able to piece together a remarkable story.

 

 

 

Who I am by Charlotte RamplingWho I am by Charlotte Rampling

Having shied away from biographies and autobiographies ("too personal") Rampling has now written Who I Am (first published in French) a lyrical, and intimate self-portrait via reminiscences. Highly personal, packed with photographs from her personal archive, Rampling recounts her childhood and youth as the daughter of an army officer (who won a gold medal for the 4 x 400 relay in the infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics), and the memories and passions that would inspire her life and later work as an actress.

 

 

 

 

Unprecedented – the Masters and me by Tiger WoodsUnprecedented – the Masters and me by Tiger Woods

In 1997, Tiger Woods was already among the most watched and closely examined athletes in history. But it wasn't until the Masters Tournament that Tiger Woods's career would definitively change forever. Tiger Woods, then only 21, won the Masters by a historic 12 shots, which remains the widest margin of victory in the tournament's history, making it arguably among the most seminal events in golf. He was the first African-American/Asian player to win the Masters, and this at the Augusta National Golf Club, perhaps the most exclusive club in the world, and one that had in 1990 admitted its first black member.

Now, twenty years later, Woods will explore his history with the game, the Masters tournament itself, how golf has changed over the last 20 years, and what it was like winning such an event. Woods will also open up about his relationship with father Earl Woods, dispelling previous misconceptions, and will candidly reveal many never-before-heard stories.

 

 

 

The sisters of Battle Road – the extraordinary true story of six sisters evacuated from wartime London by J M MaloneyThe sisters of Battle Road – the extraordinary true story of six sisters evacuated from wartime London by J M Maloney

In 1939 Annie Jarman and her six young daughters were evacuated from their south London home and sent to the Sussex countryside to wait out the war. Refusing to be parted, they faced the unknown together, never imagining just how much their lives would change. From the trials and tribulations of leaving London, the destructive horror of the Blitz and terrible family tragedy to tea dances, romances and the triumph of making a new life in the country, 'The Sisters of Battle Road' is the compelling true story of six ordinary girls who carved out a life in extraordinary wartime circumstances. 

 

 

 

 

 

Their promised land – my grandparents in love and war by Ian BurumaTheir promised land – my grandparents in love and war by Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma's maternal grandparents were born into the same world: children of German-Jewish émigré stockbrokers living in London. But at the demand of his parents, Ian's grandfather, the dutiful son, broke up with his fiancée by letter just before leaving for the Western Front during World War I, where he served as a stretcher bearer in the Battle on the Somme. It was the first great shock their romance would suffer, but their love would survive it. Bernard and Winifred Schlesinger were married for more than 60 years, but the heart of their story lies within the span of the two world wars.

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