Biography

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Mortality - Christopher Hitchens

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, "Hitch-22," Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax.

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Tolstoy - Rosamund Bartlett

Tolstoy by Rosamund Bartlett gives us an eloquent portrait of the brilliant, maddening, and contrary man. In November 1910, Count Lev Tolstoy died at a remote Russian railway station. At the time of his death, he was the most famous man in Russia, with a growing international following, and more revered than the tsar. Born into an aristocratic family, Tolstoy had spent his life rebelling against not only conventional ideas about literature and art but also traditional education, family life, organized religion, and the state.

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A Fortunate Man - John Berger

A Fortunate Man by John Berger reveals with extraordinary intensity the life of a remarkable man. It is a portrait of one selfless individual and the rural community for which he became the hub. In 1966 John Berger spent three months in the Forest of Dean shadowing an English country GP, John Sassall. Sassall is a fortunate man - his work occupies and fulfils him, he lives amongst the patients he treats, the line between his life and his work is happily blurred. Drawing on psychology, biography and medicine A Fortunate Man is a portrait of sacrifice.

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Gonzo - Will Bingley & Anthony Hope-Smith

Gonzo by Will Bingley and illustrated by Anthony Hope-Smith is a witty, thoughtful graphic biography of the king of Gonzo journalism. Over the course of Hunter S. Thompson's extraordinary life he was publicly branded a bum, a vandal, a thief, a liar, an addict, a freak, and a psychopath. Some of which were true. Yet even when compared to the most significant figures of the 20th century, his legacy retains a brilliantly vital force.

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Jerry Lee Lewis - Rick Bragg

Jerry Lee Lewis by Rick Bragg for the very first time, reveals the truth behind the Last Man Standing of the rock-and-roll era. Jerry Lee Lewis has lived an extraordinary life. He gave rock and roll its devil's edge with hit records like 'Great Balls of Fire'. His incendiary shows caused riots and boycotts. He ran a decade-long marathon of drugs, drinking, and women, and married his thirteen-year-old second cousin, the third of seven wives. He also nearly met his maker, at least twice. He survived it all to be hailed as one of the greatest music icons.

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Ethel and Ernest - Raymond Briggs

Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs is utterly original, deeply moving and very funny. The author uses cartoon strips to tell the story of the author's parents' lives through the privations of the 1930s, the horrors of the World War II and the disillusionment of the postwar years, up to the couple's death in 1971. The book is a beautifully illustrated record of 20th-century British social history.

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One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo - Darrel Bristow-Bovey

One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo by Darrel Bristow-Bovey s a warm, witty, eventually wise journey into the terrors and absurdities and grumpy compensations of middle age that will speak to every man and woman who has ever noticed that time is ticking by faster every day.

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Knowing Mandela - John Carlin

Knowing Mandela by John Carlin offers a profound understanding of the man and what has made him the towering moral and political figure of our age. As Nelson Mandela was released from prison and the ensuing years saw the collapse of South Africa's apartheid regime, John Carlin was the South Africa correspondent of London's Independent newspaper. Carlin offers an illuminating and inspiring personal account of the iconic figure who has come both to define post-apartheid South Africa and to represent the possibility of a moral politics to the world at large.

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At Speed - Mark Cavendish

At Speed by Mark Cavendish tells his very personal story of the journey to the top, and gets to the heart of the pain and the passion, and the guts and the glory of professional cycling. Cycling bible L''Equipe has responded to his staggering success by naming him the best sprinter in the history of Tour de France.

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e e cummings - Susan Cheever

e e cummings by Susan Cheever is a major reassessment of the life and work of the novelist, painter, and playwright considered to be one of America’s preeminent twentieth-century poets. At the time of his death in 1962, at age sixty-eight, he was, after Robert Frost, the most widely read poet in the United States. Cheever’s fascinating book gives us the evolution of an artist whose writing was at the forefront of what was new and daring and bold in an America in transition.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong - Jeremy Clarkson

What Could Possibly Go Wrong by Jeremy Clarkson is the sixth book in Jeremy Clarkson's bestselling The World According to Clarkson seriesNo one writes about cars like Jeremy Clarkson. While most correspondents are too busy diving straight into BHP, MPG and MPH, Jeremy appreciates that there are more important things to life. Don't worry, we'll get to the cars. Eventually.

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'n Stem vir Suid Afrika - Mimi Coertse

'n Stem vir Suid Afrika deur Mimi Coertse is Mimi se storie soos vertel aan Ian Raper.Dit is die lewensverhaal van 'n begaafde vrou wat al haar liefde en verdriet in haar droom en haar taak werp.

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Brief Candle in the Dark - Richard Dawkins

Brief Candle in the Dark by Richard Dawkins continues his autobiography, following the threads that have run through the second half of his life so far and homing in on the key individuals, institutions and ideas that inspired and motivated him. He paints a vivid picture, coloured with wit, anecdote and digression, of the twenty-five postgraduate years he spent teaching at Oxford.

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The People Smuggler - Robin de Crespigny

The People Smuggler by Robin de Crespigny is one man's epic story of trying to find a safe place in the world. When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein's torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating uncertainty about what the next will bring. Through betrayal, triumph, misfortune even romance and heartbreak Ali is sustained by his fierce love of freedom and family.

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Che's Travels - Paulo Drinot

Che's Travels edited by Paulo Drinot is a collection of essays regarding Che's travels. Ernesto "Che" Guevara twice traveled across Latin America in the early 1950s. Based on his accounts of those trips (published in English as "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Back on the Road"), as well as other historical sources, "Che's Travels" follows Guevara, country by country, from his native Argentina through Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela, and then from Argentina through Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico.

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Zona - Geoff Dyer

Zona by Geoff Dyer is a very stimulating book on film. Here the author takes on his biggest challenge yet: unlocking the film that has obsessed him all his adult life. Like the film Stalker itself, it confronts the most mysterious and enduring questions of life and how to live.

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The Masonic Magician - Philippa Faulks and Robert L D Cooper

The Masonic Magician by Philippa Faulks and Robert L D Cooper tells Count Cagliostro's extraordinary story, complete with the first English translation of the Egyptian Rite ever published. It presents the case made against him (that he was an impostor as well as a heretic), and finds that the Roman Church, and history itself, have done him a terrible injustice.

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More Fool Me - Stephen Fry

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry is a brilliant, eloquent account by a man driven to create and to entertain - revealing a side to him he has long kept hidden.

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Gilliamesque - Terry Gilliam

Gilliamesque by Terry Gilliam is the autobiography of an unorthodox life. The director of Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - not to mention co-founder of Monty Python's Flying Circus - recalls his life so far. Packed with never-before-seen artwork, photographs and commentary, Gilliamesque blends the visual and the verbal with scabrous wit and fascinating insights.

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Gandhi Before India - Ramachandra Guha

Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha allows us to understand the personality and politics of Mohandas Gandhi as never before. Showing that Gandhi's ideas were fundamentally shaped before his return to India in 1915. Gandhi Before India is an extraordinarily vivid portrait of the formative years he spent in England and South Africa, where he developed the techniques that would undermine and ultimately destroy the British Empire. Drawing on many new sources located in archives across four continents, Guha sensitively explores the many facets of Gandhi's life and struggles.

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My Brief History - Stephen Hawking

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking recounts Stephen Hawking's improbable journey, from his post-war London boyhood to his years of international acclaim and celebrity. Lavishly illustrated with rarely seen photographs, this concise, witty and candid account introduces readers to a Hawking rarely glimpsed in previous books: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him 'Einstein'; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the world of academia.

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Africa, My Passion - Corinne Hofmann

Africa, My Passion by Corinne Hofmann is an exquisite personal pilgrimage in which Corinne Hofmann delves into the slums of Nairobi to uncover the heart-warming and heart-breaking stories of unforgettable people and places, then treks 500 miles across the Namibian desert to discover the lives of the nomadic Himba people.

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Titian - Peter Humfrey

Titian by Peter Humfrey is an Ideal introduction to Titian's life and work for the general reader and scholar alike. The book places Titian's career and work into the social and historical context of sixteenth-century Italy and explores his approach to a number of themes - including mythological, religious, allegorical and portrait subjects - and examines the key role of Titian's illustrious patrons It includes his greatest works from the Concert Champetre of c.

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Another Farm in Africa - Henry D Jackson

Another Farm in Africa by Henry D Jackson is the personal account of a Zimbabwean farmer, businessman and minister in a traumatised community, dealing with his childhood in Rhodesia, the war, independence and the economic collapse of the country. Invaders arrived at his farm too, and he endured imprisonment on a fake charge. A story of faith, courage, commitment and resourcefulness in the face of a breakdown of familiar, comforting values.

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Front cover of Grayson Perry by Wendy Jones
Grayson Perry - Wendy Jones

Grayson Perry by Wendy Jones is a wonderful biography of the artist. Every inch of Grayson's childhood bedroom was covered with pictures of aeroplanes, and every surface with models. Fantasy took over his life, in a world of battles ruled by his teddy bear, Alan Measles. He grew up. And in 2003, an acclaimed ceramic artist, he accepted the Turner Prize as his alter-ego Clare, wearing his best dress, with a bow in his hair. Now he tells his own story, his voice beautifully caught by his friend, the writer Wendy Jones.

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