We a good story
Quick delivery in the UK

Biographies

A good biography invites you into someone else’s life. It takes you on fascinating journeys through the ups and downs of the life of legendary film stars, talented musicians, inspiring athletes, visionary politicians and many more. A good biography lets you get under the skin of your biggest idols, and you feel collected when reading their story - maybe even in the form of their own words. You will find both biographies and autobiographies in Tales’ selection, in addition to diaries and memoirs. So are you ready to be inspired by some of the world’'s most extraordinary individuals?

Vis mere
Filter
Filter
Book type
  • (5.000+)
  • (5.000+)
  • (2.000+)
Format
  • (5.000+)
  • (5.000+)
  • (5.000+)
  • (5.000+)
  • (2.000+)
  • (270)
  • (37)
  • (16)
  • (13)
Show more
Language
  • (13)
  • (1.000+)
  • (17)
  • (4.000+)
  • (4.000+)
  • (324)
  • (635)
  • (10)
  • (1.000+)
Show more
Price
GBP
Rating
  • (20)
  • (23)
  • (24)
  • (24)
  • (24)
Series
  • (926)
  • (424)
  • (219)
  • (202)
  • (149)
  • (123)
  • (120)
  • (99)
  • (90)
Show more
Sort bySort Popular
  • by Stephen Mitford Goodson
    £18.49 - 23.99

  • by James Robinson Planche
    £20.49 - 28.49

  • - The Story of a Brave Prison Guard's Fight Against Corruption Inside the United States' Largest Prison System
    by D J Vodicka
    £8.49 - 14.49

  • - Memoirs of a European
    by Stefan Zweig
    £1.99 - 9.99

    Stefan Zweig's memoir The World of Yesterday, (Die Welt von Gestern) is a unique love letter to the lost world of pre-war Europe The famous autobiography is published by Pushkin Press, with a cover designed by David Pearson and Clare Skeats. Translated by the award-winning Anthea Bell. Stefan Zweig's memoir, The World of Yesterday recalls the golden age of pre- war Europe its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall. Through the story of his life, and his relationships with the leading literary figures of the day, Zweig s passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the brink of extinction. This new translation by the award- winning Anthea Bell captures the spirit of Zweig's writing in arguably his most important work, completed shortly before his death in a suicide pact with his wife in 1942. The World of Yesterday is one of the greatest memoirs of the twentieth century, as perfect in its evocation of the world Zweig loved, as it is in its portrayal of how that world was destroyed.'- David Hare 'This absolutely extraordinary book is more than just an autobiography. (...) This is a book that should be read by anyone who is even slightly interested in the creative imagination and the intellectual life, the brute force of history upon individual lives, the possibility of culture and, quite simply, what it meant to be alive between 1881 and 1942. That should cover a fair number of you.'- Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Translated from the German by Anthea Bell, Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday, is published by Pushkin Press. Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was born in Vienna, into a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Zweig travelled widely, living in Salzburg between the wars, and was an international bestseller with a string of hugely popular novellas including Letter from an Unknown Woman, Amok and Fear. In 1934, with the rise of Nazism, he moved to London, where he wrote his only novel Beware of Pity. He later moved on to Bath, taking British citizenship after the outbreak of the Second World War. With the fall of France in 1940 Zweig left Britain for New York, before settling in Brazil, where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in an apparent double suicide. Much of his work is available from Pushkin Press.

  • - The Story of Oscar Garden, The Forgotten Aviator
    by Mary Garden
    £11.49

  • by Cyril Lionel Robert James
    £8.49

    Part memoir of a West Indian boyhood, part passionate celebration and defence of cricket as an art form, part indictment of colonialism, Beyond a Boundary addresses not just a sport but a whole culture and asks the question, 'What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?

  • - Lives and Works of Master Guitar Makers John D'Angelico and James L. D'Aquisto
    by Paul William Schmidt
    £24.49 - 50.99

  • - A True Story of Corruption, Murder and how I became Putin's no. 1 enemy
    by Bill Browder
    £7.99

    This is his explosive journey from the heady world of finance in New York and London in the 1990s, through battles with ruthless oligarchs in turbulent post-Soviet Union Moscow, to the shadowy heart of the Kremlin. With fraud, bribery, corruption and torture exposed at every turn, Red Notice is a shocking political roller-coaster.

  • by GAry Robertson
    £9.49

    Book about how developmental changes and housing schemes in Dundee from 1945 onwards became overrun by street gangs. Some of these gangs still survive today.

  • - The Autobiography
    by Richie McCaw
    £14.49

    In his autobiography, McCaw recounts for the first time, with brutal honesty, the roots of his family life that defined his character and how it gave him the strength to emerge from the lowest moment in his career to become the most successful Captain world rugby has ever seen.

  • - How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump
    by Speedreads Publishing & Lindsey Strachan
    £9.49

  • - A Love Story
    by Uma Trilok
    £10.99

  • by Tommy Porter
    £9.49

  • by Adolf Hitler
    £27.99 - 30.49

  • by Steven King
    £13.49

  • by Anna Pao
    £18.49

  • - The Incredible Inside Story of Winston Churchill During World War II
    by John Colville
    £16.99

    An intimate and unvarnished view of Winston Churchill at his best.

  • - The New Science of Psychedelics
    by Michael Pollan
    £4.99 - 9.99

  • - Discovering My Mother as She Lost Her Memory
    by Shobna Gulati
    £12.99

    Remember Me? is a heartbreakingly courageous and tender memoir on losing a parent to dementia which captures memory at its most fragile and its most revealing. The book tells the story of a mind unravelling and the hidden stories that lay within it.

  • by W M Rhodes
    £8.99

  • - Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie
    by Angela Bowie
    £16.49

    Having outlasted the gag order that was part of their divorce agreement, Angela Bowie produced this memoir of her turbulent life with David.

  • by E Maria Makepeace
    £15.99

  • by David Lloyd
    £9.49 - 14.49

    David 'Bumble' Lloyd looks back at the great characters in the cricketing world who have inspired, entertained and amused him

  • - ...But Don't Call Me Chong
    by Cheech Marin
    £19.99 - 21.49

    An insightful memoir from a counterculture legend

  • - One man, his rescue cat and a bike ride around the globe
    by Dean Nicholson
    £15.99

    Instagram phenomenon @1bike1world Dean Nicholson reveals the full story of his life-changing friendship with rescue cat Nala and their inspiring adventures together on a bike journey around the world

  • by Albert Camus
    £15.99

  • by Maria Parnell
    £19.49

  • by Adolf Hitler
    £23.99

  • - True Stories of Vanished Times: An Autobiography
    by Harold Evans
    £3.99 - 10.49

    From a wartime beach in Wales to the gleaming skyscrapers of twenty-first-century Manhattan, the extraordinary career of Fleet Street legend Harold Evans has spanned five decades of tumultuous social, political and creative change. Just how did a working class Lancashire boy, who failed the eleven-plus, rise to a position where he could so effectively give voice to the unheard?Born in the bleak years between the wars in the sprawl of Greater Manchester into a thrifty, diligent and loving family, Evans inherited only the privilege of his parents' example. Theirs was a work ethic that led Evans through night school classes, national service and a passionate commitment to regional life, and, finally, to his unassailably successful editorship of one of our greatest newspapers, the Sunday Times. Whether unpicking the murderous chaos of Bloody Sunday, pursuing a foreign correspondent's murderers or uncovering the atrocity of Thalidomide, this consummate newsman evokes his contagious passion: for the real story and the truth.

Biographies
Biographies books are per definition a collection of someone’s life. That someone is mostly a celebrity and often comes from the world of entertainment for example a famous movie or television star. A good biography lets you under the skin of the subject. Biographies are mostly written by biography authors, who are specialized in capturing the life of another person through research and multiple interviews with both the individual and his or her relatives. The celebrity or icon can also choose to write his or her own story, which is what characterizes an autobiography. An autobiography can - if the writer is good - give you a more intimate picture of the subject. You can both find biographies and autobiographies in Tales’ wide selection of Biographies. 

Biographies best sellers
Tales’ selection contains most of the biographies best sellers. The biographies books are often about celebrities known from film, television or the music industry, but they can also be about inspiring trailblazers from the societal or political world like the biography best seller Becoming about Michelle Obama. The American first lady has inspired many Americans and people around the world. Her and her husband - the first black American first lady and President - made many extraordinary changes in the American society and advocated for more diversity and respect in the American people. Michelle Obama also fights for more equality, especially when it comes to girls and women. Read the inspiring story of how Michelle Obama became one of our times most popular, kind and obliging residents of the White House in her biography Becoming, and let it guide you to finding our own voice. 
Another best seller is Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. Taddeo has written an innovative biography that is a collection of three American women's lives. The biography is an investigation of the female lust in all its complexity. Many women have expressed that they can reflect their own life and feelings of desire in the book. 

Biographies about musicians
Take a look in our selection and find some of the best biographies about musicians. The selection has something for every taste, because you find accounts about musicians from every end of the spectre. Whether you like rock, jazz, classical music, pop or musicals you will find biographies about musicians representing every genre. 
Take for example the autobiography Me Elton John, who has gained extraordinary reviews and success all around the world making the Elton John biography an international best seller. The book is the only official biography made about the iconic musician and singer. Read the incredible and turbulent story about one of our biggest stars to date, and you might learn the secrets behind writing and performing hit after hit.
You can also dive into the fascinating story of the musical legend Julie Andrews. In the biography Home you can read about her journey from London to Broadway stardom. The triple threat is the woman behind legendary roles such as Mary Poppins and Maria from The Sound of Music, and you can follow her journey through Hollywood in the sequel Home Work. Julie Andrews is the writer of her own story and she writes in an intimate and heart-warming narrative. 

Biographies about artists
Are you an art lover, art student or an artist yourself? Then we would recommend you to find inspiration in our biographies about artists. Our collection of biographies contains among others the book Frida Kahlo - A Biography written by Claudia Schaefer. Schaefer gives an introduction to the beloved Latino artist. Frida Kahlo is one of modern times greatest female artists and her surrealist artworks are extraordinary. The biography introduces the reader to her unique form of art - Kahlo did not see herself as a surrealist - but it also gives a look into the artist behind the world famous works of art. If you want to dive into the lives of amazing artists, the story of Kahlo is just one of many wonderful biographies about artists. 

Join thousands of book lovers

Sign up to our newsletter and receive discounts and inspiration for your next reading experience.