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Find inspiration for a wide range of the best autobiographies and books about people themselves and their memories. Here are autobiographies about some of the world's most exciting people and how their life story has been. Autobiographies are stories written or told by the person themselves. It is not necessarily famous people who write books about themselves, but also quite ordinary people who have something important at heart to tell. But also if the person has experienced or achieved something unique in life that may be interesting to others. Find the best autobiographies below for your next reading.
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  • - The Authorised Biography of John McGeoch
    by Rory Sullivan-Burke

    The Light Pours Out of Me is the official biography, endorsed by John's daughter, Emily, and contains insights and contributions from interviewees Johnny Marr, Johnny Greenwood, Red Hot Chilli Pepper John Frusciante, Keith Levene, Billy Idol, Siouxsie, Peter 'Hooky' Hook, all of Magazine... and many, many more.

  • - How Music Shapes Our Lives
    by Jude Rogers

    A book about how music shapes every emotional stage of our lives from one of the most high-profile female pop writers in the UK today

  • by Tina Brown
    £9.49 - 16.49

  • - 10 No BS Lessons on Becoming the Hero of Your Own Life
    by Lisa Bilyeu

    An inspiring and laugh-out-loud guide to building the kind of confidence it really takes to live the life of your dreams, from Impact Theory co-founder and growth mindset guru Lisa Bilyeu.

  • by Vashti Bunyan
    £0.00 - 14.49

  • by Susanna Kaysen

    * Now a major film starring Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave* A clear-sighted and unflinching memoir of an eighteen-year-old girl about her two year stay in a psychiatric hospital for depression

  • - A Memoir
    by Viola Davis
    £10.99 - 16.49

    FINDING ME is the deeply personal, brutally honest account of Viola's inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present-day career.

  • by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    The New York Times bestselling book from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg My Own Words showcases her intellect and passion.

  • by Sara Davies
    £8.49 - 16.49

    Brought to you by Penguin. By the time Sara Davies left university, she was running a business with a half million pound turnover from her student bedroom. When she became the youngest of BBC 1's iconic Dragons, that turnover was GBP25 million. Today, she is one of Britain's biggest business names. Now, in a memoir as full of warmth, wit and wisdom as she is, Sara shares what it took to get there - from manning factories overnight with her mam and dad to hitting the trade shows of Las Vegas alone, armed with little more than ambition and a passion for crafts. What does she look for in a business investment? Where does she find time to enjoy family life while running an empire? What did lockdown change about the way she ran her company? And which is the bigger buzz - witnessing your latest product sell out as you broadcast live to 96 American homes, or dancing the cha cha cha as one of Strictly Come Dancing's brightest stars while your family cheer you on?Sara says that 'good storytelling is the key to making sales'. In We Can All Make It she proves just what a great storyteller she is. (c) Sara Davies 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

  • by Eddie Jaku
    £3.99 - 19.49

    The moving and inspiring story of an Auschwitz survivor who shares what hes learned about gratitude, tolerance and kindness.

  • by Barry Hearn
    £10.99 - 16.49

    Out now: the autobiography of the legendary sports promoter, Barry Hearn. 'I am the largest sports promoter in the world. I promote 11 sports to a global audience of billions of people every day of my life'__________A larger than life working class hero, Romford born and bred - always ready with the perfect soundbite - Barry Hearn was famously described as 'roguish but never a rogue'. Hearn is credited with turning snooker into one of the biggest sports in Britain. He essentially turned a sport in which competitors wear bowties into a massive, globally televised event. Away from the table, his promotions empire casts its net over a dozen sports - from professional boxing to darts, fishing to ten-pin bowling - and his career spans four decades. He also previously owned Leyton Orient football club. Packed with hilarious anecdotes from the golden age of snooker, and behind-the-scenes insight into boxing negotiations and darts bust-ups, Hearn's book is a joy to read from start to finish.

  • by Katherine Rundell
    £8.49 - 14.49

    Sometime religious outsider and social disaster, sometime celebrity preacher and establishment darling, John Donne was incapable of being just one thing. In his myriad lives he was a scholar of law, a sea adventurer, a priest, an MP - and perhaps the greatest love poet in the history of the English language. Along the way he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, was imprisoned for marrying a sixteen-year old girl without her father's consent; struggled to feed a family of ten children; and was often ill and in pain. He was a man who suffered from black surges of misery, yet expressed in his verse many breathtaking impressions of electric joy and love.

  • by Art Spiegelman

    Tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father's story. In this title, Vladek's harrowing story of survival is woven into the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father.

  • by Esme Young

  • by Joan Didion
    £2.99 - 7.49

    From one of America's iconic writers, a portrait of a marriage and a life - in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. A stunning book of electric honesty and passion.Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill. At first they thought it was flu, then pneumonia, then complete sceptic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later - the night before New Year's Eve -the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of 40 years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LA airport, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Centre to relieve a massive hematoma.This powerful book is Didion's 'attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness ... about marriage and children and memory ... about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself'. The result is an exploration of an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage, and a life, in good times and bad.

  • by Miriam Margolyes
    £10.99 - 16.49

  • by Patti Smith

    Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe

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

    Magnitsky's brutal killing has remained uninvestigated and unpunished to this day. His farcical posthumous show-trial brought Putin's regime to a new low in the eyes of the international community.

  • by Bill Browder
    £9.49 - 16.49

  • - the heartfelt, funny memoir by a New York Times bestselling therapist
    by Lori Gottlieb
    £11.49 - 14.49

  • - with Philippa Perry, Dolly Alderton, Roxane Gay, Stephen Grosz, Esther Perel, and many more
    by Natasha Lunn
    £4.99 - 14.99

  • by Schuster & To Be Confirmed Simon
    £7.99 - 16.49

  • - Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
    by Adam Kay
    £4.99 - 8.99

    The often hilarious, at times horrifying and occasionally heartbreaking diaries of a former junior doctor, and the story of why he decided to hang up his stethoscope.

  • by Schuster & To Be Confirmed Simon
    £8.49 - 23.99

  • - The Best of Billy Connolly
    by Billy Connolly
    £4.99 - 8.49

    Outrageously funny story-telling from the nation's favourite comedian. Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together the 'Best of Billy Connolly'. 'One of stand-up's great naturals. No one told a story better.' Guardian

  • by Danielle Marin


  • by Lemn Sissay
    £2.99 - 9.49

    THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. A memoir with a message - about growing up in care and finding hope, determination and creativity - from British poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay

  • - How I Survived Auschwitz and Found the Strength to Live
    by Lily Ebert
    £3.99 - 15.99

    The incredibly moving and powerful memoir by an Auschwitz survivor who made headlines round the world in 2020

  • - Stories from a South African Childhood
    by Trevor Noah
    £0.99 - 9.49

    One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars ('SLICK, INTELLIGENT AND BLISSFULLY FUNNY' Time Out) tells his hilarious and moving coming-of-age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Autobiographies and their knowledge

Autobiographies are books that most often deal with the author himself. It is about people who have been through wild and eventful moments. Usually we have to dive far down, or at least know each other well, before we tell very personal stories. After all, it is not something we would tell a stranger in everyday life, so personal, are these autobiographies. It is excellent to be able to learn from each other so that the experiences and traumatic times we go through are not in vain. Of course, this is also something we can learn from, but autobiographies give you the knowledge you need to avoid the mistakes they end up making. In addition, it also contains stories about people they have been close to and how those relationships have changed. It is not always about learning in autobiographies, it can also be about understanding the human being behind. We are all incredibly complex people and that is evident in autobiographies. Autobiographies are books that take us very close to human nature, it gives us details that we would not otherwise get in a normal conversation.

The experiences and moments we all have, are where autobiographies shine about the mentality, such as the highest athletes have. These are books written both for the author's own sake but also the reader's. It is about quid pro quo, a two-sided coin that benefits one's own recovery (the author) and the reader. When we write down our thoughts, we quickly get rid of everything that keeps us down. That weight can be incredibly heavy and can therefore be very healthy to get rid of once in a while. A positive is that you know someone can read it, and get a whole lot of information from it, and perhaps learn what they should and should not do in certain situations. Take, for example, ‘Mamba Mentality’ a book about the late Kobe Bryant, it is said that his mentality was invincible and completely bulletproof. Something that we all strive to achieve, and that is exactly what autobiographies are all about. The innermost thoughts in a man. Autobiographies can also give you insight into your favorite celebrity life, understand them and see what makes them the person they are. We are all interesting and unique in our own way, through experiences and the knowledge or skills we possess.

Many of the books also consist of well-known quotes from many different people through political stories and the celebrity world.

Elon Musk has written an autobiography back in 2016, which deals with the giant tech companies he has managed to create. Including PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity. It is a deep look into how he has managed to do this and what it required from his own life. It is said that we have to sacrifice a lot to reach a high position in life. Great autobiography, which is a great place to start if you are into this topic.

As mentioned, autobiographies are a great tool for learning from others, and many of the stories are written by people who have had a tough upbringing. It is to their own advantage to understand how they have done it and what it requires of them. Try and dive into some of our autobiographies today!

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