Tagged: Biography/memoir



by Simon Amstell

Square Peg's lead non-fiction title for 2017 is a comic memoir from the comedian, screenwriter and director, whose first feature film, "Carnage", is being released this year alongside a UK stand-up tour. This memoir in short essays is serious in parts too; he reflects on being the gay son of an Orthodox Jewish father. "Acerbic, witty and touching," he's a "Woody Allen for Millennials", I'm told.

Square Peg, £12.99, 21st September 2017, 9781910931547

Riot Days

by Maria Alyokhina

"Hallucinatory punk memoir" of her time inside Russia's justice system by the political activist and founder member of Pussy Riot. This "energetic and dramatic" short book captures all the energy of Pussy Riot, with a touch of The Master and Margarita about it, I'm told. Aloykhina will visit the UK for publication and is developing a theatre show, with a performance planned in London.

Allen Lane, £16.99, 14th September 2017, 9780241316429
Ones to watch

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow

This biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Caribbean orphan who became the first treasury secretary of the US, is the basis for the hit Broadway show, "Hamilton", which comes to the Victoria Palace Theatre in London in November after winning 11 Tony awards. The book, said the Guardian, is "a mammoth work of research that chart[s] the course of Hamilton's dazzling career and the dark controversies that accompanied it".

Head of Zeus, £15.00, 10th August 2017, 9781786690036
Editors choice

A Smell of Burning: A Memoir of Epilepsy

by Colin Grant

Grant's brother was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager. Here, he traces the history of the disorder through the ages, unpicking the stigma which has persisted around it for centuries, delving into the stories of sufferers from Graham Greene to Edward Lear. The title is drawn from the aura which often precedes a fit, "the revolting smell of burning rubber or rubbish". Fascinating, moving and deeply personal. "A flawless amalgam of personal memoir, mind science and medical history," said The Spectator.

Vintage, £9.99, 3rd August 2017, 9780099597872

Darling Days

by iO Tillett Wright

The author's account of growing up in a tenement building in New York in the 1980s, child of a protective but negligent addict mother. "A riveting story about growing up trans with a mentally ill mother, it will make you fall for the precocious, streetwise iO," said the Guardian.

Virago Press Ltd, £9.99, 2nd March 2017, 9780349005638

It Shouldn't Happen to a Hairdresser

by Steven Smith

A memoir from celebrity hairdresser and former Sun columnist Smith.

Book Guild Publishing Ltd, £8.99, 28th August 2017, 9781912083978

A Brief History of Florence Nightingale: And Her Real Legacy, a Revolution in Public Health

by Hugh Small

The history of how Florence Nightingale worked to reduce deaths from epidemic disease in Britain after returning from the Crimea.

Robinson, £9.99, 3rd August 2017, 9781472140289

Aethelred: The Unready

by Levi Roach

A biography of the Anglo-Saxon king known as the Unready, arguing that history has treated him unfairly.

Yale University Press, £14.99, 29th August 2017, 9780300229721

Look at You Now: One Girl's Journey from Shame to Strength

by Liz Pryor

The "Good Morning America" life advice guru tells of how she became pregnant at 17 and was sent by her parents to a locked state facility for delinquent pregnant girls.

Atlantic Books, £8.99, 3rd August 2017, 9781786490483


by Chris Mullin

The memoirs of the former Labour MP for Sunderland South, already the author of three acclaimed volumes of diaries which have sold a combined 103,000 copies, says Profile.

Profile Books Ltd, £9.99, 3rd August 2017, 9781781256060
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