Tagged: Biography/memoir


Living with A Dead Language: My Romance with Latin

by Ann Patty

The author's memoir of how she decided to keep her mind occupied by learning Latin when she moved to the countryside after more than three decades as a book editor in New York. "A delightful mix of grammar and growth, words and wonder," said the Washington Post.

Penguin USA, £12.99, 8th June 2017, 9781101980231

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir

by Michael Parkinson

Parkinson, who interviewed Ali four times, reflects on the boxer's life. "This wonderful book mixes Parky's recollections with transcripts of the interviews . . . A riveting read about an amazing man," said the Sun.

Hodder Paperback, £8.99, 1st June 2017, 9781473651500

Van Gogh's Ear: The True Story

by Bernadette Murphy

The author's journey to discover the real reason van Gogh cut off his ear. A "Book of the Week" on Radio 4, and subject of a BBC2 documentary with Jeremy Paxman.

Vintage, £11.99, 8th June 2017, 9781784702229

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

by Mike Massimino

The NASA astronaut's life story, from the lengths he went to in order to be accepted by NASA, to his two trips into space.

Simon & Schuster Ltd, £8.99, 1st June 2017, 9781471149542

Fighting Isis

by Tim Locks

The author's story of how he headed to Kurdistan to fight ISIS.

Pan Books, £8.99, 1st June 2017, 9781509824434

My Old Man: Tales of Our Fathers

by Ted Kessler

Names from Leonard Cohen to Florence Welch tell stories of their fathers. The hardback was on the Radio 2 Book Club and was serialised in a number of papers too.

Canongate Books Ltd, £9.99, 1st June 2017, 9781782114000

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical

by Helena Kelly

The Austen expert's re-evaluation of the literary legend argues that her books are deeply subversive. This year is the bicentenary of Austen's death.

Icon Books Ltd, £8.99, 1st June 2017, 9781785781889

Sex with Shakespeare: Here's Much to Do with Pain, but More with Love

by Jillian Keenan

The author explores how, in a childhood filled with broken relationships, the plays of Shakespeare helped her to understand both human relationships and her own sexuality.

William Morrow Paperbacks, £9.99, 1st June 2017, 9780062378729

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy: The Short and Gilded Life of Tara Browne, the Man Who Inspired the Beatles' Greatest Song

by Paul Howard

The life story of the young Irishman who inspired the Beatles song "A Day in the Life".

Picador, £9.99, 1st June 2017, 9781509800049

Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman

by Brooke Hauser

A biography of the legendary Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown.

HarperPaperbacks, £9.99, 15th June 2017, 9780062342676
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