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Biography/memoir

Benedict XVI: A Life Volume Two: Professor and Prefect to Pope and Pope Emeritus 1966-The Present

by Peter Seewald

Second volume in Seewald's "magisterial" life of Pope Benedict, covering the period from the Second Vatican Council (1965-68) to the present day.

Bloomsbury Continuum, £30.00, 11th November 2021, 9781472979216
Biography/memoir

Esther's Notebooks 3: Tales from my twelve-year-old life

by Riad Sattouf

Third volume in this wonderful graphic memoir series, which charts the real life of a girl growing up in Paris. "Hilarious, tear-jerking and painfully true", the books have been a huge hit in France, and have been turned into a popular animated TV series.

Pushkin Press, £12.99, 4th November 2021, 9781782276197
Biography/memoir

George V: Never a Dull Moment

by Jane Ridley

"The prequel to 'The Crown'" is the billing for this "first truly candid" life of King George V, by the renowned biographer. Breaking new ground, it goes beyond the Queen's grandfather's customary reputation for dullness, showing him as a monarch who had to navigate a series of testing crises, and steer the monarchy into the 20th century. It is also a portrait of a royal marriage and family life that challenges myths, I'm told.

Chatto & Windus, £30.00, 4th November 2021, 9780701188702
Biography/memoir

From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan

by Raekwon

The rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member, a.k.a. Raekwon the Chef, tells of his lifelong journey to stay true to himself and his roots in his first full biography, which charts his journey, from the staircases of Park Hill in Staten Island to sold-out stadiums around the world.

Simon & Schuster Ltd, £20.00, 9th November 2021, 9781398504493
Biography/memoir

Down and Out in England and Italy

by Alberto Prunetti

"Wry, filthy and unputdownable" look at class and national identity in Britain today, by the son of a Tuscan factory worker who arrived here in his twenties with only broken English, his wits, and an obsession with George Orwell to guide him.

Scribe Publications, £12.99, 11th November 2021, 9781913348373
Biography/memoir

Pure Flame: On Mothers and Daughters

by Michelle Orange

Blending memoir, social history and cultural criticism, this is said to be the US author's intellectual and personal reckoning with what it means to be a woman, a mother and a daughter. She argues that women have little in the way of cultural and social archetypes to help them in their quest to separate from their mothers.

Harvill Secker, £14.99, 4th November 2021, 9781911215974
Biography/memoir

My Mother, Munchausen's and Me: A true story of betrayal and a shocking family secret

by Helen Naylor

Ten years ago, the author discovered that her mother, Elinor, had been faking debilitating illness for 30 years. This "honest and heartbreaking" memoir delves into a complex world of family bonds and mental illness, based on the diaries Elinor kept for 50 years until her self-induced death; and explores the nature of truth and identity.

Thread, £7.99, 25th November 2021, 9781909770683
Biography/memoir

Tim - The Official Biography of Avicii

by Mans Mosesson

This intimate biography of Tim Bergling (a.k.a. DJ Avicii), who took his own life in 2018, draws on interviews with his family, friends and colleagues in the music business to paint an honest picture of a visionary but fragile young man. Avicii's songs have notched up almost 250 million plays in the past 12 months.

Sphere, £20.00, 16th November 2021, 9780751579017
Biography/memoir

Love in a Time of War: My Years with Robert Fisk

by Lara Marlowe

Marlowe first met Fisk in 1983, in Damascus. He was already a famous war correspondent; she was a young American reporter, who would soon become a renowned journalist in her own right. For the next 20 years, they were lovers, husband and wife, friends, occasionally estranged and angry with each other. She looks back on their years together in this intriguing-sounding memoir.

Head of Zeus, £20.00, 28th October 2021, 9781801102513
Biography/memoir

SPIKE

by Spike Lee

This career-spanning monograph charts the life and career to date of the renowned US film director, producer and actor, and features hundreds of never-before-seen photographs.

Chronicle Books, £40.00, 10th November 2021, 9781797203850
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