Tagged: Biography/memoir


The Sanest Guy in the Room: A Life in Lyrics

by Don Black

The memoir of the man behind some of the late 20th-century's greatest musical numbers-"Born Free", "Diamonds Are Forever"-and one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's frequent collaborators.

Constable, £10.99, 3rd June 2021, 9781472132949

Knee Deep in Life: Wife, Mother, Realist... and why we're already enough

by Laura Belbin

A funny, honest memoir about motherhood and mental health from the woman behind the blog Knee Deep in Life.

Ebury Press, £9.99, 24th June 2021, 9781529107050

The Man in the Red Coat

by Julian Barnes

The Booker Prize-winning author tells the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi in Belle poque Paris. "An absolute tonic for grey winter days," said the Standard.

Vintage, £10.99, 3rd June 2021, 9781529112313

Diamonds at the Lost and Found: A Memoir in Search of My Mother

by Sarah Aspinall

A memoir about the author's "harum scarum childhood", and the unconventional mother who took her along on her adventures. "A delicious memoir with echoes of An Education by Lynn Barber and Esther Freud's Hideous Kinky," said the Observer.

Fourth Estate Ltd, £9.99, 10th June 2021, 9780008375195

Clothes... and other things that matter: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A beguiling and revealing memoir from the former Editor of British Vogue

by Alexandra Shulman

A bestseller in which the former Vogue editor-in-chief explores the meaning of clothes and how we wear them. "Clever, emotionally intelligent, revelling in style without making us yearn to shop," said the Times.

Cassell, £9.99, 10th June 2021, 9781788401999

Ernest Bevin: Labour's Churchill

by Andrew Adonis

A biography of Ernest Bevin, who was minister of labour from 1940 to 1945, and post-war foreign secretary. This sold 8,000 copies in hardback, says Biteback.

Biteback Publishing, £9.99, 10th June 2021, 9781785906787
Ones to watch


by Sinead O'Connor

In this "strikingly honest" memoir, the Irish singer-songwriter and recording artist, who rose to fame with her 1990 arrangement of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U", reflects on the heartache of growing up in dysfunctional, abusive household, her early forays into the Dublin music scene, her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the fulfilment of being a mother, her ongoing spiritual quest and, above all, her abiding passion for music. "A unique and remarkable chronicle by a unique and remarkable artist", says Sandycove.

Sandycove, £20.00, 1st June 2021, 9781844885411
Editors choice

An Extra Pair of Hands: A story of caring, ageing and everyday acts of love

by Kate Mosse

In which the bestselling novelist and Women's Prize founder writes of finding herself-as so many of us will-a carer in middle age: helping her mother care for her father through Parkinson's, then supporting her mother in widowhood; and more recently providing "an extra pair of hands" for her 90-year-old mother-in-law. It's a moving and timely account of what it means to care for those we love; a tribute to the heroism of those we pay to care; and a celebration of older people, and of how we can find joy in the smallest acts of everyday caregiving.

Wellcome Collection, £12.99, 3rd June 2021, 9781788162616
Editors choice

The Undocumented Americans

by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

This terrific acquisition by newish indie publisher Swift Press is a searing work of reportage which tells heart-rending stories of the fragile, exploited lives of undocumented Americans; from those who worked on the clean-up of Ground Zero, to the man suffering from cancer who resorts to plant-based medicine because that is the only healthcare he can get. One of Barack Obama's favourite books of 2020, it is given added power by the fact that Cornejo Villavicencio-a Harvard graduate-is the daughter of undocumented migrants from Ecuador. A TV series is in development.

Swift Press, £12.99, 3rd June 2021, 9781800750395
Editors choice

Will This House Last Forever?

by Xanthi Barker

Much of this arresting and beautifully articulated memoir is written as if directly addressed to the author's father, the poet Sebastian Barker, who died in 2014, as she charts her struggle to reconcile the cold hard fact of his absence with a head that is full of his presence. It's the story of a relationship defined by departures, for Barker left Xanthi's mother when she was only a baby; but although he was so often absent from her life, he always came back. And so, his daughter asks, why should this particular farewell be any different, or any more final?

Tinder Press, £16.99, 24th June 2021, 9781472274441
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