Tagged: Biography/memoir


This Will Only Hurt a Little

by Busy Philipps

"I've been waiting my whole life to write this book. Otherwise, what was the point of any of it?" Humorous autobiographical essays from the US actress ("Dawson's Creek", "ER", "Cougar Town") and breakout star of Instagram stories (with more than a million followers). She charts her life, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona, to her current status as a working actress and mother....

Sphere, £16.99, 25th October 2018, 9780751575248

Wally Funk's Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer

by Sue Nelson

The inspirational story of Wally Funk, a member of Mercury 13 and one of the first US pilots to join the Women in Space programme in 1961. She sailed through a series of rigorous physical and mental tests, beating the all-male Mercury 7 astronauts, including John Glenn. One week before the final phase of training, the Women in Space programme was abruptly cancelled, dashing her hopes of voyaging into space. Almost 60 years later, her dreams were revived. Publication coincides with a Mercury 13 Netflix documentary.

The Westbourne Press, £14.99, 4th October 2018, 9781908906342

More Dashing: Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

by Patrick Leigh Fermor

This second collection of Leigh Fermor's letters contains many glimpses of the great and the good-including encounters with such varied figures as Jackie Onassis, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Oswald Mosley and Peter Mandelson-while also relating adventures with the humble, including a drunken celebration in the Cretan mountains with his old comrades from the resistance, most of them simple shepherds and goatherds. A treat in store....

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, £30.00, 4th October 2018, 9781408893661

Ernest Hemingway: Artifacts From a Life

by Michael Katakis

Intimate and richly illustrated tribute to the inner life of Ernest Hemingway, telling his story through "the objects he touched, the moments he saw, the thoughts he had every day". Contains over 400 images, along with letters and notes, a foreword by his son Patrick, and an afterword by his grandson Sean....

Scribner UK, £25.00, 23rd October 2018, 9781471172151

Overshare: Love, Laughs, Sexuality and Secrets

by Rose Ellen Dix

Rose and Rosie are a married couple and an award-winning superstar YouTube couple who regularly vlog about sexuality and LGBT issues. In their first book, they take oversharing to a "whole new level", delving into the highs and lows of their relationship, struggles with OCD and anxiety, finding love, and navigating the world as a gay couple. Huge signing tour at publication....

Trapeze, £16.99, 4th October 2018, 9781409176411


by Candice Derman

Derman is a renowned actress in South Africa. Here she tells the chilling story of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather, a man she called Dad, from the perspective of her childhood self. It gives important insight into the mind of a sexual abuse victim, I'm told....

Quartet Books, £10.00, 10th October 2018, 9780704374553

Fashion Climbing: A New York Life

by Bill Cunningham

There is everything you'd ever want in a fashion memoir, I'm told, in this "enchanting" and stylish autobiography by the maverick US milliner-turned-fashion journalist and photo-grapher, who died in 2016 aged 87. It captures the madcap times of his early career and the fashion scene of the mid-20th century, brimming with Cunningham's infectious joy for life....

Chatto & Windus, £16.99, 4th October 2018, 9781784742812

Bernard Who?: 75 Years of Doing Just About Everything

by Bernard Cribbins

I love the sound of this autobiography by the 89-year-old actor and national treasure, currently celebrating his 75th year in show business. He looks back on this long, varied career, from joining Oldham Rep in 1943 and becoming a pop star ("Right Said Fred") to Carry On films, Shakespeare, "The Railway Children" and "The Wombles"....

Constable, £20.00, 11th October 2018, 9781472130167

Three Men on a Diet: A Very English Approach to Losing Weight

by George Courtauld

The "hilarious and brutally honest" story of George, Reggie and Sebastian, three middle-aged friends and food and drink lovers, learning how to lower their calorie intake without losing their joie de vivre. Together they embark on a five-month quest to lose three stone....

Constable, £12.99, 4th October 2018, 9781472129130

Being John Lennon

by Ray Connolly

As a journalist, author Connolly had a close working relationship with Lennon and the entire Beatles coterie, and was the first to learn of their break-up. In this biography, which draws on interviews and conversations with Lennon and those close to him, he unsparingly reassesses the chameleon nature of the "perpetually dissatisfied star who just couldn't stop reinventing himself"....

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20.00, 4th October 2018, 9781474606806
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