Most popular Biography: literary books
The most popular Biography: literary books currently available. Updated weekly.
As a boy, all sorts of unusual things happened to Roald Dahl. There was the time he and four school friends got their revenge on beastly Mrs Prachett in her sweet shop. There are stories of holidays in fishing boats, African adventures and the days of tasting chocolate for Cadbury's. This is Roald Dahl's autobiography.
A disarmingly tender, funny and honest memoir of grief, love and finding your way in life.
A deeply personal female narrative memoir about life, love, death, and dinner, set in the world of butchery.
Renowned critic, bestselling author and award-winning poet Clive James offers an exploration and celebration of one of his favourite writers, Philip Larkin.
An evocative and candid memoir that charts the key moments in the life of Britain's most successful bookseller.
From the bestselling author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, a shocking, big-hearted memoir about his bizarre upbringing in California in the 1970s and how he survived it.
A poignant, complex and hugely resonant memoir about the shift from being a daughter to a guardian and caregiver, by Giller Prize-winning author.
From the author of the beloved Bleaker House, Mrs Gaskell and Me is the story of two very modern women and their two love affairs, separated by a hundred and fifty years.
The gripping story of the legal battle over the work of perhaps the most iconic writer of the twentieth century: a priceless cache of papers, an unprecedented international custody battle, and the unlikely journey of a trove of manuscripts from Prague to Palestine.
Restoration Heart is William Cash's 'restore-a-wreck' memoir of house and heart.
A unique chronicle of the hundred-year period when the Jewish people changed the world - and it changed them
After the death of her partner of thirty-two years, Lisa Appignanesi was thrust into a state striated by rage and superstition in which sanity felt elusive. Then, too, the cultural and political moment seemed to collude with her condition: everywhere people were dislocated and angry.
Part portrait of Britain's greatest man of letters, part guide to life, a witty and erudite re-evaluation of Dr Johnson's enduring importance and relevance
*The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller*Rose Tremain (or Rosie as she was then) grew up in post-war London - a city still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed.
A stunning literary memoir about inheritance, loneliness and the healing power of gardening, about how nurturing a garden can help make a home in an unfamiliar place
The irresistibly funny and very moving story of one woman's quest to find out if self-help really can change her life.
How does a writer compose a suicide note? This was not a question that the prize-winning novelist had ever contemplated before. In this true account of his depression, he describes an illness that reduced him from a successful writer to a man arranging his own destruction.
Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Manhood for Amateurs and Moonglow, returns with a collection of heartfelt, humorous and insightful essays on the meaning of fatherhood.
`Kerry Hudson blew me away, opened my eyes...' Philippa Perry, bestselling author of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read`Compelling, fascinating and well-written, undeniably grim but peppered with humour and tenderness' Kit de Waal
An intimate portrait of Patrick O'Brian, written by his stepson Nikolai Tolstoy.
One of America's most important classics, the first and best loved volume of Maya Angelou's bestselling seven-volume autobiography
The first volume of the remarkable autobiography of Arthur Koestler, author of Darkness at Noon. The second volume of Arthur Koestler's autobiography is The Invisible Writing.
The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Month. The moving story of Frieda von Richthofen, a German aristocrat whose affair with the penniless, ambitious English writer, D. H. Lawrence, shocked society and inspired his classic novel Lady Chatterley's Lover
Village Christmas: And Other Notes on the English Year (Penguin Modern Classics)
This book is an intimate, fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century. This colourful, personal, anecdotal, indiscreet and admiring memoir charts the course of Muriel Spark's life revealing her as she really was.
Jane Austen traces the author's life and times, her personal relationships, the attitudes and customs of the time that shaped her and were in turn shaped by her work, and the places where she lived, worked and set her novels, from rural Hampshire to fashionable Bath Spa.
I was supposed to be having the time of my life. When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer.
'Anyone who values what is best in British theatre and film will want to join Selina Todd as she digs deep into the brilliance of Delaney's work - and her character. Delaney's strong female characters - teenager Jo and her single mother, Helen - asserted that working-class women wanted more than suburban housewifery.
Here, the author explores the life of beloved children's author Roald Dahl, revealing some of the little-known events that shaped his life and work.
The story of Kenneth Grahame, author of the children's classic Wind in the Willows, and of the vision of English pastoral that inspired it.
This is the first book about the enigmatic author J A Baker, author of The Peregrine.
The Country of Larks - travel literature and nature writing describing a walk across the Chiltern Hills from High Wycombe to Tring in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson and along part of the route of the controversial HS2 railway. Includes Little and Great Missenden, the Ridgeway, Wendover, Chilterns Way and the Thames Path, fauna and flora.
A reissue of Laura Thompson's Take Six Girls, illustrated with beautiful and timeless photographs of the Mitford sisters.
Charles Dickens is the definitive illustrated guide to the man and his works with images of documents from Dickens' personal archive written by one of descendants.
The first major biography of Oscar Wilde in thirty years is the most complete telling of his life and times to date.
* TOLKIEN * Now a major motion picture * Acclaimed as `the best book about Tolkien', this award-winning biography explores J.R.R. Tolkien's wartime experiences and their impact on his life and his writing of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.
The shocking, heart-breaking - and often very funny - true story behind Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. It was Jeanette's version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson.
Deals with the underworld of society. In this book, the author documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor - sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses of last resort, working as a dishwasher in Paris' vile 'Hotel X', surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and more.
Austrian writer Stefan Zweig's final work, posted to his publisher the day before his tragic death, brings the destruction of a war-torn Europe vividly to rise.
Imagined by one of the world's leading experts on Casanova, this fictionalised conversation presents the essential biography of history's most famous lover.
Readers already familiar with Caro's work, meanwhile, will be thrilled at the revelations on offer, including how he discovered the fiercely guarded secrets of his subjects, how he constructed the pivotal scenes in his books and the fullest description yet of his forthcoming final volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson.