Round up of film, TV and music biographies 2013

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Recipe for life by Mary Berry

Mary Berry: queen of British baking by A S Dagnell

The Real Mrs. Brown: the authorised biography of Brendan O’Carroll by Brian Beacom

Martin Freeman the biography by Nick Johnstone

Brucie the biography of Bruce Forsyth by Jules Stenson

Paul Hollywood: bread, buns and baking: the unauthorised biography of Britain’s best-loved baker by A S Dagnell

As luck would have it: my seven ages by Derek Jacobi

On the road growing up in eight journeys my early years by Richard Hammond

The world was my lobster my autobiography by George Cole

Under a mackerel sky: a memoir by Rick Stein

Bold as brass my story by Hilary Devey

Just a Mo by Laila Morse

My outdoor life by Ray Mears

Before the year Dot by June Brown

David Jason my life

Is it just me by Miranda Hart

Bonkers my life in laughs by Jennifer Saunders

Unbreakable by Sharon Osbourne

Camp David by David Walliams

Tales from the dance floor by Craig Revel Horwood

Bruno Tonioli my story


What fresh lunacy is this?: the authorized biography of Oliver Reed by Robert Sellers

Vivien Leigh an intimate portrait by Kendra Bean

Still foolin’ ’em by Billy Crystal

Total recall: my unbelievably true life story by Arnold Schwatzenegger

Vanished years by Rupert Everett

Ava Gardner the secret conversations by Peter Evans 


Alfie my story by Alfie Boe

Keith Richards the unauthorised biography by Victor Bockris

Benjamin Britten a life by Neil Powell

Once upon a time: the lives of Bob Dylan by Ian Bell

Harry Styles the biography by Sarah Oliver

God save the Kinks by Rob Jovanovic

Rod the autobiography by Rod Stewart

Waging heavy peace: a hippie dream by Neil Young

I’m your man: the life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons

Without frontiers: the life and music of Peter Gabriel

Ride a white swan: lives and death of Marc Bolan by Lesley-Ann Jones

Johnny Cash the life by Robert Hilburn

Robert Plant a life by Paul Rees

Mick Jagger by Philip Norman, review

image-medium (5)Rock stars – or, at least, wannabe-rock stars – will tell you Keith Richards is the most interesting member of The Rolling Stones. Don’t listen to them; it is, and always has been, Mick Jagger who is the most intriguing, most complex, member of the self-styled “world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band”. This latest biography by Phillip Norman, author of highly-respected studies of both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, tells us why.
As a middle-class teenager from Kent drawn to the sound of the Delta and Chicago blues; as an intelligent and cerebral man making a living from his vocal expressiveness and his raw physicality; as an inveterate social-climber, a natural conservative and an early health freak, who found himself as a poster-boy for ‘60s revolutionary-protest chic and ‘70s hedonism – at every stage Mick Jagger has lived a life full of contradiction.
Norman shows us the man who can write an historically-rooted epic such as “Sympathy For The Devil” (1968), but who is apparently unable – or unwilling – to recall his own past after signing, and then cancelling, a £1m deal to pen his memoirs. He also brings us the notorious lothario – father of seven children with four different women – who is simultaneously capable of producing such paeans to desire, longing and regret as “Wild Horses” (1971). Norman’s Jagger is also that man who smothers any expression, or even hint, of genuine feeling in an Americana of his own invention (what Norman refers to as his “Noo Awleans” accent and persona). This Jagger is a slippery, evasive, character – a chameleon changing his colours to suit. He would have made a fine courtier at the Palace of Versailles – fawning and charming, ambitious and scheming.
Ultimately, for Norman, that is, in a sense, the point. Jagger is a man of such intelligence, charisma and wit, that he would have been a success in any field he chose. Instead, having conquered the rock ‘n’ roll world by the age of 30, he spent the 40-years since as nothing more than a kind of ersatz tribute act to his own blistering youthful triumphs. He could, and should, have achieved so much more. But, with his wealth, his women, his wine, his song – and, yes, his “satisfaction” – should he even care what might have been?
This fine and supremely well-researched biography, then, is Mick Jagger in all his lived complexity: can’t you hear him knocking?

Submitted by rammalibrary

Anyone for tennis biographies?

image-smallSo it’s Wimbledon fortnight! Fans – here’s a selection of players’ biographies you might like to borrow from us and read after the tennis is over of course. In no particular order !

Raphael Nadal- Rafa My Story and Raphael Nadal: the Biography

Andy Murray: Andy Murray champion the full extraordinary story and Andy Murray tennis ace

Roger Federer – Federer and Roger Federer the greatest

Serena Williams – My Life: a queen of the court

Pete Sampras – Pete Sampras – a champion’s mind

Andre Agassi – Open