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The Best Books of 2020: Entertainment & Sport

Posted on 3rd December 2020 by Mark Skinner

Tis the season when the world's best-loved entertainers lift the lid on their lives and careers, and this year features a bumper list of film stars, musicians, comics and sports stars desperate to tell their story. Claudia Winkleman and Dawn O' Porter give their warmly witty takes on modern life, whilst Romesh Ranganathan and Adam Buxton deliver big laughs and the odd poignant aside. Cliff and Dolly call the tune amidst a great selection of music memoirs and Arsene Wenger, Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp serve up sporting volumes fit for champions.


Television, Film & Vlog

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Beloved broadcaster and journalist Claudia Winkleman shares confidences in her brilliantly witty debut collection of essays, celebrating friendship, family and the little things that help us get through the day.

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Romesh Ranganathan takes a long, hard and hilarious look at adulthood and its various stumbling blocks, from family crisis to flat pack furniture in this furiously funny book.

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From the broom cupboard to This Morning, the veteran television presenter recalls a career littered with very public highs and very private anguish.
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The nation’s favourite TV duo share the incredible story of their 30-year journey through the world of showbiz.
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Featuring interviews with family members and the stars who knew her best, the official biography of the much-missed Victoria Wood draws on the comedian’s personal archives to tell a warm, compelling and very funny life story.

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The Oscar-winning actor gathers together the insights and life lessons of a half-century in this memoir suffused with laid-back charm and emotional generosity.

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From chips and gravy in the school canteen to haute cuisine in the country’s finest restaurants, one of our sharpest food writers tells her life story through the gastronomic experiences that have stayed with her most.

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Generous and extremely funny, comedian Adam Buxton’s memoir explores the unexpected joys of letting your mind wander.
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From managing anxiety to coping with bad hair, the highs and lows of life during lockdown from the witty and thoughtful pen of Dawn O’Porter.

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Mapping Dick and Angel Strawbridge’s extraordinary project of bringing an abandoned French castle back to life, A Year at the Chateau tells the complete story of the undertaking, first explored in the Channel 4 show Escape to the Chateau.
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Having produced one of the sharpest biographies of the last decade in Ma’am Darling, Craig Brown returns with a dynamic, revisionist look at The Beatles and their legacy, fifty years after the band split up.

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From Top of the Pops to finding God to worldwide adulation, nobody can beat Cliff for pop longevity and, in The Dreamer, he tells his remarkable story from ‘50s rock n roll to national treasure with humility and warmth.

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In this spellbinding and heavily illustrated memoir, the iconic country singer and composer of such classics as Jolene and I Will Always Love You shares the stories behind her best-loved songs from across six decades.
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The pop megastar’s remarkable life in her own candid, searchingly honest words, The Meaning of Mariah Carey soars from troubled childhood to international fame.
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Charting the Skunk Anansie singer’s fascinating musical journey as well as her role as a trail-blazing social and cultural activist and a champion of LGBTQ+ rights, It Takes Blood and Guts is an extraordinary read from a unique talent.
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Brimming with his distinctive dry humour and wordplay, the poet laureate of Punk holds forth about his sprawling, idiosyncratic career and the stars and artists with whom he has worked and been championed by.

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Spiced with Halford’s unparalleled deadpan humour, the legendary frontman of Judas Priest lays bare his five decades in the music industry.

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The rise, fall and rise of the electro-pop superstar, Numan’s unflinchingly frank memoir dissects the giddy heights of fame, the despair of obscurity and how living with Asperger’s syndrome has informed his career and personal life.
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A rollicking rock n roll tale of wild creativity and intense self-expression, Let Love Rule is Lenny Kravitz’s turbo-charged memoir of life in the music industry.
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Arsene Wenger tells the extraordinary story of his stellar managerial career in his own words, charting a path from his early days at Nancy to his two decades plus of iconic success with Arsenal.
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World Championship and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas provides a wonderfully accessible and invigorating guide to the world’s greatest cycling climbs, from high-profile peloton favourites to awesome hidden treasures.
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Musing on everything from political correctness to Zoom meetings, the cricketing icon holds forth with wit and common sense.
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In a thoroughly inspiring tale of overcoming all odds, Muay Thai kickboxing champion and captain of the British team, Ruqsana Begum shares her incredible journey to stardom.
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As well as being one of the finest footballers of her generation, Megan Rapinoe has also been a tireless activist for social justice and LGBTQ rights and this inspiring book is a clarion call to fight for a better, more tolerant world.
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Packed full of outrageous anecdote and hilarious memories, Haskell’s rollicking memoir exposes rugby union in all its excess, controversy and brilliantly entertaining bad behaviour.
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The pundit and former England player provides a thrilling glimpse into the start of a spectacular career.
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The inspirational story of the former women’s rugby captain, Mud, Maul, Mascara delivers a refreshingly honest autobiography of life in the scrum and off the field in a sport with little of the financial reward and recognition of its male counterpart.
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Filled with absorbing memories on and off the field, Bob Willis: A Cricketer and a Gentleman celebrates the life and legacy of one of the giants of English cricket.

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