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The Best Books of 2021: Entertainment

Posted on 14th November 2021 by Mark Skinner

Whether it's owning the catwalk with Bimini Bon Boulash, laughing along with Daisy May Cooper or living the rock 'n roll lifestyle with Dave Grohl, let your favourite screen stars, comedians and musicians entertain you with the most enjoyable memoirs and entertainment books of 2021. Discover a crop of incredible showbiz stories with our definitive guide below.

 
 

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Based on their hugely popular podcast of the same name, this sumptuous volume from a beloved former president and a rock 'n roll icon boasts in-depth conversations, hundreds of exclusive images and archive material.
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Tracing the incredible career of one of the biggest music and film stars of all time, Will Smith's inspirational memoir also homes in on the emotional toll that stardom can exact and provides sound advice to all those who think they have mastered life only to find themselves unfulfilled.
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In this inspiring follow-up to the bestselling A Year At The Chateau, Angel and Dick Strawbridge open the doors to their rural French fairy-tale castle once again.
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Reliably outrageous and always entertaining, the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes holds forth about her extraordinary life in a riotous memoir jam-packed with jaw-dropping anecdotes.
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Swapping his usual highly unusual journalistic stamping grounds for the confines of his own home, the bestselling author of Gotta Get Theroux This delivers a hilarious, witty and frank account of a year of family life amidst the pandemic, sharing its unforeseen challenges and revelations.
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In this honest, hilarious and moving book, the one and only Bimini Bon Boulash serves up unforgettable advice on how to embrace positive attitude and live your best life.
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Filled with humour and valuable life lessons, this extremely entertaining memoir from the much-loved Scottish drag artist and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race UK encourages everyone to dream big.
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A delightfully quixotic and candid memoir from one of our greatest living actors, Will She Do? charts Dame Eileen Atkins’s path from Tottenham council estate to Broadway and beyond.
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In this warm and compassionate book, This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby reflects on ways in which to navigate emotionally challenging situations, treat yourself with kindness and make your life beautiful inside and out.
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A bittersweet and nuanced reflection on how Hollywood treats – and mistreats – its child stars, Mills’ candid memoir is both celebration of the Golden Age of Film and moving act of personal catharsis from a veteran performer.
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Following on from his poignant and gripping Not My Father's Son, actor Alan Cumming reflects on the durability of trauma and constructive ways to live with your past in this honest and life-affirming memoir.
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A bona fide comedy legend and one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Showbiz, Mel Brooks has lived an extraordinary life, and in All About Me! he recounts his journey from Depression-era Brooklyn to success and acclaim with The Producers and Blazing Saddles – all with his customary sparkling wit.
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From Big Brother to This Morning, the popular television presenter tells her inspiring life story with all the exuberance and good humour that her army of fans adore.
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As its title suggests, the screen legend pulls no punches in this breathtakingly candid, wickedly withering and frequently hilarious collection of diary entries that offer unvarnished opinions on some of the biggest stars on the planet.
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Brimming with wise and witty vignettes on everything from the passing of pets to 'judgmental women', the two beloved broadcasters put the world to rights with insight, intelligence and compassion.
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Featuring disobedient animals, uncooperative plants and an unexpected pandemic, Diddly Squat is a rip-roaring account of the year Jeremy Clarkson decided to turn his hand to farming at his scenic Cotswolds estate.
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Packed with on-set photography, cast and crew interviews and concept art, this lavish edition documents the creation of the 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die.
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Covering every aspect of the epic achievement of bringing Frank Herbert's science fiction masterpiece to the big screen, The Art and Soul of Dune features stunning images and fascinating background detail on everything from costume design to digital effects.

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For all fans of Accidentally Wes Anderson comes this handsome volume based upon his deliciously esoteric movie The French Dispatch, following three stories from the final issue of the eponymous newspaper.
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The perfect companion for all devotees of the Shelby clan, this A-Z of the hit TV show profiles the characters and plotlines alongside fascinating and informative background details on the clothes, cars, culture and politics of the era.
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With each chapter highlighting a different character from Quinn’s bestselling series, this gorgeously designed and highly entertaining volume of Lady Whistledown’s is a perfect present for all fans of Bridgerton.
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The essential companion for all fans of the hit TV show, this addictive volume features behind-the-scenes gossip and images alongside challenges, games and trivia for all wannabe Queens.
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Written by Call the Midwife's beloved Dr Turner, this visual celebration of the hugely popular show looks back on each series with memories from cast and crew and evocative behind-the-scenes images.

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Bursting with the unique comic imagination that makes him such a beloved entertainer, Bob Mortimer’s memoir takes in his numerous misadventures on the path to fame yet doesn’t shy away from moving reflections on the death of his father and his own diagnosis with a serious heart condition.
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The first full-length memoir from the Big Yin is every bit as warm, hilarious and engrossing as you would expect, and charts his extraordinary life from a deprived upbringing in Glasgow to global success and the challenges of his later years.
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Suffused with a warm wit and endearing honesty, this memoir from one of British comedy’s brightest stars details a tough childhood in rural poverty and Cooper’s eventual recognition as a special comic talent with the success of This Country.
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Sparkling with insight and its titular audacity, Katherine Ryan’s memoir charts her path to comedy stardom through a wealth of observations about life that are as perceptive as they are hilarious.
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A treasure trove of jokes and insights from one of our top comedians, Before & Laughter serves up an extraordinary spread of humour and smile-inducing tips for how to feel more at ease with yourself.
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One of the nation’s favourite funnymen looks back upon his quirky rural childhood in the 90s whilst offering hilarious commentary on all the cult TV shows, from Neighbours to Gladiators, that shaped him as a person.
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Warm, inspiring and of course very funny, stand-up and social media star Gilligan's memoir takes in South London schooldays, career beginnings and how he has coped with the success and plaudits that have come his way.
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The perils and pitfalls of family holidays explored in characteristically hilarious fashion by the comedian and his parents in this addictive mash-up of bizarre travel guide and cringe-inducing memoir.
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Covering ground from comedy to colonialism, comedian Phil Wang delivers a witty, wry and candid reflection on race, belonging, his British-Malaysian heritage and what it means to be from two places.
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The popular comedian explores the friction between his working-class roots and the middle-class milieu he now inhabits in this funny, charming and thoughtful account of never quite fitting in.
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One of most original comic brains of the last three decades recounts the highs and lows of his eventful career in typically scattershot and side-splitting fashion.
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Following on from Life and Laughing, McIntyre recounts his incredible path to becoming the nation's most popular comedian and the missteps, mishaps and misadventures that he experienced along the way in this typically hilarious memoir.
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From a tearaway youth in Bolton to Take Me Out and telly stardom, the comedy favourite spins his wildly entertaining life story through laugh-out-loud anecdotes and the occasional moving moment.
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Perfect reading for expectant mothers everywhere, My Child and Other Mistakes is a humorous and frank look at the challenges of modern motherhood from comedian and broadcaster Ellie Taylor.
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An unexpected gift for fans of the legendary comedian, Jasper Rees presents - with warmth and insight - a rich archive of previously unpublished and unseen work, including sketches, songs and comic musings, from throughout her career.
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In the irresistible vein of the Taskmaster game show, this gloriously entertaining volume from Alex Horne serves up a shedload of missions to keep everyone entertained in the race to find The Taskmaster's Head.
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Perfect for any fans mourning the final farewell at the gates of the Rosebud Motel, this illustrated companion volume - packed with information about the characters, favourite episodes, locations and more - is a celebration of everything that made Schitt’s Creek one of the most successful series comedies of recent times.
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Boasting behind-the-scenes images, interviews with cast and crew and expert analysis of the first five series, this is the definitive guide for all fans of Pemberton and Shearsmith's groundbreaking dark comedy anthology show.
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In this stunning, intimate self-portrait from one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Paul McCartney traces his life from boyhood to the present day through the lyrics to 154 iconic songs, together with captivating commentary and never-before-seen photographs, drafts and letters.
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From taking grunge into the mainstream with Nirvana to helming the Foo Fighters and growing into a beloved elder statesman of alternative rock, The Storyteller recounts the wild times and great music of Dave Grohl’s stellar career.
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Fizzing with an infectious passion for the magic of rock music, Gillespie’s vivid and evocative memoir traces the Primal Scream frontman’s path from Glasgow tenement to the release of Screamadelica, the psychedelic masterpiece that ushered in the 90s.
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A spellbinding journey through 1960s counterculture and a fascinating window into the life on an iconic musician, Set the Night on Fire is a touching, eye-opening memoir from the Doors guitarist and co-songwriter Robby Krieger.
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Lavishly illustrated and boasting images of memorabilia, lyric sheets and anecdotes from those who knew her best, Beyond Black is the ultimate tribute to one of the greatest British singers of the past fifty years.
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Drawing from over 120 hours of sound and video recordings documenting the making of Let It Be, this stunning volume vividly reconstructs the birth of the final Beatles album through transcripts of the band’s conversations and creative breakthroughs as well as hundreds of never-before seen photographs, including work from Ethan A. Russell and Linda McCartney.
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From Hollywood hustler to hard rock legend, the founder of Mötley Crüe holds forth on his troubled past and rise to stardom.

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The pop star and genius behind lockdown kitchen discos delivers her characteristically candid and relatable memoir-cum-life manual, covering the delicate balancing act of raising children and finding time for yourself and not being afraid to let a few metaphorical plates smash along the way.
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Culled from the Radiohead frontman's collaboration with artist Stanley Donwood in the opening years of the 21st century, Kid A Mnesia is a haunting collection of eerie landscapes and unsettling imagery gathered together in a sumptuous hardback edition.
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A fascinating insight into one of the world’s biggest rock acts, Illsley’s disarming, entertaining memoir details his time as bassist in the all-conquering Dire Straits and his close friendship with the band’s lead singer and fellow founding member Mark Knopfler.
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In an inspiring account of musical genius, artistic devotion and creative connection, Ellis describes how a piece of gum chewed by the legendary performer Dr Nina Simone became an unassailable totem for him throughout a long and turbulent career.
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The British folk icon reflects on his journey of musical discovery, from his days in Fairport Convention and beyond, with a focus on a period of extraordinary creative vigour, social revelation and personal transformation.
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Outspoken, provocative and enormously talented, singer Sinead O’ Connor has lived her life very much on her own terms and, in this forthright and considered memoir, she reveals all about stardom, motherhood and calling out hypocrisy.
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The bust-ups, bad behaviour and brilliant music of the notorious Manchester band in all its era-defining swagger and excess are revisited in this deluxe, fully illustrated volume featuring extensive interviews with Liam and Noel.
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Refreshingly honest and relatable, Sarah Harding reveals the truth behind her life as a member of Girls Aloud and beyond, and the challenges that come with living a life in the limelight in this courageous and thoughtful memoir.
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In this electrifyingly honest and intimate memoir from one of the giants of dance music, producer and DJ Carl Cox chronicles his life and career, offering a fascinating insider’s view into the development of UK club culture.

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A true rock n roll legend with a past saturated in debauchery and excess, the former frontman of Happy Mondays and Black Grape shares jaw-dropping stories of outrageous demands, narcotic overload and brushes with organised crime in this wickedly entertaining guide to living the hedonistic rock star life.
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The pre-eminent photographer of the Manchester music scene delivers a spellbinding volume of images of the seminal post-punk band, perfectly capturing Joy Division's visionary style and substance.
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From a ramshackle Liverpudlian upbringing to finding fame with indie legends Echo and the Bunnymen, Sergeant’s engrossing memoir paints a vivid picture of a time when society was changing rapidly and music felt like the ultimate escape.
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