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It is human nature to be fascinated by other people and the very best memoirs and biographies draw readers into lives either truly unique or eminently relatable. Classic autobiographies like Cider With Rosie or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings evoke both their author’s inner lives and a specific time and place, whilst others shed light on complex public figures - or provide plenty of juicy gossip. This is the place to find great books on the good, the bad and the fascinating.

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Our Best Biographies

This Much is True
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How to Live When You Could Be Dead
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And Away...
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Queen of Our Times
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Free
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House Arrest
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Diddly Squat
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Everything I Know About Love
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Crying in H Mart
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The Wild Silence
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This is Going to Hurt
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The Diary of a Young Girl
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The Secret Barrister
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Tenement Kid
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A Different Stage
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A Woman of No Importance
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Faith, Hope and Carnage
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Landlines
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And Finally
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Who I Am
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A Visible Man
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Agatha Christie
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How to Be Confident
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The Escape Artist
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The People's Game
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The Hong Kong Diaries
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Magnificent Rebels
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Ten Things I Hate About Me
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James Acaster's Guide to Quitting Social Media
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Rising to the Surface
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Never Will I Die
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Putin
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Undoctored
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Lioness: My Journey to Glory
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The Instant
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Red Sauce Brown Sauce
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Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes
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Boy Friends
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The Gift of a Radio
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Joyrider
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The Red of my Blood
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Into Iraq
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The Problem with My Normal Penis
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Dying of Politeness
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Life in Pieces
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Ticket to the World
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An Extra Pair of Hands
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George III
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That Moment When
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How to be a Boss Bitch
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Inspiring and engaging, the long-awaited memoir from the revered children's and YA author and former Waterstones Children's Laureate chronicles a childhood marked by both a voracious love of reading and the casual racism of the era, as well as a hard-fought journey to become one of the most important authors of the twenty-first century.

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2022's Best Paperbacks

Taste
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This Much is True
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Windswept & Interesting
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Free
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We Don't Know Ourselves
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Manifesto
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My Body
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Nina Simone's Gum
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Face It
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Sad Little Men
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Tenement Kid
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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows
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The Prime Ministers
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The Audacity: Why Being Too Much Is Exactly Enough
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Orwell's Roses
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Spider Woman
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Are We Having Fun Yet?
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The Accidental Footballer
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This is Going to Hurt
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The Diary of a Young Girl
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Just Kids
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Persepolis I & II
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When Breath Becomes Air
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The Shepherd's Life
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Cider With Rosie
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Motherwell
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All Creatures Great and Small
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Wild Swans
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I Am Malala
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The Moon's a Balloon
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This Boy
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If This Is A Man/The Truce
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Fever Pitch
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Unreliable Memoirs
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How To Be a Woman
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Luxury Editions & Gift Books

A Promised Land
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Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes
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Fry's Ties
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The Lyrics
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These Precious Days
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Renegades
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Just Kids Illustrated Edition
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Amy Winehouse: Beyond Black
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Dolly Parton, Songteller
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The Collected Works of Jim Morrison
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The House of Jaipur
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The Code Breaker
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The King's Painter
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SPIKE
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Our Best Literary Biographies

A Queen for All Seasons
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Orwell's Roses
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I Feel Bad About My Neck
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
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I Wanna Be Yours
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Down and Out in Paris and London
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The King's Painter
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Let Me Tell You What I Mean
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Motherwell
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The Year of Magical Thinking
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The Best of Me
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Walden
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Shakespeare
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84 Charing Cross Road
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The Cost of Living
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The Pigeon Tunnel
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Square Haunting
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Russian Roulette
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Voices For Change - Remarkable Lives

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Becoming
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Finding Me
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My Name Is Why
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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The Audacity of Hope
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Notes of a Native Son
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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
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Bessie Smith
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The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism
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The Louder I Will Sing
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His Name Is George Floyd
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An Autobiography
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Long Walk To Freedom
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Rise Up
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Will
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In Black and White
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Negroland
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Gloves Off
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The Light We Carry
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Madly, Deeply
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Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes
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A Pocketful of Happiness
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Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes
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Ticket to the World
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Calling the Shots
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Once Upon a Tome
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Beyond the Wand
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Keep Talking
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Just Sayin'
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How (Not) To Be Strong
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Ready For Absolutely Nothing
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Soft Lad
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Verse, Chorus, Monster!
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Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing
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Angela Hui on Britain's Relationship with Chinese Food

Angela Hui, author of Takeaway, reflects on how Chinese food has adapted to its prevalence in the West - and particularly Britain.

Jonathan Freedland on the Role of Truth in the Time of War

The author of The Escape Artist talks about how he came to write about the forgotten hero of the Holocaust, Rudolf Vrba.

Lea Ypi on the Nature of Freedom and Ideology

The author of our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for June discusses the process of writing Free and its main themes.

Michael Pedersen on Male Friendships

Michael Pedersen, author of Boy Friends, discusses the alchemical power of male friendship and how he came to write his book.