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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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Abroad in Japan
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Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing
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Everything I Know About Love
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You Need To Exist
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Poor
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Strong Female Character
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I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki
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brother. do. you. love. me.
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Challenger
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Iconic
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Nine Minds
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A Life Reimagined
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Bill Edrich
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Murder in the Gulag
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Our Daily War
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Finding My Voice
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Searching for Novak
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My Family
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Storm Pegs
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Brutal
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This Is Me
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All The Worst Humans
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Thom Gunn: A Cool Queer Life
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The Flitting
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Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing
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Oh Miriam!
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The Woman in Me
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Kammy
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Erotic Vagrancy
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Diddly Squat: Pigs Might Fly
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Lawrence of Arabia
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Went to London, Took the Dog
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World Travel
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Elon Musk
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What It Takes
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The Sun Over The Mountains
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Rental Person Who Does Nothing
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The Secret Life of John le Carré
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How Does She Do It?
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The Scent of Flowers at Night
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My Wrexham Story
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Who Am I?
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Tracing the youth and young adulthood of the legendary business leader and philanthropist up to the pivotal moment he dropped out of Harvard in 1975, Bill Gates' eagerly anticipated memoir reveals a restless mind alighting on the world-changing potential of technology.
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What I Ate in One Year
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Want
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Henry V
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A Thousand Threads
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My Animals, and Other Animals
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Leigh, Myself and I
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Catherine, the Princess of Wales
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Sonny Boy
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Lucky Girl
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Dancing in the Rain
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How Not to be a Supermodel
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Out of Character
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The uncompromising and charismatic pop star tells the story of a life lived to the fullest in this dynamic memoir suffused with a love of family, community and music.
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Last Boy of ’66
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Our Fight
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Iconic
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My Family
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A Thousand Threads
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Obsessed: The Autobiography
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Dogs and Their Humans
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Glutton
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Fight For Your Life
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Out of Character
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Unbroken
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How To Disappear
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Fry's Ties
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Diary of a Tuscan Bookshop
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The Lyrics
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Lunch with the FT
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Renegades
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The Beach Boys
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You Don't Have To Have A Dream
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A Promised Land
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Murakami T
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Why Women Grow
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What Was Shakespeare Really Like?
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Behind the Seams
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Alistair Cooke's America
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Just Kids
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This is Going to Hurt
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The Diary of a Young Girl
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When Breath Becomes Air
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The Shepherd's Life
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Persepolis I & II
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Cider With Rosie
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Wild Swans
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The Moon's a Balloon
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All Creatures Great and Small
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Motherwell
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How To Be a Woman
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This Boy
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Featherhood
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I Am Malala
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Knife
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A Memoir of My Former Self
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Agatha Christie
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Wifedom
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The Years
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The Year of Magical Thinking
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How To Say Babylon
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The Secret Life of John le Carré
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem
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Down and Out in Paris and London
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A Bookshop of One’s Own
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The Scent of Flowers at Night
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The Swimmer
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Stay True
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Voices For Change - Remarkable Lives

The Audacity of Hope
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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Becoming
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My Name Is Why
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Notes of a Native Son
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Long Walk To Freedom
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The Louder I Will Sing
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Bessie Smith
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The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism
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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
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Maybe I Don't Belong Here
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I Heard What You Said
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Rise Up
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Will
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His Name Is George Floyd
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An Autobiography
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The Non-Fiction You Need to Read in 2024

Ranging across biography, history, cookery and more, discover the non-fiction books we are most excited about in 2024.

The Waterstones Round Up: July's Best Books

The Waterstones Blog presents the very best books published this July.

Hugo Greenhalgh on the Remarkable Diaries of Mr Lucas

Hugo Greenhalgh, author of The Diaries of Mr Lucas, discusses the astonishing documentation of a double life lived before the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Chris Broad on What NOT to Do in Japan

Chris Broad, the author of Abroad in Japan, on how to avoid terrible faux pas when visiting the Land of the Rising Sun.

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