Inspiring Biographies

Autobiographies can be a fascinating insight into the lives of others. Often real life can be more fantastical than fiction. In these biographies and autobiographies, you can get a glimpse into these fascinating people and their journeys.

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell was a British naturalist who had a love of the natural world and was an acclaimed novelist in his time. Durrell wrote My Family and Other Animals in 1956, looking at the years between 1935 and 1939 when he lived on a Greek Island. Durrell maps with sensitivity and humour the workings of his siblings and widowed mother, and the amazing fauna the island boasts. The first in a series of books about his life, My Family and Other Animals has remained enduringly popular and showcases the best of autobiography writing.

An Appetite For Wonder: The Making of a Scientist by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is a well-known name in the UK thanks to his often controversial views, which he has no hesitation voicing. Known for his numerous books which debunk religion and other ways of thinking, Dawkins has been incredibly influential since the publication of book The Selfish Gene in 1976. An Appetite For Wonder maps his early life up until the publication of The Selfish Gene, giving an insight into how his views were formed and his life. The memoir received mixed reviews, but is well worth a read given that Dawkins is a challenging and fascinating figure.

Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography by Mo Farah

Mo Farah is one of the UK’s national treasures and certainly its greatest ever distance runner. Setting records everywhere he goes, Farah’s story in Twin Ambitions - My Autobiography is truly inspirational. Hailing originally from Somalia, then moving to the UK where his school teachers encouraged him to run, and ultimately making the move to the USA where his training would step up a gear, Farah’s story is truly inspirational.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson

The full extent of the impact that Steve Jobs had on the development of technology, and the shape of the world at large, still remains to be seen. There is no doubt that Jobs was a truly innovative thinker and has revolutionised how we communicate. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson gives a detailed and thought-provoking account of Jobs’ professional and personal life.

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Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney by Howard Sounes

Growing up in working class Liverpool, who was to know what a huge global phenomenon Paul McCartney, along with his iconic band The Beatles, would become? Here, Howard Sounes traces the journey of one of music’s most famous and talented figures. Examining the huge cultural impact of The Beatles, to the highs and lows of McCartney’s personal life, Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney offers an in-depth look into the workings of a genius.

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