Autobiography: arts & entertainment

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  • 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

    £25.00

    1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

    In his widely anticipated memoir, Ai Weiwei – one of the world’s most famous artists and activists – tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his father, Ai Qing, the nation’s most celebrated poet.

    £25.00
  • A Life on Our Planet

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    A Life on Our Planet

    I am 94. I’ve had an extraordinary life. It’s only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world – but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day – the loss of our planet’s wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decline. ‘A Life on Our Planet’ is my witness statement, and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake – and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.

    £9.99
  • At Sixes and Sevens

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    At Sixes and Sevens

    An engaging, accessible introduction into how numbers work and why we shouldn’t be afraid of them, from maths expert Rachel Riley.

    £14.99
  • Dead Famous

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    Dead Famous

    Celebrity, with its neon glow and selfie pout, strikes us as hypermodern. But the famous and infamous have been thrilling and outraging us for much longer than we might realise. Whether it was the scandalous Lord Byron, whose poetry sent female fans into an erotic frenzy; or the cheetah-owning, coffin-sleeping, one-legged French actress Sarah Bernhardt, who launched a violent feud with her former best friend; or Edmund Kean, the dazzling Shakespearean actor whose monstrous ego and terrible alcoholism saw him nearly murdered by his own audience – the list of stars whose careers burned bright before the Age of Television is extensive and thrillingly varied. In this ambitious history, Jenner assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, freaks, demigods, ruffians, and more, in search of celebrity’s historical roots.

    £9.99
  • Look Again

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    Look Again

    The extraordinary, riotous life of iconic photographer David Bailey – from the Second World War to the Swinging Sixties, from Eighties excess to the present day.

    £10.99
  • My Unapologetic Diaries

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    My Unapologetic Diaries

    These are Dame Joan Collins’ ‘uncensored diaries’. Often outrageous, the entries were almost written entirely in real time. Most were done within ten hours of the events Joan describes, and many are hilarious. Whether it is an encounter with a member of the Royal Family, or her keen and honest insights of other celebrities at parties or dinners, Joan doesn’t care. She’s unapologetic! The diaries are intimate and funny, as readers of her column for the Spectator will recognise.

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  • Odd Boy Out

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    Odd Boy Out

    ‘I am what my childhood made me.’ But what is that exactly, Gyles? Who are you? And why? In this book, Gyles Brandreth provides an extraordinarily revealing account of growing up and coming of age in an apparently well-to-do but always strapped-for-cash middle-class English family. It is a story about the ordinary things – family life, happiness, ambition, and love, but it is also about adventures – meeting princes and presidents, visiting Death Row in America, exploring the sex clubs of Copenhagen. It is a story of a boy blessed with wit and what he got up to and the people he met growing up in the most wonderful city in all the world in those extraordinary years after the Second World War.

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  • Odd Boy Out

    £10.99

    Odd Boy Out

    ‘I am what my childhood made me.’ But what is that exactly, Gyles? Who are you? And why? In this book, Gyles Brandreth provides an extraordinarily revealing account of growing up and coming of age in an apparently well-to-do but always strapped-for-cash middle-class English family. It is a story about the ordinary things – family life, happiness, ambition, and love, but it is also about adventures – meeting princes and presidents, visiting Death Row in America, exploring the sex clubs of Copenhagen. It is a story of a boy blessed with wit and what he got up to and the people he met growing up in the most wonderful city in all the world in those extraordinary years after the Second World War.

    £10.99
  • One of Them

    £18.99

    One of Them

    Michael Cashman has lived many lives, all of them remarkable: as a beloved actor of stage and screen; as a campaigner for gay rights; as an MEP and as a life peer. Born in the post-war East End of London, young Michael’s life is changed when he is spotted in a school play, cast in Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver!’ and is transported to the glittering West End. Acting on stage and screen into adulthood, he finds his most defining role as Colin in Eastenders, making television history as one half of the first gay kiss ever broadcast on a British soap. But it is a chance encounter in a Butlins resort that leads Michael to the great love of his life: Paul Cottingham, who would become his husband and partner of 31 years. We follow Michael’s second act, as with Ian McKellen he founds and chairs Stonewall, fighting tirelessly for civil liberties all over the world before entering the world of politics.

    £18.99
  • The Museum Makers

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    The Museum Makers

    Museum expert Rachel Morris had been ignoring the three boxes of family belongings beneath her bed for decades. When she opened them she began a journey into her family’s dramatic story through the literary and bohemian circles of the 19th and 20th century. It was a revelatory experience – one that was to take her back to her isolated upbringing, searching for her father in archives of the Tate, back to the museums that had once enriched her lonely childhood, teasing out a story that digs deep into the human instinct for collection and curation.

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    £9.99
  • The Sound of Being Human

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    The Sound of Being Human

    ‘The Sound of Being Human’ explores, in detail, why music plays such a deep-rooted role in so many lives, from before we are born to our last days. At its heart is the author’s own story: how songs helped her wrestle with the grief of losing her father at age five; concoct her own sense of self as a lonely adolescent; sky-rocket her relationships, both real and imagined, in the flushes of early womanhood, propel her own journey into working life, adulthood and parenthood, and look to the future.

    £16.99
  • Theroux the Keyhole

    £9.99

    Theroux the Keyhole

    A funny, revealing and insightful take on the madness of living and working during a pandemic from the always entertaining Louis Theroux.

    £9.99