Autobiography and memoir

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'Readers want the victims’ stories': the writers exposing sexual abuse in France
France’s response to #MeToo was unenthusiastic but its attitude towards sex is coming under increasing scrutiny in a wave of memoirs alleging abuse

Fleur Macdonald

25, Feb, 2021 @4:46 PM

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Paul McCartney to publish 900-page lyrical 'autobiography'
The Lyrics, a ‘self-portrait in 154 songs’, will look at the people, places and circumstances behind songs written in boyhood, with the Beatles and beyond

Alison Flood

24, Feb, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Sally Bayley: what Shakespeare taught me about my family
Falstaff, Mistress Quickly and the fairy rulers of A Midsummer Night’s Dream helped the author through a traumatic childhood and feature in her memoir No Boys Play Here

Claire Armitstead

23, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Amos Oz accused of 'sadistic abuse' by daughter in new memoir
Galia Oz claims late author – hailed as Israel’s greatest – beat and humiliated her in childhood, but siblings say they remember him differently

Alison Flood

23, Feb, 2021 @12:34 PM

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On my radar: Brett Anderson's cultural highlights
The Suede frontman on his latest musical discoveries, the brilliance of Michael Clark and the enduring appeal of mudlarking by the Thames

Brett Anderson

20, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Gay Bar by Jeremy Atherton Lin – a going out memoir
An incisive history of London, LA and San Francisco recalls the sights, sounds and distinctive smells of gay life from the 1990s to today

Colm Tóibín

18, Feb, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Being Lolita by Alisson Wood review – memoir of an illicit relationship
An account of a teenage affair with a teacher feels like therapy and lacks deep thinking

Rachel Cooke

16, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay review – a potent blues brew
This welcome reissue of the poet’s 1997 book about the ‘empress of the blues’ combines fact, personal memory and poetry to create an eloquent ‘herstory’

Kitty Empire

15, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Claire Bloom at 90: a phenomenal actor with poise, spirit and steel
The star’s long career, from her stage debut at 15 to her film, TV and literary success, reveals a shrewd talent who has risen to many a challenge

Michael Billington

15, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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In brief: Eat a Peach; Lullaby Beach; Set My Heart to Five – reviews
A humorous foodie memoir, a gritty family saga and a playful vision of a robotic future

Hephzibah Anderson

14, Feb, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Remembering Jeremy Heywood, the civil servant who ran Britain
In Suzanne Heywood’s memoir, What Does Jeremy Think?, she reveals the inner workings of Whitehall – and its ‘greatest servant’, her husband

Tim Adams

14, Feb, 2021 @11:00 AM

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In the End, It Was All About Love by Musa Okwonga review – affirmative autofiction
The British author weighs the worth of a writer’s life in this intimate blend of memoir and fiction

Anthony Cummins

14, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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