Autobiography and memoir

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‘Funny’, ‘punchy, ‘a gorgeous writer’: the best Australian books out in October
Each month, Guardian Australia editors and critics pick out the upcoming titles they’ve already devoured – or can’t wait to get their hands on

Steph Harmon, Sian Cain, Michael Sun and Imogen Dewey

03, Oct, 2022 @4:30 PM

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Verse, Chorus, Monster! by Graham Coxon review – Britpop’s unlikely lad
In a disarmingly candid memoir, the Blur guitarist relates the madness of fame and addiction, his unease with Britpop, and how folk led him to greener pastures

Kitty Empire

02, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Fingers Crossed: How Music Saved Me from Success by Miki Berenyi review – a shoegaze star’s painful past
The Lush frontwoman’s memoir is a nuanced, honest portrait of a troubled childhood – and a corrective to a much-mythologised era

Kitty Empire

26, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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A Pocketful of Happiness by Richard E Grant review – Tigger and his one true love
The vivacious actor’s weakness for gossip and glitz goes hand in hand with devotion to his wife in this touching diary, mostly written in the last year of her life

Rachel Cooke

26, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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In brief: Bibliomaniac; She and Her Cat; The Babel Message – reviews
Madcap tales of Britain’s bookshops, the power of feline friends, and the glories of words, ancient and modern

Hephzibah Anderson

25, Sep, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘Everyone’s got a book in them’: boom in memoir industry as ordinary people record their stories
Companies providing ghostwritten autobiographies for people wanting to share histories have seen surge in trade since Covid

David Barnett

24, Sep, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Fingers Crossed by Miki Berenyi review – trauma, stage-dives and stardom
From a difficult childhood to the absurdities of pop celebrity, the Lush singer’s story breaks the mould of music memoir

Fiona Sturges

24, Sep, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Hilary Mantel: her 10 greatest books
Though she was best known for her Wolf Hall triology, the late author’s sparkling oeuvre encompassed essays and memoir as well as novels

Claire Armitstead

23, Sep, 2022 @4:16 PM

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Violence of British empire in focus on Baillie Gifford longlist
Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire by Caroline Elkins among potential winners of £50,000 nonfiction prize

Sarah Shaffi

22, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Ready for Absolutely Nothing by Susannah Constantine review – the naked truth
From boarding school through the Sloane years to her turn as Anton Du Beke’s worst-ever Strictly partner, the former TV style guru’s memoir is sometimes borderline deranged, often haphazard, but never dull

Rachel Cooke

20, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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In brief: Dandelions; Good Reasons to Die; Notes on Grief – reviews
An erudite Italian memoir, a suspenseful Chornobyl-set thriller, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s moving essay about the death of her father

Ben East

18, Sep, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Adam Kay: ‘If you were casting yourself, wouldn’t you choose Ben Whishaw?’
The doctor turned comedy writer talks about his intensely personal new memoir and takes questions from politicians, health workers, authors and Observer readers

Kate Kellaway

18, Sep, 2022 @6:00 AM

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