Biography books

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This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes review – a wickedly honest memoir
With her naughty stories and cutting remarks, the comic actor spares no blushes – but her account is poignant too

Hadley Freeman

22, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Miss Dior by Justine Picardie review – fashion meets the French Resistance
Christian Dior’s younger sister is a largely ghostly presence in this nonetheless enjoyable book about the courageous Nazi-fighting florist

Rachel Cooke

21, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Love and Deception: Philby in Beirut by James Hanning review – the spy who loved, maybe
A fascinating new biography from the perspective of Philby’s third wife sheds new light on a well-worn story of secrecy and betrayal

John Banville

18, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Nick Cave to publish book about the years after his son’s death
Faith, Hope and Carnage will reflect on the singer’s experience of grief and tragedy after Arthur, his child, died aged 15 six years ago

Lucy Knight

17, Sep, 2021 @8:54 AM

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The Magician by Colm Tóibín review – inside the mind of Thomas Mann
This compelling fictionalised biography explores the life and times of the exiled German Nobel winner, exquisitely balancing the intimate and momentous

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

17, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Why are there so many Trump staff memoirs? The authors now need to whitewash their reputations | Arwa Mahdawi
Many of those who worked in the Trump White House switched allegiance as soon as this was expedient. Do they really need to foist their memories on the public?

Arwa Mahdawi

15, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King review – a true gamechanger
The tennis superstar and first openly lesbian professional writes candidly about a career that led the way for women’s sports as we know them

Tim Adams

12, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Britain’s imperial legacy in spotlight of Baillie Gifford non-fiction prize
Longlist for 2021 prize includes Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera and Alex Renton’s Blood Legacy alongside 11 other titles

Alison Flood

09, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden review – how the son of a brickie became the leader of al-Qaida
Peter Bergen’s thoroughly researched biography of the notorious Islamist reveals his strikingly mundane, human side

Jason Burke

06, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Legends of the fall: the 50 biggest books of autumn 2021
From new novels by Sally Rooney and Colson Whitehead to Michel Barnier’s take on Brexit, Bernardine Evaristo’s manifesto and diaries from David Sedaris – all the releases to look out for

Justine Jordan and Katy Guest

04, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The Turning Point by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst review – sparklingly informative
An intriguing new biography of Charles Dickens reveals how 1851 changed him and the world around him, making him the writer we still remember today

Kathryn Hughes

02, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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A master of self-promotion: letters reveal how Philip Roth ‘hustled’ for prizes
Correspondence found in archives shows how ‘pushy’ novelist used ‘collusion, networking and back-scratching’ to win literary awards

Dalya Alberge

29, Aug, 2021 @8:45 AM

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