Biography books

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‘All her movies are nonfiction’: remembering the life and work of Nora Ephron
In an expansive new biography, the acclaimed writer and director’s complexities are explored and contextualised

Charles Bramesco

27, Jun, 2022 @6:05 AM

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In brief: The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois; Impossible; Jan Ullrich – reviews
A lyrical, witty novel of the US south, a great Italian writer’s mountain detective story, and the history of a controversial cycling champion

Ben East

26, Jun, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Zelensky: A Biography by Serhii Rudenko review – from voice of Paddington to global giant
This uneven account of the Ukrainian president’s three years in power is aimed at his home market, but offers glimpses of the man behind the wartime facade

Andrew Anthony

26, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Cocaine, class and me: everyone in this town takes drugs, all the time – they’re part of the civic culture
When I moved out of London, my plan was to write a book. Instead, I ended up working in a chicken shop, watching drugs tear through a working-class town – and my own life

Tabitha Lasley

25, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Summer reading: the 50 hottest new books for a great escape
From pageturning thrillers and comic novels to an antidote to doomscrolling – our pick of the best new fiction and nonfiction. Plus 10 brilliant paperbacks, and 10 great reads for children and teens

Justine Jordan, David Shariatmadari and Imogen Russell Williams

25, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Shock ending: how the Costa book awards changed reading – and pitted husband against wife
After 50 years, the prize has been scrapped. How did it change Britain’s literary landscape? And what happened at the awards when Margaret Drabble was seated next to Theresa May?

Claire Armitstead

23, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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I Heard What You Said by Jeffrey Boakye review – a lesson in everyday racism
The teacher relates his experiences in the education system – many of them shocking – with insight, intelligence and wit

Bidisha

19, Jun, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The Escape Artist by Jonathan Freedland review – the man who broke out of Auschwitz
The astonishing story of how Rudolf Vrba escaped the Nazi camp, and his mission to tell the world about it

Blake Morrison

08, Jun, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Unfaithful, too striking... why William Morris’s wife was painted out of the Arts and Crafts movement
Jane Morris’s creative influence on her husband’s design empire has finally been revealed in a new book

05, Jun, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris review – laughter in the dark
In this latest collection of anecdotes, the American humorist riffs on Covid, death and family, looking for catharsis in comedy

Peter Conrad

05, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The Queen’s successors will not be able to create her ‘mystique’, says writer
Tina Brown, author of The Palace Papers, says monarch’s image stems from time before ‘great media age’

Rachel Hall

04, Jun, 2022 @6:09 PM

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Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell review – the Genghis Khan of fashion?
A scrupulously researched attempt to explain fabled Vogue editor Anna Wintour fails to probe deeply enough

Hadley Freeman

02, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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