Biography books

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In the Footsteps of Du Fu by Michael Wood review – the great poet’s progress
A superb evocation of the Chinese master and his travels

John Simpson

30, Nov, 2023 @9:00 AM

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My Name Is Barbra by Barbra Streisand review – funny girl
From difficult childhood to glittering career, this is an astonishing success story

Emma Brockes

29, Nov, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Living the Beatles Legend by Kenneth Womack review – a long and winding roadie’s tale
He saved them from a car crash, snuck them drugs and inspired Let It Be… The detailed story of the Fab Four’s driver, bodyguard and confidant Mal Evans captures Beatlemania up close

Tim Adams

26, Nov, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Invisible Generals review: vital story of Black US military heroes
Benjamin O Davis Sr and Jr suffered from heinous racism. Doug Melville, a descendant, is determined to do them justice

Charles Kaiser

25, Nov, 2023 @10:00 AM

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‘They’ll see she was extraordinary’: Callas centenary inspires new generation to find the real Maria
Films, shows and a new museum seek to capture the charisma of the great soprano

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

19, Nov, 2023 @9:15 AM

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Joanne Harris: ‘When I first read Ulysses I hated it with a passion’
The Chocolat author on the magic of Ray Bradbury, beating Ulysses fatigue, and the poetry of Wuthering Heights

Joanne Harris

17, Nov, 2023 @10:00 AM

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The Life and Lies of Charles Dickens by Helena Kelly review – great speculations
A new biography suggests everything we know about Dickens is wrong

John Mullan

16, Nov, 2023 @9:00 AM

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National book awards: finalists use ceremony to call for Israel-Hamas ceasefire after sponsors pull out
Twenty of the 25 nominated authors make collective statement after Justin Torres and Ned Blackhawk win major categories

Sian Cain

16, Nov, 2023 @5:18 AM

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Sadistic and misogynistic? Row erupts over sex claims in book about George Orwell’s marriage
Author of acclaimed biography Wifedom hits back at critics who say book casts Orwell in an unfairly negative light

Richard Brooks

11, Nov, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Elon Musk biopic to be directed by Black Swan film-maker Darren Aronofsky
The Oscar-nominated film-maker will adapt the recent biography by Walter Isaacson after independent studio A24 won a ‘heated’ bidding war for rights

Andrew Pulver

10, Nov, 2023 @2:50 PM

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Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent review – Judi Dench’s seven-decade love affair
The veteran actor’s pragmatism, generosity and wit are to the fore in these reflections on her career – and there’s plenty of room for rude anecdotes

Stephanie Merritt

05, Nov, 2023 @9:00 AM

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The Race to Be Myself by Caster Semenya review – running for her life
Controversy has surrounded the career of the South African athlete. But her timely, sometimes angry memoir inspires compassion

Emma John

05, Nov, 2023 @7:00 AM

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