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singlecoil

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20,955 posts

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For me, that would be-

The Michael Ainger biography of Gilbert and Sullivan. Why, partly because I like the stuff they wrote together, and I found the film Topsy Turvy inspired me to buy a boxed set of DVDs of their operettas, but mainly because I am fascinated by their working relationship and the way they needed eachother in order to produce such memorable works which are still being performed all over the globe over a century later.

A biography of the Carpenters (can't remember who wrote it, but I believe it was 'official'. Again, partly because of the music, and that voice, but mainly because of the relationship and how again they each needed the other to produce such marvellous songs.

If I had ever seen it in a library, I might well have read the autobiography of Albert Pierrepoint, but I didn't so I didn't. I suspect it was more a diary of the executions he carried out than anything very illuminating, so I propbably haven't missed much.

Anybody read any biographies they would like to mention, and the reasons for so doing?

Ari

10,256 posts

103 months

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Both of Chris Evans books.

Why? Because he has the most crazy extraordinary, funny, interesting life!

Well worth a read. smile

Condi

3,904 posts

59 months

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The Man in the White Helmet - erm.. Ben Collins the lad who was the Stig.

Why? Cos I had a 12 hour plane journey to fill.

Was it worth it? God no. Just him making excuses and complaining about the fact he was never good enough for F1.

Hackney

3,321 posts

96 months

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Those are autobiographies.

Just read "Nobody Ever Says Thankyou", Jonathan Wilson's bio of Brian Clough - a different slant on Clough which was as revealing about the man as it was about his tactics. Riveting.

slopes

28,276 posts

75 months

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Jackie chan, i like him and it was worth reading
Mcraes no explanation needed
Steve Hislop met him a few times back in the day
Same for Foggy
Lee Evans i like him and it was ok, but not the best one ever
Peter Fonda just because
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David87

3,286 posts

100 months

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None. I bought the Steve Jobs one the day it was released, but still haven't had the time to get stuck in. Waiting until I go on holiday and still very much looking forward to it!

rumple

5,037 posts

39 months

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Not really a fan so ive only read a few.
The moons a balloon, David Nivan, worth a read.
Full time, Tony Cascarino, very very good.
Sid James, a biography, cant remember the exact title, a lot of st written about Sid, all after his death.
Thats it really.

iva cosworth

15,487 posts

51 months

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All motorsport related.

Off the top of head.

Colin McRae

Ben Collins/Stig

Barry Sheene

James Hunt

Nigel Mansell

Currently reading Piers Courage biog

m444ttb

1,931 posts

117 months

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Quite a few now. Mostly motor racing where James Hunt and Murray Walker were the best. Other than that I really enjoyed the Steve Jobs book. George W Bush was interesting too.

Silent1

19,073 posts

123 months

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Oriana Small - Girlvert, a brilliant book but took some tracking down.

ETA. Wrong name

Edited by Silent1 on Thursday 23 August 11:42

jjones

2,093 posts

81 months

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Jonny Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs : because i like the pistols, good read.


Hyde

348 posts

36 months

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I have read quite a few, here are the ones I enjoyed-

Bounder : Terry-Thomas

Anything For A Quiet Life : Jack Hawkins

The Elephant To Hollywood : Michael Caine

perdu

4,037 posts

87 months

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The Moon's A Balloon

A brilliant book but I feel there's huge lots more we won't ever read

Niven, just got to like the bloke

I enjoy the autobio aspects of books like "Apache" by Ed Macy and "Eye Of The Storm" by Peter Radcliffe

There is so much more that we don't get



I've decided not to write my own

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there's so much more...





OK No there isn't frown

Athlon

2,719 posts

94 months

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Mon Ami Mate is a brilliant book.

db

571 posts

57 months

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singlecoil said:
If I had ever seen it in a library, I might well have read the autobiography of Albert Pierrepoint, but I didn't so I didn't. I suspect it was more a diary of the executions he carried out than anything very illuminating, so I propbably haven't missed much.

Anybody read any biographies they would like to mention, and the reasons for so doing?
The Pierrepoint book is worth reading. Not so much of a "I hanged this person on that day" account, but more a how-it-was-done telling. No body count but strongly suggests that execution is wrong and not a deterrant.

"Dolgun" by Alexander Dolgun or the later version (not read) "Alexander Dolgun's story: An American in the Gulag" is my most read book. Grim, bleak but compelling reading.

Pickled

1,066 posts

31 months

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Too many to list! My mum works for a big publisher, so I've got enough books to fill a library, lots if signed dedicated ones as well.

Currently reading No Angel - Bernie Ecclestine, quite amusing that he conducted a fair few business lunches in my local during the early 80s when he had premises in chessington

davepoth

23,555 posts

87 months

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William Hague's one of Pitt the Younger was very good. I also enjoyed Ulyssses S. Grant's memoirs of the civil war.

RDMcG

8,940 posts

95 months

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Many, really

The Lyndon Johnson five volume set, latest volume just published

The William Manchester uncompleted set on Winston Churchill- first three volumes were magnificent.

Ferdinand Porsche -Genesis of Genius by Karl Ludvigsen

Hitler set by Ian Kershaw

Biography of Charles Dickens by Peter Ackroyd

I don"t specialize in reading biographies but I like 20th century history. Some of the better written stuff illuminates the broader context in which these people lived.

AndyNetwork

1,603 posts

82 months

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I've read quite a few mainly covering music and motorsport. Off the top of my head:

Murray Walker
Eddie Jordon
David Couthard
Nigel Mansell
Bernie Ecclestone
Ayrton Senna

Ozzy Osbourne
Slash
Mick Fleetwood
Ronnie Wood
Nick Mason (more a biography of pink floyd than himself)
Eric Clapton

The two Billy Connelly bio's by his missus (Pamela Stephenson?)
Shela Hancock's story of her and John Thaw
Both the Gordon Ramsey ones.
Richard Hammond 2 autobiographies

Probably more as well, but can't just remember them now.



singlecoil

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I wondered why this thread had died a death, then noticed which forum it had been moved to. I didn't even know there was such a forum on PH smile
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