Biography

Why I'm Giving Up the 'Inspirational Reads' for Good

Kim Davies | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

Like most people, I'm a sucker for a feel-good story. Walk into any bookshop and you will see a veritable smorgasbord of inspirational biographies and autobiographies fanned across the shelves. They all have a common golden thread deftly woven through the chapters: overcoming adversity when the odds are stacked against you.

Interview: Chris Hadfield, Author of 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth'

Sam Saunders | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Saunders

The book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, combines autobiographical elements with would-be advice on decision making and living life to the full. I spoke to Chris about hanging up his space helmet and taking up the writer's pen.

Book Review: Amy 27, By Howard Sounes

Robert Bradley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

As much as one may have hoped, Sounes dissects the conspiracy theories and puts to bed the lunacy that surrounds these idols deaths.

Top 5's: Literature

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

Top five unexposed, lesser-known reads and top five essential reads.

Book Review: The Great Escaper by Simon Pearson

Robert Bradley | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Having served in the Army Air Corps for a number of years and coming from a family military background, this tale of the original hero of The Great Escape, made famous from the Hollywood movie of the same name, location and dates, but an altogether completely different list of characters, (as only Hollywood could ever do and get away with) was most intriguing.

How Harry Nilsson's Troubled Childhood Inspired Great Songs

Alyn Shipton | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alyn Shipton

Right through his life, Nilsson went on pouring his life and experiences into his lyrics, and there are few artists whose life can be traced, song by song, album by album, as graphically as his. His split from his second wife, his experiences of drugs and alcohol, and his final, fulfilled family life with his third wife Una...

Jeremy Bentham and the Carlisle Commissioners

Daniel Parker | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK
Daniel Parker

Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was something of an enigma. At the age of three, he started studying Latin and, allegedly, finished reading a multi-volume history of England by the age of four. He is known as the founder of Utilitarianism, a leading theorist in the Anglo-American philosophy of law, and the spiritual founder of University College London.

This April Fools' Day, Learn From the Experts

Philip Carter | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Philip Carter

As 1 April nears you may be planning the perfect joke, hoax, or act of revenge. If so - and if you're looking for inspiration - may we recommend some of British history's finest hoaxers, courtesy of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

The 12-Year-Old Who Brought Down the Mafia

Sue Thomason | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sue Thomason

On the surface, The Prince of Naples is a simple David and Goliath story of a boy who seeks revenge on a power much greater than he is (which is always exciting in itself) but on a deeper level it's a picture of inside the mind of a child forced by tragedy to grow up too fast.

An Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Story

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Laxmi Hariharan

Rajinikanth is, quite simply, the biggest superstar, cinema-crazy India has ever seen. His stylized dialogues and screen mannerisms are legion, as well, his guy next door-cum-superhero image has found a hysterically appreciative following among millions of moviegoers.

Adele's Best Work Will Come as a Mother

Endeavour Press | Posted 22.12.2012 | Home
Endeavour Press

Adele has just become a mum - and funnily enough that's great news for fans who say a follow-up album to 21 can't come soon enough.

Caro Shows Us the Human Side of Politics

Steven Akehurst | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK Politics
Steven Akehurst

Should you be looking for a window into the lopsided nature of the 'special relationship', you need look no further than the reverence with which political classes on either side of the Atlantic observe the others internal affairs.

Want to write a book about Professor Brian Cox? Sure, why not

Ben Falk | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Ben Falk

I went to a Buckinghamshire library the other day to talk about my new book. It was a good night, chatting Professor Brian Cox. That's who I wrote about - an unauthorised biography of the science guru behind Wonders Of The Solar System and Wonders Of The Universe.

The Scandalous Facts Behind the New Clint Eastwood Movie

Anthony Summers | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Anthony Summers

Clint Eastwood's biopic J. EDGAR, which is released in the UK on DVD this week, emphasises the psychosexual torment in the life of legendary F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover. This year's Pulitzer finalist Anthony Summers, whose biography Official and Confidential demolished the image of Hoover as national hero, writes here on the hard facts behind the movie's story.

How to Write Someone's Biography or Your Own Autobiography

John Fleming | Posted 22.02.2012 | Home
John Fleming

Earlier this month, I wrote in the Huffington Post about being on a Storywarp panel which discussed the techniques and nature of storytelling, of tel...

A Real Journey - Part 1

Janie Price | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK
Janie Price

On Monday 12th July, just under two months ago, I saw the advert on the internet. It was posted on a music jobs website, which until then, despite its best efforts and my professional skill as a cellist, had failed to woo me with its offers.

Selling Out

Colin Grant | Posted 31.08.2011 | UK Entertainment
Colin Grant

My skin is black but for some people it's not black enough. Ordinarily, I can dip below the radar and get through life without being rumbled. My mistake was to write a biography of Marcus Garvey.