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Christmas 2023: Biography

Selected by the Bookshop


From the publisher:
‘I breathed in stories, as soon as I breathed in air. Sometimes I think I wasn’t born, but I just came out of an ink blot.’‘Mantel’s idiosyncratic and magisterial voice comes through on every page, carrying…

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Discover the work of the greatest writer in the English language as you've never encountered it before in internationally renowned actor Dame Judi Dench's SHAKESPEARE: The Man Who Pays The Rent - a witty, insightful journey through the…

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'A ground-breaking book that speaks to all women' Bernardine EvaristoHow do we determine what is beautiful? Whose standards are we trying to meet when we spend our hard-earned money on our haircare, skincare and makeup; where do they…

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A biography of the remarkable, and in her time scandalous, seventeenth-century writer Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.'My ambition is not only to be Empress, but Authoress of a whole world.'Margaret Cavendish, then Lucas, was born…

From the publisher:
At the turn of the century, in the shade of Cambridge's cloisters, a young E. M. Forster conceals his passion for other men, even as he daydreams about the sun-warmed bodies of ancient Greece. Under the dazzling lights of interwar Paris,…

From the publisher:
Translated by Michael HofmannThe long-awaited memoir by the legendary filmmaker and celebrated author. Told in Werner Herzog's inimitable voice, this is the story of his epic artistic career, as inventive and daring as anything he has done…

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The acclaimed biographer and obituarist for The Economist reflects on a career spent pursuing life and capturing it on the page.It is soul that I go looking for. Or, to put it another way, real life.'She's a genius, I believe'…

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The extraordinary secret life of a great novelist, which his biographer could not publish while le Carré was aliveA Spectator Book of the Year 2023'Not merely the conclusive homage to a compulsively fascinating character,…

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'Painfully funny, but also deeply moving' - Meg Mason'Vulnerable, sharp, funny, wise' - Bonnie Garmus'A unique comic voice, endlessly funny' - David NichollsTwenty years after leaving London, Nina Stibbe is back in town with her dog, Peggy.…

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The first biography of Bergman in 40 years, containing exclusive extracts from workbooks and letters.Peter Cowie’s book chronicles the life and the 60-year film and stage career of Bergman as he wrestles of themes of love, sex and…

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A magnificent new biography of the founder of ImpressionismIn the course of a long and exceptionally creative life, Claude Monet revolutionized painting and made some of the most iconic images in western art. Misunderstood and mocked at the…

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Michael Palin recreates the extraordinary life and tragic death of a First World War soldier - his great-uncle Harry.'An important historical record and a well-paced story in its own right, Great-Uncle Harry is also much more than that: a…

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