Celebrity Biographies

69 Products

Celebrity biographies are great for peeking behind the curtain and seeing what it is really like to be famous and in the public eye. You'll find all the big familiar faces and the most interesting life stories, as well as really get to know your favourite stars in the collection below. Just use the filters below to find the perfect biography for you

View

A deeply personal and inspiring memoir from one of the most celebrated and influential names in British sport. Tom Daley captured the hearts of the nation with his unforgettable medal-winning performance in the London 2012 Olympics. At this year’s Games in Tokyo, he triumphed to win gold and became the most decorated British diver of all time. In this deeply personal book, Tom explores the experiences that have shaped him and the qualities to which he owes his contentment and success; from the resilience he developed competing at world-class level, to the courage he discovered while reclaiming the narrative around his sexuality, and the perspective that family life has brought him. Candid and perceptive, Coming Up for Air offers a unique insight into the life and mindset of one our greatest and most-loved athletes. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008217914 • Author: Tom Daley • Publisher: HQ • Format: Hardback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 24 x 15.9 x 2.9 cm

5 ({1})
£12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £8.00 (40% Off RRP)

Rob Beckett never seems to fit in. At work, in the middle-class world of television and comedy, he’s the laddie, cockney geezer, but to his mates down the pub in south-east London, he’s the theatrical one, a media luvvie. Even at home, his wife and kids are posher than him. Will he always be that fat kid who was told he’d never be a high-flyer? Why does he feel ashamed if he does anything vaguely middle class? Will he ever favour craft beer over lager? What happens if you eat 50 olives and drink two bottles of champagne? In search of answers, Rob relives the moments in his life when the class divide couldn’t be more obvious. Whether it’s the gig for rich bankers that was worse than Matt Hancock hosting the GQ Men of the Year Awards or turning up at a swanky celebrity house party with a blue bag of cans from the offy. In this hilarious exploration of class, Rob compares his life growing up as a working-class kid to the life he lives now, trying to understand where he truly belongs. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008468187 • Author: Rob Beckett • Publisher: HarperCollins • Format: Hardback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 24 x 15.9 x 2.1 cm

3.1 ({1})
£10.00 RRP £20.00 Save £10.00 (50% Off RRP)

Alison Hammond loves to laugh. And the nation laughs with her. Her sunny personality and zest for life have brought joy to millions and made her one of the UK's best-loved television presenters. Known for her hilarious and unforgettable interviews with Hollywood A-listers, Alison is also responsible for countless classic moments of broadcasting gold - from getting stuck on a caravan door to delivering Christmas cash dressed as an elf. Shaped by the influence of her incredible mum, Alison went from small roles on television shows to that life-changing appearance on Big Brother, before landing her dream job on This Morning. And through it all, she found the joy in every day, the positives in any situation. As well as being a hugely entertaining and uplifting read, Alison's story will inspire you to grab life with both hands and make the most of every single moment. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787635272 • Author: Alison Hammond • Publisher: Bantam Press • Format: Hardback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm

3.7 ({1})
£12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £8.00 (40% Off RRP)

From one of Britain's best-loved comedians comes this wonderfully funny, sharp and touching memoir and a celebration of the bond between man and dog - an autobidography, if you will. The Lick of Love takes us on a tour of Julian's colourful life - and wherever life has taken him, Julian has had a dog by his side. Fanny the Wonder Dog propelled him up the ranks of the alternative comedy circuit and onto television. Valerie, the whippet cross-breed escorted Julian through his forties, the Germaine Greer to his Bernard Manning. Albert was sent to acclimatise Julian to middle age and helped him get his now husband, before being joined by naughty but nice Gigi. These canine characters have been there, bearing witness, on and off stage. Ultimately, The Lick of Love is the story of a fascinating life and a love letter to the dogs that have played a loving and near constant part of it. Told with humour and great honesty, this promises to be one of the best memoirs of the year. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529412505 • Author: Julian Clary • Publisher: Quercus • Format: Hardback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm

4.3 ({1})
£12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £8.00 (40% Off RRP)

In his first full-length autobiography, comedy legend and national treasure Billy Connolly reveals the truth behind his windswept and interesting life. Born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of 4, and a survivor of appalling abuse at the hands of his own family, Billy's life is a remarkable story of success against all the odds. Billy found his escape first as an apprentice welder in the shipyards of the River Clyde. Later he became a folk musician - a 'rambling man' - with a genuine talent for playing the banjo. But it was his ability to spin stories, tell jokes and hold an audience in the palm of his hand that truly set him apart. As a young comedian Billy broke all the rules. He was fearless and outspoken - willing to call out hypocrisy wherever he saw it. But his stand-up was full of warmth, humility and silliness too. His startling, hairy 'glam-rock' stage appearance - wearing leotards, scissor suits and banana boots - only added to his appeal. It was an appearance on Michael Parkinson's chat show in 1975 - and one outrageous story in particular - that catapulted Billy from cult hero to national star. TV shows, documentaries, international fame and award-winning Hollywood movies followed. Billy's pitch-perfect stand-up comedy kept coming too - for over 50 years, in fact - until a double diagnosis of cancer and Parkinson's Disease brought his remarkable live performances to an end. Since then he has continued making TV shows, creating extraordinary drawings... and writing. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529318265 • Author: Billy Connolly • Publisher: Two Roads • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.8 x 3.8 cm

3.1 ({1})
£12.50 RRP £25.00 Save £12.50 (50% Off RRP)

BAFTA-winning actor, voice of everything from Monkey to the Cadbury's Caramel Rabbit to Professor Sprout, Miriam Margolyes, OBE, is the nation's favourite (and naughtiest) treasure. Now, at the age of 80, she has finally decided to tell her extraordinary life story - and it's well worth the wait. Find out how being conceived in an air-raid gave her curly hair; what pranks led to her being known as the naughtiest girl Oxford High School ever had; why Bob Monkhouse was the best (male) kiss she's ever had and more. From declaring her love to Vanessa Redgrave to being told to be quiet by the Queen, this book is packed with brilliant, hilarious stories. With a cast list stretching from Scorsese to Streisand, a cross-dressing Leonardo di Caprio to Isaiah Berlin, This Much Is True is as warm and honest, as full of life and surprises, as its inimitable author. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529379884 • Author: Miriam Margolyes • Publisher: John Murray • Format: Hardback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4.2 cm

5 ({1})
£12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £8.00 (40% Off RRP)

Bob Mortimer’s life was trundling along happily until suddenly in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart condition that required immediate surgery and forced him to cancel an upcoming tour. The episode unnerved him, but forced him to reflect on his life so far. This is the framework for his hilarious and moving memoir, And Away… Although his childhood in Middlesbrough was normal on the surface, it was tinged by the loss of his dad, and his own various misadventures, from burning down the family home to starting a short-lived punk band called Dog Dirt. As an adult, he trained as a solicitor and moved to London. A chance encounter in a pub in the 1980s with a young comedian going by the name Vic Reeves set his life on a different track. And now, six years on, the heart condition that once threatened his career has instead led to new success on BBC2’s Gone Fishing. Warm, profound, and irrepressibly funny, And Away… is Bob’s full life story (with a few lies thrown in for good measure.) Product Information: • ISBN: 9781398505292 • Author: Bob Mortimer • Publisher: Gallery UK • Format: Hardback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.9 cm

5 ({1})
£10.00 RRP £20.00 Save £10.00 (50% Off RRP)

So, I’ve written a book. Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities (‘It’s a piece of cake! Just do four hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!’), I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I’ve recorded and can’t wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781398503700 • Author: Dave Grohl • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK • Format: Hardback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.25 cm

3.5 ({1})
£10.00 Was £12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £10.00 (50% Off RRP)

We all know and love the charming elderly man that stole the nation's hearts whilst doing his bit in a time of crisis... but who is Captain Sir Tom Moore? Discover who this inspiring man really is in his new exclusive Autobiography. Where did he come from?  From a childhood in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales, Tom Moore grew up in a loving family, which wasn't without its share of tragedy. With the storms of the Second World War being threatened, Tom Moore raised his hand and joined the fight.  This war would take him from a country he had never left to the heart of India, and the Far East, to which he would return many years later to view the sight he had missed first time around: the distant peak of Everest. Explore the story we have all been waiting for. This is the story of the past hundred years here in Britain. A time that has seen a lot of change... 'Gloriously enthralling' - Daily Mail. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241486108 • Author: Captain Tom Moore • Publisher: Michael Joseph  • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.6cm

4.3 ({1})
£7.00 Was £12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £13.00 (65% Off RRP)

Laugh along with Michael McIntyre as he lifts the curtain on his life in his long-awaited autobiography. Michael’s first book ended with his big break at the 2006 Royal Variety Performance. Waking up the next morning in the tiny rented flat he shared with his wife Kitty and their one-year-old son, he was beyond excited about the new glamorous world of show business. Unfortunately, he was also clueless . . . In A Funny Life, Michael honestly and hilariously shares the highs and the lows of his rise to the top and desperate attempts to stay there. It’s all here, from his disastrous panel show appearances to his hit TV shows, from mistakenly thinking he’d be a good chat show host and talent judge, to finding fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams and becoming the biggest-selling comedian in the world. Along the way he opens his man drawer, narrowly avoids disaster when his trousers fall down in front of three policemen and learns the hard way why he should always listen to his wife. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529063653 • Author: Michael McIntyre • Publisher: Macmillan • Format: Hardback • Pages: 352

4.9 ({1})
£10.00 RRP £20.00 Save £10.00 (50% Off RRP)

''So lithe,' they say. 'So spry and sparkling. So uncannily youthful. How on earth do you do it?' Well, what can I tell you? An hour of tai chi first thing in the morning, an HIIT work-out with my personal trainer, a bowl of steamed kale and a handful of almonds for lunch, and then two hours of yoga in the afternoon followed by an ice bath - this is a routine which I'm sure would work miracles for anyone of any age, although I can't be entirely sure because I haven't myself adopted any aspect of it at any point. Fortunately, during my life and career I have been given all sorts of advice and learned huge amounts from some great and enormously talented people. I've been blessed to play characters such as Derek Trotter, Granville, Pop Larkin and Frost, who have changed my life in all sorts of ways, and taught me lessons that go far beyond the television set. And I've worked a few things out for myself as well, about friendship, ambition, rejection, success, failure, adversity and fortune. With any luck, some of these thoughts and observations will chime with episodes and challenges you have faced, or are facing, in your own life. And if they don't... well, hopefully, at the very least you'll get to have a good old laugh at my expense. So lean back, pour yourself a glass, and try not to fall through the bar flap...' Delve into the hilariously funny but deeply heartfelt autobiography of the national treasure that is David Jason - a must-have read for all those who truly adore Del boy. Product Information: ISBN: 9781529125115 Author: David Jason Publisher: Century Format: Hardback Pages: 336 Dimensions: 24 x 15.6 x 3cm 

5 ({1})
£10.00 RRP £20.00 Save £10.00 (50% Off RRP)

Join the beloved star of Just a Minute, QI, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Gogglebox, Gyles Brandreth, in his long-waited, moving and hilarious autobiography Odd Boy Out is an extraordinarily revealing account of growing up in an apparently well-to-do but always strapped-for-cash middle-class English family. But it is also far more than that. It is about adventures - meeting princes and presidents, visiting Death Row in America, exploring the sex clubs of Copenhagen. It is a story of a boy blessed with wit, what he got up to, and the people he met growing up in the most wonderful city in all the world in those extraordinary years after the Second World War. For Odd Boy Out is about more than Gyles and his exploits: it is also a kaleidoscopic portrait of Britain from the 1950s onwards, featuring a cast drawn from politics, the media, swinging London, stage and screen, from Laurence Olivier to Twiggy. By turns hilarious and moving, and chock full of unforgettable stories, Odd Boy Out is the unexpected and candid autobiography of one of the country's most unlikely personalities. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241483718 • Author: Gyles Brandreth • Publisher: Michael Joseph • Format: Hardback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 4.1 cm

5 ({1})
£12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £8.00 (40% Off RRP)

Joan Collins has been a diarist from the age of twelve, writing enthusiastically over the years. She dictated most of these entries in real time into a mini-tape recorder at the end of the day, and now she is spilling the beans - well, nearly all of them.  What you will discover was written when Joan 'felt like it' between 1989 and 2009. Whether it is an encounter with a superstar or a member of the Royal Family, or her keen and honest insights into other celebrities at dinner parties and events, Joan is honest and unapologetic. Taking us on a dazzling tour around the globe - from exclusive restaurants in Los Angeles to the glittering beaches of St Tropez, from dinner parties in London to galas in New York City - some of the characters you will meet in these pages include Rod Stewart, Princess Margaret, Donald Trump, Michael Caine, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Rupert Everett, Roger Moore, Shirley MacLaine, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. Her diaries are intimate and witty, and they pull no punches, with NO apologies to anyone mentioned in them! Product Information: • ISBN: 9781474621274 • Author: Joan Collins • Publisher: W&N • Format: Hardback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm

5 ({1})
£12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £8.00 (40% Off RRP)

When thinking of the Queen, our first image is one of dignity and authority. She is the very definition of majesty: the British monarch, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and the head of the Commonwealth. But as anyone who knows her will tell you, in person she has a wicked sense of humour. Occasionally unintentional (when meeting guitar legend Eric Clapton she enquired 'Have you been playing a long time?'), sometimes cannily astute ('I have to be seen to be believed') and at times downright silly (nicely demonstrated when staff at Balmoral discovered the Queen jumping up and down with glee exclaiming 'I've won, I've won!' after hearing that England had beaten Australia in the cricket), her sense of humour is like no other. Revealing a side of the Queen's personality that the public rarely see, this joyous little book is a timely celebration of royal humour as Elizabeth II succeeds Victoria as Britain's longest-serving monarch. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781782433651 • Author: Karen Dolby • Publisher: Michael O'Mara • Format: Hardback • Pages: 158 • Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.5 x 1.5cm

4.9 ({1})
£3.00 RRP £9.99 Save £6.99 (70% Off RRP)

Inspired by the stories Danny and I have shared with each other about what life in football is really like: in the dressing room, in the commentary box, on the pitch and – with the appropriate pixellation – in the showers afterwards! What’s it really like to play with Messi? I wouldn’t know, but I have starred alongside him in an advert for Walkers crisps. And, well, his performance was world-class. And what is a life in football really like? You won’t learn much from the dull-as-dishwater post-match interviews – it’s a world of secrets, superstitions, laughs and personalities, and let me tell you, half of it you won’t believe. I’ve looked back at my playing days, from England to Leicester, Everton to Barcelona, Tottenham to, er, Nagoya Grampus Eight, and shared the chaotic behind-the-scenes secrets of Match of the Day – and Danny has chipped in with stories from a lifetime following the game as a fan. From Italia ’90 to Leicester’s Premier League fairytale, from yellow cards to World Cup trophies (I’ve never been awarded either), you’ll find it all here – everything you always wanted to know about football, but didn’t realise that you did. Product Information: ISBN: 9781529124361 Author: Gary Lineker & Danny Baker Publisher: Century Format: Hardback Pages: 368 Dimensions: 15.6 x 24 x 3cm

4.3 ({1})
£3.50 Was £7.00 RRP £20.00 Save £16.50 (83% Off RRP)

Match Day. Closing a hotel room door, down into the team room. Up into a hotel lobby full of supporters in red shirts, of cheers and applause and shouts of good luck. This is where the story of Alun Wyn Jones's journey begins, the story that every child who has dreamt of playing rugby for their country starts with. From the tightness in your stomach to the look on your team-mates’ faces, the adrenaline starting to flow within. Belonging is the story about how the boy left Mumbles and returned as the most capped rugby player of all time. It is the story of what it takes to become a player who is seen by many as one of the greatest Welsh players there has ever been. What it takes to go from sitting, crossed legged on the hall floor at school, watching the 1997 Lions Tour of South Africa to being named the 2021 Lions Captain. But is it also about perthyn - belonging, playing for Wales, working your way through the age-grades and the club matches and regional sides. What it takes to earn the right to be there, and what it feels like to make the sacrifices along the way. Feeling the bond to the great players not long gone, and feeling the ties to the millions in front rooms and pubs across the hillsides and the valleys, coast to coast. Knowing that deep down you just want to belong, be a part of it, as everyone does. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529058086 • Author: Alun Wyn Jones • Publisher: Macmillan • Format: Hardback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 15.29 x 23.39 cm

5 ({1})
£12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £8.00 (40% Off RRP)

They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends. But when, in a twist of fate, their uncle Edward VIII decided to abdicate the throne, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered. From the idyll of their cloistered early life, through their hidden wartime lives, into the divergent paths they took following their father's death and Elizabeth's ascension to the throne, this book explores their relationship over the years. Andrew Morton offers unique insight into these two drastically different sisters - one resigned to duty and responsibility, the other resistant to it - and the lasting impact they have had on the Crown, the royal family and the way it has adapted to the changing mores of the twentieth century. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781789293364 • Author: Andrew Morton • Publisher: Michael O’Mara • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.25 cm

4.1 ({1})
£5.00 Was £10.00 RRP £20.00 Save £15.00 (75% Off RRP)

A celebration of the natural year, Matt Baker takes us on a journey through the seasons, his life on the farm and how the power and beauty of the countryside has made him who he is. Away from the bright lights of hosting our favourite television programmes, Countryfile, The One Show, Blue Peter and many more, he is often in the company of his family, dogs, array of sheep, Mediterranean miniature donkeys and a whole host of wildlife in the farm's ancient woodland. Now, following the ever-changing seasons, Matt takes us on a journey with his family on the farm. We see woodland animals emerge after a long winter of hibernation, hear the dawn chorus in the height of summer and see the preparations unfold for the harsh and wild winter months. Peppered with hand drawn sketches, unforgettable moments from his TV career and stories of a landscape you'll fall in love with, Matt offers readers a touching insight into life on the farm, and how the power and beauty of the countryside can be an inspiration and source of joy for all of us. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241542736 • Author: Matt Baker • Publisher: Michael Joseph • Format: Hardback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 24 x 15.6 x 4 cm

4.3 ({1})
£12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £8.00 (40% Off RRP)

One of rugby’s most ferocious flankers and biggest characters, James Haskell has had an extraordinary, global experience of the game, having played for the Wasps, Northampton and England, and in New Zealand, France and Japan. Whether he’s recalling the most brutal team socials; dispelling the myths surrounding New Zealand’s dominance; introducing his Japanese teammates to manscaping or calling out play-acting in the modern game, no subject is off limits. Side-splittingly funny and ruthlessly honest, What A Flanker delves into the touring, drinking, training, eating and sometimes unconscionable antics of the professional rugby player. It’s an unforgettable read, even if there are some stories you’d rather forget… Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008403683 • Author: James Haskell • Publisher: HarperCollins • Format: Hardcover • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 24 x 15.9 x 3.3 cm

5 ({1})
£5.00 Was £12.00 RRP £20.00 Save £15.00 (75% Off RRP)

Rob Burrow is one of the greatest rugby league players of all time. And the most inspirational. As a boy, Rob was told he was too small to play the sport. Even when he made his debut for Leeds Rhinos, people wrote him off as a novelty. But Rob never stopped proving people wrong. In December 2019, Rob was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, a rare degenerative condition, and given a couple of years to live. He was only 37, not long retired and had three young children. When he went public with the devastating news, the outpouring of affection and support was extraordinary. When it became clear that Rob was going to fight it all the way, sympathy turned to awe. This is the story of a tiny kid who adored rugby league but never should have made it – and ended up in the Leeds hall of fame. It's the story of a man who resolved to turn a terrible predicament into something positive – when he could have thrown the towel in. Far more than a sports memoir, Too Many Reasons to Live is a story of boundless courage and infinite kindness. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529073249 • Author: Rob Burrow • Publisher: Macmillan • Format: Hardback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 3.4 cm

3.1 ({1})
£15.00 RRP £20.00 Save £5.00 (25% Off RRP)