Biography

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History - Boris Johnson

'The point of the Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference.' Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most imp

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth, book review

One question screams from the pages of this book. How did the architect of the destruction of millions of European Jews remain at liberty for 15 years? The answer is uncomfortable and complex, as seen in this powerful account of the life of Adolf Eichmann

The Red Earl: The Extraordinary Life of the 16th Earl of Huntingdon - Selina Hastings

In The Red Earl Selina Hastings tells the extraordinary story of her father, Jack Hastings, 16th Earl of Huntingdon. In 1925, Hastings infuriated his ultra-conservative parents by turning his back on centuries of tradition to make a scandalous run-away ma

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story - Rick Bragg

Otherwise known as The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis has lived an extraordinary life. He spent his childhood raising hell in Louisiana and Mississippi; gave rock-and-roll its devil's edge with hit records like 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' and 'Great Balls of

The Red Earl: the Extraordinary Life of the 16th Earl of Huntingdon by Selina Hastings, review: 'stylish and affectionate'

Miranda Seymour admires a daughter's tribute to her enigmatic father Lord Huntingdon, a rebel aristocrat and friend to Diego Rivera

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer review

Bettina Stangneth's disturbing account of Adolf Eichmann's years in exile reveals the full extent of his cynicism, inhumanity and moral self-deceptionBefore the war, Adolf Eichmann, born in 1906, was the acknowledged "Jewish expert" of the SS, in charge o

From birth to mirth, Merton is telling it too straight

The deadpan comedian has another go at an autobiography, this time telling it straight.

A surprisingly gracious Mr Cleese

John Cleese’s frank, conversational memoir ends in 1969 with the formation of the Monty Python team, a brisk analysis of its dynamics and an affectionate postscript about the five surviving members’ lucrative farewell reunion at the 02 this year.

Anger Is an Energy review John Lydon's 'life uncensored'

The 'only truly terrifying singer rock'n'roll has ever known' defies his own stereotypeIn Lipstick Traces, the brilliant "secret history of the 20th century" in which Greil Marcus placed punk rock at the end of a long tradition of subversion and seditio

So, Anyway...: The Autobiography - John Cleese

Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter’s Preparatory School at the