Autobiography reviews

Autobiography reviews, looking at some of the best new biography and autobiography publications, including hardback and paperback releases, new authors and the review of existing books.

I, Partridge by Steve Coogan review

I, Partridge by Steve Coogan review

Steve Coogan has been a comedy legend for more than 20 years and I, Partridge brings the entire length and indeed breadth of his career together in the life and times of his most famous character, Alan Partridge. From glorious birth to slight North Norfolk Radio celebrity, its filled with laughs on every page and(…)

Ian Dury The Definitive Biography by Will Birch review

Ian Dury The Definitive Biography by Will Birch review

Ian Dury The Definitive Biography by Will Birch takes you pretty much from the cradle to the crave of one of Britain’s iconic proto-punk icons. Though it’s a long old read with occasional lulls, there’s always enough to keep you reading about the life of Dury, told through Will Birch’s meticulously researched biography. It’s not(…)

Life, Keith Richards

Life, Keith Richards

When you’ve had the kind of life that Keith Richards has had, you can definitely get away with calling your autobiography Life. Spanning the better part of half a century it takes in his upbringing in Dartford, the formation and development of the Rolling Stones, their rise to superstardom in the sixties and the uppers(…)

Love Is A Mix Tape, by Rob Sheffield

Love Is A Mix Tape, by Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield’s Love Is A Mix Tape puts a whole new perspective on the era defining memoir. In amongst its tape bound monologue you get both a closer than close insight into the hardest loss to bear, as well as a musical window back to the days when tape was king and Nirvana was everything.(…)

Starstruck, by Cosmo Landesman

Starstruck, by Cosmo Landesman

Cosmo Landesman’s Starstruck is a brilliant account of the story of fame set against the backdrop of his own starstruck, mad cap family. No aspect of the so-called rise of the importance of celebrity is missed out, but without the cleverly crafted story of Landesmania! the book could have been an essay on lime light.(…)

A Freewheelin’ Time by Suze Rotolo

A Freewheelin’ Time by Suze Rotolo

I wanted to read A Freewheelin’ Time as soon as I heard about it. I love Bob Dylan’s Positively 4th Street and I’d read that it was either written about the end of his relationship with Suze Rotolo, or the way some of the folkies turned their back on their rising star. Either way, A(…)

Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook review

Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook review

Despite having one of the stupidest names in the history of literature, My Booky Wook by Russell Brand is a heartwarming autobiography, with sweet tales of addiction, prostitution and dreams. I guess everyone knows a fair bit about Rusty Rockets from the diabolical stories printed about this tortured soul in the trash rag magazines and(…)

Marching Powder by Rusty Young review

Marching Powder by Rusty Young review

Rusty Young’s biography on the life and times of Thomas McFadden during his incarceration in San Pedro, Bolivia’s most notorious prison, for smuggling cocaine is