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Booky Wook 2 - This Time Its Personal

Author: Russell Brand

Publisher: Harper Collins (2010)

My Booky Wook was one of the most revered and successful celebrity autobiographies of all time (not including the Bible or anything by Jordan). The honesty, mayhem and scandal made it as riveting and fanciful as anything found in fiction. In Booky Wook 2, this award- winning achievement is surpassed as Russell charts his rise from crack-house junky to Hollywood star, indulging in sexual excesses that make Caligula seem like a prudish spinster. On his quest to find true love, Russell encountered thousands of women, often three or four at a time (for efficiency), and his dizzying ambition led to chaos and controversy that could have landed him in prison and left the BBC in ruins. This is the story of what happens when insatiable desire meets limitless opportunity and when a chancer from the wrong side of the tracks is given the keys to the palace. This riot of self-indulgence would be rampaging still but for a tossed bottle to the head from one of the world's biggest pop stars. Can true love conquer all? Is it a more powerful force than the raging libido of a professional madman? The answer lies inside. I was born to be famous, but it took decades for me to convey this entitlement to an indifferent world and suspicious job centres - both presumed me a nitwit, possibly with good reason as I was brilliantly disguised as a scruff-bag. I often query the significance of sexuality in my pursuit of success. Is the reappropriation of biological drive the engine of ambition? Is that what's compelling me forward? What's getting me out of bed in the morning? Back into bed at night? Is that what's keeping me in bed hour after hour with strangers, exchanging the baton of my lust as they pass beneath the sheets in the relay of my needs? Olympic promiscuity The carnal flame forever burning.

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Borstal Girl

Authors: Eileen MacKenney, John F McDonald

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Ltd (2011)

A unique female memoir of a tough, south London childhood growing up in the 1940s and '50s and spending time in borstal and among London's villains.

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Botham: My Autobiography

Author: Ian Botham

Publisher: Collinswillow (1994)

Ian Botham’s bestselling autobiography is an intriguing cocktail of sex and drugs allegations, personal upheavals, confrontations with his peers, and remarkable achievements both on and off the field. From his heroic deeds against the Aussies art Headingly in 1981 through to the dark clouds surrounding the court case with Imran Khan, from battling in the mud for Scunthorpe United FC to walking half the length of the country for Leukaemia Research, it’s all here in this unforgettable story of a truly larger-than-life character.

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Boy - Tales Of Childhood

Authors: Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

Publisher: Puffin (2013)

Throughout his young days at school and just afterwards, a number of things happened to Roald Dahl, which made such a tremendous impression he never forgot them. Boy is the remarkable story of Roald Dahl's childhood; tales of exciting and strange things - some funny, some frightening, all true.

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Boy Erased: A Memoir Of Identity, Faith And Family

Author: Garrard Conley

Publisher: William Collins (2018)

The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalised Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heartbreaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.

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Boy Soldiers Of The Great War

Author: Richard Van Emden

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (2012)

The youngest soldier who fought in the Great War is believed to have been just twelve years old. Many thousands of other boys are known to have faked eye tests, inflated their small chests and stood on tiptoes to bluff their way into a war of unforeseen horror. How and why so many under-aged boys were able to get to the battlefields is a complex mystery of World War I, and until Richard van Emden's classic account, largely unexplored. Boy Soldiers of the Great War tells for the first time the incredible stories of the boys who went to fight for their country. Richard van Emden, having amassed a unique collection of personal testimonies and hitherto unpublished diaries and letters, brings to life their stories of heroism and sacrifice.

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Boys In The Trees: A Memoir

Author: Carly Simon

Publisher: Constable (2015)

Carly Simon is a household name. She was the staple of the '70s and '80s Billboard charts and was famously married to James Taylor with whom she has two children. She has had a career that has spanned four decades, resulting in thirteen top 40 hits, including the Number 1 song 'You're So Vain', numerous Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her song 'Let the River Run' (from the film Working Girl). Boys in the Trees is a rhapsodic, beautifully composed memoir of a young woman's coming of age amongst the glamorous literati and intelligentsia of Manhattan (her father was Richard Simon, co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster), a reflection on a life begun amidst secrets and shame, and a powerful story of the strength to leave that all behind and forge a path of art, music and love in the Golden Age of folk and rock.

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Breaking The Silence

Author: Jo Milne

Publisher: Coronet (2015)

Jo Milne had already lived a lifetime surrounded by silence, profoundly deaf from birth, when she began to lose her sight. Just before turning thirty, Jo was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, a rare genetic and progressive condition that will one day rob her of her sight altogether. In 2014 she made a life-changing decision to undergo major surgery. She had cochlear implants fitted allowing her to hear for the first time. Every moment of Jo's days since the operation has become a journey of discovery.

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Call The Midlife

Author: Chris Evans

Publisher: W&N (2015)

During his run into turning FIFTY, CHRIS EVANS is on a MISSION. To take stock of WHERE HE IS and WHERE HE'S AT in order to figure out how BEST to get the MOST out of what he BELIEVES are the BEST YEARS yet to come.

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Cheryl: My Story

Author: Cheryl Cole

Publisher: Harper Collins (2012)

When Cheryl Cole was a little girl all she wanted to do was perform. Growing up in Newcastle, she dreamed of one day appearing on TV. Cheryl followed that dream, and shot to fame at the age of eighteen as a member of Girls Aloud. Since then she has dominated both the charts – and the headlines. Along the way there have been highs and lows – from the exciting early days of being in a band to making her debut as a solo artist; her fairytale marriage to Ashley Cole to the heartache of having the paparazzi capture her every move when it ended; and her immense popularity as a judge on the UK X Factor to the challenges she faced on the show in the US. Always a true fighter, Cheryl emerged from every challenge stronger and now, for the first time, she’s ready to set the record straight and tell her story her way – straight from the heart.

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