Autobiographies

Yes it’s Thursday again which means that of course it is Booking Through Thursday day, what would I do if Booking Through Thursday didn’t exist? Anyway the question this week was all about celebrity autobiographies. Asking us “do you read celebrity memoirs? Which ones have you read or do you want to read? Which nonexistent celebrity memoirs would you like to see?”

I had a real phase in around 2000 – 2002 of reading any celebrity memoirs that I could get my hands on from the Spice Girls as they dished the dirt to TV stars in general I definitely had a real interest in all things fame based but that was in my early twenties. Were any of them good or life changing, in honestly no not really and so I stopped buying them. My family however didn’t and until about two Christmases ago I was still receiving at least three or four autobiographies of current celebs from varying family members. I have to admit (and sorry if they are reading) generally I haven’t read any of them and they are collecting dust in a TBR pile under the stairs, its shameful. I think I overdosed on them at the time.

However not long before last Christmas (autobiographies always make me think of Christmas now which is weird) I found I had accumulated four because people who were famous but I actually wanted to read about their pasts and their family history’s rather than any beans they had to spill released books. I admit I have still not read two of them but they are definitely creeping up the TBR pile. The ones I haven’t read yet are ‘Just Me’ by the actress Sheila Hancock (because I haven’t read her first one ‘The Two Of Us’ and things need to be read in order) the other is the comedienne Julie Walters (who I think is wonderful) ‘That’s Another Story’. The ones I did read were Alan Carr’s ‘Look Who It Is’ and possibly my favourite autobiographical read yet ‘Dear Fatty’ by Dawn French which is just superb both funny and sad but most importantly real. Yes the odd celeb she has met pops up but there isn’t any dirt dishing and actually the book stops before she becomes very famous. I honestly loved it.

What autobiographies would I like to read? At the moment I have to say I can’t think of a famous person I would like to read all about. I have, just yesterday, picked up a copy of an autobiography of one of my all time favourite writers but more on that tomorrow, isn’t it weird I was planning to do a blog on something similar in a day, small world. I would actually, thinking about it, really like to read Obama’s book, but that seems a little bit ‘on trend’ and jumping on the bandwagon, but I bet they are incredibly interesting. I guess I will have to keep thinking about that one, it’s a puzzle. What about all of you?

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25 responses to “Autobiographies

  1. dirt dishing is something I don’t like in Celebrity novels too. Thats the main reason I stay away from them.

    Dear Fatty has such a cute cover, never heard of any of the books you mentioned, except Obama’s. But I’m not reading it for the same reason you mentioned here 🙂

    • I used to love dirt dishing, I mean we all like a bit of a gossip, however I think in a boko of your life if thats all you have to say then you simply not for me anymore.

  2. Dot

    I really enjoyed Alan Carr’s autobiography too, I keep meaning to get a copy of Dear Fatty, glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

  3. I read Dreams of my Father last year before Obama was elected. Would definitely encourage you to read it.

    • Thanks very much for the recommendation Shari! I will definately give Obamas books a go I just want to wait until its not such a “trendy” read if you know what I mean. I always find reading the same book on public transport as someone else very like wearing same outfit as someone else at a party! Unless its a book group!

  4. I’ve read two of them, but that’s about it. I’m not a huge fan of celebrity memoirs.

    • I only read ones I am really interested in! There’s so much great fiction out there but real life can sometimes be much more interesting! Though not those awful tragedy stories!

  5. Jo

    Dear fatty sounds good. I think my Mum’s got it so maybe I’ll try that when I visit in the summer. That would brng my total to 2 read! It’s not something I even look at very often.

  6. Missy

    Dear Fatty looks interesting…I think I would enjoy it.

    As a rule, I don’t read very many celebrity memoirs. I enjoy memoirs about every day people and authors mostly. I loved The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, and When Katie Wakes by Connie May Fowler.

    http://missysbooknook.blogspot.com/2009/07/booking-through-thursday-celebrities.html

  7. Book Psmith

    I am so glad to hear that you liked Dear Fatty. This will be out in paperback in late August in the US and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks to another review of the book, I watched The Vicar of Dibley for the first time this year and now our whole family is addicted to the show. I love autobiographies, memoirs, etc…I am rereading one of favorites right now…Jacques Pepin’s The Apprentice.

  8. I like to read them sometimes if I’m a particular fan of someone’s. They’re fun.

  9. Looks like a lot of people are in the same boat as far as celebrities.. Biographies about important figures seem to be the better choice.
    Wonder what your post will be on tomorrow? dejavu for you.
    My post is up also at The Burton Review

  10. Dear Fatty sounds interesting! Thanx for the mention!! I’ll have to check it out!
    Have a great weekend!

  11. Biographies are great but like autobiographies they can be very one sided and biased! I also find it depends on the biographer!
    I do like fictionalised biographical books like Daphne which I read this week!

  12. CarolineC

    I’m not usually a fan of celebrity memoirs and havn’t actually read any. I quite like authors and ordinary folk memoirs like gypsy traveller stories for instance, as mentined in a previous comment. Looking through what I have read this year, I ‘ve enjoyed The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan ( He is a lovely chap too, went to his book signing and chat at Waterstones) Also loved Cider with Rosie. Recently read the Monty Hall book Beachcomber Cottage, living a crofters life in western scotland. One of my very faves is Castles In The Air by the author Judy Corbett, Judy and her husband bought and renovated a 16th century castle in Wales. I bought Dear Fatty for my neighbour recently and may have to borrow it back now.

    • I am going to have to look these up as, like many of the people have posted and mentioned on here, I do like autobiographies or memoirs of regular people through the ages. I just find them hard to come across in shops or to know whats good and whats not.

  13. uncertainprinciples

    I’ve been meaning to read Obama’s books as well, specially Dreams of my Father. Apparently, there’s an audiobook of Audacity Of Hope, which he has recited himself, so I’m quite tempted to get that.

    Happy Thursday.

    • I would imagine having Obama speaking it in your ear would definately add to the whole concept. It almost makes me tempted to get an audio book and I dont normally like them at all.

  14. I might have to add Dear Fatty to the queue. I’m not surprised that Dawn French keeps it real. On and off camera, she always has.

    I’m not interested in dirty chatter, I want substance. Meat Loaf’s To Hell and Back is funny and gives insight into the music industry. Michael Crawford’s autobiography is chock-full of British comedy, and I would expect nothing less from him. On the other side, the memoirs of Anthony Rapp and Betty DeGeneres are extremely honest and personal. After reading each, I came away with Something.

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