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Old 01-09-2009, 01:03   #1
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Biographies

Not something I read too often being mainly a SF/Fantasy junkie but have read a few good uns so lets list and recomend..

One Good Run: The Legend of Burt Munro - Tim Hanna
A cracking story about 'The fastest Indian' bloke. Some the movie kind of covers in a generic way (some of the movie is fantasy as you'd expect), doubly intresting for me as it gives a great view of what NZ and especialy the areas I live in and visit were like at the time.

Humble Pie - Gordon Ramsay
Quick but intresting look at where he came from an what drives him. OK prehaps one sided but its a grim tale at times.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:28   #2
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If Chins Could Kill (Bruce Campbell) was a great book - highly recommended.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:45   #3
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Young Stalin is an amazing read. Made me go right out and buy the prequel Court of the Red Tzar

The Hitler biographies by Ian Kershaw are also stunning, but far more heavy going than the Stalin ones above.

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Have read bigrpahies on Tim Burton, David Lynch, Stan Lee, Bruce Lee and enjoyed them all.
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Don't normally read biographies, but I thoroughly enjoyed Groucho & Me by Groucho Marx - obviously, if you're not a fan of Marx Bros humour, you probably won't get much out of it.
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A good Bruce Lee biography has been written by Davis Miller The Tao of Bruce Lee
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A good Bruce Lee biography has been written by Davis Miller The Tao of Bruce Lee
The one I read was called Fighting Spirit by Bruce Thomas which was very detailed.
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I'm not a bio reader but did read Bill Oddies Autobio, One Flew Into The Cuckoo's Egg the other week and found that quite interesting. I have a copy of David Attenborough's Life On Air but I want to get a copy from the library to read as I don't want to ruin my autographed copy but really want to read it.

EDIT: have just reserved a copy from the library. I like the ELAN online library service, makes using the library here so easy!

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Old 02-09-2009, 19:51   #9
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The bio of Sonny Barger is a pretty good read.
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How about a book about Houdini? Read this a couple of years ago and it's fascinating.
Plenty of stuff that I didn't know about him, including his debubking of psychics and his battle of wits with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Secret Life Of Houdini
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William Hauges's William Wilberforce bio is fantastic. I also enjoyed Hattersleys one of Churchill
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