New and Recommended Biography

Biography, authorised, auto- or otherwise. Lengthy; brief; exalted; infamous: we've chosen a variety of lives well lived.

The Man in the Red Coat

Julian Barnes

From the publisher:

The Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending takes us on a rich, witty tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel ...

Sleeping Letters

Marie-Elsa R. Bragg

From the publisher:

In a unique and remarkable mix of prose and poetry, and written partly as a series of unsent letters to both her mother and father, Sleeping Letters is a way of connecting to ...

Out Loud: A Memoir

Mark Morris and Wesley Stace

From the publisher:

This collective, led by Morris’s fiercely original vision, became the famed Mark Morris Dance Group. Suddenly, Morris was making a fast ascent.

Young Rembrandt: A Biography

Onno Blom, translated by Beverley Jackson

From the publisher:

Rembrandt’s life has always been an enigma. How did a miller’s son from a provincial Dutch town become the greatest artist in the world? With his formative years shrouded ...


Celia Paul

From the publisher:

I’m not a portrait painter. If I’m anything, I have always been an autobiographer.

Self-Portrait reveals a life truly lived through art. In this short, intimate memoir, ...

Reporter: A Memoir

Seymour M. Hersh

From the publisher:

‘Reporter is just wonderful. Truly a great life, and what shines out of the book, amid the low cunning and tireless legwork, is Hersh’s warmth and humanity. Essential ...