5 must-have biographies for your Christmas List

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year – a time for holiday spirit, spending time with loved ones and festivities. Though, amongst the holly and jolly, Christmas can also be a rather stressful period; sending Christmas cards to everyone you know, planning the all-important Christmas dinner, or finding that perfect gift. With all the festive chaos, what better way to unwind than with a good book.  

As we take time to relax and reflect over this festive period, here are five great biography and auto-biography recommendations that reflect on the lives of iconic individuals – past and present. 

 

Friends, lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

The late Matthew Perry, most known for his beloved portrayal of Chandler Bing in the hit show ‘Friends’, takes readers behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction, in a perfectly candid, funny, and revelatory way.  

Starting with his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and his recovery in the wake of a life-threatening health scare, Matthew Perry recounts both the extreme highs and extreme lows of his life, laying everything bare for the world to see. Now one of the best-selling books of 2023, ‘Friends, lovers and the Big Terrible Thing’ is the perfect read for the avid friends fan, or a reader who adores an inspirational tale.  

 

KAMMY: The Funny and Moving Autobiography by the broadcasting legend by Chris Kamara 

In a comedic all-revealing autobiography, broadcasting legend Chris Kamara, better known as ‘Kammy’, tells the stories behind the most iconic moments of his career – even the real story behind his infamous line, ‘I don’t know, Jeff!’.  

Kammy – Presenter, commentator, footballer, manager and campaigner extraordinaire, also invites readers into his past and present struggles. Chris Kamara opens up about his tough upbringing, being faced with racism during his playing career, and in recent years his battle with a rare brain condition – apraxia – that has affected his speech and seen him say goodbye to Sky Sports. With courage and his infectious smile, Kammy shows readers the power of overcoming life’s challenges.  

 

My Name is Barbra by Barbra Streisand

In this highly anticipated Sunday Times Bestseller, the iconic Barbra Streisand tells her own story about her life and extraordinary career, spanning over six decades. From her childhood in Brooklyn, to becoming a star in the making within the New York nightclub scene, to her breakout performance in Funny Girl, Streisand recounts her journey as though she were having a conversation with a friend – the legend remains her frank, funny, opinionated, and charming self.   

Whether a devoted fan of Streisand’s or a self-deemed film or musical buff, My name is Barbara is the ideal addition to your Christmas list.  

 

Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson 

Controversial as he may be, Elon Musk is a name that is known by all. With a career full of epic triumphs and epic failures, Musk’s story is nothing short of baffling. Author Walter Isaacson encapsulates Musk’s transition from a bullied kid in South Africa, to a rule-breaking visionary, who helped lead the world into the era of electric vehicles. Musk’s story of personal triumph and differing public opinion leaves readers with the impending question – Is Elon Musk ‘a genius or a jerk?’. 

  

Winkle: The Extraordinary Life of Britain’s Greatest Pilot by Paul Beaver 

Captain Eric ‘Winke’ Brown was a British Royal Navy officer and test pilot who flew 487 types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history. Despite his extraordinary flying career and achieving a litany of new records and firsts as a test pilot, Brown’s selfless contribution to Britain is known by few, but should be known by all. 

Written by Paul Beaver, this outstanding biography outlines the decorated veteran’s astonishing experiences and missions, some of which will leave readers gasping in shock and turning page after page. A riveting read for budding historians or anyone that wants to learn more about the unsung hero.  

 

Share your story 

No matter what time of year, at My Story Told, we understand the importance of reflection and the meaning of one’s personal story – as no two lives are the same. My Story Told is here to help transfer your unique memories to paper, so that they live on in a beautiful biography, the perfect gift to yourself and your loved ones.