No jokes, just great reads: biography releases to look out for this April

At My Story Told, our passion lies in capturing the intricacies of people’s memories and translating them into compelling narratives on paper. Our team of writers shares this enthusiasm for reading too – whether it’s a book based on fact or fiction! We’re dedicated to keeping you up to date on the latest and greatest releases in the world of biographical literature – offering recommendations from avid readers to fellow book lovers.

As April begins, we’re excited to present a selection of autobiographies, memoirs, and biographies that have recently appeared on bookshelves or are eagerly anticipated to hit stores by month’s end. Here are our top 5 picks for captivating reads to dive into this April:

Girl Unmasked: How Uncovering My Autism Saved My Life – Emily Katy

In a world where appearances often mask inner struggles, Emily’s story stands out. At first glance, she seemed like any other girl, leading an ordinary life yet beneath the surface, Emily grappled with the unshakable feeling that she was different. At 16, she finally uncovered the truth – she was autistic.

Girl Unmasked unveils Emily’s journey to this revelation and the difficult path she endured to get there. Authored with raw honesty only at the age of 21, Emily delves into the years before her diagnosis, where books and imagination became her sanctuary against the overwhelming pressures of school and the torment of OCD.

Misunderstood by a system ill-equipped to handle autism, Emily Katy found herself on the brink of despair, supported only by her loved ones. Post-diagnosis, Emily embarked on a quest to reclaim her identity, ultimately finding solace in her role as a mental health nurse, determined to assist others where she once felt failed. Girl Unmasked is not just a memoir but a testament to resilience, offering a unique glimpse into the autistic experience – reminding us all that embracing our differences can lead to true happiness.

 

Extraordinary: The Search for a Life Worth Living – Stephen Gillen

Embark on an astonishing journey through the gripping true story of a man deeply entrenched in the murky depths of London’s criminal underworld, a narrative that highlights as much about redemption as it does about crime.

From the grim confines of children’s homes to the notorious ranks of crime gangs, his pursuit of belonging led him down a treacherous path fraught with peril and betrayal. A pivotal moment arrived during a botched armed robbery, climaxing in a confrontation with law enforcement that resulted in a 15-year sentence as a Category A prisoner, rubbing shoulders with infamous inmates like Charles Bronson.

Despite despair, life in prison became the catalyst for an extraordinary transformation. Emerging as an international peace prize laureate, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Gillen’s journey from crime to humanitarianism epitomises the opportunity for redemption. His story is a testament to human resilience, offering hope and inspiration to all – serving as a poignant reminder of the power of second chances.

 

Me and Mr Jones: My Life with David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars – Suzi Ronson

In the early 1970s, Suzi Ronson’s life took an unexpected turn when she met David Bowie’s family at the hair salon where she worked. This chance encounter led Suzi into the vibrant and eclectic world of the Bowies, where she quickly became immersed in their bohemian lifestyle.

From crafting David’s iconic Ziggy Stardust hairstyle to becoming the sole woman in his touring entourage, Suzi’s journey with the Spiders from Mars took her across the globe. Amidst the whirlwind of costume mishaps, wild parties, and encounters with music legends like Iggy Pop and Bob Dylan, Suzi found love with Mick Ronson, Bowie’s guitarist.

Me and Mr Jones offers a dazzling and intimate glimpse into Suzi’s experiences, providing a unique perspective on one of music’s most enigmatic figures and capturing a pivotal moment in pop culture history. Suzi Ronson also delves into the complexities of life behind the music industry. Being one of the few women in a male-dominated realm, Suzi navigates the highs and lows of show business with resilience and wit. Through her eyes, readers are transported to a time of cultural transformation, where Suzi’s presence in the room serves as a reminder of the shifting power and evolving roles of women in the entertainment industry.

 

Running on Empty: 18,000 Miles Down Africa with Parkinson’s – Guy Deacon

In the captivating autobiography Running on Empty, Guy Deacon shares his awe-inspiring journey, marked by resilience and hope. At sixty, and battling Parkinson’s disease for over a decade, Guy embarked on a daring solo drive from the UK to Cape Town, spanning 18,000 miles across twenty-five countries.

This epic journey, completed in Deacon’s trusty VW Transporter over twelve months, braved numerous breakdowns, perilous roads, and even an emergency evacuation. Navigating through conflict zones and rough terrains, Guy’s determination shone through, despite the challenges posed by his condition.

Guy Deacon’s extraordinary expedition not only realised a lifelong dream but also served as a powerful platform to spotlight Parkinson’s disease, highlighting the urgent need for global awareness and support. Running on Empty is a testament to Guy’s unbreakable spirit and the boundless possibilities one can experience when they have courage in the face of extreme adversity.

 

Forever Max – Kerry Irving

A dog can be more than just a best friend. Sometimes they can be our hero.

In the poignant conclusion to Max the Miracle Dog’s remarkable journey, we witness the enduring impact of a loyal companion. Max, the Springer Spaniel, entered Kerry Irving’s life following a traumatic accident, becoming not only a cherished pet but also a symbol of hope and resilience.

Over the span of a decade, Max touched countless lives worldwide, inspiring charitable efforts and spreading joy wherever he went. In Forever Max, Kerry and his faithful companions, Paddy and Harry, embark on their final adventures in the scenic Lake District, reflecting on Max’s profound influence and adjusting to his twilight years. This heartfelt tribute, following the bestselling Max the Miracle Dog, honours the memory of a beloved furry friend and the enduring legacy he leaves behind.

 

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