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Addicted (1998 – Arsenal and England footballer) Click to show or hide the answer
Open (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969 – the first of six volumes) Click to show or hide the answer
Ooh! What a Lovely Pair! (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
A Fortunate Life (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
Polly Wants a Zebra (1974) Click to show or hide the answer
Opening Up (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Life On Air (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
My Animals and Other Family (2012) Click to show or hide the answer
The First Four Minutes (1955) Click to show or hide the answer
Little Girl Lost (1990, aged 15) Click to show or hide the answer
Both Feet on the Ground, My Side (both 2003) Click to show or hide the answer
Learning to Fly (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Borstal Boy (autobiographical novel, 1958); Confessions of an Irish Rebel ('Posthumous further memoirs', 1965) – died in 1964 aged 41 Click to show or hide the answer
The Wolf of Wall Street (2007 – filmed in 2013 starring Leonardo DiCaprio) Click to show or hide the answer
Jolly Green Giant (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Lost and Found (2010), There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You (2014) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
The Good, the Bad and the Bubbly (1999), Blessed (2001), Scoring at Half Time (2003), Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Summoned by Bells (verse autobiography, 1960) Click to show or hide the answer
How Did All This Happen? (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
A Journey (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
That's Not All Folks! (1988) Click to show or hide the answer
My Shit Life So Far (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Look Back in Hunger (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
My Life, Our Times (2017) Click to show or hide the answer
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666, about his early spiritual struggles) Click to show or hide the answer
A Postillion Struck by Lightning (1977), Snakes and Ladders (1978), An Orderly Man (1983), Backcloth (1986), A Particular Friendship (1989), Great Meadow (1992), A Short Walk from Harrod's (1993), Cleared for Take–Off (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Let's Get Through Wednesday (1979) Click to show or hide the answer
I Chose to Climb (1966), The Next Horizon (1973), The Everest Years (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
Don't Tell Kath (1994), Head On (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Take It Like a Man (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
My Booky Wook (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Losing my Virginity (1998) Click to show or hide the answer
Testament of Youth (1933), Testament of Experience (1957) Click to show or hide the answer
My Left Foot (1954; later expanded into the novel Down all the Days, 1970) Click to show or hide the answer
My Life, Our Times (2017) Click to show or hide the answer
From Zero to Hero (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (2006 – childhood memoirs) Click to show or hide the answer
Memory Hold–the–Door (1940 – published in the USA as Pilgrim's Way) Click to show or hide the answer
I Used to Be an Animal, but I'm All Right Now (1986); Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
What's It All About? (1992), The Elephant to Hollywood (2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Time and Chance (1987 – memoirs) Click to show or hide the answer
The Lonely Sea and the Sky (1964) Click to show or hide the answer
To Be Honest With You (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Voice of an Angel (2001, aged 14), Keep Smiling (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Kind of Blue: a Political Memoir (2016) Click to show or hide the answer
A Young Man's Passage (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
So, Anyway (2014) Click to show or hide the answer
Politics: Between the Extremes (2016) Click to show or hide the answer
Living History (2003), Hard Choices (2014), What Happened (2017) Click to show or hide the answer
The World Was My Lobster (2013 – died 2015) Click to show or hide the answer
The Point of Departure (2003 – died 2005) Click to show or hide the answer
High Hopes (2000) Click to show or hide the answer
May I Have Your Attention Please (2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Present Indicative (1934), Future Perfect (1952) Click to show or hide the answer
The Naked Civil Servant (1968) Click to show or hide the answer
Call Me Lucky (1953) Click to show or hide the answer
Walking Tall (2007), How to be a Footballer (2018) Click to show or hide the answer
Boy: Tales of Childhood (1984), Going Solo (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
The Autobiography of a Super–Tramp (1908 – Welsh poet) Click to show or hide the answer
A Clown Too Many (1985), No Tears for the Clown (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
Grand Inquisitor (memoirs – 1989) Click to show or hide the answer
Overture and Beginners (1975 – husband and wife "double autobiography") Click to show or hide the answer
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Take Me Home (1994 – died 1997) Click to show or hide the answer
Confessions of an English Opium–Eater (1821) Click to show or hide the answer
The Duke: What a Bobby Dazzler (2003) Click to show or hide the answer
Out of Africa (1937) Click to show or hide the answer
Growing Pains: the Shaping of a Writer (1977) Click to show or hide the answer
My Family and Other Animals (1956 – childhood memoirs) Click to show or hide the answer
So Far, So Good (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (memoir, 2000) Click to show or hide the answer
It's Not What You Think (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Twin Ambitions (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
Managing My Life (1999) Click to show or hide the answer
The Galloping Major: My Life in Singular Times (1994) Click to show or hide the answer
Sing As We Go (1960) Click to show or hide the answer
Living Dangerously (1987), Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Postcards from the Edge (1987 – semi–autobiographical novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Ashes to Ashes (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Who's Sorry Now? (1984) Click to show or hide the answer
The Sport of Queens (1957 – preceded any of his novels) Click to show or hide the answer
The Diary of a Young Girl (published posthumously in Dutch 1947, English 1952) Click to show or hide the answer
Dear Fatty (2008 – letters to "different people who have been in her life") Click to show or hide the answer
Moab is my Washpot (1997), More Fool Me (2014) Click to show or hide the answer
The Story of My Experiments with Truth (1927) Click to show or hide the answer
Noa Noa: My Voyage to Tahiti (1919) Click to show or hide the answer
Is That It? (1986) Click to show or hide the answer
Bobby Dazzler: My Story (2006) – English former darts player Click to show or hide the answer
Forever In My Heart, Fighting to the End, How It All Began (all 2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Dazzler (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Still Dancing (1985) Click to show or hide the answer
Goodbye to All That (1929) Click to show or hide the answer
8 volumes of theatre–related and personal memoirs, An Unnatural Pursuit (1985), and the critically acclaimed trilogy The Smoking Diaries (2004–2008).  (See also Playwrights.) Click to show or hide the answer
Blessings in Disguise (1985) Click to show or hide the answer
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965 – ghost writer) Click to show or hide the answer
The Didi Man: My Love Affair with Liverpool (2012) Click to show or hide the answer
On the Edge (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
The Two of Us (2004), Just Me (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
I Me Mine (1980) Click to show or hide the answer
Listen To My Music (1957) Click to show or hide the answer
Life in the Jungle (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
To Be a Matador (1972) Click to show or hide the answer
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (1977 – facsimile edition of personal nature notes from 1906) Click to show or hide the answer
Barefaced Lies and Boogie–Woogie Boasts (2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Black, White and Gold (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
I Owe Russia $2,000 (1963), The Last Christmas Show (1976), The Road to Hollywood (1977) Click to show or hide the answer
1966 and All That (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Playing with Fire (2004) Click to show or hide the answer
The Doors of Perception (short book, 1954, about his experiences with mescaline – from which the rock group The Doors took their name) Click to show or hide the answer
Moon Walk (1988) Click to show or hide the answer
My Life (2013) – pages mixed up with the latest Bridget Jones saga by the publisher Click to show or hide the answer
This Boy: Memoirs of Childhood (2013), Please, Mister Postman (2014), The Long and Winding Road (2016) – Labour MP, Home Secretary 2009–10 Click to show or hide the answer
Honest (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
The Sound of Laughter (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Rene and Me (1989) Click to show or hide the answer
An Evil Cradling (1993 – about his time as a hostage in Beirut) Click to show or hide the answer
The Story of My Life (1903), The World I Live In (1908), Out of the Dark (1913), My Religion (1927 – posthumously revised and republished in 1994 as Light In My Darkness), Let Us Have Faith (1940), Click to show or hide the answer
Scum of the Earth (1941), Arrows in the Blue (1952) Click to show or hide the answer
From Drags to Riches (1987) Click to show or hide the answer
Fly Me, I'm Freddie! (1981) Click to show or hide the answer
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922) Click to show or hide the answer
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life (2016) Click to show or hide the answer
Tall, Dark and Gruesome (1977, 1999; reissued in 2004 as Lord of Misrule) Click to show or hide the answer
Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out one Midsummer Morning (1969), A Moment of War (1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Rogue Trader (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Avowed Intent (1994) Click to show or hide the answer
Full Circle (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
Angela's Ashes (1996 – Pulitzer Prize 1997), 'Tis (1999), Teacher Man (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Serious (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Woman of Today (memoirs, 2002) Click to show or hide the answer
You Can Get There from Here (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Winds of Change (1966), The Blast of War (1967), Tides of Fortune (1969), Riding the Storm (1971), Pointing the Way (1972), At the End of the Day (1973) Click to show or hide the answer
Long Walk to Freedom (1994) Click to show or hide the answer
Brung Up Proper (2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Set the Boy Free (2016) Click to show or hide the answer
A Ring of Bright Water (1960 – a best–selling description of his life on the West coast of Scotland and an otter called Mijbil, which he had brought back from Iraq); sequels The Rocks Remain (1963), Raven Seek Thy Brother (1968) Click to show or hide the answer
Bigger than Hitler, Better than Christ (2005 – described by Wikipedia as "an 'in–character' semi–fictionalised autobiography") Click to show or hide the answer
Rum, Bum and Concertina (Navy memoirs – 1977) Click to show or hide the answer
Big Sur and the Oranges of Heironymous Bosch (1957) Click to show or hide the answer
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1971); "Rommel?" "Gunner who?": a Confrontation in the Desert (1974); Monty: My Part in His Victory (1976): Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall (1978) Click to show or hide the answer
Momentum (2002; author died 2005) Click to show or hide the answer
More or Less (1978) Click to show or hide the answer
Autobiography (2013) – controversially first published as a Penguin Classic Click to show or hide the answer
Chronicles of Wasted Time: Part 1 The Green Stick (1972), Part 2 The Infernal Grove (1973) Click to show or hide the answer
A Kentish Lad (1997 – died 1998) Click to show or hide the answer
Secret Society (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Spend, Spend, Spend (1977) Click to show or hide the answer
The Moon's a Balloon (1972), Bring On the Empty Horses (1975) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Under the Eye of the Clock (1987 – told in the third person) Click to show or hide the answer
And Why Not (as I never did say) (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Changing Trains (1996) – Parliamentary Under–Secretary of State for Transport, and Minister for Transport in London, 1992–7 Click to show or hide the answer
Dreams from my Father (1995 – re–issued in 2004 and 2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Becoming (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Country Girl (2012) Click to show or hide the answer
Homage to Catalonia (1938 – a personal account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War) Click to show or hide the answer
A Better Class of Person (1981), Almost a Gentleman (1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Survivor (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
A Life in Questions (2016) Click to show or hide the answer
Psycho (2000) – former England footballer (78 caps, 1987–99) Click to show or hide the answer
Margrave of the Marshes (2005, posthumous) Click to show or hide the answer
A Stupid Boy (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
The Bell Jar (1963 – autobiographical novel, published less than a month before her death) Click to show or hide the answer
My American Journey (1995 – published in the UK as A Soldier's Way) Click to show or hide the answer
Humble Pie (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
The Colditz Story (1952) Click to show or hide the answer
My Farce from my Elbow (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Memoirs of an Unfit Mother (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Known and Unknown (2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Unleashed (1997 – England cricketer) Click to show or hide the answer
Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man (1928), Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930), Sherston's Progress (1936) – fictionalised autobiographies: the "Sherston trilogy" Click to show or hide the answer
Bonkers: My Life in Laughs (2013) Click to show or hide the answer
As It Happens (1974) – republished in paperback 1976 as Love is an Uphill Thing Click to show or hide the answer
It Doesn't Take a Hero (1992) Click to show or hide the answer
Strawberries and Cream (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Clown Prince of Soccer (1955) Click to show or hide the answer
The World at My Feet (1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Slide Rule: The Autobiography of an Engineer (1954) Click to show or hide the answer
If I Did It (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Toast: the Story of a Boy's Hunger (2003 – adapted for BBC TV 2010) Click to show or hide the answer
Unwrapped (2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Bermondsey Boy (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) – not an autobiography at all, but it probably tells us more about the author than about its purported subject; otherwise unclassifiable, so all in all this seems as good a place as any to include it Click to show or hide the answer
Playing for Keeps (2003) Click to show or hide the answer
Testing Times: in Pursuit of the Ashes (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
King of Clubs (1996) Click to show or hide the answer
If I Don't Write It, Nobody Else Will (2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Upwardly Mobile (1988) Click to show or hide the answer
The Downing Street Years (1993), The Path to Power (1995) Click to show or hide the answer
This Time Next Week (1964), In My Wildest Dreams (1984) Click to show or hide the answer
Stand Up Pinocchio (2008 – Liverpool footballer and coach) Click to show or hide the answer
Rising from the Ashes (2005) – described in the Press as "English cricket's most disturbed player" and in his publisher's blurb as "England's best batsman of the last decade" Click to show or hide the answer
Trowel and Error (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
A Point of View (1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Mr Bevan's Dream: Why Britain Needs Its Welfare State (1989); Public Confessions of a Middle–Aged Woman (aged 55¾) (2001 – collected from a monthly column in Sainsbury's Magazine) Click to show or hide the answer
Coming Back to Me (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Roughing It (1872 – describing his stagecoach journeys through the Wild West) Click to show or hide the answer
Dear Me (1977) Click to show or hide the answer
Calling the Shots: the Captain's Story (2005); Time to Declare (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Palimpsest (1995), Point to Point Navigation (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Courting Triumph (1978) Click to show or hide the answer
Taken on Trust (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
Camp David (2012) Click to show or hide the answer
That's Another Story (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Jack of All Trades (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Auto da Fay (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It (1959, revised 1970) Click to show or hide the answer
Quite Contrary (1993) Click to show or hide the answer
Evening All: 50 Years over a Hot Typewriter (1991) Click to show or hide the answer
The Heart Has Its Reasons (1956) Click to show or hide the answer
Don't Laugh at Me, Cos I'm a Fool (2 volumes, both 1992) Click to show or hide the answer
Grasmere Journal (diary – published in 1897, 42 years after her death) Click to show or hide the answer
The Prelude (autobiographical poem – published 1850, three months after his death) Click to show or hide the answer

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