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Stuck for a Biography to read this month?

Marlborough Library's Book Club meets on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm.

Each month we have a theme that members can choose to read from (or not!).

April's theme is 'biographies'. Everyone has a story so we're diving into life stories.

Our next book club meeting will be held 6.30 pm, Thursday 2 May, at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim).

See below for some biography recommendations from the library staff.

Spectacles by Sue Perkins 92PER

Sue Perkins has been charming Britain with her own unique brand of wit since the mid-90s. Alongside long-term presenting partner Mel Giedroyc, she has worked on numerous television projects including BBC1's phenomenally successful 'The Great British Bake Off'. However, punning about buns is just one string to Sue's substantial broadcasting bow. She also regularly pops up on the nation's favourite television and radio panel shows and has sold out two stand-up tours. This is her memoir.

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Educated by Tara Westover 92WES

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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Whipping Boy: the forty-year search for my twelve-year-old bully by Allen Kurzweil 92KUR

Equal parts childhood memoir and literary thriller, Whipping Boy chronicles prize-winning author Allen Kurzweil’s search for his twelve-year-old nemesis, a bully named Cesar Augustus. The obsessive inquiry, which spans some forty years, takes Kurzweil all over the world, from a Swiss boarding school (where he endures horrifying cruelty) to the slums of Manila, from the Park Avenue boardroom of the world’s largest law firm to a federal prison camp in Southern California.

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: a sortabiography by Eric Idle 92IDL

Best known for his unforgettable roles in Monty Python, from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this brilliantly entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named after the song he wrote for Life of Brian that has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the off-beat humour that has delighted audiences for decades. Now he enters his anecdotage as the last word in Python memoirs, and the last of this extraordinary group to tell his story. 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is celebrating the occasion with this laugh-out-loud memoir, chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life that features everyone from Princess Leia to the Queen.

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Once While Travelling: the Lonely Planet story by Tony Wheeler 910.20922

Once While Travelling: The Lonely Planet Story is a unique mix of autobiography, corporate history and travel book. It traces Tony and Maureen Wheeler's personal story as well as the often bumpy evolution of their business into the world's largest independent travel publishing company. Above all, their memoir reveals the spirit of adventure that has made them, according to the New York Daily News, 'the specialists in guiding weird folks to weird places.

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One Hundred and Four Horses: a memoir of farm and family, Africa and exile by Mandy Retzlaff 92RET

As the land invasions gather pace, the Retzlaffs begin an epic journey across Zimbabwe, facing farm eviction after eviction, trying to save the group of animals with whom they feel a deep and enduring bond--the horses.

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