Every person has their story, and these are some of the most exciting of our times. We’ve picked out our favourite selections from our range of biographies in BookXcess:
Isaacson’s biography is a stunning, definitive account of the man behind the revolution in personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing and digital publishing. Steve Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and imagination, and this book speaks candidly about the man, his life, his associates and his professional journeys. Whether you’re an all-round tech buff or inspired by Jobs’ drive and determination, this book has many lessons to impart on innovation, character and leadership.
In his time with The Beatles, and beyond, John Lennon revolutionised modern music and the face of celebrity. Riley guides readers through Lennon’s journey from troubled child to art student to worldwide celebrity, drawing from a rich pool of new and exclusive interviews with his friends, enemies, confidantes and associates. A brilliant, dense portrayal of the contradictory, brilliant musician that delves deep into his personality and the intricacies of his music.
The world knows Richard Branson as the charismatic, wildly creative billionaire behind Virgin. But how much of the man is really smoke, mirrors and impeccable marketing? In Bower’s most explosive work yet, he explores the reality of the Branson empire and the gripping stories of his latest exploits, from mobile phones to airlines and space vacations for multimillionaires, and asks whether he truly remains Britain’s heroic buccaneer.
Nelson Mandela is hailed as one of the great moral and political leaders of our time, an international hero whose fight against racial oppression in his native South Africa earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Here, for the first time, he tells the story of his life. An epic of courage, struggles, hope and triumph, The Long Walk To Freedom is a must read for modern history buffs and all who have been inspired by Madiba’s fight for racial equality and human rights.
Bryson’s autobiography details his life growing up in 1950s middle America: a time when cars and electrical appliances were booming (along with nuclear weapons), cigarettes were still considered harmless and the world was full of possibilities. Young Bryson takes us into the lives of his loving but eccentric family, including his sportswriter father, editor mother, and his adventures as the imaginary superhero, The Thunderbolt Kid. This cast of warm, amusing characters is rounded out by the immortal Stephen Katz, last seen in Bryson’s earlier work A Walk in The Woods, and the fiendishly sharp Willoughby brothers, as full of genius as gleeful urges of destruction. Laugh-out-loud funny and packed with astute observations, this book will enchant both the ex-young and the young at heart.
After her 2008 presidential run, Hillary Clinton expected to return to the U.S. senate. Instead, she was asked to serve as Secretary of State. Hard Choices is her chronicle of how she faced the choices and challenges before her: broken alliances, ongoing wars, foreign threats and a global financial crisis. Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the USA to survive and thrive in a manner that’s serious, shrewd and full of substance.
Since scoring his first goal for FC Barcelona at the tender age of 17, Lionel Messi’s star has risen unstoppably. This biography delves into the heart of the modest and private Argentinian player, from that first winning season to his being crowned FIFA World Player of the year 4 times running. Here is the compelling, authoritative account of one of soccer’s finest players and what makes him the best there is.
Jane Austen is well-known as the complex, beloved author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and many other well-loved novels. Literary biographer Paula Byrne has put together the most intimate and revealing portrait of her yet. True to the title, Austen’s life is explored through the small, significant tokens that were held important in Austen’s life: scraps of paper, jewellery, miniatures. Fresh, compelling and always surprising, this biography transports viewers into Austen’s world with vivid detail, revealing the times that shaped her and the life she lived.
Check them all out – along with many others! – during our Non-Fiction Anniversary Weekend Sale this weekend. The discounts will continue right up to 31 August, so don’t miss out! You’ll find more info on www.bookxcess.com.