Authors - Biography and Autobiography

NB. We list mostly by author rather than title as we often abridge a writer's entire output.

Peter Ackroyd (Dickens)

Tony Adams (Footballer)

Paddy Ashdown (Liberal-Democrat leader. Diaries)

Tom Baker (Actor)

JG Ballard (Author)

Duncan Bannatyne (Entrepreneur)

Juliet Barker (Wordsworth)

John Bayley (the Iris Murdoch books)

David Beckham (Footballer)

Lynda Bellingham (Actress)

Tracy Borman (Elizabeth's Women)

Ian Botham (Cricketer)

Richard Branson (Losing My Virginity)

Fern Britton (TV personality)

Paul Britton (Forensic psychiatrist)

Roy "Chubby" Brown (Comedian)

Paul Burrell (A Royal Duty))

Lorna Byrne (Angels)

Jung Chang (Wild Swans)

Alan Carr (Comedian)

Charlotte Church (Singer)

Alan Clark (Politician. Diaries 2)

Nick Clarke (Alistair Cooke)

Robin Cook (Labour Minister. The Point of Departure)

Roger Cook (TV Investigator)

Ronnie Corbett (The Two Ronnies)

Patricia Cornwell (Jack the Ripper)

Sir Richard Dannatt (Chief of the General Staff)

Jonathan Dimbleby (Prince of Wales)

Laurence Donegan (No News From Throat Lake)

Jason Donovan (Singer/actor)

Dot May Dunn (Midwife)

Jane Dunn (Elizabeth & Mary)

Chris Evans (Broadcaster)

Rupert Everett (Actor)

Keith Floyd (Chef)

Amanda Foreman (Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire)

Alexandra Fuller (Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight)

Mick Flynn (Soldier's memoirs)

Kuki Gallman (I Dreamed of Africa)

Darren Gough (Cricketer)

David Grant (TV vet)

Che Guevara (Reminiscences)

Jeremy Guscott (Lion's Tour, rugby)

William Hague (Conservative Minister. William Pitt the Younger)

Richard Hammond (TV presenter)

Heinrich Harrer (7 Years in Tibet)

Torey Hayden (One Child)

JLS (Boy band - diaries)

Barry Humphries (Handling Edna)

Clive James (TV personality)

Trevor Rees-Jones (Princess of Wales' bodyguard)

Phill Jupitus (Comedian, etc)

Fergal Keane (Writer & Broadcaster)

Martin Kemp (actor)

Carol Ann Lee (Roses From the Earth - Anne Frank)

Kevin Lewis (Abused child)

Robert Lindsay (Actor)

Des Lynam (TV Sports' Commentator)

Vera Lynn (Singer)

Ellen McArthur (Yachtswoman)

Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes & 'Tis)

Jane McDonald (Singer)

Adeline Yen Mah (Falling Leaves)

Peter Mandelson (Politician. The Third Man)

John Major (Prime Minister. The Autobiography,)

Nigel Mansell (Racing driver)

Paul Mathur (OASIS biog)

Bob Monkhouse (Comedian)

Wendy Moore (Wedlock: How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match)

Andrew Motion (Poet Laureate)

Garry Nelson (Football manager)

Denis Norden (Scriptwriter)

Steven Norris (Politician. Changing Trains)

Jennifer North (Midwife}

Paul O'Grady (Comedian)

Michael Palin (Comedian/tv personality/actor)

Matthew Parris (Politician/Columnist)

John Pearson (Kray Twins)

Dave Pelzer (Abused child)

Joan Plowright (Actress)

Ruth Picardie (e-mail letters to and from a journalist, dying)

Gervase Phinn (School inspector)

Gordon Ramsay (Chef)

The Countess of Ranfurly (To War with Whittaker)

Vic Reeves (Comedian)

Geoffrey Robertson (Barrister's cases)

Lorna Sage (Academic)

Nora Seton (The Kitchen Congregation)

David Shepherd (Cricket umpire)

Betty Shine (Medium)

Brian Sibley (C.S. Lewis)

Jon Snow (TV Newreader)

David Starkey (Elizabeth 1; Henry V111's Wives; Monarchy)

George Stephanopoulos (All Too Human)

Pamela Stephenson (Billy Connolly)

Chris Stewart (Driving Over Lemons, etc)

Kate Summerscale (The Queen of Whale Cay)

Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister. The Downing Street Years; The Path to Power)

Claire Tomalin (Jane Austen)

Ricky Tomlinson (Actor)

Terry Waite (Hostage)

Tom Watt (Beckham)

Jonnie Walker (DJ)

Harriet Walter (Actress)

Julie Walters (Actress)

Geoffrey Wellum (Fighter pilot WWII)

Alan Whicker (Broadcaster)

Terry Wogan (Broadcaster)

Jennifer Worth (Call the Midwife, etc)

Ian Wright (Footballer)

Joan Wyndham (Writer & memoirist)

Paula Yates (TV personality/Bob Geldof's ex-wife)


Debra Adelaide

Jane Asher

Melissa Bank

H.E. Bates

Sally Beauman

Maeve Binchy

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Patrick O'Brian (Aubrey and Maturin novels)

Elizabeth Buchan

Anthony Capella

Tracey Chevalier

Jenny Colgan

Nicholas Coleridge

Catherine Cookson

Robin Cooper

Bernard Cornwell

Josephine Cox

Catherine Dunne

Edwina Currie

Frank Delaney

Ben Elton

Barbara Erskine

Helen Fielding

Katie Fforde

George Macdonald Fraser (Flashman novels)

Charles Frazier

Stephen Frey

Stephen Fry

Alex Garland

Jane Green

Annie Groves

Robert Goddard

Winston Graham

Philippa Gregory

Michael Gruber

Maeve Haran

Georgette Heyer (Regency Romance)

Nick Hornby

William Horwood

Angela Huth

Conn Iggulden

Virginia Ironside

Christian Jacq

Erica James

Cathy Kelly

Robert Low

Colleen McCullough

Elizabeth McGovern

Katharine MacMahon

Richard Mason

Jenni Mills

Mark Mills

Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind)

Kate Mosse

Marian Keyes

Marti Leimbach

Lesley Lokko

David Mason

Jenni Mills

Deborah Moggach

Freya North

Mary Norton

Joseph O'Connor

Tony Parsons

Lesley Pearse

Sharon Penman

Tasmina Perry

Robin Popper

Libby Purves

Liz Rigbey

Kate Saunders

Christina Schwartz

Diane Setterfield

Anita Shreve

Lionel Shriver

Robyn Sisman

Danielle Steel

Amy Tan

Kathleen Tessaro

Craig Thomas

Alan Titchmarsh

Joanna Toye (The Archers Chronicles)

Sue Townsend (Adrian Mole etc)

Joanna Trollope

Caroline Upcher

Penny Vincenzi

Fay Weldon

Ann Widdicombe


Peter Ackroyd

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun, etc)

Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger, etc)

Monica Ali (Brick Lane)

Martin Amis

Simon Armitage

Kate Atkinson (Behind the Scenes at the Museum, etc)

Margaret Atwood (The Blind Assassin, etc)

Beryl Bainbridge

Ian Banks

John Banville

Pat Barker (The Ghost Road)

Peter Carey

Rick Collignon

Sarah Dunant

Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong, etc)

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jostein Gaarder

Kate Grenville

William Golding 

David Guterson

Robert Harris

Zoe Heller

A.M. Holmes

A.L.Kennedy (Day)

Nicole Krauss

Bernard Mac Laverty

Ian McEwan

Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall)

Yann Martel (Life of Pi)

Valerie Martin

Anne Michaels

Magnus Mills

Shani Mootoo

John Mortimer

Irene Nemirovsky

Christopher Nolan

Steff Penney (The Tenderness of Wolves)

Anthony Powell (entire Dance to the Music of Time sequence)

Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things)

Willie Russell

CJ Sansom (Historical crime)

Bernhard Schlink

Will Self

Asne Seirerstad (The Bookseller of Kabul)

Vikram Seth

Tom Sharpe (Humour)

Carol Shields

Zadie Smith (White Teeth, etc)

Vikas Swarup (Q&A/Slumdog Millionaire)

Meera Syal (Anita and Me)

Paul Theroux

Rose Tremain (Restoration)

William Trevor (Felicia's Journey)

Sally Vickers

Katherine Webb (The Legacy)

Mary Wesley

Nigel Williams

Tom Wolfe

Carlos Ruiz Zafon (The Shadow of the Wind, etc)


Marjorie Allingham

Jeff Abbott

Jeffrey Archer {including short stories}

David Baldacci

Linwood Barclay

Mark Billingham

Benjamin Black

Stephen Booth

Sam Bourne

Alan Bradley

Christopher Brookmyre

Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code)

Lee Child

Mary Higgins Clark

Michael Connelly

John Bowen & David Cook (Hetty Wainthropp)

Michael Cordy

Agatha Christie

Patricia Cornwell (Scarpetta & others)

Robert Crais

Clive Cussler

Michael Dibdin (Aurelio Zenn & others)

Michael Dobbs

RJ Ellory

Ken Follet

Colin Forbes

Claire Francis

Dick Francis

Frances Fyfield

Andrew Gross

MR Hall

James Herbert

Carl Hiaasen

Jack Higgins

Reginald Hill (Dalziel & Pascoe & others)

Greg Isles

Peter James

Jack Kerley

Phillip Kerr

Raymond Khourry

Jeffrey Lent

Elmore Leonard

Stuart MacBride

Andy McNab

Ngaio Marsh

Michael Marshall

Mark Mills

Magdalen Nabb

Sara Paretsky

Ellis Peters (Cadfael)

Sharon Penman

Henry Porter

Christopher Priest

A.J. Quinnell

Matthew Reilly

Ian Rankin

Ruth Rendell (Wexford & others)

CJ Sansom (Historical crime)

Gerald Seymour

Sidney Sheldon

Alexander McCall Smith (Mma Ramotswe, Isabel Dalziel & 44 Scotland Street books)

Wilbur Smith

Scott Turow

James Twining

Minette Walters

Joseph Wambaugh

R.D. Wingfield (Frost)


Valerie Bloom

Melvyn Burgess

Georgia Byng

Janet Lee Carey

Cathy Cassidy

Lauren Child

Eoin Colfer

Zizou Corder

Gillian Cross

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Roald Dahl

Daniel Defoe

Helen Dumore

Stephen Elboz

John Fardell

Alan Gibbons

Morris Gleitzman

Debi Gliori

Keith Gray

Frances Hardinge

Cynthia Harnett

Carl Hiaason

Jason Hightman

Charlie Higson

Antony Horowitz

Anthony Horwood

Elizabeth Singer Hunt

Brian Jacques

Robin Jarvis

Paul Jennings

Pete Johnson

Diana Wynne Jones

Terry Jones

Clive King

Elizabeth Laird

Katherine Langrish

Geraldine McCaughrean

Cliff McNish

Keith Mansfield

John Masefield

Michael Morpurgo

William Nicholson

Jenny Nimmo

Siobhan Parkinson

Ann Pilling

Diana Redmond

Chris Riddell

Katherine Roberts

Louis Sacher

Ian Serraillier

Darren Shan

Justin Somper

Russell Stannard

Dugald A Steer

Paul Stewart

G.P. Taylor

Mildred D Taylor

Alan Temperley

Kate Thompson

Kaye Umansky

Alison Uttley

Robert Westall

Carole Wilkinson

Jacqueline Wilson

Classics (including children's classics)

Louisa M. Alcott

Jane Austen

Charlotte Bronte

Emily Bronte

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Wilkie Collins

Charles Dickens


Conan Doyle

Alexandre Dumas

Elizabeth Gaskell

William Golding

Kenneth Grahame

Thomas Hardy

Rider Haggard

Henry James

Charles Kingsley

D.H. Lawrence

Captain Marryat

Hermann Melville

E. Nesbit

Sir Walter Scott

Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne


Jonathan Aycliffe (Horror)

Duncan Bannatyne (Business: self help)

Iain M. Banks (SF)

Antony Beevor (History: Berlin)

Patrick Bishop (War: 3 Para & Ground Force)

Alain de Botton (Philosophy)

Lothar-Gunther Buchheim (Das Boot)

Marion Zimmer Bradley (Fantasy: Avalon)

Deborah Cadbury (History)

Arthur C. Clarke (SF)

Charles Darwin (Science)

Jared Diamond (Science: Human Sexuality)

Stephen Donaldson (Fantasy)

David Ewing Duncan (History: Calendar)

David Eddings (Fantasy)

Ben MacIntyre (War: Agent ZigZag)

John Gribbin (Science)

Richard Holmes (War)

Gary Kinder (Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea - deep-sea treasure hunting)

Dean Koontz (Fantasy/horror)

Ed Macy (War: Apache, Hellfire)

George RR Martin (SF)

Michael Moore (Humour)

Richard Leakey (Science: Anthropology)

Ewan McGregor (Travel: Long Way Round & Long Way Down)

Peter Mayle (Travel)

Redmond O'Hanlon (Travel)

Rageh Omer (War: The war in Iraq)

Jeremy Paxman (History: The English)

Harry Pearson (Humour: Racing Pigs & Giant Marrows)

Nathaniel Philbrick (History: In the Heart of the Sea - events after the sinking of the Nantucket whaler, the Essex)

Stephen Pinker (Science: Language)

Terry Pratchett (SF)

John Prebble (History: Culloden)

Martin Rees (Science)

Monty Roberts (Horses)

Simon Singh (Math: Fermat's Last Theorem,)

Dava Sobel (History: Longitude & Galileo's Daughter)

Charles Spencer (History: Blenheim)

Paul Theroux (Travel)

Stella Tillyard (History: The Aristocrats)

Nicola Tyrer (War: Sisters in Arms - Queen Alexandra nurses in WW11)

Lou Wakefield (Humour: Ladies of Letters)

Lewis Wolpert (Science: The Triumph of the Embryo)