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Biography and memoir


Bridging the past and the present, the personal and the universal, biographies provide a tangible link to our past. Bringing history to life through the experiences of the people who have lived it, they are a great opportunity to discover fascinating individuals and to rediscover and reassess characters we think we know well. The first hand accounts in autobiographies always tell a unique story and we gain intimate insights into memories, feelings and emotions through memoirs, diaries and letters.

From William the Conqueror to Jane Austen, and from Genghis Khan to Richard Harris, our biographies bring to life some of history’s most interesting and influential figures. Whether the ruler of a vast empire or the daughter of a country parson, these individuals have, in one way or another, had a profound effect on our world. Some have founded nations or won battles; some have changed the way we think or produced inspirational works; and some have committed crimes that serve as a warning to future generations. Through the lives of these men and women we can gain a better understanding of both our past and our present.

Our biographies, autobiographies and memoirs feature extraordinary stories from remarkable people, whether well-known or seemingly ordinary; discover these unique individuals and read with understanding, empathy, envy and compassion.

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