Tag: autobiography

And Away…

And Away… by Bob Mortimer (Gallery, 2021); audiobook read by Bob Mortimer (Simon and Shuster, 2021) Open and honest autobiography. Mortimer’s ‘nice bloke’ everyman personality shines through, enriching the audiobook, but his focus on finding humour in day-to-day happenings runs up against the stumbling block that his outlook and life story prove, in the final wash, relatively unremarkable.


Photograph by Ringo Starr (Genesis, 2015) ‘I just loved taking pictures and I still do,’ writes Ringo Starr; hence this big glossy book that pairs his photographs with skerricks of unpretentious memoir (primarily pre-Beatles and Beatlemania). As with the music, Ringo had the best seat in the house.    

So, Anyway…

So, Anyway… by John Cleese (Crown, 2014); audiobook read by the author (Bolinda, 2016) Cleese sounds very hoarse at first, but builds into his performance and remains the perfect choice to narrate his own half-life story (that prior to Monty Python), bringing rhythms and emphasis that might not otherwise be evident. Amusingly told and intelligently introspective.    

Is There Life Outside the Box? An Actor Despairs

Is There Life Outside the Box? An Actor Despairs by Peter Davison (John Blake, 2016) Peter Davison is self-deprecating to a fault in this frank, entertaining, career-spanning autobiography, taking responsibility for his failings but not his successes (which are put down to good fortune and the one acting ability Davison is prepared to acknowledge: hitting his mark).    

Adventures with the Wife in Space

Adventures with the Wife in Space by Neil Perryman (Faber & Faber, 2013) Several Everyman’s autobiographies have been structured around Doctor Who, each perfectly readable if of limited appeal. The titular allusion of this one doesn’t actually work (as the author himself would have noted) but Sue Perryman’s affably caustic interruptions make the trip worthwhile.  

Always Looking Up

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox (Hyperion, 2008) Much-loved film and television star Michael J. Fox seems, if anything, even more likeable in this memoir covering his post-acting life with Parkinson’s. The titular optimism comes across not only by way of his actions but in his engaging, companionable writing style.