Category: Biography

Dans mes yeux by Johnny Hallyday, Amanda Sthers

By Johnny Hallyday, Amanda Sthers

« Johnny Hallyday existe dans nos vies, dans nos imaginaires, dans notre patrimoine depuis plus d’un demi-siècle. Il agace, il passionne, il divise, il galvanise, jamais il ne laisse indifférent. Il est notre seule famous person. Sagan, Duras, Labro, Rondeau se sont penchés sur Johnny Hallyday. Les mythes vivants sont rares et les écrivains sont des vampires. Quand l’idée de ce livre nous est venue, j’ai su que c’était very important pour moi. Mes névroses de femme et d’auteur sont réunies en ce seul homme. l. a. dualité, l’immortalité, l. a. vie, le temps qui passe, le expertise, les passions, les blessures. Le livre sera écrit à los angeles première personne parce que, dans ce livre, c’est ma façon de raconter qui compte, pas moi. Je prends un plaisir fou à me glisser dans sa peau, à emprunter sa voix, à chercher le bon ton. Nous avons déjà passé des semaines ensemble, et ça durera plus d’une année. Nous avons partagé et partagerons des moments d’intimité, le trac avant l. a. scène, des dîners, des souvenirs. Il parle avec plaisir. On se tait aussi. Je ne le bouscule jamais. Il me dit ce qu’il veut bien m’avouer et Johnny est à un second de sa vie où il a beaucoup à dire. » Amanda Sthers Après bien des blessures et des combats, Johnny a décidé, à sixty nine ans, de tout dire et de se livrer sans fard, mais à une seule personne : Amanda Sthers.

Show description

Read More Dans mes yeux by Johnny Hallyday, Amanda Sthers

A Brief History of Henry VIII: King, Reformer and Tyrant by Derek Wilson

By Derek Wilson

Henry VIII replaced the process English lifestyles extra thoroughly than any monarch because the Conquest. within the photos of Holbein, Henry Tudor stands out as probably the most robust figures in renaissance Europe. yet is the portrait only a bluff?

In his new booklet Derek Wilson explores the myths in the back of identical to the Tudor Lion. He was once the monarch that brought the Reformation to England but Luther known as him 'A idiot, a liar and a damnable rotten worm'. As a tender guy he received a name as an highbrow and reasonable prince but he governed the country like a tyrant. He handled his topics as cruelly as he handled his better halves.

Based on a wealth of latest fabric and a lifestyles time's wisdom of the topic Derek Wilson exposes a brand new portrait of a miles misunderstood King.

Show description

Read More A Brief History of Henry VIII: King, Reformer and Tyrant by Derek Wilson

A Life in Letters by F. Scott Fitzgerald

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author note: a brand new assortment edited and annotated via Matthew J. Bruccoli
Publish 12 months note: First released March 1st 1980

A bright self-portrait of an artist whose paintings used to be his life.

In this new selection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's letters, edited by means of prime Fitzgerald pupil and biographer Matthew J. Bruccoli, we see via his personal phrases the inventive and emotional maturation of 1 of America's such a lot enduring and stylish authors. A lifestyles in Letters is the main accomplished quantity of Fitzgerald's letters -- lots of them showing in print for the 1st time. The fullness of the choice and the chronological association make this assortment the nearest factor to an autobiography that Fitzgerald ever wrote.

While many readers are conversant in Fitzgerald's mythical "jazz age" social existence and his friendships with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson, and different well-known authors, few are conscious of his writings approximately his existence and his perspectives on writing. Letters to his editor Maxwell Perkins illustrate the improvement of Fitzgerald's literary sensibility; these to his buddy and competitor Ernest Hemingway display their tricky courting. the main poignant letters right here have been written to his spouse, Zelda, from the time in their courtship in Montgomery, Alabama, in the course of global conflict I to her prolonged convalescence in a health facility close to Asheville, North Carolina. Fitzgerald is by means of turns affectionate and proud in his letters to his daughter, Scottie, at school within the East whereas he was once suffering in Hollywood.

For readers who imagine basically of Fitzgerald as a hard-drinking playboy for whom writing was once easy, those letters exhibit his severe, painstaking matters with growing practical, sturdy art.

Show description

Read More A Life in Letters by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Psycho Too by Will Self, Ralph Steadman

By Will Self, Ralph Steadman

Author note: Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)
Publish 12 months note: First pubished in 2009

Will Self and Ralph Steadman subscribe to forces once more in a different post-millennial meditation at the vexed dating of psyche and position in a globalised international; Psycho Too brings jointly a moment aiding in their best possible phrases and images from 'Psychogeography', the columns they contributed to the Independent for part a decade.

The creation, 'Journey via Britain' is a brand new prolonged essay by way of Self, observed by way of Steadman's inimitable pictures. It tells of the way Self journeyed to Dubai, that Götterdammerung of the modern equipped atmosphere, for you to stroll the size of the factitious Britain-shaped island, within the offshore luxurious housing improvement referred to as 'The World'.

Ranging from Istanbul to l. a. and from the crumbling sea coast of East Yorkshire to the adamantine heads of Easter Island, Will Self's enticing and stressful imaginative and prescient is once more completely counter-pointed by means of Ralph Steadman's edgy and amazing paintings.

Show description

Read More Psycho Too by Will Self, Ralph Steadman

Rudolf Steiner: A Biography by Christoph Lindenberg

By Christoph Lindenberg

This biography may still give a contribution to a better realizing of Rudolf Steiner. Whoever follows his existence gets the effect that, from a definite aspect on, his consistent test was once to conscious, in different methods, an energetic, operating knowing for Anthroposophy. Steiner used artistic mind's eye to regard specific topics and initiatives, ever anew, and in lots of kinds. If we realize the diversities of these shows, we see in them the intentions that guided his entire existence. A biography that indicates Steiner’s intentions and efforts within the context of the days and his existence situations won't in simple terms relate what occurred, but in addition why. His paintings doesn't, as in lots of smooth biographies, disappear in the back of the existence tale. this is often the main complete biography of Rudolf Steiner to be had in English, tracing his existence and improvement via an in-depth examine his lifestyles and paintings, which encompassed quite a few components, together with his Goethean learn, philosophy, esoteric paintings, pedagogy, medication, sociology, agriculture, structure, portray, stream arts, and poetry. This biography, which tracks his divergent actions, indicates how Rudolf Steiner was once such a lot keen on bringing a brand new method of wisdom via religious technology and to revitalizing an important components of human tradition and society. This quantity is a translation of Rudolf Steiner - eine Biographie, 2 vols., Verlag Freies Geistesleben, Stuttgart (1997).

Show description

Read More Rudolf Steiner: A Biography by Christoph Lindenberg

Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across by Bruce Weber

By Bruce Weber

In response to his renowned manhattan occasions sequence, bestselling writer Bruce Weber stocks the adventures of his solo bicycle trip from coast to coast.

Riding a bicycle around the usa is a kind of bucket-list ambitions that many dream approximately yet few satisfy. in the course of the summer time and fall of 2011, on the age of fifty-seven, Bruce Weber, an obituary author for the hot York occasions, made the journey, by myself, and wrote approximately it because it opened up mile by way of mile, a bright and quick record of the self-powered lifestyles at the road.

Now, increasing upon the articles and weblog posts that quick grew to become a must-read experience tale, Weber supplies us lifestyles Is a Wheel, a witty, inspiring, and reflective diary of his trip, within which the demanding situations and rewards of self-reliance and strenuous actual attempt yield wry and incisive observations approximately biking and the United States, let alone the pleasures of a three-thousand-calorie breakfast.

The tale starts off at the Oregon coast, with Weber pondering what he’s gotten himself into, and leads to triumph on manhattan City’s George Washington Bridge. From Going-to-the-Sun street within the northern Rockies to the headwaters of the Mississippi and during the cityscapes of Chicago and Pittsburgh, his encounters with humans and locations supply us with an intimate, two-wheeled standpoint of the US. And with millions of miles to go back and forth, Weber considers— whilst he’s now not facing tractor-trailers, lightning storms, dehydration, headwinds, and loneliness—his prior, his family members, and the echo well-lived existence leaves behind.

Part travelogue, half memoir, half romance, half paean to the bicycle as an easy mode of either mobility and self-expression—and half bemused and panicky account of a middle-aged man’s try and stave off, good, you know—Life Is a Wheel is a sublime and beguiling break out for cycling lovers, armchair tourists, and any readers who're older than they have been the day gone by.

Show description

Read More Life Is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across by Bruce Weber

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Life Inspired by Wyatt North

By Wyatt North

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was once Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) on the collage of Oxford. His examine on Beowulf remains to be thought of a customary within the box. Tolkien, besides the fact that, in contrast to so much Oxford dons, stepped out of his position as professor to create well known literature.

Tolkien’s best-known writings have been The Hobbit and The Lord of the jewelry, during which he created an absolutely discovered international often called Middle-earth, vaguely identifiable as Northern Europe in a pre-history that by no means was once. To convey his international to lifestyles, he produced particular geography and cartography in addition to a mythical history. He peopled the realm with various forms of population and created spoken and written languages for them. via doing this, he basically created smooth delusion literature and a regular for next writers to chase and omit. A British ballot on the finish of the 20th century named The Lord of the jewelry crucial English-language paintings of that century.

During his lifetime, Tolkien didn't savor humans targeting him instead of on his writings. He felt that his writings have been extra worthwhile of consciousness. With apologies to the overdue gentleman, he's now due a few detect.

Show description

Read More J.R.R. Tolkien: A Life Inspired by Wyatt North

The Road Beneath My Feet by Frank Turner

By Frank Turner

The compulsively readable memoir by means of singer-songwriter and grasp lyricist Frank Turner, documenting his upward push to repute, one condo express at a time

In the autumn of 2005, Frank Turner used to be almost unprecedented. His rock band, thousands useless, used to be completing a grueling travel and had agreed that their express on September 23 will be their final. The access at the band's time table for September 24 learn easily: "Get a job."

Cut to July 2012—the London Olympics, the place Turner and his backing band, The slumbering Souls, are enjoying the pre-show, after having headlined sold-out enviornment exhibits around the united kingdom for months. 

The street underneath My Feet is the unvarnished tale of ways Turner went from crashing on couches at apartment exhibits to acting for millions of screaming fans who roar his each lyric again at him. Told via journey memories, it is a blisteringly sincere story of a rock occupation that's taken Turner from drug-fuelled condominium events and the dirty membership scene to overseas prominence and acclaim. yet greater than that, it's an intimate account of what it's wish to spend your existence always at the highway, sound asleep on flooring, always jetlagged, fascinated with the affection of taking part in dwell track.

Show description

Read More The Road Beneath My Feet by Frank Turner