Our books editor has put together a list of memoirs that will entertain and inspire you. Take a look at her top 6 picks below…
Spectacles by Sue Perkins (Penguin)
Comedian Sue Perkins talks family, friends, pets, and much more in this terrific, straight-talking and frequently laugh-out-loud memoir.
A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen (Hodder)
The story of how a homeless man saved a cat’s life and how the cat saved his. A touching, true story.
Alive, Alive Oh! By Diana Athill (Granta)
Wise, candid and all-round remarkable, Athill, once a renowned editor, novelist and memoirist, reflects on being in her nineties. She touches on her childhood, memories of men, the delights of being in a home and much more.
Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon (Headline)
A powerful account by journalist Bryony, who relates her struggles with depression, bulimia and OCD. Her frankness is both admirable, moving and important.
Dadland by Keggie Carew (Chatto)
As her father descends into dementia, the author sets out to discover who he used to be. You can’t help but get caught up in and learn so much from this remarkable, haunting and uplifting memoir.
Early One Sunday Morning, I Decided to Step Out and Find South Africa by Luke Alfred (Tafelberg)
Stories from the author’s year-long journey on foot around SA, sharing in vivid detail his memories of the beautiful places he saw and incredible people he met. A touching tribute to an amazing adventure and a diverse country.