The 16th of May is the anniversary of the first meeting between Samuel Johnson, who wrote the ‘Dictionary of the English Language’, and his biographer James Boswell. They met in Davies’s London bookshop in 1763, and established a relationship that would allow Boswell to produce what is recognised as the greatest biography ever written: ‘The Life of Samuel Johnson’. To honour this day we have picked some of our top biographies, all with rights available.

The Big Cat Man

Jobio1nathan Scott
Bradt Travel Guides / Bradt

This new autobiography by Jonathan Scott reveals the extraordinary life of one of the word’s most popular wildlife celebrities, who rose to international fame as presenter of Big Cat Diary, one of the BBC’s most popular and long-running wildlife series.

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Archbishop Justin Welby: Risk-taker and Reconcilerbio3

Andrew Atherstone
Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd

When the search for a new Archbishop of Canterbury began, Justin Welby had been a bishop for only four and a half months. He had little media profile and barely figured in the early speculations about Rowan Williams’ successor.

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Once Upon a Time in the Sixties

Petbio2er Maddick
Bookline & Thinker

If you remember the Sixties, then you weren’t there’. Well Peter Maddick was there and he remembers most of it – the King’s Road, Chelsea; the trendy models and hip photographers; the ad men; the road to St. Tropez; the hippy trail from Kathmandu.

World Rights Available

 

The Soho Don

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Michael Connor
Ouen Press

The Soho Don is the story of a shy south London boy from a respectable family who became a shadowy, but powerful figure in the Soho, Mayfair and Brighton underworlds.

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The Early Morning Light

bio5Edward Forde Hickey
Troubador Publishing Ltd. / Matador

“The life of this little evacuee couldn’t be more different from those other unlucky childr
en his own age, who had been left behind in a state of dreamy delirium on the battered streets of London.”

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Biographical Memoirsbio6

Office of the Home Secretary, National Academy of Sciences
National Academies Press

Biographic Memoirs Volume 82 contains the biographies of deceased members of the National Academy of Sciences and bibliographies of their published works. Each biographical essay was written by a member of the Academy familiar with the professional career of the deceased

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