While we all love a gossipy, name-dropping celebrity book, with its focus on the star's career and anecdotes about the people they've worked with, sometimes you want a meatier read that reveals the real person behind the famous face. From difficult childhoods to personal tragedy, more intimate memoirs can be moving, inspiring and often relatable.
Whether you're interested in the life of TV presenter Kate Garraway and the heartbreaking story of her husband's illness or The Great British Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain's honest account of her mental health struggles, we've found something for everyone. Here are seven of the best celebrity memoirs that deserve a place on your bookshelf...
Making It by Jay Blades
The Repair Shop has been a surprise hit for BBC 1 and presenter Jay Blades's warmth and witty personality is an undoubted part of that success. Making It is his memoir and covers the period from his childhood growing up on a council estate in Hackney to the racism he faced as a teenager and how he eventually found fame on The Repair Shop. His is an incredibly moving story of triumph over adversity, told with complete openness and honesty. It's also a really interesting examination of toxic masculinity and the pressure many men feel to behave in certain ways.
The Power Of Hope by Kate Garraway
In March 2020, Kate Garraway's husband, Derek Draper, contracted Covid-19 and was placed in a medically-induced coma. Initially, Kate was told that he would not survive. A year later he was still in hospital. Now at home but requiring round-the-clock care, he is thought to be the UK's longest-fighting Covid-19 patient.
In this emotional read, TV presenter Kate shares the rollercoaster she's been on in the last 18 months and how she's found ways to cope with the uncertain future she and her family face. Although this is a deeply emotional read, Kate's positivity and warmth shine through.
Quite by Claudia Winkleman
The broadcaster and Strictly star’s memoir sees her reflect on everything from parenting to the importance of a good eyeliner. Filled with wry humour and perfectly balanced with thoughtfulness and wisdom, reading Quite makes you feel like you're having a good gossip with Claudia.
Life's What You Make It by Philip Schofield
In this fascinating and, at times, very funny memoir, Philip Schofield shares the details of his idyllic childhood in Cornwall and his break into TV, to his working relationship with Holly Willoughby and his coming out story in early 2020. Read it for the behind-the-scenes gossip about your favourite TV shows and the stories of his encounters with well-known people like Princess Diana - but also for the honest and soul-baring chapters on how he came to terms with his sexuality.
Finding My Voice by Nadiya Hussain
Nadiya Hussain found fame after winning the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off. In her revealing memoir, she writes openly about what it was like to grow up as a female second-generation British Bangladeshi and the mental health struggles she's faced since childhood.
Life In Pieces by Dawn O'Porter
Dawn O'Porter's reflection on 2020 is poignant and funny. Written as a daily diary, it's more than just a Covid memoir; it's an intimate look at grief (having lost her friend Caroline Flack), parenting (particularly when it doesn't go so well) and strength ("When life was stripped right back to the bones, she writes in the introduction, "I realised how strong my skeleton was.")
The Madness Of Grief by Reverend Richard Coles
The presenter and former Strictly star lost his partner David in December 2019, aged just 42. He died from complications due to internal bleeding caused by an at the time undisclosed underlying health condition. In this heart-breaking memoir, Revered Richard Coles reveals that his partner actually suffered from alcoholism and how it affected their life together. A beautifully written, raw account of grief that will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one.
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