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22 celebrity autobiography books you won’t want to put down

<!– Last modified on September 07, 2022 – 13:59 BST –> Last modified on Sep 07, 2022 13:59 BST Hollie Brotherton

While we love a novel, there’s nothing quite like getting stuck into a candid celebrity memoir that reveals the real person behind the persona. From tragic childhood stories to turbulent (and beautiful) relationships, they’re sometimes funny, often relatable and almost always inspire us in some way.

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Whether you’re interested in the lives of British TV stars like Holly Willoughby and Kate Garraway or A-list celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore, we’ve found something for everyone. Here are 22 of the best celebrity memoirs that deserve a place on your bookshelf…

Holly Willoughby, Reflections


Reflections, from £7.99, Amazon


Holly Willoughby‘s new autobiography book explores how to navigate emotionally challenging situations, from body image to burnout, and how to treat yourself with kindness. The This Morning presenter says she’s “sharing her truths”.

Kate Garraway, The Power of Hope


The Power of Hope, £10, Amazon


Kate Garraway‘s moving memoir details life for the Good Morning Britain presenter as her husband Derek Draper battled Covid in intensive care. Initially told he wouldn’t survive, Derek is now back home and is thought to be the UK’s longest-fighting patient of the virus.

Sarah Harding, Hear Me Out


Hear Me Out, £12, Amazon


Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding published her memoir Hear Me Out just a few months before she tragically passed away from breast cancer in September. Always wearing her heart on her sleeve, it shows the real Sarah behind all of the popstar glamour.

Dave Grohl, The Storyteller


The Story Teller, £10, Amazon


Dave Grohl’s highly anticipated memoir is finally available to buy. The Foo Fighters frontman shares his life stories, from hitting the road with Scream at 18-years-old to his time in Nirvana to travelling the world with his daughters. 

Michelle Obama, Becoming


Becoming, £16.80, Amazon


If you’re looking for a truly inspirational read, try Michelle Obama‘s award-winning memoir, Becoming. Published in 2018 to critical acclaim, it’s a deeply personal account of her life growing up in Chicago, her university days and her time spent serving as First Lady of the United States.

Reese Witherspoon, Whiskey in a Teacup


Whiskey in a Teacup, £9, Amazon


Reese Witherspoon pays homage to her southern heritage in this part memoir part lifestyle guide. It’s a collection of personal stories, beauty hacks and party hosting tips, with some of her grandmother Dorothea’s best recipes thrown in for good measure.

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Mrs Hinch, This Is Me


This Is Me, £5, Amazon


Mrs Hinch aka Sophie Hinchcliffe is a social media sensation, and her rise to fame was a real whirlwind. The former hairdresser began sharing her cleaning advice on Instagram in 2018 and now has millions of followers. In this memoir, she shares both the highs and heartbreaking lows of her journey.

Philip Schofield, Life’s What You Make It


Life’s What You Make It, £5, Amazon


Honest and uplifting, Philip Schofield‘s bestselling memoir tells all from his early life and break into TV, to his working relationship with Holly Willoughby and his coming out story in early 2020. It’s vulnerable at times as he shares difficult details of his personal life, but it’s full of funny anecdotes, too.

Billy Connolly, Windswept & Interesting


Windswept & Interesting, £12.50, Amazon


Billy Connolly’s bestselling autobiography details his childhood growing up as an orphan in Glasgow and the abuse he suffered as a child before becoming the fearless and outspoken comedian he is today.

Priyanka Chopra, Unfinished


Unfinished, £13.65, Amazon


From growing up in India to winning the global beauty pageants that launched her acting career and becoming one of the most famous women in the world, Priyanka‘s memoir has a lot to pack in. It’s honest, funny and a real eye-opener.

Jessica Simpson, Open Book


Open Book, £8.19, Amazon


If you only know Jessica Simpson from her pop stardom and the reality show Newlyweds, prepare to be surprised by her tell-all memoir. Initially approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life, she instead told her true story, including her most intimate struggles with relationships, drugs and the dark side of fame.

Will Smith, Will


Will, £11, Amazon


From rap star to A-list Hollywood actor, Will Smith has seen decades of success. Now, with the help of author Mark Manson, he’s written his life story which also offers wisdom on how he’s learnt to manage his emotions and how you can do the same.

Cheryl, Cheryl: My Story


Cheryl: My Story, from £2.60, Amazon


Following years of speculation over her private life and relationships, Cheryl set the record straight with her first and only memoir in 2012. Detailing her difficult childhood growing up on a council estate in Newcastle, her rise to fame in Girls Aloud and her turbulent relationship with ex-husband Ashley Cole, it’s a real page-turner.

Drew Barrymore, Wildflower


Wildflower, £7.95, Amazon


Growing up in Hollywood, Drew‘s childhood was unconventional to say the least. In this collection of uplifting personal essays, she touches on this and the much happier life she’s built from it today.

Caroline Flack, Storm in a C Cup


Storm in a C Cup, £7.29, Amazon


Published in 2015, Caroline‘s memoir tells all from her journey to TV stardom to winning Strictly Come Dancing to her highly publicised relationship with Harry Styles. The late TV presenter, who died by suicide in February 2020, shares her story with the humour and honesty we all knew and loved.

Nadiya Hussain, Finding My Voice


Finding My Voice, £6.99, Amazon


Nadiya rose to fame after winning the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off and has since written several books as well as columns for publications like The Times and BBC Good Food. In her revealing memoir, she writes openly about what it was like to grow up as a second-generation British Bangladeshi female and the mental health struggles she’s faced since childhood.

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Tina Brown, The Vanity Fair Diaries


The Vanity Fair Diaries, £6.99, Amazon


If you’re interested in celebrity culture and what goes on behind the scenes at a glossy magazine, you’ll love this memoir by former Vanity Fair editor-in-chiefTina Brown. Based on her personal diaries, she shares everything that went down in New York and Hollywood in the 80s and it’s seriously juicy.

Patti Smith, Just Kids


Just Kids, £8.19, Amazon


At the heart of it, Just Kids is a love story of two young artists. A beautiful and evocative recount of Patti’s relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, it begins in the 60s when she was a struggling singer living in poverty in New York.

Matthew McConaughey, Greenlights


Greenlights, £22.27, Amazon


Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey released Greenlights as an honest account of the lessons he’s learnt in life. From his tough childhood in Texas to his pursuit of acting, through his old diaries he writes candidly about his failures and successes and what he’s taken from them.

Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, £8.65, Amazon


Actress and comedian Mindy Kaling writes about everything from her childhood to Hollywood life, dating, friendships and… planning her own funeral, in this unsurprisingly hilarious memoir.

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime


Born a Crime, £6.50, Amazon


Trevor Noah’s best-selling memoir tells the story of his path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, which was at the time punishable by five years in prison, he was mostly kept hidden for the earliest years of his life. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor went on to fully embrace the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Steven Bartlett, Happy, Sexy, Millionaire


Happy Sexy Millionaire, from £6.99, Amazon


A multi-millionaire entrepreneur at 25 and now the youngest ever Dragon on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, Steven Bartlett knows a thing or two about success and details it all in his new memoir. The former “broke and insecure university dropout” writes about how to find fulfilment, love and success.

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