The best autobiographies to read for an insight into the lives of some fascinating people

The best autobiographies will inspire you and can teach us all some valuable lessons

Best autobiographies - our picks
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The best autobiographies inspire us and give us an insight into lives far removed from our own. The age-old saying is that the truth is often stranger than fiction. But it could also be said that fact can be every bit as fascinating, wonderful, inspiring, humorous, and downright shocking as fiction, too. 

Unlike the best romance books, the best historical fiction books, or the best science fiction books, real-life stories detail events that are rooted in reality, which can often make them all the more inspiring.

In the best autobiographies, there is much to enrich, engage and entertain even the most discerning reader. And each one leaves so much to discuss, making them perfect book club books. From recent classics and best-selling books to new celebrity tomes and hidden gems you may have missed, these are the best autobiographies to read now. 

The best autobiographies to read in 2021

Our picks of the best autobiographies and memoirs will take you on unbelievable real-life journeys, with tales from a road trip around Britain, teachings on how to spot a psychopath, secrets from the lives of the rich and famous, or experiencing every human emotion, be it love or loss, through the eyes of those willing to share it. So get out your Kindle (or preferred eReader) download your favorite, and dive in...

Isabelle Broom

Isabelle Broom is a bestselling author and lifestyle/books journalist. After 12 years at heat magazine, she set off on her freelancer writing career, and has now penned over nine hit novels. She is a regular contributor to woman&home, sharing her expert insight on the latest book releases—from fiction to fantasy—and when she's not pouring over novels (either writing or reading them), you can find her out walking her two adorable dogs in the Suffolk countryside.