This edition, we’re delving into the lives of some remarkable people with brand new autobiographies for 2022. From a touching, laugh-out-loud comedy memoir from Breaking Bad’s Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul!) to gaming impresario Jason Knight’s life & business philosophy to a deeply reflective autobiography from the brilliant Viola Davis – one of the great actors of our time.
1. Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis
In this book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever. This is Viola Davis’s story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path she took to finding her purpose but also her voice in a world that didn’t always see her. Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. (05 April 2022)
2. Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama by Bob Odenkirk
For many of us, work, socialising and keeping fit are more challenging than ever and we are feeling disconnected from and unsure of the world around In this brilliantly entertaining and heartfelt memoir, beloved star and comic maverick Bob Odenkirk writes honestly about the highs and lows of showbiz: his work on infamous cult comedy Mr. Show, as a performer and writer on legendary series such as The Larry Sanders Show and Saturday Night Live, becoming everyone’s favourite lawyer in global hit TV series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and what it’s like to reinvent himself as an action film ass-kicker at fifty in Nobody.
3. Nothing but The Truth: Stories of Crime, Guilt and Loss of Innocence by The Secret Barrister
Nothing but The Truth charts an outsider’s progress down the winding path towards practising at the Bar, taking in the sometimes-absurd traditions of the Inns of Court, where every meal mandates a glass of port and a toast to the Queen, to the Hunger Games-type contest for pupillage, through the endlessly frustrating experience of being a junior barrister – as a creaking, ailing justice system begins to convince them that something has to change (12 May 2022)
4. The Cure for Sleep by Tanya Shadrick
Just days into motherhood, a woman begins dying. Fast and without warning. On return from near-death, Tanya Shadrick vows to stop sleepwalking through life. To take more risks, like the characters in the fairy tales she loved as a small girl before loss and fear had her retreat into routine and daydreams. As she moves beyond her respectable roles as worker, wife and mother in a small town, Tanya learns what it takes – and costs – to break the spell of longing for love, approval, safety, rescue.
5. Leading the Rebellion: Questing to Succeed in Work and Life by Jason Kingsley
A fascinating look into the business and lifestyle philosophy of Jason Kingsley OBE, CEO of Rebellion – one of the world’s most successful indie games developers. Combining his love of Medieval History and success in business, this unique book gives insight into a modern interpretation of the Knightly Code of Chivalry. Each chapter focuses on one main chivalric theme, and how it has influenced his philosophy and helped equip him with personal tools to succeed.