Auckland Libraries: Top 10 life and times

Top 10 life and times

The top 10 biographies and memoirs, curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

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A long way home

Saroo Brierley

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At five years old, Saroo got lost on a train in India. He survived for weeks in Calcutta before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Always wondering about his origins, and with the advent of Google Earth, he went to look for his home and his fami...

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Drawn out

Tom Scott

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Tom Scott’s memoir covers his childhood - a tragi-comedy of a poor Irish Catholic family, his uni days when he was editor of the student newspaper and sued for blasphemous libel, his parliamentary career, his work with Ed Hillary and more.

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I am, I am, I am

Maggie O'Farrell

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An intimate memoir of the near death experiences that have made O'Farrell the woman and the writer she is today. Read the encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different places - a life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots.

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Behind bars

Anna Leask

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Most New Zealanders will never know what it's like to do time behind bars with some of the country's most dangerous criminals. For the men and women who have spent time inside, it's an experience they will never forget.

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Theft by finding

David Sedaris

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Shares the author's favorite diary entries, providing a look into the mind of a comic genius.

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David Bowie

Dylan Jones

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Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, this is an unforgettable conversation about a man whose irrepressible creativity produced one of the most sprawling, fascinating lives of our time.

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Island nurses

Leonie Howie

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A story about two remarkable women and how they forged their careers in a remote place; a story of community and the births and deaths that shape its ups and downs; a classic story of making do and overcoming adversity; and a story of hope and new li...

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Driving to Treblinka

Diana Wichtel

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Wichtel’s father was a Polish Jew who had jumped off a train to the Treblinka death camp and hidden from the Nazis. Many years later she sets out to discover what happened to him. The inevitable question: Is it better to know, or more bearable not to...

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Daughter of Gloriavale

Lilia Tarawa

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One young woman's true story of growing up in Gloriavale Christian Community, the cult led by her grandfather. When her family fled, Lilia struggled to adapt in the outside world. How would she learn to navigate this strange place called 'the world'?

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The cause of death

Cynric Temple-Camp

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Provincial pathologist Dr Cynric Temple-Camp lifts the lid on the most unusual stories of death and murder he has encountered during his 30-year career.

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