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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Note through the wire

Doug Gold

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In the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe, two people meet fleetingly in a chance encounter. One is an underground resistance fighter; the other a prisoner of war.

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How to escape from prison

Paul Wood

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A memoir of the author's life, from his troubled childhood and conviction for murder, through a traumatic time in prison to self-education to PhD level, rehabilitation and a new career as a performance coach and facilitator.

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The great successor

Anna Fifield

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A captivating portrait of the oddest and most secretive political regime in the world - isolated yet internationally relevant, bankrupt yet in possession of nuclear weapons - and its ruler, self-proclaimed Beloved and Respected Leader, Kim Jong Un.

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The honey bus

Meredith May

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Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm. She was five years old, her parents had recently split and she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old bus in the yard.

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Kieran Read

Scotty Stevenson

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Kieran Read first played for the All Blacks as a 23-year old in 2008 and since then has amassed over a century of test appearances in the famous jersey. After a stellar career, the New Zealand captain now writes openly about his time in the game.

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Me

Elton John

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In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the smash-hit film Rocketman.

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Jacinda Ardern

Michelle Duff

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An engrossing and powerful exploration of one of the most intriguing political stories of our time - telling us as much about one young woman's ascendancy as it does about the country that elected her.

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A sharp left turn

Mike author. Chunn

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A rollicking yarn about the early days of ground-breaking band Split Enz, but also the powerful story of how Mike Chunn dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become one of our most influential music identities.

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Hello darkness

Peter Wells

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"It's now a year exactly since my urologist told me I had an aggressive cancer that was incurable [...] a sickness that arrived in my life with the noise and terror of an old fashioned train."

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Keepers of history

Renee Hollis

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In 2017, Renée Hollis interviewed 120 people over the age of 100, living in every region of New Zealand. Along the way she met opera singers, farmers, a nun, a freedom fighter with Gandhi, and even a member of the oldest hip-hop group in the world!

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