Autumn books round-up: celebrity memoirs
- Brian Donaldson
- 19 August 2012
Salman Rushdie, Paul Auster, Danny Baker and Jack Straw pen biographical tales
Why has Salman Rushdie penned an autobiography entitled Joseph Anton: A Memoir (Jonathan Cape), you’re definitely thinking? Well, because that was the moniker he chose for the police to call him during the time under the Ayatollah’s fatwa and this book details the life he was forced to lead in the years after that death sentence was pronounced.
Another leftfield literary memoir comes this time from Paul Auster as he writes of the abandonment of the family by his father. Nothing odd about that you might think, except Winter Journal (Faber) is a stream-of-consciousness written from the perspective of his mother, but also featuring the boy Auster’s own memories from that dark time.
There are also some bleak passages in a couple of celeb DJ autobiographies but you sense that blokey hilarity will probably wind up victorious. Danny Baker’s Going to Sea in a Sieve (Weidenfeld) looks at his recent treatment for cancer while Scott Mills’ Love You Bye (Sphere) tackles his anxiety attacks, alcohol problems and weight issues. No less miserable will be Loose Women presenter Denise Welch’s Starting Over (Sidgwick) which seeks to put the record straight about some of the tabloid storms and gossipy rumours that have revolved around her over the past few years.
Pretty quiet on the political memoir front this summer, but Jack Straw breaks the camel’s silence on the Blair/Brown years (maybe) in Last Man Standing (Macmillan), the ‘memoirs of a political survivor’. Another heavyweight individual is Sir Justin of Bieber who has a booky wook out reflecting on the ups and downs of his 37 years in showbusiness. It’s called Just Getting Started (HarperCollins). Oh, goody.