“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”
—Mark Twain

A Biography Collection is held in the Library’s Group Study Room.



Scope and Use of the Collection

New College Library’s Biography Collection comprises significant biographies and autobiographies written about a wide range of subjects, from monarchs to musicians, writers to politicians.  It also includes exemplary and innovative works in the biography and memoirs genre.

The Collection is held on open access shelves in the Group Study Room, which is situated on the Lower Floor of the Library.  All items in the Biography Collection are borrowable.

The primary aim is to provide informative, accessible, and well-written books about important figures in history and of today for students’ leisure and pleasure reading, and of course for study purposes as well.  Other biographies (of which there are many) held in the Library primarily to support course-related reading are located within the main classified sequence of books beyond the Group Study Room.


Provide Feedback and Suggest New Resources

If you would like to make a comment about the Biography Collection, or you wish to suggest new biographies or autobiographies to be added to the Collection, you are invited to contact the Librarian.



Items in the Collection bear shelfmarks beginning BIO/.  They form part of the larger General Interest Collection located within the Group Study Room.  The listing below provides the subject (or subjects) of the biography, the shelfmark of the book, and its title.


Further Information

The Library’s copies of Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction (also online) and Biography: A Very Short Introduction (likewise online) provide very useful and engaging guides to what autobiography and biography are and what they do.

The Library holds in the Group Study Room the 60-volume Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, for reference-use only (REF/DNB); this major biographical dictionary is available online as well.

Other online resources available to New College students and staff, which are useful in particular for quick-reference purposes, include:



Chinua ACHEBE (Novelist) BIO/ACH/EZE Chinua Achebe: A Biography
Fanny ADAMS (8-Year-Old Murder Victim, a.k.a. “Sweet Fanny Adams”) BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
King ÆTHELRED II BIO/ÆT2/ABE Æthelred the Unready: The Failed King
Prince ALBERT (Prince Consort of Queen Victoria) BIO/ALB/WIL Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy
ALEXANDER III of Macedon, ALEXANDER the Great BIO/ALE/NAI Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great
Maya ANGELOU BIO/ANG I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Queen ANNE BIO/ANN/HEW Anne: Last Queen of England [on order]

Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion

Queen ANNE Boleyn (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/ANN/IVE The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: The Most Happy’
Queen ANNE, of Cleves (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/ANN/DAR

Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s Beloved Sister’

King ATHELSTAN BIO/ATH/HOL Athelstan: The Making of England



The Daughter: A Political Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi

Jane AUSTEN BIO/AUS/TOM Jane Austen: A Life
Jane AUSTEN BIO/AUS/WOR Jane Austen at Home: A Biography
Jane AUSTEN BIO/AUS/SHO Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning
BACH Family (German Family of Composers and Musicians) BIO/BAC/WOL The New Grove Bach Family
Johann Sebastian BACH BIO/BAC/WIL Bach: A Musical Biography
Johann Sebastian BACH BIO/BAC/WIL The Life of Bach
Roland BARTHES BIO/BAR/SAM Barthes: A Biography

Béla Bartók

Jean-Dominique BAUBY (Journalist, Magazine Editor; Sufferer from “Locked-In Syndrome”) BIO/BAU The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Simone de BEAUVOIR BIO/BEA/KIR Becoming Beauvoir: A Life
Saint Thomas BECKET BIO/BEC/GUY Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN BIO/BEE/SWA Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph
Vanessa BELL (Painter and Interior Designer; Sister of Virginia Woolf) BIO/WOO/DUN A Very Close Conspiracy: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf
Saul BELLOW (Novelist and Short Story Writer) BIO/BEL/LEA The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964
Saul BELLOW (Novelist and Short Story Writer) BIO/BEL/LEA The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005
David BEN-GURION (Israel’s First Prime Minister) BIO/BEN/SHA Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel
Alan BENNETT (Playwright, Screenwriter, and Actor) BIO/BEN A Life Like Other People’s
Irving BERLIN (Composer, Songwriter, Lyricist) BIO/BER/KAP Irving Berlin: New York Genius
Isaiah BERLIN (Philosopher and Political Theorist) BIO/BER/DUB Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal
Hector BERLIOZ (Composer) BIO/BER/CAI Berlioz: The Making of an Artist, 1803-1832
Hector BERLIOZ (Composer) BIO/BER/CAI Berlioz: Servitude and Greatness, 1832-1869
Saint BERNARD of Clairvaux BIO/BER/McG Bernard of Clairvaux: An Inner Life
Leonard BERNSTEIN (Composer, Conductor, Pianist) BIO/BER/SHA Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician
Anthony BLUNT (Spy and Art Historian) BIO/BLU/CAR Anthony Blunt: His Lives
Eavan BOLAND (Poet) BIO/BOL Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time
Jennifer Finney BOYLAN (Writer and Transgender Activist) BIO/BOY She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
Johannes BRAHMS BIO/BRA/SWA Johannes Brahms: A Biography
Gyles BRANDRETH (Writer, Broadcaster, Entertainer) BIO/BRA Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries
Gyles BRANDRETH (Writer, Broadcaster, Entertainer) BIO/BRA Odd Boy Out
Benjamin BRITTEN BIO/BRI/CAR Benjamin Britten: A Biography
Benjamin BRITTEN BIO/BRI/KIL Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century
Benjamin BRITTEN BIO/BRI/MAT Britten

The Brontë Myth

Charlotte BRONTË BIO/BRO/MIL The Brontë Myth
Charlotte BRONTË BIO/BRO/HAR Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart
Emily BRONTË BIO/BRO/MIL The Brontë Myth
Christy BROWN (Novelist and Poet) BIO/BRO My Left Foot
Gordon BROWN BIO/BRO My Life, Our Times
Tina BROWN (Magazine Editor) BIO/BRO The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992
Elizabeth Barrett BROWNING BIO/BRO/SAM Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Marcus BRUTUS (Late Roman Republic Senator; Assassin of Julius Caesar) BIO/BRU/TEM Brutus: The Noble Conspirator
Mikhail BULGAKOV (Novelist, Playwright, and Physician) BIO/BUL/CUR Manuscripts Don’t Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov: A Life in Letters and Diaries
Edmund BURKE (Politician and Author) BIO/BUR/NOR Edmund Burke: The Visionary Who Invented Modern Politics
Annabella Milbanke, Lady BYRON (Wife of Lord Byron) BIO/BYR/SEY In Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter: Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace
James CALLAGHAN BIO/DON Downing Street Diary: With James Callaghan in No. 10
David CAMERON BIO/CAM For the Record
King CANUTE BIO/CNU/LAN Cnut: The North Sea King
Stokely CARMICHAEL (a.k.a. Kwame Ture) (Civil Rights Activist and US Black Nationalism Leader) BIO/CAR/JOS Stokely: A Life
Lewis CARROLL  BIO/CAR/COH Lewis Carroll: A Biography
Angela CARTER (Novelist and Short Story Writer) BIO/CAR/GOR The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography
Jimmy CARTER BIO/CAR Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President
Queen CATHARINE Parr (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/CAT/JAM

Catherine Parr: Henry VIII’s Last Love

Queen CATHERINE Howard (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/CAT/RUS

Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII

Queen CATHERINE, of Aragon (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/CAT/TRE Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen
Empress CATHERINE II of Russia, CATHERINE the Great BIO/CAT2/MAS Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Aimé CÉSAIRE (Poet, Author, Politician) BIO/CES/TOU Aimé Césaire: le nègre inconsolé
Joseph CHAMBERLAIN BIO/CHAM/MAR Joseph Chamberlain: Entrepreneur in Politics
Annie CHAPMAN (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Emperor CHARLEMAGNE BIO/CHA/NEL King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne

White King: Traitor, Murderer, Martyr

King CHARLES II BIO/CHA2/JAC Charles II: The Star King
Emperor CHARLES V, Holy Roman Emperor BIO/CHA5/PAR Emperor: A New Life of Charles V
Prince CHARLES EDWARD STUART (Grandson of King James II, a.k.a. “Bonnie Prince Charlie” and “The Young Pretender”) BIO/CHA/DAI Charles Edward Stuart: The Life and Times of Bonnie Prince Charlie
Queen CHARLOTTE, Consort of George III BIO/GEO3/HAD The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians
Geoffrey CHAUCER BIO/CHA/TUR Chaucer: A European Life
Frédéric CHOPIN BIO/CHO/WAL Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times
Sir Winston CHURCHILL BIO/CHU/BES Churchill: A Study in Greatness
Sir Winston CHURCHILL BIO/CHU/ROB Churchill: Walking With Destiny
CLEOPATRA, Queen of Egypt BIO/CLE/SCH Cleopatra: A Life
King CNUT BIO/CNU/BOL Cnut the Great
Jean COCTEAU BIO/COC/ARN Jean Cocteau: A Life
Samuel Taylor COLERIDGE BIO/COL/ASH The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Critical Biography
COLLABORATORS (Second World War) BIO/IRE The Traitors: A True Story of Blood, Betrayal and Deceit
Michael COLLINS (Irish Revolutionary and Political Leader) BIO/COL/COO Michael Collins: A Biography
Christopher COLUMBUS (Cristoforo COLOMBO) BIO/COL/BER Columbus: The Four Voyages, 1492-1504
Ferdinand COLUMBUS (Hernando COLÓN) (Book Collector; Son of Christopher Columbus) BIO/COL/WIL The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Young Columbus and the Quest for a Universal Library
Fanny CORNFORTH (Artist’s Model of Dante Gabriel Rossetti) BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
Thomas CRANMER, Archbishop of Canterbury BIO/CRA/MacC Thomas Cranmer: A Life
Oliver CROMWELL BIO/CRO/FRA Cromwell: Our Chief of Men
Oliver CROMWELL BIO/CRO/HOR Oliver Cromwell: England’s Protector
Thomas CROMWELL, Earl of Essex BIO/CRO/MacC Thomas Cromwell: A Life
Marie CURIE BIO/CUR/QUI Marie Curie: A Life
Rachel CUSK (Novelist and Writer) BIO/CUS A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother
Roald DAHL BIO/DAH/DEN Teller of the Unexpected: The Life of Roald Dahl: An Unofficial Biography
DANTE Alighieri BIO/DAN/REY Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man
Henry Stuart, Duke of Albany, Lord DARNLEY (King Consort of Mary, Queen of Scots) BIO/DAR/BIN Darnley: A Life of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, Consort of Mary Queen of Scots
Charles DARWIN BIO/DAR/KEY Creation: The True Story of Charles Darwin
Charles DARWIN BIO/ASH One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858
Charles DARWIN BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
Alphonse DAUDET (Novelist) BIO/DAU In the Land of Pain
Claude DEBUSSY BIO/DEB/WAL Debussy: A Painter in Sound
Daniel DEFOE BIO/DEF/NOV Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions
Charles DE GAULLE BIO/DeG/JAC De Gaulle
Lien DE JONG (Dutch Jewish Girl; Second World War Survivor) BIO/DEJ/VAN The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found
Thomas DE QUINCEY (Essayist and Journalist) BIO/De Q/WIL Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey
Charles DICKENS BIO/DIC/TOM Charles Dickens: A Life
Charles DICKENS BIO/DIC/WIL The Mystery of Charles Dickens
Charles DICKENS BIO/ASH One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858
Denis DIDEROT BIO/DID/CUR Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely
Jenny DISKI (Writer) BIO/DIS On Trying to Keep Still
Benjamin DISRAELI BIO/ASH One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858
John DONNE BIO/DON/RUN Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne
Frederick DOUGLASS (Abolitionist, Suffragist, Social Reformer) BIO/DOU/BLI Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
Frederick DOUGLASS (Abolitionist, Suffragist, Social Reformer) BIO/DOU

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself

Lawrence DURRELL (Novelist and Writer) BIO/DUR/MacN Lawrence Durrell: A Biography
Catherine EDDOWES (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
King EDWARD the Confessor BIO/EDW/WOO Edward the Confessor: The Sainted King
King EDWARD I BIO/EDW1/MOR A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain
King EDWARD I BIO/EDW1/KIN Edward I: A New King Arthur?
King EDWARD II BIO/EDW2/GIV Edward II: The Terrors of Kingship
King EDWARD III BIO/EDW3/SUM Edward III: A Heroic Failure
King EDWARD IV BIO/EDW4/POL Edward IV: The Summer King
King EDWARD V BIO/EDW5/HIC Edward V: The Prince in the Tower
King EDWARD VI BIO/EDW6/ALF Edward VI: The Last Boy King
King EDWARD VII BIO/EDW7/RID Bertie: A Life of Edward VII
King EDWARD VII BIO/EDW7/DAV Edward VII: The Cosmopolitan King
King EDWARD VIII BIO/EDW8/BRE Edward VIII: The Uncrowned King
Albert EINSTEIN BIO/EIN/FOL Albert Einstein: A Biography
Albert EINSTEIN BIO/EIN/GIM Einstein: His Space and Times
Albert EINSTEIN BIO/EIN/GRA Einstein in Time and Space: A Life in 99 Particles
Queen ELEANOR of Aquitaine (Queen Consort of King Henry II) BIO/ELE/TUR Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England
George ELIOT BIO/ELI/DAV The Transferred Life of George Eliot: The Biography of a Novelist
George ELIOT BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
T. S. ELIOT BIO/ELI/CRA Eliot: After The Waste Land
T. S. ELIOT BIO/ELI/GOR The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot
Queen ELIZABETH I BIO/ELI1/CAS Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity
Queen ELIZABETH I BIO/ELI1/GUY Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
Queen ELIZABETH I BIO/ELI1/HIB The Virgin Queen: A Personal History of Elizabeth I
Queen ELIZABETH II BIO/ELI2/HUR Elizabeth II: The Steadfast
Queen ELIZABETH II BIO/ELI2/HAR Queen of Our Times: The Life of Queen Elizabeth II
Duke ELLINGTON (Jazz musician and composer) BIO/ELL Music Is My Mistress

Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind

Manuel de FALLA (Composer) BIO/FAL/HES

Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla

Frantz FANON (Philosopher, Psychiatrist, Writer) BIO/FAN/MAC Frantz Fanon: A Biography
Roopa FAROOKI (Author and Medical Doctor) BIO/FAR

Everything Is True: A Junior Doctor's Story of Life, Death and Grief in a Time of Pandemic

Patrick Leigh FERMOR (Travel Writer) BIO/FER/SIS Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters
F. Scott FITZGERALD BIO/FIT/BRO Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Penelope FITZGERALD (Novelist, Biographer, Writer) BIO/FIT/LEE Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life
FONG Chong Pik (Political Activist) BIO/FAN Fong Chong Pik: The Memoirs of a Malayan Communist Revolutionary
E. M. FORSTER BIO/FOR/MOF E. M. Forster: A New Life
John FOWLES BIO/FOW/WAR John Fowles: A Life in Two Worlds
Benjamin FRANKLIN BIO/FRA/ISA Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Lady Antonia FRASER (Biographer and Historian) BIO/FRA My History: A Memoir of Growing Up
King FREDERICK II of Prussia, FREDERICK the Great  BIO/FRE/BLA Frederick the Great: King of Prussia
Lucian FREUD BIO/FRE/FEA The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame 19682011
Roger FRY (Painter, Art Historian, and Critic) BIO/FRY/WOO Roger Fry: A Biography
Thomas GAINSBOROUGH BIO/GAI/HAM Gainsborough: A Portrait

An Autobiography, or, The Story of My Experiments With Truth: A Critical Edition

GENGHIS Khan, First Khagan of the Mongol Empire BIO/GEN/WEA Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Artemisia GENTILESCHI (Painter) BIO/GEN/JON Artemisia Gentileschi
King GEORGE I BIO/GEO1/BLA George I: The Lucky King
King GEORGE II BIO/GEO2/THO George II: King and Elector
King GEORGE III BIO/GEO3/BLA George III: America’s Last King
King GEORGE III BIO/GEO3/ROB King George III: The Life and Reign of Britain’s Most Misunderstood Monarch
King GEORGE III BIO/GEO3/HAD The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians
King GEORGE IV BIO/GEO4/HIB George IV: The Rebel Who Would Be King
King GEORGE V BIO/GEO5/CAN George V: The Unexpected King
King GEORGE VI BIO/GEO6/ZIE George VI: The Dutiful King
Alberto GIACOMETTI BIO/GIA/PEP Giacometti in Paris
William GILBERT (Physicist) BIO/GIL/PUM Latitude & the Magnetic Earth: The True Story of Queen Elizabeth’s Most Distinguished Man of Science
Sir John GIELGUD (Actor) BIO/GIE/MOR John Gielgud: The Authorized Biography
Dizzy GILLESPIE (Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer) BIO/GIL Dizzy: To Be or Not To Bop
Haben GIRMA (Disability Rights Advocate; First Deafblind Graduate of Harvard Law School) BIO/GIR Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
GOH Chok Tong (Singapore’s Second Prime Minister) BIO/GOH/PEH Tall Order: The Goh Chok Tong Story: Volume I
Adam GOPNIK (Writer) BIO/GOP At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York
Glenn GOULD (Pianist) BIO/GOU/OST Glenn Gould: The Ecstasy and Tragedy of Genius
Colin GRANT BIO/GRA I'm Black so You Don't Have to Be
Graham GREENE BIO/GRE/GRE Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene
Lady Jane GREY BIO/GRE/IVE Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery
Lady Jane GREY BIO/GRE/DE L The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey
Jo GRIMOND, Baron GRIMOND (Leader of the Liberal Party) BIO/GRI/McM Jo Grimond: Towards the Sound of Gunfire
Ivor GURNEY (Composer and Poet) BIO/GUR/KEN Dweller in Shadows: A Life of Ivor Gurney
Richard Burdon HALDANE, 1st Viscount HALDANE  (Politician and Philosopher) BIO/HAL/CAM Haldane: The Forgotten Statesman who Shaped Modern Britain
Brenda HALE, Baroness Hale of Richmond (Judge and Law Lord) BIO/HAL Spider Woman
Stuart HALL (Sociologist, Cultural Theorist, and Political Activist) BIO/HAL Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands
Edmond HALLEY (Astronomer) BIO/HAL/COO Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas

George Frideric HANDEL

BIO/HAN/HUN The Lives of George Frideric Handel
Thomas HARDY BIO/HAR/TOM Thomas Hardy
Thomas HARRIOT (Mathematician and Astronomer) BIO/HAR/ARI Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science
L. P. HARTLEY (Novelist and Short-Story Writer) BIO/BAR/WRI Foreign Country: The Life of L. P. Hartley
Lady Flora HASTINGS (Lady-in-Waiting to the Duchess of Kent; Victim of Scandal) BIO/HUG Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum
Joseph HAYDN BIO/HAY/WYN The Life of Haydn
Shirley HAZZARD (Writer) BIO/HAZ/OLU Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life
Prince HENRY FREDERICK STUART, Prince of Wales BIO/HEN/FRA The Prince Who Would Be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart
King HENRY I BIO/HEN1/KIN Henry I: The Father of His People
King HENRY II BIO/HEN2/BAR Henry II: A Prince Among Princes
King HENRY III BIO/HEN3/CHU Henry III: A Simple and God-Fearing King
King HENRY IV BIO/HEN4/MOR The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England’s Self-Made King
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/SEW Henry V as Warlord
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/CUR Henry V: Playboy Prince to Warrior King
King HENRY V BIO/HEN5/VAL Henry V: The Conscience of the King
King HENRY VI BIO/HEN6/ROS Henry VI: A Good, Simple and Innocent Man

Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England

King HENRY VIII BIO/HEN8/GUY Henry VIII: The Quest for Fame
King HENRY VIII BIO/HEN8/STA Henry: Virtuous Prince
Katherine Seymour, Countess of HERTFORD (a.k.a. Lady Katherine Grey) BIO/GRE/DE L The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey
Nicholas HILLIARD (Elizabethan Painter of Portrait Miniatures) BIO/HIL/GOL Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist
Adolf HITLER BIO/HIT/LON Hitler: A Life
Adolf HITLER BIO/HIT/ULL Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939
Adolf HITLER BIO/HIT/ULL Hitler: Downfall, 1939-45
Dorothy HODGKIN BIO/HOD/FER Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life
Hans HOLBEIN BIO/HOL/MOY The King’s Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein
Billie HOLIDAY BIO/HOL Lady Sings the Blues
Imogen HOLST (Composer and Musician) BIO/HOL/GRO Imogen Holst: A Life in Music
Robert HOOKE (Natural Philosopher) BIO/HOO/JAR The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London
Gerard Manley HOPKINS BIO/HOP/MAR Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life
A. E. HOUSMAN (Poet and Classicist) BIO/HOU/VIN A. E. Housman: Hero of the Hidden Life
Geoffrey HOWE, Baron HOWE of Aberavon BIO/HOW Conflict of Loyalty
Ted HUGHES BIO/HUG/BAT Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life
Victor HUGO BIO/HUG/ROB Victor Hugo
Leigh HUNT (Poet, Journalist, and Literary Critic) BIO/HUN/ROE Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt
Henrik IBSEN BIO/IBS/FIG Henrik Ibsen: The Man and the Mask
Queen ISABELLA I of Spain BIO/ISA1/TRE Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen
King JAMES I BIO/JAM1/COG James I: The Phoenix King
King JAMES II BIO/JAM2/WOM James II: The Last Catholic King
Kay Redfield JAMISON (Clinical Psychologist; Manic Depressive) BIO/JAM An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Leoš JANÁČEK (Composer) BIO/JAN/VOG Leoš Janáček: A Biography
Queen JANE Seymour (Queen Consort of King Henry VIII) BIO/JAN/LOA Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s Favourite Wife
Roy JENKINS (Politician; Chancellor of the University of Oxford) BIO/JEN/CAM Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life
JESUS Christ BIO/JES/BEN Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
JESUS Christ BIO/JES/BEN Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration
JESUS Christ BIO/JES/BEN Jesus of Nazareth: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection
Saint JOAN of Arc BIO/AUS/SHO Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning
King JOHN BIO/JOH/VIN John: An Evil King?
King JOHN BIO/JOH/MOR King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta
Pope JOHN PAUL II BIO/JOH/WEI Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II
Rachel JOHNSON (Journalist and Author) BIO/JOH Rake’s Progress: My Political Midlife Crisis
David JONES BIO/JON/DIL David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet
Scott JOPLIN (Composer) BIO/JOP/BER King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era
Emperor JUSTINIAN I BIO/JUS/SAR Justinian: Emperor, Soldier, Saint
Franz KAFKA BIO/KAF/BRO Franz Kafka: A Biography
Franz KAFKA BIO/KAF/ALT Franz Kafka, the Eternal Son: A Biography
Frida KAHLO BIO/KAH/JUD Frida Kahlo
Frida KAHLO BIO/KAH/HER Frida: The Biography of Frida Kahlo
John KEATS BIO/KEA/ROE John Keats: A New Life


BIO/KIE/CAR Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard
Rudyard KIPLING BIO/KIP/BUB Meeting Without Knowing It: Kipling and Yeats at the Fin de Siècle
Molly KEANE (Novelist) BIO/KEA/PHI Molly Keane: A Life
Mary KELLY (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
John F. KENNEDY BIO/KEN/DAL An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
Lady Mary Grey KEYS (a.k.a. Lady Mary Grey) BIO/GRE/DE L The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey
Martin Luther KING, Jr. BIO/KIN/GAR

Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Maxwell KNIGHT BIO/KNI/HEM M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster
Letitia Elizabeth LANDON (a.k.a. “L.E.L.”) (Poet and Novelist) BIO/LAN/MIL L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated Female Byron’
D. H. LAWRENCE BIO/LAW/WIL Burning Man: The Ascent of D H Lawrence
D. H. LAWRENCE BIO/LAW/CHA D. H. Lawrence: A Personal Record
D. H. LAWRENCE BIO/LAW/WOR D. H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider
Edward LEAR BIO/LEA/UGL Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense
LEE Kuan Yew (Singapore’s First Prime Minister) BIO/LEE/MIN No Man Is An Island: A Portrait of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew
Laurie LEE BIO/LEE/GRO Laurie Lee: The Well-Loved Stranger
Vladimir LENIN BIO/LEN/SER Lenin: A Biography
John LENNON BIO/LEN/NOR John Lennon: The Life
LEONARDO da Vinci BIO/LEO/ISA Leonardo Da Vinci: The Biography
Deborah LEVY (Novelist, Playwright, Poet) BIO/LEV The Cost of Living
Deborah LEVY (Novelist, Playwright, Poet) BIO/LEV Things I Don’t Want to Know: A Response to George Orwell’s 1946 Essay Why I Write’
LIN Chin Joo (Political Detainee) BIO/LIN My Youth in Black & White
Franz LISZT BIO/LIS/HIL Franz Liszt: Musician, Celebrity, Superstar
Alain LOCKE (Philosopher, Writer, Intellectual; Leader of the Harlem Renaissance Movement) BIO/LOC/STE The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
Audre LORDE (Poet, Librarian, and Civil Activist) BIO/LOR Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
King LOUIS XIV of France BIO/LOU14/MAN King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV
King LOUIS XIV of France BIO/LOU14/MIT The Sun King: Louis XIV at Versailles
King LOUIS XVI of France BIO/LOU16/HAR The Life of Louis XVI
Toussaint LOUVERTURE (Leader of the Haitian Revolution) BIO/LOU/HAZ Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture
Ada King, Countess of LOVELACE (Mathematician; Daughter of Lord Byron) BIO/BYR/SEY In Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter: Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace
Robert LOWELL BIO/LOW Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character
Martin LUTHER BIO/ERA/MAS Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind
Ferdinand MAGELLAN BIO/MAG/FER Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan
Najīb MAHFŪZ (Novelist, Short-Story Writer, Film Script Writer, Dramatist) BIO/MAH/EL-E Naguib Mahfouz: Egyptʼs Nobel Laureate
Gustav MAHLER BIO/MAH/FIS Gustav Mahler
John MAJOR BIO/MAJ The Autobiography
Nelson MANDELA BIO/MAN/SAM Mandela: The Authorised Biography
Nelson MANDELA BIO/MAN/HAI Mandela: His Essential Life
Queen MARIE ANTOINETTE of France (Queen Consort of King Louis XVI) BIO/MAR/HAR Marie-Antoinette: The Making of a French Queen
Sarah Jennings Churchill, Duchess of MARLBOROUGH (Favourite of Queen Anne) BIO/MAR/HAR A Passion for Government: The Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough
Christopher MARLOWE (Playwright) BIO/MAR/HON Christopher Marlowe: Poet & Spy
Henry MARSH (Neurosurgeon) BIO/MAR Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
William MARSHAL, First Earl of Pembroke BIO/MAR/ASB The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones
Karl MARX BIO/MAR/AVI Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution
MARY, Queen of Scots BIO/MAR/FRA Mary, Queen of Scots
Queen MARY I BIO/MAR1/EDW Mary I: The Daughter of Time
Queen MARY I BIO/MAR1/WHI Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen
Queen MARY II BIO/WIL3/KEA William III and Mary II: Partners in Revolution
Empress MATILDA (Queen Consort of: (i) Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, (ii) Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou; Mother of King Henry II) BIO/MAT/HAN Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior
King MATTHIAS I of Hungary, MATTHIAS Corvinus BIO/MAT/TAN The Raven King: Corvinus and the Fate of His Lost Library
Golda MEIR (Prime Minister of Israel) BIO/MEI/BUR Golda Meir: And the Birth of Israel
Fanny MENDELSSOHN (Composer and Pianist; Sister of Felix Mendelssohn) BIO/MEN/TIL Fanny Mendelssohn
Fanny MENDELSSOHN (Composer and Pianist; Sister of Felix Mendelssohn) BIO/MEN/TOD Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn
Freddie MERCURY BIO/MER/JON Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography
Olivier MESSIAEN BIO/MES/DIN The Life of Messiaen
Clemens von METTERNICH (Diplomat and Politician) BIO/MET/SIE Metternich: Strategist and Visionary
Harvey MILK (United States Politician) BIO/MIL/FAD Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death
Arthur MILLER  BIO/MIL/LAH Arthur Miller: American Witness
Karl MILLER (Literary Editor) BIO/MIL Fathers
John MILTON BIO/MIL/LEW The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography
Michel de MONTAIGNE (Philosopher) BIO/MON/DES Montaigne: A Life

Simon de MONTFORT, Sixth Earl of Leicester

BIO/MON/AMB The Song of Simon de Montfort: Englandʼs First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry
MOSES BIO/MOS/ZOR Moses: A Human Life
Edwina MOUNTBATTEN, Countess MOUNTBATTEN of Burma BIO/MOU/LOW The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves
Louis MOUNTBATTEN, First Earl MOUNTBATTEN of Burma BIO/MOU/LOW The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves
Anna Maria MOZART (Mother of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) BIO/MOZ/HAL The Mozart Family: Four Lives in a Social Context
Leopold MOZART (Composer; Father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) BIO/MOZ/HAL The Mozart Family: Four Lives in a Social Context
Maria Anna “Nannerl” MOZART (Musician; Sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) BIO/MOZ/HAL The Mozart Family: Four Lives in a Social Context
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART BIO/MOZ/HAL The Mozart Family: Four Lives in a Social Context
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART BIO/MOZ/JOH Mozart: A Life
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART BIO/MOZ/SWA Wolfgang Amadè Mozart: The Reign of Love
Prophet MUHAMMAD BIO/MUH/ARM Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
Edvard MUNCH BIO/MUN/PRI Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream
Iris MURDOCH BIO/MUR/BAY Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch
V. S. NAIPAUL BIO/NAI Finding the Centre: Two Narratives
Dadabhai NAOROJI (Politician) BIO/NAO/PAT Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism
NAPOLEON I, Emperor of the French BIO/NAP/ROB Napoleon: A Life
John Forbes NASH, Jr. (Mathematician) BIO/NAS/NAS A Beautiful Mind
Saint John Henry NEWMAN BIO/NEW/DUF John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History
Sir Isaac NEWTON BIO/NEW/GUI Isaac Newton and Natural Philosophy
NGŨGĨ wa Thiongʼo (Novelist, Dramatist, Writer; Academic) BIO/NGŨ Wrestling With the Devil: A Prison Memoir
Mary Ann NICHOLS (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
NICO (Christa Päffgen) (Singer-Songwriter and Model) BIO/NIC/WIT Nico: The Life and Lies of an Icon
Christopher NOLAN (Poet, Memoirist, Novelist) BIO/NOL Under the Eye of the Clock: The Life Story of Christopher Nolan
Lord Henry Howard, Earl of NORTHAMPTON (Elizabethan and Jacobean Courtier; Lord Privy Seal) BIO/NOR/ Lord Henry Howard (1540-1614): An Elizabethan Life
Alfred Harmsworth, Viscount NORTHCLIFFE BIO/NOR/ROB Chief: The Life of Lord Northcliffe
Rudolf NUREYEV (Ballet Dancer) BIO/NUR/KAV Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
Barack OBAMA BIO/OBA Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Wilfred OWEN BIO/OWE/STA Wilfred Owen
Giovanni PACINI (Opera Composer) BIO/PAC My Artistic Memoirs
Dame Christabel PANKHURST BIO/PAN/PUR Christabel Pankhurst: A Biography
Emmeline PANKHURST BIO/PAN/PUR Emmeline Pankhurst: A Biography
Martha PARKER (Filmmaker) BIO/GOP At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York
Charles Stewart PARNELL (Politician) BIO/PAR/BEW Enigma: A New Life of Charles Stewart Parnell
Saint PAUL BIO/PAU/WRI Paul: A Biography
Robert PEEL BIO/PEE/HUR Robert Peel: A Biography
Samuel PEPYS (Diarist; Chief Secretary to the Admiralty; Book Collector) BIO/PEP/TOM Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Max Ferdinand PERUTZ (Molecular Biologist and Biochemist; Nobel Prize Winner) BIO/PER/FER Max Perutz and the Secret of Life
PETER the Great, Emperor of Russia BIO/PET/MAS Peter the Great: His Life and World
Ludmilla PETRUSHEVSKAYA (Novelist and Playwright) BIO/PET The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia
Nikolaus PEVSNER (Art and Architecture Historian) BIO/PEV/HAR Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life
King PHILIP II of Spain BIO/PHI2/PAR Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II
Witold PILECKI (Polish Resistance Leader and Intelligence Agent) BIO/PIL/FAI The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz
William PITT BIO/PIT/HAG William Pitt the Younger
Cardinal Reginald POLE (Archbishop of Canterbury) BIO/POL/EDW Archbishop Pole
Cardinal Reginald POLE (Archbishop of Canterbury) BIO/POL/CIP Reginald Pole: cardinale governatore di Bagnoregio dal 1547 al 1558: biografia essenziale e ricostruzione dell'azione di governo a Bagnoregio

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de POMPADOUR (a.k.a. “Madame de POMPADOUR”) (Chief Mistress, maîtresse-en-titre, of Louis XV, King of France)
BIO/POM/MIT Madame de Pompadour
Anna Maria PORTER (Novelist) BIO/POR/LOO Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontës
Cole PORTER (Composer and Songwriter) BIO/POR/McB Cole Porter: The Definitive Biography
Jane PORTER (Novelist) BIO/POR/LOO Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontës
Dennis POTTER (Playwright and Screenwriter) BIO/POT/CAR Dennis Potter: A Biography
Francis POULENC (Composer) BIO/POU/SCH Entrancing Muse: A Documented Biography of Francis Poulenc
Francis POULENC (Composer) BIO/POU/NIC Poulenc: A Biography
Anthony POWELL (Novelist) BIO/POW/SPU Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time
Barbara PYM BIO/PYM/BYR The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym: A Biography
Jimmy REID (Trade Union Activist and Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In Leader) BIO/REI Reflections of a Clyde-Built Man
Jean RHYS (Novelist) BIO/RHY/SEY I Used to Live Here Once: The Haunted Life of Jean Rhys
King RICHARD I (a.k.a. RICHARD the Lionheart) BIO/RIC1/ASB Richard I: The Crusader King
King RICHARD II BIO/RIC2/ASH Richard II: A Brittle Glory
King RICHARD III BIO/RIC3/SKI Richard III: Brother, Protector, King
King RICHARD III BIO/RIC3/HIC Richard III: The Self-Made King
John Wilmot, Earl of ROCHESTER (Poet and Courtier) BIO/ROC/LAM So Idle A Rogue: The Life and Death of Lord Rochester
House of ROMANOV, Royal House of Russia BIO/ROM/SEB The Romanovs: 1613-1918
Christina ROSSETTI BIO/ROS/MAS Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith
SACKVILLE Family (Owners of Knole, a country house in Sevenoaks, inhabited by a succession of Earls of Dorset, Dukes of Dorset, and Barons Sackville) BIO/SAC Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles
Vita SACKVILLE-WEST, Lady Nicolson (Writer and Garden Designer) BIO/SAC/GLE Vita: The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Camille SAINT-SAËNS BIO/SAI/REE Camille Saint-Saëns: A Life
Margaret Pole, Countess of SALISBURY BIO/SAL/PIE

Margaret Pole, 1473-1541: Loyalty, Lineage and Leadership

Charlotte SALOMON (Artist) BIO/SAL/FEL To Paint Her Life: Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era
Sathnam SANGHERA (Journalist) BIO/SAN The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton
Nathalie SARRAUTE (Novelist; Lawyer) BIO/SAR/JEF Nathalie Sarraute: A Life Between
José SARRIA (Social Activist; Drag Queen) BIO/SAR/GOR The Empress is a Man: Stories from the Life of José Sarria
Siegfried SASSOON BIO/SAS/EGR Siegfried Sassoon: A Biography
Alessandro SCARLATTI (Composer; Father of Domenico Scarlatti) BIO/SCA/PAG Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti: Two Lives in One
Domenico SCARLATTI (Composer) BIO/SCA/PAG Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti: Two Lives in One
Arnold SCHOENBERG BIO/SCH/BER Arnold Schoenberg
Clara SCHUMANN BIO/SCH/REI Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman
Robert SCHUMANN BIO/SCH/CHE Schumann: The Faces and the Masks
Sir Walter SCOTT BIO/SCO/SUT The Life of Walter Scott: A Critical Biography
Alexander SCRIABIN (Composer and Pianist) BIO/SCR/BOW Scriabin: A Biography
Elif SHAFAK (Novelist) BIO/SHA Black Milk: On Motherhood and Writing
William SHAKESPEARE BIO/SHA/GRE Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
William SHAKESPEARE BIO/SHA/ACK Shakespeare: The Biography
William SHAKESPEARE BIO/SHA/TOS Straight Acting: The Many Queer Lives of William Shakespeare
Mary SHELLEY BIO/AUS/SHO Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning
Mary SHELLEY BIO/WOL/GOR Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
Richard Brinsley SHERIDAN (Playwright and Politician) BIO/SHE/KEL Richard Brinsley Sheridan: A Life
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH BIO/SHO/FAI Dmitry Shostakovich
Nina SIMONE (Singer, Songwriter and Pianist; Civil Rights Activist) BIO/SIM I Put A Spell On You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone
Sir Hans SLOANE (British Museum Founding Collector; Physician) BIO/SLO/DEL Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum
Edward SNOWDEN BIO/SNO Permanent Record
SOCRATES BIO/SOC/D’AN Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher
Stephen SPENDER BIO/SPE/SUT Stephen Spender: The Authorized Biography
Josef STALIN BIO/STA/KHL Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator
King STEPHEN BIO/STE/WAT Stephen: The Reign of Anarchy
Sir Leslie STEPHEN (Literary Critic) BIO/STE Sir Leslie Stephen’s Mausoleum Book
Tom STOPPARD BIO/STO/LEE Tom Stoppard: A Life
Elizabeth STRIDE (Murder Victim of “Jack the Ripper”) BIO/RUB The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Sir Arthur SULLIVAN (Composer) BIO/SUL/BRA

Arthur Sullivan: A Life of Divine Emollient

Jonathan SWIFT BIO/SWI/STU Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY BIO/TCH/HOL Tchaikovsky
Corrie TEN BOOM (Watchmaker; Dutch Resistance Worker and Concentration Camp Survivor) BIO/TEN The Hiding Place

Giusto Ferdinando TENDUCCI (Castrato Opera Singer)

BIO/TEN/BER The Castrato and His Wife
Jeremy THORPE BIO/THO/BLO Jeremy Thorpe
Edward THURLOW, 1st Baron THURLOW (Politician and Lord Chancellor) BIO/THU/GIL The Great Pillar: The Political Career of Lord Thurlow 1731-1806
Michael TIPPETT (Composer) BIO/TIP/SOD Michael Tippett: The Biography
J. R .R. TOLKIEN BIO/TOL/CAR J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography
Claire TOMALIN (Biographer) BIO/TOM A Life of My Own
Leon TROTSKY BIO/TRO/SER Trotsky: A Biography
Mark TWAIN BIO/TWA/POW Mark Twain: A Life
Max Wolf VALERIO (Poet and Memoirist) BIO/VAL The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male
Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS BIO/VAU/ALL Vaughan Williams: Composer, Radical, Patriot - A Biography
Giuseppe VERDI BIO/VER/PHI Verdi: A Biography
Vespasiano DA BISTiCCI BIO/VES/KIN The Bookseller of Florence: Vespasiano da Bisticci and the Manuscripts that Illuminated the Renaissance
Queen VICTORIA BIO/VIC/LED Queen Victoria: This Thorny Crown
Queen VICTORIA BIO/VIC/WIL Victoria: A Life
Queen VICTORIA BIO/VIC/RID Victoria: Queen, Matriarch, Empress
Antonio VIVALDI BIO/VIV/HEL Antonio Vivaldi: The Red Priest of Venice
Swami VIVEKANANDA BIO/VIV/HAR Guru to the World: The Life and Legacy of Vivekeananda
Richard WAGNER BIO/WAG/GEC Richard Wagner: A Life in Music
Richard WAGNER BIO/WAG/KÖH Richard Wagner: The Last of the Titans
Dilly WALTER BIO/WAL Before the Light Fades: A Memoir of Grief and Resistance
Richard Neville, Earl of WARWICK BIO/WAR/HIC Warwick the Kingmaker
George WASHINGTON BIO/WAS/RHO George Washington: The Wonder of the Age
Evelyn WAUGH BIO/WAU/EAD Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited
Evelyn WAUGH BIO/WAU/HAS Evelyn Waugh: A Biography
William WESTON (Jesuit Missionary Priest) BIO/WES William Weston: The Autobiography of an Elizabethan
Edmund WHITE (Novelist, Memoirist, Biographer) BIO/WHI The Unpublished Vice: A Life of Reading
Mary WHITEHOUSE (Media Critic and Social Activist; Founder of the National Viewers’ and  Listeners’ Association) BIO/WHI Quite Contrary: An Autobiography
William WILBERFORCE BIO/WIL/HAG William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner
Oscar WILDE BIO/WIL/MEN Making Oscar Wilde
Oscar WILDE BIO/WIL/STU Oscar: A Life
Oscar WILDE BIO/WIL/FRA Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years
Isambard WILKINSON (Traveller in Pakistan) BIO/WIL Travels in a Dervish Cloak
King WILLIAM I BIO/WIL1/MOR William I: England’s Conqueror
King WILLIAM II, WILLIAM Rufus BIO/WIL2/MAS King Rufus: The Life & Murder of William II of England
King WILLIAM II, WILLIAM Rufus BIO/WIL2/GIL William II: The Red King
King WILLIAM III BIO/WIL3/KEA William III and Mary II: Partners in Revolution
Harold WILSON BIO/DON Downing Street Diary: With Harold Wilson in No. 10
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of WINDSOR BIO/WIN/PAS Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
Mary WOLLSTONECRAFT BIO/WOL/GOR Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
Mary WOLLSTONECRAFT BIO/WOL/TOM The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft
Albert WOODFOX (Solitary Confinement Prison Inmate; one of the “Angola Three”) BIO/WOO Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement
Virginia WOOLF BIO/WOO/DUN A Very Close Conspiracy: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf
William WORDSWORTH BIO/WOR/WOR The Life of William Wordsworth: A Critical Biography
William WORDSWORTH BIO/WOR/BAT Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World
Elizabeth WURTZEL (Journalist and Writer) BIO/WUR Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America
Sir Thomas WYATT BIO/WYA/BRI Thomas Wyatt: The Heart’s Forest
Malcolm X BIO/X The Autobiography of Malcolm X
W. B. YEATS BIO/KIP/BUB Meeting Without Knowing It: Kipling and Yeats at the Fin de Siècle
Lady Cecily Neville, Duchess of YORK BIO/YOR/LAY Cecily Duchess of York
Benjamin ZEPHANIAH BIO/ZEP The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography
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