Our top 5...recommended reads


We have hundreds of biographies to choose from and November's recommended reads are made up of the some of the new releases heading to a library shelf near you. From the much-loved David Jason to the football legend that is Alex Ferguson.

All out now or coming soon to a library near you

My Life

My Life by David Jason

Published: 10 October 2013

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 1960s and '70s: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Bob Monkhouse and Ronnie Barker. Barker would become a mentor to David, leading to hugely successful stints in Porridge and Open All Hours. It wasn't until 1981, kitted out with a sheepskin jacket, a flat cap, and a clapped-out Reliant Regal, that David found the part that would capture the nation's hearts: the beloved Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in Only Fools and Horses. Never a one-trick pony, he had an award-winning spell as TV's favourite detective Jack Frost, took a country jaunt as Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May, and even voiced a crime-fighting cartoon rodent in the much-loved children's show Danger Mouse. But life hasn't all been so easy: from missing out on a key role in Dad's Army to nearly drowning in a freak diving accident, David has had his fair share of ups and downs, and has lost some of his nearest and dearest along the way. David's is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible five decades at the top of the entertainment business. He's been a shopkeeper and a detective inspector, a crime-fighter and a market trader, and he ain't finished yet. As Del Boy would say, it's all cushty.

BonkersBonkers: My life in laughs by Jennifer Saunders

Published: 10 October 2013

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders - the hilarious, touching life story of the iconic comedian and national treasure Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn. There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination. As she admits, 'There has never been a Plan. Everything has been fairly random, happened by accident or just fallen into place. I'm off now, to do some sweeping...'Prepare to chuckle, whoop, and go Bonkers. Jennifer Saunders is a comedian, writer and actress. She has won three BAFTAs (including the Bafta Fellowship), an International Emmy, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or, two Writers' Guild Awards and a People's Choice Award. She also has a certificate for coming third in the discus at the Northwich Area Sports championships, and numerous rosettes for clear round jumping and gymkhana on her pony. She lives in Devon and London with her husband Adrian Edmondson. She has three daughters who are all grown up and have left home. They have been replaced with a whippet called Olive. She has recently been forced to become a grandmother despite only being 55.

how did all this happen How did all this happen? by John Bishop

Published:10 October 2013

If you're a man of a certain age you'll know there comes a point in life when getting a sports car and over-analysing your contribution to society sounds like a really good idea. With a good job in sales and marketing and a nice house in Manchester that he shared with his wife and kids, John Bishop was no different when he turned the dreaded 4-0. But instead of spanking a load of cash on a car that would have made him look like a senior stylist at Vidal Sassoon, he stumbled onto a pathway that ultimately lead him to become one of the nation's best loved comedians. It was a gamble, but boy, did it pay off. How Did All This Happen? is the story of how a boy who, growing up on a council estate dreaming of ousting Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool FC's starting line-up, suddenly found himself on stage in front of thousands of people nationwide, at an age when he should have known better. In his own inimitable style, John guides us through his life from leaving the estate and travelling the globe on a shoe string, to marriage, kids and the split that led him to being on a stage complaining to strangers one night - the night that changed his life and started his journey to stardom. Wonderfully entertaining and packed with colourful reminiscences and comical anecdotes, this is a heart-warming, life-affirming and ultimately very, very funny memoir from one of the nation's greatest comedians.

Alex Ferguson my autobiographyAlex Ferguson: My autobiograph by Alex Ferguson

Published: 24 October 2013

Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football. Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United. The only constant element has been the quality of the manager's league-winning squad and United's run of success, which included winning the Champions League for a second time in 2008. Sir Alex created a purposeful, but welcoming, and much envied culture at the club which has lasted the test of time. Sir Alex saw Manchester United change from a conventional football club to what is now a major business enterprise, and he never failed to move with the times. It was directly due to his vision, energy and ability that he was able to build teams both on and off the pitch. He was a man-manager of phenomenal skill, and increasingly he had to deal with global stars. His relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, for instance, was excellent and David Beckham has described Sir Alex as a father figure. Over the past four years, Sir Alex has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his extraordinary career and in his new book he will reveal his amazing story as it unfolded, from his very early days in the tough shipyard areas of Govan.

AndyAndy Murray: Seventy-seven  by Andy Murray

Published: 7 November 2013

Andy Murray is one of Britain's best loved athletes. On the 7th July 2013 he became the first British man to lift the Wimbledon trophy for 77 years. His new book, Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven , will take us on a personal journey through his career. Focusing on the last two dramatic years, he will share with us his thoughts on the pivotal moments of his playing career and allow us a glimpse into his world - his intense training regime, his close-knit team and his mental and physical battle to get to the very top. This beautiful and very personal book will be a stunning celebration of Andy's career so far.

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MB luminariesMan Booker Prize 2013Man Booker Prize Winner 2013

A huge congratulations to this years Man Booker Prize Winner Eleanor Catton, with The Luminaries, the youngest ever winner and the longest ever book. 

Read the whole Man Booker Prize Shortlist and rate them on online.

Literary Events Coming Soon...

26 November 

Marcus Chown: What A Wonderful World ~ On Tour @ Amersham Library

Award-winning writer and broadcaster Marcus Chown explain how the world of the 21st century works as part of his What a Wonderful World Tour.

Find out the answer to 'Why you could fit the entire human race in a volume of a sugar cube' and 'Why each of us is a galaxy - in fact, 1000 galaxies'.

Book your ticket: lib-ame@buckscc.gov.uk

30 November 

Literary Day @ Aylesbury Library

Aylesbury Library is thrilled to announce its first ever Literary Day.

We will be hosting a number of authors and guests who will be sharing their experience of writing and working in the literary world including S.J. Bolton, Steve Cole, Teri Terry, Caroline Green, Martin Manser, JL Smith, Penelope Harper, Claire Steele.

Book your ticket: lib-ayl@buckscc.gov.uk


Burnham Library's Recommended Read

Sue, Library Manager from Burnham Library recommends And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. 

Here is her review...

'The novel begins with a folk tale about a div, a giant of Afghan folklore, who steals the youngest son of a poor family in a village blighted by droughts. When the father sets out to find the child, the div shows him that the child is living happily in a palace, playing with other children. The father then has to decide whether to turn back and leave his son where he is or take him back to a difficult life in the village. This tale is told by a father to his children, Abdullah and Pari, the day before they take a long and difficult journey from their village to Kabul, where the father leaves one of them with a rich childless couple in the hope that it will save his family from the coming harsh winter.

The separation of the two siblings is at the heart of this sprawling tale, which reads like a series of short stories, told from various perspectives by a large cast of characters, in first person and third person, some chapters written in the form of a letter.

A thoroughly enjoyable book, a great story, but not a quick, easy read. Requires concentration, but well worth the effort!' October 2013

As part of the celebrations for Burnham Librarys 40th Anniversary, a we were delighted that the patron of the Friends of Burnham Library, Sir Terry WoganSir Terry Wogan was able to come along to Burnham Library on Friday 4th October to present prizes to our competition winners. He was his usual affable and witty self and a great evening was had by all.

So Happy Birthday Burnham Library and thank you Sir Terry!



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