Well-Read Winter Warmers

As the nights draw in, here are a selection of biographical new releases designed to keep you company.

Never Give Up by Bear Grylls

To have one autobiography is impressive, but two… Well, Bear Grylls’ public appeal and accomplishment across so many different areas – as a survivalist, as someone who served in the SAS, as a TV personality and even the first ever Chief Ambassador to the World Scout Organisation, probably qualifies a further look into what makes this tour de force of the outdoors so inspirational.

This sequel to the multi-million copy selling global phenomenon Mud, Sweat and Tears chronicles the global adventurer and presenter’s life and career since stepping onto screen, taking readers along with him on his most famous adventures, documenting personal stories from his favourite expeditions, and capturing his hairiest survival challenges.

He shares valuable lessons he’s learned in the wild, opens up about his most personal challenges and achievements, and celebrates the true value of adventure and the enduring importance of courage, kindness and resilience.

A great, inspirational read for a blustery winter’s day when venturing outside perhaps comes low down the list of priorities!
Published by Transworld on October 28th

by Holly Willoughby

A heartfelt, perceptive book about finding beauty, inside and out, Holly Willoughby is the UK’s most popular female TV presenter and is best known for her work on This Morning, Dancing on Ice and, formerly, Celebrity Juice.

The book explores the idea of gaining courage, contentment and awareness from within, recognising the beauty that is within all of us and promoting the opportunity to take time to look after ourselves, rather than just others.

“I’m finally at a point in my life where I can see a little more clearly,” Holly says. “Writing is such a personal process and between these pages you will find many little pieces of me. I want to share my truths in the hope that maybe they’ll help you too.”

This is a book that will start conversations, whether they’re about how to find your signature lipstick, reclaim your sexuality, or treat yourself more kindly, written by someone who seems to traverse perfectly generations and perspectives.
Published by Transworld on October 28th

My Life in Dire Straits by John Illsley

One of the most iconic and important British pop/rock bands of a generation, Dire Straits cracked America at a time when many consistently struggled to engage with the US audience, in the process building a transatlantic fan following that celebrated beautiful tracks, heartfelt anthems and timeless melodies that stand the test of time some four decades on.

In this revealing tale of life as a founding member of Dire Straits, bassist John Illsley reveals the working man’s clubs to Madison Square Gardens, sharing gigs with wild punk bands to the Live Aid stage at Wembley. John’s story is also a tribute to his great friend Mark Knopfler, the band’s lead singer, songwriter and remarkable guitarist. They were the only band members to stay the 15-year distance and his memoir is told with searching honesty, soulful reflection, and wry humour.
Published by Penguin on November 9th

Rebel Homemaker by Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore has always done things in her own rebellious way – including how she cooks, lives, and finds happiness at home. Drew shares recipes, stories and personal photos that show how you too can live a healthy, delicious, and joyful life in her first lifestyle book Rebel Homemaker.

From cooking to wellness, health and family, this heartfelt book looks to explore slowing down, enjoying the joy of family, as well as investing in future projects, including in oneself.

For a star who gained global acclaim at the age of just six in E.T., much of what Drew Barrymore has done since, and certainly in later life, has been driven towards staying grounded, and this book is arguably a good example of that.
Published by Cornerstone on November 2nd