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We know that truth can be stranger than fiction – it can also be entertaining, inspiring, and exactly what you need to read right now.

A great memoir or biography allows the reader a glimpse behind the scenes and into the lives of people they admire, or people who are inspiring. There are many actors, models, historical figures, and sportspeople who have a worthy story to share.

The books we’ve listed below are frank, entertaining, and often very funny reads. Each of these fascinating subjects has led an interesting life and overcome inconceivable challenges. Emily Ratajkowski now uses her celebrity as a platform to inspire others. Billy Connolly continues to face what seems insurmountable to many. Miriam Margolyes shows us that time can soften life’s blows.

2021 has tested us all but reading about the lives of others can be a way of taking stock and remembering how much we have to be grateful for in our own lives. As you head into the New Year, put your own life into perspective as you peek into the incredible lives of the amazing people below.

Windswept & Interesting by Billy Connolly

Comedy legend Billy Connolly shows that even a double diagnosis of cancer and Parkinson's Disease can’t stop him from making people laugh. This is his first full-length autobiography, and it’s inspiring, life-affirming, wise and outrageously funny. Just like the author himself.

This Much is True by Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes has led an extraordinary life. From declaring her love to Vanessa Redgrave to being told to be quiet by the Queen, this book is packed with brilliant, hilarious stories, as well as incredible heart and intelligence. This Much is True is a rollicking read.

My Body by Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski is a formidable global phenomenon – model, actress, activist, and entrepreneur. Now, she shows us that she can write, with this fierce, intelligent and very personal exploration of feminism and what it means to be a woman. This is an inspiring call to arms and a fascinating story.

You Can't Stop the Sun from Shining by Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams (SBW) is an athlete like no other, who has built an incredible global career and reputation in Rugby League, Rugby Union and Boxing. This is his story, from growing up in inner-city Auckland, to his later life on and off the field and in the ring. Alan Duff, the award-winning author of Once Were Warriors worked with SBW on this must-read autobiography.

The Incredible Life of Hubert Wilkins: Australia's greatest explorer by Peter FitzSimons

Truth is certainly more interesting than fiction in the case of Sir Hubert Wilkins. He was the son of pioneer pastoralists who went on to become a naturalist, photographer, decorated war hero, aviator, spy and one of the greatest adventurers Australia has ever seen. His remarkable life has been brought vividly to life by Peter FitzSimons. This is masterful storytelling.

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