Do you read celebrity memoirs? Which ones have you read or do you want to read? Which nonexistent celebrity memoirs would you like to see?

I was going to straight away say, no, I don’t, but I have picked up a few memoirs — mainly those of writers. Until I saw this question, I didn’t even realise this “pattern” of mine. Or is that narrow mindedness? 🙂 Those that I’ve read of which I remember:

  • Roald Dahl
  • Stephen King
  • Dean Koontz
  • Ambrose Briece
  • George Orwell
  • Slyvia Plath — The Bell Jar — (added this afterwards as I visited uncertainprinciples at her book blog anothercookiecrumbles and read her last comment. Thanks for jogging my memory!) I would class this as a memoir as it is an autobiographical account of Sylvia’s own mental breakdown and suicide attempt. I know, happy stuff! A compelling read though. Even if I am wrong.

Not many, which I put down to not really being interested in celebrities books. I get enough of them on telly! I wouldn’t mind reading Stephen Fry’s autobiography though. Yes, the more sensible, intriguing kind of celeb. Someone I feel really has something to say. In fact, now I have said that, I really want that for my TBR list! See the picture above.

Here is a review from

“‘Stephen Fry is one of the great originals… This autobiography of his first twenty years is a pleasure to read, mixing outrageous acts with sensible opinions in bewildering confusion… That so much outward charm, self-awareness and intellect should exist alongside behaviour that threatened to ruin the lives of innocent victims, noble parents and Fry himself, gives the book a tragic grandeur and lifts it to classic status.’ Financial Times; ‘A remarkable, perhaps even unique, exercise in autobiography… that aroma of authenticity that is the point of all great autobiographies; of which this, I rather think, is one’ Evening Standard; ‘He writes superbly about his family, about his homosexuality, about the agonies of childhood… some of his bursts of simile take the breath away… his most satisfying and appealing book so far’ Observer”

Which nonexistent celebrity memoirs would I like to see? Are there any celebrities in the world – that haven’t written one? 🙂 If there are they’re probably dead.

What’s your answer to this week’s question?



Author: Sassy Brit, Author Assistant

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11 thoughts on “BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY: Stephen Fry Anyone?

  1. The only memoir I have picked up is Memoirs of a Geisha, and does that even count?

  2. I think the only memoir i've read is about Ronald Reagan . I don't think i've read any others. Good question!

  3. I might have to check out the Roald Dahl book. I bet it's interesting.

  4. I don't read celebrity memoirs…I am just not interested. I love author memoirs and memoirs written by every day people. I think I tend to read more memoirs/biographies than novels!

  5. Boy! I totally forgot about Roald Dahl (I've read both, Boy and Going Solo), and George Orwell (Down and Out in Paris and London). Those were incredible – Boy might have been one of the funniest memoirs I've read.

    The other one which I missed was Bill Bryson's Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. I really enjoyed that.

  6. I only read celebrity memoirs if they happen to catch my attention. Otherwise, I don't really seek them out.

  7. Thank you everyone for taking the time to come here and comment. It's truly appreciated. I aim to get back to everyone as soon as possible — just a quick message now, as it's way past my bedtime, but I will visit your blogs tomorrow! And that's a promise, or maybe a threat, depending how you look at it! 🙂

    Taschima, no, I don't think that counts – it is fictional, I think. I don't know I haven't read it. 🙂

    gautami – Yes, exactly! There are too many topless models for instance, telling us what we really don't believe, or even want to hear! LOL

    Natalie – I haven't read that one, but then I haven't read Tony Blair's or Gordon Brown's…Not really sure if I'd call that an evening of entertainment! 🙂

    Melissa, Dahl has so many stories to tell, you just cant help but love him. He truly has a way with words!

    Missy, yay! Another author memoir lover — I was beginning to think I had a problem! LOL

    anothercookiecrumbles – That's it, I had forgotten what they were called! I read them a while back! They were both very clever writers. I'm a huge fan.

    Oh I like the sound of Bill Bryson's…I'll have to look it up tomorrow.

    Yvonne, well, AFTER I wrote that post, I did remember reading one celebrity memoir – shhush don't tell anyone, but it was Robbie Williams'…but I had a thing for him at the time – I've grown up now — honest!

    Take care, and I'll catch up with you all tomorrow! I'll sneak in whilst many of you are sleeping…

  8. You have read a lot of interesting ones, I won't mind reading the Stephen Fry one.

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