The best autobiographies that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime

If you’re starting to run low on lockdown activity ideas, we can guarantee you’re not alone. Feeling all jigsaw puzzled, banana breaded and even Netflix-ed out is perhaps inevitable after almost a year (!) of on and off lockdowns and social distancing.

Fortunately, curling up with a good book is one activity that *never* seems to get old. In a time where most of us are looking for distractions from the Coronacoaster of our current reality, a book has the ability to capture your imagination and transport you to a different world in a way that not even the steamiest Bridgerton scene can. And some of the best books out there are the first-hand life stories from pop stars, fashion designers, and political activists.

So we’ve rounded up an edit of the best autobiographies that range from classics to pop culture celebrity reads – and as varied as they are, they all deserve a thorough read, at least once in your life. With the ability to make you laugh and cry, inspire you and shock you, these memoir reads are just the lockdown distraction we all need.

So what made our list? Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl and Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom are both high up on our must-read list, for their honest and often heart wrenching descriptions of living through extreme discrimination and will stay with you long after you’ve finished. There are also books for beauty lovers like Jo Malones: My Story, Diane von Furstenerg’s fashion read and Lily Allen’s honest and funny take on fame.

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