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Genre - Autobiographies 1
I Chose to Climb is the autobiography of which mountaineer?

Genre - Autobiographies 1

The word autobiography come from the three Greek words autos, bios and graphein, meaning self life write. It is essentially an account of a life written by the one who lived it, or, more simply, a story (partially, wholly or almost all true) told by a person about themselves. Autobiographies are usually based almost entirely on the writer’s memory and so are a good account of events as personally experienced, including emotion, rather than just the bare facts which are found in a less personal biography.

There are a total of four quizzes in our autobiographies section and this is the first one. See if you can remember the titles that the great and the famous gave to their autobiographies and likewise try to recall who wrote the books with the intriguing titles. Have a go and test your knowledge of books written by and about celebrities.

1.
I Chose to Climb, first published in 1966, is the autobiography of which mountaineer?
Chris Bonington
Dougal Haston
Doug Scott
Don Whillans
Bonnington's career has seen nineteen trips to the Himalayas including four to Mount Everest. He was also the first person to climb the south face of Annapurna
2.
No Tears For The Clown, published in 1993, is the autobiography of which comedian?
Billy Connolly
Les Dawson
Harry Enfield
Ernie Wise
The book came out just one year before Dawson's death
3.
Which former England footballer published the autobiography This One's On Me in 1979?
Jimmy Greaves
Geoff Hurst
Bobby Moore
Martin Peters
It covers his alcoholism
4.
Who wrote the autobiography The Story of my Experiments with Truth, published in two volumes, in 1927 and 1929?
Marie Curie
Albert Einstein
Mahatma Gandhi
Bertrand Russell
In 1999 the book was chosen as one of the "100 Best Spiritual Books of the 20th Century" by a panel of spiritual and religious minds
5.
Which Marx Brother published the 1959 autobiography Groucho and Me?
Chico
Groucho
Harpo
Zeppo
Groucho claimed it was an unauthorised autobiography
6.
Which Hollywood star published the autobiography The Moon's a Balloon in 1971?
Stewart Granger
Burt Lancaster
David Niven
Gregory Peck
The book is about Niven's early life. He wrote a sequel Bring on the Empty Horses three years later which covered the later years
7.
Which former Prime Minister published the autobiography The Path to Power in 1995?
James Callaghan
Edward Heath
John Major
Margaret Thatcher
The majority of the book charts the years from her childhood to her becoming Prime Minister in 1979. The latter part of the book was a criticism of her successor John Major
8.
The 1943 autobiography Bound for Glory was written by which American folk singer?
Elizabeth Cotten
Woody Guthrie
Cisco Houston
Pete Seeger
The book gives us a glimpse of life in the United States during the years of the Great Depression
9.
Published in 2001, Learning to Fly is the autobiography of which ex-Spice Girl?
Victoria Beckham
Emma Bunton
Melanie Chisholm
Geri Halliwell
In 2005 Beckham said: "I've never read a book in my life"
10.
Which tennis star published the autobiography Serious in 2002?
Roger Federer
John McEnroe
Andrew Murray
Pete Sampras
He can not be!

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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