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Biography and memoirs

Breedon Books' list includes a growing number of fictionalised memoirs that chronicle people's real experiences of life over the last century in an accessible and entertaining style. As part of our sports and motoring lists, we also publish illustrated biographies of the most important people in these fields.

If you are interested in publishing your own memoirs, please see our Guide for Authors or contact the Commissioning Editor.

New Titles

Alice Hawkins: Leicester's Sister of Freedom

A fascinating biography following Alice Hawkins and the suffragette movement in Leicester from 1907 to 1914.

Bobby Johnson: A Biography

A fascinating biography of footballing legend Bobby Johnstone, following his exploits at Hibs, Manchester City and Oldham Athletic.

Geoff Duke: The Stylish Champion

An in-depth, richly illustrated biography of Geoff Duke, the first post-war motorcycle superstar.

Peter Broadbent: A Biography

A fascinating biography of Wolves legend Peter Broadbent.

John Trollope: Record Breaker

John Trollope MBE holds a record that is unlikely to be beaten: between 1960 and 1980 he played 770 League games for Sindon Town - a record number of League appearances for one club.

Jimmy Delaney: The Stuff of Legend

Jimmy is unique in world football in that he won three Cup-Winners' Medals in three different countries in three different decades - quite a feat!

Yes Sister, No Sister: A Leeds Nurse in the 1950s.

Based on the author's own experiences this fascinating story of one yound nurse who enters training in 1952 and progresses to become a ward sister with trails and tribulations along the way!

Brimful of Passion: Wasim Khan - From the ghetto to pro cricket and beyond

The fascinating story of Wasim Khan, the first Pakistani born in this country to make it as a county cricketer. It charts the story of professional career to his charitable works in the present day.

Bob McIntyre: The Flying Scot

Next in the series, Bob McIntyre: The Flying Scot tells the story of the man who never actually won a world championship –- but certainly deserved to. In many ways he was the two-wheel equivalent of car racing driver Stirling Moss, who is seen as one of the greats in his sport although he never won an official world title.
Well over four decades since his untimely death, following an accident that occurred while racing his 500cc Manx Norton at Oulton Park, Cheshire in August 1962, Bob McIntyre's memory lives on. .

Alec Issigonis: The Man who Made the Mini

A fascinating study of Alec Issigonis, the brilliant designer of the Morris Minor and the Mini. His ingenious and effective designs had a deep, lasting influence on the evolution of the motor car and on the wider history of industrial design.

Stan Cullis: The Iron Manager (Wolves)

This long-awaited reprint looks at the man who created his own place in soccer history. He became Wolves captain at the age of 20 and went on to captain England at the tender age of 22.

Trautmann: The Biography (Manchester City)

The complete life record of Manchester City's greatest ever player contains fascinating information about Trautmann, including continuing playing in the 1956 FA Cup final, despite having sustained a broken neck.

Mike Hailwood: The Fans' Favourite

A fascinating biography of 'Mike-the-Bike' Hailwood, the author examines his long career, from his first race, at Oulton Park in April 1957, to his final race at Mallory Park in June 1979.

Don't be late on Monday

An entertaining look at life in the lace factories of Nottingham, written by a man who spent 50 years in the industry. Full of warmth, humour and the telling details of times gone by, this is sure to please anyone with an interest in Britain's social or industrial heritage.

The Heart is Highland

A new edition of Maisie Steven's heartwarming account of her childhood in a Scottish glen. With subject matter ranging from the traditional Scots diet to games played on the hills, Maisie describes how her family lived through the beautiful summers and long winters of highland Scotland.

Giacomo Agostini: Champion of Champions

Fifteen world titles – eight at 500cc – and twelve Isle of Man TT victories in an extraordinary 17-year career make Giacomo Agostini the most successful racing motorcyclist in the history of the sport. In this fully illustrated and in-depth study Mick Walker reassesses Agostini’s record and explores the personal and technical background to his achievement.

Tommy Johnston: The Happy Wanderer

Recently voted Leyton Orient’s greatest ever player, Tommy Johnston still holds the club records for the most goals in a single season and total career goals. But his talent was not confined to the O's: in his time Tommy played for one Scottish club, one Welsh club and seven English clubs.

Burn Budgie Byrne: Football Inferno

Loved by the fans, hated by the opposition, Johnny Byrne is one of the finest players ever to have pulled on a claret and blue West Ham shirt. In this new biography Brian Belton details Budgie’s life and career, resisting the temptation to cast Johnny as a ‘loveable rogue' to tell instead the story of a football hero who played like a demon and was adored by the fans.

Memoirs and true stories

Don't Be Late on Monday
Eye to the Hills
The Heart is Highland
There's a Calf in the Sitting Room…

Sport and motoring biographies

Trautmann: The Biography (Manchester City)
Stan Cullis: The Iron Manager (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Mike Hailwood: The Fans' Favourite
Alec Issigonis: The Man Who Made the Mini
John Trollope: The Record Breaker (Swindon Town) - Due April 2006

Are the Fixtures Out? (Derby County)
Burn Budgie Byrne: Football Inferno (West Ham)
Steve Bloomer: Football's First Superstar (Derby County)
Colin Chapman: Wayward Genius
Giacomo Agostini: Champion of Champions
Graham Hill: Master Of Motorsport
John Surtees: Motorcycle Maestro
Tommy Johnston: The Happy Wanderer (Leyton Orient)
W.O. Bentley: The Man Behind the Marque


Trautmann: The Biography

Mike Hailwood

Stan Cullis (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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