Autobiographies are very special. They give you an insight into the thoughts of those we admire and aspire to be like, they can inspire us to do better things and make us think about things different. What I think makes autobiographies better than biographies is that you are reading everything from the person’s point of view and that will be different to how things are portrayed in a biography. Here are the top ten read autobiographies:
- Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (1771)
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947)
- Night by Elie Wiesel (1956)
- Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (1995)
- Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (1996)
- The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian by Nirad C. Chaudhuri (1951)
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X (1956)
- The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (1902)
- Surprised by C.S Lewis (1955)
- Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi (1947)
My favourite autobiography I have read is The Diary of a Young Girl as it started off so normal in the perspective of a teenage girl and in ways it can be relatable. As the diary progresses as Anne, her family and another family move into hiding, you really get an understanding of what life was like for many Jewish people, not just the historical facts.
Keep reading, bookworms!