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AVOID THE USUAL CELEB DRIVEL AT CHRIST­MAS WITH THIS TRIO OF BI­OGRA­PHIES.

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Pour Me: A Life A.A. Gill

The man who once won ‘Hatchet Job of the Year’ for his take­down of Mor­ris­sey’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy has put a tar­get on his own back. AA Gill’s raz­er­sharp ob­ser­va­tions – on books, food, TV, travel – have made him the most revered critic on the planet. This time he’s tack­led what’s surely his favourite sub­ject of all: him­self. $32.99; Ha­chette

Gil­liamesque Terry Gil­liam

Billing it­self as a ‘pre­posthu­mous mem­oir’, this il­lus­trated au­to­bi­og­ra­phy cov­ers the screen­writer’s early days grow­ing up in Min­nesota, through to later years mix­ing with Ge­orge Harrison, Robert De Niro and Johnny Depp. Packed with pho­to­graphs, com­men­tary and orig­i­nal art­work, it’s a vivid look into the life – and mind – of the man who gave us Monty Python, 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Ve­gas and much more. $59.99; Allen & Unwin

Keat­ing Kerry O’brien

With a flair for Ital­ian suits and cut­ting re­marks, our 24th Prime Min­is­ter is up there as Aus­tralia’s most quotable po­lit­i­cal fig­ure. Vet­eran jour­nal­ist Kerry O’brien sur­veys a life that was never lived by halves. Asked why he wouldn’t call an early elec­tion in 1992, Keat­ing fa­mously said to op­po­si­tion leader John Hew­son in par­lia­ment, “Be­cause I want to do you slowly.” $49.99; Allen & Unwin

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