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