While we love a novel, there's nothing quite like getting stuck into a candid celebrity memoir that reveals the real person behind the persona. From tragic childhood stories to turbulent relationships and their journeys to success, they're sometimes funny, often relatable, and almost always inspire us in some way.
Whether you're interested in the lives of royals like Prince Harry, US celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Paris Hilton, or British TV stars like Holly Willoughby, we've found something for everyone. Here are 23 of the best celebrity memoirs that deserve a place on your bookshelf...
Pamela Anderson, Love, Pamela
Love, Pamela, from £10.99/$14.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
Following 2022's explosive Pam & Tommy mini-series, Pamela Anderson is setting the record straight in her own words with her first memoir. Alternating between storytelling and her own poetry, she reveals all from her childhood to her relationships and life in the Playboy Mansion.
Paris Hilton, Paris: The Memoir
Paris: The Memoir, from £9.99/$15.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
We all knew Paris Hilton as a 00s icon - LA's most famous heiress and star of the reality show The Simple Life, but as we've since discovered, there's so much more to Hollywood's original It-girl. In her first memoir, Paris details what it was really like for her growing up, from being kidnapped to attend an ‘emotional growth' boarding school and the abuse she suffered there, to how she grew her global empire.
Prince Harry, Spare
Spare, from £13.99/$17.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
Released on 10 January, Prince Harry's debut book was already a bestseller on pre-orders alone. The candid memoir details his life including the death of his mother Princess Diana and meeting his now wife Meghan Markle. All proceeds from the book go to British charities.
Michelle Obama, Becoming
Becoming, from £7.99/$12.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
If you're looking for a truly inspirational read, try Michelle Obama's award-winning memoir, Becoming. Published in 2018 to critical acclaim, it's a deeply personal account of her life growing up in Chicago, her university days and her time spent serving as First Lady of the United States.
Reese Witherspoon, Whiskey in a Teacup
Whiskey in a Teacup, from £9.99/$16.99, Amazon
Reese Witherspoon pays homage to her southern heritage in this part memoir part lifestyle guide. It's a collection of personal stories, beauty hacks and party hosting tips, with some of her grandmother Dorothea's best recipes thrown in for good measure.
Priyanka Chopra, Unfinished
Unfinished, from £9.99/$8.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
From growing up in India to winning the global beauty pageants that launched her acting career and becoming one of the most famous women in the world, Priyanka's memoir has a lot to pack in. It's honest, funny and a real eye-opener.
Jessica Simpson, Open Book
Open Book, from £5.99/$13.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
If you only know Jessica Simpson from her pop stardom and the reality show Newlyweds, prepare to be surprised by her tell-all memoir. Initially approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life, she instead told her true story, including her most intimate struggles with relationships, drugs and the dark side of fame.
Will Smith, Will
Will, from £7.99/$10.50 (or free on audible), Amazon
From rap star to A-list Hollywood actor, Will Smith has seen decades of success. Now, with the help of author Mark Manson, he's written his life story which also offers wisdom on how he's learned to manage his emotions.
Drew Barrymore, Wildflower
Wildflower, from £7.99/$9.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
Growing up in Hollywood, Drew's childhood was unconventional to say the least. In this collection of uplifting personal essays, she touches on this and the much happier life she's built from it today.
Matthew McConaughey, Greenlights
Greenlights, from £8.49/$13.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey released Greenlights as an honest account of the lessons he's learnt in life. From his tough childhood in Texas to his pursuit of acting, through his old diaries he writes candidly about his failures and successes and what he's taken from them.
Dave Grohl, The Storyteller
The Story Teller, from £5.99/$17.45 (or free on audible), Amazon
Dave Grohl's highly anticipated memoir is finally available to buy. The Foo Fighters frontman shares his life stories, from hitting the road with Scream at 18-years-old to his time in Nirvana to travelling the world with his daughters.
Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, from £2.99/$11.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
Actress and comedian Mindy Kaling writes about everything from her childhood to Hollywood life, dating, friendships and... planning her own funeral, in this unsurprisingly hilarious memoir.
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
Born a Crime, from £4/$10.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
Trevor Noah’s bestselling memoir tells the story of his path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, which was at the time punishable by five years in prison, he was mostly kept hidden for the earliest years of his life. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor went on to fully embrace the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.
Tina Brown, The Vanity Fair Diaries
The Vanity Fair Diaries, from £3.99/$11.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
If you're interested in celebrity culture and what goes on behind the scenes at a glossy magazine, you'll love this memoir by former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief, Tina Brown. Based on her personal diaries, she shares everything that went down in New York and Hollywood in the 80s and it's seriously juicy.
Holly Willoughby, Reflections
Reflections, from £7.99/$16.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
Holly Willoughby's autobiography book explores how to navigate emotionally challenging situations, from body image to burnout, and how to treat yourself with kindness. The This Morning presenter says she's "sharing her truths".
Sarah Harding, Hear Me Out
Hear Me Out, from £5.99/$10.49, Amazon
Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding published her memoir Hear Me Out just a few months before she tragically passed away from breast cancer last year. Always wearing her heart on her sleeve, it shows the real Sarah behind all of the popstar glamour.
Mrs Hinch, This Is Me
This Is Me, from £5.99/$10.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
Mrs Hinch aka Sophie Hinchcliffe is a social media sensation, and her rise to fame was a real whirlwind. The former hairdresser began sharing her cleaning advice on Instagram in 2018 and now has millions of followers. In this memoir, she shares both the highs and heartbreaking lows of her journey.
Cheryl, Cheryl: My Story
Cheryl: My Story, from £3.60, Amazon
Following years of speculation over her private life and relationships, Cheryl set the record straight with her first and only memoir in 2012. Detailing her difficult childhood growing up on a council estate in Newcastle, her rise to fame in Girls Aloud and her turbulent relationship with ex-husband Ashley Cole, it's a real page-turner.
Caroline Flack, Storm in a C Cup
Storm in a C Cup, from £5.99/$14.99, Amazon
Published in 2015, Caroline's memoir tells all from her journey to TV stardom to winning Strictly Come Dancing to her highly publicised relationship with Prince Harry. The late TV presenter, who died by suicide in February 2020, shares her story with the humour and honesty we all knew and loved.
Billy Connolly, Windswept & Interesting
Windswept & Interesting, from £5.95/$11.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
Billy Connolly's bestselling autobiography details his childhood growing up as an orphan in Glasgow. He writes about the abuse he suffered as a child before becoming the fearless and outspoken comedian he is today.
Philip Schofield, Life's What You Make It
Life's What You Make It, from £4.99/$7.39 (or free on audible), Amazon
Honest and uplifting, Philip Schofield's bestselling memoir tells all from his early life and break into TV, to his working relationship with Holly Willoughby and his coming out story in early 2020. It's vulnerable at times as he shares difficult details of his personal life, but it's full of funny anecdotes, too.
Kate Garraway, The Power of Hope
The Power of Hope, from £4.99/$12 (or free on audible), Amazon
Kate Garraway's moving memoir detailed life for the Good Morning Britain presenter as her husband Derek Draper battled Covid in intensive care. Initially told he wouldn't survive, Derek is now back home and is thought to be the UK's longest-fighting patient of the virus.
Nadiya Hussain, Finding My Voice
Finding My Voice, from £4.99/$2.99 (or free an audible), Amazon
Nadiya rose to fame after winning the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off and has since written several books as well as columns for publications like The Times and BBC Good Food. In her revealing memoir, she writes openly about what it was like to grow up as a second-generation British Bangladeshi female and the mental health struggles she's faced since childhood.
Steven Bartlett, Happy, Sexy, Millionaire
Happy Sexy Millionaire, from £6.99/$9.99 (or free on audible), Amazon
A multi-millionaire entrepreneur at 25 and now the youngest ever Dragon on BBC's Dragon's Den, Steven Bartlett knows a thing or two about success and details it all in his new memoir. The former "broke and insecure university dropout" writes about how to find fulfilment, love and success.
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