Find the living and the dead: Biography in Context

Gale Biography in Context describes the lives of the world’s important and intriguing figures from history, around the world, and across all subject areas.  For example did you know that:

  • Winston Churchill was such a poor student that his father  feared he was intellectually challenged;
  • Anne Boleyn had her head cut off with a sword rather than an axe as a gesture of  ‘mercy’ from her then husband Henry VIII;
  • J K Rowling ‘s book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by seven  publishers;
  • Whina Cooper is thought to have been the first woman elected president of a rugby union branch in 1947;
  • Barack Obama’s first name means ‘blessing’ in his father’s native Swahili;
  • Lady Ga Ga’s real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Her stage name is from the Queen song Radio Ga-Ga.

Biography in Context gives users the ability to search on names, occupations, nationalities, birthplaces and death places.

Access this and many other fantastic electronic resources  from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our open community libraries through the Source.

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