Biographies for Dad
Exile: The Lives and Hopes of Werner Pelz
Like the best true life adventures, the story of Werner Pelz is stranger than fiction. Forced to flee Nazi Germany for being Jewish, he was then interned in England for being German. Shipped to Australia on the notorious HMT...
A Private Life: Fragments, Memories, Friends
Michael Kirby is one of Australia's most admired public figures. At a time of spin and obfuscation, he speaks out passionately and straightforwardly on the issues that are important to him. Even those who disagree with him have...
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler of Asia’
After his father, brother and he were incarcerated and tortured in Saddam's Abu Ghraib, Ali al Jenabi escaped from Iraq first to work with the anti-Saddam resistance in Iran and then to help his family out of the country all...
A Life with Books
In the essay, Julian Barnes writes about his early awareness of
books and about his obsessive book-collecting and time spent in
second-hand bookshops around the country. He ends by praising the
physical book and expressing the...
Octopus Sam Israel The Secret Market And Wall Streets Wildest Con
Octopus is a real-life thriller that tells the inside story of an audacious hedge fund fraud and the wild search, by a colourful cast of rogues and schemers, for a 'secret market' beneath the financial market we all know.
The Wolf and the Watchman: A CIA Childhood
To be advised
Michael Kirby: Law, Love and Life
Drawing on interviews with Kirby, his family, friends, and Johan van Vloten, his partner of more than forty years, this intimate biography takes us behind the bench to explore the personal, moral and spiritual convictions of one...
Presents the abandonment of the family by the author's father from his mother's point of view: her struggle as a single mother; love found again late in life, a love that was short-lived; her troubled later years and, finally, her...
James Halliday: A Life in Wine
A delightful collection of James Halliday's reminiscences of his remarkable wine career, from the master himself.
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Focuses on the remarkable diaries of Pepys and brings his story vividly to life once more.
The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die
David Nyuol Vincent was a little boy when he fled southern Sudan with his father, as war raged i country. He left behind his distraught mother and sisters, his village and his childhood. He would never return. For months David and...
Bert Hinkler: The Most Daring Man in the World
He's all but been lost from history but once upon a time, Bert Hinkler, a small, unprepossessing man from Bundaberg, was feted as one of the most daring aviators in the world. Mussolini's favourite pilot, Hinkler was an adventurer...
More Lives Than One: A Biography of Hans Fallada
Hans Fallada was a drug addict, womanizer, alcoholic, jailbird and thief. This title tells the story of Hans Fallada, whose real name was Rudolf Ditzen. It chronicles his turbulent life as a writer, husband and father, shadowed by...
Wilkie Collins: Bk 6
Short and oddly built, with a head too big for his body, extremely short-sighted, unable to stay still, dressed in colourful clothes, as if playing a certain part in the great general drama of life, Wilkie Collins looked...
Every Beat of My Heart: An ABC Journalist’s Journey From Death By Cardiac Arrest to Complete Recovery
One ordinary weekday evening, Jeff Waters had just gone to bed in his Melbourne home when pain began in his left arm and chest. He mentioned it casually to his wife, a GP, but dismissed her evident alarm - after all, he ate...
An Incredible Race of People
In 1988, Queensland politician Bob Katter Jnr was, at short notice, called upon to officiate and entertain the King and Queen of Spain. At dinner the three discussed Australian white settlement and our forebears, prompting Queen...
Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile
Hailed by Salman Rushdie as 'one of the most important voices coming out of Latin America', the best-selling author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating for the first time his profound and...
A Youth Not Wasted: A Memoir
'People who truly live in the outback listen to it. What they hear, I do not know ...What the country says is beyond words.' In the early 1950s, Australia was riding on the sheep's back and no-one doubted the wisdom of making a...
William Lawrence Baillieu: The Story of Melbourne’s Money King
Born in Queenscliff to English migrant parents, William Lawrence Baillieu first rose to prominence as a successful auctioneer during Melbourne's feverish land boom of the 1880s. He quickly built an enormous fortune, which he then...
Charles Dickens: A Life
Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, and a great novelist. This book paints a fresh portrait of Dickens,...
'This story is a true account of the birth of outlaw motorcycle clubs in Australia. There was no template for us, it just evolved. It shows our simple creed: loyalty to the club and respect for your brothers.' David Spiteri was a...
The author saw the Doors band many times at the legendary Filmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967. This title tells the story of the band.
In the baking heat of February 1973, wearing a purple nylon bodyshirt and an expression of confidence that belied his nerves, Ned Manning faced down a classroom full of kids in Tenterfield in remote NSW. It was the start of many...
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legacy
From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. This book presents the history of twentieth-century...
Fierce Focus: Greg Chappell
Greg Chappell was the outstanding Australian batsman of his generation. Though he had an appetite for big scores, it was his calm brow and courtly manner that bowlers found just as disheartening. When he followed his brother Ian...
Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad and Life Was a Catch-22
A memoir about growing up of the author - from her colourful family members and her parents' tumultuous marriage, to her father's celebrity friends and the family's eccentric neighbours.
Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs
Marc Lewis's relationship with drugs began in a New England boarding school where, as a bullied and homesick fifteen - year - old, he made brief escapes from reality by way of cough medicine, alcohol, and marijuana. In Berkeley,...
Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century
A vivid biography of John Lee Hooker, from a critically acclaimed journalist
Fishing the River of Time
Fishing the River of Time is an elegant meditation on nature, life and family, written with warmth and wisdom. At age eighty, Tony Taylor journeys from Sydney to British Columbia to fish the Cowichan River with his eight-year-old...
Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt
A powerful memoir about faith and doubt, with a strong meditative and philosophical heart
Distrust That Particular Flavor
The author was writing fiction when he predicted the internet. And as his stories bled into reality so he became one of the first to report on the real-world consequences of cyberspace's growth and development. This title offers...
Martin Amis: The Biography
Martin Amis son of one of the popular novelists of the post-War era, has forged a groundbreaking manner of writing that owes nothing to the style of his father, nor indeed to anyone else. This title offers the real Martin Amis, a...
Memoirs of a Young Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall, November 1953 to December 1954
Offers a unique snapshot of 1950s Australian bohemian life. Written against the backdrop of an Australia easily caricatured as dull and provincial, straightjacketed by suburban convention and paranoia, this is one of the most...
There Stands My House
The first English-language translation of the memoirs of Hans
Keilson, one of Europe’s most masterful and remarkable writers
In this unique work, which was composed in the 1990s and only
recently rediscovered, Keilson...
Tolstoy: A Russian Life
In November 1910, Count Lev Tolstoy died at a remote Russian railway station attended by the world's media. He was eighty-two years old and had lived a remarkable and long life during one of the most turbulent periods of Russian...
Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power
When Rupert Murdoch called, Prime Ministers and Presidents picked up the phone. David McKnight exposes Murdoch.s unflinching use of his media empire to further his political agenda over decades. This is the story behind the...
As I Was Saying
As I Was Saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Punctuated at regular intervals by talks Dessaix has given on a wide...
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
With intelligence, humour, and deep insight into what connects human beings in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the 21st century's hidden worlds,...
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
* An extraordinary book which gives us a unique insight into the life and thinking of the man who has single-handedly transformed the world
When Gods Collide: An Unbeliever’s Pilgrimage Along India’s Coromandel Coast
'For ten years I'd been picturing the mob marching across the field to Manoharpur with flaming torches, then standing, shouting, around the leep, rocking it, and then as I focused on the back window and saw three indistinct...
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