Australian Biographies & Memoir 2014

Peacemongers

Peacemongers

Barry Hill

In his first major prose work since 2002's Broken Song, Barry Hill has written an epic - a travel book, a history book, a peace book. His odyssey begins with a pilgrimage to Bodhi Gaya in India, where the Buddha received...

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Mrs Mort's Madness: The true story of a Sydney scandal

Mrs Mort’s Madness: The true story of a Sydney scandal

Suzanne Falkiner, Gideon Haigh

Four days before Christmas in 1920, Dorothy Mort shot her lover dead in cold blood. The tragic end to her affair with dashing young doctor, cricket star and War hero, Dr Claude Tozer, scandalised Sydney. Dorothy's respectable...

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Kerry Stokes: The Boy from Nowhere

Kerry Stokes: The Boy from Nowhere

Andrew Rule

The compelling and inspirational story of the rags to riches life of Kerry Stokes, a remarkable Australian. Kerry Stokes is a remarkable Australian. Not because he is one of Australia's wealthiest and most powerful people, but...

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John Olsen

John Olsen

Darleen Bungey

Joint winner of the 2015 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Non-Fiction This landmark biography by Darleen Bungey, the author of the celebrated biography of Arthur Boyd, graphically depicts the forces that drove John Olsen to...

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Maestro John Monash: Australia's Greatest Citizen General

Maestro John Monash: Australia’s Greatest Citizen General

Tim Fischer

Who was the most innovative general of WW1? For Tim Fischer, the answer has to be Australia's 'Maestro' John Monash, a man who, for all the recognition he received in his lifetime and after, has arguably not been given his proper...

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Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

Martin Edmond

Battarbee and Namatjira is the biography of two artists Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira, one white Australian from Warrnambool in Victoria, the other Aboriginal, of the Arrernte people, from the Hermannsburg Mission...

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Bill: The Life of William Dobell

Bill: The Life of William Dobell

Scott Bevan

This is the story of one of Australia's greatest artists, William Dobell. It explores how ambition and talent took a working class boy a long way in the world, and how the reaction to one painting almost destroyed him. It's also a...

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My Story

My Story

Julia Gillard

Here, in her own words, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia's first female prime minister.

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 Read reviewThe Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

The Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman, rebellious daughter of ultra-orthodox Jews, has always sought her own way. True to her Bohemian dream where love can coexist with sexual freedom, she decided to experiment with an open marriage... despite the fact that...

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Flying on Broken Wings: A Journey of Unimaginable Betrayal, Resilience and Hope

Flying on Broken Wings: A Journey of Unimaginable Betrayal, Resilience and Hope

Carrie Bailee

This is the story of one young woman's heroic journey to survive, escape and soar above her shocking childhood experiences, and her powerful struggle for freedom and a beautiful life in Australia.

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Margaret & Gough: The Love Story That Shaped a Nation

Margaret & Gough: The Love Story That Shaped a Nation

Susan Mitchell

This is the compelling story of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, his wife Margaret and their 70-year relationship - personal and political, private and public. It is a story of how two extraordinary people, side by side, led...

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It's Not You, Geography, It's Me

It’s Not You, Geography, It’s Me

Kristy Chambers

From the author of the bestselling Get Well Soon! My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse comes a hilarious - and brutally honest - memoir about mental illness and depression. For someone who hates exercise, Kristy Chambers is pretty...

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How to Get There

How to Get There

Maggie MacKellar

After Maggie Mackellar's acclaimed When It Rains, her second memoir traces with her characteristic candour and perception her move to Tasmania, for love, and the struggles and joys of settling there.In 2011...

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A Fig at the Gate: The Joys of Friendship, Gardening and the Gaining of Wisdom

A Fig at the Gate: The Joys of Friendship, Gardening and the Gaining of Wisdom

Kate Llewellyn

A deeply satisfying diary of gardening, family, friends, ageing and renewal.

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Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Patrick Weller

Beginning with Rudd's childhood in rural Queensland, examines the people, places and politics that shaped him into the leader he is today. A frank analysis of Kevin Rudd's leadership style and his government's first term in...

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Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

Kim Williams

From FOXTEL to News Corp, film to football, opera to business, Kim Williams is a builder of Australian institutions. He has worked with some of the very best in their fields - Rupert Murdoch, Kerry Packer, Kevin Sheedy, Gail Kelly...

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Where is Daniel?

Where is Daniel?

Lindsay Simpson, Bruce Morcombe, Denise Morcombe

On 7 December 2003 Daniel Morcombe disappeared on the Sunshine Coast, while waiting for a bus.

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David Syme: Man of the Age

David Syme: Man of the Age

Elizabeth Morrison

This biography of David Sydme, a powerful man of many parts, seeks to go behind the legend and round out the story of his life - primarily as press 'baron' but also as theorist and author, financier, farmer, property developer...

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Three Quarter Man: Pranks, Passion and Paralympics

Three Quarter Man: Pranks, Passion and Paralympics

Sam Bramham

Sam had his right leg amputated at the age of five but has never let his disability get in the way of his dreams, or to quell his larrikin spirit. He caused an international incident at one Paralympics after convincing a pesky...

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The Fights of My Life

The Fights of My Life

Greg Combet, Mark Davis

The Fights of My Life is the story of a man who faces up to the power structures of politics, big business and the media. His latest target is the labour movement, arguing that the Labor Party and the trade unions must...

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 Read reviewA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

Luke Ryan

A year-long regimen of chemotherapy and radiotherapy wasn't quite what Luke Ryan had in mind when he turned 22. Especially having been through the same rigmarole when he was 11! Needless to say, Luke Ryan is eyeing off 33 warily....

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Welcome To Your New Life

Welcome To Your New Life

Anna Goldsworthy

When classical pianist Anna Goldsworthy falls pregnant with her first child, she is both excited and anxious about what lies ahead.

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 Read reviewTravelling Without Gods

Travelling Without Gods

Cassandra Atherton

Wide - ranging in theme and context, it explores the imaginative effects of his writing. A tribute to Chris on the occasion of this eightieth birthday, in many ways it suggests an alternative cultural history of Australia since...

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Biting Through: Five Years In Afghanistan

Biting Through: Five Years In Afghanistan

John Ratcliffe

John Ratcliffe is a quiet man, not the type of person who stands out in a crowd or draws attention to himself. But scratch the surface and you will find a person who has lived anything but a normal life.

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 Read reviewShy: A Memoir

Shy: A Memoir

Sian Prior

Shy. It's a shy word, a timid little word that begs to remain unnoticed. Only three letters long, and it begins with an exhortation to silence. Shhh. Reserved is different. It's for tall men with jutting jaws. Prime ministers can...

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 Read reviewThe Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

Liam Pieper

Hilarious, compelling and sometimes heartbreaking, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a memoir about family, drugs and learning how to live with yourself, from a sharp and original new Australian voice.

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The Poet’s Wife

Mandy Sayer

In the follow-up to her bestselling memoir, Dreamtime Alice, Mandy Sayer tells the story of the ten years she and Yusef Komunyakaa spent together, first as lovers, then as husband and wife.

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A way with the fairies: the lost story of sculptor Ola Cohn

A way with the fairies: the lost story of sculptor Ola Cohn

Barbara Lemon

Ola Cohn was a pioneer of modernist sculpture in Australia and her Fairies' Tree in Melbourne's Fitzroy Gardens has delighted generations of children. A way with the fairies brings Cohn's extraordinary story...

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Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Robert Wainwright

Born on a NSW sheep station, she wedded earls and barons, was feted by London and New York society, and when she died was a Russian princess.

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