Australian biography & memoir 2017

Paris Dreaming

Paris Dreaming

Katrina Lawrence

How the City of Light gave her lessons in life: an Australian beauty journalist shares her obsession with Paris - the city that has been her guide through a lifelong journey of self-discovery.Katrina Lawrence first...

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 Special priceThe General

The General

Luke Hodge

This is the official autobiography of one of the AFL's most respected and celebrated players, and one of the greatest leaders the sport has ever seen. Football books don't come much bigger than this.

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Unbreakable

Unbreakable

Jess Halloran, Jelena Dokic

This is a story of Jelena Dokic's survival. How she survived as a refugee, twice. How she survived on the tennis court to become world No. 4. But, most importantly, how she survived her father, Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from...

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The Footy Lady: The Trailblazing Story of Susan Alberti

The Footy Lady: The Trailblazing Story of Susan Alberti

Stephanie Asher

No tragedy, no challenge, has proved too hard for Susan Alberti. The woman from the working-class suburbs has battled boardrooms, courts, lymphoma and adult diabetes; and was one of the driving forces behind the AFL's move into...

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Adventurous Spirit

Adventurous Spirit

Heather Hawkins

At 41 - with two teenagers and a contentedly unadventurous life - Heather Hawkins made a doctor's appointment. Diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer, within nine days she had surgery to remove an 18cm tumour, and a full...

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Labor of Love

Labor of Love

Terri Butler

People view politicians and politics with suspicion, if not downright hostility. But the decisions made in our parliaments affect everyday life. They also affect our future. So, politics matters. Deciding whether to get involved...

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Tracker

Alexis Wright

Winner of the Stella Prize 2018Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright has crafted a memoir in story form of the charismatic Indigenous leader Tracker Tilmouth, and an epic portrait of a important...

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Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition)

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition)

Em Rusciano

A hilarious, heartfelt memoir from one of Australia's most adored performers.

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The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

Bruce Beresford

This entertaining collection of pieces from the acclaimed director of Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy and Mao's Last Dancer features memoirs, brief lives and revealing accounts of the film world.Alongside unsung...

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Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother's Story

Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother’s Story

Brenda Niall

An insightful and moving story of life in nineteenth and early twentieth century Australia, from one of the country's most celebrated biographers.

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Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Michael Smith

University dropout Michael Smith built a multimillion-dollar business fitting out movie theatres around the world, before restoring Melbourne's Sun Theatre and becoming one of the country's last independent cinema operators.

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Not for the Faint-hearted

Not for the Faint-hearted

Kevin Rudd

Ten years after Kevin 07, Kevin Rudd gives the first volume of his memoir of political survival and public service.

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The Art of Disappearing

The Art of Disappearing

Elisabeth Hanscombe

A memoir about surviving a childhood navigating around a violent and abusive father, and how the past influenced the author's professional life and personal relationships.

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 Read reviewThe Trauma Cleaner

The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein

Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature 2018Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Writing for Non-fiction 2018Winner of the Dobbie Literary Award 2018<br...

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Working Class Man

Working Class Man

Jimmy Barnes

In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

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 Read reviewDanger Music

Danger Music

Eddie Ayres

From the former ABC Classic FM classicist comes a remarkable story about the power of music and courage to be one's self

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The First Casualty: A Memoir from the Front Lines of the Global War on Journalism

The First Casualty: A Memoir from the Front Lines of the Global War on Journalism

Peter Greste

Extremely timely, enlightening and passionate, The First Casualty is foreign correspondent Peter Greste's first-hand account of how the war on journalism has spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of...

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Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir

Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir

Gareth Evans

A colourful and central figure in Australian politics for two decades, Gareth Evans has also been applauded worldwide for his contributions to conflict resolution, genocide prevention and curbing weapons of mass destruction. In...

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Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force - How Caroline Chisholm Helped Shape a Nation

Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force - How Caroline Chisholm Helped Shape a Nation

Sarah Goldman

A fresh, spirited and engaging biography of a fascinating and influential woman who was absolutely instrumental in shaping modern Australia - but whose influence and importance has largely been forgotten.Caroline...

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Mr Showbiz: The Biography of Robert Stigwood

Mr Showbiz: The Biography of Robert Stigwood

Stephen Dando-Collins

Australian entrepreneur, Robert Stigwood was the first media mogul in Britain to be dubbed 'Mr Showbiz". After an extraordinarily large life he died 4 January 2016. This is his story - warts and all.

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Work Shy: My Life as a Bludge

Work Shy: My Life as a Bludge

Dave Graney

In his inimitable style, Graney veers from a feckless childhood in blue-collar South Australia, to the punk rock scene of 1980s London, and beer-soaked nights touring Australia where he worked very hard at not working at all.<br...

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Minefields: A life in the news game - the bestselling memoir of Australia's legendary foreign correspondent

Minefields: A life in the news game - the bestselling memoir of Australia’s legendary foreign correspondent

Hugh Riminton

Minefields is Hugh Riminton's fascinating memoir of over forty years on the frontline of the news game.

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The Museum of Words

Georgia Blain

In late 2015, Georgia Blain was diagnosed with a tumour sitting right in the language centre of her brain. Prior to this, Georgia's only warning had been a niggling sense that her speech was slightly awry. She ignored it, and on a...

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Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Peter Monteath

The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck. In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his.....

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The Mouth that Roared

The Mouth that Roared

Les Twentyman, Robert Hillman

Award-winning writer, Robert Hillman, has collaborated with one of Australia's best-known youth outreach workers and social campaigners, to bring his story to the public in that wonderful storytelling style that Robert and Les...

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Shackled

Shackled

Chris Turney

In 2013, Australian earth scientist Chris Turney led an ambitious expedition to Antarctica. It promised so much - discovery, history, adventure - but came with great risk. The story of Turney's ship, the Shokalskiy, and the plight...

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Live, Lead, Learn: My Stories of Life and Leadership

Live, Lead, Learn: My Stories of Life and Leadership

Gail Kelly

Inspiring, practical, generous and optimistic, one of our finest communicators and most successful businesswomen shares what she's learned about leadership, the culture of the workplace and the vital importance of living a whole...

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One Halal of a Story

One Halal of a Story

Sam Dastyari

As in life, Sam Dastyari's memoir is unexpected and unorthodox. This is the man who introduced Pauline Hanson to the halal snack pack and accountability to big banks. One Halal of a Story is a no-holds-barred look at the good and...

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Father Figures

Father Figures

Paul Connolly

In Father Figures, twenty of Australia's brightest and funniest writers share the joys, hazards and mysteries of fatherhood and how we all relate to `dad'.

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 Read reviewBaby Lost: A Story of Grief and Hope

Baby Lost: A Story of Grief and Hope

Hannah Robert

What happens when a death occurs within your body, but you survive? In Hannah's struggle to make sense of the personal and legal aftermath, she had to find out what it means to mother a dead child and to renegotiate her own...

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Tex

Tex

Tex Perkins

The autobiography of Australian rock 'n' roll legend, Tex Perkins.

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Every Lie I've Ever Told

Every Lie I’ve Ever Told

Rosie Waterland

The original Anti-Cool Girl is back! Rosie Waterland took Australia by storm in 2015 with her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir The Anti-Cool Girl, her irrepresible, blackly comic account of her...

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 Read reviewThirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love

Thirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love

Mark Raphael Baker

From the author of The Fiftieth Gate, Mark Raphael Baker's new book Thirty Days is a meditation on life, death, love and marriage, written with an honesty that bares the souls of two people who shared their lives.

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The Last Great Australian Adventurer

The Last Great Australian Adventurer

Gordon Bass

In 1948, Ben Carlin set out from New York City with an audacious, lunatic plan to circumnavigate the world in an army surplus amphibious jeep called .

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Tell it to the Dog: a memoir of sorts

Tell it to the Dog: a memoir of sorts

Robert Power

Tell it to the Dog is an exquisitely written memoir that is at once playful, heartbreaking and affirming.

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How to Dress a Dummy

How to Dress a Dummy

Cassie Lane

How to Dress a Dummy casts an unwavering eye at the myriad ways in which women are taught that they're not enough. Smart, frank and very, very funny, Cassie's is a bold new feminist voice.

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 Special price Read reviewNo Way! Okay, Fine: A memoir of pop culture, feminism and feelings

No Way! Okay, Fine: A memoir of pop culture, feminism and feelings

Brodie Lancaster

No Way! Okay, Fine. is a memoir about pop culture, pop music, feminism and feelings from freelance journalist and editor Brodie Lancaster. Shortlisted for the Richell Prize 2015.

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 Read reviewAdult Fantasy

Adult Fantasy

Briohny Doyle

A wry and topical inquiry into how we respond when our cultural clock starts ticking.

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Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness

Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness

Brigid Delaney

Cold-press juices, hot yoga, quitting sugar, Paleo, mindfulness . . . if you embrace these things you will be happy, you will be well - just ask Instagram. From celebrity vegan chefs to sleep gurus, there is no shortage of people...

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 Read reviewWoman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Jenny Valentish

Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way.

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 Read reviewUnderstory: A Life With Trees

Understory: A Life With Trees

Inga Simpson

A memoir about staying in one place, told through trees, by the award-winning author of MR WIGG, NEST and WHERE THE TREES WERE.

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 Read reviewFinding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Finding Nevo: How I Confused Everyone

Nevo Zisin

Meet Nevo: girl, boy, he, she, him, her, they, them, daughter, son, teacher, student, friend, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, homo, Jew, dyke, masculine, feminine, androgynous, queer.

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 Read reviewFor a Girl: A true story of secrets, motherhood and hope

For a Girl: A true story of secrets, motherhood and hope

Mary-Rose MacColl

Memories and secrets buried for over twenty years surfaced after Mary-Rose MacColl gave birth to a much longed-for baby.

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Under the Same Sky: From Iran to Australia, an unforgettable story of seeking refuge, being torn apart by government detention and freed by love

Under the Same Sky: From Iran to Australia, an unforgettable story of seeking refuge, being torn apart by government detention and freed by love

Mojgan Shamsalipoor, Milad Jafari, James Knight

The powerful and incredibly moving story of Mojgan Shamsalipoor and Milad Jafari - two young Iranian asylum seekers who are showing the power of love to conquer all obstacles.

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The Good Girl of Chinatown

The Good Girl of Chinatown

Jenevieve Chang

Jenevieve Chang is a natural storyteller, and her absorbing memoir - spanning China, Britain and Australia - is told with grace, precision and unmatched�..

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 Read reviewThings That Helped: Essays

Things That Helped: Essays

Jessica Friedmann

In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays...

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The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller

The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller

Carol Baxter

The remarkable true story of a beguiling Melbourne housewife who in the 1920s seeks international fame, fortune and adventure as an aviator and finds herself as the central figure in a sensational American murder trial.

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 Read reviewBeyond The Rock: The Life of Joan Lindsay and the Mystery of Picnic At Hanging Rock

Beyond The Rock: The Life of Joan Lindsay and the Mystery of Picnic At Hanging Rock

Janelle McCulloch

This is the story of one of Australia's most famous novels, and the author who kept its secrets until she died.

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My Way

My Way

Moana Hope

A high-flying athlete who is grounded by remarkable selflessness, Moana Hope is an inspiration for women and girls everywhere. My Way is her story.

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A Wife's Heart: The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson

A Wife’s Heart: The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson

Kerrie Davies

An innovative, imaginative work of biography, examining Bertha and Henry Lawson's marriage through a modern lens.

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Dear Quentin: Letters of a Governor-General

Dear Quentin: Letters of a Governor-General

Quentin Bryce

As Australia's first female Governor-General, Quentin Bryce wrote to those she had met and connected with as her role took her around Australia, receiving letters from every corner of the country. Generous, witty and always...

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Only: A Singular Memoir

Only: A Singular Memoir

Caroline Baum

Caroline Baum's fascinating and moving memoir about being an only child in a very unusual family.

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Woolloomooloo: A biography

Woolloomooloo: A biography

Louis Nowra

It was no wonder I was glad to be down in Woolloomooloo. The Old Fitzroy reminded me of how Kings Cross used to be. Told in his vivid and entertaining style, Louis Nowra ...

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You're Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

You’re Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

Rob Snarski

From Perth to Europe and all points in between, Rob Snarski shares his observations and insights from the music world he has performed in, the people he has worked with, the domesticated animals he has loved, and the things he's...

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 Read reviewThe Green Bell

The Green Bell

Paula Keogh

The Green Bell is a lyrical and profoundly moving story about love and madness

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Time to Die

Time to Die

Rodney Syme

Rodney Syme has been an advocate for medically assisted dying for more than twenty years. In Time to Die he reflects on those living and dying in pain and shares their stories. Syme makes a powerful case for extending the right to...

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The Poison Principle

The Poison Principle

Gail Bell

Intricate, elegant, and beautifully realised, The Poison Principle is a masterful book about family secrets and literary poisonings.

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The Helen 100

The Helen 100

Helen Razer

A hundred dates in less than a year. Will they heal her broken heart or make it worse? Brilliant, hilarious and excruciating confessions from bestselling writer and journalist Helen Razer.

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Martin Sharp: His Life and Times

Martin Sharp: His Life and Times

Joyce Morgan

The life of the charismatic, unconventional, unique and surprising Martin Sharp - pop artist and joint founder of the underground magazine Oz

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Lion: A Long Way Home

Lion: A Long Way Home

Saroo Brierley

As a five-year-old in India, I got lost on a train. Twenty-five years later, I crossed the world to find my way back home.

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Yassmin's Story

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy' there...

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