Australian biography & memoir 2019

Paris or Die: A Memoir

Paris or Die: A Memoir

Jayne Tuttle

Losing your heart in Paris can sometimes mean also losing your head.

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Able: Fully Updated Edition

Able: Fully Updated Edition

Dylan Alcott

The incredible life of an astonishing athlete and now disability advocate - fully updated to include Wimbledon and French Open wins and more

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 Special priceBob Hawke: The Complete Biography

Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography

Blanche d'Alpuget

To mark Bob Hawke's extraordinary life and legacy, this master work brings together the story of the man in full in a definitive hardback commemorative biography.

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When All Is Said and Done

When All Is Said and Done

Neale Daniher

Neale Daniher sat down to pen a letter to the grandchildren he'll never get to know. And then he kept on writing ... When All is Said & Done is a book of stories and wisdom from a man who has always held his beliefs to the...

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A Sceptic's Search for Meaning

A Sceptic’s Search for Meaning

Mike Willesee

Mike Willesee's spellbinding spiritual quest around the world and deep into the heart of life's ultimate riddle.

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James Cook: The Story Behind the Man Who Mapped the World

James Cook: The Story Behind the Man Who Mapped the World

Peter FitzSimons

Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. But who was the real James Cook?

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The Memory Pool: Australian Stories of Summer, Sun and Swimming

The Memory Pool: Australian Stories of Summer, Sun and Swimming

Therese Spruhan

Smell the chlorine, taste the hot chips and feel the burning concrete underfoot as you read these stories of Australian childhoods at the pool.

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Fighting for Hakeem

Fighting for Hakeem

Craig Foster, Alex Engel-Mallon

How people power challenged two monarchies, a military junta, and the world's largest sporting institutions ... and won

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 Read reviewYour Own Kind of Girl

Your Own Kind of Girl

Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That 'real...

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Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Archie Roach

One of the most powerful and highly anticipated life stories to be told in Australian history. A breathtakingly powerful memoir by beloved Australian music legend Archie Roach - stolen child, musical and lyrical genius and the...

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 Read reviewYellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978-1987

Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978-1987

Helen Garner

The private diaries of one of Australia's greatest living writers, the much loved, fearless and fierce Helen Garner.

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Olive Cotton

Olive Cotton

Helen Ennis

A landmark biography of a singular and important Australian photographer, Olive Cotton, by an award-winning writer - beautifully written and deeply moving.

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The Shelf Life of Zora Cross

The Shelf Life of Zora Cross

Cathy Perkins

Australian poet and journalist Zora Cross caused a sensation in 1917 with her book Songs of Love and Life. Here was a young woman who looked like a Sunday school teacher, celebrating sexual passion in a provocative series of...

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Nobody's Soldier: The Life of Andrii Antonenko

Nobody’s Soldier: The Life of Andrii Antonenko

Peter Antonenko

Andrii Antonenko was born in the Ukraine in 1922 shortly before the Communist purges of the Kulaks. He and his family were sent to work camps in the frozen steppes of the far North when he wasn't even a teenager. He escaped the...

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Penny Wong: Passion and Principle

Penny Wong: Passion and Principle

Margaret Simons

A revelatory portrait of one of the most talented, poised and respected women in Australian politics, written by one of Australia's foremost biographers.

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 Read reviewOther People's Houses

Other People’s Houses

Hilary McPhee

What seduced publishing trailblazer Hilary McPhee to an exotic writing project in Jordan? Curiosity, political engagement, mad bravery? McPhee's brutally honest memoir traverses wild terrain, from Italy to Amman.

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Gulpilil

Gulpilil

Derek Rielly

From the bestselling author of Wednesdays with Bob comes an intimate portrait of Indigenous actor David Gulpilil.

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 Read reviewThe Girls

The Girls

Chloe Higgins

A memoir of enormous power: of family, loss, and sexuality which recalls Kate Holden, Fiona Wright or Sarah Krasnostein.

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 Read reviewJack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles

Jack Charles has worn many hats throughout his life: actor, cat burglar, musician, heroin addict, activist, even Senior Victorian Australian of the Year. But the title he's most proud to claim is that of Aboriginal Elder.

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Don Dunstan

Don Dunstan

Angela Woollacott

The first major biography of Don Dunstan, one of the few state premiers to stride the national stage and make a lasting mark on Australian life.

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My Story: Schapelle Corby

My Story: Schapelle Corby

Schapelle Corby, Kathryn Bonella

An updated edition of the international bestseller, taking in Schapelle's nine years in prison in Bali and return to Australia.

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About a Girl

About a Girl

Rebekah Robertson

Rebekah Robertson's extraordinary personal story of raising her transgender child, Georgie Stone, who has become a voice not just for other transgender kids - but for an emerging generation.

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 Read reviewMirka Mora: A Life Making Art

Mirka Mora: A Life Making Art

Sabine Cotte

Mirka Mora features a rich insight into the intellectual life and art practice of one of Australia's most versatile, creative and prolific modern artists.

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The Strong Man

The Strong Man

Grant Edwards

A powerful story of life under fire and one man's journey back from the brink.      

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Before I Forget: An Early Memoir

Before I Forget: An Early Memoir

Geoffrey Blainey

Before I Forget is the long-awaited memoir from Professor Geoffrey Blainey - Australia's most significant and popular historian - that tells the story of the first forty years of his life, from his childhood to his career as...

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Back on Track

Back on Track

Bernie Shakeshaft, James Knight

A thought-provoking and heart-warming story of how one man (and his working dogs) is giving rural kids, on their last chance, a second chance.

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 Read reviewSomething to Believe In

Something to Believe In

Andrew Stafford

For Andrew Stafford, music was a way up and a way out. There was just one little problem: he couldn't play. Because those who can do and those who can't review, he carved out a niche writing about it instead.

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Songs

Songs

Don Walker

For over forty years, Don Walker's songwriting has captured what it is to be Australian. From Cold Chisel  to his solo work, as well as many other writing collaborations, Walker's words are poetic, moving and incisive. This...

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The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

Corey White

A memoir of trauma, evil and survival that will break your heart and then show you how to rebuild it, from one of Australia's brightest young comedians.

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Split: True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New Beginnings

Split: True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New Beginnings

Lee Kofman

In this compelling anthology of personal essays, curated by award-winning author Lee Kofman, some of Australia's most beloved writers reveal, for the first time, powerful, occasionally funny and often heartbreaking stories of...

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Timeless On The Silk Road

Timeless On The Silk Road

Heather Ellis

After riding her motorcycle across Africa, Heather Ellis rides the fabled Silk Roads of antiquity from London to Hanoi. 

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Alice to Prague

Alice to Prague

Tanya Heaslip

A bittersweet story of a search for identity, belonging and love, set in a time, a place and with a man that fill Tanya's life with contradictions.

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Little One

Little One

Peter Papathanasiou

A powerful story about family and adoption, and the tensions and joys between the old world of Europe and the new world of Australia.

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Barefoot in the Bindis

Barefoot in the Bindis

Angela Wales

Filled with drama and hilarity, joy and back-breaking toil, BAREFOOT IN THE BINDIS portrays a childhood spent in the bush, and is a sensational picture of Australia past.

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The Wasp and the Orchid

The Wasp and the Orchid

Danielle Clode

Award-winning zoologist and author Danielle Clode presents the life of one of Australia's foremost female naturalists, Edith Coleman, and the story of the quest to recover her from the footnotes of history - now available in trade...

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Stranger Country

Stranger Country

Monica Tan

What happens when a 32-year-old first-generation Australian woman decides to chuck in a dream job, pack a sleeping bag and tent, and hit the long, dusty road for six months? Thirty-thousand kilometres later, Monica Tan has the...

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Rapture's Roadway

Rapture’s Roadway

Virginia Jealous

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The Heart's Ground: A Life Of Anne Elder

The Heart’s Ground: A Life Of Anne Elder

Julia Hamer

This finely wrought biography is rich in historical detail as it draws on four generations of letters and diaries and more recently on critical commentary and recollections.

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Blood on the Rosary

Blood on the Rosary

Sue Smethurst, Margaret Harrod

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Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Demet Divaroren, Amra Pajalic

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 Read reviewBeyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook

Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook

Jacqueline Kent

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Requiem with Yellow Butterflies: A Memoir

Requiem with Yellow Butterflies: A Memoir

James Halford

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Fridays with my Folks

Fridays with my Folks

Amal Awad

Amal Awad's life changed when her father was diagnosed with kidney failure. It was a shock to see the impact it had on him, both physically and mentally, and the way the side effects trickled onto those around him. Work had always...

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Going Back

Going Back

Dr Munjed Al Muderis, Patrick Weaver

Munjed's new book is once more a journey, but this time in taking him across the world on a quest to save others rather than himself.  

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 Read reviewGrowing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African...

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