Australian political biography & memoir

Optimism: Reflections on a life of action

Optimism: Reflections on a life of action

Bob Brown

Bob Brown, former Senator and Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens, shares stories and insights from throughout his public and private life, which illustrate why he remains optimistic about the future.

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Wednesdays with Bob

Wednesdays with Bob

Derek Rielly, Bob Hawke

At 87, beloved former PM Bob Hawke reflects on a colourful life.

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My Story

My Story

Julia Gillard

`I was prime minister for three years and three days.' Here we see what lay behind the resilience and dignified courage Gillard showed as prime minister, her view of the vicious hate campaigns directed against her, and a...

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Keating

Keating

Kerry O'Brien

Paul Keating is widely credited as the chief architect of the most significant period of political and economic reform in Australia's history. Twenty years on, there is still no story from the horse's mouth of how it all came...

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Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart

Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart

Don Watson

The long awaited authorised biography of Paul Keating's four years as Australia's Prime Minister. Written by his speech writer, this book is based on notes made during his term of office.

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An Activist Life

An Activist Life

Christine Milne

Former Greens leader Christine Milne tells her story through 18 objects, interweaving the personal and political to recount a truly inspirational life.

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Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics

Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics

Troy Bramston

A revelatory biography of Australia's longest-serving prime minister.

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Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra

Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra

Anne Aly

From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

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Tiberius with a Telephone

Tiberius with a Telephone

Patrick Mullins

The oddly compelling story of a man regarded as Australia's worst prime minister.

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The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

Judith Brett

Alfred Deakin-scholar, spiritualist, prime minister-was instrumental in creating modern Australia. In the first biography of Deakin in more than half a century, the acclaimed political historian Judith Brett deftly weaves together...

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Warren Mundine in Black and White

Warren Mundine in Black and White

Warren Mundine

The highly anticipated and revealing memoir from one of Australia's most significant Indigenous leaders.

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Albanese: Telling It Straight

Albanese: Telling It Straight

Karen Middleton

Anthony Albanese has been at the heart of Labor politics in Australia for a decade. For the previous decade he persistently worked to ensure that the Labor left was a vital part of all ALP activities. This is his story. 

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Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life

Bob Carr

Most Political memoirs are boring.Bob Carr tears up the rules. He plunges in, beginning with the despair of a young man pining for a political career, convinced he's going nowhere, then vaulting to the exhilaration...

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Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll

Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll

Fiona Patten

The incredible story of Fiona Patten, in her own inimitable words. Tireless fighter, courageous activist and effective politician who really is making a difference to her world.

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John Curtin's War (Volume II)

John Curtin’s War (Volume II)

John Edwards

Described as ‘a huge and highly accessible contribution to Australian political history' (SMH), John Edwards' magisterial biography of our greatest Prime Minister concludes with the events that shaped our future: the nation...

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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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Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader

Paul Keating: The Big-Picture Leader

Troy Bramston

This is the definitive biography of Australia's 24th prime minister.

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Big Blue Sky: A Memoir

Big Blue Sky: A Memoir

Peter Garrett

Peter Garrett's life has been fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, intelligence and creativity, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives. From his idyllic childhood growing up in the...

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Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs

Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs

Malcolm Fraser, Margaret Simons

Malcolm Fraser is one of the least known, most interesting and possibly most misunderstood of Australia's prime ministers. In this book, part memoir and part authorised biography, Fraser, at the age of 79, explains himself and his...

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Lazarus Rising (Revised Edition)

Lazarus Rising (Revised Edition)

John Howard

The account of a 30 year political career, this is also the autobiography of the youngster who was born at the start of WWII, who studied extra hard to overcome serious deafness and who latched onto the family passion for current...

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