Biographies & memoir 2015

Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

Iris Murdoch

Here for the first time is Murdoch in her own words, from her schoolgirl days to her last years. The letters show a great mind at work - we watch the young Murdoch struggling with philosophical issues, often unsure of herself;

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Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll

Peter Guralnick

How one man discovered B. B. King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, and how his tiny label, Sun Records of Memphis, revolutionised the world.

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Wildflower

Wildflower

Drew Barrymore

Wildflower is a portrait of Drew's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years.

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Boys in the Trees: A Memoir

Boys in the Trees: A Memoir

Carly Simon

A rhapsodic and beautifully composed memoir from American singer-songwriter legend, Carly Simon.

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Trans: A Memoir

Trans: A Memoir

Juliet Jacques

Moving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics.

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The Big Bad Book Of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor

The Big Bad Book Of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor

Robert Schnakenberg

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Amazing Fantastic Incredible

Amazing Fantastic Incredible

Stan Lee, Peter David, Colleen Doran

Stan Lee is legendary in the history of comic books, the man behind Spider-Man, The X-Menand The Incredible Hulk. A graphic-memoir of his life.

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I Am Sorry To Think I Have Raised A Timid Son

I Am Sorry To Think I Have Raised A Timid Son

Kent Russell

From one of the most ferociously brilliant and distinctive young voices in literary nonfiction: a debut shot through with violence, comedy, and feverish intensity that takes us on an odyssey into an American netherworld, exposing...

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Binge

Binge

Tyler Oakley

Tyler Oakley took the internet by storm when he uploaded his first video eight years ago, skyrocketing to fame with his signature blend of quirky comedy, personal material and strong opinions. Since then, the YouTube personality...

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The Forgotten Notebook

The Forgotten Notebook

Betty Churcher

The Forgotten Notebook is based on sketches Betty Churcher drew in the great galleries of the world when she raced through them as director of the National Gallery of Australia in the 1990s on her way to arrange the loans of...

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My Life on the Road

My Life on the Road

Gloria Steinem

From journalist, activist and international feminist icon Gloria Steinem comes an inspiring, profound and enlightening memoir of one woman's life-long journey

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Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed

Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed

Howard Sounes

Lou Reed, who died in 2013, was known to the general public as the grumpy New Yorker in black who sang 'Walk on the Wild Side'. This book presents the biography of this man. It deals with the artist's creative process, his mental...

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The Lost Landscape

The Lost Landscape

Joyce Carol Oates

A momentous memoir of childhood and adolescence from one of our finest and most beloved writers, as we've never seen her before.

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Island Home: A Landscape Memoir

Island Home: A Landscape Memoir

Tim Winton

Island Home is a thought-provoking meditation on Australia and its landscape: how the land has profoundly shaped the nation, and how it has influenced the life and writing of im Winton.

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Why Not Me?

Why Not Me?

Mindy Kaling

The author has found herself at a turning point. In this book, she shares her ongoing journey to find fulfilment and adventure in her adult life, be it falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in unlikely places, or...

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Reckoning: A Memoir

Reckoning: A Memoir

Magda Szubanski

If you had met my father you would never, not for an instant, have thought he was an assassin.

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 Read reviewSix Square Metres: Reflections from a small garden

Six Square Metres: Reflections from a small garden

Margaret Simons

Life lessons from the ground up.

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Plain-Speaking Jane

Plain-Speaking Jane

Jane Caro

Jane Caro writes a fearless and frank memoir about career, family, feminism, mental illness, and what happens when they mix.

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The Long Haul: Lessons from Public Life

The Long Haul: Lessons from Public Life

John Brumby

Distils a series of practical lessons on leadership and public life from John Brumby's thirty years in politics. It offers insights into the challenges and opportunities Australia currently faces and argues for real political...

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Interestingly Enough... The Life Of Tom Keneally

Interestingly Enough… The Life Of Tom Keneally

Stephany Evans Steggall

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Ettore Sottsass and the Poetry of Things

Ettore Sottsass and the Poetry of Things

Deyan Sudjic

The incredible life story of one of the 20th century's most important designers, who knew everyone from Hemingway to Picasso.

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Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed

Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed

Kendrah Morgan, Lesley Harding

Much has been written about the lives and art of Heide, but finally the remaining members of the inner circle have entrusted the truth to be told through this intimate biography of John and Sunday Reed. Equal parts romance and...

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Flesh Wounds

Flesh Wounds

Richard Glover

A mother who invented her past, a father who was often absent, a son who wondered if this could really be his family. Richard Glover's favourite dinner party game is called 'Who's Got the Weirdest Parents?'. It's a game he always...

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 Read reviewWendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden

Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden

Janet Hawley

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Country Women and the Colour Bar: Grassroots Activism and the Country Women's Association

Country Women and the Colour Bar: Grassroots Activism and the Country Women’s Association

Jennifer Jones

Country women and the colour bar is a timely corrective to established ideas about race relations in rural New South Wales by revealing the untold story of grassroots efforts by Aboriginal and white women, working together. In the...

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Henry and Banjo

James Knight

The fascinating lives and turbulent times of Henry Lawson and Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson - the two men who wrote Australia's story.

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Breakfast, School Run, Chemo: The Sometimes Funny, Definitely Not

Breakfast, School Run, Chemo: The Sometimes Funny, Definitely Not

Julia Watson

Julia Watson thought her world was falling apart when she found out she had terminal cancer. But with humour and courage, Julia faces the greatest challenge of her life - and in the process becomes the person she'd always wanted...

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 Read reviewThe Anti-Cool Girl

The Anti-Cool Girl

Rosie Waterland

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 Read reviewSmall Acts of Disappearance

Small Acts of Disappearance

Fiona Wright

Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the authors affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years. Fiona...

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 Read reviewNot Just Black and White

Not Just Black and White

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams

Two remarkable women tell an inspirational story about the power of family and pursuing your dreams. Lesley Williams is forced to leave Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement and her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant....

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These Things Happen

These Things Happen

Greg Fleet

Greg Fleet's memoir chronicles his two lives: his rise and rise in the comedy world, and his dark descent into heroin addiction.

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Boyhoodlum

Boyhoodlum

Anson Cameron

You know those childhood memoirs that tell of the innocence of youth, of a gentle past when boys and girls were adorable and agreeable, respectful of their elders, and spoke only when spoken to? This isn't one of those. ...

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 Read reviewPrick With a Fork: The World's Worst Waitress Spills the Beans

Prick With a Fork: The World’s Worst Waitress Spills the Beans

Larissa Dubecki

Before she was one of Australia's top restaurant critics, Larissa Dubecki was one of its worst waitresses. A loving homage to her ten-year reign of dining-room terror, Prick With a Fork takes you where a diner should never go....

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The Orpheus Clock: the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis

The Orpheus Clock: the search for my family’s art treasures stolen by the Nazis

Simon Goodman

Simon Goodman's grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and died in concentration camps. Originally he knew little about them - his father never spoke of their history or heritage. But when Goodman received his late...

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Banksia Lady: Celia Rosser - Botanical Artist

Banksia Lady: Celia Rosser - Botanical Artist

Carolyn Landon

This is the story of Celia Rosser, internationally acclaimed Botanical Illustrator, who ultimately dedicated her life to painting the entire genus of Banksia, the only artist to have done such a thing. Her dedication to the task...

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War Letters of General Monash

War Letters of General Monash

Sir John Monash

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Older and Bolder: Life After 60

Older and Bolder: Life After 60

Renata Singer

For the first time in history, women can expect to live well from their sixties for another three decades. In Older and Bolder, Renata Singer contrasts the stories of the pioneers of active, productive old age against the...

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Everything is Teeth

Everything is Teeth

Evie Wyld, Joe Sumner

An intimate and unique visual memoir by the multi-prizewinning Evie Wyld.

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 Special priceGnarr: How I Became Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World

Gnarr: How I Became Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World

Jon Gnarr

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Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer

Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer

Una LaMarche

Una LaMarche has written a hilarious take on coming of age by doling out all the advice she wishes her own mother had given her about everything, from how to take care of her unibrow to how to avoid the most common faux pas in the...

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The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

Dee Williams

A personal memoir about downsizing and the author's experience building her own home and living the minimalist lifestyle --

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Saving Safa: Rescuing a Little Girl from FGM

Saving Safa: Rescuing a Little Girl from FGM

Waris Dirie

From the bestselling author of Desert Flower: the true story of saving a young girl from FGM

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Vera: My Story

Vera: My Story

Vera Wasowski, Robert Hillman

My revenge on Hitler is a lifetime in which delight has reached me from a hundred sources, and been welcomed.' - Vera Wasowski. A story of courage, unconventionality and lust for life. Vera Wasowski was just seven years old when...

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Kadian Journal

Kadian Journal

Thomas Harding

In July 2012, the author's fourteen-year-old son Kadian was killed in a bicycle accident. Beginning on the day of Kadian's death, and continuing to the one-year anniversary, and beyond, this book is a record of his grief, a moving...

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Letters to my Grandchildren

Letters to my Grandchildren

David Suzuki

In this inspiring series of letters to his grandchildren, David Suzuki offers grandfatherly advice mixed with stories from his own remarkable life and explores what makes life meaningful. He challenges his grandchildren - and us -...

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 Read reviewAfter the Blast: An Australian officer in Iraq and Afghanistan

After the Blast: An Australian officer in Iraq and Afghanistan

Garth Callender

A very Australian story of heroism and healing. In 2004 Garth Callender, a junior cavalry officer, was deployed to Iraq. He quickly found his feet leading convoys of armoured vehicles through the streets of Baghdad and into the...

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 Read reviewOld Man's Story: The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie

Old Man’s Story: The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie

Bill Neidjie, Mark Lang

Right then,' he said with a sigh, and then turned to me with a grin. 'I tell you story, eh!' Then he said something which really floored me: 'I been waiting for you. You been waiting for me.' And so began Bill Neidjie's...

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 Read reviewThe Seven Good Years

The Seven Good Years

Etgar Keret

From the man the New Yorker declared 'a genius', here is a ridiculously enjoyable, tragicomic collection of essays about raising a son and losing a father

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We Are Here

We Are Here

Cat Thao Nguyen

Told through the bright and unflinching eyes of Cat Thao, a daughter born in a refugee camp, We Are Here is a memoir that begins in 1975 with her family's gripping exodus by foot out of post-war Vietnam - a dangerous journey,...

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Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

Jeremy Oxley, Mary Oxley-Griffiths

Jeremy Oxley was diagnosed with schizophrenia aged 22, at the height of his fame as singer of the popular band Sunnyboys. Terrified and in denial, he tried to hide his diagnosis from family, band mates and friends, who attributed...

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The Iceberg: A Memoir

The Iceberg: A Memoir

Marion Coutts

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Beautifully written and full of unflinching truth, The Iceberg is a memoir which will leave an indelible mark on all who read it.

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My Story

My Story

Julia Gillard

I was prime minister for three years and three days.Three years and three days of resilience.Three years and three days of changing the nation.Three years and three days for you to judge.' On Wednesday 23 June 2010, with the...

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My Life in Ruins

My Life in Ruins

Adam Ford

Part memoir, part potted history of civilisation, My Life in Ruins is the account of a life lived in uncovering the past. Adam Ford is an archaeologist. Not only has he been on expeditions to unlock the mysteries of the past in...

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Naked at Lunch: Adventures of a Reluctant Nudist

Naked at Lunch: Adventures of a Reluctant Nudist

Mark Haskell Smith

Folk have been naked in public for centuries. But being a nudist is more complicated than simply stripping off. In Naked at Lunch, Mark Haskell Smith uncovers nudism's fascinating history - and gets involved, baring all himself....

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Sidney Nolan: A Life

Sidney Nolan: A Life

Nancy Underhill

Digging through the myths around Australia's most famous artist, many of which he created himself as a masterful self - promoter, this book is the biography that Sidney Nolan deserves. In an authoritative, insightful and often...

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Cobain: Montage of Heck

Cobain: Montage of Heck

Brett Morgen, Richard Bienstock

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Breakthrough: how one teen innovator is changing the world

Breakthrough: how one teen innovator is changing the world

Jack Andraka, Matthew Lysiak

Jack Andraka was just 15 when he invented an early detection test for three types of cancer. In 2012, working with the team at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Jack created a test that can detect pancreatic,...

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The Book Of Joan

The Book Of Joan

Melissa Rivers

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A Double Shot of Happiness: Tim Sharp's Extraordinary Journey from Being Diagnosed with Autism to Becoming an Internationally Renowned Artist

A Double Shot of Happiness: Tim Sharp’s Extraordinary Journey from Being Diagnosed with Autism to Becoming an Internationally Renowned Artist

Judy Sharp

When Judy Sharp took her three-year-old son Tim to a paediatric specialist she was told that his autism was so severe he would never be able to communicate with her, talk or learn to live in a normal household. The advice at the...

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Maverick Mountaineer

Maverick Mountaineer

Robert Wainwright

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Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather

Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather

Karen Lamb

Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather is the long-awaited biography of one of Australia's most beloved authors.

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The Belle of Belfast

The Belle of Belfast

Anne-Marie Foster

Based on a true story, written in Belfast dialect, and set in the Catholic district of the Falls Road post World War II, this narrative tells the story of the feisty and fearless Isabelle McKitterick and champion Irish dancer Jack...

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Gittins: A Life Among Budgets, Bulldust and Bastardry

Gittins: A Life Among Budgets, Bulldust and Bastardry

Ross Gittins

For forty years Ross Gittins has had a ringside seat as the Australian economy has gone through radical change. He's covered forty budgets and sixteen elections, he's watched thirteen treasurers and eight prime ministers wrestle...

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Lost Relations: Fortunes of my Family in Australia's Golden Age

Lost Relations: Fortunes of my Family in Australia’s Golden Age

Graeme Davison

Historian Graeme Davison was never interested in family history. But when he discovered in his grandfather's notebook an account of the family's arrival in Melbourne in 1850 on the infamous ship Culloden, his interest was piqued.

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 Read reviewNot My Father's Son: A Family Memoir

Not My Father’s Son: A Family Memoir

Alan Cumming

Presents the story of authors journey of discovery, both a memoir of his childhood in Scotland, and an investigation into his family history which would change him forever.

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Picnic in Provence

Picnic in Provence

Elizabeth Bard

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Buy Me the Sky: The remarkable truth of China's one-child generations

Buy Me the Sky: The remarkable truth of China’s one-child generations

Xinran

Tells the stories of men and women born in China after 1979 - the generations raised under China's single-child policy. This book shows how these generations embody the hopes and fears of a great nation at a time of unprecedented...

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From India With Love: Growing Up Australian and the Journey of Self-Discovery that Led Me Back to My Indian Roots

From India With Love: Growing Up Australian and the Journey of Self-Discovery that Led Me Back to My Indian Roots

Latika Bourke, Hazel Flynn

Latika Bourke was adopted from India, aged eight months. Growing up in Bathurst, New South Wales she felt a deep connection to her Australian home and her Australian family. It wasn't until she heard her name uttered in the hit...

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More Fool Me

More Fool Me

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me.

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Bloodhound: Searching For My Father

Bloodhound: Searching For My Father

Ramona Koval

A personal quest to uncover the truth about her parents and her birth, by the daughter of Holocaust survivors.

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Settling Day: A Memoir

Settling Day: A Memoir

Kate Howarth

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 Read reviewLion Attack!: I'm trying to be honest and I want you to know that

Lion Attack!: I’m trying to be honest and I want you to know that

Oliver Mol

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H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the...

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Memoirs of an Anzac: A first-hand account by an AIF officer in the First World War

Memoirs of an Anzac: A first-hand account by an AIF officer in the First World War

John Charles Barrie, Ross McMullin

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Airmail: Women of Letters

Airmail: Women of Letters

Marieke Hardy, Michaela McGuire

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Mannix

Mannix

Brenda Niall

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We're All Going to Die (Especially Me)

We’re All Going to Die (Especially Me)

Joel Meares

My late twenties have felt like a series of slow - motion epiphanies, each one sneaking up before slapping me in my newly acquired jowls. Everything I said I'd do 'by the time I'm thirty' as a glassy - eyed graduate is now in the...

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Windsor's Way

Windsor’s Way

Tony Windsor

Born and bred in north - western New South Wales, Tony Windsor has held the balance of power in state and federal parliaments for nearly a third of his public life. He has always stood as an Independent, believing it was the only...

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Ransacking Paris

Ransacking Paris

Patti Miller

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Hello, Beautiful!: Scenes From a Life

Hannie Rayson

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B and Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

B and Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

J.C. Hallman

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Awakening: Four lives in art

Awakening: Four lives in art

Eileen Chanin, Steven Miller

Ibsen's A Doll's House opened in Melbourne on 14 September 1889. The slam of the door as Nora left her husband echoed in the minds of thousands of young Australian women. This book is about four of these women, each of whom became...

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First Things First: Selected letters of Kate Llewellyn 1977-2004

First Things First: Selected letters of Kate Llewellyn 1977-2004

Kate Llewellyn, Barbara Hill

Here for the first time are selected letters from the private correspondence of one of Australia's most loved authors, Kate Llewellyn (The Waterlily, A Fig at the Gate). Written with her distinctive ardour and enthusiasm, skipping...

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Leila's Secret

Leila’s Secret

Kooshyar Karimi

In fundamentalist Iran, new life sometimes means certain death. When Leila comes to see Doctor Karimi, both are in danger. Born in a slum to a Muslim father and a Jewish mother, Kooshyar Karimi has transformed himself into a...

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The Abyssinian Contortionist: Hope, friendship and other circus acts

The Abyssinian Contortionist: Hope, friendship and other circus acts

David Carlin

Following his acclaimed memoir Our Father Who Wasn't There, David brings us his 'not-me' book, travelling to Addis Ababa where he discovers ways of living so different to his own and confronts his Western fantasies...

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Passing Clouds: A Winemaker's Journey

Passing Clouds: A Winemaker’s Journey

Graeme Leith

Electrician, Graeme Leith joined Melbourne's theatre collective at Carton's famously innovative Pram Factory Theatre and said 'let there be light'. And there was; Graham Blundell, Jack Hibberd, Max Gillies and many others produced...

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The Country Wife

The Country Wife

Anne Gorman

In the tradition of Strength to Strength comes an unforgettable memoir of heartbreak and triumph. When she is five, Anne Gorman's family disintegrates. After thirteen pregnancies and the death of two children, her devout Catholic...

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Becoming Westerly: The Transformation of Surfing Champion Peter Drouyn into Westerly Windina

Becoming Westerly: The Transformation of Surfing Champion Peter Drouyn into Westerly Windina

Jamie Brisick

'Peter was always looking for a princess, he wanted to find his princess. Unfortunately, the princess was me. I'm the princess that Peter always wanted but never met.' Westerly Windina'Westerly's affection for Peter comes in many...

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 Read reviewJust Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption

Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption

Bryan Stevenson

A true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice. It is at once an account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of...

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Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption

Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption

Ray Whitrod

In the early 1970s, Queensland was a haven for crooks from both sides of the law. It was into this hothouse that Ray Whitrod was controversially appointed as police commissioner in 1970. Just six years later he resigned from the...

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Bradman's War

Bradman’s War

Malcolm Knox

Published to coincide with the 2013 Ashes Test series between England and Australia, this is the extraordinary story of how the 1948 Invincibles turned the cricket pitch into a battlefield.

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Under a Bilari Tree I Born

Under a Bilari Tree I Born

Alice Bilari Smith

This is Alice's insightful and inspiring story - the story of a life that is remarkable and yet typical of Australia's strong country women.

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 Read reviewRed Notice: A True Story of Corruption, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice

Red Notice: A True Story of Corruption, Murder and One Man’s Fight for Justice

Bill Browder

November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime?

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