Biographies & memoir 2015

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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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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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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Second Half First

Second Half First

Drusilla Modjeska

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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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Modern Love

Modern Love

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan

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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 Special priceHenry and Banjo

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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 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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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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 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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Good Muslim Boy

Good Muslim Boy

Osamah Sami

Good Muslim Boy is a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir of loss, love and family. It's about what we'll do to live up to expectations - and what we must do to live with ourselves.

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Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man

Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man

Abdi Aden, Robert Hillman

A remarkably warm-hearted, uplifting and inspiring story of one boy's survival against the odds. Abdi's world fell apart when he was only fifteen and Somalia's vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and...

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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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 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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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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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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Settling Day: A Memoir

Settling Day: A Memoir

Kate Howarth

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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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Mannix

Mannix

Brenda Niall

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Ransacking Paris

Ransacking Paris

Patti Miller

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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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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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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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With Every Step: A Son's Quest And A Father's Promise

With Every Step: A Son’s Quest And A Father’s Promise

Neil Cadigan

In late 2010 Andrew 'Cad' Cadigan quit his job, sold his home and set out to walk around Australia. He was doing it in honour of a mate, Chris Simpson, who had recently succumbed to a rare pre-leukaemia condition.

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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: How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy

Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy

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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