Biography & Memoir 2013

High Sobriety: my year without booze

High Sobriety: my year without booze

Jill Stark

In re-examining her habits, Jill also explores Australia's love affair with alcohol, meeting alcopop-swigging teens who drink to fit in, beer-swilling blokes in a sporting culture backed by booze, and marketing bigwigs blamed for...

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 Read reviewMoving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family

Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family

Gabrielle Carey

Two literary lives defined by storytelling and secrets As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan's childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary...

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Bouncer

Bouncer

Heath Lander (Heath Lander)

An unlikely candidate for the crowd control industry, Heath Lander recounts his journey from a hippy upbringing into the gritty and dangerous world of nightclub bouncing. As a university student, he takes up Kung Fu, a decision...

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 Special priceAutobiography

Autobiography

Morrissey

It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.'

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Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.

Rob Delaney

Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo?

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It's Cool to be Conscious

It’s Cool to be Conscious

Harry O'Brien

The author is a philosopher at heart. There have been many obstacles in his personal life. In dealing with these, he has developed an appreciation that his story may inspire others to overcome their own challenges. This book...

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On the Noodle Road

On the Noodle Road

Lin-Liu Jen

On honeymoon, a food writer questions how had food and culture moved along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking Asia to Europe - and what could still be felt of those long-ago migrations and discovers some surprising...

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 Read reviewTwiggy: The High-Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest

Twiggy: The High-Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest

Burrell Andrew

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest is the public face of Australia's once-in-a-life time mining boom. A swashbuckling entrepreneur in the finest West Australian tradition, Twiggy took on mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto at their own game --...

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Carry a Big Stick: A funny, fearless life of friendship, laughter and MS

Carry a Big Stick: A funny, fearless life of friendship, laughter and MS

Tim Ferguson

The frank and fearless story of a man fighting MS with comedy.

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Everything to Live For

Everything to Live For

Turia Pitt with Libby Harkness

Everything to Live For is the story of one young woman's survival against extraordinary odds, a testament to the human spirit. In September 2011, Turia Pitt, a beautiful 25-year-old mining engineer working her dream job in the far...

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Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt

Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt

Saul Friedlander

A highly original and engaging appraisal of Kafka's life, work, legacy, and thought

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 Read reviewA History of Silence

A History of Silence

Lloyd Jones

A History of Silence is a book about a country and a broken landscape. It's about the devastation in Christchurch, after the 2011 earthquake. It's about how easily we erase stories we find inconvenient. It's about the fault lines...

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Kafka: The Decisive Years

Kafka: The Decisive Years

Reiner Stach, Shelley Frisch

This is the acclaimed central volume of the definitive biography of Franz Kafka. Reiner Stach spent more than a decade working with over four thousand pages of journals, letters, and literary fragments, many never before...

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 Read reviewHanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz

Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz

Thomas Harding

Moving from the Middle-Eastern campaigns of the First World War to bohemian Berlin in the 1920s, to the horror of the concentration camps and the trials in Belsen and Nuremberg, it tells the story of two German men whose lives...

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 Read reviewA Spy in the Archives

A Spy in the Archives

Sheila Fitzpatrick

In 1968 historian Sheila Fitzpatrick was 'outed' by the Russian newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya as all but a spy for Western intelligence. She was in Moscow at the time, working in Soviet archives for her doctoral thesis on AV...

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Damned if I do

Damned if I do

Peter Corris, Philip Nitschke

This is the revealing, personal story of the man behind the controversial pro - euthanasia movement, told in his own words. Medical doctor, humanist, author and founder/director of Exit International, Philip Nitschke's life has...

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 Read reviewLife in Ten Houses: Penguin Special

Life in Ten Houses: Penguin Special

Sonya Hartnett

The internationally celebrated writer Sonya Hartnett is firmly Melburnian but has restlessly moved from suburb to suburb in her search for the 'Last House' - that special corner of the world in which to settle and find...

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Perth

Perth

David Whish-Wilson

David Whish - Wilson's Perth is a place of surprising beauty, of sand - swept peace and brilliant light, yet a place where the deeper historical currents are never too far beneath the surface. Like the Swan River that flows in two...

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 Read reviewWelcome to Your New Life

Welcome to Your New Life

Anna Goldsworthy

When Anna Goldsworthy, pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. In Welcome to Your New Life, she shares the dizzying wonder and crippling...

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Here and Now

J M Coetzee, Paul Auster

Result of an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. This book offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now, and reflects two...

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 Read reviewBoomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood and Asperger's

Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood and Asperger’s

Jo Case

An endearing story of a modern family and the hurdles they come across.

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Love with a Chance of Drowning

Love with a Chance of Drowning

Torre DeRoche

Love can make a person do crazy things... A city girl with a morbid fear of deep water, Torre DeRoche is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific aboard a leaky sailboat - total crew of two...

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Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing

Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing

Jane Dunn

Celebrated novelist Daphne Du Maurier and her sisters, eclipsed by her fame, are revealed in all their surprising complexity in this riveting new biography.

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The Exotic Booze Club: A filmmaker's true adventures of volcanoes, cobras and a... beer elephant

The Exotic Booze Club: A filmmaker’s true adventures of volcanoes, cobras and a… beer elephant

Brian Armstrong

It was a club created in flagrant violation of his employer's rules. A club for intrepid film-makers to share their hair-raising stories - of deadly snakes, acid lakes, enormous crocodiles and other examples of nature at its most...

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Open Mike

Open Mike

Michael Sheahan

Since 2009 leading AFL journalist Mike Sheahan has interviewed some of Australian football's biggest names on his Fox Sports program Open Mike. With his compassionate interview style, Sheahan manages to open up even the most...

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Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1, Reader's Edition

Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1, Reader’s Edition

Mark Twain, Harriet E. Smith, Robert Hirst

An autobiography of Mark Twain that describes a chronology of his life, brief family biographies, and an excerpt from the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 - a controversial but characteristically humorous attack on...

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Waging Peace: Reflections on Peace and War From an Unconventional Woman

Waging Peace: Reflections on Peace and War From an Unconventional Woman

Anne Deveson

One of Australia's most highly regarded media people looks back on her life through the prism of an intellectual journey and personal memoir.

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 Special priceThe Heavy

The Heavy

Dara-Lynn Weiss

A mother's battle against her seven - year - old daughter's obesity. When a doctor pronounced Dara - Lynn Weiss's daughter, Bea, obese at the age of seven, the mother of two knew she had to take action. But how can a woman with...

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A Lasting Record

A Lasting Record

Stephen Downes

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Saul Steinberg: A Biography

Saul Steinberg: A Biography

Deirdre Bair

Explores the life and career of graphic artist and The New Yorker magazine mainstay Saul Steinberg.

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Selected Letters of William Styron

Selected Letters of William Styron

William Styron, Rose Styron, R. Blakeslee Gilpin

Covering a career that spanned almost 60 years and many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this collection pulls back the curtain and provides readers with a unique view of the author's life.

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