Biography & Memoir 2013

 Read reviewHigh 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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 Read reviewMadeleine: A Life Of Madeleine St John

Madeleine: A Life Of Madeleine St John

Helen Trinca

The compelling story of one of Australia's finest female novelists, Helen Trinca has captured the troubled life of Madeleine St John in this moving account of a remarkable writer.

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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

Jen Lin-Liu

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

Twiggy

Andrew Burrell

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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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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Salinger

Salinger

David, Shane Salerno

A highly anticipated cultural event: the first definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures in American history.

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Stillways: A Memoir

Stillways: A Memoir

Steve Bisley

From one of Australia's favourite actors comes a classic memoir of an Australian childhood in the sixties. Young Steve was a larrikin, happy-go-lucky, resilient kid, coming of age in a simpler time. Growing up on a farm cut...

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 Read reviewLove & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Poe Ballantine

At age forty six years US author Poe Ballantine ends his nomadic lifestyle and brings his beautiful wife from Mexico to Chadron, Nebraska, and becomes a father to a son who may be autistic. His neighbor, a math professor at...

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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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 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

Philip Nitschke, Peter Corris

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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The Astronaut Wives Club

The Astronaut Wives Club

Lily Koppel

Sexy and sophisticated, rich in melodrama, and set against the uniquely atmospheric backdrop of the Space Age,The Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story behind some of the biggest heroes in American history.

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 Read reviewBoy, Lost: A Family Memoir

Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir

Kristina Olsson

A powerful family memoir from the award-winning author of The China Garden Kristina Olsson's mother lost her infant son, Peter, when he was snatched from her arms as she boarded a train in the hot summer of 1950.

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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

Paul Auster, J. M. Coetzee

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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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

Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters

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

A memoir of alcoholic proportions from a National Geographic documentary filmmaker.

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

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

Anne Deveson

A powerful combination of 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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Honestly: Notes on Life

Honestly: Notes on Life

Nikki Gemmell

Gemmell certainly knows how to be controversial' - DAILY TELEGRAPH Celebrating a year of thought - provoking and fascinating columns in THE AUSTRALIAN WEEKEND MAGAZINE, HONESTLY is a collection of writing on a diverse range of...

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Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg

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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Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation

Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation

Rachel Cusk

In the winter of 2009, the author's marriage of ten years came to an end. This book chronicles this perilous journey as the author redefines herself as a single woman and creates a new version of family life for her daughters.

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