Biography & memoir 2016

Walk Through Walls: A Memoir

Walk Through Walls: A Memoir

Marina Abramovic

Best known for her recent pieces 'The Artist is Present' and '512 Hours', this book is a fascinating insight into the life of one of the most important artists working today.

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George Lucas: A Life

George Lucas: A Life

Brian Jay Jones

George Lucas' life, his art, and the making of his cinematic empire.

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Stroke Of Genius

Stroke Of Genius

Gideon Haigh

Australia's favourite cricket writer on how one player - and his photograph - changed a sport and a nation.

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Keeping On Keeping On

Keeping On Keeping On

Alan Bennett

[This text] contains [Alan] Bennett's diaries from 2005 to 2015, with everything from his much celebrated essays to his irreverent comic pieces and reviews, reflecting on a decade that saw four major theater premieres and the...

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Scrappy Little Nobody

Scrappy Little Nobody

Anna Kendrick

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick.  

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The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist

Carrie Fisher

A thoroughly original and intimate memoir by the bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking.

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Get a Life: The Diaries of Vivienne Westwood

Get a Life: The Diaries of Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood began Get A Life, her online diary, in 2010 with an impassioned post about Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Since then, she has written two or three entries each month, discussing her life in fashion and...

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Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol

Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol

Steve Jones

Without the Sex Pistols there would be no Punk. And without Steve Jones there would be no Sex Pistols. It was Steve who formed Kutie Jones and his Sex Pistols, the band that eventually went on to become the Sex Pistols, with his...

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Reckless Daughter: A Joni Mitchell Anthology

Reckless Daughter: A Joni Mitchell Anthology

Barney Hoskyns

An anthology of the most incisive commentary on the extraordinary career of Joni Mitchell.

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D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall

D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall

Paul Livingstone

The inside story of The Doug Anthony All Stars then and now. The no-holds-barred true story behind how the bad boys of Australian comedy reunited - weaker, sicker, funnier, older...but not wiser.

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Tove Jansson: Work and Love

Tove Jansson: Work and Love

Tuula Karjalainen

The definitive biography of one of the most unique and beloved children's authors of the 20th century, the creator of the Moomins. Tove Jansson (1914-2001) led a long, colourful and productive life, impacting significantly the...

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The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion

Tracy Daugherty

In The Last Love Song, Tracy Daugherty, the critically acclaimed author of Hiding Man (a New Yorker and New York Times Notable book) and Just One Catch, delves deep into the life of distinguished American author and journalist...

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Set the Boy Free

Set the Boy Free

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr was born in 1960's Manchester to Irish emigrant parents and knew from an early age that he would be a musician. From roaming the streets of Manchester to constantly pushing musical boundaries as the most loved...

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Down the Dirt Roads

Down the Dirt Roads

Rachael Treasure

Country girl and bestselling novelist Rachael Treasure had worked hard to build a long-dreamed-of lifestyle on her own patch of dirt in Tasmania's rugged and beautiful wilderness. But through the breakdown of her marriage, Rachael...

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Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a spy's son

Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a spy’s son

Mark Colvin

Mark Colvin is one of Australia's longest-serving broadcasters. However the slow deterioration of his kidneys saw him undertake three punishing years of dialysis while he continuing to broadcast. This is the story of how someone...

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Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie

Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie

Woody Woodmansey

A poignant memoir by the last surviving member of David Bowie's The Spiders from Mars, drummer Woody Woodmansey.

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On Living: Dancing More, Working Less and Other Last Thoughts

On Living: Dancing More, Working Less and Other Last Thoughts

Kerry Egan

As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan didn't offer sermons or prayers, unless they were requested; in fact, she found, the dying rarely want to talk about God, at least not overtly. Instead, she discovered she'd been granted an...

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Songs of a War Boy

Songs of a War Boy

Deng Thiak Adut, Ben McKelvey

The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope

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Blood Mystic

Blood Mystic

George Gittoes

The illustrated autobiography of Australian peace warrior and artist George Gittoes.

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The Art of Cycling

The Art of Cycling

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans is Australia's greatest ever cyclist, and one of our greatest sportsmen. From his beginnings as the youngest winner of a World Cup in mountain biking at 20 to the oldest post-War winner of the Tour de France at...

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A Life in Parts

A Life in Parts

Bryan Cranston

The long-awaited autobiograghy by TV's greatest leading man, Bryan Cranston

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The Newsman: 60 Years of Television

The Newsman: 60 Years of Television

Mal Walden

Memoirs of one of Australia's most respected and longest-serving TV news presenters, offering exclusive behind-the-scenes insights into sixty years of news headlines.

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Dashing for the Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Dashing for the Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor, Adam Sisman

A revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken Road

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Darling Days: A New York City Childhood

Darling Days: A New York City Childhood

iO Tillett Wright

A New York memoir of an unfettered childhood in the Lower East Side of the 1980s

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I am Brian Wilson: A Memoir

I am Brian Wilson: A Memoir

Brian Wilson

The long-awaited, candid, poetic memoir by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys - a journey deep into the mind of a musical genius.

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Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Quentin Kenihan

Quentin Kenihan is living proof that superheroes don't need capes, just the right attitude. FOREWORD BY RAY MARTIN

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Who Gave You Permission?: the memoir of a child sexual-abuse survivor who fought back

Who Gave You Permission?: the memoir of a child sexual-abuse survivor who fought back

Manny Waks, Michael Visontay

'Who gave you permission to speak to anybody?' Rabbi Telsner, the leader of the Yeshivah Centre, thundered during his regular weekly sermon. It was a question directed to Manny Waks's father, after Manny had finally gone public...

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You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

Rachel Corbett

The extraordinary story of one of the most fruitful friendships in modern arts and letters.

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The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography

The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography

Edmund Gordon

Since her death in 1992, at the age of just fifty-one, Angela Carter has been widely acknowledged as one of the most important English writers of the last century. The author uncovers a wealth of new details about the life of this...

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 Read reviewFight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford

Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers. 

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Born to Run

Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen

A revelatory memoir by a legendary rock star, Bruce Springsteen's BORN TO RUN will be the book of 2016.

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Working Class Boy

Working Class Boy

Jimmy Barnes

Long before Cold Chisel, long before 'Barnesy', there was the true story of James Dixon Swan A household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock - there isn't an accolade or...

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 Special priceThe Boy Behind the Curtain

The Boy Behind the Curtain

Tim Winton

The remarkable true stories of The Boy Behind the Curtain reveal an intimate and rare view of Tim Winton's imagination at work and play.

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Bob Ellis: In His Own Words

Bob Ellis: In His Own Words

Bob Ellis

Bob Ellis: In His Own Words showcases the best of Ellis's celebrated and much-loved essays, speeches, diaries and scripts, in addition to previously unpublished work, archival photos, and reflections from close friends and...

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Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb

An inspiring tale of modern migration, overcoming adversity and escaping the hell of war, from a girl struggling to walk for the very first time in her life.

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Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys

Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys

Lol Tolhurst

The inside story of The Cure

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Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

Artemis Cooper

The authorised biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard from the award-winning author of Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure

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A Tear in the Soul

A Tear in the Soul

Amanda Webster

An honest and deeply personal story of how a privileged white woman deals with the realisation that the children she grew up with were part of the Stolen Generation. A Tear in the Soul is a frank, beautifully written account of...

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Cynthia Nolan: A Biography

Cynthia Nolan: A Biography

M. E. McGuire

This biography studies the making of writer and artist's wife Cynthia Nolan, born Violet Cynthia Reed. She was almost forty when she married Sidney Nolan and consigned her past to obscurity. It tracks this brave, elusive...

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Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir

Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir

Catherine de Saint Phalle

This is the story of two flawed eccentrics. Everything they do subverts their firm intention of keeping up appearances. They meet just after the war in liberated Paris but they cannot quite free themselves from the many strings...

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Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars

Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars

Sian Evans

The story of the six extraordinary hostesses who shaped British society in the inter-war years: Lady Astor, Lady Colefax, Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan and Mrs Ronnie Greville.

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Maggie Smith: A Biography

Maggie Smith: A Biography

Michael Coveney

The definitive biography of Maggie Smith, grande dame of stage and screen, and a national treasure; a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4.

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Albanese: Telling It Straight

Albanese: Telling It Straight

Karen Middleton

The moving personal story behind the very public political face of Labor's Anthony Albanese, written with the cooperation of Albo.

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Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy

Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy

Mike Love

Mike Love is a founding member, lyricist and vocalist of The Beach Boys, considered to be the most popular American band in history, with 13 Gold Albums, 55 top-100 singles, and four number 1 hits. In this book, he tells the...

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Finding A Way

Finding A Way

Graeme Innes

I learned from my family that most things could be achieved - the challenge was finding a way. Blind from birth, Graeme Innes was blessed. Blessed because he had a family who refused to view his blindness as a handicap...

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Adnan's Story: The Case That Inspired the Podcast Phenomenon Serial

Adnan’s Story: The Case That Inspired the Podcast Phenomenon Serial

Rabia Chaudry

On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. This book reexamines the investigation that led...

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Evatt: A life

Evatt: A life

John Murphy

John Murphy's Evatt: A life is a biography of Australian parliamentarian and jurist HV Evatt. Remembered as the first foreign minister to argue for an independent Australian policy in the 1940s and...

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Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago

Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago

Anna Pasternak

The heartbreaking story of the love affair between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya - the true tragedy behind 'Dr Zhivago'.

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 Read reviewGrant & I

Grant & I

Robert Forster

Grant and I is the story of the friendship and collaboration of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, who gave Australia The Go-Betweens, one of our best and most influential bands.

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The Hate Race

The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street. Except for this one,...

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Forever Young: The Story of Troye Sivan

Forever Young: The Story of Troye Sivan

Alana Wulff

Get Lost in the Dream . . . YouTube sensation and uber-talented musician Troye Sivan is emerging as the future of pop music. His critically acclaimed debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, captures the dreamiest of moments, the haze...

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Climbing Days

Climbing Days

Dan Richards

For years, Dorothy and her husband, I A Richards, remained mysterious to the author, but the chance discovery of her 1935 memoir, leads him on a journey. Perhaps, in the mountains, he can meet them halfway? Following in the pair's...

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts

Joshua Hammer

To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean's Eleven.

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Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

Ron Suskind

The author describes how his autistic son, Owen, learned to cope with his handicap from a young age by memorizing the dialogue of Disney movies and having his family play the roles of the animated characters.

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The Unknown Judith Wright

The Unknown Judith Wright

Georgina Arnott

Judith Wright (1915-2000) remains a giant figure within Australian art, culture and politics. Her 1946 collection of poetry, The Moving Image, revolutionised Australian poetry. She helped to establish the modern Australian...

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The Story of Beatrix Potter

The Story of Beatrix Potter

Sarah Gristwood

To this day, Beatrix Potter's tales delight children and grown-ups around the world. But few people realise how extraordinary her own story is. Respected biographer Sarah Gristwood discovers a life crisscrossed with contradictions...

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Celeste: The Parisian Courtesan Who Became a Countess and Bestselling Writer

Celeste: The Parisian Courtesan Who Became a Countess and Bestselling Writer

Roland Perry

The true story of the Countess Celeste de Chabrillan is a rich and tempestuous tale of an extraordinary woman. Born in the gutters of Paris in 1824, Celeste made her name as a dancer in the Parisian dance halls, where it is said...

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 Special priceThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Amy Schumer

From award-winning comedian, writer, producer and actress Amy Schumer comes The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, a thoughtful, honest and hysterical collection of (very) personal essays.

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The Summer of '82

The Summer of ‘82

Dave O'Neil

Do you remember finishing your last Year 12 exam and wondering what to do next? Do you remember waiting for your results and being stuck in limbo? Do you remember going to gigs, forming a...

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 Special pricePrince: Purple Reign

Prince: Purple Reign

Mick Wall

In April 2016 the world lost a music legend. This is the biography of the iconic composer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist - the inimitable Prince.

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Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory

Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory

Keggie Carew

Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself. As a member of an elite SOE unit he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance in France, then Burma, in the Second World War. But his...

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I'm Supposed to Protect You From All This: A Memoir

I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This: A Memoir

Nadja Spiegelman

A memoir of mothers and daughters, traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again.

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Two Sisters: A True Story

Two Sisters: A True Story

Ngarta Jinny Bent, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Eirlys Richards

Ngarta and Jukuna lived in the Great Sandy Desert. They traversed country according to the seasons, just as the Walmajarri people had done for thousands of years. But it was a time of change. Desert people who had lived with...

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Brett Whiteley: Art, Life And The Other Thing

Brett Whiteley: Art, Life And The Other Thing

Ashleigh Wilson

The first authorized biography of this iconic twentieth-century artist, illustrated with classic artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos.

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All This in 60 Minutes

All This in 60 Minutes

Nicholas Lee

For more than thirty years Nicholas Lee was a cameraman on 60 Minutes, Australia's most respected and watched current affairs program, alongside Ray Martin, George Negus, Ian Leslie, Richard Carleton, Mike Munro, Jennifer Byrne,...

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Life of the Party

Life of the Party

Bob Kealing

One of the most important businesswomen of the 20th century, Brownie Wise was the prototype for 'leaning in' ... A woman ahead of her time, Brownie Wise converted postwar optimism into a...

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Not Right In The Head: How one family facing Alzheimer’s discovered laughter may just be the best medicine

Not Right In The Head: How one family facing Alzheimer’s discovered laughter may just be the best medicine

Michelle Wyatt

A light-hearted, heart-warming account of how one family faced Alzheimer's and how the almost comical events within the secure walls of the nursing home made them realise that humour was the only way through.

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The Age of Bowie

The Age of Bowie

Paul Morley

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I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her

I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her

Joanna Connors

`More chilling than a horror film and more thought provoking than an HBO doc ... I Will Find You is at once hard to read and even harder to put down' Cosmopolitan The powerful, unflinching and deeply humane story of...

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You'll Grow Out Of It

You’ll Grow Out Of It

Jessi Klein

A Nora Ephron for a new generation, Jessi Klein shares her hilarious and moving stories of growing up awkward, the lengths she's gone to in the pursuit of womanhood and emulation of Oprah, and how wedding websites are going to be...

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The Girl Who Beat ISIS: Farida's Story

The Girl Who Beat ISIS: Farida’s Story

Farida Khalaf, Andrea C. Hoffmann

The astonishing true story of a heroic young woman's capture and eventual escape from ISIS

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Still Life With Teapot

Still Life With Teapot

Brigid Lowry

The good thing about being my age is that if you haven't grown up already, you don't have to. What do you do when you start talking to yourself on the bus? If you're the writer Brigid Lowry, you change tack and write a book...

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A Prescribed Life

A Prescribed Life

Tony Atkinson, Lynn Smailes

Tony Atkinson spent his early days suspended in a cage outside the sixth-storey window of his family home in 1920s London. So perhaps he was always destined to see the world differently, and to land in ridiculous, hilarious...

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Follow Me

Follow Me

Ricky Dillon

In this inspiring and hilarious memoir, YouTube star Ricky Dillon gives fans an exciting look into his personal life and reveals the ins and outs of being a young star online.

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Love from Boy: Roald Dahl's Letters to his Mother

Love from Boy: Roald Dahl’s Letters to his Mother

Donald Sturrock

On the 100th anniversary of his birth comes a revelatory collection of letters from the nation's favourite storyteller.

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Boomer

Boomer

Brent Harvey

The autobiography of North Melbourne AFL legend Brent 'Boomer' Harvey.

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Trying to Float: Chronicles of a Girl in the Chelsea Hotel

Trying to Float: Chronicles of a Girl in the Chelsea Hotel

Nicolaia Rips

A darkly funny, big-hearted and moving memoir about growing up in New York City's legendary Chelsea Hotel.

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The May Beetles: My First Twenty Years

The May Beetles: My First Twenty Years

Baba Schwartz

Baba Schwartz's story began fifteen years before the Holocaust could have been imagined. It is the story of a spirited girl in a warm and loving Jewish family, living a normal life in a small town in eastern Hungary. In The...

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My World on Wheels: the posthumous autobiography of Russell Mockridge

My World on Wheels: the posthumous autobiography of Russell Mockridge

Russell Mockridge

In May 1958 Russell Mockridge started to write this book, the story of his life as a racing cyclist. On September 13, 1958, while competing in a road race on the outskirts of Melbourne, he was killed.<br...

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Available: A Memoir Of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love And Brunch

Available: A Memoir Of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love And Brunch

Matteson Perry

For fans of Nick Hornby, Sloane Crosley and Judd Apatow, this is a heartfelt and hilarious memoir about an unexpected break up, a self-imposed year of being single, and how a 'nice guy' survived dating in the 21st century.

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Heat: Extreme Adventures at the Highest Temperatures on Earth

Heat: Extreme Adventures at the Highest Temperatures on Earth

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt OBE

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Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK's Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

Paula Byrne

The remarkable life of the vivacious, clever - and forgotten - Kennedy sister, who charmed the English aristocracy and was almost erased from her family history.

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Vessels: A Memoir of What Wasn't

Vessels: A Memoir of What Wasn’t

Daniel Raeburn

'My daughter died on Christmas. Three days after she died, she was born.' Based on Daniel Raeburn's acclaimed New Yorker essay, Vessels is an exquisite portrait of a marriage tested to its very limits.

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 Read reviewIn the Darkroom

In the Darkroom

Susan Faludi

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of 'Backlash', an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age.

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Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep

Michael Schulman

Offers a look at the artistic coming-of-age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school to her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs Kramer....

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 Read reviewWasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane

Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane

Elspeth Muir

In 2009 Elspeth Muir's youngest brother finished his last university exam and went out with some mates to get drunk. Later that night he wandered to the Story Bridge. He put his phone, wallet, T-shirt and thongs on the walkway,...

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Porcelain

Porcelain

Moby

From one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor, and unlikely success out of the...

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In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die....

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Paul McCartney: The Biography

Paul McCartney: The Biography

Philip Norman

Illuminating biography of legendary composer, musician and performer Paul McCartney.

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Chasing Asylum

Chasing Asylum

Eva Orner

Filmmaker Eva Orner takes us on a personal, gripping and compelling journey to show us how she came to make her documentary about Australia's asylum seeker policies.

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 Special priceThe Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family

The Fall of the House of Wilde: Oscar Wilde and His Family

Emer O'Sullivan

The first biography of Oscar Wilde that places him within the context of his family and social and historical milieu--a compelling volume that finally tells the whole story.

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The Auctioneer: A Memoir of Great Art, Legendary Collectors and Record-Breaking Auctions

The Auctioneer: A Memoir of Great Art, Legendary Collectors and Record-Breaking Auctions

Simon de Pury, William Stadiem

In this groundbreaking work, the legendary Simon de Pury offers an intimate look at the art world and its most famous collectors.

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May Gibbs: More Than a Fairy Tale: An Artistic Life

May Gibbs: More Than a Fairy Tale: An Artistic Life

Robert Holden, Jane Brummitt

May Gibbs is one of Australia's most loved illustrators - her gumnut babies have been adored by generations of children. In May Gibbs: More than a fairy tale her early life and artistic career are explored in detail. This...

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Whole Wild World: A Memoir

Whole Wild World: A Memoir

Tom Dusevic

In this exuberant and compelling memoir of family and childhood, readers will be swept away by Tom Dusevic's verve, warmth and honesty. Suburban Sydney in the 1970s is an adventure playground, especially for a...

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The Fighter: A True Story

The Fighter: A True Story

Arnold Zable

Henry Nissen was a champion boxer, the boy from Amess Street in working-class Carlton who fought his way up to beat some of the world's best in the 1970s. Now, he works on the Melbourne docks, loading and unloading, taking shifts...

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I Knew You'd Have Brown Eyes

I Knew You’d Have Brown Eyes

Mary Tennant

A conservative Catholic family in Queensland in 1974 is no place to be a pregnant teenager. With an authoritarian mother and facing enormous societal pressures, Mary Tennant must make a decision to save her future ... but it is...

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How I Met My Son

How I Met My Son

Yolanda Bogert

In December 2014, in the births section of the local newspaper, Yolanda Bogert of Jimboomba placed a light-hearted birth retraction, welcoming her teenage son to the world, which quickly went viral online. This is their story.

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Pictures From My Memory: My Story as a Ngaatjatjarra Woman

Pictures From My Memory: My Story as a Ngaatjatjarra Woman

Laurent Dousset, Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis

I want our past to be recorded for future generations to read and know and understand how life was for us desert Aboriginal people and how we live our lives now. The Whiteman and the things that he brought with...

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Melodie

Melodie

Akira Mizubayashi

Mélodie is the heartfelt memoir of a Japanese man's life with his golden retriever-or rather of his golden retriever's life with him. Fidelity, patience, attachment, love and family ties are illuminated through the...

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Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown

Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown

James McBride

The definitive biography of the soul legend James Brown by National Book Award-winning novelist James McBride

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Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Marie Munkara

Heartbreaking, darkly funny and deeply moving, Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea is a fearless account of being a young woman caught between two worlds.

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The Convict's Daughter: The Scandal That Shocked a Colony

The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal That Shocked a Colony

Kiera Lindsey

This is a compelling biography of a currency lass born when convicts were still working the streets of Sydney. Starting with just a newspaper clipping, historian Kiera Lindsey has uncovered the world of her feisty great, great,...

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How I Met Your Father

How I Met Your Father

Arminah Hart

Born in London to an Australian mother and West Indian father, Aminah Hart was brought up in Melbourne by her gutsy single mum, Helen, and devoted grandparents. Despite their loving embrace, she grew into a rebellious teenager...

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Two Decades Naked

Two Decades Naked

Leigh Hopkinson

For fans of HOOKED by Samantha X and IN MY SKIN by Kate Holden. Leigh Hopkinson was the least likely person to become a stripper but after spending two decades naked, she realised it was her career - and her life.

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After Before Time

After Before Time

Robbi Neal

Stories of life from a remote Aboriginal community that sing with vivid and simple life, truth and power. At the end of 2008, Robbi Neal and her family travelled to the other end of mainland Australia to a remote Aboriginal...

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 Read reviewAvalanche

Avalanche

Julia Leigh

At the age of 38 acclaimed novelist Julia Leigh made her first visit to the IVF clinic, full of hope. So started a long and costly journey of nightly injections, blood tests, surgeries and rituals.Writing in the...

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Hegel's Owl: The Life Of Bernard Smith

Hegel’s Owl: The Life Of Bernard Smith

Sheridan Palmer

Bernard Smith began life as a ward of the State; he would go on to become the father of Australian art history. In 2008, Smith invited writer and art historian Sheridan Palmer to write his biography. Through years of interviews...

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The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

P.J. Parker

On 13th October my father killed my mother . And so begins this extraordinarily, moving and powerful memoir of an Australian family. Spanning three generations of a rural Queensland farming family, The Long Goodbye is an...

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Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock

Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock

Barney Hoskyns

Think 'Woodstock' and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But Woodstock itself was over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. So...

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Scattered Pearls

Scattered Pearls

Sohila Zanjani, David

Three generations of Iranian woman and their search for freedom

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Lust and Wonder: A Memoir

Lust and Wonder: A Memoir

Augusten Burroughs

In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he's had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it...

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The Passion of Mademoiselle S.

The Passion of Mademoiselle S.

Jean-Yves Berthault, Adriana Hunter

Mademoiselle S, identified here only as Simone, was a well-educated and cultured lady living in Paris at the height of the glamorous roaring twenties. This title opens a window into another time and another life, and a woman whose...

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 Read reviewThe Shock of Recognition: The Books and Music That Have Inspired Me

The Shock of Recognition: The Books and Music That Have Inspired Me

Barry Jones

In a long and generously lived life, Barry Jones has been on an endless quest to share the extraordinary and the beautiful, to encourage the pursuit of an abundant life of reading and listening.

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Farewell to the Father

Farewell to the Father

Timothy Elliott

An outstandingly powerful memoir that chronicles a son's coming to terms with his father's decline into madness.

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 Read reviewThe Family Law- Tie In

The Family Law- Tie In

Benjamin Law

Meet the Law family - eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: why won't his Chinese dad wear...

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The Bauhinia Tree: The Life of Kankawa Olive Knight

The Bauhinia Tree: The Life of Kankawa Olive Knight

Yuwali

The memoir of Olive Knight (Kankawa Nagarra), a Wangkajungka woman who has led the most extraordinary life.

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How (Not) To Start an Orphanage

How (Not) To Start an Orphanage

Tara Winkler, Lynda Delacey

Tara Winkler first arrived in Cambodia in 2005 and was taken to visit a small orphanage in Battambang. The children were living in extreme poverty, which had a huge impact on Tara. She determined to come home to Australia and...

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No Way But Gentlenesse: A Memoir of How Kes, My Kestrel, Changed My Life

No Way But Gentlenesse: A Memoir of How Kes, My Kestrel, Changed My Life

Richard Hines

For fans of H Is for Hawk, a memoir about a working-class kid whose passion for the elite pastime of falconry sets him on an unexpected path through adulthood.

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 Read reviewLong Run

Long Run

Catriona Menzies-Pike

No one ever expected Catriona Menzies- Pike to run a marathon. She hated running, and was a hopeless athlete. When she was twenty her parents died suddenly - and for a decade she was stuck. She started running on a whim, and...

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Enemy

Enemy

Ruth Clare

Ruth Clare's father came back from the Vietnam War a changed man: a violent, controlling parent and a dominating, aggressive husband. Through a childhood of being constantly on guard, with no one to protect her but herself, Ruth...

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Life As I Know It

Life As I Know It

Michelle Payne, John Harms

Michelle Payne rode into history as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. She and her 100-to-1 local horse Prince of Penzance took the international racing world by surprise but hers was no overnight success story. Her...

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Road Series

Road Series

Hugo Race

In the spirit of Patti Smith's M Train, Road Series is both love story and elegy. Renowned musician Hugo Race's evocations of Melbourne, Sydney, the USA, Europe and Mali, and the life of a rock musician on the road are revealing,...

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The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's struggle for freedom

The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s struggle for freedom

Peter Popham

She was a heroine of our time, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a symbol of supreme courage in the face of tyranny. Then, in 2010, Burma's generals opened the door a chink: Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, and...

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 Special priceSurrender: A Journal For My Daughter

Surrender: A Journal For My Daughter

Joshua Yeldham

'Welcome to the extraordinary and wonderful world of Joshua Yeldham. I hope you wore sensible shoes.' - Richard Roxburgh

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In Brazil

In Brazil

Fran Bryson

In Brazil, you can commune with spirits and dance with gods. In Brazil, you can learn a lot about life's possibilities.

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My Fight Your Fight: The Official Ronda Rousey autobiography

My Fight Your Fight: The Official Ronda Rousey autobiography

Ronda Rousey

Reveals how we can all be at our best, even on our worst days, and how we can turn our limitations into opportunities. This book enables you to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be.

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Raif Badawi: The Voice of Freedom: My Husband, Our Story

Raif Badawi: The Voice of Freedom: My Husband, Our Story

Ensaf Haidar, Andrea C. Hoffmann

A powerful and moving account of the treatment of Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes, as well as the story of his wife and their family's struggle.

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 Read reviewThe Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir

The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir

Vivian Gornick

A contentious, deeply moving ode to friendship, love, and urban life.

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Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with the Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces...

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with the Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces…

Glyn Johns

First published in the United States of America by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2014 --Title page verso.

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A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid From the Taliban in Plain Sight

A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid From the Taliban in Plain Sight

Maria Toorpakai, Katharine Holstein

A powerful memoir about a young Pakistani girl who, until the age of twelve, was disguised as a boy so she could compete in sports.

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Quicksand

Quicksand

Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson

In January 2014 the author was informed that he had cancer. This is not a book about death and destruction, but about what it means to be human. It is about love and jealousy, about courage and fear. And about what it is like to...

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The Latte Years: A Story of Losses, Gains and Life Beyond the After Photo

The Latte Years: A Story of Losses, Gains and Life Beyond the After Photo

Philippa Moore

At twenty-four Philippa Moore is overweight, unhappily married, and still living in her hometown of Hobart, Tasmania. After a wake-up call in a department-store changing room, Phil suddenly realises that she is on the wrong path....

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Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached

Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached

Hillary Whittington

A moving story - which has already touched more than seven million through a viral video created by the Whittington family - Raising Ryland is a mother's first-hand account as she makes the emotional choice to embrace her...

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Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust

Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust

Ingrid Carlberg, Kofi Annan

The definitive biography of one of the great heroes of the Second World War

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On the Move: A Life

On the Move: A Life

Oliver Sacks

An impassioned, tender and joyous memoir by the author of Musicophilia and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy

Sue Klebold

For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how,...

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Call of the Outback

Call of the Outback

Marianne Van Velzen

The incredible life story of the original nomadic writer, Ernestine Hill, evoking a larger-than-life personality, exotic landscapes, and remarkable characters.

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438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

Jonathan Franklin

The incredible true survival story of one man's record-break 438 days lost at sea

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The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir

The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates is the essential chronicler of black America, and his first memoir is a small and beautiful epic of growing up in 1980s Baltimore

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My Name is Mahtob

My Name is Mahtob

Mahtob Mahmoody

The daughter at the center of the international bestseller and film Not Without My Daughter finishes the story that captivated the world: held hostage in Iran, escape over the mountains, growing up in fear of kidnapping, battling...

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The Mud House: How Four Friends Built a Place in the Australian Bush

The Mud House: How Four Friends Built a Place in the Australian Bush

Richard Glover

In this frank, funny and thought-provoking memoir, Richard Glover describes how he and his friend Philip and their partners built a house in the bush on weekends. It was a huge and exhausting undertaking, not least because they...

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Second Innings: My Sporting Life

Second Innings: My Sporting Life

Andrew Flintoff

A celebration of much-loved cricket star Andrew Flintoff's twenty years in cricket.

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 Special priceThe Last Love Song

The Last Love Song

Tracy Daugherty

An in-depth and supremely well-researched biography of Joan Didion that reads like fiction.

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Yassmin's Story

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air - and hope.At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian...

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Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet

Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet

Daisy Dunn

Daisy Dunn's immediate narrative rediscovers the life and poetry of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome's first 'modern' poet, a dandy who fell in love with another man's wife and made it known to the world through his timeless verse.

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Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Suzanne Falkiner

Randolph Stow was one of the great Australian writers of his generation. His novel To the Islands - written in his early twenties after living on a remote Aboriginal mission - won the Miles Franklin Award for 1958. In...

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Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things that Matter

Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things that Matter

Diana Athill (Y)

A luminous, wise, and joyful insight into what really matters at the end of a long life, from the beloved author of the award-winning Somewhere Towards the End.

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