Biography & memoir 2016

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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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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 Special priceThe 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

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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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 Special priceThe 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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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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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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The 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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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

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Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir

Poum and Alexandre: A Paris Memoir

Catherine de Saint Phalle

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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

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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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 Read reviewGrant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens

Grant & I: Inside and Outside the Go-Betweens

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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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 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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 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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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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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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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 Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between

Hisham Matar

A memoir of a son's search for his father and the return to a homeland he never thought he'd see again. This is a personal tale of loss. It deals with history, politics and art. It's about what it is to be human.

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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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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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 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

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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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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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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

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Pictures From My Memory: My Story as a Ngaatjatjarra Woman

Pictures From My Memory: My Story as a Ngaatjatjarra Woman

Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis, Laurent Dousset

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: A memoir of love and longing

Melodie: A memoir of love and longing

Akira Mizubayashi

M lodie 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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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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Two Decades Naked: A true story of dancing, dreams and desire

Two Decades Naked: A true story of dancing, dreams and desire

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

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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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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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Rosetta

Rosetta

Alexandra Joel

This is the compelling story of Alexandra Joel's quest to uncover the truth about her scandalous great-grandmother, and the shocking century-old secret she would discover at the heart of her family.

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 Read reviewThe Family Law (TV Tie-In)

The Family Law (TV 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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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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Enemy

Enemy

Ruth Clare

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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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 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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 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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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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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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Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Suzanne Falkiner

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