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: Victor Trumper and the Shot That Changed Cricket

Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the Shot That Changed Cricket

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

'I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual. I make no apology for that, nor am I nervous that it will it make a jot of difference. I shall still be thought to be kindly, cosy and essentially harmless. I am in the...

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Trevor Noah

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional...

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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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 Special priceD.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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Paul Keating: the big-picture leader

Paul Keating: the big-picture leader

Troy Bramston

Paul Keating: the big-picture leader is the definitive biography of Australia's 24th prime minister, and the first one that Keating has co-operated with in more than two decades.

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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

For many fans, Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era remains the most extraordinarily creative period in his career. As a member of Bowie's legendary band at the time - The Spiders From Mars - Woody played drums on four seminal albums:...

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Margaret Court: The Autobiography

Margaret Court: The Autobiography

Margaret Court

The autobiography of Australia's Margaret Court, greatest tennis player of all time.

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Songs of a War Boy: The Bestselling Biography of Deng Adut - A Child Soldier, Refugee and Man of Hope

Songs of a War Boy: The Bestselling Biography of Deng Adut - A Child Soldier, Refugee and Man of Hope

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

Darling Days

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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 Special priceThe 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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 Special priceBorn 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

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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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

I don't believe it's possible to hurt another person without hurting oneself, an invisible hurt, a tear in the soul that allows the essence of one's humanity to leak out, like bleeding from a cut. Awareness of the loss might...

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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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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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 Special priceEvatt: 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 and I

Grant and 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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 Read reviewThe 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 of...

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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.In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library,...

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

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

Ron Suskind

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life through animated characters dancing acrosss a screen of colour. This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist...

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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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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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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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The Age of Bowie

The Age of Bowie

Paul Morley

'A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including . . . talent.' David Bowie at 17 in May, 1964 writing his own press biography.<br...

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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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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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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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The Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal Meth Addiction

The Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal Meth Addiction

Luke Williams

A topical, insightful investigation into a drug that has taken a ferocious grip on societies around the world - told by a man intimately acquainted with it.

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Negroland: A Memoir

Negroland: A Memoir

Margo Jefferson

A deeply felt meditation on race, sex, class and American culture told through the prism of Pulitzer-prize winning author Margo Jefferson's rarefied upbringing and education among Chicago's black elite

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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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Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited

Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited

Philip Eade

Biography of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Evelyn Waugh.

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Boomer

Boomer

Brent Harvey

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

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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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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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 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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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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In Gratitude

In Gratitude

Jenny Diski

From one of our most original voices comes a book like no other: a cerebral, witty, dazzlingly candid masterpiece about an uneasy relationship; about memory and writing, ingratitude and anger; about living with illness and facing...

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Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories

Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories

Catriona Mitchell

Walking Towards Ourselves gets behind the headlines and finds out what it means to be an Indian woman today. Walk in the shoes of some of India's foremost women writers and thinkers, and go on a journey into their...

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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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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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Dying: A Memoir

Dying: A Memoir

Cory Taylor

Dying: A Memoir is a breathtaking book about vulnerability and strength, courage and humility, anger and acceptance. It is a deeply affecting meditation on dying, but it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.

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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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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.: Letters to a Lover

The Passion of Mademoiselle S.: Letters to a Lover

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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What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

Alan Light

Inspired by the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? is an intimate and vivid portrait of the legendary Nina Simone.

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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

The Family Law

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 Nagarra Olive Knight

The Bauhinia Tree: The Life of Kankawa Nagarra Olive Knight

Yuwali

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

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 Read reviewThe Long Run

The 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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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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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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When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling...

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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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