Biography & memoir 2016

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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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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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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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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Ah Well, Nobody's Perfect

Ah Well, Nobody’s Perfect

Ian 'Molly' Meldrum

A book of hilarious real-life anecdotes from Molly Meldrum, one of Australia's best-loved personalities.'These things happen to Molly: magic coincidences, fateful happenings' - Daryl SomersThere was once a boy...

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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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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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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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 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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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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A Tear in the Soul

A Tear in the Soul

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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Evatt: A life

Evatt: A life

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 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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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 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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 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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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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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 intimate lives,...

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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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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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 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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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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 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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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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 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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 Special price 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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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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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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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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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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