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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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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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Forever Young: The Story of Troye Sivan

Forever Young: The Story of Troye Sivan

Alana Wulff

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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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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Still Life With Teapot

Still Life With Teapot

Lowry Brigid, Brigid Lowry

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The May Beetles: My First Twenty Years

The May Beetles: My First Twenty Years

Baba Schwartz

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My World on Wheels: The Posthumous Autobiography

My World on Wheels: The Posthumous Autobiography

Russell Mockridge

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Hugh Robertson

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Road Series

Road Series

Hugo Race

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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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 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

A life recording hits with the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, the Faces ... --Cover.

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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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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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Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Suzanne Falkiner

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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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