Biography & memoir 2017

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

Joe Hagan

Over the course of five decades, founding editor of Rolling Stone Jann Wenner has put an indelible stamp on American culture. A nuanced portrait of a man who helped define a generation, and provides an explosive chronicle of an...

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Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser

Millions of readers of the 'Little House' books believe they know Laura Ingalls Wilder - the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains as her family chased their American dream. But the true story...

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Paris Dreaming

Paris Dreaming

Katrina Lawrence

How the City of Light gave her lessons in life: an Australian beauty journalist shares her obsession with Paris - the city that has been her guide through a lifelong journey of self-discovery.Katrina Lawrence first...

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Tracker

Alexis Wright

Winner of the Stella Prize 2018Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright has crafted a memoir in story form of the charismatic Indigenous leader Tracker Tilmouth, and an epic portrait of a important...

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs delivers an engrossing biography of Leonardo da Vinci, the world's most creative genius.  

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 Read reviewThe Diary of a Bookseller

The Diary of a Bookseller

Shaun Bythell

Love, Nina meets Black Books: a wry and hilarious account of life in Scotland's biggest second-hand bookshop - and the band of eccentrics and book-obsessives who work there.

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The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature

The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature

Viv Groskop

A literary self-help memoir about using the Russian Classics to find the answer to life's most important questions.

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Unbreakable

Unbreakable

Jelena Dokic

This is a story of Jelena Dokic's survival. How she survived as a refugee, twice. How she survived on the tennis court to become world No. 4. But, most importantly, how she survived her father, Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from...

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The Footy Lady: The Trailblazing Story of Susan Alberti

The Footy Lady: The Trailblazing Story of Susan Alberti

Stephanie Asher

No tragedy, no challenge, has proved too hard for Susan Alberti. The woman from the working-class suburbs has battled boardrooms, courts, lymphoma and adult diabetes; and was one of the driving forces behind the AFL's move into...

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How Not To Be a Boy

How Not To Be a Boy

Robert Webb

Following Peep Show, and alongside Back, the new Mitchell and Webb sitcom, comes part-memoir, part call-to-arms from the award-winning and hilariously funny Robert Webb

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The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir in Correspondence

The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir in Correspondence

Emma Reyes, Daniel Alarcon

The extraordinary, posthumously published memoir in letters of a Colombian artist whose writing was championed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses

Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses

Stephen McGann

A uniquely personal and insightful delve into one man's family history, as seen through the prism of two-hundred years of medicine in the British Isles.

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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Joe Biden

A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country.

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At the Strangers' Gate

At the Strangers' Gate

Adam Gopnik

From The New York Times best-selling author of Paris to the Moon and beloved New Yorker writer, a memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s.

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 Special priceThe General

The General

Luke Hodge

This is the official autobiography of one of the AFL's most respected and celebrated players, and one of the greatest leaders the sport has ever seen. Football books don't come much bigger than this.

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The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles' Hairdresser Who Defined an Era

The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles' Hairdresser Who Defined an Era

Leslie Cavendish

The Beatles' hair changed the world. As their increasingly wild, untamed manes grew, to the horror of parents everywhere, they set off a cultural revolution. At the centre of this epochal change was Leslie Cavendish, hairdresser...

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Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa, Graca Machel

Drawing on Nelson Mandela's own unfinished memoir, Dare Not Linger is the remarkable story of his presidency told in his own words and those of distinguished South African writer Mandla Langa

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Adventurous Spirit

Adventurous Spirit

Heather Hawkins

At 41 - with two teenagers and a contentedly unadventurous life - Heather Hawkins made a doctor's appointment. Diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer, within nine days she had surgery to remove an 18cm tumour, and a full...

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Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition)

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition)

Em Rusciano

A hilarious, heartfelt memoir from one of Australia's most adored performers.

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Labor of Love

Labor of Love

Terri Butler

People view politicians and politics with suspicion, if not downright hostility. But the decisions made in our parliaments affect everyday life. They also affect our future. So, politics matters. Deciding whether to get involved...

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Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir

Amy Tan

From New York Times bestselling author Amy Tan, a memoir on her life as a writer, her childhood and the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

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 Special priceThe Things That Make Us: Life, Loss and Football

The Things That Make Us: Life, Loss and Football

Nick Riewoldt, Peter Hanlon

From number one pick in the 2000 AFL draft, to six-time winner of St Kilda's best and fairest award, to five-time All Australian, to captaining his club for a record 220 games, to more than 330 games as a star of the AFL, Nick...

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Not for the Faint-hearted

Not for the Faint-hearted

Kevin Rudd

Ten years after Kevin 07, Kevin Rudd gives the first volume of his memoir of political survival and public service.

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The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

Bruce Beresford

This entertaining collection of pieces from the acclaimed director of Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy and Mao's Last Dancer features memoirs, brief lives and revealing accounts of the film world.Alongside unsung...

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Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother's Story

Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother’s Story

Brenda Niall

An insightful and moving story of life in nineteenth and early twentieth century Australia, from one of the country's most celebrated biographers.

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Working Class Man

Working Class Man

Jimmy Barnes

In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

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Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Michael Smith

University dropout Michael Smith built a multimillion-dollar business fitting out movie theatres around the world, before restoring Melbourne's Sun Theatre and becoming one of the country's last independent cinema operators.

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 Read reviewThe Trauma Cleaner

The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein

Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature 2018Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Writing for Non-fiction 2018Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many...

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Little Me: My life from A-Z

Little Me: My life from A-Z

Matt Lucas

The hilarious, heart-warming and tear-jerking memoir from one of Britain's best-loved comedians and actors, Matt Lucas

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 Read reviewDanger Music

Danger Music

Eddie Ayres

From the former ABC Classic FM classicist comes a remarkable story about the power of music and courage to be one's self

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Ali: A Life

Ali: A Life

Jonathan Eig

The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career.

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Devotion

Devotion

Patti Smith

From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, an inspired exploration of the nature of creative invention

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 Special priceCaroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force - How Caroline Chisholm Helped Shape a Nation

Caroline Chisholm: An Irresistible Force - How Caroline Chisholm Helped Shape a Nation

Sarah Goldman

A fresh, spirited and engaging biography of a fascinating and influential woman who was absolutely instrumental in shaping modern Australia - but whose influence and importance has largely been forgotten.Caroline...

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 Read reviewLogical Family: A Memoir

Logical Family: A Memoir

Armistead Maupin

Long awaited and worth that wait - Armistead Maupin finally tells us his story

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Lou Reed: Radio 4 Book of the Week

Lou Reed: Radio 4 Book of the Week

Anthony DeCurtis

The essential biography of the Velvet Underground singer and New York legend

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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 Pitch Perfect, Twilight, Up in the Air, Into the Woods and Trolls.   

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Richard Nixon: The Life

Richard Nixon: The Life

John A. Farrell

Brilliantly researched, authoritatively crafted by a prize-winning biographer, and lively on the page, this is the Nixon we've been waiting for.

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Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir

Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir

Gareth Evans

A colourful and central figure in Australian politics for two decades, Gareth Evans has also been applauded worldwide for his contributions to conflict resolution, genocide prevention and curbing weapons of mass destruction. In...

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Mr Showbiz: The Biography of Robert Stigwood

Mr Showbiz: The Biography of Robert Stigwood

Stephen Dando-Collins

Australian entrepreneur, Robert Stigwood was the first media mogul in Britain to be dubbed 'Mr Showbiz". After an extraordinarily large life he died 4 January 2016. This is his story - warts and all.

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What Happened

What Happened

Hillary Rodham Clinton

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes...

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Lucky Man

Lucky Man

Greg Lake

The poignant memoir of the late Greg Lake, former frontman of progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

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Ways to Come Home

Ways to Come Home

Kate Mathieson

Shortlisted for the 2017 Finch Memoir Prize, Ways to Come Home is a powerful memoir about the need to know who we really are, and what it means to find our way back home.

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The Museum of Words

Georgia Blain

In late 2015, Georgia Blain was diagnosed with a tumour sitting right in the language centre of her brain. Prior to this, Georgia's only warning had been a niggling sense that her speech was slightly awry. She ignored it, and on a...

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 Read reviewHow to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays

How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays

Mandy Len Catron

A deeply personal investigation into the meaning of love, from the author of the popular New York Times essay ‘To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This'.

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The Mouth that Roared

The Mouth that Roared

Les Twentyman, Robert Hillman

Award-winning writer, Robert Hillman, has collaborated with one of Australia's best-known youth outreach workers and social campaigners, to bring his story to the public in that wonderful storytelling style that Robert and Les...

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Shackled

Shackled

Chris Turney

In 2013, Australian earth scientist Chris Turney led an ambitious expedition to Antarctica. It promised so much - discovery, history, adventure - but came with great risk. The story of Turney's ship, the Shokalskiy, and the plight...

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Live Lead Learn

Live Lead Learn

Gail Kelly

Inspiring, practical, generous and optimistic, one of our finest communicators and most successful businesswomen shares what she's learned about leadership, the culture of the workplace and the vital importance of living a whole...

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Balcony Over Jerusalem: A Memoir of the Middle East

Balcony Over Jerusalem: A Memoir of the Middle East

John Lyons

A gripping memoir of life in Jerusalem from one of Australia's most experienced Middle East correspondents.

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One Halal of a Story

One Halal of a Story

Sam Dastyari

As in life, Sam Dastyari's memoir is unexpected and unorthodox. This is the man who introduced Pauline Hanson to the halal snack pack and accountability to big banks. One Halal of a Story is a no-holds-barred look at the good and...

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Detours

Detours

Tim Rogers

A charming, honest, funny, sad, tender and beautiful literary memoir, from Tim Rogers of You Am I. Think Patti Smith meet Dylan Thomas, by way of...

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Miracles Do Happen

Miracles Do Happen

Fela Rosenbloom

After the war, miraculously, Fela and Felix found each other. None of Fela's family had survived. Of Felix's immediate family, only his two sisters had survived - and they were now in Sweden. The young couple were bereft and...

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Every Lie I've Ever Told

Every Lie I’ve Ever Told

Rosie Waterland

The original Anti-Cool Girl is back! Rosie Waterland took Australia by storm in 2015 with her critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir The Anti-Cool Girl, her irrepresible, blackly comic account of her...

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The Last Great Australian Adventurer

The Last Great Australian Adventurer

Gordon Bass

In 1948, Ben Carlin set out from New York City with an audacious, lunatic plan to circumnavigate the world in an army surplus amphibious jeep called Half-Safe.Fuelled by cigarettes and adrenaline, the Australian army...

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Dare to be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World

Dare to be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World

Lizzie Velasquez

The inspiring journey of Lizzie Velasquez, cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist.

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 Special price Read reviewHunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Roxane Gay

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.

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Tex

Tex

Tex Perkins

The autobiography of Australian rock 'n' roll legend, Tex Perkins.

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Daring to Drive

Daring to Drive

Manal Al-Sharif

A gripping memoir about a young woman from Saudi Arabia who becomes the accidental leader of a wildly subversive movement to put women behind the steering wheel.

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 Read reviewThirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love

Thirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love

Mark Raphael Baker

From the author of The Fiftieth Gate, Mark Raphael Baker's new book Thirty Days is a meditation on life, death, love and marriage, written with an honesty that bares the souls of two people who shared their lives.

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 Read reviewAdult Fantasy

Adult Fantasy

Briohny Doyle

A wry and topical inquiry into how we respond when our cultural clock starts ticking.

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 Read reviewBaby Lost: A Story of Grief and Hope

Baby Lost: A Story of Grief and Hope

Hannah Robert

What happens when a death occurs within your body, but you survive? In Hannah's struggle to make sense of the personal and legal aftermath, she had to find out what it means to mother a dead child and to renegotiate her own...

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The Many Ways of Seeing

The Many Ways of Seeing

Nick Gleeson, Peter Bishop

The Many Ways of Seeing is an inspiring true story about determination in the face of hardship, the importance of trust and friendship and the wonderful relationship between a mentor and writer.

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 Read reviewNo Way! Okay, Fine: A memoir of pop culture, feminism and feelings

No Way! Okay, Fine: A memoir of pop culture, feminism and feelings

Brodie Lancaster

No Way! Okay, Fine. is a memoir about pop culture, pop music, feminism and feelings from freelance journalist and editor Brodie Lancaster. Shortlisted for the Richell Prize 2015.

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Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

Bill Hayes

A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.

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My Way

My Way

Moana Hope

A high-flying athlete who is grounded by remarkable selflessness, Moana Hope is an inspiration for women and girls everywhere. My Way is her story.

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Che, My Brother

Che, My Brother

Juan Martin Guevara, Armelle Vincent

On 9 October 1967, Ernesto Che Guevara, Marxist guerrilla leader and hero of the Cuban Revolution, was captured and executed by Bolivian forces. When the Guevara family learned from the front pages that Che was dead, they decided...

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Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight

Naoki Higashida, David Mitchell, Keiko Yoshida

Following his ground-breaking international bestseller The Reason I Jump, written when he was only thirteen, Naoki Higashida offers equally illuminating and practical insights into autism from his current perspective as a young...

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Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

David J. Garrow

The definitive account of Barack Obama's life before he became the 44th president of the United States - the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise -...

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 Read reviewThe Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

Nina Riggs

Built on her wildly popular Modern Love column, 'When a Couch is More Than a Couch' (9/23/2016), a breathtaking memoir of living meaningfully with 'death in the room' by the 38 year old great-great-great granddaughter of Ralph...

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 Read reviewFor a Girl: A true story of secrets, motherhood and hope

For a Girl: A true story of secrets, motherhood and hope

Mary-Rose MacColl

Memories and secrets buried for over twenty years surfaced after Mary-Rose MacColl gave birth to a much longed-for baby.

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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

Thi Bui

An intimate and moving portrait of one family's journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to new lives in America

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Common Ground: A Political Life

Common Ground: A Political Life

Justin Trudeau

The triumphs and tragedies of Canada's most charismatic politician

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Primo Levi's Resistance: Rebels and Collaborators in Occupied Italy

Primo Levi’s Resistance: Rebels and Collaborators in Occupied Italy

Sergio Luzzatto, Frederika Randall

No other Auschwitz survivor has been as literarily powerful as Primo Levi. Yet Levi was not only a victim or a witness. In the fall of 1943, at the very start of the Italian Resistance, he was a fighter, participating in the first...

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One Leg Over

One Leg Over

Robin Dalton

At the age of ninety-five, Robin Dalton looks back on her life, particularly on her love life.Married at nineteen, disastrously, Robin has a lucky escape - her ‘Society Divorce' makes the front page of Sydney...

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A Hope More Powerful than the Sea

A Hope More Powerful than the Sea

Melissa Fleming

A young refugee's story of terror, love and survival

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Martin Sharp: His Life and Times

Martin Sharp: His Life and Times

Joyce Morgan

The life of the charismatic, unconventional, unique and surprising Martin Sharp - pop artist and joint founder of the underground magazine Oz

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 Read reviewThe Green Bell

The Green Bell

Paula Keogh

The Green Bell is a lyrical and profoundly moving story about love and madness

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A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

Ayelet Waldman

A revealing, courageous, fascinating, and funny account of the author's experiment with microdoses of LSD in an effort to treat a debilitating mood disorder, of her quest to understand a misunderstood drug, and of her search for a...

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South of Forgiveness

South of Forgiveness

Thordis Elva, Tom Stranger

It wasn't without fear that Thordis Elva kissed her three-year-old son and her loving partner goodbye before boarding a plane in Reykjavik, Iceland on March 27, 2013. The aim was to fly almost across the planet, meet up with the...

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The Helen 100

The Helen 100

Helen Razer

A hundred dates in less than a year. Will they heal her broken heart or make it worse? Brilliant, hilarious and excruciating confessions from bestselling writer and journalist Helen Razer.

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