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

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Tracker

Alexis Wright

Miles 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 period in the political life of Australia, reminiscent in...

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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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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

Jess Halloran, Jelena Dokic

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The Footy Lady

The Footy Lady

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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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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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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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

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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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The Trauma Cleaner

The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein

A poignant and powerful celebration of one remarkable woman's unrelenting drive to make order from chaos .

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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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 Special priceAdventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

Sir David Attenborough

The early adventures of a young David Attenborough

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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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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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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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My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die

My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die

Kevin Toolis

An intimate, lyrical memoir exploring the ancient rite of the Irish wake, and the Irish way of overcoming our fear of death - Being Mortal meets The Last Act of Love

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Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Sheridan Jobbins

Raw, sharply funny and heartfelt, Wish You Were Here is a girl's own adventure with bite, a hilarious rollercoaster ride that will make you itch to escape the everyday and hit the road with this irresponsible and irresistible...

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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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Shackled

Shackled

Chris Turney

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Live, Lead, Learn: My Stories of Life and Leadership

Live, Lead, Learn: My Stories of Life and Leadership

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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I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

Maggie O'Farrell

I am, I am, I am is Sunday Times bestseller and Costa Novel-Award winner Maggie O'Farrell's electric and shocking memoir of the near death experiences that have punctuated her life; it will appeal to readers of Cheryl...

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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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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, Felix 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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The Last Great Australian Adventurer

The Last Great Australian Adventurer

Gordon Base

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 .

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Eyes On The Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs

Eyes On The Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs

Robert Kanigel

The first major biography of the irrepressible woman who changed the way we view and live in cities, and whose influence can still be felt in any discussion of urban planning to this day.

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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler

The New York Times bestselling memoir of President Barack Obama's deputy chief of staff - like no political memoir you've ever read before.

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Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness

Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness

Brigid Delaney

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Tex

Tex

Tex Perkins

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

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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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Many Ways of Seeing

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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 Special price 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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 Special priceBig Pig, Little Pig: A Tale of Two Pigs in France

Big Pig, Little Pig: A Tale of Two Pigs in France

Jacqueline Yallop

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 Read reviewWoman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Jenny Valentish

Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way.

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No Place to Lay One's Head

No Place to Lay One’s Head

Francoise Frenkel, Stephanie Smee

An extraordinary story of one woman's attempt to survive the horrors of Vichy France.

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The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

John le Carre

The author shares personal anecdotes from his life, discussing subjects ranging from his Cold War-era service in British intelligence to his work as a writer in Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

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Being Here: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker

Being Here: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker

Marie Darrieussecq

An unconventional biography of the German expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker by one of France's most acclaimed literary talents

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The Good Girl of Chinatown

The Good Girl of Chinatown

Jenevieve Chang

Jenevieve Chang is a natural storyteller, and her absorbing memoir - spanning China, Britain and Australia - is told with grace, precision and unmatched�..

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 Read reviewUnderstory: A Life With Trees

Understory: A Life With Trees

Inga Simpson

A memoir about staying in one place, told through trees, by the award-winning author of MR WIGG, NEST and WHERE THE TREES WERE.

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Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

Stephen Westaby

An incredible memoir from one of the world's most eminent heart surgeons and some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he's worked on.

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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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 Read reviewThings That Helped: Essays

Things That Helped: Essays

Jessica Friedmann

In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays...

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Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up

Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up

Xiaolu Guo

The author meets her parents for the first time when she is almost seven. They are strangers to her. When she is born her parents hand her over to a childless peasant couple in the mountains. In 2002 she leaves Beijing on a...

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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

A surprising, lively and fun memoir of love, relationships and a young woman's sexual liberation

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Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee

Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee

Wayne Flynt

Writing resonated with many Alabamians, in particular three sisters: Louise, Alice, and Nelle Harper Lee. Beginning with their first meeting in 1983, a mutual respect and affection for the state's history and literature matured...

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Letters of Love

Letters of Love

Alannah & Madeline Foundation

To commemorate its 20th anniversary, the Alannah and Madeline Foundation will publish Letters of Love, aimed at sending love back into the community again.

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A Wife's Heart: The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson

A Wife’s Heart: The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson

Kerrie Davies

An innovative, imaginative work of biography, examining Bertha and Henry Lawson's marriage through a modern lens.

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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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Nevertheless: A Memoir

Nevertheless: A Memoir

Alec Baldwin

A thorough and sophisticated effort to answer an interesting question: How did an indifferently raised, self-flagellating kid from a just-making-ends-meet, desultorily functioning Long Island family, in Massapequa, turn into Alec...

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 Read reviewBeyond The Rock: The Life of Joan Lindsay and the Mystery of Picnic At Hanging Rock

Beyond The Rock: The Life of Joan Lindsay and the Mystery of Picnic At Hanging Rock

Janelle McCulloch

This is the story of one of Australia's most famous novels, and the author who kept its secrets until she died.

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Work Strife Balance

Work Strife Balance

Mia Freedman

A fearless, hilarious, inspiring collection of modern-day misadventures.

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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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Only: A Singular Memoir

Only: A Singular Memoir

Caroline Baum

Caroline Baum's fascinating and moving memoir about being an only child in a very unusual family.

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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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After

After

Nikki Gemmell

Australia's bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother's decision to end her own life. Nikki Gemmell's world changed forever in...

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Dear Quentin: Letters of a Governor-General

Dear Quentin: Letters of a Governor-General

Quentin Bryce

As Australia's first female Governor-General, Quentin Bryce wrote to those she had met and connected with as her role took her around Australia, receiving letters from every corner of the country. Generous, witty and always...

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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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