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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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 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: The heartbreaking story of Joe Biden's most difficult year

Promise Me, Dad: The heartbreaking story of Joe Biden’s most difficult year

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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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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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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It's Not Yet Dark

It’s Not Yet Dark

Simon Fitzmaurice

It's Not Yet Dark is an unforgettable book about relationships and family, about what connects and separates us as people and, ultimately, about what it means to be alive.  

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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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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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 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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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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Work Shy: My Life as a Bludge

Work Shy: My Life as a Bludge

Dave Graney

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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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 Special price Read reviewThe Museum of Words

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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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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 Special priceEyes 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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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 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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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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You're Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

You’re Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

Rob Snarski

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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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Time to Die

Time to Die

Rodney Syme

Rodney Syme has been an advocate for medically assisted dying for more than twenty years. In Time to Die he reflects on those living and dying in pain and shares their stories. Syme makes a powerful case for extending the right to...

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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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Woolloomooloo: A biography

Woolloomooloo: A biography

Louis Nowra

It was no wonder I was glad to be down in Woolloomooloo. The Old Fitzroy reminded me of how Kings Cross used to be. Told in his vivid and entertaining style, Louis Nowra ...

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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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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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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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