Biography & memoir 2017

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

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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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

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 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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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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Scream: A Memoir of Glamour and Dysfunction

Scream: A Memoir of Glamour and Dysfunction

Tama Janowitz

In this darkly funny, surprising memoir, the original  Lit Girl  and author of the era-defining Slaves of New York considers her life in and outside of New York City, from the heyday of the 1980s to her life today in a...

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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 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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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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Manderley Forever: The Life of Daphne du Maurier

Manderley Forever: The Life of Daphne du Maurier

Tatiana De Rosnay

An enthralling biography of Daphne du Maurier, the legendary author of novels including Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel.

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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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In Shock: How Nearly Dying Made Me a Better Intensive Care Doctor

In Shock: How Nearly Dying Made Me a Better Intensive Care Doctor

Dr. Rana Awdish

For readers of Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi, an intensive care doctor becomes a dying patient in this gripping memoir of unbearable loss, which calls for medical professionals to see patients as human beings, not just as a...

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Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

Jenny Uglow

A beautifully illustrated, literary appreciation of Edward Lear - best-known for his poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' - and his 'nonsenses' by one of Britain's most highly regarded historians.

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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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Me. You. A Diary: The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller

Me. You. A Diary: The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller

Dawn French

This is Dawn French's fabulous new non-fiction book for 2017, and it's totally interactive: take a lovely ramble through the year together with Dawn. Think of it as Dawn's diary, personalized by you . . . perfection.

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Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography

Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography

Sir Richard Branson

50 years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin Founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world's ultimate entrepreneur.

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 Read reviewMayhem: A Memoir

Mayhem: A Memoir

Sigrid Rausing

A searingly powerful memoir about the impact of addiction on a family. 

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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 2018Winner of the Dobbie Literary Award 2018<br...

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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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Adventures 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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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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Caroline 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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 Special priceComing To My Senses: The makings of a counterculture cook

Coming To My Senses: The makings of a counterculture cook

Alice Waters

The long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant.

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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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David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium

David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium

David Sedaris, Jeffrey Jenkins

A visual compendium of the illustrated diaries David Sedaris has been creating since 1977 - time capsules of both our culture and the thoughts and observations of one of our most beloved writers.

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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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The First Casualty

The First Casualty

Peter Greste

Extremely timely, enlightening and passionate, The First Casualty is foreign correspondent Peter Greste's first-hand account of how the war on journalism has spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of...

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Minefields: A life in the news game - the bestselling memoir of Australia's legendary foreign correspondent

Minefields: A life in the news game - the bestselling memoir of Australia’s legendary foreign correspondent

Hugh Riminton

Minefields is Hugh Riminton's fascinating memoir of over forty years on the frontline of the news game.

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Incorrigible Optimist

Incorrigible Optimist

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

Mr Showbiz

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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Work Shy: My Life as a Bludge

Work Shy: My Life as a Bludge

Dave Graney

In his inimitable style, Graney veers from a feckless childhood in blue-collar South Australia, to the punk rock scene of 1980s London, and beer-soaked nights touring Australia where he worked very hard at not working at all.<br...

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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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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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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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 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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After Kathy Acker: A Biography

After Kathy Acker: A Biography

Chris Kraus

Rich girl, street punk, lost girl and icon ... scholar, stripper, victim and media-whore: The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, created mostly by Acker herself. The media storm that surrounded...

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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: 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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Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Gorbachev: His Life and Times

William Taubman

The definitive volume on one of the most important and controversial figures of the 20th century, a man who almost singlehandedly changed his country and the world.

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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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On the Wagon

On the Wagon

Lennox Nicholson

On the Wagon is a young recovering alcoholic's quest to find the true meaning of freedom by following the route of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, one of the most abiding expressions of freedom in popular culture.<br...

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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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Every Third Thought: On life, death and the endgame

Every Third Thought: On life, death and the endgame

Robert McCrum

Every Third Thought is about how we approach and accept death.

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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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Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Peter Monteath

The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck. In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his.....

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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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Eyes On The Street

Eyes On The Street

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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How to Dress a Dummy

How to Dress a Dummy

Cassie Lane

How to Dress a Dummy casts an unwavering eye at the myriad ways in which women are taught that they're not enough. Smart, frank and very, very funny, Cassie's is a bold new feminist voice.

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 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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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House

Alyssa Mastromonaco

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

Cold-press juices, hot yoga, quitting sugar, Paleo, mindfulness . . . if you embrace these things you will be happy, you will be well - just ask Instagram. From celebrity vegan chefs to sleep gurus, there is no shortage of people...

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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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I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

Souad Mekhennet

Souad Mekhennet is a German-born Moroccan Muslim, a Washington Post correspondent, still based in Germany. This is her brave and powerful memoir. Her life and her quest are nothing less than THE modern story.

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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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 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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The Poison Principle

The Poison Principle

Gail Bell

Intricate, elegant, and beautifully realised, The Poison Principle is a masterful book about family secrets and literary poisonings.

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Tell it to the Dog: a memoir of sorts

Tell it to the Dog: a memoir of sorts

Robert Power

Tell it to the Dog is an exquisitely written memoir that is at once playful, heartbreaking and affirming.

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Trans Like Me

Trans Like Me

C. N. Lester

An agenda-setting, emotionally engaging book on transgender identity.

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

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

Jacqueline Yallop

When Jacqueline moves to south-west France with her husband, she embraces rural village life and buys two pigs to rear for slaughter. But as she gets to know the animals better, her English sentimentality threatens to get in the...

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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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Father Figures

Father Figures

Paul Connolly

In Father Figures, twenty of Australia's brightest and funniest writers share the joys, hazards and mysteries of fatherhood and how we all relate to `dad'.

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 Read reviewA Führer for a Father

A Führer for a Father

Jim Davidson

I was written out of the family story. This book is my attempt to write myself, and my mother, back into it. In this singular memoir, historian and biographer Jim Davidson writes about his fraught relationship with his...

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Theft by Finding: Diaries Volume One

Theft by Finding: Diaries Volume One

David Sedaris

*A new roundup of personal essays from the #1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favorite Humorist.

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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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 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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The Durrells of Corfu

The Durrells of Corfu

Michael Haag

The recent TV award winning adaption The Durrells left its 7 million fans with questions: What happened to the family - and what took them to Corfu in the first place? This book has the answers.

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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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Turning: A Swimming Memoir

Turning: A Swimming Memoir

Jessica J. Lee

She swims to explore the natural history of fresh water and to examine her own place and identity in the world. Turning is a nature memoir chronicling Jessica J. Lee's year of swimming.

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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 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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The New Girl

The New Girl

Rhyannon Styles

Elle columnist Rhyannon Styles holds nothing back in THE NEW GIRL. A heart-wrenchingly honest and empowering transgender memoir.

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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 Finch in My Brain: How I forgot how to read but found how to live

The Finch in My Brain: How I forgot how to read but found how to live

Martino Sclavi

Diagnosed with fatal brain cancer, the treatment that follows renders the writer of this extraordinary memoir unable to recognise words. This is the inspiring story he can no longer read. With a foreword by Russell Brand.

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 Read reviewThe Mighty Franks: A Memoir

The Mighty Franks: A Memoir

Michael Frank

A story at once extremely strange and entirely familiar - about families, innocence, art and love. This hugely enjoyable, totally unforgettable memoir is a classic in the making.

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You're Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

You’re Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

Rob Snarski

From Perth to Europe and all points in between, Rob Snarski shares his observations and insights from the music world he has performed in, the people he has worked with, the domesticated animals he has loved, and the things he's...

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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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We Were the Future

We Were the Future

Yael Neeman

Neeman's unique and captivating first-hand experience of growing up in the kibbutz will inform and entrance

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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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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

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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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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The Moth - All These Wonders: 49 new true stories

The Moth - All These Wonders: 49 new true stories

The Moth, Catherine Burns

Storytelling is the new stand-up. And The Moth are the masters. This is a brand new collection of 50 utterly compelling stories, including contributions from five well known Australians.

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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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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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Under the Same Sky: From Iran to Australia, an unforgettable story of seeking refuge, being torn apart by government detention and freed by love

Under the Same Sky: From Iran to Australia, an unforgettable story of seeking refuge, being torn apart by government detention and freed by love

Mojgan Shamsalipoor, Milad Jafari, James Knight

The powerful and incredibly moving story of Mojgan Shamsalipoor and Milad Jafari - two young Iranian asylum seekers who are showing the power of love to conquer all obstacles.

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 Read reviewBetween Them: Remembering My Parents

Between Them: Remembering My Parents

Richard Ford

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter comes a deeply personal account of his parents - an intimate portrait of American mid-twentieth century life, and a celebration of family love.

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Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung

Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung

Min Kym

The spellbinding, deeply moving story of a child prodigy and her soulmate.

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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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A Crime in the Family

A Crime in the Family

Sacha Batthyany, Anthea Bell

A memoir of brutality, heroism and personal discovery from Europe's dark heart, revealing one of the most extraordinary untold stories of the Second World War

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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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Where Hummingbirds Dance

Where Hummingbirds Dance

Susi Prescott

An inspirational memoir about a woman's journey from the suburbs of Sydney to a struggling school in Peru

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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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The Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

The Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

Michael Rosen

18 July 1898. World-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter 'J'accuse' and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in...

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China Baby Love: An Australian Grandmother's Life Changing Mission to Help China's Orphans

China Baby Love: An Australian Grandmother’s Life Changing Mission to Help China’s Orphans

Jane Hutcheon

How one woman turned her life upside down to help those who needed it most - half a world away.Every orphan comes with a story. Every journalist has a story that stays with them. And everyone has the power to make a...

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Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery

Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery

Henry Marsh

A provocative and heartfelt new book from the brain surgeon and bestselling author of DO NO HARM

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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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Notes on Blindness: A journey through the dark

Notes on Blindness: A journey through the dark

John Hull, Cathy Rentzenbrink (Media Editor)

'It's a gift. Not a gift I want, but it is a gift.'Days before the birth of his first son, writer and academic John M. Hull started to go blind. He would lose his sight entirely, plunged into darkness, unable to...

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The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller

The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller

Carol Baxter

The remarkable true story of a beguiling Melbourne housewife who in the 1920s seeks international fame, fortune and adventure as an aviator and finds herself as the central figure in a sensational American murder trial.

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The Attachment: Letters from a most unlikely friendship

The Attachment: Letters from a most unlikely friendship

Ailsa Piper, Tony Doherty

A celebration of friendship, renewal, nature and the human spirit told through letters between a writer and an 80-year-old priest. Original, surprising - both highly entertaining and deeply moving.

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Who I Am

Who I Am

Charlotte Rampling, Christophe Bataille

The autobiography of acclaimed actor, model and chanteuse Charlotte Rampling

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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

Dear Quentin

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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South and West: From a Notebook

South and West: From a Notebook

Joan Didion

From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks-writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a...

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The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State

The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State

Samer

Since ISIS occupied Raqqa in eastern Syria, it has become one of the most isolated and fear-ridden cities on earth. BBC was able to make contact with a small activist group, Al-Sharqiya 24, and one of their members agreed to write...

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Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

Hannah Hart

The wildly popular YouTube personality and author of the New York Times bestseller My Drunk Kitchen is back! This time, she's stirring up memories and tales from her past.

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A Stranger in My Own Country: The 1944 Prison Diary

A Stranger in My Own Country: The 1944 Prison Diary

Hans Fallada

I lived the same life as everyone else, the life of ordinary people, the masses.

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