Biography & memoir 2018

Heavy: An American Memoir

Heavy: An American Memoir

Kiese Laymon

In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the...

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Becoming

Becoming

Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

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I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff

I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff

Abbi Jacobson

A memoir in essays by Abbi Jacobson, the co-creator and co-star of hit comedy series Broad City.

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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)

Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)

Jeff Tweedy

Through his pioneering work in the legendary country-punk band, Uncle Tupelo, to his enduring legacy as the creative force behind the unclassifiable sound of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has weaved his way between the underground and the...

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Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters

Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters

Lucia Berlin

A compilation of sketches, photographs, and letters, Welcome Home is an essential non-fiction companion to the stories by Lucia Berlin - author of the bestselling A Manual for Cleaning Women.

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 Special priceGermaine: The Life of Germaine Greer

Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer

Elizabeth Kleinhenz

Arguably the most significant and influential Australian woman of her time.      

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Unfettered and Alive

Unfettered and Alive

Anne Summers

The inspiring autobiography of one of Australia's most influential women, from cadet journalist to policy maker to change agent at large.

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This Will Only Hurt a Little

This Will Only Hurt a Little

Busy Philipps

A collection of humorous, autobiographical essays from actress and breakout star of Instagram stories, Busy Philipps.

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 Special priceKathleen O'Connor of Paris

Kathleen O'Connor of Paris

Amanda Curtin

Part biography, part travel narrative, this is the story of an artist in a foreign land who, with limited resources and despite the impacts of war and loss, worked and exhibited in Paris for over forty years. Kathleen O'Connor 's...

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I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche

I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche

Sue Prideaux

A ground-breaking and stylish biography of one of the most misunderstood and yet towering figures in contemporary thought, destined to become a modern classic.    

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 Read reviewHeartland

Heartland

Sarah Smarsh

An eye-opening, topical, and moving memoir of one woman's experience of working-class poverty in America.

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 Special priceMy Squirrel Days

My Squirrel Days

Ellie Kemper

A collection of essays and stories by the brilliant, hilarious star of hit Netflix sitcom The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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The Peter Norman Story

The Peter Norman Story

Andrew Webster, Matt Norman

The inspirational story of athlete Peter Norman - the greatest Australian hero you don't know.

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 Special priceImagine John Yoko

Imagine John Yoko

John Lennon, Yoko Ono

Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon's iconic, beloved song and illustrations by award-winning artist Jean Jullien, this poignant and timely picture book dares to imagine a world at peace. Imagine is being published in partnership...

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Speaking Up

Speaking Up

Gillian Triggs

As president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs advocated for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. She withstood relentless political pressure and media scrutiny as she defended the defenceless for...

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Don't Stop Believin'

Don’t Stop Believin'

Olivia Newton-John

The long-awaited memoir of Australia’s sweetheart, Olivia Newton-John, covering everything from Grease to her journeys with cancer to her tireless charity work.

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No Spin

No Spin

Shane Warne, Mark Nicholas

Everyone knows the story, or thinks they do.    

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 Special priceSmall Fry

Small Fry

Lisa Brennan-Jobs

A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

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 Read reviewActive Labour: Memoirs of a Working-Class Doctor

Active Labour: Memoirs of a Working-Class Doctor

Percy Rogers

Active Labour is an inspiring, warm and moving memoir by one of the most pioneering and compassionate doctors in Australia, a key advocate for women's reproductive rights. It is a testament to one man's abiding, passionate belief...

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Queerstories: Reflections on lives well lived from some of Australia's finest LGBTQIA+ writers

Queerstories: Reflections on lives well lived from some of Australia’s finest LGBTQIA+ writers

Maeve Marsden

There's more to being queer than coming out and getting married. This exciting and contemporary collection contains stories that are as diverse as the LGBTQIA+ community from which they're drawn.

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A Long Way from No Go

A Long Way from No Go

Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Julie Szego

This is a memoir of an Aboriginal woman, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, who began life without any of the advantages of her fellow non-Indigenous Australians except for grit, humour and diverse talent in spades. Through one woman's story,...

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Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll

Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll

Fiona Patten

The incredible story of Fiona Patten, in her own inimitable words. Tireless fighter, courageous activist and effective politician who really is making a difference to her world.

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 Read reviewNo Country Woman

No Country Woman

Zoya Patel

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 Read reviewAlways Another Country

Always Another Country

Sisonke Msimang

A moving portrait of the life journey and all the romance, heartache and grief that has helped to make Sisonke Msimang the writer, activist, mother and woman she is today.

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 Read reviewHappy Never After

Happy Never After

Jill Stark

Jill Stark was living the dream. She had a coveted job as a senior journalist, she was dating a sports star, and her first book had just become a bestseller. After years of chasing the fairytale ending, she'd finally found it. And...

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Zami: A New Spelling of my Name

Zami: A New Spelling of my Name

Audre Lorde

In a new literary form this book blends together history, biography and myth, telling a story that stretches from the Harlem of the author's girlhood in the 1930s, to the Greenwich Village of the '50s and offering insights into...

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One Hundred Years of Dirt

One Hundred Years of Dirt

Rick Morton

Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.

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Teacher

Gabbie Stroud

A woman's struggle to keep the heart in teaching

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Simply Ing

Simply Ing

Helen (Ing) Nellie, Margaret O'Brien

Ing has lived through many family tragedies. Her honest experiences reflect her indomitable spirit and give insight into the lives of Aboriginal people

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 Read reviewStaying: A Memoir

Staying: A Memoir

Jessie Cole

A searing memoir by acclaimed novelist Jessie Cole, about surviving the suicide of loved ones, and finding a place to heal.

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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Her Mother's Daughter: A Memoir

Her Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir

Nadia Wheatley

"Why didn't you and Daddy want people to give you any wedding presents?" I used to ask. But my mother could never be drawn into talking about the wedding. Later, I assumed it was because she did not wish to be reminded...

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Am I Doing This Right?: Life lessons from the Encyclopedia Bri-Tanya

Am I Doing This Right?: Life lessons from the Encyclopedia Bri-Tanya

Tanya Hennessy

An honest, hilarious, and incredibly relatable A-Z guide to adulting from one of Australia's most loved entertainers and radio presenters.

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Traumata

Traumata

Meera Atkinson

In this extraordinary book, Meera Atkinson explores the ways trauma reverberates over a lifetime, unearthing the traumatic roots of our social structures and our collective history. 

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Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from my Grandfather, Nelson Mandela

Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from my Grandfather, Nelson Mandela

Ndaba Mandela

Life lessons for us all: the story of Ndaba Mandela's unforgettable time growing up with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known - his grandfather, Nelson Mandela.

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A Man Called Yarra

A Man Called Yarra

Robert Hillman, Stan Yarramunua

A Man Called Yarra is an inspiring memoir of overcoming hardship and striving for a better life.

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The Barefoot Surgeon

The Barefoot Surgeon

Ali Gripper

Inspiring and uplifting, this is the extraordinary story of Dr Sanduk Ruit who, like his mentor Fred Hollows, took on the world's medical establishment to give the life-changing gift of sight to hundreds and thousands of the...

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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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 Read reviewWaiting for Elijah

Waiting for Elijah

Kate Wild

In 2009, in the NSW country town of Armidale, a mentally ill young man is shot dead by a police officer. Senior Constable Andrew Rich claims he ‘had no choice' other than to shoot 24-year-old Elijah Holcombe - Elijah had run...

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We Are Here

We Are Here

Fiona Harari

These are the last adult witnesses - in their own words.

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Room to Dream

Room to Dream

David Lynch, Kristine McKenna

As unusual as the man himself, Room to Dream is the highly anticipated memoir from the revolutionary and elusive David Lynch, co-creator of Twin Peaks and director of groundbreaking films like The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and...

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Headstrong Daughters: Inspiring stories from the new generation of Australian Muslim women

Headstrong Daughters: Inspiring stories from the new generation of Australian Muslim women

Nadia Jamal

Nadia Jamal takes us inside the lives of ordinary Muslim women from around Australia, showing how they find ways to stay true to their faith, and to themselves as well. These candid and moving stories reveal a side to Australian...

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 Read reviewEggshell Skull

Eggshell Skull

Bri Lee

A fiercely intelligent, heartbreakingly honest memoir and feminist call to arms in the tradition of Fight Like A Girl

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The Bootle Boy: an untidy life in news

The Bootle Boy: an untidy life in news

Les Hinton

A brilliantly evocative memoir from the golden age of newspaper publishing, from a man who helped define our modern media.

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Whose Life is it Anyway?

Whose Life is it Anyway?

Deborah Thomson

A fearless and candid memoir of domestic abuse and survival, written to help others recognise the problem and escape from it themselves.

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Butterfly on a Pin

Butterfly on a Pin

Alannah Hill

One of Australia's most successful fashion designers, Alannah Hill bares her soul in this brilliant memoir.

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Crew: The story of the men who flew RAAF Lancaster J for Jig

Crew: The story of the men who flew RAAF Lancaster J for Jig

Mike Colman

The story of an RAAF Lancaster bomber crew shot down over France in 1944.

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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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 Read reviewThe Motherhood

The Motherhood

Jamila Rizvi

Australia's favourite women share what they wish they'd known about life with a newborn, in this funny, moving collection edited by Jamila Rizvi

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 Special priceReporter: A Memoir

Reporter: A Memoir

Seymour Hersh

A memoir of renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh's life as a reporter --

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A Certain Light: A memoir of family, loss and hope

A Certain Light: A memoir of family, loss and hope

Cynthia Banham

With great courage and empathy, Cynthia Banham asks the difficult questions about family, about survival, and fearlessly tells the stories that are never told.

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A Wink from the Universe

A Wink from the Universe

Martin Flanagan

One of our most beloved sportswriters takes us behind the scenes of a football fairytale.

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The Last Snake Man: The remarkable true-life story of an Aussie legend and a century of snake shows

The Last Snake Man: The remarkable true-life story of an Aussie legend and a century of snake shows

John Cann, Jimmy Thomson

Wildlife warrior, professor of snakes, entertainer, Olympian. John Cann is a truly remarkable Australian.

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Rather His Own Man

Rather His Own Man

Geoffrey Robertson, QC

The riveting autobiography from Australia's inimitable Geoffrey Robertson. Funny, personal, and bringing Robertson's fascinating and colourful career up to date following The Justice Game.

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