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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Tiberius with a Telephone

Tiberius with a Telephone

Patrick Mullins

The oddly compelling story of a man regarded as Australia's worst prime minister.

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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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Everyday Madness: On Grief, Anger, Loss and Love

Everyday Madness: On Grief, Anger, Loss and Love

Lisa Appignanesi

A short, potent examination of the ways in which our sanity can become, suddenly, elusive, Everyday Madness is a deeply personal and brave account of subjects that resonate powerfully for so many of us.   

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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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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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Kathleen 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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Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite

Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite

Roger Daltrey

The fascinating and revealing autobiography of rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who.     

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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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My 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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Any Ordinary Day

Any Ordinary Day

Leigh Sales

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Tina Turner: My Love Story

Tina Turner: My Love Story

Tina Turner

The full, dramatic story of one of the most remarkable women in music history, celebrating Tina Turner's 60th year in the industry.   

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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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My Thoughts Exactly

My Thoughts Exactly

Lily Allen

British singer Lily Allen reflect on her music, career and life in her first memoir.

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In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary

Jan Morris

Riffing on cats and Brexit, the Royals and the annoyances of aging, the nonagenarian Jan Morris delights with her wickedly hilarious first-ever diary collection.

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Magic

Magic

Jan Golembiewski

A young man heads off on a journey to find out if magic still exists in the world, to know its wonder, and to see if it might save him when his own life is unexpectedly at stake.

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How To Build A Boat: A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea

How To Build A Boat: A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea

Jonathan Gornall

One man learns the ancient skills of boatbuilding to connect with fatherhood.      

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Challenge Accepted!

Challenge Accepted!

Celeste Barber

253 steps to becoming an anti-it girl.       

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Small Fry

Small Fry

Lisa Brennan-Jobs

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

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Low Life in the High Desert: a California memoir

Low Life in the High Desert: a California memoir

David Hirst

You are one crazy Australian', David Hirst was informed when he met the locals of Pioneertown for the first time. 'When are you gonna move out here?

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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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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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A Letter from Paris

A Letter from Paris

Louisa Deasey

When Louisa Deasey receives a message from a French woman called Coralie, who has found a cache of letters in an attic, written about Louisa's father, neither woman can imagine the events it will set in motion.   ...

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No Friend But the Mountains

No Friend But the Mountains

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

An account of life inside Manus detention centre, from journalist and asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani.  

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Fashion Climbing: A New York Life

Fashion Climbing: A New York Life

Bill Cunningham

'I took to New York life like a star shooting through the heavens...' Bill Cunningham's first love was fashion but the big city came a close second.

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The Only Girl: My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone

The Only Girl: My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone

Robin Green

A raucous and vividly dishy memoir by the only woman on the masthead of Rolling Stone Magazine in the Sixties. A female Almost Famous.

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Journeys to the Other Side of the World: Further Adventures of a Young Naturalist

Journeys to the Other Side of the World: Further Adventures of a Young Naturalist

Sir David Attenborough

The further adventures of a young David Attenborough - from Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern Territory of Australia

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Turmoil: Letters from the Brink

Turmoil: Letters from the Brink

Robyn Williams

Robyn Williams, presenter of The Science Show on ABC Radio, reveals all in Turmoil, a searingly honest and often blackly funny reflection on his life, friends, the people he loves and loathes, and a multi-faceted career that...

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Leather Soul

Leather Soul

Bob Murphy

Bob Murphy has never been a typical footballer. Music buff, Age columnist and Winnebago driver, he is as comfortable in a Fitzroy café or the front bar of a grungy pub as he is in the locker room. In this unique memoir,...

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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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Beyond the Break

Beyond the Break

Darren Longbottom, Tim Rushby-Smith

The story of Australian surfer Darren Longbottom's epic rescue from a remote surf break in Indonesia

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Relentless

Relentless

Sam Mitchell

With four premierships, 329 games and a Brownlow Medal, Sam Mitchell is a true AFL legend.

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My Country: A Syrian Memoir

My Country: A Syrian Memoir

Kassem Eid

An unforgettable memoir of growing up in Syria under al-Assad's regime, surviving a gas attack, and rallying worldwide support to break the siege of cities across the country, with a foreword by Janine di Giovanni.

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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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Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life

Bob Carr

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Simply Ing

Simply Ing

Helen (Ing) Nellie, Margaret O'Brien

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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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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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 Read reviewThe Power of Hope

The Power of Hope

Kon Karapanagiotidis

A powerful, inspiring memoir from Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which argues that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives, we have the power to change our...

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 Read reviewAfterglow: A Dog Memoir

Afterglow: A Dog Memoir

Eileen Myles

In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly made an indelible impact on the writer's way of being. Over the course of sixteen years together, Myles was devoted to the pit bull and their...

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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

Stan Yarramunua, Robert Hillman

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

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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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 Read reviewMiss Ex-Yugoslavia

Miss Ex-Yugoslavia

Sofija Stefanovic

Unpolished Gem with a touch of Stasiland: a funny, dark and tender memoir about growing up between the lunacy of Yugoslavia's civil war and suburban Australia.

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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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Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies

Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies

Kitty Flanagan

One of Australia's favourite and most multi-talented entertainers, Kitty Flanagan, provides hilarious and honest life advice in this candid collection of cautionary tales.

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