Biography & memoir 2019

Valerie Taylor: An Adventurous Life

Valerie Taylor: An Adventurous Life

Valerie Taylor

The remarkable story of the trailblazing ocean conservationist, photographer and shark expert

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Finding Chika

Finding Chika

Mitch Albom

International number one bestseller Mitch Albom's first work of non-fiction in ten years - his most personal story to date.

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Tea and Scotch with Bradman

Tea and Scotch with Bradman

Roland Perry

In 1995, journalist and author Roland Perry wrote to Sir Donald Bradman requesting an interview for a biography he was planning of the great cricketer. Surprisingly, the Don agreed. It was the start of a conversation that...

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Letters from Tove

Letters from Tove

Tove Jansson, Boel Westin, Helen Svensson, Sarah Death

A revelation and a gift for all Tove Jansson (and Moomin) fans.

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 Special priceOn the High Wire

On the High Wire

Philippe Petit, Paul Auster

The star of Man on Wire offers a meditation on the ecstasy of conquering our fears and reaching for the stars, translated and introduced by Paul Auster

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Meet Me in Buenos Aires

Meet Me in Buenos Aires

Marlene Hobsbawm

An intensely personal and revealing biography of life with Eric Hobsbawm one of the 20th Century's most influential intellectuals A rich and fascinating life - from pre-war Vienna via an emigre childhood in the UK and on to...

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The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe

The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe

Angela Kelly

Angela has worked with The Queen and walked the corridors of the Royal Household for twenty-five years, initially as Her Majesty's Senior Dresser and then latterly as Her Majesty's Personal Advisor, Curator, Wardrobe and In-house...

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Will

Will Self

An intense and anarchic memoir of addiction from one of Britain's most original writers.   

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Caroline's Dilemma

Caroline’s Dilemma

Bettina Bradbury

Caroline Kearney's husband bequeathed her a heart-breaking dilemma. Writing his will as he lay dying in Melbourne in 1865, Edward Kearney promised his wife GBP100 a year and more to educate their sons, but only if she moved to...

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 Special priceWho am I, Again?

Who am I, Again?

Lenny Henry

Sir Lenny Henry is one of the UK's best-loved comedians with a career spanning over forty years. Here he writes about his youth for the first time.

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For Small Creatures Such as We

For Small Creatures Such as We

Sasha Sagan

For Small Creatures Such as We hunts for the meaning behind our most common, beloved celebrations and envisions how we can grow these roots into new and fulfilling secular rituals. From the daughter of celebrated scientist, Carl...

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Remembering Bob

Remembering Bob

Sue Pieters-Hawke

A warm, moving and revealing collection of stories and memories about Bob Hawke from across the nation, edited by his eldest daughter.   

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Able: Fully Updated Edition

Able: Fully Updated Edition

Dylan Alcott

The incredible life of an astonishing athlete and now disability advocate - fully updated to include Wimbledon and French Open wins and more

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Lost Letters from Vienna

Lost Letters from Vienna

Sue Course

In 1977, Sue Course discovered a box of airmail letters in the dark recesses of a cupboard, written in German.    

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Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography

Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography

Blanche d'Alpuget

To mark Bob Hawke's extraordinary life and legacy, this master work brings together the story of the man in full in a definitive hardback commemorative biography.

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Someone's Wife

Someone’s Wife

Linda Burgess

A brilliant collection of personal essays from a quietly subversive writer.   

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The Lives of Lucian Freud: YOUTH 1922 - 1968

The Lives of Lucian Freud: YOUTH 1922 - 1968

William Feaver

Though ferociously private, Lucian Freud spoke every week for decades to his close confidante and collaborator William Feaver - about painting and the art world, but also about his life and loves. The result is this a unique,...

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When All Is Said and Done

When All Is Said and Done

Neale Daniher

Neale Daniher sat down to pen a letter to the grandchildren he'll never get to know. And then he kept on writing ... When All is Said & Done is a book of stories and wisdom from a man who has always held his beliefs to the...

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 Read reviewYellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978-1987

Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978-1987

Helen Garner

The private diaries of one of Australia's greatest living writers, the much loved, fearless and fierce Helen Garner.

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 Read reviewYour Own Kind of Girl

Your Own Kind of Girl

Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That 'real...

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Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me

Adrienne Brodeur

A daughter's tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity Every time I fail to become more like my mother, I become more like me. from then on, Malabar came to...

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Paris or Die: A Memoir

Paris or Die: A Memoir

Jayne Tuttle

Losing your heart in Paris can sometimes mean also losing your head.

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Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Archie Roach

One of the most powerful and highly anticipated life stories to be told in Australian history. A breathtakingly powerful memoir by beloved Australian music legend Archie Roach - stolen child, musical and lyrical genius and the...

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Fighting for Hakeem

Fighting for Hakeem

Craig Foster, Alex Engel-Mallon

How people power challenged two monarchies, a military junta, and the world's largest sporting institutions ... and won

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Anthony Bourdain Remembered

Anthony Bourdain Remembered

CNN

A moving and insightful collection of quotes, memories, and images celebrating the life of Anthony Bourdain

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Olive Cotton

Olive Cotton

Helen Ennis

A landmark biography of a singular and important Australian photographer, Olive Cotton, by an award-winning writer - beautifully written and deeply moving.

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The Beautiful Ones

The Beautiful Ones

Prince

The Beautiful Ones is the official story of Prince's life, told through his own words, work, and personal effects, illustrated in beautiful colour full-colour. It will be an intimate, unconventional narrative, echoing his mantra...

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The Shelf Life of Zora Cross

The Shelf Life of Zora Cross

Cathy Perkins

Australian poet and journalist Zora Cross caused a sensation in 1917 with her book Songs of Love and Life. Here was a young woman who looked like a Sunday school teacher, celebrating sexual passion in a provocative series of...

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Unfollow

Megan Phelps-Roper

The metamorphic journey of Megan Phelps-Roper: a young woman raised in a religious hate group, who has become an advocate for equality, diversity and tolerance.

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Over the Top

Over the Top

Jonathan Van Ness

A memoir from the break-out star of Netflix hit show Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness.

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Elton John by Terry O'Neill

Elton John by Terry O'Neill

Terry O'Neill

A photographic portrait of Elton John, by iconic photographer Terry O'Neill.

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 Special priceThe Education of an Idealist

The Education of an Idealist

Samantha Power

Honest, inspiring and evocatively written, Pulitzer Prize-winner and former U.N. Ambassador Stephanie Power's memoir is an unforgettable account of the world-changing power of idealism - and of one person's fierce determination to...

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Nobody's Soldier

Nobody’s Soldier

Peter Antonenko

Andrii Antonenko was born in the Ukraine in 1922 shortly before the Communist purges of the Kulaks. He and his family were sent to work camps in the frozen steppes of the far North when he wasn't even a teenager. He escaped the...

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Childhood

Childhood

Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally, Michael Favala Goldman

The astonishing first volume in Ditlevsen's celebrated autobiographical trilogy - a major publication for Penguin Classics in 2019.

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 Special priceThe Undying

The Undying

Anne Boyer

An intellectually exhilarating memoir-meets-examination of cancer (both illness and industry) in the age of data, from an award-winning poet and essayist.

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Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters

Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters

Claire Roberts, John Thompson

A self-portrait by one of Australia's greatest artists, a man mistakenly portrayed as a hermit

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 Read reviewOther People's Houses

Other People’s Houses

Hilary McPhee

What seduced publishing trailblazer Hilary McPhee to an exotic writing project in Jordan? Curiosity, political engagement, mad bravery? McPhee's brutally honest memoir traverses wild terrain, from Italy to Amman.

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 Special priceYear of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey

Patti Smith

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

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Face It: A Memoir

Face It: A Memoir

Debbie Harry

A multilayered memoir from a multifaceted artist

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Penny Wong: Passion and Principle

Penny Wong: Passion and Principle

Margaret Simons

A revelatory portrait of one of the most talented, poised and respected women in Australian politics, written by one of Australia's foremost biographers.

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Gulpilil

Gulpilil

Derek Rielly

From the bestselling author of Wednesdays with Bob comes an intimate portrait of Indigenous actor David Gulpilil.

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Gotta Get Theroux This

Gotta Get Theroux This

Louis Theroux

A funny, insightful memoir by much-loved documentary maker Louis Theroux, taking us on a weird and wonderful journey through two decades of groundbreaking television.

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 Special priceThe Glossy Years: Magazines, Museums and Selective Memoirs

The Glossy Years: Magazines, Museums and Selective Memoirs

Nicholas Coleridge

A gossipy, scandalous and riveting memoir from the chairman of Condé Nast Britain.

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The Accidental Tour Guide: Adventures in Life and Death

The Accidental Tour Guide: Adventures in Life and Death

Mary Moody

Eat, Pray, Love meets The Year of Magical Thinking in this powerful memoir of love, loss and taking risks from a true adventurer

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 Special priceIan McKellen: The Biography

Ian McKellen: The Biography

Garry O'Connor

The intimate and definitive biography of Ian McKellen, theatrical knight and a national treasure.

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Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire

Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire

Susan Ronald

The first biography in over thirty years of Conde Nast, the pioneering publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair and main rival to media magnate William Randolph Hearst.

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The Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall

Juliet Rieden

In 1939, as Hitler's troops are marching on Prague, a Jewish couple makes a heartbreaking decision that will save their eight-year-old son's life but change their family forever.

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And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?

And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?

Lawrence Weschler

The untold story of Dr. Oliver Sacks, his own greatest patient.

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Don Dunstan

Don Dunstan

Angela Woollacott

The first major biography of Don Dunstan, one of the few state premiers to stride the national stage and make a lasting mark on Australian life.

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 Read reviewJack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles

Jack Charles has worn many hats throughout his life: actor, cat burglar, musician, heroin addict, activist, even Senior Victorian Australian of the Year. But the title he's most proud to claim is that of Aboriginal Elder.

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Becoming Beauvoir: A Life

Becoming Beauvoir: A Life

Kate Kirkpatrick

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On Drugs

On Drugs

Chris Fleming

A memoir of intoxication like no other, On Drugs explores Chris Fleming's experience of drug addiction, which begins while he is a student before escalating into a life-threatening compulsion.

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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Dani Shapiro

In the spring of 2016, Dani Shapiro discovered that her father was not her biological father. Everything she had believed about her identity was a lie. Inheritance is a genetic detective story; a memoir that reads like a thriller,...

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 Read reviewThe Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning

The Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning

Long Litt Woon

One woman's journey to overcome grief by delving into an overlooked wonder of nature.

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Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics

Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics

Peter Drew

Packed full of Peter Drew's memorable images, Poster Boy is an intelligent, funny and brutally honest dive into the stew of individual, family and national identity. It's about politics and art, and why we need them both. And it's...

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 Special priceThomas Harriot: A Life in Science

Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science

Robyn Arianrhod

A new biography of Thomas Harriot, the greatest unknown scientific mind of the Renaissance

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 Special priceShame On Me

Shame On Me

Tessa McWatt

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Lee Krasner: A Biography

Lee Krasner: A Biography

Gail Levin

The first full length account of Lee Krasner's colourful life.

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America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

Steven M. Gillon

A major biography by New York Times bestselling historian Steven M. Gillon.

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 Special priceYves Saint Laurent: A Biography

Yves Saint Laurent: A Biography

Laurence Benaim

This definitive portrait of the creative genius who transformed fashion is the first major English-language biography of Yves Saint Laurent since his death in 2008, featuring exclusive interviews of those who knew him best, by one...

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Greetings from Bury Park

Greetings from Bury Park

Sarfraz Manzoor

Original, darkly tender and wryly amusing, this is an inspiring tribute to the power of music to transcend race and religion and a moving account of a relationship between father and son

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A Dream About Lightning Bugs

A Dream About Lightning Bugs

Ben Folds

From genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir reflecting on art, life and music that is as nuanced, witty and relatable as his cult classic songs.

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 Read reviewHearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice

Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice

Jessica White

Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice is a work of creative non-fiction that details the author's experiences of deafness after losing most of her hearing at age four. It charts how, as she grew up, she was estranged...

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The Master Plan

The Master Plan

Chris Wilson, Bret Witter

An inspiring, instructive, and ultimately triumphant guide to turning your life around, from a man who used hard work and his Master Plan to convert a life sentence into a second chance.

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 Read reviewMirka Mora: A Life Making Art

Mirka Mora: A Life Making Art

Sabine Cotte

Mirka Mora features a rich insight into the intellectual life and art practice of one of Australia's most versatile, creative and prolific modern artists.

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Mama's Boy: A Memoir

Mama’s Boy: A Memoir

Dustin Lance Black

A candid, vivid, powerfully resonant memoir about growing up Mormon in Texas from an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and leading spokesperson for LGBTQ rights.

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The Ginger Child: On Family, Loss and Adoption

The Ginger Child: On Family, Loss and Adoption

Patrick Flanery (Author)

A raw and heart-wrenching literary memoir about a queer couple's attempt to adopt a child.

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Critical

Critical

Matt Morgan

A moving medical memoir written by intensive care doctor Dr. Matt Morgan.

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Julia Child: The Last Interview

Julia Child: The Last Interview

JULIA CHILD

This delightful collection of interviews with  The French Chef Julia Child traces her life from her first stab at a writing career fresh out of college; to D.C., Sri Lanka, and Kunming where she worked for the Office of...

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The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective

Susannah Stapleton

The enthralling true story of the curious life and career of Maud West, one of Britain's first and best-known female detectives.

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Rudolf Nureyev: The Life

Rudolf Nureyev: The Life

Julie Kavanagh

Born on a train in Stalin's Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet's pop icon. Nureyev's achievements and conquests became legendary: he rose out of Tatar peasant poverty to become the Kirov's thrilling maverick star; slept with his...

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 Read reviewBreaking Badly

Breaking Badly

Georgie Dent

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Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

David Goggins

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare -- poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline,  mental toughness,  and hard work, Goggins transformed himself...

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Life Will Be the Death of Me

Life Will Be the Death of Me

Chelsea Handler

In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in L.A. in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides...

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Unconditional Love

Jocelyn Moorhouse

A raw and powerful memoir of motherhood, autism and filmmaking by Australian director, Jocelyn Moorhouse

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Alice to Prague

Alice to Prague

Tanya Heaslip

A bittersweet story of a search for identity, belonging and love, set in a time, a place and with a man that fill Tanya's life with contradictions.

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The Wasp and the Orchid

The Wasp and the Orchid

Danielle Clode

Award-winning zoologist and author Danielle Clode presents the life of one of Australia's foremost female naturalists, Edith Coleman, and the story of the quest to recover her from the footnotes of history - now available in trade...

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Going Back

Going Back

Dr Munjed Al Muderis, Patrick Weaver

Munjed's new book is once more a journey, but this time in taking him across the world on a quest to save others rather than himself.  

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Parkland: Birth of a Movement

Parkland: Birth of a Movement

Dave Cullen

Exclusive story of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the March for Our Lives campaign for gun control run by teen survivors, by the author of the definitive bestseller Columbine.

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 Read reviewGrowing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African...

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Talking Sideways

Talking Sideways

Reg Dodd, Malcolm McKinnon

Talking Sideways is part history, part memoir and part cultural road-map. Together, Dodd and McKinnon reveal the unique history of this extraordinary place and share their concerns and their hopes for its future.   

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When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

Mandy Ord

A poignant, bright and elegiac work of illustrated nonfiction by one of Australia's most revered comics makers.    

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Shout

Shout

Laurie Halse Anderson

A personal story of the lifelong impact of rape and a call to action in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

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Solitary

Solitary

Albert Woodfox

The unbelievable true story of Albert Woodfox, a man who spent forty-three years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana jail for a crime he didn't commit

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No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir

No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir

Ani DiFranco

A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco

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Stranger Country

Stranger Country

Monica Tan

What happens when a 32-year-old first-generation Australian woman decides to chuck in a dream job, pack a sleeping bag and tent, and hit the long, dusty road for six months? Thirty-thousand kilometres later, Monica Tan has the...

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See You in the Piazza

See You in the Piazza

Frances Mayes

Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine

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 Read reviewUnlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Nicola Redhouse

After the birth of her first child, Nicola Redhouse experiences an unrelenting anxiety that quickly overwhelms her. Her immense love for her child can't protect her from the dread that prevents her leaving the house, opening the...

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When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back

When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back

Naja Marie Aidt, Denise Newman

An unflinchingly raw and lyrical exploration of loss, poetry and love.

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The Moment of Lift

The Moment of Lift

Melinda Gates

A passionate argument for female empowerment by Melinda Gates, one of the world's most admired and respected women.

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Fridays with my Folks

Fridays with my Folks

Amal Awad

Amal Awad's life changed when her father was diagnosed with kidney failure. It was a shock to see the impact it had on him, both physically and mentally, and the way the side effects trickled onto those around him. Work had always...

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Lord of All the Dead

Lord of All the Dead

Javier Cercas, Anne McLean

Lord of All the Dead is a courageous journey into Javier Cercas' family history and that of a country collapsing from a fratricidal war.

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 Read reviewThe Little Girl on the Ice Floe

The Little Girl on the Ice Floe

Adelaide Bon, Ruth Diver

A powerful and personal account of the devastating consequences of childhood rape: a valuable voice for the #MeToo conversation

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The Photographer at Sixteen: A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

The Photographer at Sixteen: A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

George Szirtes

A poet's memoir of his mother that flows backwards through time, and excavates a shard of European history - a deeply honest, tender and yet unsentimental autobiographical journey.

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 Special priceRapture's Roadway

Rapture’s Roadway

Virginia Jealous

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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

David Nott

The gripping true story of a frontline trauma surgeon in the world's most dangerous war zones.

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Nora Heysen: A Portrait

Nora Heysen: A Portrait

Anne-Louise Willoughby

Extensively researched by the author, Nora Heysen: A Portrait is the first biography of the artist, and it has been enthusiastically embraced by the Heysen family. 

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 Special priceRobert Menzies: The Art of Politics

Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics

Troy Bramston

A revelatory biography of Australia's longest-serving prime minister.

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I've Been Meaning to Tell You

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You

David Chariandy

In the tradition of Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me, acclaimed novelist David Chariandy's latest is an intimate and profoundly beautiful meditation on the politics of race today

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Diving into Glass

Diving into Glass

Caro Llewellyn

An emotionally brutal memoir of family, vulnerability and purpose, Diving into Glass is a searing, often funny portrait of the realities of disability and an intimate account of two lives filled with vigour and audacity. ...

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Winning for Women: A Personal Story

Winning for Women: A Personal Story

Iola Mathews

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Things Nobody Knows But Me

Things Nobody Knows But Me

Amra Pajalic

Things Nobody Knows But Me is a tender portrait of family and migration, beautifully told. It captures a wonderful sense of bicultural place and life as it weaves between St Albans in suburban Australia and Bosanska...

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Imperfect

Imperfect

Lee Kofman

By turns illuminating, confronting and deeply personal, Imperfect challenges us all to consider how we exist in the world and how our bodies shape the people we become.   

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The Me, Without: The Year I Quit Social Media, Shopping, Sugar and More. . . in Pursuit of Happiness

The Me, Without: The Year I Quit Social Media, Shopping, Sugar and More… in Pursuit of Happiness

Jacqueline Raposo

The Me, Without is an inspiring example of how to step back, slow the pace of life and help yourself heal.

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Talk of Treasure

Talk of Treasure

Jane Carswell

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