Father's Day gift ideas: Biography and memoir

 Special priceAnd 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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Becoming Beauvoir: A Life

Becoming Beauvoir: A Life

Kate Kirkpatrick

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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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Dear Dad

Dear Dad

Samuel Johnson

From the team who gave you the bestselling DEAR SANTA comes an honest, moving, emotionally memorable collection of letters to their fathers from some of Australia's most notable notables. The perfect gift for the dad in your...

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 Special price 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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Lawless

Lawless

Kimberley Motley

In the summer of 2008 Kimberley Motley quit her job as a criminal defence attorney in Milwaukee to join a program to help train lawyers in war-torn Afghanistan. She was 32 years old at the time, a former Mrs. Wisconsin (she'd...

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A Lot with a Little

A Lot with a Little

Tim Costello

In this evocative memoir, Tim Costello explores the people and experiences that have shaped him into a socially active fighter for the world's most challenging issues.

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The Joy of High Places

The Joy of High Places

Patti Miller

They didn't know it, but Patti Miller and her brother, Barney, shared something in common - a passion for the illuminating joy of wild nature - with all its challenges and dangers. In this extraordinary book, Patti tells the story...

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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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 Read reviewUnrequited Love

Unrequited Love

Dennis Altman

In this diarised memoir, moving between Australia, the United States, Europe and parts of Asia, Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, Christopher Isherwood and many others people a story of a half century of activism,...

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Songs

Songs

Don Walker

For over forty years, Don Walker's songwriting has captured what it is to be Australian. From Cold Chisel  to his solo work, as well as many other writing collaborations, Walker's words are poetic, moving and incisive. This...

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Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons

Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons

David Slucki

Tells the story of the author's father and grandfather, and the grave legacy that they each passed on to him. This is a story about the Holocaust and its aftermath, about absence and the scars that never heal, and about fathers...

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 Read reviewSomething to Believe In

Something to Believe In

Andrew Stafford

For Andrew Stafford, music was a way up and a way out. There was just one little problem: he couldn't play. Because those who can do and those who can't review, he carved out a niche writing about it instead.

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The Kowloon Kid: A Hong Kong Childhood

The Kowloon Kid: A Hong Kong Childhood

Phil Brown

From the author of Travels with My Angst and Any Guru Will Do, a vivid, nostalgic, and funny memoir of growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s.

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The Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation

The Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation

Luke Benedictus, Andrew McUtchen, Jeremy Macvean

It's official: Dads need a rebrand. The Father Hood celebrates the rapidly-growing tribe of hands-on dads who are discovering that fatherhood is the making of them.

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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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Jean Blackburn

Jean Blackburn

Craig Campbell, Debra Hayes

From the maelstrom of the Depression and World War II, from Communist Party membership in the 1930s--1950s, and early attachment to the feminism and peace, Jean Blackburn emerged as a significant public intellectual. 

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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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 Special priceArab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity

Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity

Randa Abdel-Fattah, Sara Saleh

An anthology that aims to smash the stereotypes of Arabs in Australia that too often proliferate in mainstream media.

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The Erratics

The Erratics

Vicki Laveau-Harvie

This is a memoir about a dysfunctional family, about a mother and her daughters. But make no mistake. This is like no mother-daughter relationship you know. 

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 Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Stan Grant

As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.  

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Storytime

Storytime

Jane Sullivan

In Storytime, author and literary critic Jane Sullivan takes us from Wonderland to Narnia, Moomintroll to Mr Toad and from Winnie the Pooh to the Magic Pudding, to find out why her favourite childhood books were so vitally...

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Everything in its Place: First Loves and Last Tales

Everything in its Place: First Loves and Last Tales

Oliver Sacks

A remarkable celebration of Sacks's varied interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.

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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Adam Kay

The often hilarious, at times horrifying and occasionally heartbreaking diaries of a former junior doctor, and the story of why he decided to hang up his stethoscope

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Educated

Tara Westover

An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

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Hawking

Hawking

Jim Ottaviani, Leland Myrick

From author Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Myrick comes a gripping biography of Stephen Hawking, one of the most important scientists of our time.

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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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Growing Up Queer in Australia

Growing Up Queer in Australia

Benjamin Law

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity.

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The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

Corey White

A memoir of trauma, evil and survival that will break your heart and then show you how to rebuild it, from one of Australia's brightest young comedians.

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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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On Identity

On Identity

Stan Grant

Tribalism, nationalism and sectarianism are dividing the world into us and them. Communities are a tinderbox of anger and resentment. Stan Grant argues that it is time to leave identity behind and to embrace cosmopolitanism. On...

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Before I Forget: An Early Memoir

Before I Forget: An Early Memoir

Geoffrey Blainey

Before I Forget is the long-awaited memoir from Professor Geoffrey Blainey - Australia's most significant and popular historian - that tells the story of the first forty years of his life, from his childhood to his career as...

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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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Robert 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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