New Australian biography & memoir

 Special priceBefore 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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 Special price 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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Back on Track

Back on Track

Bernie Shakeshaft, James Knight

A thought-provoking and heart-warming story of how one man (and his working dogs) is giving rural kids, on their last chance, a second chance.

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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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 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 from...

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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 Catfish, Tex, Don & Charlie to his solo work, as well as many other writing collaborations, Walker's words are...

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 Special priceThe 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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Born at the Right Time: A Memoir

Born at the Right Time: A Memoir

Ron McCallum

Ron McCallum has been blind from birth. When he was a child, many blind people spent their lives making baskets in sheltered workshops, but Ron's mother had other ideas for her son. She insisted on treating him as normally as...

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A Novel Idea

A Novel Idea

Fiona McGregor

A Novel Idea is a memoir in photoessay form that follows Fiona McGregor's life as she writes her award-winning novel Indelible Ink.

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Split: True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New Beginnings

Split: True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New Beginnings

Lee Kofman

In this compelling anthology of personal essays, curated by award-winning author Lee Kofman, some of Australia's most beloved writers reveal, for the first time, powerful, occasionally funny and often heartbreaking stories of...

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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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Little One

Little One

Peter Papathanasiou

A powerful story about family and adoption, and the tensions and joys between the old world of Europe and the new world of Australia.

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 Read reviewBreaking Badly

Breaking Badly

Georgie Dent

While stocks last we have signed copies of Breaking Badly available to buy online and at our Carlton shop. Please note that signed copies are limited.At 24, life was good for Georgie Dent. After...

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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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Able

Able

Dylan Alcott

The incredible life of an astonishing athlete. 

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 Read reviewUnconditional Love

Unconditional Love

Jocelyn Moorhouse

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

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Winning for Women: A Personal Story

Winning for Women: A Personal Story

Iola Mathews

What was it like to be involved in the heady days of ‘second wave' feminism in Australia, when the role of women at home and at work changed decisively? Iola Mathews was one of the founders of the Women's Electoral Lobby, a...

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Barefoot in the Bindis

Barefoot in the Bindis

Angela Wales

Filled with drama and hilarity, joy and back-breaking toil, BAREFOOT IN THE BINDIS portrays a childhood spent in the bush, and is a sensational picture of Australia past.

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A Mother's Promise

A Mother’s Promise

Lee Barnett

Lee Barnett eluded the FBI for almost two decades after fleeing the US with her young daughter, eventually settling on the Sunshine Coast. Then, after eighteen years, her luck ran out.

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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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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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I'm Fine (and Other Lies)

I’m Fine (and Other Lies)

Megan Blandford

I'm Fine (and other lies) is a touching true story of motherhood: the challenges it presents, and the hope that can be found within it.

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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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Stranger Country

Stranger Country

Monica Tan

'Will I ever really belong to this country? As a Chinese Australian? As a non-Indigenous Australian?.I was 32 years old and barely knew the country of my birth. It was time to change that.' What happens when a...

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Rapture's Roadway

Rapture’s Roadway

Virginia Jealous

After the death of her father, Lonely Planet writer Virginia Jealous travels across the world to document the life of his obsession - the scandalous 20th century poet Laurence Hope - in a unique blend of memoir and travelogue.<br...

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Get the Girls Out

Get the Girls Out

Lucy Bloom

A rousing, funny, straight-talking, inspirational and generally awesome book from social entrepreneur Lucy Bloom, part memoir, part life-lessons, which urges us all to find our courage, take joy in life and celebrate our...

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Rolling with the Punchlines

Rolling with the Punchlines

Urzila Carlson

Written with her trademark deadpan humour, Urzila's memoir is full of great stories about both the big things in life and the little things. Urzila's accidental beginning in stand-up has led to ..

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The Heart's Ground: A Life Of Anne Elder

The Heart’s Ground: A Life Of Anne Elder

Julia Hamer

This finely wrought biography is rich in historical detail as it draws on four generations of letters and diaries and more recently on critical commentary and recollections.

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Jim's Book

Jim’s Book

Catherine Moolenschot

Meet the man and uncover the story behind one of Australia's most recognised brands.

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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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Lofty: My Life in Short

Lofty: My Life in Short

Lofty Fulton

A memoir of standing tall against the odds.     

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Blood on the Rosary

Blood on the Rosary

Sue Smethurst, Margaret Harrod

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Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Demet Divaroren, Amra Pajalic

Muslim people in Australia come from over seventy countries and represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Yet we are constantly bombarded by media stories feeding one negative stereotype. What is it really...

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Talk of Treasure

Talk of Treasure

Jane Carswell

Jane Carswell began her working life at Pegasus Press shortly after its audacious publication of Janet Frame's novel Owls Do Cry, and years later she went on to write an award-winning memoir called Under the Huang Jiao Tree: Two...

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Imperfect

Imperfect

Lee Kofman

By the time she was eleven and living in Russia, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that...

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Living In Hope

Living In Hope

Frank Byrne, Frances Coughlan, Gerard Waterford

A memoir of boyhood by a man who was removed as a child - from country, from culture and language, from family, from his mother.  

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King of the Air

King of the Air

Ann Blainey

Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation. In three short years, he broke records with his astounding and daring voyages -- the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia, the...

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Say Hello

Say Hello

Carly Findlay

A forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearancedue to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.

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 Read reviewBeyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook

Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook

Jacqueline Kent

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Requiem with Yellow Butterflies: A Memoir

Requiem with Yellow Butterflies: A Memoir

James Halford

An Australian writer and a Mexican scientist fall in love reading great Latin American books aloud. But it takes a decade of journeys across the region, together and apart, for them to learn to read each other. <br...

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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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 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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Going Back

Going Back

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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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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 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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Body Image Warrior

Body Image Warrior

Chelsea Bonner

Part memoir and part positive body image manifesto, this is an insider's perspective on the industry and how the images the world gets to see are only part of the story.

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