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 Special priceAny Ordinary Day

Any Ordinary Day

Leigh Sales

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories - and a terrifying brush with her own mortality -...

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 Special priceSpeaking 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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 Special priceNo Spin

No Spin

Shane Warne

Everyone knows the story, or thinks they do.    

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Challenge Accepted!

Challenge Accepted!

Celeste Barber

253 steps to becoming an anti-it girl.       

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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 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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Back, After the Break

Back, After the Break

Osher Gunsberg

Osher Gunsberg, one of Australia's most loved celebrities, opens up in a powerful, dark, funny and heartwrenching memoir about life, love and living with mental illness.

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 Read reviewNo Country Woman

No Country Woman

Zoya Patel

'I was born in a hospital in Suva, Fiji. I can't recall ever seeing the building on my trips back to the city, first as a child or later as an adult. I imagine it in shades of blue and brown, the plastic waiting room chairs...

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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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 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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 Special priceRelentless

Relentless

Sam Mitchell

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

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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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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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Fatherhood: Stories about being a dad

Fatherhood: Stories about being a dad

William McInnes

Bestselling author and acclaimed actor William McInnes returns with a book about a subject close to his own heart: Fatherhood.

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No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison

Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian

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

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 Read reviewHappy Never After: why the happiness fairytale is driving us mad (and how I flipped the script)

Happy Never After: why the happiness fairytale is driving us mad (and how I flipped the script)

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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 Read reviewAlways Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home

Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home

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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 Special priceLeather Soul: A Half-back Flanker's Rhythm and Blues

Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker’s Rhythm and Blues

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 reviewTeacher: One Woman's Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching

Teacher: One Woman’s Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching

Gabbie Stroud

A woman's struggle to keep the heart in teaching

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Run for Your Life

Run for Your Life

Bob Carr

Most Political memoirs are boring.Bob Carr tears up the rules. He plunges in, beginning with the despair of a young man pining for a political career, convinced he's going nowhere, then vaulting to the exhilaration...

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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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 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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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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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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 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 Good Girl Stripped Bare

The Good Girl Stripped Bare

Tracey Spicer

From bogan to boned and beyond - a full-frontal 'femoir' by one of Australia's best-loved journalists From bogan to boned and beyond - a full-frontal femoir Tracey Spicer was always the good girl. Inspired by Jana...

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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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Simply Ing

Simply Ing

Helen (Ing) Nellie, Margaret O'Brien

Born Ellie Nellie on an Aboriginal reserve in Western Australia's south west, she was nicknamed Ing by her family. Removed from her loving parents under government policy at the age of five, Ing was placed in a mission and denied...

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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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Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre

Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre

Jane Lydon, Lyndall Ryan

On the 180th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre of 1838, acclaimed writers, historians, lawyers and artists explore the impact of one of the most horrifying events of Australian colonial history, showing why this event was...

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 Read reviewGet Up Mum

Get Up Mum

Justin Heazlewood

It's 1992 in Burnie, Tasmania and 12-year-old Justin lives alone with his mum. When she is well, Mum is perfect. She knows he likes his carrots raw and his toast cooled, and she knows how to sooth his growing pains. But when she...

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 Read reviewOut of the Forest

Out of the Forest

Gregory P. Smith

What makes a man turn his back on society? What makes him return?

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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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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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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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The Erratics

The Erratics

Vicki Laveau-Harvie

The family secrets are only just beginning to unravel...When her elderly mother is hospitalised after an accident, Vicki is summoned to her parents' isolated and run-down ranch home in Alberta, Canada, to care for her...

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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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 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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 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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Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World

Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World

Michelle Scott Tucker

A groundbreaking portrait of an ordinary English country woman who would go on to become of Australia's most significant but little known historical figures.

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My Ikaria

My Ikaria

Spiri Tsintziras

Three years ago, Spiri Tsintziras found herself mentally, physically and spiritually depleted. She was stretched thin - raising kids, running a household and managing a business. She ate too much in order to keep going and then...

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 Read reviewGirls at the Piano

Girls at the Piano

Virginia Lloyd

A brilliant memoir about how learning the piano shaped the lives of two women worlds and generations apart that will resonate for music lovers everywhere and for anyone who has tried to master the piano.

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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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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.

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Two Generations

Two Generations

Anne Connor

Based on a true story, Two Generations explores the lived familial impact of secrets, suffering, forgiveness, hope and redemption.

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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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Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

Anne Aly

From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

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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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Rebel with a Cause: You Can't Keep a Bloody Lambie Down - My Story from Soldier to Senator and Beyond

Rebel with a Cause: You Can’t Keep a Bloody Lambie Down - My Story from Soldier to Senator and Beyond

Jacqui Lambie, Glynn Williams

Outspoken, unexpected and refreshingly honest - the candid memoir of Jacqui Lambie.

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A White Hot Flame: Mary Montgomerie Bennett, Author, Educator, Activist for Indigenous Justice

A White Hot Flame: Mary Montgomerie Bennett, Author, Educator, Activist for Indigenous Justice

Sue Taffe

Mary Montgomerie Bennett (1881-1961) is an important but under-recognised figure in Australian history. A member of a successful squatting family, she became a voice for reform at a time when Aboriginal Australians had their...

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The Boy from Baradine

The Boy from Baradine

Craig Emerson

From the bush of Baradine to the corridors of Canberra, this is Craig Emerson's story of triumph and courage over adversity.

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The Crappiest Refugee

The Crappiest Refugee

Hung Le

The Crappiest Refugee is an hilarious and endearing memoir about a boat person who never found his land legs, but who has always seen the funny side.

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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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We Are Here: Talking with Australia's Oldest Holocaust Survivors

We Are Here: Talking with Australia’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors

Fiona Harari

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

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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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