New Australian biography & memoir

 Read reviewFury

Fury

Kathryn Heyman

A raw, painfully honest, heartbreaking account of a young woman raising herself out of abuse and poverty to become her own hero.

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The Most I Could Be: A Renaissance Story

The Most I Could Be: A Renaissance Story

Dale Kent

In a memoir spanning continents and a lifetime of scholarship, a trailblazing historian recounts her struggles since the 1960s in her search for fulfilment both as a scholar and a woman.

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Gough and Me

Gough and Me

Christine Sykes

Written with genuine heart and humour, Gough and Me is a nostalgic and deeply personal memoir of social mobility, cultural diversity, and the unprecedented opportunities that the Whitlam era gave one Australian working-class...

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Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate and Bigotry

Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate and Bigotry

Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, Phoebe Grainer

Are we a nation of racists? Thirty-nine writers confront our darkest truths in this fearless collection of short stories, poems and essays from the margins of Australia.

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Turns Out, I'm Fine: How Not to Fall Apart

Turns Out, I’m Fine: How Not to Fall Apart

Judith Lucy

In her most candid and insightful book yet, Judith looks at her family and relationships to understand how despite being a feminist, her hopes and expectations have been shaped by men - including her work.

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Mother and I: The History of a Wilful Family

Mother and I: The History of a Wilful Family

Ianto Ware

Driven by humour, insight, and love, this is part family memoir, part history of working class life, and part homage to suburban eccentricity

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Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss

Justine Cullen

In her collection of autobiographical essays, fashion magazine editor Justine Cullen takes us on a hilariously candid exploration of her life so far - and all the mistakes she's made along the way.

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The Women's Doc

The Women’s Doc

Caroline de Costa

Funny and poignant stories from the labour ward and from the frontline of campaigns for women's reproductive rights, from Australia's best known obstetrician.

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 Read reviewThe Care Factor

The Care Factor

Ailsa Wild

A portrait of a nurse in Australia as she returns to the ICU and encounters the frontline of the pandemic crisis on many fronts.    

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 Read reviewThe Shape of Sound

The Shape of Sound

Fiona Murphy

A vivid and essential memoir of deafness, disability and identity by Australian writer Fiona Murphy

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Full Credit to the Boys

Full Credit to the Boys

Mel Hoffman

Mel Hofmann charts the highs and lows of life on the sidelines of a professional sport career. Hilarious, biting and unabashed, it's a story for sports lovers and haters alike - an insider's look at a life dedicated to the games...

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 Read reviewThe Believer

The Believer

Sarah Krasnostein

From award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein comes an exploration of the power of belief.     

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Monsters

Monsters

Alison Croggon

From award-winning writer and critic Alison Croggon, Monsters is a hybrid of memoir and essay that takes as its point of departure the painful breakdown of a relationship between two sisters. 

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 Read reviewLapsed

Lapsed

Monica Dux

What happens when a good Catholic girl goes AWOL?

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Two Cultures, One Story

Two Cultures, One Story

Dr Robert Isaacs, Tanaz Byramji

Told with grace and strength, this memoir shares the inside story of a respected Elder and his drive to break down cultural barriers and improve the lives of his people.

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 Read reviewSex, Lies and Question Time

Sex, Lies and Question Time

Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis bursts the Canberra bubble to reveal what life is like for our female MPs, and why it's the best and worst job in the world.

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You Don't Belong Here

You Don’t Belong Here

Elizabeth Becker

The never-before-told story of three women who courageously reported from the frontlines of the Vietnam War.     

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 Read reviewCar Crash: A Memoir

Car Crash: A Memoir

Lech Blaine

What is it like to survive a crash that kills your best friends, and how do you move on? From an exceptional debut writer comes a stunning memoir about grief, perseverance and courage.

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 Read reviewEating with My Mouth Open

Eating with My Mouth Open

Sam van Zweden

Eating with My Mouth Open is food writing like you've never seen before: honest, brave, and exceptionally tasty. Lyrically written, Sam van Zweden offers a millennial response to classic food writers, revelling in body positivity...

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Loud

Loud

Tana Douglas

What goes on tour stays on tour - unless you're the the first woman roadie in the world

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You've Got To Be Kidding

You’ve Got To Be Kidding

Todd Alexander

The hilarious new take on country life by one of Australia's bestselling authors  

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Into the Loneliness

Into the Loneliness

Eleanor Hogan

Both famous in their day, Daisy Bates and Ernestine Hill were bestselling writers who told of life in the vast Australian interior. Eleanor Hogan reflects on the lives and work of these indefatigable women. With sensitivity and...

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He.

He.

Murray Bail

Fragments and reflections from the life of a revered Australian writer

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In the Eye of the Storm

In the Eye of the Storm

Robert Reynolds, Shirleene Robinson, Paul Sendziuk

Tells the remarkable story of AIDS volunteers who engaged in a struggle for life against death. For the first time, by focusing on individual life stories, this book explores the crucial role of the men and women who volunteered...

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With My Little Eye

With My Little Eye

Sandra Hogan

With My Little Eye is a poignant and very funny account of a peculiar childhood in 1950s suburban Australia.  

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Christmas Tales

Christmas Tales

William McInnes

'Tis the season to be jolly! One of Australia's favourite storytellers is back with a collection of stories about everyone's favourite family holiday.

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Women of a Certain Rage

Women of a Certain Rage

Liz Byrski

This book is the result of what happened when Liz Byrski asked twenty Australian women from widely different backgrounds, races, beliefs and identities to take up the challenge of writing about rage.

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In My Past Life I Was Cleopatra

In My Past Life I Was Cleopatra

Amal Awad

A sceptical believer's journey through the new age.

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The Rock

The Rock

Aaron Smith

Journalist Aaron Smith's new memoir holds  up a unique mirror to Australia. What he sees is at once amazing, disturbing  and revealing. 

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Bachar Houli: Faith, Football and Family

Bachar Houli: Faith, Football and Family

Bachar Houli, Waleed Aly

Writing for the first time, Houli explores the experiences and beliefs that sparked his trailblazing success as a Muslim footballer, and that established him as a leading voice within the AFL community for inclusion, understanding...

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Belief

Belief

Marlion Pickett, Dave Warner

From prison to premiership glory; this is Marlion Pickett's extraordinary story.

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Cathy Goes to Canberra

Cathy Goes to Canberra

Cathy McGowan

Whenever anyone tells you that only the big parties or star candidates have a chance of winning a seat in federal parliament, just say 'Cathy McGowan'.

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Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

Mark Mordue

The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue.  

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The Handbag of Happiness

The Handbag of Happiness

Alannah Hill

Part agony aunt, part moral philosopher and irrepressibly curious, Alannah Hill shares her unique take on how to fathom life's ticking timebombs of adversity with her inimitable blend of gothic hilarity and old-fashioned...

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Son of the Brush: A memoir

Son of the Brush: A memoir

Tim Olsen

Tim Olsen is the son of arguably Australia's greatest living artist, Dr John Olsen. Son of the Brush is his fascinating, candid memoir of what it was like to grow up in the shadow of artistic genius, with all its wonder,...

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Love Marriage in Kabul

Love Marriage in Kabul

Sanaz Fotouhi

In 2006, Sanaz Fotouhi, a young woman in her twenties, travels to Afghanistan with her partner to make a film Seven years and four trips later their feature documentary Love Marriage in Kabul wins awards and the hearts of...

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Sad Mum Lady

Sad Mum Lady

Ashe Davenport

Unapologetic and frank, Sad Mum Lady navigates the joys of motherhood in ways that will be familiar, hilarious and essential reading for parents and non-parents alike. Savage, true and deeply relatable - finally, a book that...

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Lioness

Lioness

Sue Brierley

Saroo Brierley's journey home to a small village in India with the help of Google Earth became an internationally bestselling book and inspired the major motion picture Lion. But the story of how his adoptive mother, Sue, came...

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 Read reviewOne Day I'll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995

One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995

Helen Garner

In this second volume of diaries from one of Australia's greatest writers, we see Garner in love; asking herself questions about relationships, individuality, morality and contentment.      

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Searching for Charlotte

Searching for Charlotte

Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell

The extraordinary, long-buried life story of Australia's earliest published children's author, Searching for Charlotte combines elements of biography, recreation of history and rediscovery of family history. It is a sometimes...

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Truths from an Unreliable Witness

Truths from an Unreliable Witness

Fiona O'Loughlin

Truths from an Unreliable Witness is a fiercely honest and wryly funny memoir of melancholy, love, marriage, the loss of love and marriage, homelessness, of hotel rooms strewn with empty mini-bar bottles of vodka, of waking from a...

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You Shouldn't Have Joined ...

You Shouldn’t Have Joined …

Peter Cosgrove

You Shouldn't Have Joined ... (an expression much used during his days as a soldier) is the story of Sir Peter Cosgrove's extraordinarily full and eventful life.

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Untwisted: the Story of My Life

Untwisted: the Story of My Life

Paul Jennings

Paul Jennings has crafted perhaps his most masterful story yet ... the story of his life.    

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 Special priceGary Ablett: An Autobiography

Gary Ablett: An Autobiography

Gary Ablett

Gary Ablett: An Autobiography celebrates AFL legend Gary Ablett's stellar career. Reliving key moments and events in his life, this memoir not only explores Gary's great success at the very top of the AFL, but also his journey to...

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 Read reviewUnseen

Unseen

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons was in her twenties when she first began to feel unwell - the kind of unwell that didn't go away. Doctors couldn't explain why, and Jacinta wondered if it might be in her head. But she could barely function, was...

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Max

Max

Alex Miller

An astonishing, moving tribute to Alex's friend, Max Blatt, that is at once a meditation on memory itself, on friendship and a reminder to the reader that history belongs to humanity.

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Lowitja

Lowitja

Stuart Rintoul, Lowitja O'Donoghue

Lowitja O'Donoghue is a truly great Australian. She is arguably our nation's most recognised Indigenous woman. A powerful and unrelenting advocate for her people, an inspiration for many, a former Australian of the Year, she sat...

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