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 Special priceWhen 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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A Sceptic's Search for Meaning

A Sceptic’s Search for Meaning

Mike Willesee

Mike Willesee's spellbinding spiritual quest around the world and deep into the heart of life's ultimate riddle.

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James Cook: The Story Behind the Man Who Mapped the World

James Cook: The Story Behind the Man Who Mapped the World

Peter FitzSimons

Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. But who was the real James Cook?

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The Memory Pool: Australian Stories of Summer, Sun and Swimming

The Memory Pool: Australian Stories of Summer, Sun and Swimming

Therese Spruhan

Smell the chlorine, taste the hot chips and feel the burning concrete underfoot as you read these stories of Australian childhoods at the pool.

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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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 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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 Special priceTell 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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 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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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 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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The Cherry Picker's Daughter

The Cherry Picker’s Daughter

Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert

This book is a tribute to this truly remarkable woman: their tower of strength, love and selflessness, who worked tirelessly to support all the children, who during fruit-picking season, made sure they attended school wherever it...

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Nobody's Soldier: The Life of Andrii Antonenko

Nobody’s Soldier: The Life of Andrii Antonenko

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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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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 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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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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 Read reviewThe Innocent Reader: Reflections on Reading and Writing

The Innocent Reader: Reflections on Reading and Writing

Debra Adelaide

Part-bibliomemoir, part-user's manual, Debra Adelaide shares a life dedicated to reading and writing.

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 Read reviewThe Girls

The Girls

Chloe Higgins

A memoir of enormous power: of family, loss, and sexuality which recalls Kate Holden, Fiona Wright or Sarah Krasnostein.

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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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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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My Story: Schapelle Corby

My Story: Schapelle Corby

Schapelle Corby, Kathryn Bonella

An updated edition of the international bestseller, taking in Schapelle's nine years in prison in Bali and return to Australia.

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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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About a Girl

About a Girl

Rebekah Robertson

Rebekah Robertson's extraordinary personal story of raising her transgender child, Georgie Stone, who has become a voice not just for other transgender kids - but for an emerging generation.

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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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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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 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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 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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The Strong Man

The Strong Man

Grant Edwards

A powerful story of life under fire and one man's journey back from the brink.      

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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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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...

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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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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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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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Timeless On The Silk Road

Timeless On The Silk Road

Heather Ellis

After riding her motorcycle across Africa, Heather Ellis rides the fabled Silk Roads of antiquity from London to Hanoi. 

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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

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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

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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

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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Rapture's Roadway

Rapture’s Roadway

Virginia Jealous

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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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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

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Talk of Treasure

Talk of Treasure

Jane Carswell

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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