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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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Made in Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country

Made in Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country

Billy Connolly

Accompanying a new BBC series, legendary comic and national treasure Billy Connolly returns to his roots, reflecting on his life, his homeland and what it means - then and now - to be Scottish.

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Tina Turner: My Love Story

Tina Turner: My Love Story

Tina Turner

The full, dramatic story of one of the most remarkable women in music history, celebrating Tina Turner's 60th year in the industry.   

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography

Eric Idle

From the ingenious comic performer Eric Idle, founding member of Monty Python and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candour.

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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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In Pieces

In Pieces

Sally Field

Sally Field is one of the most celebrated, beloved and enduring actors of our time, and now she tells her story for the first time in this intimate and haunting literary memoir. In her own words, she writes about a challenging and...

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How To Build A Boat: A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea

How To Build A Boat: A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea

Jonathan Gornall

One man learns the ancient skills of boatbuilding to connect with fatherhood.      

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My Thoughts Exactly

My Thoughts Exactly

Lily Allen

British singer Lily Allen reflect on her music, career and life in her first memoir.

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Gloucester Crescent: Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups

Gloucester Crescent: Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups

William Miller

Gloucester Crescent is a curving, leafy street hidden between Camden Town and Primrose Hill, unremarkable in many ways, unless you notice the lady in the van parked outside one house, and the famous-looking residents crossing the...

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In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary

In My Mind’s Eye: A Thought Diary

Jan Morris

Riffing on cats and Brexit, the Royals and the annoyances of aging, the nonagenarian Jan Morris delights with her wickedly hilarious first-ever diary collection.

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Magic

Magic

Jan Golembiewski

A young man heads off on a journey to find out if magic still exists in the world, to know its wonder, and to see if it might save him when his own life is unexpectedly at stake.

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Mrs Gaskell and Me: Two Women, Two Love Stories, Two Centuries Apart

Mrs Gaskell and Me: Two Women, Two Love Stories, Two Centuries Apart

Nell Stevens

From the author of the beloved Bleaker House, Mrs Gaskell and Me is the story of two very modern women and their two love affairs, separated by a hundred and fifty years.

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The Scandalous Freddie McEvoy

The Scandalous Freddie McEvoy

Frank Walker

Swashbuckler, daredevil racing-car champion, Winter Olympian, gambler, smuggler, scoundrel, stud and suspected spy - this is the fascinating story of the scandalous Freddie McEvoy.  

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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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Small Fry

Small Fry

Lisa Brennan-Jobs

A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

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Low Life in the High Desert: a California memoir

Low Life in the High Desert: a California memoir

David Hirst

You are one crazy Australian', David Hirst was informed when he met the locals of Pioneertown for the first time. 'When are you gonna move out here?

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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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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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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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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 Letter from Paris

A Letter from Paris

Louisa Deasey

When Louisa Deasey receives a message from a French woman called Coralie, who has found a cache of letters in an attic, written about Louisa's father, neither woman can imagine the events it will set in motion.   ...

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 Special priceNo 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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Fashion Climbing: A New York Life

Fashion Climbing: A New York Life

Bill Cunningham

'I took to New York life like a star shooting through the heavens...' Bill Cunningham's first love was fashion but the big city came a close second.

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The Only Girl: My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone

The Only Girl: My Life and Times on the Masthead of Rolling Stone

Robin Green

A raucous and vividly dishy memoir by the only woman on the masthead of Rolling Stone Magazine in the Sixties. A female Almost Famous.

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You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir

You’re on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir

Parker Posey

From the Queen of the Indies and star of Christopher Guest's Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, Woody Allen's Cafe Society and Irrational Man--and cult classics like Party Girl and Dazed and Confused--comes an irreverent,...

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 Special priceJourneys to the Other Side of the World: Further Adventures of a Young Naturalist

Journeys to the Other Side of the World: Further Adventures of a Young Naturalist

Sir David Attenborough

The further adventures of a young David Attenborough - from Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern Territory of Australia

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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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The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

Edmund White

An insightful account of the key role reading has played in the life of literary icon Edmund White

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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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 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 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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 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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 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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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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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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Zami: A New Spelling of my Name

Zami: A New Spelling of my Name

Audre Lorde

In a new literary form this book blends together history, biography and myth, telling a story that stretches from the Harlem of the author's girlhood in the 1930s, to the Greenwich Village of the '50s and offering insights into...

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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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My Country: A Syrian Memoir

My Country: A Syrian Memoir

Kassem Eid

An unforgettable memoir of growing up in Syria under al-Assad's regime, surviving a gas attack, and rallying worldwide support to break the siege of cities across the country, with a foreword by Janine di Giovanni.

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One Hundred Years of Dirt

One Hundred Years of Dirt

Rick Morton

Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.

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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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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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 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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 Read reviewI Will Be Complete: A memoir

I Will Be Complete: A memoir

Glen David Gold

From the bestselling author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, a shocking, big-hearted memoir about his bizarre upbringing in California in the 1970s and how he survived it.

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Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye

Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye

Dave Lory, Jim Irvin

The definitive book on iconic cult hero Jeff Buckley, the singer who made just one record but inspired a generation of rock musicians. Written by his manager Dave Lory, Jeff Buckley includes interviews with others who...

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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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Girl With Dove: A Life Built by Books

Girl With Dove: A Life Built by Books

Sally Bayley

Weaving literary classics with a young girl's coming of age story, this is a book that testifies to the transformative power of reading and the literary imagination. Mixing fairy tale, literary classics, nursery rhymes and...

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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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Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from my Grandfather, Nelson Mandela

Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from my Grandfather, Nelson Mandela

Ndaba Mandela

Life lessons for us all: the story of Ndaba Mandela's unforgettable time growing up with, and learning from, one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known - his grandfather, Nelson Mandela.

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The Dead Still Cry Out: The Story of a Combat Cameraman

The Dead Still Cry Out: The Story of a Combat Cameraman

Helen Lewis

An extraordinary true story about the author's father, Mike Lewis, a British paratrooper and combat cameraman who filmed the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.

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Room to Dream

Room to Dream

David Lynch, Kristine McKenna

As unusual as the man himself, Room to Dream is the highly anticipated memoir from the revolutionary and elusive David Lynch, co-creator of Twin Peaks and director of groundbreaking films like The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and...

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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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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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The Girl Who Smiled Beads

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil

A riveting story of dislocation, survival, and the power of stories to break or save us

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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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The Barefoot Surgeon

The Barefoot Surgeon

Ali Gripper

Inspiring and uplifting, this is the extraordinary story of Dr Sanduk Ruit who, like his mentor Fred Hollows, took on the world's medical establishment to give the life-changing gift of sight to hundreds and thousands of the...

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Paul Simon: The Life

Paul Simon: The Life

Robert Hilburn

This is an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Paul Simon's participation and encouragement by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn.

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The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: A Memoir of Madness and Recovery

Dr Barbara K.Lipska

All we think, feel and dream, how we move, if we move, everything that makes us who we are, comes from the brain. So what happens when the brain fails? This is the extraordinary true story of a renowned neuroscientist, an expert...

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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 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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 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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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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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story

Christie Watson

An astonishing memoir about nursing and a call to arms for compassion and kindness

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To Throw Away Unopened

To Throw Away Unopened

Viv Albertine

Brave, intimate, and deeply confessional, this is the long-awaited follow-up to Viv Albertine's sensational bestselling memoir.

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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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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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 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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 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 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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 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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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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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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Coal Black Mornings

Coal Black Mornings

Brett Anderson

A brilliant, beautifully written memoir from Suede founder and lead singer Brett Anderson.

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 Read reviewEducated

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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Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

Joe Hagan

Over the course of five decades, founding editor of Rolling Stone Jann Wenner has put an indelible stamp on American culture. A nuanced portrait of a man who helped define a generation, and provides an explosive chronicle of an...

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Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser

Millions of readers of the 'Little House' books believe they know Laura Ingalls Wilder - the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains as her family chased their American dream. But the true story...

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