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Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World

Cole Brown

Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World asks an important question: What is Blackness? It also provides the answer: Much more than you thought, dammit. 

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Leonard Mlodinow

An icon of the last fifty years, Stephen Hawking seems to encapsulate genius- not since Albert Einstein has a scientific figure held such a position in popular consciousness. In this enthralling memoir, writer and physicist...

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Vida: A Woman for Our Time

Vida: A Woman for Our Time

Jacqueline Kent

Vida Goldstein was an advocate for women's rights, a campaigner for peace, fought for the distribution of wealth, and a trail-blazer who provided leadership and inspiration to innumerable people.

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Remain in Love

Remain in Love

Chris Frantz

Remain in Love tells the story of two bands and a love story (and marriage) that survived them both.     

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 Read reviewShow Me Where it Hurts

Show Me Where it Hurts

Kylie Maslen

Personal essay meets pop-culture critique in this unflinchingly honest collection about chronic illness and misogyny in medicine, by Adelaide writer Kylie Maslen.      

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A Question of Colour

A Question of Colour

Patricia Lees, Adam C Lees

A Question of Colour is a deeply moving and powerful testimony to the resilience of a young girl, her identity and her journey to belong.  

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Just Ignore Him

Just Ignore Him

Alan Davies

A new memoir from the brilliant comedian, actor and broadcaster Alan Davies, star of QI and Jonathan Creek.

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Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette

Richard Greene

The definitive one-volume biography of a literary legend.

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Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive

Natasha Trethewey

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence, and a piercing glimpse at the...

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Not That I'd Kiss a Girl

Not That I’d Kiss a Girl

Lil O'Brien

Lil O'Brien accidentally outed herself to her parents at the age of nineteen when they overheard her talking to a friend about liking girls. Half an hour later she found herself on the side of the road, with instructions to come...

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Munkey Diaries

Munkey Diaries

Jane Birkin

The intimate journals (1957-1982) of iconic actor, singer, songwriter and model Jane Birkin

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I'm Still Here

I’m Still Here

Austin Channing Brown

From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up as a Black woman in America.     

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 Read reviewHysteria

Hysteria

Katerina Bryant

When Katerina Bryant suddenly began experiencing chronic seizures, she was plunged into a foreign world of doctors and psychiatrists, who understood her condition as little as she did. Reacting the only way she knew how, she...

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More Than a Woman

More Than a Woman

Caitlin Moran

Now with ageing parents, teenage daughters, a bigger bum and a To-Do list without end, Caitlin Moran is back with More Than A Woman: a guide to growing older, a manifesto for change, and a celebration of all those middle-aged...

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No Matter Our Wreckage

No Matter Our Wreckage

Gemma Carey

My mother knew I was abused as a child. She had read letters sent from my abuser to me...But she never spoke to me about them, or what they described. And she never intervened to stop the abuse...Now she is dying and the past is...

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Wild Thing

Wild Thing

Philip Norman

Acclaimed biographer Philip Norman charts the brief life of a megastar in rock music's premier echelon, the legend and man that is Jimi Hendrix.

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The Happiest Man on Earth

The Happiest Man on Earth

Eddie Jaku

A Holocaust survivor shares what he's learned about gratitude, tolerance and kindness.

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 Special priceRoughy

Roughy

Jarryd Roughead

Roughy is a story of perspective, a must-read of 2020 that's much more than a footballer's tale.

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Finding Freedom

Finding Freedom

Omid Scobie, Carolyn Durand

When news of the budding romance between a beloved English prince and an American actress broke, it captured the world's attention and sparked an international media frenzy.

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Italian Life

Italian Life

Tim Parks

From the bestselling author of Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and Italian Ways, Italian Life is a particular reckoning with a beloved adopted country.    

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One Hundred Summers

One Hundred Summers

Vanessa Branson

Taking the reader on a journey from the dying embers of Edwardian England, through the trauma of two world wars, the hedonism of London in the 1980s and 'Cool Britannia' in the 1990s right up to the present day, One Hundred...

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Paul Kelly: The Man, the Music and the Life In-between

Paul Kelly: The Man, the Music and the Life In-between

Stuart Coupe

Australia's best music writer examines the life of the Australian music legend - honest, revealing and a must-have for any Paul Kelly fan.

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 Read reviewInto the Suburbs

Into the Suburbs

Christopher Raja

Exploring topical issues of race, class and migration, Into the Suburbs is an affecting portrait of one family's search for home.    

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Friday on My Mind

Friday on My Mind

Jeff Apter

In this long-overdue book, the first to focus exclusively on the life and work of George Young, writer Jeff Apter explores George's long and fruitful association with Harry; his rare ability to maintain a stable married life with...

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Too Much and Never Enough

Too Much and Never Enough

Mary L. Trump

In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald's only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in...

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How I Clawed My Way to the Middle

How I Clawed My Way to the Middle

John Wood

How I Clawed My Way to the Middle is a beguiling memoir from one of Australia's most cherished actors on both stage and screen. Full of humility, warmth and humour, it tells of the ephemeral nature of theatre, the luminous...

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The Art of Pollination

The Art of Pollination

Martin Flanagan

In the early 1980s, Jane Tewson transformed how charity worked in Britain, giving status to people who had previously been given to. The cream of English comedy gathered around her vision, bringing about Comic Relief, now a...

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The Powerbroker

The Powerbroker

Michael Gawenda

From the ashes of the darkest event in human history, Australian Jews built a thriving community, one with proportionally more Holocaust survivors than anywhere else in the world bar Israel. Mark Leibler grew up in this community,...

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Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls

Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls

Nina Renata Aron

Aron's story of her intense, toxic affair with drug addict K is gripping, poetic and darkly amusing. But alongside the late nights and broken promises of her own life, Aron builds a bigger picture: the untold story of those who...

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 Read reviewThe Details: On Love, Death and Reading

The Details: On Love, Death and Reading

Tegan Bennett Daylight

A long and intimate relationship with reading has taught acclaimed writer Tegan Bennett Daylight that - in life as in books - the delight is in the details. 

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The Insider

The Insider

Christopher Pyne

One of the most brilliant, funny and engaging books by an Australian public figure you will ever read, Christopher Pyne's political memoir covers the years from 2007, during the first Rudd Government, to Pyne's exit from public...

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The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir

The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir

John Cook, Jon Bauer

In Tasmania, John Cook is known as: 'The Keeper of the Flame'. John's renowned as one of the last of the  kerosene keepers : he spent a good part of his 26-year career in Tasmanian lighthouses tending kerosene, not...

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Enid: The Scandalous Life of a Glamorous Australian Who Dazzled the World

Enid: The Scandalous Life of a Glamorous Australian Who Dazzled the World

Robert Wainwright

 In early twentieth-century society, when women were expected to be demure and obedient, Enid Lindeman waltzed through life to the beat of her own drum. 

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 Read reviewDiary of a Young Naturalist

Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty

An astonishing, evocative exploration of the natural world and all its wonders, by 15-year-old conservationist and rising literary star Dara McAnulty.     

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Money for Something

Money for Something

Mia Walsch

When nineteen-year-old Mia is fired from her job at an insurance company, she makes the choice to answer an ad in the newspaper. The ad says: 'Erotic Massage. Good Money. No Sex.'  

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Daddy Cool

Daddy Cool

Darleen Bungey

A captivating, generous and exquisitely written memoir of family and a daughter discovering her father's multi-layered life

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Hidden Valley Road

Hidden Valley Road

Robert Kolker

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.     

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The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren

The Life & Times of Malcolm McLaren

Paul Gorman

The definitive biography of Malcolm McLaren, cultural iconoclast and enduring figurehead of the punk movement.

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One Bright Moon

One Bright Moon

Andrew Kwong

This is the poignant, resonant story of a young boy's awakening - to survival, education, fulfilment, and eventually to a new life of freedom.     

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How to Be Australian

How to Be Australian

Ashley Kalagian Blunt

After spending her twenties working abroad and travelling solo, Canadian Ashley convinces her career-oriented boyfriend Steve to relocate to sunny, carefree, no worries Australia for a year. Can learning how to be Australian teach...

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Top End Girl

Top End Girl

Miranda Tapsell

From Kakadu to Cannes - an entertaining and thought-provoking memoir from actor, activist and Australia's sweetheart, Miranda Tapsell.

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Recollections of My Non-Existence

Recollections of My Non-Existence

Rebecca Solnit

A landmark memoir from the author of Men Explain Things to Me: an electric portrait of the artist as a young woman that asks how a young writer finds her voice in a society that prefers women to be silent.

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Something That May Shock and Discredit You

Something That May Shock and Discredit You

Daniel Mallory Ortberg

A New York Times bestselling author's sparkling memoir of changing genders whilst remaining a feminist.

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Resistance

Resistance

Tori Amos

A timely and passionate call to action for engaging with our current political moment, from the Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum singer-songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Tori Amos.

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Inferno

Inferno

Catherine Cho

Inferno is a powerful exploration of psychosis and motherhood, at once intensely personal, yet holding within it a universal experience - of how we love, live and understand ourselves in relation to each other.

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How We Fight for Our Lives

How We Fight for Our Lives

Saeed Jones

Written from the crossroads of sex, race, and power in America, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir and a haunting reflection of the nation as a whole.     

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Sing Backwards and Weep

Sing Backwards and Weep

Mark Lanegan

The most honest and unsparing grunge memoir ever committed to the page by one of the greatest alternative rock stars of the past thirty years.         

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I Want You to Know We're Still Here

I Want You to Know We’re Still Here

Esther Safran Foer

A moving and powerful inter-generational memoir about story and memory.

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These Fevered Days

These Fevered Days

Martha Ackmann

An engaging, intimate portrait of Emily Dickinson that sheds new light on her ground-breaking poetry.

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Radio Girl

Radio Girl

David Dufty

As you climbed the rickety stairs of an old woolshed at Sydney harbour in 1944, you would hear the thrum of clicks and buzzes. Rows of men and women in uniforms and headsets would be tapping away vigorously at small machines,...

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Naked in the Promised Land

Naked in the Promised Land

Lillian Faderman

The daughter of an unmarried immigrant Jewish garment worker whose family had perished in the Holocaust, Lillian Faderman dreamed of being an actress. Instead she worked her way through college by posing for nude photographs, and...

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Merle Thornton: Bringing the Fight

Merle Thornton: Bringing the Fight

Merle Thornton

An engaging, lively, provocative and, above all, inspiring memoir from one of our home-grown, unsung feminist heroes, Merle Thornton, who has lived a life full of daring, defiance and activism.

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Bitter Honey

Bitter Honey

Letitia Clark

In Bitter Honey, seasoned chef Letitia Clark invites us into her home on one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea - Sardinia

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Scabby Queen

Scabby Queen

Kirstin Innes

Stretching over five decades, taking in the miners' strikes to Brexit and beyond; hopping between a tiny Scottish island, a Brixton anarchist squat, the bloody Genoa G8 protests, the poll tax riots and Top of the Pops, Scabby...

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Darkfall

Darkfall

Indigo Perry

Darkfall is a potent and unforgettable work of compelling writing about an adolescence lived in an Australian country town in the 1980s: desolate, dusty and bleak.

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Three Brothers

Three Brothers

Yan Lianke

The origin story of a childhood spent in poverty during the Cultural Revolution, from Yan Lianke, named 'China's most controversial novelist' by the New Yorker.

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Fourteen: My year of darkness, and the light that followed

Fourteen: My year of darkness, and the light that followed

Shannon Molloy

Fourteen is this generation's Holding the Man - a moving coming-of-age memoir about a young man's search for identity and acceptance in the most unforgiving and hostile of places: high school.

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 Special priceA Bigger Picture

A Bigger Picture

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's 29th Prime Minister, tells the remarkable story of his life in this lively political page-turner.

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18 Tiny Deaths

18 Tiny Deaths

Bruce Goldfarb

The unlikely tale of Frances Glessner Lee and her revolutionary work in forensic science through the creation of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas that she used to teach...

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Friends and Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers

Friends and Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers

Brenda Niall

The story of four remarkable women traversing the literary landscape of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Australia, from one of our nation's most eminent historians.

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Orwell: A Man of Our Time

Orwell: A Man of Our Time

Professor Richard Bradford

As one of the most enduringly popular and controversial novelists of the last century, the 70th anniversary of George Orwell's death in 2020 will certainly be marked by conferences, festivals and media events - but more...

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The Lost Boy

The Lost Boy

Ayik Chut Deng

In episode 1 of the Ray Martin fronted SBS series Look me in the eye two South Sudanese migrants now resident in Brisbane sat across from each other.

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Every Conceivable Way

Every Conceivable Way

Despina Meris

What lengths would you go to to have a baby? Despina Meris thinks it will be simple, but finds herself chasing IVF, egg donors and international surrogacy in her tumultuous pursuit of parenthood.

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Beneath the Fig Leaves

Beneath the Fig Leaves

Olympia Panagiotopoulos

An evocative exploration of the ties that bind, Beneath the Fig Leaves weaves an irresistible tapestry of family, food and history to stir the heart and senses.

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Our House is on Fire

Our House is on Fire

Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Beata Ernman, Svante Thunberg

Every parent says that they would jump in front of a train to save their child. It's an instinct that no one denies. But when that 'train' finally arrives, it is very seldom a real, speeding locomotive...  

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Rust

Rust

Eliese Colette Goldbach

True power doesn't come when we agree. It comes when we stand together.

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Stranger Than Kindness

Stranger Than Kindness

Nick Cave

A journey in images and words into the creative world of musician, storyteller and cultural icon Nick Cave

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Sounds Like Titanic

Sounds Like Titanic

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

A young woman leaves Appalachia for life as a classical musician - or so she thinks.    

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Come: A Memoir

Come: A Memoir

Rita Therese

Bold, brave and darkly funny, Come is the extraordinary story of Melbourne sex worker Rita Therese and the love, sex and death she has experienced in her life so far.

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Sissy

Sissy

Jacob Tobia

A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, and a hilarious guidebook for wearing tacky clip-on earrings in today's world, Sissy guarantees you'll never think about gender -...

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Husna's Story

Husna’s Story

Farid Ahmed

The couple had been praying when a gunman burst into the mosque. He shot and killed 51 people that day and injured many others. In this book Husna's husband, Farid Ahmed, tells Husna's story, including the day of the attack. ...

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The Watermill

The Watermill

Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable applies his lyrical sensitivity and respect to this collection highlighting human compassion and resilience

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Growing Pineapples in the Outback

Growing Pineapples in the Outback

Tony Kelly, Rebecca Lister

When Rebecca Lister and Tony Kelly move from Melbourne to Mount Isa to care for Rebecca's elderly mother, Diana, they have no idea what they've signed up for. The isolation, sweltering heat and limited employment opportunities...

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Thinking Again

Thinking Again

Jan Morris

A second volume of Jan Morris' diaries, life through the eyes of a legendary writer in her ninth decade.

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Ten Doors Down

Ten Doors Down

Robert Tickner

The story of a federal minister's remarkable reunion with his birth parents.

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When Time Stopped

When Time Stopped

Ariana Neumann

In this remarkably moving memoir Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father's past: years spent hiding in plain sight in wartorn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous...

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Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders

Angela Williams

It was no surprise that Angela Williams went to jail. A traumatic, violent upbringing saw to that. But after serving a short sentence for theft as a teenager, she worked hard to break the cycle. Thirteen years later Angela was...

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The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters

Emily Clements

A gripping memoir of sex, self-worth, female friendship and what it means to be a young woman today.

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We Swim to the Shark

We Swim to the Shark

Georgie Codd

For readers of The Outrun and The Salt Path a meditation on diving and fear, and what we're all really afraid of.    

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Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Ngarta Jinny Bent, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Eirlys Richards

Ngarta and Jukuna lived in the Great Sandy Desert. They traversed country according to the seasons, just as the Walmajarri people had done for thousands of years. But it was a time of change. Desert people who had lived with...

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The Yellow House

The Yellow House

Sarah M. Broom

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir of home and family, from a stunning new talent, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans.     

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Riding With Giants

Riding With Giants

Peter Holmes a Court

A story about the nature of work, the science of bicycles and the wisdom of children.

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My Lucky Stroke

My Lucky Stroke

Sarah Brooker

Sarah Brooker was an ambitious young woman studying to be a neuroscientist. She had the world at her feet.

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 Read reviewUncanny Valley: A Memoir

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

Anna Wiener

The prescient, page-turning account of a journey into Silicon Valley. Uncanny Valley is a defining memoir for our digital age.

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House of Glass

House of Glass

Hadley Freeman

'An utterly engrossing book' Nigella Lawson 'Remarkable and gripping' Edmund de Waal

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Buru Island

Buru Island

Hersri Setiawan, Jennifer Lindsay

Buru Island was the site of Indonesia's most remote and infamous  prison camp. In the wake of the 1965 repression of the political Left, between  1969 and 1979, approximately 12,000 men were held on Buru without formal...

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Meaty: Essays

Meaty: Essays

Samantha Irby

More wickedly funny essays from the author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

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The Sphinx

The Sphinx

Hugo Vickers

A completely revised and updated edition of Hugo Vickers's original biography of Gladys Deacon, the second wife of the 9th Duke of Marlborough and fiercely intelligent beauty who was at the glittering centre of Belle Epoque...

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Displaced

Displaced

John Kinsella

John Kinsella's memoir of his rural life takes us deep into the heart of what it means to belong and unbelong. The joys and travails of childhood, adult addictions, missteps and changing directions are acutely captured in...

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Motherwell: A Girlhood

Motherwell: A Girlhood

Deborah Orr

A stunning literary memoir about the author's relationship with her complicated mother and childhood.    

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Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Me

Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir and Me

Deirdre Bair

Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her fifteen remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants.

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The Shapeless Unease

The Shapeless Unease

Samantha Harvey

A poignant, urgent memoir about insomnia from the acclaimed author of The Western Wind.    

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 Read reviewIn the Dream House: A Memoir

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties.

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Burn the Place: A Memoir

Burn the Place: A Memoir

Iliana Regan

Michelin-starred chef Iliana Regan's (Elizabeth, Kitsune) culinary memoir, chronicling this intensely driven chef's upbringing in rural Northwest Indiana, her battle with addiction, and the development of her career in urban...

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