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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Orwell: A Man of Our Time

Orwell: A Man of Our Time

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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House of Glass

House of Glass

Hadley Freeman

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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