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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

Melinda Gates

A passionate argument for female empowerment by Melinda Gates, one of the world's most admired and respected women.

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Chaucer: A European Life

Chaucer: A European Life

Marion Turner

A groundbreaking biography that recreates the cosmopolitan world in which a wine merchant (TM)s son became one of the most celebrated of all English poets

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Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me

Some Kids I Taught And What They Taught Me

Kate Clanchy

By telling the stories of some of the kids she's taught, as well as her own, Kate Clanchy (MBE) offers a candid, funny and moving insight into life in British schools today.

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A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of WWII's Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall

Sonia Purnell

The incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE and became the Gestapo's most wanted Allied spy, written by acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell.

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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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 Special price Read reviewUnconditional Love: A Memoir of Filmmaking and Motherhood

Unconditional Love: A Memoir of Filmmaking and Motherhood

Jocelyn Moorhouse

A raw and powerful memoir of motherhood, autism and filmmaking by Australian director, Jocelyn Moorhouse

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Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

Danny Goldberg

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death comes a new perspective on one of the most compelling icons of our time - and the only book written by someone who knew him.

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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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Winning for Women: A Personal Story

Winning for Women: A Personal Story

Iola Mathews

What was it like to be involved in the heady days of ‘second wave' feminism in Australia, when the role of women at home and at work changed decisively? Iola Mathews was one of the founders of the Women's Electoral Lobby, a...

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Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics

Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics

Troy Bramston

A revelatory biography of Australia's longest-serving prime minister.

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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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Lord of All the Dead

Lord of All the Dead

Javier Cercas, Anne McLean

Lord of All the Dead is a courageous journey into Javier Cercas' family history and that of a country collapsing from a fratricidal war.

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 Read reviewThe Little Girl on the Ice Floe

The Little Girl on the Ice Floe

Adelaide Bon, Ruth Diver

A powerful and personal account of the devastating consequences of childhood rape: a valuable voice for the #MeToo conversation

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A Spanner in the Works: The Extraordinary Story of Alice Anderson and Australia s First All-Girl Garage

A Spanner in the Works: The Extraordinary Story of Alice Anderson and Australia s First All-Girl Garage

Loretta Smith

From the end of the Great War and into the 1920s, Alice Anderson was considered nothing less than a national treasure.

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'Cherry' Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms

‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms

Naoko Abe

A richly illustrated and award-winning Japanese biography, history and exploration of cherry blossom told through the life of an English amateur botanist, rewritten for English readers

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See You in the Piazza: Places To Discover in Italy

See You in the Piazza: Places To Discover in Italy

Frances Mayes

Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine

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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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All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

Katharine Smyth

A wise, moving debut about the pain of losing a parent and the power of literature to light our way through it.

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Shout: The True Story of a Survivor Who Refused to be Silenced

Shout: The True Story of a Survivor Who Refused to be Silenced

Laurie Halse Anderson

A personal story of the lifelong impact of rape and a call to action in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp

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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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 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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An Unconventional Wife: The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold

An Unconventional Wife: The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold

Mary Hoban

The page-turning biography of an Australian woman who refused to bend to the expectations of her husband and her time.

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When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back

When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back

Naja Marie Aidt, Denise Newman

An unflinchingly raw and lyrical exploration of loss, poetry and love.

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I'm Fine (and other lies): Postnatal Depression, Motherhood,  and Trying to Actually Be Fine

I’m Fine (and other lies): Postnatal Depression, Motherhood, and Trying to Actually Be Fine

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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Neruda: The Biography of a Poet

Neruda: The Biography of a Poet

Mark Eisner

and his tumultuous, even controversial, personal life-forming a single cohesive narrative of intimacy and breadth.The fascinating events of Neruda's life are interspersed with Eisner's thoughtful examinations of the poems, both as...

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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: The Surprising Story of Jim Penman - Australia's Backyard Millionaire

Jim’s Book: The Surprising Story of Jim Penman - Australia’s Backyard Millionaire

Catherine Moolenschot

Meet the man and uncover the story behind one of Australia's most recognised brands.

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Questions I Am Asked about the Holocaust

Questions I Am Asked about the Holocaust

Hedi Fried, Alice Olsson

One of the few remaining living Holocaust survivors answers the questions children ask her

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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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The Existential Englishman: Paris Among the Artists

The Existential Englishman: Paris Among the Artists

Michael Peppiatt

A love letter to Paris and a memoir of a life spent at its bohemian heart, rich with adventures, misadventures and the beauty of one of the most enduringly romantic cities in the worldThe Existential Englishman is both...

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Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia

Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia

Tracey Thorn

An exploration of suburbia from music icon Tracey Thorn; singer-songwriter and Sunday Times bestselling author of Bedsit Disco Queen

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Solitary

Solitary

Albert Woodfox

The unbelievable true story of Albert Woodfox, a man who spent forty-three years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana jail for a crime he didn't commit

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There Will Be No Miracles Here

There Will Be No Miracles Here

Casey Gerald

Casey Gerald's story begins at the end of the world: on New Year's Eve 1999, Casey gathers with the congregation of his grandfather's black evangelical church to witness the rapture. The journey that follows is a beautiful and...

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Going Back

Going Back

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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Stranger Country

Stranger Country

Monica Tan

'Will I ever really belong to this country? As a Chinese Australian? As a non-Indigenous Australian?.I was 32 years old and barely knew the country of my birth. It was time to change that.' What happens when a...

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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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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Samantha Irby

In this painfully funny collection, Samantha Irby captures powerful emotional truths while chronicling the rubbish bin she calls her life.   

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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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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

David Nott

The gripping true story of a frontline trauma surgeon in the world's most dangerous war zones.

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Requiem with Yellow Butterflies: A Memoir

Requiem with Yellow Butterflies: A Memoir

James Halford

An Australian writer and a Mexican scientist fall in love reading great Latin American books aloud. But it takes a decade of journeys across the region, together and apart, for them to learn to read each other. <br...

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Parkland

Parkland

Dave Cullen

Exclusive story of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the March for Our Lives campaign for gun control run by teen survivors, by the author of the definitive bestseller Columbine.

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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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Lofty: My Life in Short: A Memoir

Lofty: My Life in Short: A Memoir

Lofty Fulton

A memoir of standing tall against the odds Australian voice-over artist Lofty Fulton knows what it's like to have the odds stacked against him: Born with achondroplasia, which is a form of dwarfism, his grandmother thought he...

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Let Me Not Be Mad: A Story of Unravelling Minds

Let Me Not Be Mad: A Story of Unravelling Minds

A K Benjamin

Let Me Not Be Mad is an immersive, virtuosic and provocative investigation of madness, love and self-destruction that defies categorisation.

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The Me, Without: The Year I Quit Social Media, Shopping, Sugar and More. . . in Pursuit of Happiness

The Me, Without: The Year I Quit Social Media, Shopping, Sugar and More… in Pursuit of Happiness

Jacqueline Raposo

The Me, Without is an inspiring example of how to step back, slow the pace of life and help yourself heal.

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We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

Malala Yousafzai

Five years on from the publication of her internationally bestselling memoir, We Are Displaced presents true stories of the refugee experience interwoven with Malala's own story of her displacement.  

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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

Stephanie Land

A beautiful, gritty and poignant account of one mother's journey from cleaning houses to finding a home for herself and her daughter. 

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 Read reviewBeyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook

Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook

Jacqueline Kent

In 1985 Jacqueline Kent was content with her life. She had a satisfying career as a freelance book editor, and was emerging as a writer. Living and working alone, she relished her independence. But then she met Kenneth Cook,...

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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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Talk of Treasure

Talk of Treasure

Jane Carswell

Jane Carswell began her working life at Pegasus Press shortly after its audacious publication of Janet Frame's novel Owls Do Cry, and years later she went on to write an award-winning memoir called Under the Huang Jiao Tree: Two...

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The Unwinding of the Miracle

The Unwinding of the Miracle

Julie Yip-Williams

Motherhood, marriage, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, grief, jealousy, anger, comfort, pain, disease - this is a book about a life lived well and cut cruelly short. With glorious humour, bracing honesty and the cleansing power...

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Imperfect

Imperfect

Lee Kofman

By the time she was eleven and living in Russia, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that...

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The Photographer at Sixteen

The Photographer at Sixteen

George Szirtes

A poet's memoir of his mother that flows backwards through time, and excavates a shard of European history - a deeply honest, tender and yet unsentimental autobiographical journey.

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Rapture's Roadway

Rapture’s Roadway

Virginia Jealous

After the death of her father, Lonely Planet writer Virginia Jealous travels across the world to document the life of his obsession - the scandalous 20th century poet Laurence Hope - in a unique blend of memoir and travelogue.<br...

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 Read reviewClose to Home: Selected Writings

Close to Home: Selected Writings

Alice Pung

This delightful collection brings together Alice Pung's most loved writing, on migration, family, identity, art and more. Warm, funny, moving and unfailingly honest, this is Alice Pung at her best - an irresistible delight for...

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When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over

Mandy Ord

A poignant, bright and elegiac work of illustrated nonfiction by one of Australia's most revered comics makers. When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over is a quietly enthralling and intimate work about the search...

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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: The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith

King of the Air: The Turbulent Life of Charles Kingsford Smith

Ann Blainey

Charles Kingsford Smith was the most commanding flyer of the golden age of aviation. In three short years, he broke records with his astounding and daring voyages -- the first trans-Pacific flight from America to Australia, the...

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I Built No Schools in Kenya

I Built No Schools in Kenya

Kirsten Drysdale

I Built No Schools in Kenya is a travelogue-tragedy-farce about race, wealth, love, death, family, nationhood, sanity, benzodiazepines, monkeys and whisky.  

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