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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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 Special price 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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 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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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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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 price 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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 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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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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 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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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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Bruce Lee: A Life

Bruce Lee: A Life

Matthew Polly

The first authoritative biography of film star Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between eastern and western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans.

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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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The Good Girl Stripped Bare

The Good Girl Stripped Bare

Tracey Spicer

From bogan to boned and beyond - a full-frontal 'femoir' by one of Australia's best-loved journalists From bogan to boned and beyond - a full-frontal femoir Tracey Spicer was always the good girl. Inspired by Jana...

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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 Bootle Boy: an untidy life in news

The Bootle Boy: an untidy life in news

Les Hinton

A brilliantly evocative memoir from the golden age of newspaper publishing, from a man who helped define our modern media.

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Radical Heart

Radical Heart

Shireen Morris

Neither Indigenous nor white, Shireen Morris is both outside observer and inside player in the fight for Indigenous rights. Framed by her family's Indian and Fijian migrant story, Morris gives a personal perspective on what many...

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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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Reporter: A Memoir

Reporter: A Memoir

Seymour M. Hersh

A memoir of renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh's life as a reporter --

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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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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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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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 Read reviewThere Are No Grown-Ups: A midlife coming-of-age story

There Are No Grown-Ups: A midlife coming-of-age story

Pamela Druckerman

Does it feel like everyone around you is an adult, except you? There are no grown-ups,because everyone else is winging it too! Pamela Druckerman, author of the no.1 bestseller French Children Don't Throw Food, reveals the things...

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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 reviewCalypso

Calypso

David Sedaris

The long-awaited new collection of stories from David Sedaris, America's favourite humourist.

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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 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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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 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 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 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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A Man Called Yarra

A Man Called Yarra

Stan Yarramunua, Robert Hillman

A Man Called Yarra is an inspiring memoir of overcoming hardship and striving for a better life.

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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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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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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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Crashing Into Potential: Living with my injured brain

Crashing Into Potential: Living with my injured brain

Scott B Harris

At 23, Scott Harris had a dream job, great friends and a passion for the outdoors. Then one sunny day in November 2008, everything came to a crashing halt: his 450cc dirt bike slammed into his buddy's in a head-on collision that...

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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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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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 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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Women of a Certain Age

Women of a Certain Age

Jodie Moffat, Maria Scoda and Susan Laura Sullivan

Fifteen very different life stories by women from all walks of life. From a woman who does not expect to live until puberty to teenagers with secret inner lives; from women who strive to belong to women who cannot wait to get...

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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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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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 Read reviewGirls at the Piano

Girls at the Piano

Virginia Lloyd

A brilliant memoir about how learning the piano shaped the lives of two women worlds and generations apart that will resonate for music lovers everywhere and for anyone who has tried to master the piano.

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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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Sophie's Boys

Sophie’s Boys

Sophie Smith, Deborah FitzGerald

SOPHIE'S BOYS tells the heart-wrenching and inspiring story of Sophie Smith and her family, as told to journalist Deborah FitzGerald.

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Wander Love: Lessons, Tips and Inspiration from a Solo Traveller

Wander Love: Lessons, Tips and Inspiration from a Solo Traveller

Aubrey Daquinag

Aubrey Daquinag has spent the last few years making the world her office, documenting her experiences on her blog, The Love Assembly. Her book Wander Love will help you gear up for your next vacation or travel adventure....

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A Certain Light: A memoir of family, loss and hope

A Certain Light: A memoir of family, loss and hope

Cynthia Banham

With great courage and empathy, Cynthia Banham asks the difficult questions about family, about survival, and fearlessly tells the stories that are never told.

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In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope

In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope

Josepha Dietrich

One woman's powerful story of how her mother's death saved her life.

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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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Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

Finding My Place: From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

Anne Aly

From Cairo to Canberra - the irresistible story of an irrepressible woman

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Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Asne Seierstad

In October 2013 two teenage sisters left Oslo for Syria. A powerful and gripping true account of a family torn apart - by the author of the international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul.

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The Sheep Stell: Memoirs of a Shepherd

The Sheep Stell: Memoirs of a Shepherd

Janet White

The Sheep Stell is Janet White's beautiful and evocative memoir about her life as a shepherdess: a lost classic.

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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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A Wink from the Universe

A Wink from the Universe

Martin Flanagan

One of our most beloved sportswriters takes us behind the scenes of a football fairytale.

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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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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele

When They Call You a Terrorist is the emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born

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Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know

Wendy Mitchell, Anna Wharton

Dementia is the biggest killer in Britain, yet we know so little about it - this book is the first to explain what is happening from the inside

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Crew: The story of the men who flew RAAF Lancaster J for Jig

Crew: The story of the men who flew RAAF Lancaster J for Jig

Mike Colman

The story of an RAAF Lancaster bomber crew shot down over France in 1944.

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Frozen Hope: My IVF Journey

Frozen Hope: My IVF Journey

Jacqui Cooper

Much like her amazing career, Jacqui Cooper's IVF story is full of ups and downs, but always inspiring.

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The Boy from Baradine

The Boy from Baradine

Craig Emerson

From the bush of Baradine to the corridors of Canberra, this is Craig Emerson's story of triumph and courage over adversity.

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Rebel with a Cause: You Can't Keep a Bloody Lambie Down - My Story from Soldier to Senator and Beyond

Rebel with a Cause: You Can’t Keep a Bloody Lambie Down - My Story from Soldier to Senator and Beyond

Jacqui Lambie, Glynn Williams

Outspoken, unexpected and refreshingly honest - the candid memoir of Jacqui Lambie.

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Brave

Brave

Rose McGowan

My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same. -Rose McGowan A...

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The Last Snake Man: The remarkable true-life story of an Aussie legend and a century of snake shows

The Last Snake Man: The remarkable true-life story of an Aussie legend and a century of snake shows

John Cann, Jimmy Thomson

Wildlife warrior, professor of snakes, entertainer, Olympian. John Cann is a truly remarkable Australian.

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We Are Here: Talking with Australia's Oldest Holocaust Survivors

We Are Here: Talking with Australia’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors

Fiona Harari

These are the last adult witnesses - in their own words.

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Fire on All Sides

Fire on All Sides

James Rhodes

Life is messy and imperfect for us all, and when your mind is on fire and you feel like you're trapped in a terrifying blaze with no way out, sometimes the only way is to embrace the fragility of the human condition.

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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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