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The Chief Witness

The Chief Witness

Sayragul Sauytbay, Alexandra Cavelius, Caroline Waight

A shocking depiction of one of the world's most ruthless regimes -- and the story of one woman's fight to survive.

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The Lost Cafe Schindler

The Lost Cafe Schindler

Meriel Schindler

A fascinating memoir in the vein of East West Street, The Lost Cafe Schindler offers a profound reflection on memory, truth, trauma and the importance of cake.

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Yearbook

Yearbook

Seth Rogen

A collection of funny personal essays from Seth Rogen, one of the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express and one of the producers of The Disaster Artist, Neighbors, and The Boys.

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I Am a Girl from Africa

I Am a Girl from Africa

Elizabeth Nyamayaro

A powerful memoir about a girl from Africa whose near-death experience sparked a dream that changed the world.

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A History of My Brief Body

A History of My Brief Body

Billy-Ray Belcourt

A dazzling collection of personal essays from internationally acclaimed First Nations Canadian writer Billy-Ray Belcourt, who mines his own personal history to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be.

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Black is the Body

Black is the Body

Emily Bernard

In twelve intensely personal, interconnected essays, Emily Bernard sets out to tell stories from her life that enable her to talk about truth, race, family and relationships, and much more.

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Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong

Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong

Georgina Lawton

A stunning family memoir by journalist Georgina Lawton, exploring race, identity and the devasting effect of long-held secrets on a happy family.

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 Read reviewThe Three Burials of Lotty Kneen

The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen

Krissy Kneen

From Stella Prize-shortlisted author Krissy Kneen comes an intergenerational study of family-a journey into memory, trauma and the lifelong secrets of a towering matriarch.

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 Read reviewStranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours

Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours

Sarah Sentilles

A devastating memoir about motherhood, from the award-winning author of Draw Your Weapons

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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

Jenn Shapland

A genre-defying examination of identity, queerness and love in the vein of Maggie Nelson's Argonauts

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Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate and Bigotry

Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate and Bigotry

Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, Phoebe Grainer

Are we a nation of racists? Thirty-nine writers confront our darkest truths in this fearless collection of short stories, poems and essays from the margins of Australia.

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Broken: In the Best Possible Way

Broken: In the Best Possible Way

Jenny Lawson

Hilarious, heart-warming and honest, Broken is about living, surviving and thriving with anxiety. A must-have for fans of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and David Sedaris.

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 Read reviewAs Beautiful As Any Other: A Memoir of My Body

As Beautiful As Any Other: A Memoir of My Body

Kaya Wilson

When Kaya Wilson came out to his parents as transgender, a year after a near-death surfing accident and just weeks before his father's death, he was met with a startling family history of concealed queerness and shame.

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Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner

From the indie rockstar Japanese Breakast, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker piece that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up mixed-race, of Korean food, losing her Korean mother,...

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 Read reviewFury

Fury

Kathryn Heyman

A raw, painfully honest, heartbreaking account of a young woman raising herself out of abuse and poverty to become her own hero.

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Debesa: The Story of Frank and Katie Rodriguez

Debesa: The Story of Frank and Katie Rodriguez

Dr. Cindy Cindy Solonec

Debesa is a sweeping social history of one family's struggles and triumphs set against the backdrop of the beauty of the West Kimberley.

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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Patrick Radden Keefe

The story of the Sackler Dynasty, Purdue Pharma, and their involvement in the opioid crisis that has created millions of addicts, even as it generated billions of dollars in profit.

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Off the Charts

Off the Charts

Georgie Carroll

Stories full of infectious, hospital-grade humour and loads of heart, from Australia's favourite nurse.

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 Read reviewLapsed

Lapsed

Monica Dux

What happens when a good Catholic girl goes AWOL?

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Fragments of an Infinite Memory

Fragments of an Infinite Memory

Mael Renouard, Peter Behrman de Sinety

A deeply informed, yet playful and ironic look at how the internet has changed human experience, memory, and our sense of self, and that belongs on the shelf with the best writings of Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard.

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Old Seems to be Other People

Old Seems to be Other People

Lily Brett

Sparkling with wit and wisdom, Old Seems to be Other People is a collection of essays by Lily Brett that explores the hilarity, challenges and poignancy of getting older. Stories are simultaneously hilarious, serious and utterly...

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Heartsick

Heartsick

Jessie Stephens

Based on three true stories, Heartsick is a compelling narrative nonfiction account of the many lows and occasional surprising highs of heartbreak

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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

Anthony Bourdain, Laurie Woolever, Wesley Allsbrook

A celebration of the life and legacy of one of the most important food writers of all time - the inimitable Anthony Bourdain

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A Restless Hungry Feeling:The Double Life of Bob Dylan Vol. 1: 1941-1966

A Restless Hungry Feeling:The Double Life of Bob Dylan Vol. 1: 1941-1966

Clinton Heylin

The definitive biography of one contemporary culture's most iconic and mysterious figures - musical revolutionary, Nobel Prize-winner, chart-topping recording artist

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 Read reviewNo Document

No Document

Anwen Crawford

No Document is an urgent, groundbreaking work of non-fiction that reimagines the boundaries that divide us - as people, nations and species - and asks how we can create forms of solidarity that endure.

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Plunder

Plunder

Menachem Kaiser

From a gifted young writer, the story of his quest to reclaim his family's apartment building in Poland - and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters that follows

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Turns Out, I'm Fine: How Not to Fall Apart

Turns Out, I’m Fine: How Not to Fall Apart

Judith Lucy

In her most candid and insightful book yet, Judith looks at her family and relationships to understand how despite being a feminist, her hopes and expectations have been shaped by men - including her work.

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 Read reviewCar Crash: A Memoir

Car Crash: A Memoir

Lech Blaine

What is it like to survive a crash that kills your best friends, and how do you move on? From an exceptional debut writer comes a stunning memoir about grief, perseverance and courage.

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The Beauty of Living Twice

The Beauty of Living Twice

Sharon Stone

She was one of the most renowned actresses in the world - until a massive stroke cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune...

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Duchess Countess

Duchess Countess

Catherine Ostler

The remarkable story of the 18th century aristocrat who scandalised the nation

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 Read reviewMy Rock 'n' Roll Friend

My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend

Tracey Thorn

An exploration of female friendship and women in music, from the iconic singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Another Planet and Bedsit Disco Queen

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 Read reviewSex, Lies and Question Time

Sex, Lies and Question Time

Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis bursts the Canberra bubble to reveal what life is like for our female MPs, and why it's the best and worst job in the world.

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 Read reviewThe Shape of Sound

The Shape of Sound

Fiona Murphy

A vivid and essential memoir of deafness, disability and identity by Australian writer Fiona Murphy

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Shanghai Acrobat

Shanghai Acrobat

Jingjing Xue

For readers of Mao's Last Dancer comes the inspiring true story of a world-famous acrobat who escaped communist China to begin a new life in Australia.     

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 Read reviewMy Year of Living Vulnerably

My Year of Living Vulnerably

Rick Morton

From Rick Morton, the author of the bestselling, critically acclaimed memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt comes a dazzlingly brilliant book about love, trauma and recovery, My Year of Living Vulnerably.

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The Heart and Other Monsters

The Heart and Other Monsters

Rose Andersen

A riveting, deeply personal exploration of the opioid crisis--an empathic memoir infused with hints of true crime.

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 Read reviewEmotional Female

Emotional Female

Yumiko Kadota

Emotional Female charts Kadota's rugged journey through ambition and dedication to exploitation and eventual collapse - and beyond.

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Consent

Consent

Vanessa Springora, Natasha Lehrer

Already an international literary sensation, an intimate and powerful memoir of a young French teenage girl's relationship with a famous, much older male writer-a universal #MeToo story of power, manipulation, trauma, recovery,...

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The Soul of a Woman

The Soul of a Woman

Isabel Allende

The wise, warm, defiant new book from literary legend Isabel Allende - a meditation on power, feminism and what it means to be a woman.

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The Code Breaker

The Code Breaker

Walter Isaacson

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how the pioneering scientist Jennifer Doudna, along with her colleagues and rivals, launched a revolution that will allow us to cure...

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He.

He.

Murray Bail

Fragments and reflections from the life of a revered Australian writer

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Monsters

Monsters

Alison Croggon

From award-winning writer and critic Alison Croggon, Monsters is a hybrid of memoir and essay that takes as its point of departure the painful breakdown of a relationship between two sisters. 

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 Read reviewThe Believer

The Believer

Sarah Krasnostein

From award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein comes an exploration of the power of belief.     

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The Good Hand

The Good Hand

Michael Patrick F. Smith

Oil work is hard, manual and deadly. In this blistering memoir, Michael Flanagan Smith offers a vision of what life is like for the men doing the world's dirty work.

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Not a Novel

Not a Novel

Jenny Erpenbeck

Not a Novel gathers together the best of Jenny Erpenbeck's non-fiction. Drawing from her 25 years of thinking and writing, the book plots a journey through the works and subjects that have inspired and influenced her.

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Between Two Kingdoms

Between Two Kingdoms

Suleika Jaouad

We all face moments that bring us to our knees- heartbreak, trauma, illness. When things don't go to plan this is the book to reach for - an inspirational memoir about what the struggle to survive teaches us about how to...

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Loud

Loud

Tana Douglas

What goes on tour stays on tour - unless you're the the first woman roadie in the world

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 Read reviewThe Care Factor

The Care Factor

Ailsa Wild

A portrait of a nurse in Australia as she returns to the ICU and encounters the frontline of the pandemic crisis on many fronts.    

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Women of a Certain Rage

Women of a Certain Rage

Liz Byrski

This book is the result of what happened when Liz Byrski asked twenty Australian women from widely different backgrounds, races, beliefs and identities to take up the challenge of writing about rage.

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 Read reviewEating with My Mouth Open

Eating with My Mouth Open

Sam van Zweden

Eating with My Mouth Open is food writing like you've never seen before: honest, brave, and exceptionally tasty. Lyrically written, Sam van Zweden offers a millennial response to classic food writers, revelling in body positivity...

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Two Cultures, One Story

Two Cultures, One Story

Dr Robert Isaacs, Tanaz Byramji

Told with grace and strength, this memoir shares the inside story of a respected Elder and his drive to break down cultural barriers and improve the lives of his people.

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In the Eye of the Storm

In the Eye of the Storm

Robert Reynolds, Shirleene Robinson, Paul Sendziuk

Tells the remarkable story of AIDS volunteers who engaged in a struggle for life against death. For the first time, by focusing on individual life stories, this book explores the crucial role of the men and women who volunteered...

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The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives

The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives

Christopher Harding

Chris Harding's enormously enjoyable new book distils Japan's long, complex and fascinating history into the stories of twenty remarkable individuals. 

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In My Past Life I Was Cleopatra

In My Past Life I Was Cleopatra

Amal Awad

A sceptical believer's journey through the new age.

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Promises to Keep

Promises to Keep

Joe Biden

Democratic Senator Biden, one of the most recognizable figures in the U.S. government, presents an insiders look at life in the Senate, Washington politics, and American foreign policy.

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With My Little Eye

With My Little Eye

Sandra Hogan

With My Little Eye is a poignant and very funny account of a peculiar childhood in 1950s suburban Australia.  

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You've Got To Be Kidding

You’ve Got To Be Kidding

Todd Alexander

The hilarious new take on country life by one of Australia's bestselling authors  

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 Read reviewLiterary Lion Tamers

Literary Lion Tamers

Craig Munro

In this unique and entertaining blend of memoir, biography, and literary detective work, highly respected former fiction editor Craig Munro recreates the lives and careers of Australia's most renowned literary editors and...

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Aftershocks

Aftershocks

Nadia Owusu

An exceptional memoir about race, family and belonging for a moment when identity and division dominate our global politics

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The Dead Are Arising

The Dead Are Arising

Les Payne, Tamara Payne

An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author's interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative.      

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The Puzzle Solver

The Puzzle Solver

Tracie White, Ronald W Davis

The Puzzle Solver follows Ronald Davis as he unravels the molecular trail within his own son's donated blood and genome, to begin to find answers about chronic fatigue syndrome. He confirms this is a biological disease and...

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Lost Cat

Lost Cat

Mary Gaitskill

Lost Cat begins with the story of how Gaitskill rescued a stray cat in Italy and brought him to live with her in the US, where he went missing. As she explores the unexpected trauma of her loss, Gaitskill describes how she came to...

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Walking With Ghosts

Walking With Ghosts

Gabriel Byrne

A highly anticipated memoir by Gabriel Byrne, award-winning actor. Walking with Ghosts is an exquisite portrait of an Irish childhood and a remarkable journey to Hollywood and Broadway success.

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Essex Girls

Essex Girls

Sarah Perry

Essex Girls are disreputable, disrespectful and disobedient. They speak out of turn, too loudly and too often, in an accent irritating to the ruling classes.Their bodies are hyper-sexualised and irredeemably vulgar. They are given...

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Joe Biden: American Dreamer

Joe Biden: American Dreamer

Evan Osnos

The new biography of President-elect Joe Biden by National Book Award winner and New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos

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Bachar Houli: Faith, Football and Family

Bachar Houli: Faith, Football and Family

Bachar Houli, Waleed Aly

Writing for the first time, Houli explores the experiences and beliefs that sparked his trailblazing success as a Muslim footballer, and that established him as a leading voice within the AFL community for inclusion, understanding...

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Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years

Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years

Michael Posner

The extraordinary life of one of the world's greatest music and literary icons, in the words of those who knew him best.

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How We Live Now

How We Live Now

Bill Hayes

From the beloved author of Insomniac City, a poignant and profound tribute in stories and images to a city amidst a pandemic.

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 Read reviewOne Day I'll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995

One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995

Helen Garner

In this second volume of diaries from one of Australia's greatest writers, we see Garner in love; asking herself questions about relationships, individuality, morality and contentment.      

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Son of the Brush: A memoir

Son of the Brush: A memoir

Tim Olsen

Tim Olsen is the son of arguably Australia's greatest living artist, Dr John Olsen. Son of the Brush is his fascinating, candid memoir of what it was like to grow up in the shadow of artistic genius, with all its wonder,...

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Truths from an Unreliable Witness

Truths from an Unreliable Witness

Fiona O'Loughlin

Truths from an Unreliable Witness is a fiercely honest and wryly funny memoir of melancholy, love, marriage, the loss of love and marriage, homelessness, of hotel rooms strewn with empty mini-bar bottles of vodka, of waking from a...

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Really Saying Something

Really Saying Something

Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward

In the early eighties, best friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward arrived at the YWCA in London, with their sights set on careers in journalism and the media... but that wasn't to be. London was the most vibrant and culturally...

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Banks

Banks

Grantlee Kieza

By award-winning bestselling writer Grantlee Kieza, Banks is a rich and rollicking biography of one of the most colourful and intriguing characters in the history of exploration.

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Lioness

Lioness

Sue Brierley

Saroo Brierley's journey home to a small village in India with the help of Google Earth became an internationally bestselling book and inspired the major motion picture Lion. But the story of how his adoptive mother, Sue, came...

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 Special priceA Promised Land

A Promised Land

Barack Obama

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. This is the first volume in an unmissable two-part memoir, which covers his early political career and his...

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Christmas Tales

Christmas Tales

William McInnes

'Tis the season to be jolly! One of Australia's favourite storytellers is back with a collection of stories about everyone's favourite family holiday.

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Cathy Goes to Canberra

Cathy Goes to Canberra

Cathy McGowan

Whenever anyone tells you that only the big parties or star candidates have a chance of winning a seat in federal parliament, just say 'Cathy McGowan'.

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Belief

Belief

Marlion Pickett, Dave Warner

From prison to premiership glory; this is Marlion Pickett's extraordinary story.

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The Best of Me

The Best of Me

David Sedaris

A lavish gift edition of David Sedaris's best stories, spanning his spectacular bestselling career. Hand-picked by David himself, these are stories that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, from the funniest...

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The Rock

The Rock

Aaron Smith

Journalist Aaron Smith's new memoir holds  up a unique mirror to Australia. What he sees is at once amazing, disturbing  and revealing. 

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Dylan Jones

Sweet Dreams charts the rise of the New Romantics, a scene that grew out of the remnants of the post-punk period and developed alongside club culture, ska, electronica, and goth.

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For Now

For Now

Eileen Myles

In this third Why I Write volume, Eileen Myles addresses the social, political, and aesthetic conditions that shape their work

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Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

Mark Mordue

The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue.  

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Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

Laura Tunbridge

A major new biography published for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, offering a fresh, human portrayal

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 Special priceDolly Parton, Songteller

Dolly Parton, Songteller

Dolly Parton, Robert K. Oermann

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is a landmark celebration of the remarkable life and career of a country music and pop culture legend.

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Searching for Charlotte

Searching for Charlotte

Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell

The extraordinary, long-buried life story of Australia's earliest published children's author, Searching for Charlotte combines elements of biography, recreation of history and rediscovery of family history. It is a sometimes...

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Sad Mum Lady

Sad Mum Lady

Ashe Davenport

Unapologetic and frank, Sad Mum Lady navigates the joys of motherhood in ways that will be familiar, hilarious and essential reading for parents and non-parents alike. Savage, true and deeply relatable - finally, a book that...

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Love Marriage in Kabul

Love Marriage in Kabul

Sanaz Fotouhi

In 2006, Sanaz Fotouhi, a young woman in her twenties, travels to Afghanistan with her partner to make a film Seven years and four trips later their feature documentary Love Marriage in Kabul wins awards and the hearts of...

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 Special priceIs This Anything?

Is This Anything?

Jerry Seinfeld

The first book in twenty-five years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy.

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Soar

Soar

David McAllister

From the backblocks of Perth to international stardom, this is a story of courage to fight against the odds for your passion and succeed. 

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Solitude & Company

Solitude & Company

Silvana Paternostro, Edith Grossman

An oral history biography of the legendary Latin American writer and Nobel laureate Gabriel GarcA a MArquez, brimming with atmosphere and insight from those that knew him.

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 Read reviewOnly Happiness Here

Only Happiness Here

Gabrielle Carey

Elizabeth von Arnim is one of the early 20th century's most famous - and forgotten -authors. Her novels were ahead of their time in their representation of women and their pursuit of happiness.

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