Political biography & memoir

The Hong Kong Diaries

The Hong Kong Diaries

Chris Patten

The diaries of the last British Governor, published on the 25th anniversary of the handover

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Power Play

Power Play

Julia Banks

An explosive memoir-meets-handbook from the bravest woman in modern Australian politics, helping empower women in or aspiring to leadership.

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 Special priceBob Hawke

Bob Hawke

Troy Bramston

The definitive full-life biography of Australia's 23rd prime minister; the only one that Hawke cooperated with after exiting the prime ministership.

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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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My Own Words

My Own Words

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams

The New York Times bestselling book from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg My Own Words showcases her intellect and passion.

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 Special priceThe Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison

The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison

Sean Kelly

What happens when the prime minister views politics only as a game?

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Peril

Peril

Bob Woodward, Robert Costa

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's compelling account of the presidential transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

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 Special priceThe Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent

The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent

Gideon Haigh

H. V. ‘Doc' Evatt has long been obscured by Menzies's broad shadow, as the Labor Opposition Leader through the prosperous and complacent 1950s. In this book, one of our finest writers and sharpest minds shows Evatt in his...

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The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

Kamala Harris

From the U.S. Vice President, the New York Times bestseller about the core truths that unite us and the shared values that will see us into the future.

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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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Labor People: The Stories of Six True Believers

Labor People: The Stories of Six True Believers

Chris Bowen

In Labor People, Chris Bowen brings to life six great Australians and servants of their party and tells their story. Spanning the 1890s to the 1970s, in paying tribute to these Labor warriors, he also tells an important part of...

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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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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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I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year

I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year

Carol D. Leonnig, Philip Rucker

The definitive behind-the-scenes story of Trump's final year in office, by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, the Pulitzer Prize winning reporters and authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller, A Very Stable Genius

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 Special priceThe 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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A Bigger Picture (With New Foreword)

A Bigger Picture (With New Foreword)

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's 29th prime minister, reveals the true story of his life in this genuine political pageturner

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Penny Wong: Passion and Principle

Penny Wong: Passion and Principle

Margaret Simons

A revelatory portrait of one of the most talented, poised and respected women in Australian politics, written by one of Australia's foremost biographers.

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The Education of an Idealist

The Education of an Idealist

Samantha Power

‘What can one person do?' In this vibrant, galvanizing memoir, human rights advocate and Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Samantha Power offers an urgent response to this question.

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Jacinda Ardern: The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader

Jacinda Ardern: The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader

Michelle Duff

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, is lauded as one of the world's most influential people. Her rise to power has been stellar. In 2017 she became leader of the Labour party just seven weeks before the election at...

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Becoming

Becoming

Michelle Obama

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her -- from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years...

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Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography

Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography

Blanche d'Alpuget

To mark Bob Hawke's extraordinary life and legacy, this master work brings together the story of the man in full in a definitive hardback commemorative biography.

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John Curtin's War (Volume I)

John Curtin’s War (Volume I)

John Edwards

Volume one of a major new biography of arguably our greatest (and one of our most underrated) Prime Ministers, who shaped modern Australia.

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Remembering Bob

Remembering Bob

Sue Pieters-Hawke

A warm, moving and revealing collection of stories and memories about Bob Hawke from across the nation, edited by his eldest daughter.   

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Albanese: Telling It Straight

Albanese: Telling It Straight

Karen Middleton

Anthony Albanese has been at the heart of Labor politics in Australia for a decade. For the previous decade he persistently worked to ensure that the Labor left was a vital part of all ALP activities. This is his story. 

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The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

Judith Brett

Alfred Deakin-scholar, spiritualist, prime minister-was instrumental in creating modern Australia. In the first biography of Deakin in more than half a century, the acclaimed political historian Judith Brett deftly weaves together...

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Speaking Up

Speaking Up

Gillian Triggs

As president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs advocated for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. Speaking Up shares with readers the values that have guided Triggs' convictions and the causes she...

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I Am Malala

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

The bestselling memoir of youngest ever NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.

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Dreams from my Father

Dreams from my Father

Barack Obama

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns...

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