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Wicked but Virtuous

Wicked but Virtuous

Mirka Mora

Few artists in Australia are held in such affectionate esteem as Mirka Mora. Even fewer have had such an amazing life.

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Kitchen Confidential: Insider's Edition

Kitchen Confidential: Insider’s Edition

Anthony Bourdain

The bestselling author of Don't Eat Before You Read This expands his appetizer into a deliciously funny, delightfully shocking banquet that lays out his 25 years of sex, drugs, and haute cuisine.

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Patricia Lockwood

The childhood of Patricia Lockwood, the poet dubbed 'The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas' by The New York Times, was unusual in many respects. There was the location: an impoverished,  nuclear waste-riddled area of...

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The Folded Clock: A Diary

The Folded Clock: A Diary

Heidi Julavits

An insightful meditation on time, relationships and identity, The Folded Clock is a funny, thoughtful and inquisitive diary for fans of Olivia Laing and Jenny Offill.Like many young people, Heidi Julavits kept a diary....

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The Argonauts

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of 'autotheory' offering fresh, fierce and timely...

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 Special price Read reviewThe Museum of Words

The Museum of Words

Georgia Blain

In late 2015, Georgia Blain was diagnosed with a tumour sitting right in the language centre of her brain. Prior to this, Georgia's only warning had been a niggling sense that her speech was slightly awry. She ignored it, and on a...

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Tracker

Alexis Wright

Winner of the Stella Prize 2018Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright has crafted a memoir in story form of the charismatic Indigenous leader Tracker Tilmouth, and an epic portrait of a important...

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The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein

Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature 2018Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Writing for Non-fiction 2018Winner of the Dobbie Literary Award 2018<br...

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Nevertheless: A Memoir

Nevertheless: A Memoir

Alec Baldwin

A thorough and sophisticated effort to answer an interesting question: How did an indifferently raised, self-flagellating kid from a just-making-ends-meet, desultorily functioning Long Island family, in Massapequa, turn into Alec...

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Wednesdays with Bob

Wednesdays with Bob

Derek Rielly, Bob Hawke

At 87, beloved former PM Bob Hawke reflects on a colourful life.

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

The bestselling life of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, which became the basis for the hugely successful Broadway show Hamilton.

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Talking into the Typewriter

Talking into the Typewriter

Christina Stead

The second volume of Christina Stead's letters, covering the period 1973 to just before her death in 1983. From just before her return to Australia after a long period of exile, to her death in Sydney in 1983, these letters should...

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The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell

The Disaster Artist is the hilarious, behind-the-scenes story of cult cinematic phenomenon The Room, as well as the tale of an odd and inspiring Hollywood friendship.

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Shine Like it Does: The Life of Michael Hutchence

Shine Like it Does: The Life of Michael Hutchence

Toby Creswell

The real story of a complex man whose star is still shining two decades after his death. Michael Hutchence was a superstar, an internationally respected musician and a great bloke. There will never be another one to replace him....

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The Tears of Strangers

The Tears of Strangers

Stan Grant

A family memoir, charting the political and social changes of Aborigines over the period of 40 years. This is a story, spanning the generations of the 'Wiradjuri people'.

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A Woman's Work

A Woman’s Work

Harriet Harman

When Harriet Harman started her career, men-only job adverts and a 'women's rate' of pay were the norm, female MPs were a tiny minority - a woman couldn't even sign for a mortgage. But, she argues, we should never just be grateful...

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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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Martin Sharp: His Life and Times

Martin Sharp: His Life and Times

Joyce Morgan

The life of the charismatic, unconventional, unique and surprising Martin Sharp - pop artist and joint founder of the underground magazine Oz

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Danger Music

Eddie Ayres

From the former ABC Classic FM classicist comes a remarkable story about the power of music and courage to be one's self

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Working Class Man

Working Class Man

Jimmy Barnes

In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

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Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

David J. Garrow

The definitive account of Barack Obama's life before he became the 44th president of the United States - the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise -...

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The Diary of a Bookseller

The Diary of a Bookseller

Shaun Bythell

Love, Nina meets Black Books: a wry and hilarious account of life in Scotland's biggest second-hand bookshop - and the band of eccentrics and book-obsessives who work there.

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Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition)

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition)

Em Rusciano

A hilarious, heartfelt memoir from one of Australia's most adored performers.

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Detours

Detours

Tim Rogers

A charming, honest, funny, sad, tender and beautiful literary memoir, from Tim Rogers of You Am I. Think Patti Smith meet Dylan Thomas, by way of...

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Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future

Ashlee Vance

South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make...

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My Place

My Place

Sally Morgan

Traces the experiences of Sally Morgan's life, growing up in Perth in the 50s & 60s. Through the memories and images of her childhood and adolescence, vague hints and echoes begin to emerge and a fascinating story unfolds - a...

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 Read reviewMadness: A Memoir

Madness: A Memoir

Kate Richards

Madness is a real world for the many thousands of people who are right now living within it. It never apologises. Sometimes it is a shadow, ever present, without regard for the sun. Sometimes it is a well of dark water with no...

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When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling...

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Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her...

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Holding the Man

Holding the Man

Timothy Conigrave

At an all-boys school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave falls wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So begins a relationship that weathers disapproval, separation and, ultimately, death. This book...

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A Mother's Story

A Mother’s Story

Rosie Batty, Bryce Corbett

An updated edition of the profoundly moving and inspiring memoir from Australia's domestic violence crusader, Rosie Batty. Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent...

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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

The bestselling memoir of NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the school girl who stood up to the Taliban. I AM MALALA inspired the BAFTA-nominated film HE NAMED ME MALALA, directed by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim.

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Just Kids

Just Kids

Patti Smith

Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe

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The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

Jeanette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, 'brilliant' but alcoholic parents. At the age of seventeen she escapes on a Greyhound bus to New York with her older sister; her younger siblings...

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Yes Please

Amy Poehler

The highly anticipated memoir of actress, comedienne and writer, Amy Poehler.

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Orange Is the New Black: My Time in a Women's Prison

Orange Is the New Black: My Time in a Women’s Prison

Piper Kerman

Now an original comedy-drama series from Netflix, Piper Kerman's New York Times-bestselling memoir of the time she served in a US jail is fascinating, heartbreaking and hilarious.

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Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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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Naked

Naked

David Sedaris

A riotous collection of memoirs which explores the absurd hilarity of modern life and creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world.

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