Readings Recommends: Biographies & Memoirs

Then It Fell Apart

Then It Fell Apart

Moby

The second volume of Moby's extraordinary life story is a journey into the dark heart of fame and the demons that lurk just beneath the bling and bluster of the celebrity lifestyle.

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No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

Greta Thunberg

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Alice to Prague

Alice to Prague

Tanya Heaslip

A bittersweet story of a search for identity, belonging and love, set in a time, a place and with a man that fill Tanya's life with contradictions.

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No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir

No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir

Ani DiFranco

A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco

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Tim Burton

Tim Burton

Antoine de Baecque

-- From Edward Scissorhands to Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton hassucceeded in creating a body of work that is both extraordinarilyeccentric, inventive and personal, and extremely popular-- Supported by interviews with the...

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Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

Walter Isaacson

* An extraordinary book which gives us a unique insight into the life and thinking of the man who has single-handedly transformed the way we live today

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After Romulus

After Romulus

Raimond Gaita

In 1998, Raimond Gaita's Romulus, My Father was first published;the story of his father who came to Australia from Europe with his young wife Christine and their four-year-old son after the end of the Second World War.

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The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s

The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s

Peter Doggett

No artist offered a more incisive and accurate portrait of the troubled landscape of the 1970s than David Bowie. Through his multi-faceted and inventive work, he encapsulated many of the social, political and cultural themes that...

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Her Father's Daughter

Her Father’s Daughter

Alice Pung

At twenty-something, Alice is hungry for the milestones of young womanhood: leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms. But with each step she takes away from home, she feels the sharp tug of...

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Hazel: My Mother's Story

Hazel: My Mother’s Story

Sue Pieters-Hawke

Hazel Hawke is one of Australia's best-loved and most respected women. As the wife of a prime minister she brought a down-to-earth warmth to Canberra that influenced everyone she came into contact with.

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The Lady And The Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

The Lady And The Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

Peter Popham

Peter Popham's major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi draws upon previously untapped testimony and fresh revelations to tell the story of a woman whose bravery and determination have captivated people around the globe.

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Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autiobiography

Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autiobiography

Julian Assange

WikiLeaks has helped redefine our idea of investigative journalism and our understanding of how information should be disseminated. In this revelatory account, Julian Assange expands on the philosophies that underpin his...

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 Read reviewHow To Make Gravy

How To Make Gravy

Paul Kelly

Over four nights the author performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them. This title is based on those little tales. Each of its hundred...

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That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

Anne Sebba

The first serious yet sympathetic biography by a woman of the Duchess of Windsor, Mrs Simpson.

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Seriously ... I'm Kidding

Seriously … I’m Kidding

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen's view of life, love, and American Idol

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Adventures in Correspondentland

Adventures in Correspondentland

Nick Bryant

As a foreign correspondent for the BBC, Nick Bryant has reported from the wilds of Afghanistan, Pakistan, London, Washington and, for the past five years, Australia. Adventures in Correspondentland - his account of these...

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 Read reviewYou'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead

You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead

Marieke Hardy

From childhood dreams of prostitution to her unabashed passion for heavy drinking, from growing up wide-eyed on the set of Australian soaps to her infatuation with Bob Ellis, these are the outrageously entertaining and deeply...

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Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart

Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart

Don Watson

The long awaited authorised biography of Paul Keating's four years as Australia's Prime Minister. Written by his speech writer, this book is based on notes made during his term of office.

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Arguably

Arguably

Christopher Hitchens

He raises hackles or receives resounding cheers, he's loved or hated but never ignored. Christopher Hitchens is possibly the most provocative writer of our time, fearless and forthright with no subject off limits. This volume of...

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Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde

Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde

Franny Moyle

The fascinating story of the decadent and thrilling world of Oscar Wilde's wife Constance, and the world of scandal which would betray her

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Outlaws Inc.: Guns Drugs and Darkness - the Secret Lives of the Outlaws Who Rule the Skies

Outlaws Inc.: Guns Drugs and Darkness - the Secret Lives of the Outlaws Who Rule the Skies

Matt Potter

In the world's most dangerous and war-torn trouble spots, you will find a small band of men risking their lives to fly the planes that bring in aid and supplies. But they're not heroes. These cowboys of the air will carry...

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Letters to My Daughter

Letters to My Daughter

Sir Robert Menzies, Heather Henderson

As Australia's longest-serving prime minister and the founder of the Liberal Party, Sir Robert Menzies is a towering figure in our political and cultural history. Letters to My Daughter is a collection of letters written by...

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Clarence Darrow: attorney for the damned

Clarence Darrow: attorney for the damned

John A. Farrell, Julian Burnside

Cat & Fiddle centres on two families whose lives become entwined at the country estate of Bourne Abbey. While Dr Choudhury is busy advising Henry Bourne on the restoration of the abbey, his wife's main concern is marrying off...

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The Interrogator: a CIA agent's true story

The Interrogator: a CIA agent’s true story

Glenn Carle

This is the never-before-told first-hand story of the 'dark side' of the Bush Administration's Global War on Terror, and of one of the CIA's biggest failures - the kidnapping, rendition, and torture of the wrong man, as told by...

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The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism--The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens

The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism–The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens, Windsor Mann, Martin Amis

A compendium of never-before-collected quotations from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Christopher Hitchens on hundreds of subjects

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El Sicario: Confessions of a Cartel Hitman

El Sicario: Confessions of a Cartel Hitman

Molly Molloy, Charles Bowden

In this unprecedented and chilling monologue, a repentant Mexican hitman tells the unvarnished truth about the war on drugs and reveals why the violence that now defines the American-Mexican border will only worsen.

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 Read reviewBeautiful Thing: Portrait of a Bombay Bar Dancer

Beautiful Thing: Portrait of a Bombay Bar Dancer

Sonia Faleiro

When Sonia Faleiro set out to report on Bombay's bar dancers, she thought she knew what she would find: downtrodden, voiceless women, the helpless victims of predictable poverty. Instead she meets Leela: 19, charismatic and...

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If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)

Betty White

It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage...

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Mountains Beyond Mountains: One doctor's quest to heal the world

Mountains Beyond Mountains: One doctor’s quest to heal the world

Tracy Kidder

As a medical student, Dr Paul Farmer found his life's calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine - so readily available in the developed world - to those who need them most. The...

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Both Sides of the Wire

Both Sides of the Wire

William Cull, Aaron Pegram

Captain William Cull fought the First World War from both sides of the wire. This is an action-packed account of Cull's war on the Western Front in the months leading up to his capture, and a candid portrayal of his experiences as...

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 Read reviewBetty Churchers Notebooks

Betty Churchers Notebooks

Betty Churcher

In this gorgeously illustrated book, join Betty Churcher on a personal tour of her most beloved works, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Velazquez, Courbet, Vermeer and Cezanne. A trained artist, Betty's sketches...

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The Band Played On: The Untold Story of the Musicians Who Went Down withthe Titanic

The Band Played On: The Untold Story of the Musicians Who Went Down withthe Titanic

Steve Turner

When the Titanic collided with an iceberg on April 14, 1912, the eight members of the ship's band had already retired for the evening. Still, they put on overcoats and came out to play in the lounge. Who were they? What journeys...

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My Animated Life

My Animated Life

Yoram Gross

Yoram Gross' recollections of his life, told simply and directly, cannot be read without emotion. This is the story of a youth who was forced to grow up during the Nazi occupation of his country, Poland. Despite the surrounding...

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Finding Valentino: Four Seasons In My Father's Italy

Finding Valentino: Four Seasons In My Father’s Italy

Angela Di Sciascio

Angela Di Sciascio's father can no longer describe his past, lost in a world ravaged by Alzheimer's disease. Deciding not to let his story fade, Angela embarks on a voyage that takes her through four seasons in her father's Italy,...

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 Read reviewThe Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Edmund De Waal

264 wood and ivory carvings of animals, plants and people, none of them larger than a matchbox; apprentice potter Edmund de Waal was entranced by the collection when he first encountered it in the Tokyo apartment of his great...

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Beating the Odds

Beating the Odds

Nichola Garvey

Alan Tripp, a man some call a genius and others call a criminal, became the world's most successful private bookmaker. He was Australia's most convicted SP bookmaker and was the prime target of gaming and vice squads around the...

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The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey

The English Opium-Eater: A Biography of Thomas De Quincey

Robert Morrison

Definitive life of the author of CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM-EATER, journalist, political commentator and biographer.

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The Talented Miss Highsmith

The Talented Miss Highsmith

Joan Schenkar

Patricia Highsmith, one of the greatest writers of 20th Century American fiction, had a life as darkly compelling as that of her favourite hero-criminal, the talented Tom Ripley. The author maps out this richly bizarre life from...

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 Read reviewThirty Something and the Clock is Ticking

Thirty Something and the Clock is Ticking

Kasey Edwards

When Kasey Edwards discovers she'll be infertile within a year, she is forced to dig the baby issue out of the too-hard basket. She explores what motherhood would mean to her identity, her career, her body, her relationships and...

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Human Headlines: My 50 Years in the Media

Human Headlines: My 50 Years in the Media

Derryn Hinch

He's met all the movers and shakers. And sometimes Derryn Hinch has moved and even shaken some of them. How did Malcolm Fraser really lose his trousers in Memphis? And what happened with Raquel Welch at the Logies? In this book -...

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 Read reviewThe Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris - a common woodland snail. While an illness keeps her bedridden, she watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her...

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Not Dark Yet

Not Dark Yet

David Walker

Spurred on by his encroaching blindness, prominent historian David Walker's Not Dark Yet is a frank, witty and innovative memoir that connects the small, seemingly inconsequential events of daily life to larger historical themes.

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Known And Unknown

Known And Unknown

Donald Rumsfeld

Filled with details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, this title also features the author's observations on eight decades of history: his experiences growing up during the...

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The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China

The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and the Birth of Modern China

Hannah Pakula

Entertaining and masterly biography of Madame Chiang Kai-shek - the woman who built modern China.

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The UFO Diaries: Travels in the Weird World of High Strangeness

The UFO Diaries: Travels in the Weird World of High Strangeness

Martin Plowman

Martin Plowman made headlines when he gained a PhD for his studies of Ufology. Here, Martin tells the story of his journey to uncover the story behind UFOs - first sightings, recent sightings, believers, non-believers, and,...

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The Alice Behind Wonderland

The Alice Behind Wonderland

Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester turns his unrivaled talents to revealing the significance of the intriguing photograph whose subject inspired Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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The Imago: E. L. Grant Watson and Australia

The Imago: E. L. Grant Watson and Australia

Suzanne Falkiner

Enlisted in 1910 by a Cambridge University sponsored expedition of Western Australia, Grant Watson served as biologist and research aide to celebrated anthropologists A R Brown and Daisy Bates, recording Aboriginal marriage...

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Splints to Silk

Splints to Silk

Francis Walsh

Splints to Silk recounts the life of Francis Walsh AM, QC, from his early life in rural Victoria, overcoming childhood polio and learning to walk at the age of seven, through his long and distinguished legal career, culminating in...

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My Favourite Teacher

My Favourite Teacher

Robert Macklin

High-profile Australians including children's author Mem Fox, comedian Anh Do, retired Chief Justice Michael Kirby, broadcaster Alan Jones and The Chasers' Julian Morrow, along with contributors from all walks of life, share very...

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Ben Cousins: My Life Story

Ben Cousins: My Life Story

Ben Cousins

Ben Cousins has one of the most extraordinary stories in modern Australian sport. He's perhaps the most gifted player of his generation - a former captain of the West Coast eagles, a Brownlow medallist, a premiership winner, voted...

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America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

Sarah Palin

Celebrates the strengths and virtues that have made the United States great. This book ranges widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, and reflects on the key values - both national and spiritual - that have...

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A Life In Pictures

A Life In Pictures

Alasdair Gray

The autobiography in words and pictures of one of Britain's most fascinating and acclaimed writers and artists, Alasdair Gray

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The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister: Vol. 1: I Know My Own Heart: The Inspiration for Gentleman Jack

The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister: Vol. 1: I Know My Own Heart: The Inspiration for Gentleman Jack

Anne Lister, Helena Whitbread

The diary of a remarkable woman who lived life on her terms in Regency Yorkshire. Anne Lister was a wealthy landowner, industrialist - and lesbian. The new 8-part BBC/ HBO series, Gentleman Jack, is based on Lister's life.

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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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