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They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention

Michael Green, Angelica Neville, André Dao, Dana Affleck, Sienna Merope

Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who've experienced it.

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The Girl Who Beat ISIS: Farida's Story

The Girl Who Beat ISIS: Farida’s Story

Farida Khalaf, Andrea C. Hoffmann

The astonishing true story of a heroic young woman's capture and eventual escape from ISIS

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Songs of a War Boy

Songs of a War Boy

Deng Thiak Adut, Ben McKelvey

The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope

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Yassmin's Story

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy' there...

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A Hope More Powerful than the Sea

A Hope More Powerful than the Sea

Melissa Fleming

A young refugee's story of terror, love and survival

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Voiceless Journeys

Voiceless Journeys

Ondru

Voiceless Journeys is a collection of 101 stories of displacement and survival in the 21st century.

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Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb

An inspiring tale of modern migration, overcoming adversity and escaping the hell of war, from a girl struggling to walk for the very first time in her life.

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Journey of a Thousand Storms

Journey of a Thousand Storms

Kooshyar Karimi

Kooshyar Karimi had two careers in Iran, one as a doctor and one as an award-winning translator. Until he was kidnapped by the Intelligence Service.Behind his professional success, Kooshyar was a rebel on several...

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The Happiest Refugee

The Happiest Refugee

Anh Do

The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians.

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet

Elaine DePrince, Michaela DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of...

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Walking Free

Walking Free

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis, Patrick Weaver

One man's phenomenal tale of escaping a death sentence in Iraq, surviving the Australian Refugee system and becoming a pioneering surgeon at the forefront of Orthopaedic medicine.

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The Good Immigrant

The Good Immigrant

Nikesh Shukla

Bringing together 21 black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, this book explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be 'other' in a country that doesn't seem to want you,...

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The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the 'Oskar Schindler of Asia'

The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler of Asia’

Robin de Crespigny

After his father, brother and he were incarcerated and tortured in Saddam's Abu Ghraib, Ali al Jenabi escaped from Iraq first to work with the anti-Saddam resistance in Iran and then to help his family out of the country all...

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City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp

City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Ben Rawlence

In City of Thorns, Ben Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in Dadaab refugee camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there.

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Good Muslim Boy

Good Muslim Boy

Osamah Sami

Good Muslim Boy is a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir of loss, love and family. It's about what we'll do to live up to expectations - and what we must do to live with ourselves.

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Persepolis I and II (Film tie-in)

Persepolis I and II (Film tie-in)

Marjane Satrapi

Tells the story of Marjane Satrapi's life in Tehran from the ages of six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. This book...

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We are Here

We are Here

Cat Thao Nguyen

Told through the bright and unflinching eyes of Cat Thao, a daughter born in a refugee camp, We Are Here is a memoir that begins in 1975 with her family's gripping exodus by foot out of post-war Vietnam - a dangerous journey,...

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The Lightless Sky: My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee

The Lightless Sky: My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee

Gulwali Passarlay, Nadene Ghouri

One of the most astonishing memoirs of 2015, now in paperback - the boy who fled Afghanistan and endured a terrifying journey in the hands of people smugglers is now a young man intent on changing the world. His story is a deeply...

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Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival

Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival

Atka Reid, Hana Schofield

A moving and compelling true story about two sisters fighting for survival in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war

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Walking Free

Walking Free

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis, Patrick Weaver

One man's phenomenal tale of escaping a death sentence in Iraq, surviving the Australian Refugee system and becoming a pioneering surgeon at the forefront of Orthopaedic medicine.

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