Summer Reading Guide: Biography

 Special priceBoy 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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 Special priceLowitja

Lowitja

Stuart Rintoul, Lowitja O'Donoghue

Lowitja O'Donoghue is a truly great Australian. She is arguably our nation's most recognised Indigenous woman. A powerful and unrelenting advocate for her people, an inspiration for many, a former Australian of the Year, she sat...

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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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 Special priceMary's Last Dance: The untold story of the wife of Mao's Last Dancer

Mary’s Last Dance: The untold story of the wife of Mao’s Last Dancer

Mary Li

Mary Li (nee McKendry) is an international ballet star and a mother like no other. She became a household name when her husband Li Cunxin published his bestselling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer - but that book told only half the...

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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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Max

Max

Alex Miller

An astonishing, moving tribute to Alex's friend, Max Blatt, that is at once a meditation on memory itself, on friendship and a reminder to the reader that history belongs to humanity.

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 Special priceFace It: A Memoir

Face It: A Memoir

Debbie Harry

A multilayered memoir from a multifaceted artist

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Olive, Mabel and Me

Olive, Mabel and Me

Andrew Cotter

Having reached over 40 million views online, Labradors Olive and Mabel are now the centre of a delightful book by sports commentator Andrew Cotter. A treat for dog lovers everywhere, and the perfect antidote to our times. ...

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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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 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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 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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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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 Special priceAn Unconventional Wife

An Unconventional Wife

Mary Hoban

The page-turning biography of an Australian woman who refused to bend to the expectations of her husband and her time.

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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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 Special priceSoar

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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 Read reviewUnseen

Unseen

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons was in her twenties when she first began to feel unwell - the kind of unwell that didn't go away. Doctors couldn't explain why, and Jacinta wondered if it might be in her head. But she could barely function, was...

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 Special priceRobert Menzies: The Art of Politics

Robert Menzies: The Art of Politics

Troy Bramston

A revelatory biography of Australia's longest-serving prime minister.

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The Time of Our Lives

The Time of Our Lives

Robert Dessaix

What's the key to the art of growing older well? Is it an art that anyone can cultivate? How should we confront dying and death in a secular age? What about sex when we're older? What about loneliness? (And, for that matter, what...

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 Special price Read reviewWomen's Work

Women’s Work

Megan K. Stack

A personal reckoning with labour, motherhood, and privilege

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 Special priceBachar 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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 Special priceBelief

Belief

Marlion Pickett, Dave Warner

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

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A Different Kind of Seeing

A Different Kind of Seeing

Marie Younan, Jill Sanguinetti

The story of the courage and resilience of an extraordinary woman, and the transformative power of language, friendship, education, and the kindness of strangers. 

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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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Healing Lives

Healing Lives

Sue Williams

Two incredible women, an unlikely friendship, and a united mission to save the lives of some of the world's poorest and most desperate women.

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 Read reviewHysteria

Hysteria

Katerina Bryant

When Katerina Bryant suddenly began experiencing chronic seizures, she was plunged into a foreign world of doctors and psychiatrists, who understood her condition as little as she did. Reacting the only way she knew how, she...

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Just Ignore Him: A BBC Two Between the Covers book club pick

Just Ignore Him: A BBC Two Between the Covers book club pick

Alan Davies

A new memoir from the brilliant comedian, actor and broadcaster Alan Davies, star of QI and Jonathan Creek.

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Kristian Fredrikson: Designer

Kristian Fredrikson: Designer

Michelle Potter

This book examines the life and career of acclaimed designer for the theatre, Kristian Fredrikson (1940-2005). Fredrikson worked across theatrical genres including in theatre, dance, opera, and film and television. ...

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 Read reviewPhosphorescence

Phosphorescence

Julia Baird

A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us...

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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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Untwisted: the Story of My Life

Untwisted: the Story of My Life

Paul Jennings

Paul Jennings has crafted perhaps his most masterful story yet ... the story of his life.    

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Memorial Drive

Memorial Drive

Natasha Trethewey

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence, and a piercing glimpse at the...

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 Special priceKilling Time

Killing Time

Jimmy Barnes

Stories of adventure, misadventure, love and loss from the #1 bestselling author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man. 

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A Repurposed Life

A Repurposed Life

Ronni Kahn, Jessica Chapnik Kahn

Life throws us mysterious ingredients. If we are brave enough to put the recipe aside and experiment, it's right there that things get interesting.

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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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The Wild Silence

The Wild Silence

Raynor Winn

Following the hugely successful Sunday Times Bestseller, Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize nominee and Costa shortlisted, The Salt Path, Raynor Winn returns with her second brilliant book

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A Body of Water

A Body of Water

Beverley Farmer

A new edition of Beverley Farmer's out-of-print classic A Body of Water, which in its mixing of genres - essay, memoir, fiction, folk tale - opened up new frontiers for Australian literature 

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 Read reviewShow Me Where it Hurts

Show Me Where it Hurts

Kylie Maslen

Personal essay meets pop-culture critique in this unflinchingly honest collection about chronic illness and misogyny in medicine, by Adelaide writer Kylie Maslen.      

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