Biography and Memoir reviews

There Are No Grown-Ups by Pamela Druckerman

Reviewed by Elke Power

I love Pamela Druckerman’s writing. Her last book, French Children Don’t Throw Food, was, and still is, an international bestseller. To be clear, she is not the author of the French Women Don’t Get F

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Calypso by David Sedaris

Reviewed by Danielle Mirabella

‘LOL’ is an acronym I usually avoid, however, when reading David Sedaris it is apt. Calypso, the long-awaited new collection of twenty-one stories from one of the world’s most-loved humorists is an …

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Out of the Forest by Gregory P. Smith

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Gregory P. Smith was born into a life of violence. At home he was a witness to, and a victim of, his alcoholic father’s physical abuse, and his speed-addled mother’s vicious criticism. Before long, h…

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Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

Reviewed by Alison Huber

During her year as a judge’s associate in the District Court in Queensland, Bri Lee finds herself enduring case after case after case involving rape, sexual assault and child abuse. A fact that Lee k…

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Get Up Mum by Justin Heazlewood

Reviewed by Caitlin Cassidy

Justin Heazlewood’s debut memoir launches the reader into the seemingly innocent world of a pre-pubescent boy in 1990s Australia. Giddy with joy, twelve-year-old Heazlewood meticulously details the s…

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Staying by Jessie Cole

Reviewed by Annie Condon

When Jessie Cole is eleven years old, her father presents her with some baby mice he’s uncovered in their compost bin. She is determined to raise them, but one by one they die over the course of a we…

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Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic

Reviewed by Caitlin Cassidy

In a world increasingly characterised by large-scale migration, Miss Ex-Yugoslavia offers a fresh, youthful take on what it means to navigate two vastly different cultures and identities. In her debu…

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The Motherhood edited by Jamila Rizvi

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

In The Motherhood, Jamila Rizvi has compiled a collection of letters all written by women to earlier versions of themselves in a bid to offer guidance and reassurance for those frightful, incredibly …

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Girls at the Piano by Virginia Lloyd

Reviewed by Jo Case

Entering the world of some memoirs feels like an intimate conversation with a stranger who will, over the course of your time together, become your new best friend. Reading Virginia Lloyd’s exquisite…

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Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss

Reviewed by George Delaney

This brilliant collection of short memoir from Indigenous writers highlights an enormous diversity in the life stories of Aboriginal people in Australia, from those who grew up in middle-class suburb…

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