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The Night Parade by Jami Nakamura Lin

The Night Parade by Jami Nakamura Lin

Jami Nakamura Lin was not diagnosed with bipolar disorder until she was 17. Until that age she was always angry, ...
Making It So: A memoir by Patrick Stewart

Making It So: A memoir by Patrick Stewart

Mirfield in the 'working-class corner of Northern England’. Patrick’s father, a highly respected regimental ...
Suffering, Redemption and Triumph by Peter Brune

Suffering, Redemption and Triumph by Peter Brune

The subject matter of the first wave of post-war Australian immigrants (1947-1960s) is fascinating. The flow of ...
Australia’s Trail-blazing First Novelist – Jack Lang by Sean Doyle

Australia’s Trail-blazing First Novelist – Jack Lang by Sean Doyle

As the son of a maritime merchant, who died before Lang’s 1816 birth in Sydney, and a mother with convict ...
Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon

Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon

The great 16th-century essayist Michel de Montaigue famously wrote in his collection of essays, ‘I am myself the ...
Every Man For Himself and God Against All by Werner Herzog

Every Man For Himself and God Against All by Werner Herzog

As a film and entertainment reporter I had the pleasure of interviewing Werner Herzog once. Just like in his ...
The Twat Files by Dawn French

The Twat Files by Dawn French

Everyone makes mistakes. Dawn French wants the reader to understand that she’s no different to us in that regard. ...
Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Isaacson’s biography of Musk is very similar to that of Steve Jobs. It's complete with stark typography and its ...
Ian Fleming: The complete man by Nicholas Shakespeare

Ian Fleming: The complete man by Nicholas Shakespeare

The Fleming Estate asked Shakespeare to write this biography. He had unfettered access to previously unseen papers ...
A Memoir of My Former Self by Hilary Mantel

A Memoir of My Former Self by Hilary Mantel

Browse through the contents pages of Memoir of My Former Self and pick a title that appeals. I did … and A Life of ...
Beeswax and Tall Tales by Jane Crowley

Beeswax and Tall Tales by Jane Crowley

Crowley starts this memoir of her father’s life as an antiques dealer by describing how, as a child, she would ...
Bhutan To Blacktown by Om Dhungel with James Button

Bhutan To Blacktown by Om Dhungel with James Button

While the story of how this former senior public servant from Bhutan fled his native country is fascinating, it is ...
Right Story, Wrong Story by Tyson Yunkaporta

Right Story, Wrong Story by Tyson Yunkaporta

Take a deep breath before starting to read this innovative author’s most recent book and be prepared to sit around ...
Would That Be Funny? Growing Up With John Clarke by Lorin Clarke

Would That Be Funny? Growing Up With John Clarke by Lorin Clarke

For thousands of people in Australia, New Zealand and around the world, it was a black day in 2017 when John ...
Killing For Country by David Marr

Killing For Country by David Marr

David Marr is an accomplished journalist who has been writing about Australian politics and society for over 40 ...
42: The Wildly Improbable Ideas of Douglas Adams

42: The Wildly Improbable Ideas of Douglas Adams

Full disclosure: I’ve loved every single word – either written or uttered – to have emanated from Douglas Adams, ...
Doppelganger by Naomi Klein

Doppelganger by Naomi Klein

For those of you who don’t get out much, Naomi Klein is the author of No Logo, a critically acclaimed and ...
Be Useful by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Be Useful by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Books from the rich and famous telling you how to live a successful life can be a bit on the nose – it’s easy to ...
I’d Rather Not by Robert Skinner

I’d Rather Not by Robert Skinner

Some humorous stories are just funny enough to make the reader smile; others actually make the reader cringe; but ...
Hook, Line and Sinner by Tom Nash

Hook, Line and Sinner by Tom Nash

If you’ve visited the nightclubs of Kings Cross, you’ll probably know of Tom Nash, aka DJ Hookie. For those ...
Storytellers by Leigh Sales

Storytellers by Leigh Sales

Storytellers is more than just a book about gathering and disseminating information, and the title is ...

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