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Stories That Want to Be Told by Judith Neilson Institute

Stories That Want to Be Told by Judith Neilson Institute

This series of nine long-form essays is the result of a mentoring program where emerging writers are paired with ...
Justice and Hope by Raimond Gaita

Justice and Hope by Raimond Gaita

Raymond Gaita is a philosopher best known for his memoir Romulus, My Father. Gaita was born in post-war Germany ...
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 ...
Murder, Misadventure & Miserable Ends by Catie Gilchrist

Murder, Misadventure & Miserable Ends by Catie Gilchrist

Did you know that in colonial Sydney all taverns, alehouses, inns, hotels and public houses were legislated to ...
Surely You Can’t be Serious by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams  & Jerry Zucker

Surely You Can’t be Serious by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams & Jerry Zucker

Evolving from a 2015 online oral history of the 1980 classic Airplane! (released in several territories, including ...
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. ...
Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis

Varoufakis, a former finance minister for Greece and now an academic and speaker on all things economics, contends ...
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 ...
On Disinformation by Lee McIntyre

On Disinformation by Lee McIntyre

On Disinformation is a pleasure to hold simply as an object. It’s a small book, the cover only about half the ...
Stoic at Work by Annie Lawson

Stoic at Work by Annie Lawson

Stoic philosophy began almost two millennia ago with four personal precepts: courage, self-discipline, justice and ...
Life As Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal by Juan José Millás Spain & Juan Luis Arsuaga

Life As Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal by Juan José Millás Spain & Juan Luis Arsuaga

Think of your great-grandparents, then go back in time hundreds of generations. We modern Homo sapiens are more ...
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 ...
I Don’t by Clementine Ford

I Don’t by Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is an activist, feminist and bestselling author of Fight Like a Girl and Boys Will Be Boys. Her ...
How To Love by Alex Norris

How To Love by Alex Norris

Oh my goodness, this book is so clever and readable and, well, cute! Written in a graphic-style type of ...
A Therapeutic Journey by Alain de Botton

A Therapeutic Journey by Alain de Botton

De Botton’s experience with his educational venture, The School of Life, is far-reaching in the topics that matter ...

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