Biography

“I have had a charmed life! I have been electrocuted, thrown by bucking horses, had a snake in my pants, been horned out of the yards by wild cattle, caught in a windmill, bashed, machine-gunned, torpedoed and chased by an elephant. [click to continue…]

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Thirty Days

One minute my wife was there. In a flash she was gone. In the ten months of Kerryn’s dying, I prepared myself for everything except for her death. Now that she is gone, I am desperate to know her as I never knew her.

Thirty Days is a portrait of grief, of a marriage and of a family. It is the moving memoir of Mark’s wife of 33 years, Kerryn Baker, who died ten months after her diagnosis, aged 55, from stomach cancer.

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Richard Lane was one of three brothers who founded Penguin Books in 1935.

But like all great stories, his life didn’t start there.

After sailing to Adelaide in 1922, Richard began work as a boy migrant – a farm apprentice living in rural South Australia as part of the ‘Barwell Boys’ scheme. [click to continue…]

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A Writing Life

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. [click to continue…]

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Plains of Promise

In this brilliant debut novel, Alexis Wright evokes city and outback, deppening our understanding of human ambition and failure, and making the timeless heart and soul of this country pulsate on the page. Black and white cultures collide in a thousand ways as Aboriginal spirituality clashes with the complex brutality of colonisation at St Dominic’s Mission.

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Eddie’s Country

Eddie Murray died in suspicious circumstances in a police cell in the northern NSW town of Wee Waa in 1981. He was twenty-one years old.

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Memoirs from the Corner Country

Nanna was an imposing woman. She was large and dark, with strong arms and silver hair. Her scars bore testament to her adven- tures.

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Forcibly Removed

A first book from public figure, community worker and raconteur, Albert Holt. Forcibly Removed is a personal story told with humour and a confidence that comes from experience and achievement.

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Thea Astley

Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather is the long-overdue biography of Australian author Thea Astley (1925–2004). Over a fifty-year writing career, Astley published more than a dozen novels and short story collections, including The Acolyte, The Slow Natives and, finally, Drylands in 1999. She was the first person to win multiple Miles Franklin awards – four in total. With many of her works published internationally, Astley was a trailblazer for women writers.

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Before Rupert

The unauthorised biography of Australia’s first media magnate.

Following the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch said his greatest regret was that he had let his father down. Popular history views Sir Keith Murdoch (1885–1952) as a fearless war correspondent – author of the famous letter that led to the evacuation of the Anzac force from Gallipoli – and a principled journalist and dedicated family man who, on his death, left a single provincial newspaper to Rupert. But is there another side to the story of Keith’s success and the origins of News Corporation?

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Talking About Celia, Community & Family Memories of Celia Smith

Talking About Celia…..is a montage of memories and pictures taking the reader inside an Aboriginal community and inside the life of an extraordinary Murri woman. People like Celia Smith are remembered through stories told and re-told by their family and community.

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I am Melba

I am Melba – how a Melbourne girl defied her father and left her husband to become the most famous singer of the age. Growing up in Melbourne, Nellie Mitchell showed musical promise and dreamed of fame, but her father had more orthodox plans in mind. Early marriage took her to the Queensland cane-fields – […]

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No Regrets – Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf was one of the most greatly loved singers of the twentieth century. As she moved from her youth singing in the streets to the glamour of the Paris music-halls, Piaf formed lasting friendships with such figures as Maurice Chevalier, Jean Cocteau and Marlene Dietrich; she wrote many of her own songs, aided the […]

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The Best Hated Man in Australia

They don’t make politicians like ‘Jack’ Brookfield anymore. From mining underground in Broken Hill he ‘rose like a meteor in public life’ to be possibly the most extreme anti-politician ever to be elected in this country. The Great War and the years that followed saw unprecedented political turmoil in Australia and Brookfield was in the […]

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A Prescription for Change

In A Prescription for Change: The Terry White Story, veteran journalist Tony Koch colourfully charts the drive, integrity and family support that have guided White through a fascinating life in business and politics. Growing up in a poor family, Terry White showed ambition from a young age, enrolling himself in a private school – initially […]

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Ten Hail Marys

In January 1966, Kate Howarth gave birth to a healthy baby boy at St Margaret’s Home for unwed mothers in Sydney.

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Home

Candice is a young woman setting out on her first visit to the traditional land of her Aboriginal grandmother.

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Kevin Rudd – An Unauthorised Political Biography

Kevin Rudd emerged after a period of prolonged instability and internal strife within the federal ALP to establish himself as a popular leader who could unify his party and mount a real challenge to John Howard.

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Sophie’s Journey

Sophie’s Journey traces the path of this remarkable young girl. It is told through the words of the many people who have helped her, supported her and loved her – friends and family, hospital staff, emergency workers and high-profile supporters.

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Robert Helpmann – A Servant of Art

Robert Helpmann achieved so much in the arts in one life that he should be more highly regarded in Australia than he is—but then, he didn’t play cricket, he danced.

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