Biography

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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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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 – but her ambitions remained, and she soon fled to London, trusting in talent and luck to get her by. Within a few years, reborn as Nellie Melba, she was performing to overflowing concert halls, hobnobbing with royalty and collaborating with Europe’s most renowned musicians. [click to continue…]

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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 Resistance in the Second World War, and mentored younger singers like Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour. [click to continue…]

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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 thick of it. [click to continue…]

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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 without his parents’ knowledge – to receive a better education. The young pharmacy graduate endured 73 interviews before he found a pharmacist who would waive the £20 apprenticeship fee – and White has never looked back. [click to continue…]

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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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With Bags and Swags

Back in the 1940s life was very different. On leaving school, teenagers were expected to get a good, steady job but Melbourne school friends Wendy Law and Shirley Duncan wanted to travel.

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Charles Kingsford Smith and those Magnificent Men

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith is one of Australia?s most loved heroes.

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Jack Fingleton

Fingleton was an outstanding opening batsman with a reputation for fearlessness against the most hostile and dangerous opening attacks.

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John Winston Howard

In John Winston Howard, a frank and engrossing portrait of the Prime Minister, Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen contend that John Howard is the first professional politician the country has seen, who has left a deep and lasting impact on modern politics, government and the country.

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Mother Lode

These are beautiful stories, skilfully written – emotionally wrenching at times but with plenty of humour. A book about death and families that is wise and strong and life-affirming.

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My Steve

My Steve is an uplifting, humorous and heart-breaking account of Terri’s relationship with Steve, the work they carried out together, and their unswerving commitment to wildlife conservation.

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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.

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