Jenni Heckendorf / Through the Years
‘This beautifully written memoir by Jenni Heckendorf reveals a woman with firm opinions, a warm sense of family and a keen sense of her own value. She has also lived with cerebral palsy her whole life. A must-read for anyone who has ever doubted the indomitability of the human spirit.’ - Professor Donna Lee Brien, Central Queensland University
Liz Newton / The Firing Line: A memoir of a family ablaze
The Firing Line is the compelling true story of a girl growing up with her family from the mid-1950s.
Christina Houen / This Place You Know
Hay, New South Wales, 1923. Martha, a classics scholar from the coast, comes to teach in a man’s town in the outback. She falls in love with Henry, a local man, and they find their dream place on the river where they raise a family and breed a flock of sheep with fine wool. The unforgiving climate erodes their dreams.
Hugh Crago / All We Need To Know: A Family In Time
This is a family history like no other, focusing squarely on the way that families mysteriously repeat the same patterns of personality and behaviour, generation after generation.
Lindsey Jane Doley / Here, There and Everywhere: Memoirs of an Air Hostess
‘A perfect peek behind the scenes at what life was really like as an air hostess in the bygone era of the 1970s and 80s. Poignant in places, laugh-out-loud funny in others, this book is a definite must-read.’ - David Blake, London author
Caroline Butt / Pumpkin
‘Pumpkin is a sociological study - rather a case study, with all the warmth of the human experience of one family, and especially of one girl growing up in that family…’ - Betsy Wearing PhD
Bill Hampel / Mallee Roots
Mallee Roots is an account of the rich community culture of Walpeup, a small, remote Mallee town in the years 1942 to 1956. Isolated from bigger centres by gravel roads and distance, life demanded a high degree of interdependence and sharing.
Geoffrey Eldridge / I Walk Alone
I walk alone. That is not down on the city streets where help or a sympathetic ear is never very far away, but solo up in the rough country where I have climbed over a thousand mountains.
Alice Nunn / Going Down Gordon Brown: with poems by Andrew Mackirdy
In 2006 there were 2.7 million people on Incapacity Benefit and Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, set a target for 1 million of these people to be removed and made to work.
Jacqueline Lonsdale Cuerton / The Last Shot
'Her story is instructive and entertaining. She is proud, and should be proud, of who she is and the life she has led. I commend her story to you.' - Steve Wilson
Sally Rynveld & Guy Winship / A Good Life: the story of Guy Winship and Good Return
This is the story of Guy Winship, told in his own words. Growing up in South Africa during the apartheid years, Guy joined the struggle for equality and democracy while throwing himself into improving conditions in poor communities.
Wendy Harris et al / From the Desert to the Lakes: Four South Australian Aboriginal Memoirs
Four stories about indigenous South Australians.
Louise Nicholas / Meet My Mother
'In this captivating poetic memoir, Louise Nicholas honours the memory of her mother, Dorothy, and her mother’s unfulfilled wish – until now – to be a published writer.' - Jennifer Liston
Matthew Karpin / The Crisis
'Yet Karpin is a superb prose stylist, so this is a narrative with flair as well as urgency, compelling in its telling as well as its important tale. It is a courageous work of witness, and a work of unexpected beauty - the beauty of the grit and care of this family’s work of love, and of exquisite crafting.’ - Felicity Plunkett
Anne-Marie Smith / Pardon My French
‘Anne-Marie Smith is an astute human observer who tells her extraordinary life story in her inimitable, straight-from-the-hip style.’ - Lindy Warrell, anthropologist, writer and poet
Dorothy Hansen / Minus One: A Year with Breast Cancer
This moving memoir details the first twelve months after a mastectomy and how one woman has dealt with it. Facing cancer focuses the mind sharply on both the past and the future: the present has simply to be got through. The author's hope is that her struggle to make sense of her situation may help others and their intimates.
Airlie Kirkham / There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel
I think my story is exceptional. Maybe you will think so too. Whatever one thinks, I have learnt through this story the value of persistence, patience, positive attitude and perseverance - such precious qualities in life. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but one has to find the way there.
Nerelle Poroch / Dear Jenny
Dear Jenny is a story of love between two women friends, expressed in phone text messages which became less self-conscious as Jenny’s death approached.
Mulpurinni Doris Kartinyeri / Bipolar Express: From One Mind to Another
I am enthusiastic about telling my story all about my illness – bipolar mood swing disorder. I write with restlessness and with recklessness, sometimes with energy so strong, along with energy incredibly low. With the effect of this illness comes the need to rebuild myself and my self-esteem, and finally to come to terms with the illness itself.
Paul Corfiatis / My World
This insightful book is a rare glimpse into the world of autism. It tells of one man’s struggle against all the odds, in a fearful and confusing world - his aspirations, his yearning for acceptance and love, not just for himself but for the entire global family. It is a triumph of the human spirit, speaking to courage, grace and creativity, and offers inspiration to all who read it.