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.
Tricia Cake / Threading Time
Threading Time is a mixture of memoir, poetry and reflection. It moves from the author’s early life growing up in Sydney in the 1950s, to her traumatic experiences of anxiety and hospitalisation as a young woman, to her later reflections on the health system as a social worker in Perth.
Jean Winter / Mindshadows
This is a true account of my life, an assessment validated by factual events and logical construct. It is not just a matter of opinion, of what is right or wrong, real or imagined. The story describes my experiences in the mental health system. The diagnosis is real, the medication is real, the reports are real. While my judgement can be seen as subjective, the relevance of medical objectivity is still questionable.
Linda Wells / Kultitja: memoir of an outback schoolteacher
Kultitja: memoir of an outback schoolteacher is an honest and poetic account of a young woman from suburban Melbourne who went to see what she could find amid the desert and the desert people in the centre of Australia and came face to face with herself.
Maureen Mitson / Paper Chase
I never knew my grandmother, Mary Ellen Kerr Peach. Then some old letters came into my possession; my paper chase began. I learnt how she epitomised the young, educated women of a century ago who sought to shatter the shibboleths of sexism by persistence and conviction. She wanted to teach, and thus guide girls and boys equally towards worthwhile adulthood. She died too young but in the time available to her I hope she was content to have made her mark, if not any headlines.
Robyn Mathison & Robert Cox (editors) / Behind the Masks: Gwen Harwood remembered by her friends
Surprising personal glimpses of the eminent and enigmatic Australian poet.