Michael Byrne / A Life in Writing
A Life in Writing charts the evolution of Michael Byrne as an award-winning poet in the Australian Capital Territory.
Hilda Metcalf Hunt / Blackberries and Golden Wattle: The Thorns and Beauty of a Childhood in the Adelaide Hills
Blackberries and Golden Wattle is an evocative and delightful life story of three families, of the fragility of life, resilience and recollections, recounted through the eyes of the author.
Garth Alperstein / The Fourpenny Axe and a Snooker Cue: eBofolo remembered
This is a story about growing up in a small racist town in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, during the Apartheid years. The author is the oldest son of the town’s mayor, a publican. He grew up between the hotel, where he was exposed at an early age to much of the town’s less salubrious goings on, and a harsh boarding school experience.
Nicholas Hasluck / Rollo's Way
A lively memoir in which Nicholas Hasluck explores the life and times of his elder brother Rollo, an adventurer brimful of bright ideas and his own way of going at things.
Michael Galvin / The Ben Book: A Father's Memoir
Benjamin was a textbook case of a boy, and then a young man, with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and what it means to live and die from this disease, in Australia, in suburban Adelaide, at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first.
David Meldrum / Any Minute Now
In this memoir, David Meldrum begins by looking back at the boy who wanted to become a manager of people, like his father; a boy with some fears and faults who nevertheless rose quickly to increasingly senior jobs.
Peter Kraus / Slow Train to Auschwitz
Memoirs of a life in war and peace.
Lyndsay Brown / What Would Love Do?
Parenting a child through the first year of gender transition.
Nerelle Poroch / Eugene's Gift
Eugene’s gift was to come to terms with his own situation in a quiet, courageous way that inspired those around him.
Dion Perry / Island Life: The Story of Clarke island 1984–1990
‘Utterly charming and immensely readable, in Island Life, Dion Perry gives us a true ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ tale set in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Australia, the Bass Strait Islands.’ - Michael Veitch
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