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.
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.
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
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.
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
Claire Laishley / The Diary of Delores D'Lump
Claire Laishley wasn’t particularly concerned when she found a lump in her breast. She’d had two others removed over the years, both benign, and at the time the doctor had intimated there would probably be more. But this time things would be different. The Diary of Delores D’Lump covers the twelve-month period from the day breast cancer was diagnosed.
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.
Edna Keir / Catharine with an A
' The Keir family story will be both interesting and valuable to other families, and to professionals. The openness, warmth and gentle humour of Edna’s telling have great appeal to me as the mother of a young man with Down syndrome, and as a professional in family support.' - Jill O’Connor, Down Syndrome Association of NSW Inc.
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.
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.
George Huitker / Big Life
In 2014, George Huitker decided to merge his love of music and service education, and convinced his band, Junk Sculpture, to undertake a life-changing tour of north-western New South Wales. This was the very region where his service learning program was introducing his urban-based students to rural communities, to gain a better understanding of life in rural Australia, particularly for Indigenous children and their families.
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
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.
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
Margaret A. Jones & Rachel Ferneley / Fractured Silence
This is the story of my struggle to bring language to my child, who was born with a severe hearing loss as a result of congenital rubella. It is also the same story as experienced by my daughter and told in her own words. Our stories show readers how courage and determination can overcome such a difficult disability. We have written our story firstly to help the general public understand what it means to be born deaf and hopefully build a better understanding between both the hearing and deaf cultures. We also hope our story may help other families who have, or are now having, similar problems.
Margaret Bolton / Mother & Son
Every mother has a story, a story that is worth the telling. These are stories of courage, grit and determination. Stories that give insight into the different lives of others – so that’s what it’s like to walk in another’s shoes. Stories to ring bells – yes, I have been through some of that too, different in context maybe, but with the same will and the same love. Many of these mothers have faced huge challenges. They did this full on and, in the process, became the strong women that they are today.
Margaret Bolton / Not Another Nun Story
The stories of Not Another Nun Story recount some of the more human side of life in a convent in the 1960s. Before Vatican II, convent life was rather like that depicted in Audrey Hepburn’s film A Nun’s Story. Margaret Breuer became a Sister of Mercy while still a teenager, and teenage behaviour surfaced occasionally, giving rise to the humorous side of some stories. No, this is not just another nun’s story, but a story of one who rather unsuccessfully struggled with the rules and regulations and the spiritual side of convent life, while making the most of the temporal side!
Margitta Acker / Meat Pies and Mumbling Blokes
Born in Germany, Margitta Acker came to Australia in June 1962. Five weeks later, she was married at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Reid. For her, it was a wedding among strangers. Her memories of settling in Canberra, exploring her new surroundings, finding work, making friends and raising a family give a fascinating insight into everyday life in the national capital half a century ago, when Lake Burley Griffin was non-existent, mobile phones and credit cards were unheard of, and the suburb of Curtin was out in the paddocks.
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