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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wendy Harris et al / From the Desert to the Lakes: Four South Australian Aboriginal Memoirs
Four stories about indigenous South Australians.
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.