Books »Biography & Autobiography
by Robert Drewe
From a floury encounter on a baker’s work table to the art of sitting backwards on chairs, from budgie training to spontaneous human combustion, this collection showcases the non-fiction writing of one of Australia’s best-loved authors.
These pieces encompass suburban portraits and coastal living, affectionate nostalgia and the absurdity of…Read more »
In this warm, lively, salty account of living on and by the sea, Drummond writes of fishing and feuds, of life as an apprentice fisherwoman, and of all the fish that got away.
Salt Story pays homage to sea-dogs, fisherwomen, oystermen and storytellers everywhere.
Praise for the Book
‘Too few writers capture the essence of now: the flavour…Read more »
‘An intimate and deeply moving insight into a close and loving relationship against a backdrop of the Australian film industry.’ David Stratton
‘This most moving, heart-warming story of two lovers, soul mates, will touch everyone who enjoys romance in all its aspects – the laughter, the tears, true love, and loss.’ Ian Crawford
This is the…Read more »
John Darraga Watson is renowned for his straight talking and strong leadership in events that shaped the national struggle for Indigenous land rights. Born on Mt Anderson Station in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in the 1930s, Watson never learned to read or write, but he learned early about hard work, his law and culture and that he was…Read more »
Before he became a multi-award-winning restauranteur and chef, Vu Do was an eight-year-old boy who fled Vietnam in a small wooden boat. Alone and without his parents, he and 67 others risked piracy, rough seas and starvation before landing in Malaysia for a two-year stay in a refugee camp.
In just over fifteen years, Vu Do has made a new home in…Read more »
There is nothing like the Antarctic for sending the schemes of mice and men all to blazes.
George Murray Levick’s journal demonstrates the courage and endurance of the men who took part in Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition. This very personal document provides insight into the extraordinary world in which they lived and their courage in…Read more »
In summer clothes, with only eight weeks worth of provisions, six men found themselves trapped at Terra Nova Bay. These men, members of the the ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition, were forced to winter in a snow cave eating only penguin and seal meat before trekking the 230 miles back to base campRead more »
by Kim Scott & Hazel Brown
Wilomin Noongar. What does that mean? Aunty Hazel reckons the wilo (curlew) can completely camouflage itself. It closes its eyes and just lies there, motionless. You only see it when its eyes open. So sometimes those of us who are disconnected and dispossessed only become visible when our eyes are opened to history. Acknowledging our people — wanting…Read more »
Growing up in the 1960s in a small rural community, Suzanne Covich is the dux of her primary-school classes. But it’s what she learns at home that shapes the Ten Out of Ten Kid into the girl who won’t cry, who plays dead, whose vulnerability is disguised beneath Huck Finn bravadoRead more »
Susan Swingler is the step-daughter of one of Australia’s most revered writers – Elizabeth Jolley. Abandoned by her father Leonard at the age of four, Susan had no contact with the Jolley family until they found and reclaimed her at the age of twenty-one. Why they were kept apart is the subject of this startling new memoir.
The House of Fiction…Read more »
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