The story of Jesse Martin who, at the age of 18, was the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. A young man who didn't know the meaning of impossible.
Life in McIvor Street, Broadmeadows was unpredictable. Cally Egan grew up expecting and experiencing the best and worst of her 1960s Australian working-class community. So chaotic were the days and nights in her big Irish Catholic family that she often planned her escape. Perched o... read more
A memoir of the Greek holiday the great American novelist Henry Miller took immediately before World War II.
"To the memory of Trim, the best and most illustrious of his Race, the most affectionate of friends, faithful of servants, and best of creatures. He made the Tour of the Globe, and a voyage to Australia, which he circumnavigated; and was ever the delight and pleasure... read more
A LASTING RECORD tells the unique true story of two separate but interconnected lives: New Yorker William Kapell, America's greatest home-grown concert pianist, and Roy Preston, Melbourne-based Myer cosmetics salesman and classical music aficionado. Kapell and Preston are united by one single acetate,... read more
A remarkably warm-hearted, uplifting and inspiring story of one boy's survival against the odds. Abdi's world fell apart when he was only fifteen and Somalia's vicious civil war hit Mogadishu. Unable to find his family and effectively an orphan, he fled with some sixty others,heading to Kenya. On the ... read more
A classic, accessible award-winning biography of Australia's most iconic author, leading feminist and humanitarian.
Stephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, the most brilliant cosmologist of our age turns his gaze inwards for a revealing look at his own life and intellectual evolution. My Brief History recounts Steph... read more
Here, distinguished neurologist Allan Ropper reveals the stories behind some of the extraordinary and often frightening brain conditions that he and his staff at the Harvard Medical School try - and sometimes fail - to diagnose and treat.
In 1994, Anchee Min published Red Azalea, a memoir of growing up during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. It became an international bestseller. Twenty years later, Anchee Min returns to give us the next chapter, as she moves from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bo... read more
"An astonishing memoir" Sonali Deraniyagala, author of Wave BOOK OF THE WEEK ON BBC RADIO 4 'Oh, what can I not do, in my dreams. In my dreams I travel on trains and climb mountains, I play concerts and swim rivers, I carry important documents on vital missions, I attend meetings which become song-and... read more
This is the fascinating and whimsical account of the twenty-five books that have influenced the life of bibliophile Rick Gekoski. Drawing from the fields of literature, psychology and philosophy and including books by Descartes, Dahl, and Dr. Seuss, Rick Gekoski trains the same ironic and analytic eye... read more