by Rodney Hogg & Jon Anderson
Ever since Mitchell Johnson and his mighty moustache struck fear into the English Ashes team, the cricketing world has been buzzing about fast bowling.
Now Rodney Hogg and Jon Anderson get up close with the greatest quicks in cricket history. In seventeen extended interviews – from Frank Tyson to Brett Lee, Sir Wes Hall to Shoaib Akhtar and Jeff Thomson to Allan Donald – Speed Thrills sets out to trace the journeys and plot the psychology behind the most ferocious speedsters to have graced the world stage.
August 2015, $35.00
by Trevor Conomy
‘Down Under’ made Men at Work the biggest band on the planet in the early 1980s. The band split soon after, but ‘Down Under’ never stopped working. It became an unofficial national anthem, and was as unstoppable as the fried-out Kombi of its opening line.
Decades later, ABC’s Spicks and Specks innocently revealed a similarity between the song’s flute riff and an old nursery rhyme about a laughing Kookaburra. It sparked an epic legal stoush that shook the music world and will forever be associated with tragedy.
August 2015, $29.99
by Michael Sexton & Neil Sachse
At 24, Neil Sachse was an Aussie Rules star on the rise. The burly South Australian had torn through the ranks to become one of the most sought-after players in the country. Then, in only his second game in the top flight, playing for Footscray, a front-on collision left Neil a quadriplegic.
It remains the most catastrophic injury to any player in the history of the VFL/AFL competition. However, it’s not the injury, but what Neil went on to achieve that has come to define him.
August 2015, $29.99
It Happened in a Holden
Edited by Paddy O'Reilly
The hugely popular It Happened in a Holden has been reformated and this edition is now only $19.99!
The Holden was the first car designed for Australia, rolling into our lives in 1948. Since then it has been rooted firmly in the Australian psyche. Holden models have defined generations. The FJ, the EH, the Torana, the Kingswood panel van, the Monaro, the ute – the name of each model is like a tuning fork for eras of Australian family, city and bush life.
Almost every Australian has a Holden story. They are funny, sad, ridiculous, moving, and sometimes lurid.
August 2016, $19.99READ MORE
The Suppository of All Wisdom
by Andrew Thompson, Cartoons by Andrew Weldon
Inspired by Tony Abbott’s immortal verbal overreach, The Suppository of All Wisdom is a hilarious, fully illustrated guide to the words and expressions we most often mangle, muck up and just don’t quite understand.
You’ll be amazed at how many supposably well-educated speakers make mistakes – from schoolteachers, to newsreaders, to Rhodes Scholar prime ministers. Too often the misinformed flaunt the rules, and that’s a travesty. In one foul swoop, this book will make you sound smarter. It is the ultimate grammar guide, literally awesome, and begs the question: why not buy two?
July 2015, $19.99READ MORE
Much Ado About Melbourne
by Jenny Sinclair
What shapes the character of Melbourne, and from where does it get its x-factor? Jenny
Sinclair goes in search of the answers and discovers that it’s all in our head – or at least
our collective imagination.
Much Ado About Melbourne is a whimsical and absorbing survey of the city’s creativity, from Hoddle’s Grid to the cultural achievements that help put us on the world map. Celebrating the tales, spirit and sensibilities that make this metropolis, it charts the evolution of Melbourne through its music, art, literature, film, stories, transport, maps and people.
June 2015, $35.00
by Rochelle Siemienowicz
In this frank, compelling and beautifully written memoir, Rochelle Siemienowicz provides an intimate portrait of the last days of an open marriage.
Raised as devout Seventh-day Adventists, who believe that the end of the world is near and that premarital sex is a terrible sin, Eve and her husband marry young. Rebelling against their upbringing, and in an attempt to overcome problems in their relationship, they enter an agreement that has its own strict rules. But when Eve holidays alone in her hometown of Perth during a hot West Australian summer, she finds her body and heart floating free.
Fallen is a true tale of sex, love, religion and getting married too young – and about what it feels like when you can’t keep the promises you once sincerely made.
May 2015, $24.99READ MORE
She's Having a Laugh
In She’s Having a Laugh, 25 of the funniest women in Australia write about life, love and laughter. Their stories are irreverent, intimate and – most of all – often hilarious. They reflect on why they became comedians, celebrate the funny women in their own lives, explore what’s different about the female funny bone, and take a look at the power of laughter for us all.
April 2015, $29.99
Motherhood & Creativity
Edited by Rachel Power
Do women still confront the attitude that they have to choose between following their creative dreams and having children? In Motherhood & Creativity, some of Australia’s most respected actors, writers,
artists and musicians speak frankly about the wrench
between motherhood and their creative lives.
In these compelling, honest and insightful interviews, 22 women open up about the various
challenges and pleasures they’ve faced when combining motherhood with an undiminished passion for their creative work.
April 2015, $24.99
Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love
by Kate James
Kate James serves up 50 bite-sized tips on how to live a more fulfilling and fantastic life.
January 2015, $19.99READ MORE
The Reach Foundation
Parenting Teenagers is a straight-talking and practical guide to supporting your kids through their teenage years. It provides all the information you’ll need, when you need it and without the fluff.
January 2015, $19.99READ MORE
The Home Barista
by Simone Egger & Ruby Ashby Orr
Savvy, smart and beautifully illustrated, The Home Barista is the coffee-lover’s guide to becoming an expert, impressing your friends and getting a brilliant brew– all without even leaving home.
November 2014, $19.99
It Happened in a Holden
Edited by Paddy O'Reilly
The Holden rolled into our lives in 1948 and has been firmly rooted in the Australian psyche ever since. The FJ, the EH, the Torana, the Kingswood, the panel van, the Monaro, the ute – each car is like a tuning fork for eras of Australian family, city and bush life. Almost every Australian has a Holden story, and this book is packed with tales from all walks of Australian life. They are funny, brave, warm, sad and sometimes ridiculous.
Bruce Beresford • Jamie Whincup • Cate Kennedy • Father Bob Maguire • Kerry Greenwood • Shane Jacobson • Bev Brock • John Romeril • Anna Krien • Anson Cameron • Christine Nixon • Frankie J Holden • Tara June Winch • Peter Corris • Yassmin Abdel-Magied • Gary Poole • And many more
November 2014, $29.99READ MORE
Adam Gilchrist The Man. The Cricketer. The Legend.
by Adam Gilchrist
Going in first or seventh, wearing whites or colours, Adam Gilchrist was the most exhilarating cricketer of the modern age.
This is the most complete, intimate and fascinating illustrated autobiography of ‘Gilly’, one of the most loved sportsmen of his generation.
Featuring personal photographs, stories and precious keepsakes from Gilchrist’s private life and illustrious career, this book provides unprecedented access to Gilly, on and off the field.
Peppered with anecdotes, reflections and jibes from friends, family and many of the biggest names in Australian and world cricket, this is the ultimate collection for sporting enthusiasts.
October 2014, $59.99
Flying on Broken Wings
by Carrie Bailee
A Journey of Unimaginable Betrayal, Resilience and Hope.
By Carrie Bailee
SOLD. She was nine years old.
Carrie Bailee fled Canada and came to Australia when she was twenty. Once here she was assisted by a number of Australian women, and was ultimately encouraged to apply for refugee status in order to stay in this country. So began her battle to be granted asylum in Australia. Carrie stood before the Refugee Review Tribunal and revealed the dark underbelly of child sexual abuse and organised crime rings in our privileged, first-world neighbourhoods.
This is the story of one young woman’s heroic journey to survive, escape and soar above her shocking childhood experiences, and her powerful struggle for freedom and a beautiful life in Australia.
October 2014, $29.99READ MORE
Lesbian for a Year
by Brooke Hemphill
What happens when a young heterosexual woman wakes up one morning with a splitting hangover and a naked woman wrapped around her? She kisses goodbye to her unfulfilling and messy straight life in search of something more.
And so begins Brooke Hemphill’s year of dating women. From a lesbian reality show and wild Mardi Gras parties to an illicit affair and a broken heart, Brooke learns more than she bargained for about herself, her sexuality, and the nature of relationships and intimacy.
September 2014, $29.99READ MORE
by Sam Bramham
Sam Bramham doesn’t let a disability slow him down, or quell his larrikin streak. He’s a force of nature, as famous for making mischief as for winning Paralympic medals in the pool.
Despite an ‘international incident’ or two, Sam was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for being an inspiration and role model.
With his competitive spirit still burning, Sam is on the road to Rio, determined to win gold for Australia in the first ever Paralympic triathlon.
August 2014, $29.99READ MORE
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo
by Luke Ryan
A year-long regimen of chemotherapy and radiotherapy wasn’t quite what Luke Ryan had in mind when he turned twenty-two. Especially having been through the same rigmarole when he was eleven. Needless to say, Luke is eyeing off thirty-three warily.
Clearly there’s only one course of action to take when you’ve been handed two life-threatening diagnoses in twenty-two years: comedy. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo is a warm-hearted and hilarious memoir from someone who has laughed in the face of more adversity than most of us will encounter in a lifetime.
July 2014, $29.99READ MORE
A Revolution in the Making
by Guy Rundle
Just as you were getting comfortable with a digital world, here comes the material revolution, a transformation in the production and distribution of, well, everything. 3D printing has broken out of its limited industrial uses and landed on a million desktops. New materials, such as graphene, will make it possible to print out complex and durable machines at costs approaching zero.
Guy Rundle talks to the people at the frontline of this mind-boggling new world, and paints a vivid picture of how life will change as today’s emerging technologies become mainstream.
July 2014, $19.99READ MORE
by Justin Heazlewood
Funemployed goes beyond the press releases and the hype to show what it’s really like to be a working artist in Australia.
Through candid interviews, brutal honesty and lacerating wit, Justin Heazlewood (aka The Bedroom Philosopher) provides a fascinating portrait of life in Australia for artists and aspiring artists alike.
Part confessional and part rogue self-help book, Funemployed is a wholly fascinating insight for everyone who appreciates the arts in Australia. The life of an artist in Australia, from cradle to Centrelink.
June 2014, $24.99READ MORE
Run for Your Life
by Jill Jolliffe
Unwillingly given up by her birth mother and adopted into a violent household, Jill Jolliffe found the course of her life set before she even had time to choose.
She ran away as a teenager and has been running ever since. Jolliffe became a thorn in the establishment’s side and earned herself a hefty ASIO file. Following her instincts, she became a foreign correspondent – risking her life to report on Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor, exposing sex-trafficking rackets in Portugal and ducking bullets while covering a war in Angola.
June 2014, $29.99
Life to the Limit
by Bev Brock
At 22, Bev Brock dived into shallow water and broke
her neck. She was told she’d never walk freely again.
A few months later she was out dancing in a neck
brace, and playing basketball the day the brace came
off. Bev Brock does not break easily.
After enduring more than her fair share of ups and
downs – including the heartbreaking public separation
from racing-car legend Peter Brock, and the messy
legal battle that left her flat broke – Bev continues to
celebrate life with inimitable wit, warmth, honesty and
April 2014, $29.99READ MORE
Bully for Them
edited by Fiona Scott-Norman
One of the most difficult things about being bullied is
the feeling that nobody else knows what it’s like.
Twenty-two of Australia’s most talented and successful people know exactly what it’s like.
March 2014, $24.99READ MORE
by Greg Foyster
Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas. Featuring eye-opening encounters with DIY downshifters and leading figures in sustainability, Changing Gears is a jaunty adventure that explores an important question for the future: can we be happier with less?
September 2013, $24.95
Out of Shape
by Mel Campbell
From corsets to skinny jeans, we have always fretted about our body shapes and why it’s so damn difficult to find a good fit. In this bold and entertaining book, Mel Campbell reveals how, when it comes to clothes and sizing, the past and present are cut from the same cloth.
June 2013, $24.95READ MORE
Left Hand Drive
by Craig McGregor
Combining memoir, social commentary, and musings from his private notebooks, Left Hand Drive sees two-time Walkley Award winner Craig McGregor reflect on some of the most compelling and defining events of modern times.
May 2013, $24.95READ MORE
A Flower Between the Cracks
by Helen Sage
When Helen’s daughter is involved in a catastrophic car accident, her life and the lives of her family are irrevocably changed.
April 2013, $29.95READ MORE
Come a Little Bit Closer
by Ian 'Peewee' Wilson
In this breezy and brilliant memoir, Peewee recalls the
highs and inimitable lows of life fronting Australia’s
iconic vocal group, The Delltones.
March 2013, $24.95READ MORE
Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer (Eds.)
Joyful Strains collects twenty-seven memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia.
January 2013, $24.95READ MORE
by Beverley Brock
This extraordinary book celebrates the life of Peter Brock through his family and friends, personal collections of photos, memorabilia and personalised letters.
October 2012, $29.99BUY BOOK
by Ginger Briggs
The remarkable true story of Andy, who spent his adolescence in institutions and foster homes, and his unique friendship with his carer, Mez.
August 2012, $24.95READ MORE
The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries
by Justin Heazlewood
A collection of hilarious and melancholic reports from
Justin Heazlewood, aka The Bedroom Philosopher, and his wealth of experience as a touring Folkstar.
Pop Life is an insiders’ view of the Australian pop lovers’ bible, Smash Hits, from its bubbly beginnings to digital demise.
The Boy and the Crocodile
The Boy and the Crocodile is the legend of East Timor, a parable about kindness, and a delightful children’s book illustrated by orphans from East Timor.
November 2011, $19.95READ MORE
by Jude Fitcher
Keen to inspire city folk to explore regional Victoria, Jude Fitcher created Slow Tracks, a guide to all the charm and character of country Victoria that just happens to end up at some of our finest racetracks.
October 2011, $19.99READ MORE
The Bogan Delusion
by David Nichols
Nothing defies cultured Australia's sense of itself more than the bogan. Part travelogue, part social critique, David Nichols explores the cultural and social landscape of Australia in 2011. But what is the idea of bogans really doing to us all?
June 2011, $9.95 eBook
1001 Australian Nights
by Dave Graney
Legendary rock showman Dave Graney takes us on a journey of self-discovery. Spanning three decades, this ain't no standard rock'n'roll trip; it's an education. This is Graney up close, out there and on his game.
April 2011, $29.95READ MORE
Rock and Hard Places
by Andrew Mueller
Andrew Mueller couldn't decide between being a rock journalist, travel writer or foreign correspondent, so he hit upon the idea to be all three at once.
October 2010, $29.95
The Mighty Bras
by Paul Connolly
In the summer of 2003, a mob of mature Melbourne women threw caution, asthma inhalers and orthopaedic inserts to the wind and formed a football (soccer) team to play in the lower division of the metropolitan league.
April 2010, $29.95READ MORE
Peace of Wall
by Chris Parkinson
The images and words adorning the walls of East Timor reflect the country's tumultuous history, precarious present and hopeful future. Foreword from Jose-Ramos Horta.
April 2010, $29.95
Advice to Young People on Leaving Home
by Grace Lax
If you or your spawn are looking for guidance about the right way to leave the family home, find digs, make friends, influence people, express yourself artistically, eat, drink, procreate, get ahead and, finally, die and be buried... then this darling compendium will steer you through the rest of your days.
February 2010, $19.95
From Sometimes Love Beth
by Beth Sometimes
From her new home in Central Australia, on the eve of 2008, postcard author Beth Sometimes embarked on a daring challenge: to write a postcard to somebody, everybody, anybody and anything every day for the next year.
October 2009, $29.95
50 Reasons to Quit/Keep Smoking
by Fiona Scott-Norman
One book with two covers, 50 Reasons to Quit/Keep Smoking is an audacious attempt to tackle the touchy subject of smoking with humour and logic.
August 2009, $14.95
Lines of Wisdom
Lines of Wisdom is a heart-to-heart between people at opposite ends of the path of life. Evocative and engaging, sincere and irreverent, it provides a gentle mediation on the march of time and on the history of Australia itself.
November 2008, $39.95
Lame Claims to Fame
by Patrick Witton
A small book with its sights set on the big time, Lame Claims to Fame revels in, and roots out, the cult of celebrity. Funny, reverential and downright silly, it takes giddy delight in real encounters with unreal people, liberating mere mortals to celebrate their own ephemeral brushes with fame.
November 2008, $14.95READ MORE