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.
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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, $19.99More about A Revolution in the Making
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, $24.99More about Funemployed
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
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. Assisted by a number of Australian women, she was ultimately encouraged to apply for refugee status in order to stay in this country. Thus 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 first-world, affluent 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, $32.99More about Flying on Broken Wings
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, $29.99More about Life to the Limit
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, $24.99BUY BOOK
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, $24.95BUY BOOK
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, $24.95BUY BOOK
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, $29.95BUY BOOK
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.
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Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer (Eds.)
Joyful Strains collects twenty-seven memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia.
January 2013, $24.95BUY BOOK
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, $59.95BUY 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, $24.95BUY BOOK
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.
May 2012, $9.95 eBook
Pop Life is an insiders’ view of the Australian pop lovers’ bible, Smash Hits, from its bubbly beginnings to digital demise.
List price $27.95
Paperback special $9.95
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, $10.00BUY BOOK
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, $19.95BUY BOOK
Don't Peak at High School
by Fiona Scott-Norman (Ed.)
A host of celebrities including Charlie Pickering, Adam Goodes, Brendan Cowell, Penny Wong, Bindi Cole, Marieke Hardy, Eddie Perfect, Adam Boland, Judith Lucy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Wendy Harmer and Paul Capsis shine light into the dark basements of their past to inspire and reassure teenagers while providing precious insight for parents and teachers.
July 2011, $24.95
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, $29.95BUY BOOK
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
When We Think About Melbourne
by Jenny Sinclair
What exactly makes Melbourne unique? And where does it get its x-factor? This book is a wry and whimsical survey of our city's creativity.
August 2010, $34.95
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, $29.95BUY BOOK
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, $14.95BUY BOOK