Hello Beautiful! Scenes from a Life by Hannie Rayson

In Australian playwright Hannie Rayson’s debut book she has written about herself. Short stories reflect her life as a writer, working in the theatre but also of her personal life with her child, her partner and father of her son, and her husband. Anecdotes from around the world are told with no-holds barred. After many successful plays, performed both Read More …

Things I Wish I’d Known – Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood edited by Victoria Young

Things I Wish I’d Known is a collection of reflection on motherhood. It is edited by UK journalist and magazine editor Victoria Young. Contributors including writers Cathy Kelly and Adele Parks, and Australian born Kathy Lette, journalists and television presenters tell their experiences of pregnancy, child birth and raising with insight and honesty. Rather than Read More …

One Life – My Mother’s Story by Kate Grenville

When Nance Russell died, her daughter, Kate Grenville discovered her mother had been writing about her life. She started putting the pieces together for her family. Then someone suggested she should publish them. Many drafts later she has combined her mother’s work into a third person narrative reflecting Nance’s life as a pioneer in her time. Read More …

Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp

Thirty somethings Catriona and James try IVF after failing to get pregnant naturally. They create four embryos and lose the first two, but the third is successful. Deciding that they only want one child they choose to donate the fourth embryo to another couple, wanting to help people who have struggled, as they did, to Read More …

Through the Wall by Anna Bligh

Anna Bligh’s memoir starts with her childhood, which was not easy, and onto her university years that kindled her political leanings. She took the seat of South Brisbane in 1992, in the Goss government, following the retirement of friend and mentor Anne Warner, despite just having had second son Oliver. She went on to hold Read More …

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

  Joe O’Brien is a Boston cop, a man of good Irish Catholic stock. He is happily married to Rosie, with four adult children – JJ, Patrick, Meghan and Katie. He has good friends and colleagues in the force. Life is good. Then he starts dropping things, taking longer to complete tasks and jigging uncontrollably. Read More …