After by Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell writes with great candour about her mother’s sudden death. She chose to take her own life leaving no note, and a family devastated. This should add to the debate around euthanasia and the need for some legislation, but ultimately it is a personal reflection on the complicated emotions that occur between mothers and Read More …

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Over Achiever by Em Rusciano

Em Rusciano was thrust into the spotlight when she entered Australian Idol in 2004. She talks with candor, wit and colourful language about her life before and after Idol. She has packed a lot into her young years, and her book will have you laughing out loud, tearing up, and wanting to see her next Read More …

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

A powerful memoir of an Australian woman growing up in suburban Sydney. Her parents are of Afro-Caribbean descent and in the eighties she stood out, and was made to feel her difference in the most negative ways. The impact of this racism has affected her incredibly, but she has turned the hatred into beautiful writing, Read More …

After Before Time by Robbi Neal

Robbi Neal has used her experience of living and working in a remote Aboriginal community to bring together these stories of the lives of a few different Aboriginal people in this book. The diversity of this small community is reflected in various ages, genders and experiences. The dispossession of land, family, culture and language are delivered Read More …

Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea by Marie Munkara

Marie Munkara has written an incredibly open and honest account of her life, having been removed from her family at three years old, adopted by strict Catholics, and then returning to her birth family. She holds nothing back reflecting on her abusive adoptive parents and the challenges she faces when she reconnects with her family and Read More …