Jess Ho’s acerbic, sad, funny memoir of combines a compelling critique of the Melbourne food scene that became her family with memories of a traumatic childhood.
An early poster for Monkey Grip, starring Noni Hazelhurst and Colin Friels.
Ken Cameron’s film of Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip is dark, yearning, weird – and incredibly sexy – writes Ronnie Scott.
Handwritten diaries and digital diaries both help preserve experiences and memories, but in different ways.
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As material objects, diaries give scholars an intimate look into their subjects’ lives, including handwriting and mementos. What if diaries in the future are nothing but insubstantial digital ghosts?
A city of contrasts, these books represent the heart and the violence of this Italian city.
The Lincoln Coffee Lounge, Rowe Street, Sydney (1950), the birthplace of the Sydney Push.
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Hard Joy is an intimate and often idiosyncratic work that speaks of the importance of honest relationships and a rich life of the mind.
Sandra Willson (left) on the set of Prisoner.
A powerful new memoir of prison life in the 1960s and 70s – uncovered while researching lesbians in Sydney – is a searing indictment of Australian society and its institutions.
Image from big beautiful female theory by Eloise Grills (Affirm Press).
Two radically inventive new works of Australian graphic nonfiction dig deep into 21st-century life. They balance critique with hopeful possibilities – of collective change and radical acceptance.
These are ferociously intelligent books by two young female writers addressing the problems of gender, race and migration in Australia today.
Jonathan Bazzi photo by Claudia Beretta.
One of the first contemporary personal narratives about living with HIV in the 21st century, Fever urgently interrogates the social meanings of HIV, and how they’ve evolved in the era of treatment.
Akuch Kuol Anyieth pictured in Melbourne with her mother Mary.
At the age of five, Akuch Kuol Anyieth climbed into a cattle truck to journey to the refugee camp known as Kakuma. This is her story.
Shakira Hussein (seated in chair) with daughter Adalya Nash Hussein. Photo by Leah Jing McIntosh.
Disabled single mother Shakira Hussein reflects on her secret weapon against adversity. Adalya, her ‘excessively mature’ daughter, appointed herself her mother’s carer and fierce protector from age 9.
On International Women’s Day, two women writers discuss feminism, writing in the age of Trump and Covid – and being ‘flabbergasted’ by the absence of birth from Western art and philosophy.
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Australian dramatist David Williamson’s new book is a mash up of memoir and autobiography, which casts himself as a former ‘plunderer’ of other’s lives.
Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.
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Brittany Higgins’ forthcoming memoir will allow her to tell her story in her own words. She’ll join a group of strong women who’ve done just that.
Community members gather for a vigil in memory of the victims of the Atlanta shootings and to rally against anti-Asian racism in Ottawa.
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Chinese-Canadian journalist Edith Eaton documented anti-Asian racism in Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century. Over 100 years later, not much has changed.
The view from the back verandah of the house where the city met the bush.
When Matthew Condon began writing about corruption in Queensland he discovered that members of his own family had cameos in the narrative.
Cynthia Banham with Kevin Rudd in 2008. Banham’s memoir explores both the trauma she experienced during a plane crash in 2007 and her family’s history.
In her fragmentary family memoir, Cynthia Banham interweaves narratives of war and migration with her own traumatic plane crash - ultimately reclaiming her identity in the process.
Michelle Obama charted her own course, prioritizing what she values.
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A psychologist unexpectedly realized that Obama’s memoir ‘Becoming’ mirrors the life stages she’s identified in a group of women she’s been tracking since 1970.
Lower Snug looking across North West Bay to Mt Wellington, Tasmania.
Alone and adrift in Melbourne, Cassandra Pybus returned on a whim to her childhood home of Tasmania. There, she rediscovered nature’s power, encountering the island’s difficult history as well as her own.
Anne Moody penned her memoir at the urging of baseball great Jackie Robinson.
Does Anne Moody’s memoir represent how far we’ve come as a society. Or is it a stark reminder of how far we need to go?