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This year, Associate Publisher Sally Heath launched her inaugural narrative non-fiction publishing program for Thames & Hudson Australia. Beginning with Matthew Colloff’s Landscapes of Our Hearts and Intoxicating: Ten Drinks that Shaped Australia by Max Allen in July this year. Sally is curating a diverse and considered list of titles which both complement and elevate the broad range of titles from Thames & Hudson, locally and internationally.

Later this year, we are looking forward to the publication of David McAllister’s memoir Soar: A Life Freed by Dance; astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith’s The Secret Life of Stars; a collection of essays from writers for The Conversation entitled 2020: The Year That Changed Us; and the first instalment of the First Knowledges series, Songlines by Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly.


“Excellent storytelling and remarkable truths are a compelling combination.”

—Sally Heath, Associate Publisher, Thames & Hudson Australia





“We have been looking to add to the Australian portfolio with narrative non-fiction for some time and it is thrilling to see Sally’s list come alive, with strong initial sales and impressive endorsements. It is a natural extension of our UK narrative non-fiction list with a distinctly Australian character that bears huge relevance to our local market.”

—Daniel Watts, Managing Director, Thames & Hudson Australia



Soar: A Life Freed by Dance by David McAllister with Amanda Dunn
29 September 2020

Fifty years since he stepped into his first ballet class, The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister reflects on his life, from the backblocks of Perth where he grew up to the world stage of international stardom. Join David as he journeys through his dancing life, relationships, embracing his sexuality, and the combination of talent, timing and sheer perseverance that gave rise to his transformative career.

WATCH: David McAllister on his upcoming memoir Soar



The Secret Life of Stars by Lisa Harvey-Smith
29 September 2020

The Secret Life of Stars offers a personal and readily understood introduction to some of the Galaxy’s most remarkable stars. Each chapter is accompanied by illustrations by Eirian Chapman and connects us to the various different and unusual stars and their amazing characteristics and attributes, from pulsars, blue stragglers and white dwarfs to cannibal stars and explosive supernovae.



2020: The Year That Changed Us edited by Molly Glassey, Digital Editor for The Conversation
27 October 2020

These essays from leading thinkers and contributors to The Conversation examine what will be one of the most significant and punishing years in the 21st century. 2020: The Year That Changed Us explores the lessons that cannot be overlooked from this remarkable year, and the most intelligent way forward.



Songlines: The Power and Promise by Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly
27 October 2020

Weaving deeply personal storytelling with extensive research on mnemonics, Songlines offers unique insights into Indigenous traditional knowledges, how they apply today and how they could help all peoples thrive into the future. This book invites readers to understand a remarkable way for storing knowledge in memory by adapting song, art, and most importantly, Country, into their lives.

‘Let this series begin the discussion.’
—Bruce Pascoe

The First Knowedges books are co-authored by Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers; the series of six books is edited by Margo Neale, senior Indigenous curator at the National Museum of Australia.


Go into the draw to win a narrative non-fiction prize pack from Thames & Hudson Australia, including:

1 x copy of Landscapes of Our Heart by Matthew Colloff
1 x copy of Intoxicating: Ten Drinks That Shaped Australia by Max Allen
1 x copy of The Secret Life of Stars: Astrophysics for Everyone by Lisa Harvey-Smith

To enter, please email your answer to the below question to in 25 words or less:

What is your favourite narrative non-fiction book you’ve read and why?

Terms and conditions apply. Please visit for further details. Entries close 9 September 2020. Winners will be contacted by email by 11 September 2020.




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