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The All of It: A bogan rhapsody (Cadance Bell, Viking)

Released July 2022

Our lives are multiple, our stories of ourselves never-ending, and yet when it comes to being a transgender person, there is this idea that we have one sole identity: trans.... Read more

Of Marsupials and Men (Alistair Paton, Black Inc.)

Released July 2022

If members of the Acclimatisation Society of Victoria had had their way, monkeys and boa constrictors would have been let loose in the foliage of 19th-century Melbourne. That idea was... Read more

The Chronic Pain Couple (Karra Eloff, Exisle)

Released July 2022

Karra Eloff met her forever partner while she was struck with chronic pain. Since that time Eloff, a health professional, founded the Chronic Pain Couple, an organisation that delivers practical... Read more

Holy Woman (Louise Omer, Scribe)

Released July 2022

For Louise Omer, leaving a problematic marriage became leaving a faith. For her, the two went hand-in-hand, one a symbol of the other: the wife is subject to the husband,... Read more

Swimming Home (Judy Cotton, Black Inc.)

Released June 2022

Judy Cotton is an internationally celebrated visual artist who has work in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Australia. Her father, Sir Robert... Read more

Hip Hop & Hymns (Mawunyo Gbogbo, Penguin) 

Released June 2022

Hip Hop & Hymns is a beautiful and heart-wrenching memoir by Mawunyo Gbogbo, music and pop culture reporter for the ABC. Gbogbo begins her story in Ghana, where her parents... Read more

Daughters of Durga: Dowries, gender violence and family in Australia (Manjula Datta O’Connor, MUP) 

Released June 2022

With Daughters of Durga, author, psychiatrist and campaigner Manjula Datta O'Connor has written an impassioned and empathetic treatise on the abuses of a patriarchal system. It may surprise readers to... Read more

Hard Joy: Life and writing (Susan Varga, Upswell)

Released June 2022

Susan Varga spent the first half of her life having affairs with inappropriate men, including some of the older leading lights of the libertarian Sydney Push. At the same time,... Read more

How to Be Between (Bastian Fox Phelan, Giramondo) 

Released May 2022

How to Be Between is a memoir that takes the reader on a tour of Australian counterculture at the beginning of the 21st century, through queer spaces, art festivals, DIY... Read more

The Secret of Emu Field: Britain’s forgotten atomic tests in Australia (Elizabeth Tynan, NewSouth) 

Released May 2022

While the atomic atrocities of Maralinga are now a well-known story in Australia, the events of nearby Emu Field have comparatively flown under the radar. Elizabeth Tynan, former science journalist... Read more