Other Lives: biographies in Your Library

Did you know that the Library has a wide variety of biographies available for loan? This post features a selection of biographies in the Library catalogue – click on the title to read more information about the book, or click on ‘Check Availability’ to find the book in the Library catalogue.

  • Madness : a bipolar life by Marya Hornbacher – “When Marya Hornbacher published her first book, Wasted, she did not yet know the reason for her all-but-shattered young life. At age 24, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type 1 rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disease there is. Here, in her trademark wry, self-revealing voice, Hornbacher tells her new story.” Check Availability
  • The dressmaker’s daughter by Kate Llewellyn -“The Dressmaker’s Daughter is a candid and exquisitely crafted account of Kate Llewellyn’s life, from her earliest days on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia through to her nursing training, her marriage, life in bohemian Adelaide in the Sixties and Seventies, her time as an art–gallery owner, and the beginning of her journey as a writer.” Check Availability
  • I peed on Fellini : recollections of a life in film by David Stratton – “The long-awaited memoir from legendary film critic David Stratton, is an honest, funny and thoroughly entertaining journey through a remarkable life in film. Passionate since boyhood about the cinema, Stratton has reviewed thousands of movies, directed and adjudicated at international film festivals, and lectured in film history at the University of Sydney.” Check Availability
  • Things I overheard while talking to myself by Alan Alda – “On the heels of his acclaimed memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, beloved actor and bestselling author Alan Alda has written Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, an insightful and funny look at some of the impossible questions he’s asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?)” Check Availability
  • Dying : a memoir by Donald Horne & Myfanwy Horne – “On learning that his illness was terminal, Donald Home began dictating his experience of dying, and his resulting journal is full of courage, honesty, insight and humour.” Check Availability
  • Searching for Schindler by Tom Keneally – “A memoir of Tom Keneally’s journey around the world to discover the complete story of Oskar Schindler and that list.” Check Availability
  • In the blood : a memoir of my childhood by Andrew Motion – “Despair over the temporariness of the human condition and the desire to preserve what has been known and felt, even grief, is at the heart of British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion’s memoir of his childhood and adolescence in rural postwar England.” Check Availability
  • Mixed fancies : a memoir by Brenda Blethyn – “Brenda is one of Britain’s finest character actresses, famous for playing her roles with social realism and warmth, wit and humour — characters her audience empathise with. She has the same warmth and humour off screen too; a wonderfully down-to-earth person with a fascinating history.” Check Availability
  • A life of privilege, mostly by Gardner Botsford – “Gardner Botsford grew up in a Manhattan town house under the benign eye of five live-in servants, a charming and cultivated stepfather, and a mother whose beauty and wit attracted admirers ranging from Harpo Marx and Alexander Woollcott to Bernard Baruch and Averell Harriman. Botsford went on to the inevitable proper schools (Hotchkiss, Yale), summered in France and on Long Island, married a popular and attractive girl, got an enviable job as a reporter on The New Yorker – and then, in 1942, everything came apart.” Check Availability
  • Poe : a life cut short by Peter Ackroyd – “Peter Ackroyd’s biography of Poe opens with his end, his final days – no one knows what happened between the time when friends saw him off on the steam-boat to Baltimore and his discovery six days later dying in a tavern. This mystery sets the scene for a short life packed with drama and tragedy (drink and poverty) combined with extraordinary brilliance.” Check Availability
  • Milton : poet, pamphleteer and patriot by Anna Beer – “Of all the major English poets, John Milton was by far the most deeply involved in the political and religious controversies of his time, writing a series of pamphlets on free speech, divorce and religious, political and social rights that forced a complete rethinking of the nature and practice not only of government, but of human freedom itself.” Check Availability
  • The anatomist : a true story of Gray’s Anatomy by Bill Hayes – “At 150 years old, Gray’s Anatomy still sets the standard in medical textbooks, yet little has been written about its author, Henry Gray. Even less celebrated is Henry Carter, the illustrator who brought Gray’s groundbreaking anatomy text to life.” Check Availability
  • Enid Lyons : leading lady to a nation by Anne Henderson – “This is the story of an extraordinary woman – mother of twelve, Prime Minister’s wife, first woman member of the House of Representatives and the first woman in a Federal Cabinet, radio broadcaster, newspaper columnist, author of three books – Enid Lyons was for many years the best known woman in Australia.” Check Availability
  • An exacting heart : the story of Hephzibah Menuhin by Jacqueline Kent – “Hephzibah Menuhin had a musical gift most people only dream of. Her refusal to be defined by it led her to reinvent herself not once, but twice in her remarkable life.” Check Availability
  • Life in his hands : the true story of a neurosurgeon and a pianist by Susan Wyndham – “Charlie Teo is one of Australias most celebrated yet controversial neurosurgeons. His pioneering ‘keyhole’ techniques have earned him praise around the world, but in his home country he is regarded by some in the profession as reckless and even dangerous.” Check Availability
  • Kipling sahib : India and the making of Rudyard Kipling by Charles Allen – “Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865 and spent his early years there, before being sent, aged six, to England, a desperately unhappy experience.” Check Availability
  • Head on : the autobiography by Ian Botham – “Ian Botham, voted the cricketer of the 20th century by the fans, was a genuine all-rounder who, when on form, was simply unstoppable.” Check Availability
  • Dark victory : the life of Bette Davis by Ed Sikov – “Bette Davis was one of Hollywood’s most durable, feisty and, unusually for film stars – genuinely witty heroines. Her career spanned some fifty years, and more than a hundred movies.” Check Availability

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