At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labou... read more

Is That Thing Diesel?: One Man, One Bike and the First Lap Around Australia on Used Cooking Oil
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Hahndorf artist Nora Heysen was the first woman to win the Archibald Prize, and Australia's first female painter to be appointed as an official war artist. A portraitist and a flower painter, Nora Heysen's life was defined by an all-consuming drive to draw and paint. In 1989,... read more

Nora Heysen A Portrait
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A take no prisoners' approach to life has seen Paul Carter heading to some of the world's most remote, wild and dangerous places as a contractor in the oil business. Amazingly, he's survived (so far) to tell these stories from the edge of civilization, and reason.

Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse
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'Listen to me,' my mother says. 'They've let off an atom bomb today. Right here in W.A. Atom bombs worry the blazes out of me, and I want you at home.' In the sleepy and conservative 1950s the British began a series of nuclear tests in the Montebello archipelago off the west coast of ... read more

Montebello
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Carter writes as if he has ADD, careering through his life on oil rigs in exotic locations. He won't win the Booker, but his yarns burn with anarchic energy ...in a word, irrepressible.' - Herald Sun He's back on the rigs and ... read more

This is Not a Drill: Just Another Glorious Day in the Oilfield
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Awards:Winner of ABIA Australian Biography of the Year 2015.

David Walsh - the creator of Mona in Hobart - is both a giant and an enigma in the Australian art world. A multi-millionaire who made his money gambling, David has turned a wild vision into a unique reality; he is in turns controversial, mysterious and idolised. A Bone of... read more

A Bone of Fact David Walsh
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'Hi guys. I have some bad news I want to tell you all.' So said seventeen-year-old Shaun Miller on YouTube in April 2012, shortly after receiving a devastating diagnosis about his heart condition. The clip has now been viewed millions of times. In 1994, when Cameron Miller found out... read more

An Awesome Ride
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When Jim Richards left the British army to join a modern-day gold rush, he had no language skills, no money and no idea. Jim has prospected and mined in some of the maddest, most dangerous places on earth, where isolation, disease and violent criminals c... read more

Gold Rush: How I Made, Lost and Made a Fortune
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This landmark biography by Darleen Bungey, the author of the celebrated biography of Arthur Boyd, graphically depicts the forces that drove John Olsen to become one of the country's greatest artists. An exhilarating book, both trenchant and tender, it strips away the veneer of showmanship and fame to ... read more

John Olsen
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'Being a copper?s son, I?ve always got one eye out for trouble. I can?t help it. But I don?t go looking for it anymore.?In Tim Winton?s fiction, chaos shapes the lives of his characters. So too Winton?s own life. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up T... read more

The Boy Behind the Curtain
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Reading Level:near fine

It's a life too big and a story too extraordinary for just one book. Jimmy Barnes has lived many lives - from Glaswegian migrant kid to iconic front man, from solo superstar to proud father of his own musical clan.In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bests... read more

Working Class Man
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The author of Don't Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs shares more hugely entertaining stories of his seriously crazy, sometimes terrifying, always hilarious adventures   Paul Carter is still, well . . . Paul Carter. He's still risking his life performing dare... read more

Ride Like Hell and You'll Get There
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