Best Australian Biographies Books
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1. The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor
Author: by Eddie Jaku
A New York Times BestsellerIn this uplifting memoir in the vein of The Last Lecture and Man’s Search for Meaning, a Holocaust survivor pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom, and living his best possible life.
Born in Leipzig, Germany, into a Jewish family, Eddie Jaku was a teenager when his world was turned upside-down. On November 9, 1938, during the terrifying violence of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, Eddie was beaten by SS thugs, arrested, and sent to a concentration camp with thousands of other Jews across Germany.
Every day of the next seven years of his life, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors in Buchenwald, Auschwitz, and finally on a forced death march during the Third Reich’s final days. The Nazis took everything from Eddiehis family, his friends, and his country.
But they did not break his spirit. Against unbelievable odds, Eddie found the will to survive. Overwhelming grateful, he made a promise: he would smile every day in thanks for the precious gift he was given and to honor the six million Jews murdered by Hitler.
2. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety
Author: by Sarah Wilson
New York Times Bestseller “Probably the best book on living with anxiety that I’ve ever read. Mark Manson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckThe Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful.
Sarah Wilson first came across this Chinese proverb in psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison’s memoir An Unquiet Mind, and it became the key to understanding her own lifelong struggle with anxiety. Wilson, bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur has helped over 1. 5 million people worldwide to live better, healthier lives through her I Quit Sugar books and program.
And all along, she has been managing chronic anxiety. In First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, Wilson directs her intense focus and fierce investigating skills onto her lifetime companion, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experiences.
3. In a Sunburned Country
Author: by Bill Bryson
Crown (May 15, 2001)
Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. This time in Australia. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.
The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity. Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path.
Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature
Author: by J. Drew Lanham
From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J.Drew Lanham. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolinaa place easy to pass by on the way somewhere elsehas been home to generations of Lanhams.
In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be the rare bird, the oddity.
By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural Southand in America today.
5. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
Author: by Bill Bryson
Crown (September 25, 2007)
From one of the world’s most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s. Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century1951in the middle of the United StatesDes Moines, Iowain the middle of the largest generation in American historythe baby boomers.
As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.
In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons)in his headas “The Thunderbolt Kid.” Using this persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normalitya life at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy.
6. Dear Fran, Love Dulcie: Life and Death in the Hills and Hollows of Bygone Australia
Author: by Victoria Twead
Ant Press (July 6, 2021)
July 6, 2021
When Dulcie Clarke picks up her fountain pen to write her first letter to her pen friend, Fran, she is unaware that their friendship will continue for decades. Both are newly-weds; Dulcie has a baby girl and Fran is expecting a baby.
But there the similarities end. Fran is a Detroit city girl enjoying modern conveniences. Dulcie is a pineapple farmer’s wife enduring the extremes of Australia. Bushfires, floods, cyclones, droughts, dingo attacks and accidents are all too common. Regardless, Dulcie’s optimism shines through, revealing her love of the land and fascination for the wild creatures that share her corner of Queensland.
Each book purchased will help support Careflight, an Australian aero-medical charity that attends emergencies, however remote. Shocking, yet heart-warming. Overwhelmingly gripping. Beth Haslam, author of the Fat Dogs and French Estates series.Wow!Goosebumps. Elizabeth Moore, author of the Someday Travels series and Top 1000 Amazon reviewer.
A truly remarkable young woman and a unique record of Australian life. Valerie Poore, author of Watery Ways. Once read, never forgotten. Victoria Twead, New York Times bestselling author of the Old Fools series. There are no words that can do this book justice.
7. Challenge Accepted!: 253 Steps to Becoming an Anti-It Girl
Author: by Celeste Barber
Prepare to laugh Reese WitherspoonFrom funny woman, Instagram star, and international comedy sensation, Celeste Barber’s Challenge Accepted! Is a raucous, hilarious, and outspoken guide to life, unwanted gas, and how to rock a sexy scar. Part memoir, part comedy routine, part advice manual, Challenge Accepted!
Is Celeste at her best, revealing her secrets to love, friendship, family, and marriage (oh hai, #hothusband), and how to deal with life’s many challengeswhy she checks the bath for sharks, how Nutella quite literally shaped who she is as a woman, and why being famous on Instagram is like being rich in Monopoly.
It’s real, like totally, really real.
8. A Long Way Home: A Memoir
Author: by Saroo Brierley
First it was a media sensation. Then it became the New York Times bestseller and #1 international bestseller A Long Way Home. Now it’s Lion, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Maranominated for six Academy Awards!
This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again… At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India.
Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India.
9. Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft
Author: by Thor Heyerdahl
Simon & Schuster
Now a major motion picture, Kon-Tiki is the record of Thor Heyerdahl’s astonishing three-month voyage across the Pacific. Kon-Tiki is the record of an astonishing adventurea journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Intrigued by Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki.
He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage. On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and five other adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After three months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted landthe Polynesian island of Puka Puka.
Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a classic, inspiring tale of daring and couragea magnificent saga of men against the sea. This edition includes a foreword by the author and a unique visual essay of the voyage.
10. Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon
Author: by Yossi Ghinsberg
A powerful story of self-discovery, survival in the wild. Los Angeles TimesFour travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two groups.
But when a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive.
As his feet begin to rot during raging storms, as he loses all sense of direction, and as he begins to lose all hope, he wonders whether he will make it out of the jungle alive. The basis of an upcoming motion picture, Jungle is the story of friendship and the teachings of nature, and a terrifying true account that you won’t be able to put down.
11. Prison Journal, Volume 1
Author: by George Cardinal Pell
Innocent!That final verdict came after George Cardinal Pell endured a gruelling four years of accusations, investigations, trials, public humiliations, and more than a year of imprisonment after being convicted by an Australian court of a crime he did not commit.
Led off to jail in handcuffs, following his sentencing on March 13, 2019, the 78-year-old Australian prelate began what was meant to be six years in jail for “historical sexual assault offenses”. Cardinal Pell endured more than thirteen months in solitary confinement, before the Australian High Court voted 7-0 to overturn his original convictions.
His victory over injustice was not just personal, but one for the entire Catholic Church. Bearing no ill will toward his accusers, judges, prison workers, journalists, and those harbouring and expressing hatred for him, the cardinal used his time in prison as a kind of “extended retreat”. He eloquently filled notebook pages with his spiritual insights, prison experiences, and personal reflections on current events both inside and outside the Church, as well as moving prayers.
12. The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific
Author: by Alistair Urquhart
Riveting, powerful, moving. The Observer, Compelling … A book that must be read.Daily Mail. A story of almost unimaginable suffering.BBC Radio 4. Urquhart grabs our attention with unforgettable stories. Minneapolis Star-TribuneThis is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one but three separate encounters with deathencounters which killed nearly all his comrades.
Silent for over fifty years, this is Alistair Urquhart’s extraordinary, moving, and inspirational tale of survival against the odds. Alistair Urquhart was among the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore during World War II. He not only survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious death railway and the bridge on the River Kwai, but he was subsequently taken prisoner on one of the Japanese hellships which was later torpedoed, killing nearly everyone on boardbut not Urquhart.
He spent five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a Japanese whaling ship. He was then taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later he was struck by the blast from the atomic bombdropped just ten miles away.
13. The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
Author: by Bill Bryson
In 1995, Iowa native Bill Bryson took a motoring trip around Britain to explore that green and pleasant land. The uproarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, is one of the most acute portrayals of the United Kingdom ever written.
Two decades later, Brysonnow a British citizenset out again to rediscover his adopted country. In these pages, he follows a straight line through the islandfrom Bognor Regis to Cape Wrathand shows us every pub, stone village, and human foible along the way.
Whether he is dodging cow attacks in Torcross, getting lost in the H&M on Kensington High Street, ormore seriouslycontemplating the future of the nation’s natural wonders in the face of aggressive development, Bryson guides us through the old and the new with vivid detail and laugh-out-loud humor.
Irreverent, endearing, and always hilarious, The Road to Little Dribbling is filled with Bill Bryson’s deep knowledge and love of his chosen home.
14. The Tennis Partner
Author: by Abraham Verghese
An unforgettable, illuminating story of how men live and how they survive, from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for StoneWhen Abraham Verghese, a physician whose marriage is unraveling, relocates to El Paso, Texas, he hopes to make a fresh start as a staff member at the county hospital.
There he meets David Smith, a medical student recovering from drug addiction, and the two men begin a tennis ritual that allows them to shed their inhibitions and find security in the sport they love and with each other. This friendship between doctor and intern grows increasingly rich and complex, more intimate than two men usually allow.
Just when it seems nothing can go wrong, the dark beast from David’s past emerges once againand almost everything Verghese has come to trust and believe in is threatened as David spirals out of control.
15. The Fasting Highway: Graeme Currie from Australia takes you on a journey through the highs and lows of beating a crippling food addiction by losing … living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle
Author: by Graeme Currie
A motivational story from Australia that follows one mans incredible 60kg (132pound) weight loss by living an intermittent fasting lifestyle that you can do too. Graeme Currie overcame a chronic sugar and fast-food addiction that had affected his entire adult life.
Because he has actually lived through the highs and lows of a weight loss journey, his story is relatable and easily resonates with everyday men and women who are in a similar situation and want to change their lives. Graeme takes you through his journey step by step – how he did it, what he ate when he ate and offers a great insight into actually making intermittent fasting a permanent sustainable lifestyle.
He has successfully lived a healthy life and has easily maintained his current weight for nearly two years. Graeme writes in a raw, and honest way without overcomplicating what is easy to follow a simple process. He has guided countless people around the world, has built up a huge following across social media platforms and is the host of the popular podcast The Fasting Highway which has nearly 40,000 plays.
16. If I Survive: Nazi Germany and the Jews: 100-Year Old Lena Goldstein's Miracle Story (Faces of Eve)
Author: by Barbara Miller
If I Survive.This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. In ww2 books, it is a searing story of human rights abuses and genocide.
The story of Nazi Germany and the Jews is a story of anti-Semitism, Nazi concentration camps, gas chambers and World War 11 (wwii). The Warsaw ghetto where the Nazis had imprisoned the Jews was being emptied as Hitler’s Final Solution to murder all of European Jewry was put into action.
Lena kept thinking, It’s my turn next. As some Jews escaped Treblinka and exposed it as being a death camp not a labour camp, young men and women in the ghetto decided to make a stand. Lena helped in the resistance which became the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by gathering light bulbs from empty houses which could be used for Molotov cocktails.
By a miracle, she escaped the ghetto before it became an inferno. But where could she hide? When it was over and she could walk free, the tears she had held back flooded out because she was all alone and there was no one to care that she had survived and no one to go to.