We’ve rounded up 13 of the best real-life reads and smart non-fiction, whether you’re looking for a gift or simply something for yourself.
British journalist and columnist Caitlin Moran’s collection of essays on womanhood and ageing is warm, witty, wise – and at times devastatingly powerful. A great gift
A bestseller by Australian journalist and TV presenter Julia Baird, Phosphoresence examines how we can find – and retain – the kind of happiness from within that will sustain us.
It’s been described as ‘a book that only Matthew McConaughey could have written’ – and this memoir from the award-winning actor is delivered with originality and honesty.
He was one of Australia’s most celebrated homicide detectives – and presided over some of the country’s most famous cases, from William Tyrell to Mathew Leveson. Now Gary Jubelin has written a book about his career and life.
The latest release from blockbuster US author Glennon Doyle, Untamed is part-self-help book, and part-memoir. Not only does it recount falling in love with US soccer star Abby Wambach, for whom she leaves her husband, but it tackles bigger questions about identifying what truly makes you happy.
A captivating and inspirational memoir about Aminata Conteh-Biger who endured unimaginable cruelties during Sierra Leone’s civil war before settling in Sydney as a refugee. Today, she runs a foundation helping young mothers in her country of birth.
He’s one of New Zealand’s greatest golfers – and played witness to some of golf’s greatest sporting moments. This biography of Bob Charles is a great gift for golf-lovers. (Shameless nepotism alert: it was also written by co-founder Anna Saunders’ dad.)
The untold story of the wife of Li Cunxin (who wrote the bestselling memoir, Mao’s Last Dancer), who was once one of the most celebrated ballerinas in the world – but disappeared from view after the birth of her daughter.
The highly anticipated memoir from the former US President Barack Obama, which reflects on his early career up until his inauguration. Hello perfect Christmas gift.
Need a shot of inspiration? Look no further than this practical and informative book by former Australian Primer Minister Julia Gillard and Nigerian-born economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
In this book, athlete and survivor Turia Pitt investigates whether it’s possible to be happier, via research and interviews with the likes of Zoe Foster-Blake, Leigh Sales and more
Billed as ‘the essential handbook for creative women’, You’ve Got This is packed with practical tips. A perfect Christmas pressie for someone starting out in their career.