Black Inc, an imprint of Schwartz Books Pty Ltd, Australia, 2022; second edition 2023 Cover design Akiko Chan Cover image Getty/221A
Sam Vincent’s memoir/philosophy about country, community and heritage is a highly readable work which has us both laughing at the author’s self-deprecatory accounts of his introduction to sustainable farming and deeply considering matters of succession, inheritance and First Nations connection with the land.
Ventura Press, Australia, 2023 Cover design Deborah Parry Graphics Front cover image Alamy; back cover images Keith Salter/iStock
Jane Crowley’s recounting of her dad’s tales from a lifetime working in the antiques, second hand and collectables industry is both a slice of Australian history and a deeply affecting memoir. It pays homage to her father, clearly to the reader a kind and charming man with a good dose of humour, self-deprecation and good old-fashioned gentlemanliness.
Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2023 Cover design Mika Tabata
This is an exquisite account of love and grief. It is also an informative and, for me, revelatory, (whilst impassioned) examination of the many social and political issues associated with the d/Deaf community.
While this book is a tree change memoir, I see it firstly as a work of philosophy. The stories, people and incidents recounted support the author’s reflections on life, on the fulfilment of our once imagined selves and on ageing.
Self-published, Australia, 2021 Design Marea Ormelas
David Hume has been blind since soon after his premature birth, it is thought because of the use of too much oxygen when he was in an incubator. At the time oxygen was commonly used in the treatment of premature babies.
True to Life Books, Australia, 2022 Cover and internal design by Jan Latta
Jan Latta’s life, like this memoir, is a story of two parts. From the time she bolted out of school at age 14, she led a life of what can best be described as a heady mix of disastrous love affairs and work in the high end of town, where she produced glossies for ritzy hotel chains.
Independently published, Australia, 2023 Layout and design by Artplan Graphics, Mongarlowe NSW Cover photograph by Ted Jarvis
Suzi Jarvis has produced a deeply moving account of her life in this memoir, focused on her quest for a relationship with her mother, an enigmatic and, to the outside observer, generally not very likeable person.
Harper Collins, Australia, 2023 Cover design by HarperCollins Design Studio
This is a book about the disjunct between law, our society and justice for the victims of domestic crimes. Its title points to the central injustice, the ancient stories of the seven sisters fleeing the unwanted attentions of an aggressive male.
Broadcast Books, Australia, 2022 Cover and text design by Hazel Lam Cover photographs by Don Herbert Photography and from Regina Meyer’s collection
This memoir covers a short but colourful period of the author’s life when she was crewing sailing boats in the Caribbean. It is candid and detailed in its telling, the author at pains to show us herself, along with the people she bumped shoulders with and the many experiences her adventuring spirit gave rise to.
Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2022 Cover design Sandy Cull www.sandycull.com Cover art One Hundred-Leaved Plant #3 by Alisa Galitsyna
This intimate philosophy-memoir remains on my heart since reading it. It is full of pain and of beauty, of deeply personal spiritual and physical experiences, of connection to place and of the active embrace of life with all the slaps in the face and warm hugs it delivers.
Ginninderra Press, Australia, 2021 Cover design by Melody Miller Cover photograph used with permission
In this memoir, Dianne Lucas takes us from a country town childhood in Coolamon (a town in the south-west NSW 40 kms north-west of Wagga Wagga), through her young womanhood as a student in Canberra, to a worldly taste of Hong Kong where her then partner worked as a journalist, on a free-wheeling adventure in the Philippines and back home.