Biographies

Assigned female at birth, Nevo Zisin has had a complex relationship with gender. Now identifying as non-binary, the 21-year-old student and activist wasn't born in the wrong body. Nevo just wants everyone to catch-up with all that Nevo is. From 'coming out' as lesbian at 15, to transitioning to present as male at the age of 17… Read More

Sitting in prison on a raft of charges including kidnapping, guns, drugs and counterfeiting was quite different to the plan Janet Balcombe imagined for her life. The 'hardcore' meth-addict took herself to the very brink of death and hell. It nearly killed her, but she got her answers and discovered there is hope for the… Read More

I enjoyed A Crime in the Family. It is promoted as revealing one of the most extraordinary untold stories of the Second World War. In reality it describes one man’s search to understand his own and his family’s past history and the dark secrets that lurk within. As a journey of personal discovery, I was… Read More

John le Carré has something of a reputation for not liking to give interviews, so these “Stories from My Life” go some way to redressing the balance, providing an insight into both his life and his writing. This is an excellent book on lots of levels. It is very well written, with both compassion and… Read More

You have to get to a certain age to really be able to appreciate a book like this. You have to be able to look back on your childhood with a few years of perspective to be able to understand and articulate your reading habits and the effect that they may have had on your… Read More

Beautifully written, impossible to put down, but heartbreaking enough to make you want to, and philosophical enough to make you think for weeks afterwards, Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air took my breath away... pun intended. I'm a voracious reader - I like to read until my eyes can't stay open, and if I have the… Read More

Leigh Hopkinson was the least likely person to become a stripper, but after spending two decades naked, she realised it was her career - and her life. As a university student in Canterbury she worked at a succession of low-paying jobs that paid the rent and fit around her degree. However, none of them fit… Read More

While many words come to mind when thinking of Gloria Steinem – feminist icon, journalist, activist, leader, organiser, writer, undercover playboy-bunny – above all Gloria Steinem defines herself as a traveller; a traveller who has used the spoken and written word to tell the kind of stories that once nobody wanted to hear: stories about… Read More

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