Best of 2017: Biography and True Stories

by |December 28, 2017

Best of 2017 Biography & True Stories

Biographies and true stories are often made to thrill us with revelations and scandal, but they can also be profoundly written and moving reads. Our selections for the best of 2017’s biographies and true stories come from addicts, survivors, leaders of nations and, in one case, a cleaner.

Below you’ll find our shortlist of the seven best including one lucky winner. All are books that our staff and our customers have loved. Subscribe to the Booktopian for more of this year’s best.


Biographies & True Stories: Winner


Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes. 9781460752142.Working Class Man
by Jimmy Barnes

The sequel to the number 1 bestseller Working Class Boy.

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 bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

A spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction; this self-penned memoir reveals how Jimmy Barnes used the fuel of childhood trauma to ignite and propel Australia’s greatest rock’n’roll story. But beyond the combustible merry-go-round of fame… Learn more.


Biographies & True Stories: The Shortlist


Best of 2017 Biography & True Stories

Best of 2017 Biography & True Stories

The Shortlist: Detours by Tim Rogers, Every Lie I’ve Ever Told by Rosie Waterland, Only by Caroline Baum, Dare Not Linger by Nelson Mandala, The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein, Wednesdays with Bob by Bob Hawke and Derek Rielly.

Read staff reviews of Detours, Every Lie I’ve Ever Told, Only, and Wednesdays with Bob.

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