July 15, 1942, Wednesday
Remember this day; remember it well. You will tell generations to come. Since 8 o'clock today we have been shut away in the ghetto. I live here now. The world is separated from me and I'm separated from the... read more

Renia's Diary: A Girl's Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust

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 Biography

Reading Level:3 Biography

A Short History of Falling - like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and When Breath Becomes Air - is a searingly beautiful, profound and unforgettable memoir that finds light and even humour in the darkest of places. As I get weaker, less a part of this world, or less... read more

A Short History of Falling

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 Biography

Rebecca Priestley longs to be in Antarctica. But it is also the last place on Earth she wants to go. In 2011 Priestley visited the wide white continent for the first time, on a trip that coincided with the centenary of Robert Falcon Scott's fateful trek to the Sou... read more

Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica

Not many Brits move to Poland to work in a fish and chip shop. Fewer still come back wanting to be a Member of the European Parliament. 
 Travel writer Ben Aitken moved to Poland in 2016 to understand why the Poles were leaving. He ... read more

A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland

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 Biography

Reading Level:3 Biography

Few actors achieve in their lifetime what Sir Ian McKellen has. A repertoire of vast commercial success coupled with critically acclaimed and authoritative Shakespearian roles. A man whose gargantuan personality and varied achievements inspire both admiration and affec... read more

Ian Mckellen: The Biography

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 Biography

In this book Alexandra Horowitz examines what's called the 'dog-human bond': examining all aspects of the complexity of this unique interspecies pairing. From her position as a dog scientist, she uses the science of dogs and dog-human interaction to ground a consideratio... read more

Our Dogs, Ourselves

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 Biography

This is the second memoir of a remarkable Maori writer and of the living myths that inspired him at the beginning of his career. Look at him, the young man on the cover. The year is 1972, he is 28, his first book is about to be published, and he has every reason to kic... read more

Native Son: The Writer's Memoir

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 Biography

What would move you to ditch your life and take off into the wild for six months? For Melbourne woman Laura Waters, it took the implosion of a toxic relationship and a crippling bout of anxiety. Armed with a compass, a paper map and as much food as she could carry, she set out to walk... read more

Bewildered

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 Biography

Reading Level:3 Biography

In 1938, as Hitler's troops are marching on Prague, a Jewish couple makes a heartbreaking decision that will save their eight-year-old son's life but destroy their family.
Australian journalist Juliet Rieden grew up in England in the 1960s and 70s wondering why she ... read more

The Writing on the Wall

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 Biography

The wild and desolate expanses of Antarctica have been the setting for many famous exploits and misadventures: a place where every decision has life-or-death consequences.
The legendary tales of tragedy and triumph experienced by explorers such as Shackleton, Mawson and Sc... read more

Through Ice and Fire

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 Biography

Reading Level:3 Biography

From Gavin Thurston, the award-winning Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II cameraman with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough comes extraordinary and adventurous true stories of what it takes to track down and film our planet's most captivati... read more

Journeys in the Wild: The Secret Life of the Cameraman

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 Biography

Reading Level:3 Biography

Lawrence Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s, when he set out to profile him for The New Yorker. Almost a decade earlier, Dr. Sacks had published his masterpiece Awakenings but the book had hardly been... read more

And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Portrait of Oliver Sacks