Never backwards in putting ourselves forwards, we’re proud of Australian overachievers, and generally happy for the world to know it. But sometimes our superstars evade our national gaze, instead finding renown abroad, in isolation, or long after their pivotal achievements are crumpled in the pages of yesterday’s news. Here we examine the extraordinary lives of some oft-overlooked Australian icons, and pay tribute to the impacts and impressions they made.
The Dam Busters, The Great Escape and Reach for the Sky were all written by Paul Brickhill, an Australian hero of WWII. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth and the 25th anniversary of his death.
Under the Microscope is the story of an extraordinary man, his many life-changing inventions, and his exceptional life and special friendships.
The story of Subzero, one of the most popular horses in Australian history.
Australia's favourite cricket writer on how one player – and his photograph – changed a sport and a nation.
Found in a pillowcase, the fabulous long-lost memoirs of a legendary Hollywood designer – and a genuine Australian original.
This is one helluva life, full of hardship, hilarity and unexpected turns, including Fred being inducted into the Queensland Boxing Hall of Fame and receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia.
Binge away with all the original texts, prequels, sequels, tie-ins and companions of the year's biggest TV series.
Titles worth revisiting, no matter how much you hated them at school.
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.