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Michelle Obama: note to self

The First Lady of the United States pens a letter to her younger self.

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A Promised Land: key events

From inauguration through to Operation Neptune’s Spear, take a look at the milestones covered in Barack Obama's riveting memoir.

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Themes from A Promised Land

From the influence of family to his political rise and the world events that shaped his presidency, Barack Obama covers enormous ground in his Presidential Memoirs, Volume 1: A Promised Land. Here we break down some of the key themes and turning points.

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A Promised Land book club notes

Settle in for a memorable reading group discussion, with Barack Obama’s long-awaited memoirs: A Promised Land.

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A greater purpose

In Bachar Houli​: Faith, Football and Family, AFL star Bachar Houli reveals how little by little he found his voice as an advocate for inclusion, understanding and tolerance.  

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Sue Brierley Q&A

The Lioness author shares a message of love, determination and hope.

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Mary Li Q&A

The international ballet star on dance, deafness and discipline. 

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The Freedom Circus photo album

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An (almost) all-Australian gala

International ballet star Mary Li reflects on a long-awaited opportunity to dance for the Australian Ballet.

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Writing Pure Narco

Jesse Fink reveals the machinations of writing a book with one of the biggest drug traffickers the world has ever known.

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The very best morning routine

Turia Pitt on how to make early starts work for you.  

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Introducing Vida Goldstein

Advocate for women's rights, campaigner for peace and genuine trailblazer for equality.

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Turia Pitt Q&A

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Fake. It. ’Til. You. Make. It.

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Dream chasers

Join wine merchant John Baker on a treasure-hunting adventure of a lifetime, in search of Stalin’s secret multimillion-dollar wine cellar.

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The stubbed toe method

Paul Verhoeven reveals a strange coping mechanism introduced to his father by ‘a wise, weird and wizened mentor’.

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John Wood Q&A

One of Australia's best-loved actors looks back on his lifetime in the spotlight.

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A fork in the track

Sixteen-year-old Jarryd Roughead’s initiation to senior football was anything but a lucky break.

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Gig night: Elvis Costello

Bringing the thrill of live music direct to your home.

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WHAM!: four facts

From Wham!, George & Me, Andrew Ridgely reveals four lesser-known facts about the 1980s pop sensation.

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Roller-coaster

Rebekah Robertson reflects on a monumental day in the life of her daughter.

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A letter to Uncle Jack

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Lioness

I am Saroo Brierley’s second mother. He came into the lives of me and my husband, John, as a six-year-old from India, making us parents for the first time.

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Untamed

Two summers ago, my wife and I took our daughters to the zoo.

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Fake

I’m on the highway a few miles out of town when the noise starts: a scraping, grinding din that jackhammers my heart into my stomach.

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Becoming

When I was a kid, my aspirations were simple. I wanted a dog. I wanted a house that had stairs in it— two floors for one family.

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Any Ordinary Day

The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other.

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Walk in My Combat Boots

Mike Levasseur grew up outside Hartford, Connecticut. When he graduated from high school in 1997, he joined the US Army National Guard.

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Mary's Last Dance

I was born into utter poverty in Mao’s Communist China, one of seven sons of hardworking peasant parents in the north-east.