If you're getting a bit tired of reading fiction all the time, how about you try reading a biography? The library has a great variety of real life stories about all sorts of people; performers, artists, sports people, politicians, writers, entrepreneurs, and others who have simply led an interesting life. Many of these stories contain tales of survival, courage, defying the odds and adventure.

We have biographies about the following people:

Dawn French (comedienne, actor)
Audrey Hepburn (actor)
Ruth Cracknell (actor)
Heath Ledger (actor)
Pablo Picasso (artist)
Jack the Ripper (serial killer)
Dawn Fraser (swimmer)
Edmund Barton (politician - Australia's first Prime Minister)
Paul Jennings (writer)
Stuart Diver (Threadbo disaster survivor)
Lance Armstrong (cyclist)
Nelson Mandela (President of South Africa, peace activist)
Virginia Woolf (writer)
Truman Capote (writer)
Julia Gillard (politician - Australia's first female Prime Minister)
Caroline Chisholm (humanitarian)
Oscar Wilde (writer)
Ned Kelly (Australian bushranger)
Mother Teresa (nun, missionary)
Banjo Paterson (Australian writer/poet)
Henry Lawson (Australian writer/poet)
Coco Chanel (fashion)
Sylvia Plath (writer)
Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop (Australian surgeon, prisoner of war)
Marie Curie (scientist)
John Lennon (musician)
Seabiscuit (race horse)
Leonardo Da Vinci (painter, inventor, thinker)
Hilary Clinton (US politician, former First Lady)
John Howard (politician - former Prime Minister)
Barack Obama (US President)
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Did you know that these well known titles are also biographies?
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
Mao's Last Dancer - Li Cunxin
Tale From a Suitcase: The Afghan Experience - Will Davies
Thura's Diary: A young girl's life in war-torn Bahgdad - Thura Al-Windawi
Shine - Jan Sardi
Autobiography of a Geisha - Sayo Masuda



Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy - Frances Meyers
First they killed my father: a daughter of Cambodia remembers - Loung Ung
Almost French: A new life in Paris - Sarah Turnbull
A Thousand Days in Venice: an unexpected romance - Marlena De Blasi
The Flamboya Tree: memories of a mother's war-time courage - Clara Olink Kelly
New York - Lily Brett
Facing Up: a remarkable journey to the summit of Mt Everest - Bear Grylls
Gorillas in the Mist - Dian Fossey
Anastasia's Album - Hugh Brewster
Anna's Story - Bronwyn Donaghy
My Place - Sally Morgan
Not Without My Daughter - Betty Mahmoody
Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
True Spirit: the Aussie girl who took on the world - Jessica Watson