> Skip to content

Share the incredible stories of others this Christmas.

With the gift of non-fiction you open doors to the lives, experiences and knowledge of others. From sporting champions to tales from the trenches, natural histories to life stories, and accounts of inconceivable heartache and triumph – here’s our pick of non-fiction books for Christmas.

  • This highly acclaimed collection of memoirs is Winton’s most intimate and revealing work yet. Along with Island Home and Land’s Edge (both also first published in paperback in 2017), it forms the remarkable culmination of Winton’s autobiographical trilogy, showing our finest novelist also to be one of our finest writers of non-fiction.

  • In this chilling crime thriller, DCI Billy McCartney must stop at nothing to crack his one unsolved case

  • On Anzac Day 1918, when the town of Villers-Bretonneux falls to the British defenders, it is the Australians who are called on to save the day, the town, and the entire battle.

  • A powerful and moving memoir about healing, healthy food and hope by Australia's leading rural writer and environmental entrepreneur.

  • Passchendaele epitomises everything that was most terrible about the Western Front. The photographs never sleep of this four-month battle, fought from July to November 1917, the worst year of the war: blackened tree stumps rising out of a field of mud, corpses of men and horses drowned in shell holes, terrified soldiers huddled in trenches awaiting the whistle.

  • The story of one man who had the guts to lose his gut. This is a book that will finally help an ordinary bloke lose weight. (Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with wearing a red bandana.)

  • This is a book that is a must-read for everyone keen to get an insight into how a world-class sporting team ticks.

  • A Single Tree assembles the raw material underpinning Don Watson’s award-winning The Bush. These diverse and haunting voices span the four centuries since Europeans first set eyes on the continent.

  • Freeing Peter tells the extraordinary true story of how an ordinary Australian family took on the Egyptian government to get Peter Greste out of prison.

  • The Sunday Times no. 1 memoir now in paperback.

  • The story of Subzero, one of the most popular horses in Australian history.

More Book Lists

Hungry for More

Feast your eyes on these delectable cookbooks.

Coffee Table Tomes

Books valued for their aesthetic appeal

Biography picks for Christmas gifting

There's always that one person who only reads biographies. Ever.

Start your te reo Maori journey here

Want to learn te reo Māori but not sure where to start?

Going West Writers Festival 2018

New Zealand’s leading authors, poets, playwrights and musicians.

Have you read them all?

New to the Diary of a Wimy Kid series? Or a fan from way back?