Perth Writers Festival Blog

Recommended Reading: non-fiction

Monday 2 January 2017

From feminist manifestos to campaign trails and pioneering science, our 2017 Perth Writers Festival presents some of the most compelling non-fiction from authors around the world.

Delve into these amazing true stories before the authors hit Perth for a weekend of big ideas, engaging debate and beautiful writing.

Shrill – Lindy West

This New York Times bestseller is a wild memoir and uproarious feminist call-to-arms.

See Lindy West at the Perth Writers Festival

City of Thorns – Ben Rawlence

A fascinating portrait of the lives of nine individuals making a life in the world’s largest refugee camp.

See Ben Rawlence at the Perth Writers Festival

Fight Like A Girl – Clementine Ford

A powerful feminist manifesto with plenty of wit, insight and passion.

See Clementine Ford at the Perth Writers Festival

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain – Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

The life-changing true story of the woman at the forefront of neuroplasty research.

See Barbara Arrowsmith-Young at the Perth Writers Festival

One Child – Mei Fong

A gripping examination of China’s most radical social experiment and it’s far reaching effects.

See Mei Fong at the Perth Writers Festival

Much Ado About Shakespeare – Donovan Bixley

Shakespeare’s life told through his own words and the breathtaking illustrations of his greatest fan.

See Donovan Bixley at the Perth Writers Festival

Good Muslim Boy – Osamah Sami

Both side-splittingly funny and heart-breaking, this memoir provides a powerful insight into immigrant life.

See Osamah Sami at the Perth Writers Festival

Position Doubtful – Kim Mahood

A beautiful and intense exploration of friendships, landscape and homecoming.

See Kim Mahood at the Perth Writers Festival

Paul Keating – Troy Bramston

The definitive biography of Australia’s charismatic 24th Prime Minister.

See Troy Bramston at the Perth Writers Festival

Double Dissolution – Lee Zachariah

A snapshot of Australian politics through a unique lens.

See Lee Zachariah at the Perth Writers Festival

Dark Emu – Bruce Pascoe

Award-winning author Bruce Pascoe shines a new light on Aboriginal history.

See Bruce Pascoe at the Perth Writers Festival

Full Bore – William McInnes

A hilarious take on our sports-obsessed nation.

See William McInnes at the Perth Writers Festival

Songs of a War Boy – Deng Adut

The remarkable life story of our 2017 NSW Australian of the Year – from child soldier to lawyer and advocate for the disenfranchised.

See Deng Adut at the Perth Writers Festival

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer – Kate Summerscale

A fascinating retelling of a true crime that sent Victorian England into a frenzy.

See Kate Summerscale at the Perth Writers Festival

Curiosity – Alberto Manguel

The history of human curiosity from a famously curious mind. 

Watch Alberto Manguel talking to John Sutherland about his book.

See Alberto Manguel at the Perth Writers Festival


Program Manager: Perth Writers Festival

Written By Katherine Dorrington

Constantly switching between her left and right brain, Perth Writers Festival programmer Katherine Dorrington spends half her time with her nose in a book (the real thing ­– no reading tablets here) and half her time crafting a Festival that is best described as a book club on steroids.