Lockdown Reads: Non-Fiction

We have created a list of fantastic Non-Fiction new releases perfect for a lockdown read! We have a range of genres to choose from: autobiographies, current affairs, history, sports and many more.

Lets take a look…

Last Shot
by Jock Zonfrillo

A coming-of-age memoir of addiction, ambition and redemption in the high-stakes world of Michelin star kitchens.

From reckless drug addict to one of Australia’s top chefs and television stars: MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo’s powerful life story will shock and inspire.

Jock’s life spiralled out of control when he tried heroin for the first time as a teenager while growing up in 1980s Glasgow. For years he balanced a career as a rising star amongst legendary chefs with a crippling drug addiction that took him down many dark paths.

Fired from his job at a Michelin star restaurant in Chester, England, after a foul-mouthed rant, Jock made his way to London looking for work and found himself in front of the legendary Marco Pierre White. He credits White for saving his life, but Jock continued to struggle with addiction in a world of excess, celebrity, and cut-throat ambition.

On New Year’s Eve 1999, Jock shot up his last shot of heroin before boarding a plane to Sydney, where he would find passion and new meaning in life in the most unexpected places. There would be more struggles ahead, including two failed marriages, the closure of his prized restaurant during COVID-19, his time on-country, and some very public battles.

This is his unforgettable story.

The Sins of the Sheikh
by Tom Steinfort

The Sins of the Sheikh tells the dark story of abduction, cover-ups, brutality and intimidation within the mysterious royal family of Dubai, ruled by the iron fist of its patriarch, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Dubai is feted internationally as a beacon of modernity: glittering skyscrapers, a cultural melting pot, even a new player in the space race. The city’s ruled by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, an all-powerful multi-billionaire who counts the Queen and Donald Trump as friends. His kingdom’s progressive propaganda defies a medieval underbelly. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the Sheikh’s own palace, where numerous women have now risked their lives by sounding the alarm about what’s really going on in the United Arab Emirates.

Two of the Sheikh’s daughters have attempted daring escapes from their father’s iron rule, dreaming of a better life. Sheikha Latifa released her own extraordinary tell-all video online, and the Sheikh’s youngest wife caused further scandal by laying out the Maktoum dynasty’s dirty laundry in London’s High Court.

Sheikh Mohammed’s attitudes towards women and human rights are reflected across the UAE, despite the country spending a fortune to promote itself as a model of harmony and equality. Here, women are still considered a possession. They are the ones charged if they report a rape. There is no minimum wage for workers. Corruption is commonplace. Censorship and propaganda is rife.

Tom Steinfort has spent years uncovering the sins of Sheikh Mohammed, and the disturbing reality of life in Dubai. Now, he shares the brave stories of those who have experienced the horror first hand, and trusted him to raise the alarm.

The Battle of the Bismarck Sea
by Michael Veitch

In the thick of World War II, during the first week of March 1943, Japan made a final, desperate lunge for control of the South West Pacific. In the ensuing Battle of the Bismarck Sea, a force of land-based Australian and American planes attacked a massive convoy of Japanese warships.

The odds were against them. But a devastating victory was won and Japan’s hopes of regaining the initiative in New Guinea destroyed.

More importantly for Australians, the victory decisively removed any possibility that Australia might be invaded by Japanese forces. It was, for us, one of the most significant times in our history – a week when our future was profoundly in the balance.

Bestselling author Michael Veitch tells the riveting story of this crucial moment in history – how the bravery of young men and experienced fighters, renegades and rule-followers, overcame some of the darkest days of World War II.

Media Tarts
by Julia Baird

A powerful insight into how the media treats female politicians – now revised and updated with a new foreword by Annabel Crabb – from one of our foremost journalists and political commentators, Julia Baird.

‘History is crucial. We need to know that treating women as decorations, subordinates and playthings, even and sometimes especially in our houses of power, is not new. We know that from the moment women walked into parliament and took up space alongside men, they have been treated as objects … When men were featured often in the press, they were rising stars. When women were featured often in the press, they were media tarts’.

Julia Baird’s seminal work, Media Tarts, was originally published in 2004. Based on a series of extensive interviews, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the influence of a generation of prominent female politicians on the Australian political system, exploring the part played by the press in their downfall.

Almost two decades later, it is evident how little has changed. Now revisited and updated with a new foreword, Media Tarts is essential reading from one of our foremost journalists and political commentators, providing a powerful, sobering and incisive insight into how deep the currents of misogyny run, and how the media continues to treat female politicians.

If we want to understand what is happening today, and avoid the endless repeating of the same story, we need to reckon with our past.

Australia’s Toughest Sportspeople
by Mick Colliss

Gillian Rolton fell off her horse, broke a rib, and climbed back on to win a gold medal for Australia at Atlanta Olympics in 1996. Unquestionably she was one of the hardest athletes in the history of Australian sport. Her death in 2017 spurred author Mick Colliss to sit down for intimate interviews with Australia’s Toughest Sportspeople.

From AFL, Rugby Union and Cricket; to Aerial Skiing, Equestrian Sports and Speed Skating; Australian sport has produced some of the toughest nuts around.

They are the people who played on through injury or overcame potentially catastrophic setbacks to inspire a sports-loving nation. Through a series of revealing interviews, author Mick Colliss explores the extraordinary character of these outstanding athletes, and reveals the mental and physical fortitude it took for them to carry on when the rest of us would have been carried off.

Australia’s Toughest Sportspeople provides fascinating insights into the most memorable and awe-inspiring moments in Australian sport, as well as new and intimate details on what happened beyond the headlines.

Rick McCosker (Cricket); John Sattler (Rugby League); Alisa Camplin (Aerial Skiing); Dean Jones (Cricket); Robert DiPierdomenico (AFL); Steven Bradbury (Speed Skating); Dermott Brereton (AFL); Nathan Charles (Rugby Union); Haydn Bunton Junior (Australian Rules); Curtis McGrath (Paracanoeing); Anna Meares (Cycling) and Gillian Rolton (Equestrian).

For title availability, Click & Collect and Home Delivery options, follow the links above, or head to our website here. Alternatively, call your local store on (03) 9783 6488 to discuss the above options.

Happy Lockdown Reading!
From the team at Robinsons Bookshop

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