Talking Smack

Honest Conversations about Drugs

Talking Smack

Of all the creative industries, the most distinct link between drug use and creativity lies within music. The two elements seem to be intertwined, inseparable; that mythical phrase 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' has been bandied about with a wink and a grin for decades. But is it all smoke and mirrors, or does that cliché ring true for some of our best-known performers? In this fascinating book, journalist Andrew McMillen talks with Australian musicians about their thoughts on - and experiences with - illicit, prescription and legal drugs. Through a series of in-depth and intimate interviews, he tells the stories of musicians who have bitten into the forbidden fruit and avoided choking. This isn't to say that stories of ruin and redemption are avoided - they're not. These celebrated artists have walked the straight-and-narrow path of alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and prescription medication, as well as the supposedly dark-and-crooked road of cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and methamphetamine. By having conversations about something that's rarely discussed in public, and much less often dealth with honestly, McMillen explores the truths and realities of a contentious topic that isn't going away. Talking Smack is a timely and thought-provoking must-read, that takes you inside the highs and lows of some of our most successful and creative musicians.

The Eighties

The Decade That Transformed Australia

The Eighties

It was the era of Hawke and Keating, Kylie and INXS, the America’s Cup and the Bicentenary. It was perhaps the most controversial decade in Australian history, with high-flying entrepreneurs booming and busting, torrid debates over land rights and immigration, the advent of AIDS, a harsh recession and the rise of the New Right. It was a time when Australians fought for social change – on union picket lines, at rallies for women’s rights and against nuclear weapons, and as part of a new environmental movement. And then there were the events that left many scratching their heads: Joh for Canberra . . . the Australia Card . . . Cliff Young. In The Eighties, Frank Bongiorno brings all this and more to life. He uncovers forgotten stories – of factory workers proud of their skills who found themselves surplus to requirements; of Vietnamese families battling to make new lives for themselves in the suburbs. He sheds new light on ‘both the ordinary and extraordinary things that happened to Australia and Australians during this liveliest of decades’. The Eighties is contemporary history at its best. ‘Frank Bongiorno has successfully negotiated the minefield of Australia’s political egos to write the definitive account of an inspired, infuriating decade.’ – George Megalogenis

Skeleton School

How the Human Body Becomes a Teaching Tool

Skeleton School

"Would you donate your body to science? Our future medical professionals rely on body donations to learn human anatomy first-hand. In Skeleton School, award-winning journalist Andrew McMillen gains unprecedented access to the anatomy facilities of one of Australia's leading medical schools to report on this closely guarded world. McMillen explores the philosophical and scientific aspects of body donation, as well as how students approach the task of dissecting their fellow humans. He delves into the emotional complexities of this remarkable gift by speaking with families of donors and attending the university's annual Thanksgiving Ceremony, where donors are publicly honoured. Skeleton Schoolis a timeless work of immersive journalism that examines these unique learning experiences in unflinching detail. By viewing death as a beautiful inevitability, rather than a topic to be feared and avoided, McMillen challenges readers to reconsider their relationship with the inescapable."

Talking Smack

Who's Talking to Your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol, If You're Not?

Talking Smack

Of all the things a parent worries about when their child is approaching the teen years, ruining their life and their friendships because of substance abuse is at the top. This fear is very real and many parents don't have a clue where to start. Talking Smack is full of practical tips and stories that will provide great encouragement to parents and show them why earlier rather than later is the time for them to take an active role on this vital issue.

Mi Familia: Part II

A Mafia Romance

Mi Familia: Part II

Being part of the mob is complicated…but so is staying alive. Jack's missing and I'm the only person who can find him. To find Jack, I will have to be willing to enter a world where goodness and faith can not exist and sunlight is consumed by the shadows. Where I’ll have to give myself over the cruelty and power and become suspicion itself. And I wonder if my soul is up to the task or if I’ll come back like the very people I’ve been running from my whole life. Don’t miss the next exciting installment of MI FAMILIA Part II Early praise for Mi Familia, Part II. "An addictive series that is a non-stop adrenaline overload that I'm thrilled to recommend to others."

Keith Richards, Life as a Rolling Stone

Keith Richards, Life as a Rolling Stone

Depicts the life and experiences of Keith Richards and portrays his musical career as a guitarist in the Rolling Stones rock band

Undercover Agent

How One Honest Man Took on the Drug Mob-- and Then the Mounties

Undercover Agent