ANU.Lives Series in Biography

In response to the current popularity of biography, the ANU.Lives Series in Biography was established by the National Centre of Biography in 2008. It aims to publish lively, engaging and provocative biographies and memoirs and nurture best practice in biographical scholarship. Books published in the series will engage critically with issues and problems in historiography and life writing. 

The books will be published online by ANU Press and will also be available in hardcopy.

Editorial committee

  • Professor Melanie Nolan (chair), Director, National Centre of Biography
  • Dr Malcolm Allbrook, Managing Editor, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Research Fellow, National Centre of Biography
  • Dr Karen Fox, Research Fellow, National Centre of Biography
  • Dr Samuel Furphy, Research Fellow, National Centre of Biography
  • Professor Stuart Macintyre, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Nicole McLennan, Research Fellow, National Centre of Biography

Submitting a manuscript

Authors wishing to submit a manuscript for consideration by ANU.Lives should first contact Professor Melanie Nolan at

'True Biographies of Nations?'

‘True Biographies of Nations?’

Author/editor: Fox, K.

Year published: 2019

'True Biographies of Nations?': The Cultural Journeys of Dictionaries of National Biography brings together practitioners from around the English‑speaking world to reflect on national biographical dictionary projects’ recent cultural journeys, and the challenges presented to them by such...

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The Histories of Raphael Samuel

The Histories of Raphael Samuel: A Portrait of a People's Historian

Author/editor: Sophie Scott-Brown

Year published: 2017

This book situates British historian Raphael Samuel (1934–1996) in relation to his distinctive form of activist politics as they developed from youthful Cold War communism to the first British New Left, 1960s radicalism to the 1980s history wars.

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Clio's Lives

Clio's Lives: Biographies and Autobiographies of Historians

Author/editor: Doug Munro and John G. Reid (eds)

Year published: 2017

Including contributions from leading scholars in the field from both Australia and North America, this collection explores diverse approaches to writing the lives of historians and ways of assessing the importance of doing so.

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Family Experiments

Family Experiments: Middle-class, professional families in Australia and New Zealand c. 1880–1920

Author/editor: Shelley Richardson

Year published: 2016

Family Experiments explores the forms and undertakings of ‘family’ that prevailed among British professionals who migrated to Australia and New Zealand in the late nineteenth century. Their attempts to establish and define ‘family’ in Australasian, suburban environments reveal how the Victorian...

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Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins

The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the Post-War Reconstruction Era

Author/editor: Samuel Furphy (ed)

Year published: 2015

This book looks at the powerful group of talented (but short) university graduates who entered the public service, rose to senior levels, and exerted great influence over the affairs of the Commonwealth in the postwar years. With the secure tenure of being permanent heads of departments, they...

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Ngapartji Ngapartji: In turn, in turn: Ego-histoire, Europe and Indigenous Australia

Author/editor: Vanessa Castejon, Anna Cole, Oliver Haag & Karen Hughes (eds)

Year published: 2014

Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars from Australia and Europe reflect on how their life histories have impacted on their research in Indigenous Australian Studies. Drawing on Pierre Nora’s concept of ego-histoire as an analytical tool to ask historians to apply their methods to themselves,...

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Henry Prinsep's Empire

Henry Prinsep's Empire: Framing a Distant Colony

Author/editor: Malcolm Allbrook

Year published: 2014

Henry Prinsep's Empire traces Prinsep's life from India to Western Australia and, through the texts and images that he created, it illuminates not only Prinsep the man, but the affectionate bonds that endured despite the geographic bounds of empire, and the historical, social, geographic and...

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