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A Girl Called Tim
Escape from an Eating Disorder Hell
June Alexander
9781742984322
2014-05-22
A$9.99
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Growing up on a farm, June Alexander was a happy, energetic child. At age 11, she became consumed by thoughts of losing weight, and spent the next 40 years struggling with an inner 'tormentor' which threatened to ruin her health, her family and her relationships.
 
A Girl Called Tim is the shocking, painful story of living with an eating disorder and reveals how triumph over this crippling disease is possible.


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A Life of Pride
A Story of Adventure from Broken Hill to Cricklewood by way of Darkest Africa
Alan G Pride
9780648096351
2017-07-01
A$19.99
ETT Imprint

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"Four Wheels - Good!
Two Wheels - Better!"
Roaring out of the Desert and across the Seas comes the true story of a Broken Hill boy who found thrills, adventure and romance in a life of speed, power and Pride!


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A Life To Live...
An Autobiography
Israel Kipen
9781742983301
2014-05-19
A$3.99
Hybrid Publishers

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Israel Kipen's A Life to Live is a rare and most valuable autobiographical work. No other to this day written by an Australian Jew so intimately recreates an age and milieu forever gone and complements it with 40 years of living in Australia.


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Alva's Boy
An Unsentimental Memoir
Alan Collins
9781877006043
2011-03-01
A$9.99
Hybrid Publishers

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"Alan Collins' memoir successfully straddles both history and literature. It is a memoir that has wry appeal to the seasoned Jewish historical reader and the novice alike with its keen observations and its pacey narrative, detailing the life of a young Jewish boy growing up in Bondi in the 30s and 40s. Collins, who died in March 2008 aged 79, leaves a compelling story about part of Australia's rich journey of immigration, particularly its Jewish roots." - Reviewed by Sally Spalding, Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader, January 2009
"Collins' memoir is an illuminating look at Sydney's lively Jewish community in the 1930s and 1940s. It is also a testament of courage and resilience. Collins somehow survived his childhood and went on to become a successful businessman, writer, husband and father." - Dianne Dempsey, The Age November 2008


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Arthur Roberts
A Teacher's Journey
Elizabeth Butel
9781925416367
2017-01-01
A$7.99
ETT Imprint

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Arthur Roberts was a schoolmaster in country NSW (1861 to 1894) and it was education and the changing educational system that shaped his life. Born in the hop-growing region of Kent, England, his life and prospects were transformed by a wave of educational reform that carried him far from family, class and country. Roberts found himself on the frontier of attempts to establish a national school system in Australia. With a swiftly growing family - one with a severe disability - he was moved from one struggling district to another, fighting insolvency, ignorance, natural disaster and bitter sectarian divides. His letters requesting schoolroom furniture, upgrades to buildings and teaching assistants give some insight into his plight. Photographs and family folklore reveal a taciturn, deeply flawed man while the evidence of writings (as Scone correspondent for The Maitland Mercury) suggests a fiery intelligence and defiant pride. This is amplified by a portrait of Roberts in Havelock Ellis' autobiographical novel, Kanga Creek. The schoolmaster, Mr Williams, is portrayed as an educated and passionate agnostic who uses the pen name Anti-Humbug when writing letters to The Stockwhip, a journal possibly modeled on publications like The Bulletin. This narrative presents these contradictions and hopefully gives the reader some sense of this teacher's journey.


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Attack on the Black Cat Track

Max Carmichael
9781925556049
2016-11-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Seven Australians and one New Zealander set out on an epic adventure to trek Papua New Guineaís remote Black Cat Track. As they make their first steps toward the track, they have no inkling of the disaster that will enfold them.
Situated to the north of the Kokoda Track, the Black Cat Track is reputed to be much more demanding than its more famous neighbour, and these intrepid trekkers are keen to test themselves against its gruelling terrain. They share an avid interest in WWII military history, and with some excitement they learn that the Black Cat Track is littered with evidence of the savage battles between Australian and Japanese forces. The trekkers are also keen to experience the culture of the local people.
Suddenly, events take a violent turn. Tribal tension erupts around them, and the trekking party is subjected to a horrifying attack. In its blood-stained aftermath a strong bond develops between the trekkers and the PNG porters.
Ultimately, this is a story about culture shock, tragedy, heroism, generosity, and of an unlikely yet enduring bond of friendship that has develop out of a shared traumatic experience.ed traumatic experience.


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Behind the Mask
One Woman's Survival of Abusive Love
Juliet M. Sampson
9781922036407
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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A young girl dreams of finding her Prince Charming and falls head over heels in love, only to discover early on that she has been completely deceived. Caught in a resentful, angry, emotionally and physically abusive relationship, she tears away the mask behind which hides a love without compassion.
Only a few years earlier she had graduated from university and was blissfully happy and enjoying life. Love, she thought, would just add to her blessings. Now she finds herself stranded on an island in Thailand with no passport or return ticket to Australia and fearing for her safety and life. If only he would change back to the Prince Charming she had first met!
Still dreaming about a love without hurt, she suddenly finds herself sinking in deep waters, struggling to keep afloat her self-esteem. Not knowing how to escape, she is determined to control resentment and focus on shaming the behaviour that let her down.


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Being Peta
Living with Leukaemia
Peta Margetts; Leonie Margetts
9781922129260
2013-11-30
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Being Peta provides a brave, honest firsthand account by a young person of what it's like to live with leukaemia. It is a book that will provide comfort and companionship to sufferers and their loved ones.
In the world of cancer, teenagers are renowned for not articulating their feelings about living with their illness. But sixteen-year-old Peta Margetts was brave enough to do that: with a wonderful sense of humour as well as an ability to put all of the upheaval into perspective, Peta reflects on the positives amid a regime of chemotherapy. Her rawness and honesty are complemented by her wit and vivacity as she confronts the possibilities that she may die.
In Being Peta, she relives her battle with leukaemia after her initial diagnosis. Her reflections illuminate the tedium that hospital life brings and how all of the medical procedures around her were secondary to everything else around her: school, friends, work and, above all, family.
While the focus of the book is Peta's own writing, her mother, Leonie, completes the story through her account of events. Also included in Being Peta are letters from family and friends on how they have been affected by the death of a young girl who was so important to so many people.
"Neither of us really believed what we were being told. It wasn't the end of the treatment, but we had no doubt of the gravity of our situation.
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We went into another room, where we sat and tried to digest the news. Peta grabbed my
hand, looked into my eyes and firmly said, 'I just think there are worse things in the world than a seventeen-year-old girl dying!' "


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Bella and Chaim
The Story of Beauty and Life
Sara Rena Vidal
9781925281453
2017-09-01
A$9.99
Hybrid Publishers

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PICK OF THE WEEK’: “Sara Rena Vidal's imaginative story of her parents' war …” - Steven Carroll in Spectrum (The Age (Melbourne) & Sydney Morning Herald) 9/12/2017
 
 “... the author has used the power of multiple sources of words to conjure the immediacy of a vanished world.  I haven’t read anything quite like it before.” - Lisa Hill ANZLitLovers.
 
“Wonderful book; deeply researched, scholarly, heartfelt and well written.” - Emeritus Professor Roger Fay, University of Tasmania
 
‘... what an intrinsic and fascinating … ultimately beautiful dedication to family to faith and to life. So thoroughly researched too. A life's work for sure ...’ - Stella Kinsella, Williamstown.
 
“This memoir ... refuses to defer to hate and yearns to inspire a more humane future.” - Emeritus Professor Richard Freadman, LaTrobe University.
 
“... a beautiful way to end, so full of a sense of our common humanity and our connection to everything on this planet if we are open to it.” - India Bell, Sydney
 
In which my longing for that which is lost
as well as for that which might yet be
as told from memory fragments, journal jottings,
and delving into history past and present,
intertwining with my parents’ stories of more than survival,
traverses despair to find transformation, home, and gratitude.
So the generations will know, and choose life –
after all it is a commandment.
For Bella and Chaim. And for those to come.
 
Encompassing this true story of Bella and Chaim, the author’s parents, with the intergenerational trauma of being a child of survivors, this memoir of love, loss and gratitude, is a testament to the human spirit as well as a call to rise above: ashes, victimhood, and generalizations.
 
Bella and Chaim met and fell in love in the Warsaw Ghetto where they witnessed the destruction of a way of life; sole survivors of both their families, they were in the ghetto until its last days then endured entombment for eighteen months before rescue, liberation, and immigration to begin anew in Australia.
 
A flowing collage embracing and mingling survivor-memory, recorded and analyzed historical context, and memory-fragments of Melbourne in the 1950s, with real-time musings on the light, dark and potential of being alive. Honoring the murdered and the righteous, reminding us that our choices matter, ever present are the dilemma’s and challenges facing us today. Augmented with photos, maps, a chapter on sources, bibliography, endnotes and an index, this book can be read as an inspirational story and/or utilized as a well-researched resource for in-depth study.


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Beyond Survival
A Holocaust Memoir
Kenneth Arkwright
9781925283457
2018-09-12
A$9.99
Hybrid Publishers

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"I am a Jew. Between 1933 and 1945 I lived in Germany, the country of my birth, with the many who perished and with the few who survived the Holocaust."
 
With these bald statements Ken Arkwright commences the story of his life. There have been countless stories written by and about Holocaust survivors, and each one has its own perspective, each being a witness statement, an eye-witness account - and each deserves to be told.
 
This particular book has the interesting provenance of having first been published in German, where it aroused considerable interest. Now Hybrid Publishers is proud to release a revised and updated English edition, with fascinating material about Arkwright's life and times.
 
For decades the author resisted telling his story. As he comments, "Many years of reflecting on these events had to take place to make me feel the need to write about this journey."
 
He feels an urgency to tell his story, as otherwise his unique life experiences and the life stories of some of the people he met and who perished in the Holocaust will die with him.
 
Now in his ninetieth year, Ken Arkwright writes with clarity and in great detail - and with a remarkable lack of bitterness - about the progress of his life through the Great Depression, the rise of the Nazis, and the Second World War.
 
It is indeed a story beyond survival.


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Bitten by an Elephant
Memoir of a Maverick Lawyer
Gordon Lewis
9781925281484
2017-02-21
A$9.99
Hybrid Publishers

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At the age of 65 Gordon Lewis was described by an enraged senior judge as a 'bloody maverick!' He took comfort from this assessment as he felt it confirmed that he was on the right track...
 
Gordon Lewis loves the humanity of the Law. That affection has led him to a legal career of great diversity. Whether as Director of the Victorian Law Institute, sitting as a County Court Judge, regular presentations on radio, guest speaker at both overseas and Australian conferences, or his role as Cricket Australia's Senior Code of Conduct Commissioner, his name has become almost as well known to the general public as it is to the legal profession.
 
Known for his warmth, compassion and quick wit, he has devoted many years to assisting and advising young lawyers. The textbook he originally co-authored with Justice Kyrou, Handy Hints on Legal Practice, was once described as the only legal textbook to ever make the readers laugh. Several years ago he decided to write 'a funny book about the law and his life so far.' This book is the result. Whether it is the law stripped of its pomposity, cricket, film reviewing, greyhounds or just coping with life's exigencies, the self-deprecatory humour in these pages gives a rare insight into the author's kindness and sense of fun. You might also think that apart from writing 'a funny book', almost coincidentally the author has recorded a testament to overcoming personal adversity.


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Blue Ribbons Bitter Bread
Joice Loch - Australia's Most Heroic Woman
Susanna de Vries
9781925281798
2017-04-01
A$9.99
Pirgos Press

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This unforgettable story has become an Australian classic describing how an Australian bush girl saved the lives of 1,000 Polish and Jewish children in a daring escape from the Nazis. This updated edition contains an important eye-witness account of the burning of Smyrna (Izmir) causing a vast number of deaths. The author's father, a young British naval officer, saved hundreds of Greeks from the blaze that destroyed their beautiful city and many of them would be cared for by Joice Loch in a Greek refugee camp and later in the refugee village of Ouranoupolis, now a holiday resort.
Joice Loch was an extraordinary Australian. She had the inspired courage that saved many hundreds of Jews and Poles in World War II, the compassion that made her a self-trained doctor to tens of thousands of refugees, the incredible grit that took her close to death in several theatres of war, and the dedication to truth and justice that shone forth in her own books and a lifetime of astonishing heroism.
Born in a cyclone in 1887 on a Queensland sugar plantation she grew up in grinding poverty in Gippsland and emerged from years of unpaid drudgery by writing a children's book and freelance journalism. In 1918 she married Sydney Loch, author of a banned book on Gallipoli. After a dangerous time in Dublin during the Troubles, they escaped from possible IRA vengeance to work with the Quakers in Poland. There they rescued countless dispossessed people from disease and starvation and risked death themselves.
In 1922 Joice and Sydney went to Greece to aid the 1,500,000 refugees fleeing Turkish persecution. Greece was to become their home. They lived in an ancient tower by the sea in the shadows of Athos, the Holy Mountain, and worked selflessly for decades to save victims of war, famine and disease.
During World War II, Joice Loch was an agent for the Allies in Eastern Europe and pulled off a spectacular escape to snatch over a thousand Jews and Poles from death just before the Nazis invaded Bucharest, escorting them via Constantinople to Palestine.
By the time she died in 1982 she had written ten books, saved many thousands of lives and was one of the world's most decorated women. At her funeral the Greek Orthodox Bishop of Oxford named her 'one of the most significant women of the twentieth century.'
This classic Australian biography is a tribute to one of Australia's most heroic women, who always spoke with great fondness of Queensland as her birthplace. In 2006, a Loch Memorial Museum was opened in the tower by the sea in Ouranoupolis, a tribute to the Lochs and their humanitarian work.


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Bluestocking in Patagonia
Mary Gilmore's Quest for Love and Utopia at the World's End
Anne Whitehead
9781925283617
2018-05-30
A$9.99
King Tide Publishing

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In the 1890s in a bizarre social experiment, a band of over 500 Australians - mostly men and just three single women - sailed to South America to create a communal Utopia, a New Australia, in the jungles of Paraguay. One of them was a red-headed schoolteacher Mary Cameron, a poet and feminist, who left the writer Henry Lawson behind, despairing on the wharf. Politics in the Australian colony were soon tumultuous. Mary, rejected by one man she loved, married another, had a son, and she and her near-illiterate shearer husband Will Gilmore left Paraguay for the vast Patagonian sheep estancias of southern Argentina to earn their passages home.
Anne Whitehead chronicles the full history of the Australian experiment in Paraguay, including an account of the descendants of those who remained, in her award-winning Paradise Mislaid: In Search of the Australian Tribe of Paraguay (1998). In this second work she focuses on Mary's four years at the colony and, in particular, on her two fraught and previously little-known years in Patagonia.
Mary's independent spirit soon offended the strict rules of the estancia ruling class and she was forced to leave her husband for the tough frontier town of Río Gallegos. Speaking little Spanish, she supported her child for almost six months. Dame Mary later became an Australian national icon, campaigned for many causes including Aboriginal rights and she is on the $10 note today.
In a remarkable blend of biography and travel writing, Anne Whitehead follows in Mary's footsteps in South America, searching out places where she lived and traces of her stay, during a period of severe economic depression and political repression in Argentina, just as there was in Mary's experience. She brings to life a testing time in one of the harshest places on earth.
'Patagonia is a rich source of curious incidents and eccentric people, and Whitehead makes the most of these, describing the Welsh towns of Trelew and Puerto Madryn... a robbery pulled off by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Charles Darwin's forays from the Beagle; W.H. Hudson's delight in the birds of the region, and the search for the giant sloth carried out by Mr Hesketh Prichard of the Daily Express. She mentions Bruce Chatwin, who turned up unannounced at the great estancia of Killik Aike, where the Gilmores had lived for some months, only to be sent away "with a flea in his ear" by its current owners. Mary Gilmore left Killik Aike abruptly too... [Her] letters reflect a courageous, resourceful and strong-willed woman... "Yea! I have lived" was how she began one poem, and reading Anne Whitehead's spry account of her life, it is hard not to agree.' - Times Literary Supplement
'I quickly fell under the spell of Whitehead's intelligent writing... a biography that compassionately embraces the artistic, emotional and political aspect of Mary Gilmore's life' - Age
'This splendid and fascinating book is brilliantly balanced as part memoir, part well-researched recreation of the young Mary Gilmore as inamorata of Henry Lawson, as radical wife, Paraguayan and Patagonian settler, and as abidingly Australian soul.' - Thomas Keneally
'Bluestocking in Patagonia is a very beautiful book. In the first place, Whitehead writes with considerable flair, and with a fine eye for detail. The text is intelligently crafted, switching between Australia and South America, past and present, self and other... Yet Bluestocking in Patagonia is important for other reasons. This book is as much about Whitehead's effort to retrace Gilmore's steps as about Gilmore herself and is, in this respect, a fine blend of history and travel writing: a combination we also find in Whitehead's earlier book on the Paraguaya


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Brave Truth
Powerful untold stories of the struggle for post-apartheid freedom.
Geraldine Coy
9781742983820
2013-11-30
A$9.99
Global Publishing Group

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Discover the Untold Stories of Apartheid Through Brave Truth
Fourteen years since fleeing South Africa, leading social commentator on authentic leadership in ethical performance, Geraldine Coy, has finally told her touching and confronting story on apartheid in South Africa, in Brave Truth.
The human atrocity that was Apartheid in South Africa has been well documented over the decades. However none are more compelling than the front line account told in Brave Truth.
Geraldine Coy's book, Brave Truth reveals a first-hand look at what it was like to live through the volatility of an apartheid world, and the aftermath that followed it.
As a member of a Commission of Enquiry that published a report on findings of violence and atrocities, Geraldine and her family received numerous death threats and consequently had to flee the country and settle in Australia.
Geraldine reveals, for the first time, uncensored stories of those who were there and the courage and determination that kept them going after facing unspeakable events.
Whilst this focus is unparalleled in its raw cruelty in the context of our current society, the story is set into the context of Geraldine's life.
Geraldine emerged in a new South Africa firstly as a student activist and matured into a mediator advocating peaceful resolution of conflict across all communities. Geraldine's own foreword to the book hints at the work she was involved in, and the people with whom she was so privileged to work.
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others" Nelson Mandela
"I have found that without the mutual obligation of us all to each other, to build a future based on respect for our rights; to live as we choose to live; to have a home which we can call a safe place; and the right to bring our children up in a world where their opportunities will be as broad as their dreams and as real as their efforts, we won't be able to take the next step toward this goal."
"I have tried to demonstrate that true compassion is a firm and rational decision made with sound reasoning, and does not falter even in the face of those who behave badly. That does not mean that I have ever shied away from the need for those responsible for bad behaviour to be held accountable in some form or another."
In this book, readers will be invited into the truth behind the real cause(s) of violence and the perpetration of terrible acts of retribution within communities driven by despair and poverty. The complexities of these communities, their history forged in the Apartheid regime, the values of their traditional leadership and the emergence of a new local order, thrown into a melting pot of controversy, all prevented the development of anything close to a safe society.


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Brilliant Artists in Trio

John Bryson
9781922219367
2014-07-01
A$3.99
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Brilliant Artists in Trio
A volume of three feature pieces.
1. Janet Baker, the Wind in Her Hair.
Opera's Dame Janet, now retired from the stage to song performance, takes to sea on a yacht, the better to understand the rhythms of Elgar's Sea Pictures, of which she is already the world's authority.
She was playing with the sound of the waves from the bow, it seemed to me, "Never before under sail', she said. It was very close to song.
2. St Brigid and the Wizard.
Paula Dawson is an artist who works with holograms. Most famous of her works is a virtual re-creation of her 1989 New Year's Eve party room the following morning, in which the debris recalls the actions in time past.
Here, she builds a hologram of the Holy Spirit, for the worshippers in St Brigid's Church, working throughout the night on a tremor-insulated stage near Adelaide.
3. Max Gillies, the Character Onstage.
Watches one of the finest character actors in the world, perform political satire to live audiences.
Gillies' own face is not as well known as those he has played behind, and whenever bailed up by some passing admirer he is deeply pleased, but his eyes cloud as if with a passing fear that he may be asked to prove himself now with a short performance as Ronald Regan or the Queen of England, right here on the footpath.

 

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