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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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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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Broken
A Memoir
Emma White
9781925556148
2017-06-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Four and a half months after her boyfriend became a paraplegic in a motorbike accident, he and Emma travelled to Australia, Emma's home country, and embarked upon a 18,000 kilometre backpacking trip.
This story takes the reader on a whirlwind trip around Australia. A young woman struggling to accept her boyfriend's paralysis, and a paraplegic man backpacking during a time many spinal injured patients remain in hospital.
Written with honesty, insight and dark humour, Emma examines the dynamics of the relationship, impact of the injury, difficulties faced learning to live in a wheelchair in a challenging country, and encountering perceptions of the disabled.
Ultimately, this is a compelling love story.
I believe not only people experiencing spinal injuries, their family and friends would be interested in my book, but also people interested in travel and memoir. Kev and I were a typical young couple working ski seasons, and my book shows that life can change quickly and dramatically. - Emma White


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Career Interrupted
How 14 Successful Women Navigate Career Breaks
Norah Breekveldt
9781922129871
2015-10-07
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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How do women defy the odds and get their careers back on track after a break? How do women manage the mummy mafia at the school gate? Is there a motherhood penalty? Can women really have it all - a successful career and a rewarding family life? Does overseas experience really accelerate your career in Australia? How do you recreate your career after a setback?
 
In Career Interrupted fourteen high-achieving women talk openly about their challenges in carving out a successful career after a break. These women come from all walks of life - from battlers to privileged backgrounds, from small business to big corporations, from large corporates to small business, from professional services to the community sector. Several women had children and talk candidly about what it's like to be in the throes of mother guilt and come out the other side; some are expatriates who returned to Australia to rebuild their career, yet others had to re-establish their career after a misstep.
 
These stories are interwoven with the latest research from thought leaders around the obstacles and pitfalls in leaving the workforce for a time, and include practical and proven strategies to overcome these hurdles.
 
Career Interrupted contributes to the discussion and debate in business and the broader community about how to develop workplaces where the contribution of everyone, including women, is recognised, nurtured and optimised. It explores the shared experiences of women who have had to navigate a break in their career and provides a beacon for other women about to embark on a similar journey.
 
Her Excellency Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China;
Anna Burke, Federal member for Chisolm;
Lisa Croxford, Capability Development Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills;
Lucinda Dunn OAM, Artistic Director, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy;
Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, Scientist, Bruce Lefroy Centre, Murdoch Children's Research Institute;
Jennifer Keyte, Seven News Melbourne Weekend News Presenter;
Dr Sharon Lierse, Lecturer, Charles Darwin University;
Samone McCurdy, PhD candidate and Program Consultant, Monash University;
Lucinda Nolan, Deputy Police Commissioner, Victoria Police;
Kelly O'Dwyer, Federal Member of Parliament for Higgins and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer;
Dr Hannah Piterman, Consultant, advisor and author, co-founder of Gender Worx;
Moira Rayner, Lawyer and former WA Anti-corruption Commissioner;
Lucy Roland, Marketing specialist and Communications Coach;
Jodie Sizer, Principal, PwC Indigenous Consulting;
Tracey Spicer, Journalist and newsreader;
Dr Helen Szoke, Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia;
Dr Jennifer Whelan, Director, Psynapse Psychometrics and Research Fellow, Melbourne Business School.
 
'These stories offer inspiration and give insight into how success was achieved by many women despite the ongoing barriers to equality. They provide plenty of ideas for anyone wishing to have a career break, for any reason.' - Kate Jenkins, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner


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Cynthia Nolan
A Biography
M. E. McGuire
9781925556032
2016-11-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Cynthia Reed, single mother, psychiatric nurse, novelist and connoisseur, married Sidney Nolan in Sydney in 1948. England served as their home base from 1953 till her death in 1976, territory charted in her four travel books.
This biography is drawn from her books in depth and from her intimate letters to her brother John and his wife, Sunday Reed between 1927, when she was nineteen, and 1944 when their correspondence ceased.
Her unpopularity in Australia in the sixties is accounted for and the stereotypes of the envious sister-in-law, the mad artist's wife and the nihilistic suicide dismantled.


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Daddy Who?

Craig Horne; Ross Wilson
9781925556353
2018-11-01
A$14.99
Melbourne Books

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Daddy Who? is the story of a phenomenon, a band that in eighteen short months changed the course of Australian rock history.
Author and musician Craig Horne was with Daddy Cool every inch of the way. With an insider's view, he tracks the journey from when they burst onto the scene in October 1970, with their infectious doo-wop mayhem, and follows their rapid rise to the top—when they were on the front cover of every newspaper and rock magazine in the country, and when radio churned out hits like 'Eagle Rock', 'Come Back Again' and 'Hi Honey Ho!' virtually nonstop.
The book reveals the madness of Daddy Cool's three US tours, from their showcase performance at LA's Whisky A Go Go, to New York's famed Madison Square Garden, and supporting the likes of Elvin Bishop, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Little Feat and Captain Beefheart.
"Daddy Who? is the first book to tell the complete story of the enduring legacy of one of the most unique and much loved bands Australia has ever produced.
Daddy Cool are one of the most impressive bands I've ever heard ... And 'Eagle Rock' is one of my favourite tracks of all time." — Sir Elton John, 1975


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Dyandi

Timothy Doyle
9781922129383
2014-02-24
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Dr Thomas McMahon, a self-assured and ambitious Australian environmentalist, journeys into the Philippines, intending to 'save' the tribal peoples of Mindanao and their mountain environment from the exploitation of Horizon Mining Corporation (HMC). Instead, the country changes him in ways that he never thought possible.
Tom is in his mid-thirties, married, with a successful academic career and important international environmental connections. He heads The Melbourne Environment Centre, which locks horns with the Company. This battle spills over into the Philippines, where HMC is launching a new mining operation after uncovering the largest copper deposit in Asia.
As a political pragmatist who campaigns on climate change and sustainable development, Tom becomes enmeshed in a network of green militant insurgents who see him and his campaign as part of the problem. Tom discovers that people are the primary threatened species - not birds, pandas or whales.


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Fabulous Fred
The Strife and Times of Fred Cook
Paul Amy
9781922129666
2014-10-24
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Fred Cook began his football career with Footscray in the VFL. But he really made his name in the game after crossing to Port Melbourne in the VFA.
His prodigious goalkicking in the 1970s earned him the nickname of 'Fabulous Fred' and fame at a pop-star level. He appeared on TV, on radio and wrote newspaper columns, and he mixed with Melbourne's sporting and entertainment elite.
But he fell in with a criminal crowd, formed a drug habit, lost everything and did three spells in prison.
Cook has led a remarkable life, going from hero to zero. He's always wanted to tell his story, which features football, crime and drugs, and the wider issue of sportspeople who struggle with normalcy once their careers have ended.
Fred Cook's name still resonates, thirty years after his career ended. Last year he was nominated for the Australian Football Hall of Fame.


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Hard Cuddles

James Harding
9781925556360
2018-07-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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This is the graphic, authentic and often humorous autobiography of a young man's journey into Melbourne's underworld and nightclub scene in the recent past.
'The Hammer' was a feared enforcer capable of inflicting indescribable pain on anyone that stood in has way. Supreme violence and a manipulative calculating streak were tools of the trade.
This story gives the reader a rare insight into addiction, the dark art of violence and ego involved in the world of a drug dealer, debt collector and stand over man in Melbourne's underworld scene.
An embracing family background and unwavering ability to believe he was destined for redemption allowed 'The Hammer' to claw his way back from the darkness and use his hard-earned experience to assist men to break the cycle of addiction and crime and re-discover their own power and spirit.
Nice work mate! Proud of you and glad to call you my friend. - Trevor Hendy AM


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Inside Silicon Valley
How the Deals Get Done
Marc Phillips
9781922129208
2013-07-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Inside Silicon Valley is a must read for entrepreneurs wishing to raise venture capital and anyone with a fascination for the inner workings of Silicon Valley, the epicentre of the dot com world of venture capital.
 
The book relates 'fly on the wall stories' from venture capital investment presentations made by entrepreneurs who have successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars.
 
You will learn the craft of creating an investment pitch deck, how to pitch your business idea and how valuations are determined.
 
The book also gives insights into the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley and how venture capitalists evaluate start up companies, written by someone who has been both a successful entrepreneur and is now a partner in a venture capital firm.


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Mary Gaunt
Independent Colonial Woman
Bronwen Hickman
9781922129840
2015-08-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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This is a rare biography of the pioneering Australian author, Mary Gaunt.
Born on the Victorian Goldfields in Chiltern in 1861, Mary was well-educated and well-connected. She was a tomboy and a rebel - her father encouraged her, her mother disapproved. One of the first female students to attend the University of Melbourne, she wrote articles and stories in order to fund her travels. She trekked through the great mahogany forests of West Africa. She went to China in the chaos that followed the downfall of the Ch'ing dynasty, and narrowly avoided the marauding White Wolf. She proved that a woman could live by her pen in that era. When war came, she was trapped behind enemy lines and never made it home to Australia.


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Me and My Mentor
How Mentoring Supercharged the Careers of 11 Extraordinary Women
Norah Breekveldt
9781925556285
2018-03-15
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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How important is mentoring in accelerating my career success and helping me realise my potential? Why are men more likely to have mentors than women? How do I proactively pursue a mentoring relationship? What is more effective - formal mentoring programs or informal mentoring relationships?
Me and My Mentor explores these and other questions mentors and mentees face in their working life. Eleven mentor and mentee couples talk openly about their experiences, the professional and personal friendships that evolved, the challenges they worked through, the career and learning opportunities that opened up for them and the mutual benefits they received from the relationship. Each story provides practical tips and insightful lessons from which men and women can learn and apply to their own mentoring journeys.
If you've ever been curious about how mentoring can advance your career, or how you can apply mentoring to achieve true diversity in your workplace, then Me and My Mentor is a must read!


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Only Gods Never Die

Karl Hudousek
9781877096136
2014-08-27
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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A gripping adventure story based on real historic quests for the priceless buried treasures of ancient Egypt.
How do you lose an army of fifty thousand without a trace?
Napoleon's invasion of Egypt turned into a treasure hunt with ancient sites plundered to enhance France's museums and palaces. When, in 1799, Napoleon learned his position in Egypt was untenable due to the British blockade, Bonaparte ordered that the best gold and jewel encrusted loot be buried to be retrieved at a later date. In 1805, when the political situation allowed, Bonaparte organised a large caravan to set out in secrecy with armed escort into the Great Sand Sea, south of the Siwa Oasis to recover the treasure and transport it back to France. The entire caravan marched into oblivion, swallowed by a fierce sandstorm and lost without trace in a sea of burning sand.
Since then, others such as the memorable team of Carter and Lord Carnarvon have attempted to uncover the hidden secrets beneath the sands of Egypt and adventurers and amateurs have sniffed around like bloodhounds to uncover leads and pay locals for information. Negotiations were carried out with intrigue and clandestine deals to thwart rivals.
It is against this factual historic background that the two main characters of this story embark on a journey from Prague to Cairo and through the Sahara to the remote oasis of Siwa to fulfill a promise, to solve a mystery and avenge their uncle's murder.


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Oppy
The Life of Sir Hubert Opperman
Daniel Oakman
9781925556339
2018-06-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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There was only one Phar Lap: There is only one 'Oppy' - Courier Mail, 1932.
 
Hubert 'Oppy' Opperman was a sporting icon, a cycling phenomenon whose epic feats of endurance captivated the world. For over two decades, he dominated almost every race he entered and shattered record after record in Australia and Great Britain. In 1928, he led the first Australasian team to ever contest the Tour de France.
 
But Oppy was more than just a champion. During the Great Depression, a time of painful economic and social change, he became a transcendent symbol of Australian fortitude. He became a household name, a legend - as popular as the cricketer Don Bradman and the racehorse Phar Lap.
 
As well as vividly retelling his sporting triumphs, this book is the first to consider the legacy of Opperman's post-cycling career. It explores the emotional pain of his private life, the controversies that dogged his seventeen-year political career including his term as Minister for Immigration in the Menzies Government, and the far-reaching changes he helped bring to Australian immigration policy.
 
This meticulously researched biography gives readers a thrilling insight into the brutal world of professional cycling and an intimate portrait of an extraordinary Australian.


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Our House is Certainly Not in Paris

Susan Cutsforth
9781922129321
2013-11-20
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Sequel to the bestselling 'Our House is Not in Paris'.
Join for the first time, or continue to share in this sequel, the French renovee trials and triumphs of Susan and Stuart Cutsforth, an 'ordinary' Australian couple. Our House is Certainly Not in Paris is a magical memoir about their renovation of an old farmhouse in France. They devote their holidays to breathing life back into its ancient stone walls. It is so charmingly written that the reader is transported to their petite village and the people in this book become like old friends. This is a story about achieving dreams. It makes you want to grab life with both hands.

 

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