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A Distant Time and Place

Frank Vincent
9781925736533
2020-04-20
A$9.99
Hybrid Publishers

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Growing up in the working-class waterfront suburb of Port Melbourne, Frank Vincent became aware very early of the impact of social and economic inequality. He went on to become a successful barrister practising in criminal law before being appointed to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Throughout his career, which included a lengthy period as Parole Board Chair, he never lost his concern for victims and the marginalised in our society, especially its indigenous members. Yet this memoir is no hagiography. With modesty and wit, Vincent notes his own human fallibility and frailties, and writes with modesty and humour.
 
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"Frank Vincent's memoirs illustrate why lawyers would enter courts to hear him speak – firstly as a barrister in murder trials, then as a Supreme Court Justice.
"His story is told with grace and humour, pointing out his closest brush to physical danger was from a cream sponge he felt was about to be thrown by a prisoner on learning his parole application was rejected.
"This book gives a rare insight into our court system from a master practitioner. For more than 50 years Frank was a champion of the people – this book shows he remains a champion bloke." – John Silvester


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A Girl Called Tim
Escape from an Eating Disorder Hell
June Alexander
9781742984322
2014-05-22
A$9.99
June Alexander

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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 on the Line
A MICA Flight Paramedic's Story
Darren Hodge
9780958128360
2019-05-01
A$9.99
Darren Hodge

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When the author was a kid, a big white sleek ambulance squatted like a lion in the driveway next door, always ready to go, and sometimes it did, roaring down the street. Today he is a MICA Flight Paramedic with decades of varied experience in 'a life of extremes' in an Australian ambulance service. He does shifts at base on-call, and teaches another generation of paramedics now. Loves his job.
 
A list of well-known events that includes Victoria's Black Saturday Fires and the 2005 Bali Bombing - he was trying to get married when that call came in - mark two dark extremes. Technical matters - trauma treatment decisions, and the limits of aviation, for example - are explained. And this book includes the little things like the time the supermarket aisle was alive with the sound of music from an ex-patient's kid's lips: 'Thanks for looking after Daddy.' Darren couldn't have put it better himself, and it made his heart sing.
 
This book tells what is like to be Darren Hodge on the end of a line, what it is like to be a paramedic. Open, honest reports, warts and all, this memoir is an unflinching account of how it feels, say, to pluck people from imminent death. And there are some laughs on the way...


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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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A Word Before I Go
A Memoir
Barbara Whitley
9780648746911
2020-03-23
A$9.99
Clouds of Magellan

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'What you are thinking about me is right,' says I, 'and it's wonderful and beautiful, and if you make it ugly for me I'll hate you for the rest of my life!' So flopping down and turning my poor brave face to the wall ... I'm still glad I said that.
 
Raised in a Sydney family of successful older brothers and sisters, young Barbara Whitley is determined to find her own direction. Her choices are instinctive but not always wise in the cramped world of the 1930s - a degree in Classics that fitted her for no profession, bad choices in men, taking a flat on her own when she'd grown up in the warmth of a loving family, a thoughtless marriage choice. The War comes, and Barbara's struggle for selfhood is further constrained, not least by the birth of her daughter and the failure of her marriage. And yet, luck finally takes a hand, in the form of a handsome lieutenant on leave in Sydney.
 
With an Introduction by Garry Kinnane


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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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Angels of Death
Doctors and Nurses Who Kill
Emily Webb
9780648556749
2019-07-15
A$7.99
Clan Destine Press

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Serial killers in the caring professions.
 
Doctors, nurses and health workers have a duty of care to their patients to ensure they act in the best interests of an individual; and not act or fail to act in a way that results in harm.
 
But those featured within these pages are serial killers who roamed their places of work, preying on people at their most vulnerable.
 
Angels of Death is an updated collection of real life crimes exploring murders committed in hospitals and doctors' surgeries - the very places where lives are supposed to be healed or saved.
 
The accounts also include cases where the murderers struck in places that are meant to be safe havens, like aged care homes and even people's living rooms.
 
These disturbing crimes take place in Australia, the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada and Europe.
 
Emily Webb is a journalist and author, specialising in true crime. She co-hosts the popular podcast Australian True Crime.


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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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Aussie Dog Stories

Paul Bugeja
9781922175229
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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A fascinating look at both famous and not-so-famous dogs from down under. There's the 'Red Dog', celebrated in a movie in 2011, and 'Bob the Railway Dog', which has a bestselling book written about him. There are assistance animals and guide dogs, war heroes and everyday ones, dogs that save lives and dogs whose lives are saved. All loyal, loving, brave in their ways and with doggy hearts of gold.


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Aussie Prison Breaks
Not All Escapees Are Desperados
Joe Tog
9781925367324
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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In Brisbane's maximum-security prison awaiting trial, Joe Tog composed a series of short narratives for his defence-barrister. The barrister said that the notes gave him a clarity that he did not normally get from cold, hard facts and dates. Out of that comment grew this story.


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Aussie True Crime Stories

Joe Tog
9781925367300
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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In this compilation of twenty short stories by Joe Tog, the criminal genre is nailed exactly as it was during the 70s and 80s - he experienced it - both inside prison and on the outside. Step by step he describes how a convicted murderer carried out an audacious escape from Pentridge Prison. An arsonist at work, along with bomb-making and how to morph a gun, are just some of the criminal subjects covered in this book. Card cheating, safe breaking and a street rort, all colourfully detailed as he segues from story to story.
Twice on Interpol's Most Wanted list, Joe Tog escaped from two South Australian prisons as well as two Victorian prisons. Shot twice in the head during a shoot-out with police, his criminal background and willingness to lay bare his personal experiences through factual story-telling combine to give this book a ring of authenticity not usually found in True Crime.


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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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