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

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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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Am I Living With an Addict?
Finding a Solution For Suffering Addicts and Families
Jackson Oppy
9781925282481
2017-03-14
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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This book is not about drugs, it is about people. It is about those suffering from addiction and the struggles of the people around them. As well as describing how to identify if a loved one is in addiction, it provides clear information about the solution. With the right treatment addicts can recover.
Jackson Oppy has walked the road he describes, knows the pain of addiction and knows the road back to wellness, wholeness and stable family and social life.
'Am I Living With an Addict?' is the route map to wellness.
Jackson Oppy used drugs actively for 15 years. He and his family experienced all the pitfalls and trauma that comes with having a loved one in the grip of addiction and the hopelessness of believing that there was no way out.
After countless attempts to stop and after losing everything, Jackson entered recovery at age 35 and now lives alcohol- and drug-free. He now uses his experience in both active addiction and in recovery to help others at Hader Clinic in Melbourne. In his current role he deals with addicts and their families everyday, using his intimate knowledge of the problem and the solution.


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Fred Hollows
The Updated Autobiography
Fred Hollows; Peter Corris
9780958128377
2019-05-01
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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This book first appeared in 1991, claiming it 'replenishes the sense of what is possible'. It still does. This edition shows what is possible being done daily, problems encountered and overcome, breakthroughs big and small, the spread of the work across the globe, how more and more people are getting modern eye care... and how The Foundation bearing Fred Hollows' name is setting up an ever accelerating attack on blindness the like of which has never been seen before.
 
The book's heart is the same: the life, work and ideas of Fred Hollows.
 
Fred was no saint, didn't pretend to be. He was as rough a diamond as they come. Tom Keneally called him 'the wild colonial boy of Australian surgery'.
 
'Every eye is an eye' as Fred put it, and there's somewhere between 25 to 40 million blind in the Third World, half that preventable cataract work. Daunting, but no excuse for inaction or failure. He knew what tools were needed. Look, talk, listen, think. Urgent problem, time available unknown.
 
Now this lean but sturdy foundation is growing and many more vital trained people are available and the number of operations a day, a year, is climbing.
 
'The patient, whoever, wherever, he or she may be, will see the doctor'. Today, a lot of patients are seeing the doctor, and many more will tomorrow.
 
'A story to lift the spirits... it is possible to change the world.' - Judith Wright, Sun Herald.
 
'...an all-action drama' - Kirsty Cameron, Australian
 
'In parts this is a shocking book' - Peter Wilmoth, Age
 
For information about The Fred Hollows Foundation visit www.hollows.org


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Hellbent: Ces Waters & Me
A Tale of Trust & Treachery, Truth & Lies
Margaret Wentworth
9781925281187
2015-11-01
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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The Waters family amazed and inspired their neighbour Margaret Wentworth. She'd never met a man with bigger dreams than Ces, the charismatic father, nor one from such unpromising beginnings.
He'd bashed, thieved and pimped in Manchester slums, did time and migrated to Australia. There he planned an assault on some of the world of sport's most glittering prizes. Sons Dean, Guy and Troy rose to dizzying heights. Troy came close to a world title in a San Diego boxing ring. On results, Ces Waters ranks among Australia's greatest trainers and motivators.
They saved doomed dogs, made winning horses out of old nags, ate no meat, drank no alcohol, never swore and focused single-mindedly on reaching the top.
She co-produced a documentary, 'Rebels with a Cause', about him, and began a biography, the basis for this book.
But when Ces' rival was murdered, Margaret realise the man she was writing about was a lie. To silence her, Ces threatened the biographer's life. She was trapped. His laughter, jokes, yarns and 'honesty' hid his sick obsessiveness and psychopathic ruthlessness. This manipulator operated at a level your office control freak only dreams of.
'Hellbent' is a radical biography which shows how Ces used truth and lies to gain the author's trust and cloud her eyes, and how she began to see again.
Why was Ces Waters compared to Charles Manson in court?
Why did he threaten his biographer's life?
How did his three sons rise so high in boxing?
Why was Allen Hall shot dead one night?
Why was Dean Waters acquitted?
Was Ces Waters a pimp?
Was the Waters clan's clean living a total fraud?
How did Ces Waters exercise the steely control he did?


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Judith Anderson
Australian Star, First Lady of the American Stage
Desley Deacon
9781875703180
2019-11-01
A$11.99
Kerr Publishing

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Everyone knows Mrs Danvers as a byword for menace in Hitchcock's Rebecca and as a poster girl for lesbians in the movies. But only dedicated fans know her brilliant creator.
 
This book tells Judith Anderson's life story for the first time. It recovers her career as one of the great stars of stage and television and an important character actress in film. Born in Adelaide, Australia, in 1897, brought up by a determined single mother, she parlayed her rich, velvety voice and ability to give reality to strong emotional roles into stardom on Broadway in the 1920s. Not a conventional beauty, she was alluring, with her beautiful body, perfect dress sense, and striking, volatile personality. After playing glamorous roles, she was recognised as a Leading Lady of the American Stage under the direction of Guthrie McClintic in Hamlet and co-starring with Laurence Olivier and Maurice Evans in Macbeth. Her reputation as a great actress was confirmed by her landmark performance in 1947 in the ancient Greek Medea, adapted for her by her friend, poet Robinson Jeffers. In a long career, she appeared in Medea again in 1982 at the age of 85, playing the Nurse to fellow-Australian Zoe Caldwell's Medea.
 
Ambitious and driven, Anderson toured extensively, made numerous highly praised appearances on television, and, after her unforgettable role as Mrs Danvers, was a sought-after character actress in film, playing her last role as Vulcan High Priestess in Star Trek III at the age of 87. She won many awards and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1960 and Companion of the Order of Australia just before her death in 1992. She had a stormy private life and two short marriages, which, she remarked, were 'much too long.'


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Neddy
The Life and Crimes of Arthur Stanley Smith
Neddy Smith; Tom Noble
9781925282924
2017-09-01
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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Neddy Smith's life story, smuggled out of Long Bay prison, created a sensation on publication. He wrote that:
- Detective Sergeant Roger Rogerson and other NSW police gave him a rare 'green light' to rob, bash, deal drugs, whatever... without fear of arrest.
- He robbed payrolls, dealt heroin and took full advantage
- He was the star witness at ICAC hearings into police corruption that changed policing in NSW
And he wrote it like he was telling it in a pub - immediate, compelling, straight from the shoulder.
This is the book that inspired the TV drama, Blue Murder


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Sitdown Up North
An Autobiography 2
Ted Egan
9781925283891
2018-10-01
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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Ted Egan was born in Melbourne and spent his first sixteen years there, described in his The Paperboy's War.
Since 1949 he has lived and worked in the Northern Territory, now based in Alice Springs, performing, writing, singing and recording his own songs, and collecting those of others.
He speaks two Aboriginal languages, and often lectures on Aboriginal language and issues. He is an inaugural Life Member of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame. In 1991 he was awarded the Order of Australia for 'services to the Aboriginal People, and for an ongoing and significant contribution to Australia's literary heritage through song and verse'. He was at one time a member of the Prime Minister's National Reconciliation Council.
Author of numerous books, his last was Justice All Their Own, an account of the clash of cultures when Aboriginals speared a group of Japanese fishermen and a white policeman to death in the early 1930s.
Ted Egan, 17, was going to stop over en route to Brazil, but he still lives in the Territory.
Sitdown Up North scatters our pre-conceptions of what Territorians are like. Egan's palette goes beyond red ochre and sky blue. There are nut-brown metho-drinking scholars, a white man whose first language is Cantonese, a dusky mother who pursued her 'stolen children' and an ebony-coloured son patiently decorating his revered father's bones in rainbows of intricate design, for starters. A love of song tuned his ear superbly to the vagaries of Territorians' speech.
There's the ABC we expect of any good Outback yarn Adventure, Brawls and Close-shaves. But more than that ...
The author's work gave him a rare, privileged position from which to watch change coming over the land. His acquaintanceship has been extraordinarily wide and diverse: bums and bureaucrats, elders and activists, publicians and politicians, stockmen and nurses, all hues, young 'uns and flourbags, Lingari, Coombs, Roberts, Whitlam. Good listener, insatiably curious, historian, Ted Egan knows his Territory. Where the record isn't pretty, he doesn't flinch. Commitment to a fair go, quick sympathies for the oppressed, honest recall of youth and his love of the place and all its people make Sitdown ... moving autobiography, refreshing history and an exotic tour of one of the world's least understood places.
 
'A bloody good yarn ... a rambunctious, insightful and compelling account of Territory frontier life' - Tim Bowden
' ... lucky enough to witness the Territory during one of its most interesting stages. He happened to be in the right place at the right time in some cases the wrong time.' - Les Hiddens


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The Dark Side

Roger Rogerson
9781925281194
2015-11-01
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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The most controversial cop in Australian history, in his own words.
Roger Rogerson hasn't been a police officer for more than 20 years. Yet his name makes him, the most well-known 'detective-sergeant' in Australia.
He has been the subject of articles, appearances, profiles and books; portrayed in TV dramas; and recorded by covert listening devices at home for months.
Rogerson took up his own pen in prison. Out, he walked the club and pub speaking circuit, where he found a ready audience for his tales of law and mayhem. He now writes for newspapers.
Here, he tells us of:
- high profile investigations;
- forgotten ones, like when a key from Tassie opened a Sydney murderer's door;
- some of the most interesting dead people he's ever met;
- the hunt for desperados on a deadly robbing spree;
- the bloody night that earned him the award for courageous action;
- meeting a prominent toe cutter;
- besieging the comic Wally and the dangerous Green Man;
- the dogs in a prison he sojourned in;
- bad days in a flattened railcarriage at Granville...
and more...
These untold tales are the ones everyone else has glossed over or ignored, from the horse's mouth, for the first time.


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The Paperboy's War
An Autobiography 1
Ted Egan
9781925283884
2018-10-01
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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'I reckon throwing that rock through the window of Phelan's butcher shop was one of the best things I ever did. But I didn't think so at the time ...'
So begins the Ted Egan story. Old Phelan presented Ted's mother with a bill:
TO WINDOW BROKEN BY TEDDY EGAN
£5 5s 0d.
Ted was going to have to find the money.
He got it as a paperboy, shouting 'Herooda paper!' on street corners. Jumping on and off the No. 20 tram rattling out of the city of Melbourne into Coburg. Ducking back to the newsagency to get a Women's Weekly for a woman in the Ladies' lounge of Brown's Hotel.
In The Paperboy's War the well-known outback folklorist, singer, songwriter, historian, and television presenter recalls his early days, his priestly vocation, the warmth of family life, the agony of puberty, and Melbourne in the 1940s.
A great and terrible war raged, but here we see it from a unique perspective: the paperboy.
At home the Yanks were taking over leafy Parkville, the dance floors and the women's hearts. Even - black Yanks!
Nights at home would be spent tracing the exploits of brave Timoshenko at Stalingrad, speculating on how 'people who live in paper houses' like the Japanese couldn't cause too much trouble, and gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of divisional shoulder patches, enemy aircraft silhouettes and the classes of warships. Ted Egan rekindles the pride Australians felt for 'the Rats' at Tobruk and those who slugged it out on the Kokoda Trail.
But life and dreams go on, war or no war. Every schoolday the excruciatingly beautiful Norma would hop on the tram at The Grove. Br. 'Slick' Edwards at the Christian Brothers would read Man Shy and there arouse a love of words. The return of cousin Frank, the bronzed Anzac from the Middle East, provided a role model. Aunt Mary's tales of the Murchison Goldfields stirred a wish to travel.
And there was cousin Bill, who had run away to sea at 15, travelled the world and experienced the war at close quarters. He came back wearing Italian suits and gave the young Ted an idea. He too would be a sailor. Ted would leave Melbourne and go to Brazil, via Darwin.
Ted Egan was born in Melbourne and spent the first sixteen years of his life there, the years covered by this book, the first of three telling of his life.
He intended to drop in on the Northern Territorians for a month before going off to become a gaucho in South America, but ended up staying in the Territory for more than 40 years.
Ted Egan studied under lamplight in the outback, gaining a BA from ANU. He is working on a post-graduate historical account of the clash between Aboriginal and western culture when a group of Japanese fishermen and a white policeman were speared to death in 1932. He learned two Aboriginal languages and has taught Aboriginal Studies at Alice Springs High School.
He performs, writes, sings and records his own songs, and collects and records others. He is a television presenter and writer.
He is a member of the Prime Minister's Reconciliation Council.
Awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1993 for 'services to the Aboriginal community and contribution to the literary heritage of Australia through song and verse', he lives and works in Alice Springs.


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Wanted: John & Lucy
Rescue By Force Silverwater Prison 25 March 1999
John Kerr
9781925281200
2015-11-01
A$9.99
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'There is a history with this gentleman of, shall we say, a reluctance to stay in custody.' - Detective Inspector Aldo Lorenzutta
On a sunny Thursday morning, in a helicopter near Silverwater Prison Complex, a woman pulled a gun from a shopping bag and said 'This is a hijack.'
The pilot, options running out, dropped into the prison and lifted John Reginald Killick, armed robber and escapee, to freedom.
This book charts the pathway to that extraordinary act, and its devastating consequenced for those charged. It unfolded in prison visits, correspondence, police stations, pubs and cafes, parks, private homes, courtrooms, libraries and legal offices for the most part. The author's journey has been a revelation to him. Much of what he found was grim by any standard. Hideous things.
But he also found there was a lot of love and friendship abroad in the world as well. Heaps.


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When Hell Freezes Over
Ice. Addiction. Family. Recovery.
Jackson Oppy; Tom Elliott
9781925282368
2017-03-14
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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The spread of crystal methamphetamine use sees more and more families face a horrifying reality - their child or spouse or parent is an addict. Their world is a hell where Ice rules and it is far from OK.
Ice took families, society and the drug-addiction treatment sector by surprise. Young users often bypassed alcohol, 'soft' and party drug use, so the first mind-altering substance they try is ice, the world's strongest stimulant. A new kind of mature addict emerged, a drug-using individual who seemed to manage to navigate life normally before, and then suddenly abandoned everything. People become withered, psychotic, mumbling ghosts. The speed of their journey broke all previous records. Their unmanageability became legendary.
The core of this book is not the drug, but the people: the addict who desperately needs help, and the people around the addict who need clear and practical information about the solution. With the right treatment, addicts do recover.

 

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