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Unbroken
The Heroic True Story of a Group of Aussie POWs in WWII Europe
W R Beecroft
9781922175731
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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It is 1941, and the German High Command has sent General Irwin Rommel and the Afrika Korps to bolster the faltering Italian ground forces in North Africa and take over the beleaguered fortress of Tobruk. The defenders hang on grimly, but prisoners are taken on both sides in the ebb and flow of battle.
In Greece and Crete, the reverse occurs; Commonwealth forces are overwhelmed by the might of the Wermacht, and many fall into the hands of the Germans. Many of the Australian and New Zealand prisoners eventually find themselves incarcerated in Campo 57, Gruppignano in north east Italy, under the iron fist of the notorious Colonel Calcaterra of the Caribinieri.
Unbroken is the true story of Australian POWs, their capture, their attempted escapes and their ultimate liberation.


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Venturing Into No Man's Land
Joseph Maxwell VC, World War I Hero
John Ramsland
9781922036896
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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'A flash blinds me... We are lost in a chaos of flying mud... Smoke, filth, confusion, racket! I spit and splutter and swear... Oh Christ! I think I'm flamin' well dead.'
This is the compelling story of Lieutenant Joseph 'Darkie' Maxwell DCM, MC and Bar, VC - the second highest decorated Australian soldier of the First World War. Meticulously researched by historian John Ramsland, Maxwell's colourful life is traced from his childhood on the Hunter coalfields until his death at age 71 in a soldier's settlement home in Matraville Sydney. Maxwell was a vivid storyteller who wrote Hells Bells and Mademoiselles, telling of his experiences in the war. In telling Maxwell's story, Ramsland has uncovered many forgotten documents to piece together an extraordinary life of an extraordinary man.


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Vicarious Dreaming
With Jack Idriess on Madman's Island
Ernest Hunter
9781925706642
2019-05-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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Millions of years in the making, sustaining human voyagers and societies for millennia, a couple of centuries of that by Europeans - the Great Barrier Reef - in maybe five or six decades the largest living structure visible from space will have become the largest dead one.
 
Vicarious Dreaming documents a series of personal voyages between Cooktown and the Torres Strait that are interwoven with accounts of exploration, exploitation and escape. The travels and tales coalesce around the works of Ion Idriess and the lives of solitary men at the edge of the world, drawn to the wild by folly and obsession, and to an island in the Howick Group that Idriess knew well and which was the site of his first book - Madman's Island. And as with the slow-motion ecological catastrophe that is the Reef's agonal decline there are players - and bystanders; stories of people and places, of life and death, of arrivals and departures, and of journeys that involve even the most remote, uninhabited spaces - the necklace of islands scattered along more than two thousand kilometres of Queensland's Coral Sea coast.
 
At once a journey into the far north of Australia and into the furthest depths of the human mind. A tale of Cape York's past and a new chapter in the exploration of its present. A dream narrative - maybe; a case study - perhaps; literary art, yes, absolutely, in its purest and most ambitious form. - Nicholas Rothwell


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Wanted: John & Lucy
Rescue By Force Silverwater Prison 25 March 1999
John Kerr
9781925281200
2015-11-01
A$9.99
Kerr Publishing

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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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Wars That Never End
The Horrific Impact of Post War Stress
Ian Ferguson
9781925367362
2016-05-01
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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Over 100 Australians who served in Afghanistan have committed suicide since returning to civilian life. Partners and family members also suffer, in their shared lives with emotionally scarred war veterans. Ex-service personnel and affected relatives provided author Ian Ferguson with fascinating first-hand information for the research of Wars That Never End. Their confronting recollections surfaced in personal interviews, and sometimes in Diggers' letters and diary entries from front line battle fields, dating back to the Boer War. Few publications candidly tackle the contentious issue of mental health among combat veterans, so this book is a must read for all discerning lovers of Australian war history.


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Wild Ride
Epic Cycling Journeys Through the Heart of Australia
Daniel Oakman
9781925556810
2020-07-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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This book tells the story of cyclists who were overcome by the need to venture into the wild on two wheels; the courageous men and women who undertook some of the most epic bicycle journeys of all time.
 
Wild Ride reminds us of a thrilling period of exploration all but forgotten in the age of the motorcar. Daniel Oakman takes us on a rich ride through 130 years of Australian cycling; from the overlanding heroes of Arthur Richardson and Francis Birtles, to the lesser known but no less amazing feats of Jerome Murif, Ted Ryko and Joe Pearson, through to modern-day bikepacking trailblazers such as Kate Leeming, Tegan Streeter and Tom Richards. Celebrity riders are here too; from the historic icons of Hubert ‘Oppy’ Opperman, Wendy Duncan and Shirley Law, to the more recent triumphs of actor Sam Johnson and his audacious quest to ride a unicycle 15,000 kilometres around the country.
 
You will be astounded by their journeys, retold here with sparkling clarity. Be inspired for your next pedal powered adventure.


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Written In the Sky

Mark Carr
9781925556780
2020-07-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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Since childhood, Mark Carr wanted to fly, and fly he did ... firstly as a naval aviator, a jet instructor and later, pilot with Cathay Pacific Airways.
 
This ‘techno-biography’ is written for those who, like him, seemingly have hydraulic oil flowing through their veins. The book also gives readers of a non-flying background an insight into military and civil aviation.
 
Sit in the cockpit with Mark and gain a rare insight into how these amazing machines work, and how the men and women in the cockpits and flight decks operate them safely and efficiently.
 
His story is also entwined with historical context including his first-hand account of the infamous Australian Pilots’ Dispute of 1989 and life as an expatriate in Hong Kong.

 

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