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I'll Be Gone
Mike Rudd, Spectrum and How One Song Captured a Generation
Craig Horne
9781925556667
2020-11-11
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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I'll Be Gone is not just the story of an accidental masterpiece, a song written by Mike Rudd and recorded by his seminal Australian band 'Spectrum' in 1969. It is also the story of a time of unprecedented political and cultural upheaval and promise both in Australia and the Western world.
Most of all, I'll Be Gone is the story of a unique artist and his unerring artistic vision, often in the face of immense personal hardship and sorrow.


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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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Leanne Benjamin: Built For Ballet
An Autobiography
Leanne Benjamin; Sarah Crompton
9781925556735
2021-12-01
A$11.99
Melbourne Books

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This autobiography by Leanne Benjamin with Sarah Crompton reveals the extraordinary life and career of one of the world’s most important ballet dancers of the past 50 years.
Leanne was born and raised in the central Queensland town of Rockhampton in a tightly knit hard-working Catholic family. At the age of 3 she attended her first ballet class and at 16 she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School in London and at 18 danced her first leading role on the Royal Opera House stage in the school’s performance of Giselle that catapulted her to a stellar career.
The book takes you behind the scenes to find a real understanding of the pleasure and the pain, the demands and the intense commitment it requires to become a ballet dancer.
It’s a book for ballet-lovers which will explain from Benjamin’s personal point of view, how ballet has changed and is changing.
It’s a book of history: she was first taught by the people who created ballet in its modern form and now she works with the dancers of today, handing on all she has known and learnt.
But it’s also a book for people who are just interested in the psychology of achievement, how you go from being a child in small town Rockhampton in the centre of Australia to being a power on the world’s biggest stages — and how an individual copes with the ups and downs of that kind of career.
It’s a story full of big names and big personalities — Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Kenneth MacMillan, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Darcey Bussell, Carlos Acosta to name a few. President Clinton, Michelle Obama, Diana Princess of Wales and David Beckham all make an appearance.
But it is also a book of small moments of insight: what makes a performance special, how you recover from injury, illness and childbirth; how you combine athletic and artistic prowess with motherhood, how a different partner can alter everything, what it’s like to fall over in front of thousands of people and what it’s like to triumph. Above all, it seeks to explain, in warm and human terms, why women get the reputation for being difficult in a world where being a good girl is too much prized. And what they can do about it.


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Lovers and Others

Tom Lowenstein
9781925556711
2021-06-01
A$11.99
Melbourne Books

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This candidly written memoir, enlivened by the author's impish sense of humour, narrates the way in which, by chance and circumstance, Tom Lowenstein placed his career at the service of the Australian art world. The book describes Lowenstein's numerous David and Goliath battles with the Australian Government and the Australian Tax Office for a greater understanding and fairer treatment of the unique set of circumstances and numerous challenges faced by the country's creative sectors.
Lowenstein's interactions with his colourful and gregarious clients took him frequently out of the comfort of the corporate environment into the artists' homes and studios. The personalities of Charles Blackman, Colin Lanceley, Margaret Olley, John Olsen, Garry Shead, Tim Storrier, and many other luminaries of the art world are vividly brought out with unique insights and unexpected angles.
The book is richly illustrated with photographs from Lowenstein's personal archives documenting his long-standing friendships and reflecting its heady mixture of accounting, art, and wine.


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Manikato
The Man
Adam Crettenden
9781925556421
2019-09-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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A champion racehorse, Manikato won races at the elite level over six seasons through the late 1970s and early 1980s and became the first Australian sprinter to earn one million dollars in prize money. But, once getting to the top echelon of racing as a two-year-old, his life endured twists and turns that continually threatened to derail his career, and his life. From the sudden death of his original trainer Bon Hoysted shortly after the 1978 Golden Slipper Stakes, to the prolonged illnesses and niggling injuries that kept Manikato's name in the headlines, the fact that he could compete, let alone win, was almost miraculous.
The powerhouse chestnut with a quirky personality forged historic moments including victory in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley five years in a row - a record unlikely to ever be matched - and the birth of the Manikato Stakes.


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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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Merger
The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996
William Westerman
9781925556674
2021-06-01
A$11.99
Melbourne Books

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In 1996, the 113-year-old Fitzroy Football Club played its final game in the AFL. Financial pressures brought about by the steady professionalisation of the AFL respected neither the worth of the club's history nor the passion of its fans. Out of time and money, on 4 July 1996 Fitzroy was forced into a merger with the Brisbane Bears - creating the League's first, and thus far only, merged club.
MERGER tells the story of that fateful year, from boardroom drama and intrigue to the wind and mud of the Whitten Oval, capturing the profound tragedy of Fitzroy's doomed plight.
'The demise of Fitzroy is a deep wound rather than a scar. A tear in the fabric of the game that will never truly repair.' - from the Foreword by Gerard Whateley


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Nine Parts Water, One Part Sand
Kim Salmon and the Formula for Grunge
Douglas Galbraith
9781925556919
2019-11-11
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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This book follows Australian musician Kim Salmon, from bands The Scientists, Surrealists and Beasts of Bourbon, from childhood in Perth through his many bands, albums, tours, family upheavals, triumphs and disappointments and examines the characters of the music business he collaborates with along the way.


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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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Our House is Definitely Not in Paris

Susan Cutsforth
9781922129710
2015-03-20
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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'Our House is Definitely Not in Paris is the third memoir in the 'Our House' series, following 'Our House is Not in Paris' and 'Our House is Certainly Not in Paris'.
The French countryside has again been poetically evoked in this delightful, charming and captivating memoir. The renovee adventures continue to enchant the reader and draw them further into the unfolding account of the Cutsforths' other life. This memoir allows us to travel side by side with Susan and Stuart as they fling open the shutters each day in their petite maison in a small French village.
Humour, drama and pathos - Cuzance is a microcosm of the world. Cuisine, markets and the stunning rural landscape of Le Lot - a story that holds equal appeal for armchair travellers; those who already love France or those who will be inspired to explore the most visited country in the world.
'Our House is Definitely Not in Paris' is about the cadences of daily life in a French country village, permeated by the clanging of church bells, enveloped in the endless golden light of a French summer.


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Our House is Not in Paris

Susan Cutsforth
9781922129123
2012-12-01
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Melbourne Books

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Susan Cutsforth and her husband, Stuart, are 'ordinary' people living an extraordinary life. They both work full-time: one is a teacher librarian of thirty years, and the other, a middle-level clerk in the public service. But, as Susan recounts in Our House is Not in Paris, they own a holiday house in France - the other side of the world. And not only that, this petite maison required significant renovating, which they accomplished almost singlehandedly during their working holidays.
Our House is Not in Paris is a story of pushing boundaries, aiming high and, most of all, taking risks. With humour, poetry and insight, Susan's story shows that you can do more than simply dream: if you work hard, anything is possible.


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Out of the Well
My battle with school bullying and severe depression
Lisa Eskinazi
9781877096075
2012-04-01
A$9.99
Melbourne Books

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This is a truly courageous book. Lisa tells us what it is like to be the victim of extreme school bullying and what it was like to be hospitalized, institutionalized and homeless. Lisa also had the courage to stand up to those who bullied her and the school that failed in its duty of care, by taking her case to court and winning.

 

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