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Hard Wired
Life, Death and Triathlon
Emma Carney; Jane E Hunt
9781876498146
2021-07-01
A$11.99
Ryan Publishing

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Fresh out of school and emerging as one of Australia's future distance running stars, Emma Carney discovered the sport of triathlon. The sport was never the same again. With an unmatched record, she devastated the international circuit. Defined by a relentless pursuit of sporting excellence, Emma was known to detest losing more than she loved to win.
At home in the cutthroat world of professional sport, Emma didn't expect a welcoming party waiting for her when she reached the pinnacle of triathlon. A fiercely independent athlete, fitting in and conforming was never her style. Rules annoyed her. Authority irritated her. And that complicated things…
Emma's is a life publicly defined by winning. But like sport, nothing is predictable. Success is fickle, life is fragile.
Emma's story reveals that international sporting success is about much more than winning. Courage is a constant. Hard work and dedication are vital, as are unwavering passion, belief, and desire. But there is more. Emma's story also raises questions: who is truly there when things go wrong, when the system fails? Who cares when you find yourself dying on the roadside, saving yourself only to then lose your sister, identity, self-belief and hope in everything you once believed in...?


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I Have a Magic Ball

Nisrine El-Choueifati; Amy Calautti
9781922678935
2021-08-01
A$4.99
Little Steps Publishing

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'Grab a ball that's boring, find a ball that's plain, please grab a ball so you can play this game...'
With its beautiful illustrations, descriptive language and clever use of rhyme, children will be invited to imagine, interact and engage with the magic ball as it transforms from page to page. This book encourages interaction, so grab a ball, say the magic words and pass the ball as you turn each page to watch it turn to something strange.


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In Full Uniform

Bo Starsky
9780648958673
2021-06-23
A$3.99
Improbable Press

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Four tales about falling for a man in uniform.
 
Huan is a hopeless romantic living in Seattle. Arthur's a soldier shipping out to Iraq. Something sparks when their paths cross...
 
Being a British police officer is all Eli's ever known, then he meets Gloria Hole, a drag queen who's an expert at turning heads and causing trouble...
 
There's not much night life in Ezra's quaint hometown, there is the prim bookstore owner Vincent, who Ezra's determined to woo with book titles...
 
It's 1976 and Dov indulges once a year behind a gay bar across town. Then Detective Charles Blasted Coleman catches him in the act...
 
For four men and the men in uniform with whom they fall in love, what may seem the end of everything, turns out to be only the beginning.


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Jeremy's Changing Family

Simone Collier; Naya Lazareva
9781922358547
2021-04-01
A$6.99
Little Steps Publishing

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Jeremy isn't really sure why there needs to be these new kids coming into his home, where he lives with his mum and dad and his brother, Riley.
Jeremy struggles with the reality of his family changing as other children who are unable to live with their families come and live with his.


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Life Interrupted

Karina Stell
9781922358332
2021-06-01
A$11.99
Little Steps Publishing

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'I've decided to write this book, as painful as it is for me, because I know there are others, like me, who have faced the unimaginable, and wondered how to begin living their lives again… When I hear of any cancer story now, I don't think of anatomy. I think about what it must have been like the day their life changed. The fear, the denial, the lack of hope that would come and go. I always want to internally say hello to them. To say via my own wounded heart to theirs, 'I know'.'
Karina Stell's moving memoir details the journey from her first to her fourth and final cancer diagnosis through to her ultimate palliation. She wrote this book for everyone who would find themselves on a similar journey, for their loved ones and for those who work in the haematology/oncology field who must never forget the importance of compassion and humanity in their care.
Karina passed away on 27th September, 2018. Her story is her legacy.


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Long Live Sandawarra

Mudrooroo
9781925706413
2021-07-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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From the author of Wild Cat Falling and Balga Boy Jackson comes this novel from 1979:
 
Every revolution needs a leader and there is no question in Alan’s mind that he is that leader. For inspiration he goes to Noorak, the law holder of his people, and hears the heroic tales of Sandawara, the last of the warriors, who died defending his land and his people against the white man in the Kimberleys. So Alan names himself and becomes the new Sandawara and the rest of the unemployed teenage Aborigines of his mob take the names of Sandawara’s followers. In his crash pad, a broken-down old house, the new Sandawara plots and schemes the revolution.
 
The story of this mob of anti-heroes, of a farcical inefficient revolution, gives a vivid portrayal of the new and frightening world of rootless youth, who lack identity and purpose and shoot as easily as they love because neither act has meaning.


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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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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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Mindcull

K H Canobi
9781925804782
2021-04-01
A$6.99
Ford Street Publishing

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In a time when nothing is as real as virtual reality, sixteen-year-old Eila is shortlisted in a competition by a global technology giant. But then law enforcement officers force her to spy for them, underground activists reveal a murderous plot and someone uses virtual reality to fill her head with a stranger’s thoughts. Amid secrets, lies and distortions, Eila must decide how far she will go to protect innocent lives.


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Miss Sue Knows What She Likes

Leonie M West; Matthew Duncan
9781922358622
2021-07-01
A$4.99
Little Steps Publishing

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Miss Sue narrates her thoughts about things she likes that make her happy. She hopes to give children thoughts too as to things that make them happy.


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Monster

Ashleigh Synnott
9781922571045
2021-02-17
A$9.99
Puncher & Wattmann

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Charting surreal and yet familiar worlds where hope and horror co-exist, Monster is ruthless, weird, dark and funny. These 32 stories explore loss, addiction, love and breakdown with unsentimental economy. Stories concern mothers losing or leaving children, relationships dangling by a thread or exploding. Some characters are institutionalised, others are profoundly lonely. Some just wander around - lost, while others are filled with shocking violence. There is joy here, too, and a kind of blazing intimacy in this debut collection of tough, tender and unflinching stories.
 
Ashleigh Synnott lives in Sydney. Her stories, poems and essays have appeared in publications such as Meanjin, Overland, the Long Paddock, and Antipodes. Monster is her first book.
 
"Synnott has a rare gift for mixing light and dark, a love of outsiders and of inner worlds that soon becomes addictive. The stories in Monster pierce the skin, pick at wounds, and break through to the mysteries of embodiment and desire with a strange power. This is a writer who's not afraid to aim for the guts." - Jennifer Mills
 
"Monster takes us into unexpected corners of the imagination, a place inhabited by misfits and dreamers, innocents and lost souls, who take us by out necks and shake us around." - Debra Adelaide
 
"An astonishing writer. Synnott's immense empathy for her outsiders and her fearless ear reminded me of George Saunders." - Delia Falconer
 
"Strange, haunting, beautiful." - Sunil Badami
 


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Moody's Tale
The Story of Corporal Horrie
James Bell Moody
9781925706598
2021-07-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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James Moody of the 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion found an Egyptian dog in 1940, who became Horrie, the Battalion's mascot. He wrote it first as a simple tale, augmented by his own photographs of Horrie and his mates in action in Greece, Crete and Palestine. This was sent to Ion Idriess, who developed the book with a series of questions, to finally develop the classic tale of man's best friend: Horrie the Wog Dog (ETT Imprint 2017).
Published here for the first time is Moody's original tale, and extended.response to Idriess' questions, which gives a much stronger picture of members of the Battalion itself, the Rebels, written and lived in than Australian larrikin manner. Introduced by Tom Thompson, it also includes many pictures of Horrie in action, never before published.


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Mostly Guilty
A Low-flying Barrister's Working Life
Michael Challinger
9781925736557
2021-03-01
A$11.99
Hybrid Publishers

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A book for the general reader rather than lawyers, this often tongue-in-cheek account of Michael Challinger's interactions with the criminals he defends gives a first-hand account of the quirky nature of human beings.
Mostly Guilty deals with the workings of the lowest level of the Australian legal system. It's about the down-to-earth cases that happen daily in Magistrates' Courts. It does so through the experiences and anecdotes of a low-flying criminal barrister. While the cases are from Victoria, the book makes reference to other states and has relevance and interest Australia-wide.
The style is light, punchy and informal, with lots of direct speech and many funny yarns. Some of the book is tongue-in-cheek (and even politically incorrect) but it also makes serious points throughout. It's entertaining as well as informative.
The chapters are short, and generally deal with specific offences (shop theft, for example) or areas of law (bail). Others  recount particular cases in an ironic or colourful way. Most cases are of low to medium criminality so the light-hearted tone is not inappropriate.
Most legal memoirs are by big-shot advocates or retired judges. Mostly Guilty is different, and doesn't take itself too seriously.
 
Michael Challinger still practises as a criminal barrister at the Melbourne Bar. He spent eight years as a lawyer in Papua New Guinea and also practised in London. He's a music lover and keen traveller, having visited more than 120 countries. He lives in Melbourne.


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Mum On Wheels

Hazel Edwards
9780992577711
2021-09-01
A$4.99
Hazel Edwards

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In 1980, this was the first junior fiction written by Hazel Edwards who is best known now for her ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’ picture book series.
It was inspired by her cousin John who was in a wheelchair and dedicated to him.
Originally called ‘Mum on Wheels’ (Hodder and Stoughton 1980), this slightly updated version is an insight into how although words may change, the importance of problem-solving via ‘good’ ideas remains.
Lee suggests her wheelchair-bound Mum keeps her gardening passion, using herbs-on-wheels.


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Operation Paradise

Sarah Evans
9780645042672
2021-10-01
A$6.99
Clan Destine Press

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Perth cop Eve Rock is investigating a series of abductions from the seedy inner-city Paradise Nightclub when her boss adds a murder case to her workload.
Now, Eve loves a challenge - about as much as she loves red wine, exotic food and cigars - but this case is a bit tricky because she'd speed dated the sleazy salesman hours before he met his Maker.
But then 'tricky' is Eve's middle name.
Her mum's a former hooker-turned-nun who runs a select girls school.
Her daughter's a fanatical 'Virgin Vigilante' who attends that same school.
And Eve is being stalked by a department store Santa.
If that isn't enough, her love life is dead in the water.
Or it is until Eve meets dreamy undercover cop Adam Fox whose sex appeal isn't diminished by his slut heels and micro skirt.
And then there's his equally gorgeous dad...
Eve's life could be peachy... except now someone wants to kill her.

 

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