Memoir, intercontinental cycling adventure, music guide - Cadence is the debut book by ABC Classic FM's Emma Ayres. Accompanied by Vita, her steadfast bicycle, and her violin, Aurelia, Emma cycles her way from England to Hong Kong. But this is also a journey through the keys - through the music that has inspired, shaped and provided refuge for Emma - Beethoven quartets, Mahler symphonies, Brahms sonatas, Bach suites...It is a book of questions too: How does the instrument you play reveal who you are as a person? Should you tell the serious Pakistani chap who has just welcomed you into the men's quarters of his house that you're not quite what he thinks you are...? Provocative, intelligent, surprising and funny, Cadence is a delight, from one of Australia's best-loved broadcasters.
Many books have been written by officers, historians and military experts on the part the Anzacs played in the Dardanelles campaign during the First World War. There are very few by the ordinary soldier. Roy Kyle started writing this memoir at the age of 89 and almost completed it before he died. A typical Anzac, fiercely patriotic, he enlisted in the A.I.F. in 1915, several months under-age. He spent his eighteenth birthday in the terrible trenches of Gallipoli and then went on to serve on the Western Front. An Anzac's Story is an honest, poignant account of a young man's experience of war. It is much more than this, though, for Roy Kyle's story begins with his colourful, classic Australian childhood in country New South Wales and Victoria in the early years of the last century. Bryce Courtenay, who helped get Roy Kyle's memoirs published, has provided a moving introduction to his life and times.
Saving Zali is a mother's account of every parent's worst nightmare: a diagnosis of cancer with a shocking prognosis. In 2009, Lisa and Andrew Venables were told that their eighteen-month-old daughter Zali had Langerhan's cell histiocytosis, or LCH, a cancer resistant to chemotherapy and almost impossible to treat. Zali was given six weeks to live. It was the beginning of a journey of heartache and bravery as Zali battled daily for her life in Sydney's Westmead Hospital, with Lisa by her side at every step. Although Zali survived her original prognosis, her condition worsened dramatically. Her medical team ran out of options. Lisa and Andrew were told their daughter had hours to live. But then a controversial treatment was proposed, a treatment never before used for Zali's condition. What happened next was a medical miracle that proved that the extraordinary is possible. Heartfelt and beautifully told, this is the story of medical dedication, a child's tenacity and a mother's love.
Tanya Saad's life wasn't perfect but it wasn't far off. Happily occupied with a demanding job, the competitive cycling she loved and the support of her irrepressible family, she wasn't given to introspection. Then the thunderbolt hit. At the age of 30 she discovered she had tested positive for the BRCA1 gene - a gene that meant her chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer young increased exponentially. Worse was to come when one of her beloved younger sisters tested positive too. A resilient personality, Tanya was used to meeting challenges. Growing up as part of the only Lebanese family in a small NSW country town, then coming out as a gay woman in a conservative culture meant she was used to conflict. But the decisions ahead - should she have her breasts and ovaries removed before disease set in? Should her sister? - would require all her strength and resilience. From the Feet Up is a dazzling memoir of courage and determination, told with great humour and verve. This book examines what it means to be a woman, shows how to meet adversity with both courage and grace, and offers some revelations along the way. As Tanya says: 'The profound moments in your life are not about getting what you want, they are about discovering who you are.'
The work of a nurse is challenging enough, but when you add a remote location, the stakes are so much higher. Meet fifteen courageous people who prove that the outback runs on nurse power. There's Anna, who is on duty as the fury of Cyclone Yasi tears through inland Queensland; Maureen in outback New South Wales, who faces everything from a snakebite to a helicopter crash; Aggie, who overcomes her demons to help young people in the Kimberley; and Catherine, newly graduated and determined to make a difference in the Gulf Country she and her rodeo-riding husband call home. From some of the most remote places on the earth, these stories bring the outback to life - we witness the harshness and isolation as well as the camaraderie of life in small towns in the middle of nowhere. These intrepid nurses tend to life-threatening emergencies, manage everyday health care and even patch up the local pets. From Bidyadanga to Broken Hill, Mount Isa to Marree, these tales are by turns moving and inspiring, full of gutsy feats and classic outback spirit.
Written from the late years of an extraordinary life, Ann Moyal's biography is a spirited narrative of her career as an eminent historian of Australian science and technology, her three marriages, travelling the globe, the people she has encountered, and the joys and challenges of ageing. Responding to a lack of biographies of older women, she continues where her earlier memoir Breakfast with Beaverbrook left off, revelling in the passions and people that continue to fill her life, through to her eighties. As one of Australia's significant intellectuals, this is both an account of the life of the mind and an intimate telling of a rich and remarkable life.
One of Australia's best known comedians, Mary Coustas, takes us on an intimate, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting journey through three deaths that changed her life forever.
'Mary's book is lesson to all of us on how to live life to the fullest even in our most difficult moments. I loved it.' - Naomi Watts
Starting with a colourful childhood in Collingwood and Doncaster, under the shadow of her father's mortality, Mary Coustas takes us on a journey through three deaths that changed her life forever.
In a voice rich with big-hearted generosity and quick-witted humour, Mary gives us an intimate view of her experiences?including meeting George, the love of her life, and their journey to parenthood. We also see the universal truth that in life there's loss and, amongst the pain and tragedy of that, there is the power of hope and humour. Mary's story of the deaths of her father, her grandmother and her daughter Stevie, and the birth of her daughter Jamie is at times heartbreaking but, ultimately, All I Know is an enriching and uplifting celebration of life.
The inspiring story of how a young woman defied a family cancer curse to save herself and offer the gift of hope to thousands of other women.
'I feel lucky I was born with cancer in my DNA. Crazy as it sounds, I consider myself lucky that, when I was just twenty-two years old, I discovered I had a ninety per cent chance of developing breast cancer: the same, insidious disease that had attacked my Mum, and my Nan before her and my Great-Grandma before her.'
Krystal Barter is an extraordinary young woman: a fighter, a survivor, a wife, a mother and a crusader. She was born with the breast cancer gene, a hereditary curse that has run through generation after generation in her family, claiming at least twenty of her close relatives. But unlike them, Krystal was able to take the BRCA1 gene test, and found out the devastating news that she too was carrying the rogue gene. She had the courage to face her greatest fear, knowing that she could control and change her destiny - and even more courageously, she did.
At the age of 25, with her husband and two children beside her, she decided to have a double mastectomy - on national television, no less, so she could inspire others in similar circumstances to do the same. Realising there was nowhere she could find support, Krystal started a unique charity and fund-raising platform called Pink Hope from her hospital bed. Pink Hope is a safe haven and resource for families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Krystal is dedicated to helping women be informed and supported so they will feel less alone at a crucial time of their lives.
From a troubled - and troublesome! - teenager struggling to come to terms with her mother's illness and the family curse, to a young wife and mother faced with a terrible choice, to a never-say-die woman who has inspired tens of thousands of others, The Lucky One is a story of love, courage and transformation that will move all who read it. You will never forget Krystal Barter and the legacy she is building for her family and the world.
In Boyfriends We've All Had (and Shouldn't Have) Mandy Nolan turns her acerbic wit onto boyfriends past ...and no one escapes her observations. From the needy besotted drip to the brooding unavailable bad boy, from Mr New Age to Mr Emotional Retard, Mandy has seen them all come and go in her quest for Mr Right. This is a hilarious and revealing look at the emotional, pot-boiling mess and angst of every type of romantic relationship.