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Australian Biography
Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer

Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer

Justin Sheedy

$24.99

Justin Sheedy's first job out of school was a symbol of his rebellion against the 1980s - a decade so lame it cried out for any other. Crackernight, the annual fireworks festival of his childhood, was gone. So was childhood. Justin's teenage would be a search for new fireworks. He would find them. In his legendary schoolteachers, in questioning his elders, in playing rock and roll, in marching against nuclear madness, and in that scariest of all things known to Man: GIRLS. And all that was before he became a Go-Go Dancer! Then the fun really started...
Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man

Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man

Margaret Simons

$24.99

The fascinating story behind the rabbits-to-riches ascendancy of one of Australia's most powerful men.

Plucked from an orphanage as an infant, Kerry Stokes grew up in the slums and streets of post-Depression Melbourne with his itinerant adoptive parents. As a boy he trapped, skinned and sold rabbits to make ends meet, and seemed destined to a life of hardship and poverty. Today, Stokes is one of Australia's most successful business moguls. He has interest in property, mining, construction equipment and media, and has forged strong relationships in China after foreseeing the boom there. He is a recipient of Australia's highest civil honour and in 2013 he was a nominee for Australian of the Year. He owns what is probably the finest private art collection in the country. Yet Stokes has remained relatively low-profile, and is notoriously private.

Mysterious and elusive, Stokes is the archetypal self-made man, determined to escape his past and the legacy of disadvantage. But what did he discard along the way?
Mailman of the Birdsville Track: The Story of Tom Kruse

Mailman of the Birdsville Track: The Story of Tom Kruse

Kristin Weidenbach

$22.99

The Birdsville Track is one of the best-known - and loneliest - tracks in Australia, and for twenty years Tom was the mailman, battling the searing heat, floods and mechanical breakdowns. He made the run every fortnight and was a lifeline to the isolated settlements and stations along the way, delivering everything from letters to essential supplies. The Track is still just that - a track through the desert and sandhills. Tom began in the days before reliable vehicles, good communications and air access in case of emergency. He made running repairs to his truck, he loaded and unloaded tons of stores to ferry his cargo across flooded creeks. He kept people in touch with the outside world - and was sometimes caught up in the grief of a lonely death. Tom Kruse always got the mail through - come drought, hell or high water. Mailman of the Birdsville Track is a classic story of the Australian outback and captures a part of Australian history that is fast vanishing.
That Fry Boy

That Fry Boy

James Fry

$24.99

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COMING IN FEBRUARY ---- The gripping true story of a young life, almost lost completely, after having been sent on an uncontrollable downward trajectory as a result of a vicious school yard bully. 

The author gives the reader a rare front row seat into the horrific impact such an event can have on a developing mind and the subsequent trauma, addiction and violence that followed. 

From leafy private schools through to lonely parks, police cells and even far right neo-Nazi organisations, That Fry Boy is a must for both lovers of contemporary memoir and indeed anyone who is concerned with the welfare of children.
           
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