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Subtle Moments: Scenes on a Life's Journey

Subtle Moments: Scenes on a Life's Journey

Bruce Grant

$34.95
Bruce Grant was raised in outback Western Australia but lived and worked at or near the centre of power in Australia for several decades, as journalist and foreign correspondent, diplomat, and advisor to governments from Menzies to Whitlam to Hawke and Keating. He spent periods researching and teaching within universities, including as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and was chairman of the Australia-Indonesia Institute and of major arts organisations, festivals and awards bodies. But throughout his life Grant has also been a successful writer, of film and theatre criticism, novels, short stories, essays, books. Australian High Commissioner to India (1973-1976), Grant was an early advocate of the importance of Asia, to Australia. With Gareth Evans he co-wrote Australia's Foreign Relations in the World of the 1990s (1991). His Indonesia (1964) remains a classic. In Subtle Moments Grant shares stories of public life, and its private dimensions, with literary aplomb and surprising candour, and, more than this, fascinatingly illuminates how Australia has changed over time, and how it might still develop for the better.
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Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf

Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf

Gerald Murnane

$23.99
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As a boy, Gerald Murnane became obsessed with horse racing. He had never ridden a horse, nor seen a race. Yet he was fascinated by photos of horse races in the Sporting Globe, and by the incantation of horses' names in radio broadcasts of races. Murnane discovered in these races more than he could find in religion or philosophy- they were the gateway to a world of imagination. Gerald Murnane is like no other writer, and Something for the Pain is like no other Murnane book. In this unique and spellbinding memoir, he tells the story of his life through the lens of horse racing. It is candid, droll and moving-a treat for lovers of literature and of the turf.
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This is Gail: Life With and After Chris O'Brien

This is Gail: Life With and After Chris O'Brien

Juliette O'Brien

$24.99
In 2008, inspirational surgeon Chris O'Brien published his bestselling memoir of his battle with brain cancer, NEVER SAY DIE. But he wasn't the only person in the O'Brien household with a powerful story to tell. Since Chris passed away in 2009, his wife, Gail, has gone on a journey of her own: from a busy surgeon's wife and the mother of a picture-perfect family to a widow in her mid-fifties, grieving not only her husband but also her son, Adam, who died as a result of epilepsy a short time after Chris's death.

Yet in the midst of her grief, Gail discovered resolve and strength deep within herself. When Chris was alive, Gail was the woman behind the great man. But after his death, she stepped forward to make her own mark on the world. While coming to terms with both a public and private loss, Gail took on Chris's legacy as steward of the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer centre, navigating the often bruising politics of boards and committees to ensure his vision was realised. She also went back to work as a physio after being out of the workforce for twenty years, while still holding her shattered family together. She reinvented herself and found that she could survive and even thrive in a world without her soulmate.

Written by Gail and Chris's daughter, Juliette, this is a moving, inspiring, deeply poignant and often joyous story of family, love and loss - and, ultimately, about finding your purpose in the world.
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