ABBEY'S CHOICE MAY 2013 ----- From concert halls to recording studios and into Aboriginal heartlands, this is the story of Australia′s Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. This unique Indigenous man is one of the most inspiring music stories of our generation. Part road trip, part biography, Robert Hillman′s account of Gurrumul′s life and music offers rare insights into the sources of his inspiration. The book includes interviews with family and friends, song lyrics and exclusive photographs. His story is one of a great talent revealed and of an astonishing musical gift that has left audiences all over the world spellbound. The book includes an exclusive CD of remixed songs from his bestselling albums ′Gurrumul′ and ′Rrakala′ featuring rare remixes of the songs ′Bäpa′ and ′Gurrumul History (I was Born Blind)′ and ′Warwu′.
Allan Sparkes didn't think twice about rescuing an 11-year-old boy from a flooded storm water drain – the courageous policeman put his life on the line and saved the kid. He became one of only five people to be awarded Australia's highest decoration for bravery, the Cross of Valour, but the rescue would signal a downward spiral into post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Here was a man with many professional accolades, who had thrived on never knowing what his next call would involve – murder, bombings, junkies and robberies were often part of a day's work for this detective, yet he suddenly lost his 20-year career and all sense of self-worth. Allan's recovery from debilitating mental illness was a rollercoaster ride of personal challenges that tested his courage and resolve over more than a decade. With the unwavering support of his wife, he faced his demons and rebuilt his mind, body and soul. Today, Allan is back to being his adventurous self, prepared to face whatever comes his way. This is his inspiring story.
About the Author
Allan Sparkes was an innocent country boy when he joined the police force. For 20 years he was a front line cop, working in Kings Cross, crime squads and the north coast, and was presented with some of the highest police awards for service. In 1996 he received the prestigious Cross of Valour – Australia's highest decoration for bravery – for rescuing a boy from a flooded storm water drain.
When Allan's police career ended, he set out to rebuild his life. Seventeen years and several career paths later he has found his calling, inspiring people with his story of personal triumph over adversity. Allan aims to help those who are suffering and those who are trying to support them. He inspires people not to give up, but rather to search for the opportunities that change presents. His presentations often receive standing ovations. Allan is a volunteer for the Beyond Blue Voices program, The Starlight Foundation and Spinal Cure. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.
Celebrated political and social commentator Craig McGregor has spent his working life holding a mirror to Australian society. In Left Hand Drive, he on his personal journey, writing about and living amidst some of the most compelling and events of modern times. From meeting his lifelong partner on a legendary ban-the-bomb march in the UK, listening to the unreleased Blonde on Blond with an 'attentive 'Bob Dylan, and following the twists and turns of Canberra's corridors of power from Whitlam to Gillard, Left Hand Drive sees this two-time Walkey Award winner at full throttle. Combining memoir, social commentary ,and musings from his private notebooks, McGregor charts the changing face of the nation while capturing much of what it means to be an Australian.
Juliet Darling's memoir of the daily events surrounding the murder of her late partner, art curator Nick Waterlow, by his son Antony is a moving story of a deeply personal formative experience. It is a passionate and urgent look at the ordinariness of evil, the intractability of fate, and the interconnectedness of art and life. Ultimately it is a story about the power of love, and how love can be sustained through grief. It is also a book about what it was like to live in the shadow of an impending death, a death that seemed to be foretold. It is about a grief that began long before death. For all involved, it seemed they were powerless to do anything to change the sinister course of events. The story unfolds with utmost simplicity; stripped of any falsehood; refrained from comment as far as possible; it focuses on the everyday occurrences, the small banal events, which matter the most, and which form the greatest part of this tale of almost unbearable suffering. A Double Spring is about powerlessness and grief, families and friendship, fear and trust, and anger and love.
'How one person can endure so much and then rise and be the incredible woman that she is today is a testament to how change comes from within. Lani reminds us how the spirit can fight, no matter how broken and bruised, to make a difference in this world.' Deborah Mailman A confronting and compelling account of a young woman's journey from victim to survivor. Raised in an urban Aboriginal community in Sydney, Lani had a childhood filled with love but alcoholism in her family left its scars. By thirteen, she was in a cycle of drug and alcohol abuse herself. Then a relationship with a young man from her community trapped her in a situation that she almost didn't survive. Subjected to extreme physical and sexual violence at the hands of her partner, Lani finally knew she had only one choice: to leave him, or die. She escaped and got sober. But the past wouldn't leave her alone and she knew that to heal herself she had to speak out. Braving the police, the courts and her community, she stood up, determined to bring her abuser to justice.
This is the life story of Father Bob Maguire - a rare behind-the-scenes look at the much-loved 'people's priest'. The enigmatic champion of the down-and-out was shaped by a lonely childhood in poor circumstances, an early priesthood that collided with the upheaval of Vatican 11 and working with the army during the Vietnam War. This is a lively portrait of the man behind the resilient social activist and popular media performer who refuses to be defeated by enforced retirement from the parish over which he presided for nearly forty years.
As a law student, Andrew MacLeod heard a key speaker talk about a moral obligation to use our skills to better the lives of others . It changed his life's direction. Andrew chose to work in aid, first as a Red Cross delegate in the former Yugoslavia, then in Rwanda and later the United Nations where he was appointed Chief of Operations in the international response to the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan. Part autobiography and part controversial dialogue, A Life Half Lived is the account of Andrew's life, so far, on the ground in the world's disaster and emergency zones. From listening to aid workers' responses to humanitarian crises, Andrew has some tough questions to ask, including can the private sector take up the mantle to better solve the lives of people in extreme circumstances? Covering half a lifetime, Andrew MacLeod takes us on a journey from when he was a 'wet behind the ears' idealist entering the aid world to a pragmatist with a vision of partnerships leading to reducing global poverty. With an understanding of some of the deep failings of foreign aid, and some hope from the unlikeliest of sources - military, mining companies, banks and other private sector players - MacLeod challenges us to rethink perceptions of who are the 'bad guys' and who are the 'white knights' in the developing economies.
In 1967 Col Bailey sighted a Tasmanian tiger in South Australia. Then, in 1993, an encounter with an elderly bushman unlocked previously untold information that led Col into the untrodden wilderness of Tasmania's Weld Valley. Now the truth of this discovery can be revealed about an animal that the experts claim is long extinct.
Lorraine is writing what in many ways could be the memoir for Generation X. She had a high-flying advertising job with a fab salary but she didn't love it. And each day she wondered how she could spend more time following her passion - food. Finally, prompted by her husband, the mysterious Mr NQN, she creates a blog about recipes and restaurants and ditches her day job. Her chapters include: telling her parents she's quit her job; explaining her new job to her weirder-than-weird mother-in-law; how she fell in love with food; what she would eat if it could be anything in the world; why bacon goes with anything and everything; how to get people to take a blog seriously; whether you can actually make a living out of a blog; and why sweet is better than savoury. Lorraine writes wonderfully about food and makes up crazy, fabulous recipes, but she also explores in a very inspiring way the (Gen X) pre-mid-life-crisis and what to do when you are not living the life you want.
The inspirational true story of a remarkable young woman who overcame an underprivileged childhood, personal tragedy and depression to work as a stunt woman and then as one of the most successful animal trainers in Australia, if not the world. Zelie's love of animals and their affection for her has kept her going during even her darkest moments, and ultimately this led her to the man she loves and to the amazing life she now leads. Step inside Zelie's extraordinary world where she has worked with everyone from Princess Zahra, the Aga Khan's daughter, to Antonio Banderas, to the piglets in Babe and the war horse in Stephen Spielberg's epic film, War Horse.
When Sally Obermeder woke up on 13th October 2011, she thought her life was perfect. She had a glamorous, successful career as a reporter for Today Tonight, she had a wonderful husband and she was about to give birth to her baby who she had conceived through IVF following years of struggle to conceive naturally. Finally, she had everything she had ever wanted. But then, during a routine appointment with her obstetrician, Sally was told she had a severe form of breast cancer. Her baby had to be induced and treatment needed to begin immediately. This was the start of the hardest year of Sally's life. A year where she would be tested to the very limits and would be forced to fight for her life. A year on Sally has a gorgeous baby girl and is finally on the mend. Following her second mastectomy in September, she received the good news that she is now cancer free. Despite her life changing struggle and the hardships she has had to endure, Sally is one of the warmest, most vibrant people. She was determined to beat cancer. And now she is determined to help others.