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Lion: A Long Way Home (Film Tie-In)

Lion: A Long Way Home (Film Tie-In)

Saroo Brierley

$22.99
A true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, now a major motion picture When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for. Then he set off on a journey to find his mother. A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story that celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit - hope.
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Valiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent

Valiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent

Peter Brune ,  Neil McDonald

$49.99
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Chester Wilmot (1911-1954) was a renowned Australian war correspondent, broadcaster, journalist and writer. Covering the first triumphant North African battles of Bardia, Tobruk and Derna, the heartbreaking disaster of the Greek Campaign, the epic struggle along the famed Kokoda Track, the momentous amphibious invasion at Normandy and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany, his voice stood above all others during BBC and ABC broadcasts throughout WWII.

Following the war, he continued reporting and broadcasting, and published The Struggle for Europe, his classic account of the Normandy invasion and its aftermath. He was tragically killed in a plane crash over the Mediterranean Sea in 1954 when returning from Australia, where he had been covering the Royal Tour.

Valiant for Truth charts his exceptional life as he reported key events of the 20th century. It contains the most complete account of the command crisis in New Guinea in 1942 and his extraordinary feud with Australian Commander-in-Chief General Sir Thomas Blamey.

Neil McDonald and Peter Brune unite to write this first full biography of one of the most important correspondents of WWII.

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Shark Tracker: Confessions of an Underwater Cameraman

Shark Tracker: Confessions of an Underwater Cameraman

Richard Fitzpatrick

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Killer tales from the deep from an award-winning cinematographer and marine biologist Ever wondered what it would be like to be up close and personal with a constipated shark? Thought about keeping a great white as a pet? Or fantasised about naming a deadly animal after your ex? Richard 'Shark Tracker' Fitzpatrick, who wrangles sharks and other deadly marine creatures for a living, has done all this and more. From the Great Barrier Reef to the murky depths of the Amazon, Fitzpatrick shares his real-life experiences with creatures of the deep - from tagging sharks to witnessing sea horses giving birth. A mixture of mind-boggling stories and science provides an intimate insight into marine life and the conservation issues at stake.
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D.A.A.S: Their Part in My Downfall: On the Road with the Doug Anthony All-Stars

D.A.A.S: Their Part in My Downfall: On the Road with the Doug Anthony All-Stars

Paul Livingston

$32.99
The inside story of The Doug Anthony All Stars then and now. The no-holds-barred true story behind how the bad boys of Australian comedy reunited - weaker, sicker, funnier, older...but not wiser.

Paul observes, 'You are looking at us, ladies and gentlemen, and thinking, "Oh my god, Tripod have been in a terrible accident."'

Under the guise of his alter ego Flacco, Paul Livingston once basked in the reflected glory of Tim Ferguson, Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler, and their anarchic comedy incarnation, the Doug Anthony All-Stars. At their peak D.A.A.S. teetered on international greatness, and Paul teetered with them, until that teeter was abruptly toppled in 1994.

Flacco and Paul now find themselves wrenched out of comfortable but obscure retirement to tread the boards again with Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott - but this time as part of D.A.A.S., playing to sell-out crowds across Australia.

As a fly on the pungent walls of D.A.A.S. dressing-rooms over the decades, Paul Livingston has lived and played alongside these men, probing their depths and shallows. In D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall he reveals all - their rise, disappearance and rebirth - and interviews their fans, colleagues and famous peers and admirers.

In 2016 the bad old men of Australian comedy dared to venture back to where it all began thirty years ago - the Edinburgh Festival.

Can they recapture the magic? Will anyone remember them?
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A Singular Vision: Harry Seidler

A Singular Vision: Harry Seidler

Helen O'Neill

$24.99
Harry Seidler, a stylish, decisive and highly opinionated man, was a key figure in international modern architecture and in the establishment of post-war modern design in Australia. He emerged as Australia's preeminent architect, the man who effectively shaped the look of modern, urban Australia. While many know his buildings, few know his fascinating story. Born in Austria to an affluent Jewish family, his world fell apart when as a young boy he had to flee the looming Nazi threat. Without family and without a word of English, he escaped to England. Later, cruelly, he was interned as an enemy alien during the war, and sent to Canada.

During his time in the Canadian camp, he virtually taught himself architecture, and once the war was over, studied in Canada and at Harvard in the United States. His parents moved to Australia after the war, and in 1948, Harry came to Australia in response to their invitation to design a house for them. The house he built for them, now known as the Rose Seidler House, represented a huge shift in Australian modern domestic architecture. It was soon followed by a succession of innovative house designs, He followed these with amibitious, towering office blocks, such as Australia Square and the MLC Centre, forever changing the skyline of Australia's cities. Without Harry Seidler, our cities and homes would look very, very different.

A lavishly illustrated, stylish and beautifully designed book, A Singular Vision is a celebration of one man's extraordinary life, his influence, and his many towering achievements.
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Ragamuffin Man: The World of Syd Fischer

Ragamuffin Man: The World of Syd Fischer

David Salter

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In 1938, a knockabout, 11-year-old working class kid from Marrickville in Sydney is suddenly confronted by mortality. His mother dies. Dad is a plumber and has little time for his son's upbringing or education. The boy turns to sport.

He's bright, but by the age of 14 his teachers suggest he leave school and learn a trade. At 20, he's a self-employed carpenter, making good money in the post-war building boom. On weekends he's the sweep of the champion North Steyne surfboat crew.

In 2016, that same boy is a multi-millionaire. He owns and runs the Australian Development Corporation, Sydney City Marine and a host of associated companies.

He is also one of the world's most successful sailors, having won Sydney to Hobart races in his Ragamuffin yachts and competed eight times for Australia in the Admiral's Cup. He jointly holds the record for the most number of America's Cup campaigns, all self-funded and managed personally.

He is Syd Fischer - 'El Syd' to some, 'Syd Vicious' to others. He is the Ragamuffin man.

He's known as one of the toughest and most uncompromising Australian businessmen and sportsmen of the past half century.

He lives in a boatshed on Mosman Bay and at 88 still competes in the punishing sport of long-distance offshore yacht racing.

This is the story of Syd Fischer's remarkable worlds and his unrelenting quest to win the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race one more time...
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Sharp 1942-1979: A Biography of Martin Sharp as Told to Lowell Tarling

Sharp 1942-1979: A Biography of Martin Sharp as Told to Lowell Tarling

Lowell Tarling ,  Martin Sharp

$34.95
Martin Sharp was an integral part of international Pop Art in the 1960s, magnified through his covers for OZ magazine in Sydney and London, his covers for Cream, and posters of Dylan, Hendrix and Donovan. His efforts at making The Yellow House and Luna Park cultural precincts were aided by his screen prints and exhibitions to flaunt the work of others, especially the singer Tiny Tim.

In this first of two volumes, Lowell Tarling offers us a way into the enigmatic and reclusive artist, through interviews with Sharp and all of his trusted friends, including artists Tim Lewis, Peter Kingston, Garry Shead, photographers Greg Weight, Jonny Lewis and William Yang, film-maker Phillippe Mora, actor Lex Marinos, musicians Mic Conway, Jeannie Lewis, Tiny Tim; Richard Neville and Jim Anderson from London Oz.
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Come Home You LIttle Bastards

Come Home You LIttle Bastards

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Born in inner-Sydney to an alcoholic mother and an absent father, Carl Beauchamp and his brother Neville ran wild until they were taken into care. That care turned out to be a nightmare, with the boys placed in separate boys’ homes, and in Carl’s case in the hands of sexual predators.

The boys survived, but Carl kept the horrors he had endured secret, even from his brother, for decades. When Carl found the strength to speak out, he discovered the tragic aftermath of life in the Christian Charlton Boys’ Home for many of his fellow inmates.

Despite the adversity and the pain, Carl’s story is overwhelmingly optimistic and heartwarming. It contains recollections of 1940s and ’50s Sydney that will intrigue anyone who loves Newtown, Glebe and surrounding suburbs, and is told in his own authentic voice.
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Love Your Sister

Love Your Sister

Samuel Johnson ,  Connie Johnson

$19.99
Born a year apart, Connie and Samuel Johnson have always been close. Faced with the devastating news that they would soon be separated forever, they made a decision.

After already surviving cancer twice in her young life, at 33 Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer. But this time it was a whole different ball game. This time she was told she will die, leaving behind her two sons. As a young mum faced with her own death, Connie wanted to make it all less meaningless, and she knew just the way to do it - send her brother, Sam, on a one-wheeled odyssey around Australia.

The aims: to break the world record for the longest distance travelled on a unicycle. To raise $1 million for the Garvan Research Foundation. And, most importantly, to remind women to be breast aware and stop others having to say goodbye to those they love.

Their message is simple: 'Don't fall into the booby trap.' Samuel has travelled through every state and ridden more than 15,000 kilometres to raise awareness and raise research dollars.

But Connie had a secret fourth aim: to fix Samuel. And it worked. Sam cleared his diary, cleaned himself up and tenaciously kept his promise to his dying sister.

For them the job isn't over. They are determined to raise more money for research. Connie vows to fight until her dying day and Sam says the fight will go on long after that.

These two remarkable Australians share their tale, from childhood through to the finish line and beyond in this truly unique story. Part memoir, part travel diary, part conversation, LOVE YOUR SISTER is an inspiring and unforgettable story that shows just how far one man will go for his sister.

Updated edition with new material from Connie and Sam - what's happening now!
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My Family's Keeper

My Family's Keeper

Brad Haddin

$39.99
Specialist Australian wicket-keepers who have worn the baggy green are a rare and tough breed. By the time Brad Haddin declared time on his career, the stats would put him alongside the greats of the modern era. But it was no easy road into the record books. A seasoned Haddin had to wait for Adam Gilchrist's retirement to make his Test debut at the age of 30. And, just four years into sport's toughest job, while on tour in the West Indies, Haddin received a call that changed everything: his pregnant wife, Karina, told him that their younger child, 16-month-old Mia, had a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Immediately relinquishing his hard-won cricket role, he flew across the globe to be with his family. Swapping the patient hours behind the wicket for the emotional rollercoaster of Mia's cancer treatment, Brad put everything else on hold as, over the next hellish 18 months, his daughter fought for her life. Only when Mia started to respond to treatment did Brad seek to return to international cricket. He did so in spectacular fashion: named vice-captain, he helped Australia rebuild so strongly it was able to carry off a fairy-tale 5-0 Ashes victory on home soil.

My Family's Keeper is the extraordinary story of how one of cricket's toughest competitors and his family dealt with a very private struggle, and a reminder of how teamwork and strong partnerships matter in life as much as they do in sport - especially when you want to beat cancer.
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