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Tracker

Tracker

Alexis Wright

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— 
A biography can be written in a standard form: subject born, raised, educated, worked and died. And that will be fine for most people. But not Tracker Tilmouth. He was a polarising, intelligent, charismatic ideas man, whose sense of humour was legendary and devastating.

This fine new book by Alexis Wright is composed of stories taken from different interviews that Wright conducted with Tracker and people he suggested she should speak with. It follows a rough chronology from Tracker’s earliest days through to his knockabout teens, cultural education, tertiary ‘whitefella’ education and lifelong involvement in Indigenous institutions. 

The structure is powerful: one person tells a story, perhaps mentioning someone else, who in turn tells their version, and then perhaps Tracker has his say—so in the end the reader gets a nuanced impression of a very complex character. It’s an appropriate way of telling Tracker’s story: every voice is given its chance to speak—something true (we are told) to Aboriginal culture. 

This book will obviously appeal to those with an interest in Indigenous affairs, but it should also interest anyone who likes to read about influential figures in this country’s history, as well as to those fascinated by the process of storytelling.
 Lindy Jones

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New book by celebrated Aboriginal author Alexis Wright, author of Carpentaria and The Swan Book.

A collective memoir of one of Aboriginal Australia's most charismatic leaders and an epic portrait of a period in the life of a country, reminiscent in its scale and intimacy of the work of Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Svetlana Alexievich.

Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Alexis Wright returns to non-fiction in her new book, Tracker, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker, and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up in a mission on Croker Island, Tracker Tilmouth returned home to transform the world of Aboriginal politics. He worked tirelessly for Aboriginal self-determination, creating opportunities for land use and economic development in his many roles, including Director of the Central Land Council. He was a visionary and a projector of ideas, renowned for his irreverent humour and his anecdotes.

His memoir has been composed by Wright from interviews with Tilmouth himself, as well as with his family, friends, and colleagues, weaving his and their stories together into a book that is as much a tribute to the role played by storytelling in contemporary Aboriginal life as it is to the legacy of a remarkable man.
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Working Class Man: A Memoir of Running Out of Time

Working Class Man: A Memoir of Running Out of Time

Jimmy Barnes

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It's a life too big and a story too extraordinary for just one book.

Jimmy Barnes has lived many lives - from Glaswegian migrant kid to iconic front man, from solo superstar to proud father of his own musical clan.

In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with an unknown band called Cold Chisel.

A spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction, this self-penned memoir reveals how Jimmy Barnes used the fuel of childhood trauma to ignite and propel Australia's greatest rock'n'roll story.

But beyond the combustible merry-go-round of fame, drugs and rehab - across the Cold Chisel, solo and soul years - this is a story about how it's never too late to try to put things right.
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The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories about a Life in the Arts

Bruce Beresford

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This entertaining collection of pieces from the acclaimed director of Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy and Mao's Last Dancer features memoirs, brief lives and revealing accounts of the film world.Alongside unsung heroes from behind the camera and producers of dubious repute are Madeleine St John and Clive James, Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart, as well as a particularly seductive 1963 EH Holden - and Bruce Beresford's father, whose strange and startling decline in old age is charted in a brilliant, poignant essay.Opinionated, wry and engaging, The Best Film I Never Made will provoke and delight in equal measure. It is the ideal gift not only for cinema buffs but for anyone interested in music, art or literature.
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John Curtin's War: The coming of war in the Pacific, and reinventing Australia

John Curtin's War: The coming of war in the Pacific, and reinventing Australia

John Edwards

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This is the first volume in a major new biography on Curtin. His struggle for power against Joe Lyons and Bob Menzies, his dramatic use of it when he took office in October 1941, and his determination to be heard in Washington and London as Japan advanced, is a political epic unmatched in Australian experience. Using much new material this vivid, landmark biography places Curtin as a man of his times, puzzling through the immense changes in Australia and its region released by the mighty shock of the Pacific War.

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This tremendous counter-point to John Howard's The Menzies Era is volume one of a major new biography of arguably our greatest (and one of our most underrated) Prime Ministers, who shaped modern Australia.

Curtin was Menzies' great rival, taking over from him as Prime Minister at the start of the war with arguably a greater political legacy. Curtin - who died in office - is one of our more intriguing Prime Ministers. A slightly timid socialist boozer with a wall-eye - from WA to boot - he was the utter opposite of Menzies. Yet this quiet man made our nation into modern Australia.

We think of Australia as being made in WW1, at Gallipoli, but in this landmark work of history, John Edwards shows that the Depression and WW2 were the central events to the creation of our nation. The Depression (covered in this book) taught Curtin and the nation how cruelly Britain's bankers could treat its colonies, and how great the consequent suffering. Inspired, we became the world's greatest social democratic country. WW2 (covered in volume two) taught us that we couldn't rely on Britain for militarily support either, but that America might be our new best friend.

This is a major achievement, replete with tremendous scholarship and great detail, worthy of its two volumes. These two books will be the definitive word on the subject.
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Warren Mundine in Black and White

Warren Mundine in Black and White

Warren Mundine

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The highly anticipated and revealing memoir from one of Australia's most significant Indigenous leaders.

Overcoming segregation, discrimination, personal hardship and political betrayal... Nyunggai Warren Mundine tells it all in black and white.

Mundine’s raw, intimate success story shines a bright and inspiring light, showing there is no limit to what you can achieve. His curriculum vitae runs into pages of honours, appointments and awards. So it’s extraordinary to consider that, as an Aboriginal boy in the 1950s, he was a second-class citizen, born into a world of segregation and discrimination that few Australians today are truly aware of.

From the poverty of a family living in a tent beside a river, to the depths of depression and an attempted suicide, to the heights of political power as National President of the Australian Labor Party and adviser to five prime ministers, both Labor and Liberal, this is a stirring story of an Indigenous family woven into the very fabric of Australia and its politics.

Arguably the most controversial and influential of all Aboriginal leaders, Warren Mundine challenges conventional wisdom. One of 11 children in a poor Catholic family, he has been on a remarkable journey - from his early life in country NSW with only one pair of shoes and a single bed shared with three of his brothers, to today where he frequents the highest echelons of power and business. Once an outsider, now an insider, he is regarded by many as one of Australia’s national treasures.

Mundine is one of the most significant and engaging personalities in today’s political spectrum. He offers an insider’s perspective on behind-the-scenes betrayals during his time as advisor to five prime ministers, with startling revelations, exclusive insights and a controversial take on the differences between Liberal and Labor. His memoir - an optimistic and inspirational tale - speaks to a changing Australia, answering the big question on everyone’s minds: what’s next?

Warren Mundine in Black + White is the book that makes you proud to be Australian.
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Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother's Story

Can You Hear the Sea?: My Grandmother's Story

Brenda Niall

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This gentle memoir of Niall's beloved grandmother shows how an ordinary person can still have a lasting impact and quietly shape their own place in the world. Agnes Maguire left Liverpool in 1888, aged 19, married a Riverland grazier in 1893 and was widowed in 1908. Whilst her family ‘back home' became important industrialists, and her brothers-in-law became wealthy, she herself was at best comfortable and towards the end of her life reduced in circumstances. Still she fostered a fierce love of reading in her many descendants, which has endured. An affectionate tribute. Lindy Jones

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Brenda Niall has turned her biographer's eye to a personal subject - her grandmother, Aggie.

She tells the story of a fiercely independent and intelligent woman who braved a new country as a single woman, teaching in a country school, before marrying a Riverina grazier, whose large powerful family was wary of the newcomer with ideas of her own.

Aggie dealt with hardships and loneliness after the early and drawn-out death of her husband, and brought up her seven children to be happy - all with a calm determination. But it was the memory box and her longing for the sea that captured the imagination of her granddaughter.
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Not for the Faint-hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957-2007

Not for the Faint-hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957-2007

Kevin Rudd

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In 2007, Kevin Rudd became only the third Labor prime minister since WWII, after Whitlam and Hawke, to win government from opposition. In doing so he also defeated, and unseated, John Howard, the longest-serving conservative prime minister since Menzies.

So who was the man behind the phenomenal success of the Kevin07 campaign? This is an optimistic book, written with passion, conviction and insight. It is the first in a two-volume autobiography. It covers the unlikely rise of the 'boy from Eumundi' to the most powerful office in the land.
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Memoirs

Memoirs

Mike Willesee

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After thousands of stories, a legend finally tells his own.

Mike Willesee has been Australia's most revered television journalist for over fifty years. And behind the lens, a businessman, powerbroker, trailblazer and enduring enigma.

Son of a minister in the Whitlam cabinet, Willesee was a football star before finding fame as a crusading journalist, and Vietnam War correspondent, for This Day Tonight and Four Corners. Later, as creator of A Current Affair, his interviews became news in themselves, attracting blockbuster ratings, wielding huge political power and transforming him into an icon.

In life, Willesee was a husband and father of six. He made a fortune in radio and television then lost it saving the Sydney Swans and battling his demons.

After a live on-air interview with gunmen secured the release of two children being held hostage, Willesee left ACA. He made acclaimed documentaries on subjects as diverse as stigmata and ancient tribes. He survived a plane crash, found God and fought cancer. But he never stopped seeking truth.

Memoirs is that truth - the extraordinary story of Mike Willesee's epic life.
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A Bold Life

A Bold Life

Kerri-Anne Kennerley

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley is Australia's queen of television. But behind the glamour of a public life is a private woman. And a survivor.

A Bold Life is the tale of a Queensland girl who chased her dream of being a cabaret star to New York, only to find herself stranded in a violent marriage to a dangerous drug addict. It's the journey of a unique and driven woman who built a remarkable 50-year career in one of the most fickle and male-dominated industries of all, and instigated some of the most iconic moments in Australian TV history along the way.

Yet away from the spotlight Kerri-Anne has stared down a series of personal crises with grace and dignity, the latest in 2016 when a freak fall left John, her devoted husband of 33 years, a quadriplegic. On their long road to recovery Kerri-Anne found herself reflecting on a lifetime's memories, good and bad.

Honest, fabulous, powerful and poignant, this is Kerri-Anne Kennerley's own extraordinary and inspiring story of A Bold Life.
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Christine Milne: An Activist Life

Christine Milne: An Activist Life

Christine Milne

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Former Greens leader Christine Milne tells her story through 18 objects, interweaving the personal and political to recount a truly inspirational life.

An Activist Life is the story of an apparently ordinary woman – a high-school English teacher from northwest Tasmania – who became a fiery environmental warrior, pitted against some of the most powerful business and political forces in the country.

In it, Christine Milne tells her story through the objects that have symbolic meaning in both her personal and political life, from the butter pats in her kitchen that represent her journey from farm girl at Wesley Vale to environmental and human rights activist at the national and global level, to the Pride t-shirt she wore walking in Mardi Gras next to her son, after years of fighting for the legal reform of gay rights in Tasmania. She describes how politics actually works: the deals, the promises kept and broken, the horse-trading and treachery involved in some of the most controversial and difficult issues of our time, including the attempts to forge a workable and effective climate change policy for Australia, and our treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

This is a fascinating insider’s account of what it means to be a woman in politics: the sacrifices of family life and relationships, the relentless misogyny and sexism that must be endured, the gritty conviction that you must never, ever give up the pursuit of the greater good. It is the story of Australian politics and the fight to save the world, and essential reading for anyone who cares about either.

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Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing

Ashleigh Wilson

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When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity-some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line.

Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 determined to make an impression. Before long he was the youngest artist to have work acquired by the Tate. With his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian New York. But within two years he fled, having failed to break through.

Back in Sydney, he soon became Australia's most celebrated artist. He won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in the same year - his prices soared, as did his fame. Among his friends were Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. Yet addiction was taking its toll- Whiteley struggled in vain to separate his talent from his disease, and an inglorious end approached.
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Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a Spy's Son (Updated Edition)

Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a Spy's Son (Updated Edition)

Mark Colvin

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The fascinating memoir of a broadcasting legend.

Light and Shadow is the incredible story of a father waging a secret war against communism during the Cold War, while his son comes of age as a journalist and embarks on the risky career of a foreign correspondent. Mark covered local and global events for the ABC for more than four decades, reporting on wars, royal weddings and everything in between. In the midst of all this he discovered that his father was an MI6 spy.

Mark was witness to some of the most significant international events, including the Iranian hostage crisis, the buildup to the first Gulf War in Iraq and the direct aftermath of the shocking genocide in Rwanda. But when he contracted a life-threatening illness while working in the field, his world changed forever.

Mark Colvin’s engrossing memoir takes you inside the coverage of major news events and navigates the complexity of his father’s double life. Light and Shadow was published seven months before Mark’s death, and he had the pleasure of seeing it become a bestseller. Award-winning ABC journalist Tony Jones pays tribute to his friend in an afterword.
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Growing Up Moonta

Growing Up Moonta

Kristin Weidenbach

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From the best-selling author of Mailman of the Birdsville Track comes the memoir of an Australian country town entwined with four generations of family history.

Told through the childhood reminiscences of Weidenbach father, Neil, Growing up Moonta paints a picture of a time when an illegitimate child was raised as a sister to her mother, travelling salesmen made a living hawking dressmakers’ pins and bottles of antiseptic salve, and boys grew to men lumping bags of wheat and tending engines in the town power houses of the 1930s.

Young Neil and his forebears absorbed the quirky anecdotes of South Australia’s famous coppermining town — from the infamous murders and the boys who went to war, to the rhythms of everyday life such as the butcher carving meat at the back of his horse and cart, and the women competing on Mondays to hang their washing on the line first.

Growing up Moonta transports readers to a time not so long ago, but a way of life long passed; a place redolent with nostalgia that lives on in the stories of our parents and grandparents.
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The Power of Good People: Surviving the Sri Lankan Civil War

The Power of Good People: Surviving the Sri Lankan Civil War

Para Paheer ,  Alison Corke

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Para was barely five years old when civil war erupted in Sri Lanka. Nearly three decades later it ended in appalling horror and bloodshed. Tens of thousands of innocent civilians died. Survival required courage, ingenuity — and the kindness of strangers. This is Para’s story of survival against all odds.

In May 2009, Sri Lanka’s long and dreadful civil war was finally brought to an horrific end. Ruthlessly driven to a small strip of land on the tip of the island’s north-east coast, tens of thousands of innocent civilians died, smashed by artillery, killed by snipers, denied medical treatment, and starved to death beneath the baking sun. This ferocious battle consolidated and highlighted the terrors of the preceding twenty-six years of war, characterised by vicious murders and desperate acts from both sides, where civilians were bombarded, kidnapped, raped, and tortured with impunity.

In such a vicious war, was there any room for humanity? Para Paheer’s story could be one of tens of thousands, except that he lived to tell the world of the horrors; but more importantly, to record and pay tribute to those courageous people without whom he would probably not be alive.

I know that I would not have survived without help from many people. Many put themselves in danger and at least one person died for me. It’s time for me to remember them, and to thank them … all the good people who helped me through those terrifying times when life was hard, and survival often only a matter of chance.

While in Christmas Island Detention Centre, Para became penfriends with Alison Corke, a member of the Apollo Bay branch of Rural Australians for Refugees, in Victoria. On his release from detention in 2011, Para moved in with the Corke family.
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Fifty Shades of 50: A Really Reliable Memoir

Fifty Shades of 50: A Really Reliable Memoir

Brendan Jones ,  Amanda Keller

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Electricity powers our homes and vehicles, heats our water and helps us go about our lives. Humans Multimedia personality Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones tells all in this amusing, if not totally reliable, memoir of growing up in suburban Sydney and following his dream to be a radio DJ. In the quirky and irreverent style that fans of his top-rating breakfast radio show with Amanda Keller know and love, Jonesy shares his funny anecdotes and various media adventures – both on radio and TV – as well as his passion for his true love, motorbikes!
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This Shirt Won't Iron Itself

This Shirt Won't Iron Itself

Anthony Lehmann

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The glorious uncertainty of life after accountancy/the glorious uncertainty of life as a Hawthorn footy tragic Regrets, Anthony Lehmann's had a few, but giving up accountancy was not one of them.

In this highly entertaining memoir, radio and television funny man, stand-up comedian and all-round nice guy 'Lehmo' retraces his steps from the family farm in Peebinga in South Australia's mallee country to the world's biggest comedy stages, exploring the moments that shaped him, and some that nearly broke him.

Trading the steady certainty of pinstripes and insolvency for life on the road, Anthony Lehmann's sense of humour has taken him around the world, where he has appeared in comedy festivals, entertained Australian troops for the Australian Defence Force and gone on safari as part of an elaborate marriage proposal, but a lifelong love of Hawthorn Footy Club and the birth of Laddy Buster Lehmann has kept him grounded, and given him no shortage of good material.
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Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore

Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore

Joel Creasey

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A hilarious rollercoaster ride of life behind the curtains with Australia's funniest rising star of comedy. With a foreword by Chrissie Swan.

Joel Creasey has known he wanted to be on the world’s stage since he was in short pants, and nothing was going to get in his way. After his first stand-up performance at 17, he had to follow his dream – that is, to always have the spotlight on him.

His breakout moment was appearing on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, and now he's a comedy superstar, performing non-stop at sellout events in Australia and around the world. Even the late, great comedy superstar Joan Rivers was a fan, inviting him to open for her last Broadway shows.

Like Joel, Thirsty is acerbically funny, and full of his most personal, hilarious, joyous, heartbreaking, outrageous, ridiculous and scandalous stories. From what it’s like to be growing up gay in suburban Australia, with parents who understand the call of the spotlight - his mum was a West End actress, his dad starred in the famous Solo Man advertisements and both his parents were extras in Star Wars – to his early life at school, finding his comedy and what life is like on the road now.

From the ridiculous (visiting the anti-gay capital of Australia) to the sublime (opening for his idol Joan Rivers), this is the story of a hopeless romantic who believes women should run the world and men should just kiss him.
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Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever

Em Rusciano

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Now with extra sass – three fabulous new chapters – the bestselling laugh-out-loud memoir of one of Australia’s most adored performers on stage and radio.

Funny and feisty, Em Rusciano’s insights into her world of mayhem, marriage and motherhood are a laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud balm for the soul.

From her exploits at the Miss Sheila Fancypants School of Dance and her efforts to secure a solo at her end-of-year performance, to embracing the spotlight as an Australian Idol contestant and her deep and abiding love for John Farnham, Em Rusciano is a self-confessed bottomless pit of anxiety with a taste for glitter.

And behind the stage make-up Em is an overachiever of epic proportions, camp to the core and fiercely maternal. She has all the insecurities of a person who spends their nights racked with self-doubt and all the confidence of a woman who can walk out onto a stage in front of a sold-out theatre and absolutely slay the crowd. Em has an army of gay men she adores, tells the best dirty jokes and loves those closest to her ferociously. When the chips are down you definitely want her by your side.

This all-singing, all-dancing, all-emoting, leopard-print clad warrior is fearless, fabulous and pants-wettingly funny. Her words on the page are silly and sacred, bawdy and heartfelt. The stuff of life.

Try Hard is her story.

Because she is. And she does.
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Escape from Berlin

Escape from Berlin

Peter Nash

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A Holocaust survivor tells his compelling family story of escape and survival in China and Australia during WWII.

Living in Berlin in 1939, three-year-old Peter Nachemstein and his parents were forced to escape Nazi Germany by fleeing to Shanghai – one of the only havens left for them and 18,000 other European Jews. Although safe, they became displaced and isolated from the rest of their family, who were scattered across Europe.

In Escape from Berlin, Peter Nash retraces what became of his family members following the devastating impact of WWII. Using remarkable photographs and documents to bring their captivating stories to life, Peter recounts his own experiences of dislocation as a young boy in alien Shanghai, and then later as a teenager and adult in Australia.

Meticulously researched and impeccably detailed, Escape from Berlin brings light to a fascinating but not widely known chapter of Holocaust history in a family story that reflects the experiences of many in the Jewish community.
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The General

The General

Luke Hodge

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Known as 'The General' for his exceptional leadership on and off the field, Luke Hodge is the four-time Premiership player and three-time Premiership captain of arguably the greatest football team of the modern era. With two Norm Smith Medals, All-Australian captaincy and two best and fairest awards to his name, Hodge is one of the most celebrated modern footballers, but all that is just part of the inspiring journey of this Hawthorn champion. From growing up in country Victoria to the pressure of being the number-one draft pick, the rise of Luke Hodge to his position as one of the most respected warriors in the game is nothing short of extraordinary. In this revealing autobiography, Hodge explains his own transformation and that of his mighty football club, giving unique insight into the incredibly successful era he has been part of under renowned coach Alastair Clarkson.
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The Cat with the Giant Story

The Cat with the Giant Story

Steve Johnson

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Steve Johnson has become the king of reinvention – from misbehaving larrikin to premiership star; from Cat to Giant – and he's been at the heart of two of the most remarkable AFL teams of modern times: the great Geelong triple-premiership side, and the coming juggernaut of Greater Western Sydney.

A country boy with a very distinct waddle who had to defeat his doubters to make it to the AFL, Steve Johnson – or Stevie J as he is affectionately known – is famous for his ability to reinvent himself. From troubled talent to AFL superstar, this is a story of redemption: of a larrikin with a competitive spirit that drove him to become one of the most successful and watchable players of the modern era.

After overcoming a range of obstacles, Stevie J was at the heart of the team that turned around the fortunes of the Geelong Football Club, transforming the culture and breaking a 44-year premiership drought. This is a full account of how he was able to earn back the respect of his teammates in an extremely challenging period, transforming him into one of the most respected players in the game – and a Norm Smith medallist.

Following his heartbreak of leaving the Cats at the end of 2015, after three premierships and three All-Australian selections, he’s been part of the rising juggernaut of Greater Western Sydney. Stevie’s brought energy, experience and his second-to-none football brain to the young Giants, helping to turn them into a true force to be reckoned with.
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Unbreakable

Unbreakable

Jess Halloran ,  Jelena Dokic

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This is a story of Jelena Dokic's survival. How she survived as a refugee, twice. How she survived on the tennis court to become world No. 4. But, most importantly, how she survived her father, Damir Dokic, the tennis dad from hell.

Jelena was a prodigious talent, heralded as Australia's greatest tennis hope since Evonne Goolagong. She had exceptional skills, a steely nerve and an extraordinary ability to fight on the court. Off it she endured huge challenges; being an 'outsider' in her new country, poverty and racism. Still she starred on the tennis court. By 18, she was in the world's top 10. By 19, she was No. 4. The world was charmed by her and her story – a refugee whose family had made Australia home when she was eleven years old.

Jelena has not told a soul her incredible, explosive story in full – until now.

From war-torn Yugoslavia to Sydney to Wimbledon, she narrates her hellish ascent to becoming one of the best tennis players in the women’s game, and her heart-breaking fall from the top. Her gutsy honesty will leave you in awe. Her fight back from darkness will uplift you. Most of all, Jelena's will to survive will inspire you.
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The Things That Make Us: Life, Loss and Football

The Things That Make Us: Life, Loss and Football

Nick Riewoldt ,  Peter Hanlon

$39.99
From number one pick in the 2000 AFL draft, to six-time winner of St Kilda's best and fairest award, to five-time All Australian, to captaining his club for a record 220 games, to more than 330 games as a star of the AFL, Nick Riewoldt is an out-and-out champion.

He's also a man whose intelligence and insight allow him a deeply fascinating perspective on his life and career. The Things that Make Us is Nick's autobiography, and it's as powerful, interesting and compelling as the author himself. As Nick describes it:

'I never wanted to write a 'cookie-cutter' footballer's book-chronologically moving from the under 8s through to the big time, full of hard-ball gets, wins and losses, triumphs and disappointments. I chose the title, The Things that Make Us, because it made it easy to explore things we can all relate to, no matter what path our lives have taken.

I hope there's something in these pages for everyone who's known grief, especially anyone who's lost a sibling. I hope, too, that my story brings a deeper understanding of a footballer's crazy world. An insight into what goes into making it, what it takes to stay there, and the crippling anxiety that can consume you when your burden is to accept only the best. I hope it paints a picture of what it's like to be the focus of acclamation and scandal, the good and bad of a searing spotlight, and how these experiences can bring out the best and worst in us.

I hope it honours my family-the German and Tasmanian sides with their stories of struggle and endurance who somehow came together, who are the essence of the book's title. I hope it gives thanks for the love I found on the other side of the world, and the beautiful next generation Cath and I are building together.

I hope above all that it honours my sister Maddie.

These are the things that made me.'
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The Journey: My Story, from Backyard Cricket to Australian Captain

The Journey: My Story, from Backyard Cricket to Australian Captain

Steve Smith ,  Brian Murgatroyd

$34.99
The Journey is Steve Smith's account of his life and career to date. From childhood backyard cricket with mates and family, and net sessions with his dad that laid the foundations for his later success, Steve traces the influences and events that started him on his cricket journey.

He takes us inside his quest to play cricket at the highest level, from formative club and grade games, to his first overseas experiences, and finally to state cricket and the Australian squad. It's a journey with both ups and downs, where valuable and lasting lessons were learned from the successes and, more importantly, the failures.

And Steve compellingly describes the key moments that shaped him into the cricketer and leader he is today, from his definitive hundred at Centurion in South Africa, to the soul-searching and resolve that accompanied the Australian team's lowest point in the 2016 Hobart Test, to the epic 2017 series in India.

The Journey is a revealing and fascinating insight into Steve Smith-the cricketer and the man.
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Kevin Sheedy: The Illustrated Autobiography

Kevin Sheedy: The Illustrated Autobiography

Warwick Hadfield

$45.00
Kevin Sheedy is the biggest figure in Australia's biggest sport, and has played and coached more games than anyone else in the history of Australian rules.

This illustrated autobiography comes on the 50th anniversary of his first senior game, and is an intimate, funny and fascinating portrait of the man, the footballer and the larrikin. Although 'Sheeds' won three Premiership flags with Richmond as a player, four with Essendon as a coach, and was foundation coach for emerging powerhouse Greater Western Sydney, he is one of the few footy figures who transcends club loyalties. Loved by all for his colourful ways and fortnight opinions, Sheeds is also admired for his pioneering spirit, for conceiving the Anzac Day game, and for being a passionate advocate of indigenous participation at every level of football.

Featuring over 300 photographs, including many from his own private collection that have never been seen before, the book covers everything from his footballing heritage, through all the ups and down of his career, right up to a commentary on footy today. There's a veritable who's who of AFL and beyond from more than 20 contributors including Mark 'Bomber' Thompson, Ron Barassi, James Hird, Dennis Lillee, Michael Long, Jobe Watson, Israel Folau, Callan Ward, David Parkin, Greg Chappell and many more.
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