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The Last Snake Man: The Remarkable True-Life Story of an Aussie Legend and a Century of Snake Shows

The Last Snake Man: The Remarkable True-Life Story of an Aussie Legend and a Century of Snake Shows

John Cann ,  Jimmy Thomson

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Every Sunday for almost a century John Cann's family ran the famous snake show in a pit at La Perouse - an area once alive with tiger, brown and black snakes. After growing up with over 300 'pet' snakes in their backyard, John and his brother George took over the snake show from their parents in 1965. By the time John retired in 2010, he'd survived five venomous snake bites.Many of those familiar with John and his shows wouldn't know that he was also an Olympic athlete, a top state rugby league player who played alongside some of the legends of the game, a state champion boxer, an adventurer and a world authority on turtles.The Last Snake Man chronicles John's extraordinary life and times. From wrangling snakes to chasing turtles, from remote country towns to the impenetrable jungles of New Guinea, this is the story of an amazing Australian and his never-ending search for fascinating animals and adventure.
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Talking into the Typewriter: Selected Letters (1973-1983)

Talking into the Typewriter: Selected Letters (1973-1983)

Christina Stead

$29.99
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Letter writing was a vital part of Christina Stead's creative life and it grew increasingly important in her last decade. It was how she engaged with the outside world and became the focus of her writing energies. Stead was a vivacious, funny, erudite, expansive and witty correspondent. It was a practice she enjoyed, answering all correspondence she received, including Elizabeth Harrower, Stanley Burnshaw, Dorothy Green and H C Coombs. Beginning in England in 1973, the letters in Talking into the Typewriter span her return to Australia in 1973 until her death in 1983. Politics, friends and family, literary accolades and achievements, pets and reminiscences are all dissected, canvassed and considered.
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Defying The Enemy Within: How I silenced the negative voices in my head to survive and thrive

Defying The Enemy Within: How I silenced the negative voices in my head to survive and thrive

Joe Williams

$27.99
Former NRL player, world boxing title holder and proud Wiradjuri First Nations man Joe Williams was always plagued by negative dialogue in his head, and the pressures of elite sport took their toll. Joe eventually turned to drugs and alcohol to silence the dialogue, before attempting to take his own life in 2012. In the aftermath, determined to rebuild , Joe took up professional boxing and got clean.

Defying the Enemy Within is both Joe's story and the steps he took to get well. Williams tells of his struggles with mental illness, later diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder, and the constant dialogue in his head telling him he worthless and should die. In addition to sharing his experiences, Joe shares his wellness plan - the ordinary steps that helped him achieve the extraordinary.
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White Nights: A Colombian Odyssey

White Nights: A Colombian Odyssey

Austin Galt

$34.99
'God made Colombia the most beautiful country in the world so he had to balance it by inhabiting it with the worst people in the world.' Old Colombian Proverb Australian writer Austin Galt arrived in Colombia looking for a life less ordinary. He found it - or did it find him? On Austin's first day in the country he was hauled off a bus to look down the barrel of a gun as he was detained and questioned by the AK-47-toting Revolutionary Armed Forces. Welcome to Colombia! In the days, months and years that followed, Austin travelled all over Colombia, tracing the Narcos' trail and walking in the shadows of drug lords such as Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel. While meeting local gangsters and international coke traffickers, he attended underworld parties and was lured into the sex, drugs and danger-fuelled life of an underworld kingpin. What he discovered in those crazy days and white nights shocked, scared and, ultimately, seduced him.
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Coversations with Katter

Coversations with Katter

Bob Katter, Jr

$35.00
Federal politician Bob Katter has a lot to say. The maverick Queensland member for Kennedy – synonymous with his big Akubra hat – is passionate about his country & its people.

This book is an insight into how Bob Katter views Australia; what has shaped the man we think we know; where we’re heading; where we’ve been & how we can better this country for all. We discover the lessons life has taught Bob & how others can implement that wisdom in their own lives.
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The Stripper Next Door

The Stripper Next Door

Emma Lea Corbett

$29.99
Emma Lea Corbett, known by her stage name, Suzie Q, built a successful career out of wearing nothing more than high heels. But beneath the glittery eye shadow and girly charm is a savvy businesswoman at the head of a successful business empire.

While performing as an exotic dancer, she began her Communications degree at university, thus beginning her double life as a university student by day and stripper by night. Despite completing her degree she chose to turn her passion for pole dancing into a career – learning not only about the business of getting naked for money but the importance of following your heart, even if society (or your parents) don’t approve.

This is her story.
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The Washerwoman's Dream

The Washerwoman's Dream

Hilarie Lindsay

$29.99
A beloved Australian outback classic.

The epic true story of the indomitable Winifred Steger and her extraordinary life in 19th century outback Australia.

Winifred Steger travelled to Australia with her father in the 1880s when he took up a land grant in north Queensland. The grant proved to be worthless, and faced with poverty, endless backbreaking work and isolation, Winifred's father spiralled into depression and alcoholism.

Left to fend for herself, Winifred battled insurmountable odds to maintain her dignity and sanity, finding solace in writing to ease her hardship. Fleeing an abusive marriage also meant the heartbreak of abandoning her four children – but then miraculously she found love with an Indian trader, Ali. Together with their children, they moved to outback Australia where they ran a camel line. A new phase began in Winifred's life, taking her to places she had only ever dreamed of.

The Washerwoman's Dream is the story of a remarkable woman with a tenacious spirit, and is now an enduring Australian classic. Pieced together by Hilarie Lindsay from Winifred’s memoirs, short stories, letters and unpublished novels, this is an account of the amazing life of a forgotten Australian writer.
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Romantically Challenged

Romantically Challenged

Sami Lukis

$32.99
Despite her best efforts (and the fact that she was once voted ‘TV’s most spankable personality’), Sami Lukis has always been romantically challenged.

Aside from a handful of serious long-term relationships, she’s been a serial dater for the better part of thirty years. It’s not like she hasn’t tried to find the one – she’s given it a bloody good go. She’s been on more blind dates than is reasonable for anyone to endure in a lifetime. She’s dated guys on almost every continent. But for reasons she can’t quite understand, she seems to be a dating weirdo magnet.

There was the date with Kevin Costner’s bodyguard (yep, the Bodyguard’s bodyguard), and the delightful gentleman she later found out was an armed robber. The sleazy TV exec who loved the word ‘moist’. The bloke who wanted to rent her ovum. The guy who proposed on their first date. The loser who sent her a selfie featuring a hickie – which he hadn’t got from her. Oh, and that time she realised she might be dating her cousin.

Now Sami’s sharing her dating disasters in the hopes of connecting with anyone who’s experienced the highs and lows of the always nerve-wracking, sometimes uplifting and often stomach-churning roller-coaster of romance. Romantically Challenged is an unintentionally entertaining romp through the men, the meetings and the misadventures a woman can face on her quest to find love.
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