by Alecia Simmonds
In April 2012 a man was shot dead by police on a remote farm in New South Wales called the School of Happiness. The victim, who was high on a cocktail of drugs and who suffered from mental illness, had been threatening attendees of a hippie festival with a crossbow and hunting knife. When the police finally arrived, they tried to subdue him but, ultimately, fatal shots were fired.
In Wild Man Alecia Simmonds follows the coronial inquest into the police killing. She reveals what really happened that night and unravels the web of issues entangled in this fascinating, bizarre and, undoubtedly, tragic case: a cultural clash between hippies and hunters; drug use, violence, masculinity and psychosis. She asks how family members, as well as police, came to work on the frontline of mental health. This spectacular book is a clear-eyed look at some of the most pressing problems facing contemporary Australia.
Sixty Secrets for a Happy Bride
by Alex Miles
Once upon a time, a mysterious someone walked into a girl’s life. After apologising for their clumsiness, they discovered a shared love for the important things – like trawling YouTube for cat videos. The question was popped, and the reply was a big whopping YES! It’s a familiar tale, but what the storybooks don’t reveal are the headaches and heartaches that usually ensue.
So for all the lovers out there – the stressers, the don’t-know-where-to-starters, or the-I’m-going-to-vomit-if-I-read-another-blog-about-DIY-mason-jar-ers – here are 60 secrets to help you get organised and stay sane on the way to getting hitched. They are the nuggets of wisdom I’ve learnt along the way … or wish I’d been told before we got started.
The Girl Who Lived
by Susan Berg
At fifteen, Susan Berg was on a boat trip with her parents and brother when their vessel began to sink. Desperate to find help, she swam ahead, struggling through darkness and rough sea. After nearly four hours, Susan, exhausted and barely able to walk, finally made it ashore. Her family did not.
Wracked by survivor guilt, Susan began to rebel against the world. Looking for solace in sex and drugs, she charged down a path of self-destruction. Though barely able to look after herself, she became a mother at twenty and had to navigate for two. It was not until many years later, when Susan cheated death for a second time, that she learned to love herself, and life, again.
This is a candid, dramatic and powerful memoir for anyone who has ever lost their way.