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September 2015

The Girl Who Lived

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.

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September 2015

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.

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August 2015

Speed Thrills

Cricket's fastest ever bowlers on bouncers, batsmen and serious pace

by Rodney Hogg & Jon Anderson

Ever since Mitchell Johnson and his mighty moustache struck fear into the English Ashes team, the cricketing world has been buzzing about fast bowling.

Now Rodney Hogg and Jon Anderson get up close with the greatest quicks in cricket history. In seventeen extended interviews – from Frank Tyson to Brett Lee, Sir Wes Hall to Shoaib Akhtar and Jeff Thomson to Allan Donald – Speed Thrills sets out to trace the journeys and plot the psychology behind the most ferocious speedsters to have graced the world stage.

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August 2015

Playing On

by Michael Sexton & Neil Sachse

At 24, Neil Sachse was an Aussie Rules star on the rise. The burly South Australian had torn through the ranks to become one of the most sought-after players in the country. Then, in only his second game in the top flight, playing for Footscray, a front-on collision left Neil a quadriplegic.

It remains the most catastrophic injury to any player in the history of the VFL/AFL competition. However, it’s not the injury, but what Neil went on to achieve that has come to define him.

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