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Three-Quarter Man

by Sam Bramham

Sam Bramham doesn’t let a disability slow him down, or quell his larrikin streak. He’s a force of nature, as famous for making mischief as for winning Paralympic medals in the pool.

Despite an ‘international incident’ or two, Sam was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for being an inspiration and role model.

With his competitive spirit still burning, Sam is on the road to Rio, determined to win gold for Australia in the first ever Paralympic triathlon.

August 2014, $29.99

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

by Luke Ryan

A year-long regimen of chemotherapy and radiotherapy wasn’t quite what Luke Ryan had in mind when he turned twenty-two. Especially having been through the same rigmarole when he was eleven. Needless to say, Luke is eyeing off thirty-three warily. 

Clearly there’s only one course of action to take when you’ve been handed two life-threatening diagnoses in twenty-two years: comedy. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo is a warm-hearted and hilarious memoir from someone who has laughed in the face of more adversity than most of us will encounter in a lifetime.

July 2014, $29.99

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A Revolution in the Making

by Guy Rundle

Just as you were getting comfortable with a digital world, here comes the material revolution, a transformation in the production and distribution of, well, everything. 3D printing has broken out of its limited industrial uses and landed on a million desktops. New materials, such as graphene, will make it possible to print out complex and durable machines at costs approaching zero.

Guy Rundle talks to the people at the frontline of this mind-boggling new world, and paints a vivid picture of how life will change as today’s emerging technologies become mainstream.

July 2014, $19.99

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Funemployed

by Justin Heazlewood

Funemployed goes beyond the press releases and the hype to show what it’s really like to be a working artist in Australia.

Through candid interviews, brutal honesty and lacerating wit, Justin Heazlewood (aka The Bedroom Philosopher) provides a fascinating portrait of life in Australia for artists and aspiring artists alike.

Part confessional and part rogue self-help book, Funemployed is a wholly fascinating insight for everyone who appreciates the arts in Australia. The life of an artist in Australia, from cradle to Centrelink.

June 2014, $24.99

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Run for Your Life

by Jill Jolliffe

Unwillingly given up by her birth mother and adopted into a violent household, Jill Jolliffe found the course of her life set before she even had time to choose.

She ran away as a teenager and has been running ever since. Jolliffe became a thorn in the establishment’s side and earned herself a hefty ASIO file. Following her instincts, she became a foreign correspondent – risking her life to report on Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor, exposing sex-trafficking rackets in Portugal and ducking bullets while covering a war in Angola.

June 2014, $29.99

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Flying on Broken Wings

by Carrie Bailee

A Journey of Unimaginable Betrayal, Resilience and Hope.

By Carrie Bailee

SOLD. She was nine years old.

Carrie Bailee fled Canada and came to Australia when she was twenty. Once here she was assisted by a number of Australian women, and was ultimately encouraged to apply for refugee status in order to stay in this country. So began her battle to be granted asylum in Australia. Carrie stood before the Refugee Review Tribunal and revealed the dark underbelly of child sexual abuse and organised crime rings in our privileged, first-world neighbourhoods.

This is the story of one young woman’s heroic journey to survive, escape and soar above her shocking childhood experiences, and her powerful struggle for freedom and a beautiful life in Australia.

October 2014, $29.99

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Life to the Limit

by Bev Brock

At 22, Bev Brock dived into shallow water and broke
her neck. She was told she’d never walk freely again.
A few months later she was out dancing in a neck
brace, and playing basketball the day the brace came
off. Bev Brock does not break easily.

After enduring more than her fair share of ups and
downs – including the heartbreaking public separation
from racing-car legend Peter Brock, and the messy
legal battle that left her flat broke – Bev continues to
celebrate life with inimitable wit, warmth, honesty and
optimism.

April 2014, $29.99

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Bully for Them

edited by Fiona Scott-Norman

One of the most difficult things about being bullied is
the feeling that nobody else knows what it’s like.

Twenty-two of Australia’s most talented and successful people know exactly what it’s like.

March 2014, $24.99

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Changing Gears

by Greg Foyster

Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas. Featuring eye-opening encounters with DIY downshifters and leading figures in sustainability, Changing Gears is a jaunty adventure that explores an important question for the future: can we be happier with less?

September 2013, $24.95

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Out of Shape

by Mel Campbell

From corsets to skinny jeans, we have always fretted about our body shapes and why it’s so damn difficult to find a good fit. In this bold and entertaining book, Mel Campbell reveals how, when it comes to clothes and sizing, the past and present are cut from the same cloth.

June 2013, $24.95

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Left Hand Drive

by Craig McGregor

Combining memoir, social commentary, and musings from his private notebooks, Left Hand Drive sees two-time Walkley Award winner Craig McGregor reflect on some of the most compelling and defining events of modern times.

May 2013, $24.95

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A Flower Between the Cracks

by Helen Sage

When Helen’s daughter is involved in a catastrophic car accident, her life and the lives of her family are irrevocably changed.  

April 2013, $29.95

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Come a Little Bit Closer

by Ian 'Peewee' Wilson

In this breezy and brilliant memoir, Peewee recalls the
highs and inimitable lows of life fronting Australia’s
iconic vocal group, The Delltones.

March 2013, $24.95

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Joyful Strains

Kent MacCarter & Ali Lemer (Eds.)

Joyful Strains collects twenty-seven memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia.

January 2013, $24.95

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Peter Brock

by Beverley Brock

This extraordinary book celebrates the life of Peter Brock through his family and friends, personal collections of photos, memorabilia and personalised letters.

October 2012, $59.95

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Staunch

by Ginger Briggs

The remarkable true story of Andy, who spent his adolescence in institutions and foster homes, and his unique friendship with his carer, Mez.

August 2012, $24.95

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The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries

by Justin Heazlewood

A collection of hilarious and melancholic reports from
Justin Heazlewood, aka The Bedroom Philosopher, and his wealth of experience as a touring Folkstar.

May 2012, $9.95 eBook

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Pop Life

Pop Life is an insiders’ view of the Australian pop lovers’ bible, Smash Hits, from its bubbly beginnings to digital demise.

December 2011

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The Boy and the Crocodile

The Boy and the Crocodile is the legend of East Timor, a parable about kindness, and a delightful children’s book illustrated by orphans from East Timor.

November 2011, $10.00

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Slow Tracks

by Jude Fitcher

Keen to inspire city folk to explore regional Victoria, Jude Fitcher created Slow Tracks, a guide to all the charm and character of country Victoria that just happens to end up at some of our finest racetracks.

October 2011, $19.95

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Don't Peak at High School

by Fiona Scott-Norman (Ed.)

A host of celebrities including Charlie Pickering, Adam Goodes, Brendan Cowell, Penny Wong, Bindi Cole, Marieke Hardy, Eddie Perfect, Adam Boland, Judith Lucy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Wendy Harmer and Paul Capsis shine light into the dark basements of their past to inspire and reassure teenagers while providing precious insight for parents and teachers.

July 2011, $24.95

The Bogan Delusion

by David Nichols

Nothing defies cultured Australia's sense of itself more than the bogan. Part travelogue, part social critique, David Nichols explores the cultural and social landscape of Australia in 2011. But what is the idea of bogans really doing to us all?

June 2011, $9.95 eBook

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1001 Australian Nights

by Dave Graney

Legendary rock showman Dave Graney takes us on a journey of self-discovery. Spanning three decades, this ain't no standard rock'n'roll trip; it's an education. This is Graney up close, out there and on his game.

April 2011, $29.95

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Rock and Hard Places

by Andrew Mueller

Andrew Mueller couldn't decide between being a rock journalist, travel writer or foreign correspondent, so he hit upon the idea to be all three at once.

October 2010, $29.95

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When We Think About Melbourne

by Jenny Sinclair

What exactly makes Melbourne unique? And where does it get its x-factor? This book is a wry and whimsical survey of our city's creativity.

August 2010, $34.95

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The Mighty Bras

by Paul Connolly

In the summer of 2003, a mob of mature Melbourne women threw caution, asthma inhalers and orthopaedic inserts to the wind and formed a football (soccer) team to play in the lower division of the metropolitan league.

April 2010, $29.95

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Peace of Wall

by Chris Parkinson

The images and words adorning the walls of East Timor reflect the country's tumultuous history, precarious present and hopeful future. Foreword from Jose-Ramos Horta.

April 2010, $29.95

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Advice to Young People on Leaving Home

by Grace Lax

If you or your spawn are looking for guidance about the right way to leave the family home, find digs, make friends, influence people, express yourself artistically, eat, drink, procreate, get ahead and, finally, die and be buried... then this darling compendium will steer you through the rest of your days.

February 2010, $19.95

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From Sometimes Love Beth

by Beth Sometimes

From her new home in Central Australia, on the eve of 2008, postcard author Beth Sometimes embarked on a daring challenge: to write a postcard to somebody, everybody, anybody and anything every day for the next year.

October 2009, $29.95

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50 Reasons to Quit/Keep Smoking

by Fiona Scott-Norman

One book with two covers, 50 Reasons to Quit/Keep Smoking is an audacious attempt to tackle the touchy subject of smoking with humour and logic.

August 2009, $14.95

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Lines of Wisdom

Anthology

Lines of Wisdom is a heart-to-heart between people at opposite ends of the path of life. Evocative and engaging, sincere and irreverent, it provides a gentle mediation on the march of time and on the history of Australia itself.

November 2008, $39.95

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From Little Things, Big Things Grow

From Little Things Big Things Grow gives Gurindji children the opportunity to retell their story to a new generation, and is a collaboration embodying the spirit of the song.

November 2008

Lame Claims to Fame

by Patrick Witton

A small book with its sights set on the big time, Lame Claims to Fame revels in, and roots out, the cult of celebrity. Funny, reverential and downright silly, it takes giddy delight in real encounters with unreal people, liberating mere mortals to celebrate their own ephemeral brushes with fame.

November 2008, $14.95

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