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From Baltic shores to a distant land - displacement, new beginnings and migration : a girl from Pomerania remembers 1939-1962, Acker, Margitta
1 Acker, Margitta From Baltic shores to a distant land - displacement, new beginnings and migration : a girl from Pomerania remembers 1939-1962
Australia Margitta Acker 2009 3866141416 / 9783866141414 1st Edition Soft Cover Very Good 12mo Signed by Author
133 pages including b/w photos. Originally published under the title "Vom Ostseestrand in Fernes Land", this text was translated by the author with assistance of Tim Acker. Author's note: "This is not an absolutely exact translation of the original published in Germany. The publishers deleted a number of paragraphs, from the original manuscript some of which, I felt, should stay. I have, of course, adhered to thesequence of events, but occasionally added an explanatory word or sentence, at other times deleted this or that. All of this does in no way affect the overall story. The other difference between this and the original version is that in this translated version I have used actual names throughout, in the original version all family names were changed for privacy reasons, although most first names were not. Also, this translated version includes a few additional photos. Contents: This is how it all began - to 1939; Childhood by the sea - 1939-1945; Journey into the unknown - 1945-1946; Difficult beginnings - 1946-1950; The end of childhood - 1950-56; A voyage to America; What shall I do with the rest of my life? - 1956-1959; To the far end of the earth - 1959-1962; Christmas on the beach - 1962. 
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The second university: detention under the ISA, Ahmad, Kassim
2 Ahmad, Kassim The second university: detention under the ISA
Malaysia Media Intelek 1984 9679530175 / 9789679530179 1st Edition Soft Cover Good Small 12mo 
146pp including b/w illustrations.Kassim Ahmad, born on 9th September 1933 in Alur Setar, Kedah, was educated at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alur Setar and at the University of Malaya, then, in Singapore and obtained a Master's degree in Malay Studies. He worked for a time with the Research Section of the Malay Language and Literary Agency, lectured for three years at the London School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and taught Malay language and literature for a few years at a secondary school in Penang. Leaving the school in 1969, he has since worked on his own as a tutor, and free-lance writer and trans lator, while at the same time leading the Malaysia People's Socialist Party which he later left. Kassim was jailed for nearly five years under the ISA for daring to express openly his political views. Among his works are: Kisalw Pelayaran Abdulah (Ed., 1962), Hikayat Hang Tuah (Ed., 1964), Perwatakan Dalam Hikayat Hang Tuah (1964), Kemarau Di Lembah (anthology of poems and short stories) (1966), Dialog Dengan Sasterawan (1979) and Teori Sosial ll/laden Islam (1984). 
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A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom from an Unconventional Woman, Anderson, Joan
3 Anderson, Joan A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom from an Unconventional Woman
Australia Doubleday 2004 1864710764 / 9781864710762 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
223 pages. Joan Anderson on this memoir: "This is the story of my chance encounter with a wise, playful and astonishing woman who helped usher me toward change and self discovery. First glimpsed as a slender figure on a foggy jetty, Joan Erikson was no ordinary woman. The wife and collaborative of Erik Erikson who designed the Eight Stages of Life, Joan Erikson was always eager to pass on her zest for living. I have often thought that had I run into Sigmund Freud, I would still be on his couch, or Carl Jung, I would be looking endlessly for my shadow under some huge rock. But I ran into the positive therapist - the couple who made clear that through adversity and conflict we get certain strengths. The four years spent in a close friendship with this woman (who coined the term identity crisis), certainly turned my life around. She became the guide who pushed me to stretch and grow - to travel to Peru and hike the Inca trail, to weave my life-cycle on a loom, to say yes more than no, to be active, not passive and in the end, to sponsor myself. One thing I was not expecting, nor looking for, was a mentor - someone who would guide me and yet not have a stake in what I became. Joan Erikson’s life cycle logic has become a part of what I share with women who also are in search of their strengths. Understanding the phases of a woman’s life and how vital we are until the end, are gifts that Joan Erikson would have me pass on. In fact, the book is written so that the reader is mentored by Joan Erikson and then mentors others. 
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Frank Moorhouse: A Celebration, Bennett, Bruce; Lumby, Catharin
4 Bennett, Bruce; Lumby, Catharin Frank Moorhouse: A Celebration
Australia National Library of Australia 2004 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
50 pages. Frank Moorhouse’s complexity as a writer, and his stunning ability to inhabit his characters while exploring and pushing boundaries, is never more in evidence than in his two highly praised companion novels, Grand Days and Dark Palace, written in the 19905. Now, in deference to his self-confessed regard for discipline, etiquette and all things sensual, he is writing about the creation of the perfect martini. This tribute to Frank Moorhouse by the Friends of the National Library includes excerpts from his work and an oral history interview recorded some years ago. There are essays by two well-known academics, Bruce Bennett and Catharine Lumby and a fond introduction by the current Chair of the Friends Committee, a former librarian who met Frank when he came to the National Library as a Harold White Fellow to research the League of Nations for Grand Days. 
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Kept on Dancing: writing by Pam Benton, Benton, Pam
5 Benton, Pam Kept on Dancing: writing by Pam Benton
Australia R.W. Connell 1998 0646366033 / 9780646366036 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 8vo 
92 pages. When Pam died in 1997 she left many manuscripts, in different stages from notes and sketches to final form. She intended to publish ... It is of course a selection, mainly from the pieces that Pam brought close to final form. "There was a dream in which I was dancing. The judgement of others was there as I started to dance. And I felt indescribably wonderful, the way I was moving, it was very joyous. And some judgemental part came in and said this is not very interesting dancing, it's a bit banal. And it ?oated past because I didn't care, I just kept on dancing because it didn't matter what that judgement was". 
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Eli's Wings, Best, Elizabeth
6 Best, Elizabeth Eli's Wings
Australia Viking 2002 0670910597 / 9780670910595 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
183 pages. Anorexia is one of the most prevalent health risks for young women today. The young Elizabeth Best was full of talent, potential and, most of all, life. Happy and carefree, she had a promising sporting career and was selected into an elite national basketball program. At the age of just fifteen, the future looked bright. But then the fairytale ended. Unable to cope with a series of life-changing events, Elizabeth slipped into a state of depression and spent the next five years living a tumultuous life she no longer recognised. Admitted to a psychiatric hospital, drugged and suffering a devastating case of anorexia nervosa, she was within just days of death. 'With wings, you can fly', a wise woman had told Elizabeth during her struggles. Realising that answers can only be found within, Elizabeth embarked on a journey of self-discovery, to uncover 'Eli' - the person she'd always dreamed she could be. With the support of friends and family, especially her mother, Maree, she managed to fight her way back from the brink to ultimately achieve health, happiness and, above all, her freedom. Elizabeth Best was born in central Victoria, 1977. She is the author of 31 books, including the bestselling, Eli's Wings and the non-fiction travel title, The Year We Seized the Day, co-authored with Colin Bowles. 
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Full Circle: Australian in Berlin 1930-1946, Bockmann, Vera
7 Bockmann, Vera Full Circle: Australian in Berlin 1930-1946
Australia Wakefield Pr 1991 0949268143 / 9780949268143 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
195 pages including illustrations. This book tells the story of Vera Bockmann, born Vera Hoffmann at Siegersdorf, near Tanunda, into one of the Silesian families which arrived in South Australia in 1847. She is one of the very few Australians descended from early German migrants who reversed the procedure and returned to Germany, married, and lived there for the better part of 40 years. Mrs Bockmann spent the whole of the period of the Third Reich in Berlin, observing that society from the dichotomy of her German-British background. Here she tells her own story, that of a young wife and mother, against the growing tensions of the I930’s, then the privations and dangers of the war itself, culminating in the Battle for Berlin, and the Russian occupation in 1945. Vera Bockmann’s early years in Berlin meant hearing Klemperer, Kleiber and Richard Strauss conduct at the opera. In 1932 she and her husband also spent an evening at the Sport Palast hearing what this new man Hitler had to say for himself. By the time she saw him, with Goering, Goebbels and Hess, at the memorial service for King George V she had a very clear idea of what he was about. She appreciated the irony of the text for the service, to be a light to lighten the Gentiles/And to the Glory of the people of Israel. Author and historian, Decie Denholm has collaborated with Mrs Bockmann to edit Full Circle, and has written an introduction which places this fascinating story in its historical context. 
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Who Will I Be When I Die?, Boden, Christine
8 Boden, Christine Who Will I Be When I Die?
Australia Harper Collins 2000 1863717331 / 9781863717335 Reprint Soft Cover Good 12mo 
xiv + 178 pages including bibliography. For many Alzheimer's is a mystery disease affecting old people. Christine Boden was 46 when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and this book is the story of her emotional physical and spiritual journey in the three years since then. Christine is living with the stages of Alzheimer's and provides a unique insight into how it feels to be gradually losing ability to undertake tasks most of us take for granted. Her story is remarkable because of the vigour with which she is undertaking this latest battle in her life and her deep sense that her life continues to have purpose and meaning. Christine's approach to health an well-being makes this book a must for Alzheimer's sufferers and their families. For Christine Alzheimer's disease with all the changes it brings is part of her on-going journey. There is a name in the first page. 
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Brekky Central: Behind the Smiles of Australian Breakfast Television, Boland, Adam
9 Boland, Adam Brekky Central: Behind the Smiles of Australian Breakfast Television
Australia Melbourne University Publishing 2014 0522867189 / 9780522867183 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
219 pages including colour illustrations. A tell-all memoir of the man who changed the face of breakfast television in Australia. Between Sunrise and The Morning Show, he oversaw 30 hours of network television a week. Along the way, he turned a daggy finance nerd and a suburban mum into household names and even helped propel Kevin Rudd into The Lodge. Now, for the first time, he reveals the inner working of the Sunrise family in an inside account of what some believe is the most competitive slot on television. From bruised egos to high profile scandals, find out what really happens behind the perky smiles. Adam Boland grew up wanting to work in television. By the tender age of 23 he was working at Channel Seven as executive producer of the pre-Olympics program. Three years later Adam was given control of the morning program, Sunrise, and Australian breakfast TV changed forever. Sunrise quickly became the country's top-rating breakfast show, turning its hosts, Mel and Kochie, into household names and helping two little-known MPs, Kevin Rudd and Joe Hockey hit the big time in politics. Adam rewrote many of the rules of morning television with his coverage of the Beaconsfield mining tragedy and the introduction of live studio performances. 
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Jesse's world: A story of adoption and the global Family, Bonkowski, Basia
10 Bonkowski, Basia Jesse's world: A story of adoption and the global Family
Australia Random House 2005 1740512316 / 9781740512312 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
260 pages. Basia Bonkowski has two children adopted from overseas (Colombia and Korea). Jesse's world covers the experiences of other families in her position and, as Basia writes, "the book is inspired by the short but wonderful life of a brave young Colombian boy called Jesse Scott who was adopted in 1992 but died six years later from a rare genetic disease of the brain." The book gives a bird's eye view of the "Global Family" which is how we have come to think of the links connecting the Australian families with the children they have adopted from overseas and the families and the networks back in those children's home countries. Basia presented the cult music show "Rock Around the World" on SBS TV in the early 80's. She has also worked for channel Ten and has produced documentaries. 
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Our Time But Not Our Place: Voices of Expatriate Women in Papua New Guinea, Bourke, Myra Jean et al
11 Bourke, Myra Jean et al Our Time But Not Our Place: Voices of Expatriate Women in Papua New Guinea
Australia Melbourne University Press 1993 0522845630 / 9780522845631 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
xxii + 175 pages. Over the years thousands of women, mostly Australians, have lived as expatriates in Papua New Guinea. We went there at different points in our lives and for a variety of reasons. Some of us were keen to go; we were looking for adventure in exotic surroundings, seeking our fortunes, changing jobs, running away from unhappy situations, furthering our professional or academic interests. Many of us were motivated to go to a developing country to 'do good'. Others went because their partners or their parents had an ambition, an obsession or a contract. All have stories to tell. So begins Our Time But Not Our Place in which 31 women tell us of their experiences of Papua New Guinea. Their voices are as diverse as the encounters they describe; their stories span the time between 1930 and 1990; together their responses challenge commonly held views of the expatriate condition. Readers will be drawn to share with the writers their exhilaration, dismay, guilt, fear, excitement, love lives, awe of landscape and sense of isolation - geographical and emotional - as they come to terms with life in Papua New Guinea. They will encounter birth, death, cargo cults, wilful and worthy servants, and discover unusual approaches to bridges that must be crossed... 
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Steven Bradbury: Last Man Standing, Bradbury, Steven; Smart, Gary
12 Bradbury, Steven; Smart, Gary Steven Bradbury: Last Man Standing
Australia Geoff Slattery Pub 2005 0975728784 / 9780975728789 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
199 pages including b/w and colour illutrations. Speed skater Steven Bradbury collected perhaps the most unlikely, unthinkable gold medalin the history of the Olympics. His last-to- first roll to gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games captured the imagination of millions of people around the world. In crisp and colourful prose, Smart has captured Bradbury's larrikin life. Steven John Bradbury OAM is a former Australian short track speed skater and four-time Olympian, who won the 1,000 m event at the 2002 Winter Olympics. 
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New York, Brett, Lily
13 Brett, Lily New York
Australia Picador 2001 0330362453 / 9780330362450 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
156 pages. In this collection of autobiographical musings on life in New York, Lily Brett turns her razor-sharp gaze on a city which has entertained, inspired and perplexed her for the decade she has lived there in a SoHo loft apartment with her artist husband. This is a very personal account of New York life, told with all the wit and insight that the award-winning author is famous for. In fact, she muses on the death of single men and crime; the effect Monica Lewinsky has had on body image and New York street conversation; and celebrity hairdressers expert in the latest plastic surgery fads. The author was born in Germany, grew up in Australia and now resides in New York. She also wrote: 'The Auschwitz Poems' and 'Just Like That', winner of the 1995 New South Wales Premier's Award for fiction. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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Embrace: My Story from Body Loather to Body Lover, Brumfitt, Taryn
14 Brumfitt, Taryn Embrace: My Story from Body Loather to Body Lover
Australia New Holland 2015 1742576184 / 9781742576183 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
188 pages including colour illustrations. Body confidence does not come from trying to achieve the perfect body, it comes from embracing the one you've already got." This is the book for every woman who hates the way her body looks, and derides herself for not having the perfect figure. It is for those who have allowed those negative and harmful thoughts to affect their self-confidence and inform their everyday behaviour. Once a body builder with a lean, toned and taut figure, Taryn's obsession with muscle definition and the sleek lines of her body came with the territory of her job. Pregnancy and motherhood stole the identity she was familiar with and left her with feelings of self-loathing and repulsion that affected the way she thought about herself. After contemplating cosmetic surgery to reclaim the body she wanted, Taryn had an epiphany. If she went ahead with the surgery, how would she teach her daughter to love and respect her own body if she couldn't do the same? Taryn's greatest challenge came next. How would she learn to love her body and transform the hatred she felt into something positive? Her journey to acceptance of her womanly figure and celebration of her femininity has been publicly chartered. Here she shares her story to help harness and facilitate positive body image activism for all women. 
Price: 12.50 AUD
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Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia, Bryden, Christine
15 Bryden, Christine Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia
U. K. Jessica Kingsley Pub 2005 184310332X / 9781843103325 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
200 pages including b/w illustrations and endnotes. Christine Bryden was a top civil servant and single mother of three children when she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. Since then she has gone on to challenge almost every stereotype of people with dementia by campaigning for self-advocacy, writing articles and speaking at national conferences. This book is a vivid account of the author's experiences of living with dementia, exploring the effects of memory problems, loss of independence, difficulties in communication and the exhaustion of coping with simple tasks. She describes how, with the support of her husband Paul, she continues to lead an active life nevertheless, and explains how professionals and carers can help. Christine Bryden makes an outspoken attempt to change prevailing attitudes and misconceptions about the disease. Arguing for greater empowerment and respect for people with dementia as individuals, she also reflects on the importance of spirituality in her life and how it has helped her better understand who she is and who she is becoming. Contents: Preface. 1. A 'Roller-coaster' journey since early 1998. 2. 'Coming out' with dementia. 3. Let's talk about having dementia. 4. I know who I'll be when I die. Afterword. Appendix 1. Do you believe in miracles? Appendix 2. Frequently asked questions. Appendix 3. Where to go for help. Some creases. Ex lib. 
Price: 13.00 AUD
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Wings of Madness, Buchanan, Jo
16 Buchanan, Jo Wings of Madness
Australia New Holland 2004 1741101786 / 9781741101782 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
176 pages including bibliography. In June 1990, at the age of 23, Logie winner Miles Buchanan was at the pinnacle of an outstanding career in theatre, film and television. Yet few people knew that he was battling severe depression. This is the story of Jo Buchanan's quest to find the answers that would give meaning to her son's life. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Shakespeare, Burgess, Anthony
17 Burgess, Anthony Shakespeare
U. K. Vintage 2002 0099599112 / 9780099599111 1st Edition Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
251 indexed pages. Anthony Burgess's well-known delight in language infuses his own writing about Shakespeare as well as his consideration for Shakespeare's works in this biography. Anthony Burgess's well-known delight in language infuses his own writing about Shakespeare as well as his consideration for Shakespeare's works in this biography. A surprise and a delight - even for those readers who think they have a good grasp of the Bard. Among Shakespeare‘s many biographers, none brings to his subject more passion and feeling for the creative act than Anthony Burgess. This is a biography animated by affection and an understanding of the creative imagination that only a creative writer can bring to bear. 
Price: 9.50 AUD
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The Story of Tom Brennan, Burke, J. C.
18 Burke, J. C. The Story of Tom Brennan
Australia Random House 2005 1741660920 / 9781741660920 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
284 pages. For Tom Brennan, life is about rugby, his mates and his family, who are well respected in their small country town. But a night of celebration changes his life forever. 
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Eclipse of the Spirit: A Community in Exile - Stories from the Tibetan Community in Sydney, Butler, Cathy; Lobsang Lungtok; Leona Kieran (editors)
19 Butler, Cathy; Lobsang Lungtok; Leona Kieran (editors) Eclipse of the Spirit: A Community in Exile - Stories from the Tibetan Community in Sydney
Australia Gyangbod Inc 2009 0646509543 / 9780646509549 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
124 pages including illustrations. Stories of eighteen Tibetan refugees who were forced to free their homeland to seek safety in exile or were born to a life in exile. Each story shows the impact of ongoing human rights violations on daily life, hazardous journeys, loss of homeland and culture, separation from family and friends and the challenges associated with starting a new life in exile. "Every story in this beautifully produced book is a tale of survival. Throughout, there is an overarching message: that truth will ultimately prevail and that the spirit will triumph. Tibetans are not afraid of the dark." The story of an extraordinary friendship in modern Tibet. 
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On the Loose, Button, John
20 Button, John On the Loose
Australia Text Pub Co 1996 1875847359 / 9781875847358 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
217 pages. Autobiography of John Norman Button (1933-2008). He was an Australian politician, who served as a senior minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor governments. Button resigned from the Senate in 1993. In retirement he remained active in Labor affairs and published several volumes of amusing memoirs. He also served as a professorial fellow at Monash University. 
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