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1. Barefoot at the Lake A Memoir of Summer People and Water Creatures (Large Print Edition) - Bruce Fogle

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Teeming with wonderful characters, Barefoot at the Lake is the story of a boy discovering his place in the world and realising his deep connection with nature. It is a memoir that will utterly transport you – you’ll feel the sun on your face, the pebbles of the lake under foot and catch the scent of the pine on the wind.

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2. Barefoot at the Lake A Memoir of Summer People and Water Creatures (Large Print Edition) - Bruce Fogle

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Teeming with wonderful characters, Barefoot at the Lake is the story of a boy discovering his place in the world and realising his deep connection with nature. It is a memoir that will utterly transport you – you’ll feel the sun on your face, the pebbles of the lake under foot and catch the scent of the pine on the wind.

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3. Back from the Brink (Large Print 16pt) - Alistar Darling

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In the summer of late 2007, shares of Northern Rock went into free - fall causing a run on the bank - the first since the Great Depression. Northern Rock was only the first: in the ensuing months, Alistair Darling stood firm in the eye of this perfect storm - all over the world financial institutions thought 'too big to fail' were falling prey to the lethal toxicity of the US sub - prime mortgage market. Back from the Brink tells the gripping story of one thousand days of crisis. As Chancellor, Alistair Darling sanctioned the GBP37bn bailouts of RBS and HBoS just minutes before their cash machines would have ceased to function; at the 11th hour, he prevented Barclay's from acquiring Lehman Brothers, telling US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson that he wouldn't allow British banks to import America's economic cancer; he used controversial legislation to stop Icelandic banks from withdrawing funds from the UK. From all night meetings at the White House, to confrontations with the titans of international banking and fractions relations with Gordon Brown, Darling places the reader in the rooms where the destinies of millions weighed heavily on the shoulders of a few.

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4. Batting for Berlin (Large Print 16pt) - Andre Leslie

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When former NSW state cricketer AndrĂ© Leslie, went to work in Berlin, he put all thoughts of playing cricket out of his mind. After all, Germany was the land of snow, beer and Bratwurst sausage Ă¢â‚¬Â¦ the last place he expected to end up was playing in the German national cricket competition! However, within a few months he had discovered a small but dedicated league of expat cricketers who defied the weather, the language barriers and the incredulity of non - cricketing Germans (who kept confusing cricket with polo) to form a team that would eventually go on to challenge for the German club championship. This charming tale uncovers Aussie AndrĂ©'s well - meaning but often failed attempts at integrating into German life and his successful completion of the first ever German cricket tour of India, as he becomes one of Germany's most noted cricketers and first TV cricket commentator.

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5. Beersheba A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War (Large Print 16pt) - Paul Daley

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The October 1917 Battle of Beersheba was one of the seminal battles of World War 1 - the first domino that led to the liberation of Palestine from the Turks and, ultimately, the establishment of Israel exactly 60 years ago. Yet, until now, it has almost been ignored by our political leaders. The battle is winning an appropriate place in Australia's national consciousness. Perhaps we are now, finally, about to embrace the monumental victory at Beersheba as a critical part of Australian cultural identity just as we have for so long with the defeat at Gallipoli.

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6. Behind the Mask from a Child Abuse Survivor - CJ Love

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7. Bettyville - George Hodgman

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When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself in a head-on collision with his ageing mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? He can't bring himself to force her from her home - the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot reveal her heart, has never accepted that her son is gay. An indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal son's return.

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8. Beware of the Dog Rugby's Hard man Reveals All (Large Print 16pt) - Brian Moore

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Brian Moore, or 'Pitbull' as he came to be known during nearly a decade at the heart of the England rugby team's pack, established himself as one of the game's original hard men at a time when rugby was still an amateur sport. Since his retirement, he has earned a reputation as an equally uncompromising commentator, never afraid to tell it as he sees it and lash out at the money men and professionals that have made rugby into such a different beast. Yet, for all his bullishness on and off the pitch, there also appears a more unconventional, complicated side to the man. A solicitor by trade, Moore's love of fine wine, career experience as a manicurist and preference for reading Shakespeare in the dressing room before games, mark him out as anything but the stereotypical rugby player and in Beware of the Dog Moore lays open with astounding frankness the shocking events, both personal and professional, that have gone towards shaping him over the years. Presenting an unparalleled insight into the mind of one of British rugby's greatest players and characters, Beware of the Dog is a uniquely engaging and upfront sporting memoir.

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9. Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists (Large Print 16pt) - Francine Brokaw

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Ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of the Oscars? Want to know which actors are funny and which ones are just plain boring? What is it like to interview Madonna, Robin Williams, and Pierce Brosnan? All of these questions (and many more) are answered by veteran entertainment journalist Francine Brokaw. With a delightful mixture of wit and honesty, Francine gives readers an uncensored view of life as an entertainment journalist. In addition to her own perspective, Francine's colleagues across the country weigh in on questions like... What is the best swag you've ever received? What is the most memorable interview you've ever conducted? Have you ever had to interview someone rude? Perfect for a weekend read or as a companion text to an introductory course in mass media, Beyond the Red Carpet is an informative and entertaining book that covers every aspect of the business of entertainment journalism.

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10. Billy T The Life and Times of Billy T James (Large Print 16pt) - Matt Elliott

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Billy T James was a larger-than-life comedian who gave us some of our best belly laughs, creating enduring characters as he poked the borax at race relations in New Zealand. His characters were Kiwi through and through and we loved him for it. When he died in his early forties, of complications following a heart transplant, we were shocked - first by his premature death, and then by one of the first highly publicised interracial body-snatching incidents. His widow, Lynn Matthews, and a number of Billy?s closest friends who have kept their silence until now, have cooperated with author Matt Elliott to tell the story behind the cheeky grin. What emerges is the shy, self-doubting man the public never saw, and the death threats and exploitation of his generous nature that placed intolerable strain on the man who only ever wanted to make us laugh. The result is perceptive, poignant, funny and endearing - just like Billy T.

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11. Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night What to Do When God Won't Answer (Large Print 16pt) - Greg Hunt

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When pastor Greg Hunt falls prey to a crisis of faith and calling, he sets out on an experiment in devotion and discovers that the journey is the destination in disguise.

Dr. Greg Hunt had devoted nearly 30 years to congregational ministry, helping people experience God and find their way in life. Then came his crisis of faith and calling: He turns to God for guidance, but is unable to ''find'' God. Neither his education - a Ph.D. in theology - nor his religious involvements - senior pastor of a multi staff congregation, civically and denominationally engaged leader - could protect him against the disorienting impact of the experience.

Days turned into months. Months became seasons. Seasons added up to a year, then two. He began to wonder if his faith had been delusional: Was God even real?

In the midst of his struggle, he tries a sometimes desperate experiment of devotion: could he have a personal encounter with God through the redletters of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew?

The outcome is startling, and changes his life entirely.

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12. Blackbirds Baked in a Pie (Memories of Rozinante) (Large Print 16pt) - Eugene Barter

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Sir Edward Heath's Private Secretary didn't take retirement sitting down ... At age 60 Eugene Barter, along with her sister and brother - in - law, moved to a house in the foothills of the Pyrenees to start an auberge. This is the story of her experiences. Humorous and often self - mocking, always gentle and quirky, Eugene takes us on a journey through the countryside and its people, Catalans and French alike, with a good dose of her German and English guests thrown in. Her love of the region shines from the pages - surely a timeless joy for all ages. RECIPES FROM ROZINANTE: The second half of the book focuses on the recipes with which Eugene used to feed her guests, though still interleaved with her engaging anecdotes. English, Catalan and French recipes, all easy to follow, sit side by side, and there are conversion charts to help step through the metric and imperial standards, and maintain that essential entente cordiale! THE AUTHOR: Born in Penarth, South Wales, Eugene left school at 16 to work as a trainee journalist on two local newspapers, in the days when discrimination against women in the workplace made the job twice the challenge it was for male colleagues. Moving on to an assignment in Holland at a Unesco conference, she stayed on for two years, learning the language and working with companies in Amsterdam struggling to get back on their feet after the horrors of the second World War. Studying with the Open University in her late forties, she became a Tutor/Counsellor after graduating, before moving briefly back into journalism, then working in the House of Commons - eventually becoming Senior Secretary to Sir Edward Heath. In her sixties she took on the running of an auberge in France, and this book, Blackbirds Baked in a Pie, is a lively and affectionate account of her time there. Now 85, Eugene's love affair with France continues undiminished.

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13. Blake Leader: Leadership Lessons From A Great New Zealander (Large Print 16pt) - Mark Orams

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An insider's insight into the leadership of yachting legend Sir Peter Blake, including an 11 - minute DVD of Sir Peter talking about great leadership. New Zealand lost one of its favourite sons when Sir Peter Blake was shot and killed in the Amazon in late 2001. Blake had become a icon after leading New Zealand to victory in the 1995 and 2000 America's Cups, following earlier successes in the Whitbread Round the World Race and Jules Verne Challenge. His accomplishments demonstrate his skill at assembling, managing and leading winning teams. Blake: Leader is written by sailor and marine scientist Dr Mark Orams, who sailed around the world with Blake and worked with him at Team New Zealand and Blakexpeditions. In this book he looks at Blake's successful style of leadership from a personal viewpoint. It mixes reminiscences and anecdotes from Orams and other sporting and business figures who worked closely with Blake with practical observations of how he chose and led teams. Break - out boxes and chapter summaries highlight key points and techniques that can be used by leaders and team members in a wide range of sports and business situations. Chapters include building a great team, being a great leader, encouraging a great work ethic and having a winning attitude. It also examines the unique New Zealand style of leadership demonstrated by other great Kiwi leaders and how Blake's legacy can be taken into the future.

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14. Blindness and the Visionary: The Life and Work of John Wilson: T - Sir John Coles

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A man of action and unflagging energy, with exceptional determination, imagination and compassion, John Wilson changed millions of people's lives for the better by developing systems and techniques for preventing and curing blindness. This work tale of how one remarkable man travelled the world and transformed countless lives.

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15. Blood on My Hands A Surgeon at War (Large Print 16pt) - Craig Jurisevic

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The year is 1999, and a fresh hell is being created before our eyes. It is hardly to be credited that the enlightened nations of Europe are allowing this nightmare to occur only sixty minutes by jet from Paris and London. The forces of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic have swept into Kosovo on the Balkan Peninsula leaving a trail of death and heartbreak. Scenes of Milosevic's 'ethnic cleansing' play out on television screens all over the world; haunted figures huddled behind barbed wire fences, bodies heaped in ditches.

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16. Bluebacks and Silver Brights A Lifetime in the BC Fisheries from Bounty to Plunder (Large Print 16pt) - Allan Ed Safarik, Norman Safarik

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A captivating memoir set during the pinnacle of West Coast fishing
More than a history of the Vancouver fishing industry, Bluebacks and Silver Brights is a collection of great adventures set on the Pacific coast. With dozens of salty tales of hardworking and hard - living fisherman and fish industry workers, this is Norman Safarik's story of West Coast fishing from the Gulf of Georgia to Prince Rupert, with a detour to New York's old - time fish markets. With wisdom and insight, Safarik's story is also an ecological warning, recalling the lost bounty of Canada's natural resources of a century ago, and their possible extinction today at the hands of government mismanagement and overfishing.

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17. Body at the Melbourne Club Bertram Armytage, Antarctica's Forgotten Man (Large Print 16pt) - David Burke

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Bertram Armytage, son of a wealthy squatter, a popular sportsman who rowed for Cambridge, was the first Australian - born member of an Antarctic expedition. An expert horseman, he was given charge of the ponies in Ernest Shackleton's great 1907 - 1909 expedition, narrowly escaping the jaws of killer whales. In London he was decorated by royalty, but on coming home to Australia he went to his part - time city residence, the exclusive Melbourne Club, put on his dinner suit and polar medals and, at the age of 41, shot himself. This mystery - cum - biography provides a new perspective on one of Shackleton's greatest expeditions.

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18. Born Survivors - Wendy Holden

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Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel and Anka each passed through its gates with a secret - they were all newly pregnant. Alone, scared and with so many loved ones already lost, these young women were privately determined to hold on to all they had left; their lives and those of their unborn babies. Born Survivors follows the mothers' incredible journey - first to Auschwitz, then to a German slave labour camp and finally, their hellish 17-day train journey to the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. Sixty-five years later, the three 'miracle babies' met for the first time at Mauthausen for the anniversary of the liberation that saved them.

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19. Born with Teeth A Memoir - Kate Mulgrew

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Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.

It was a lesson she would need. At twenty-two, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all, Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life, both on and off screen.

We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played--Captain Janeway on Star Trek; the tough-as-nails "Red" on Orange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, BORN WITH TEETH is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

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20. Bossypants - Tina Fey

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Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both these dreams come true.
At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.
Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

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