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1. 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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2. My Story A Photographic Essay on Life with Multiple Sclerosis (Large Print 16pt) - Amelia Davis

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In a series of dramatic essays and photographs by the renowned San Francisco-based photographer Amelia Davis, My Story is an evocative description of what it is like to live with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that affects about 350,000 Americans and whose cause is still not entirely known. The essays and accompanying photographs in this highly engaging, beautifully illustrated book poignantly portray the lives of thirty-two men and women from the ages of seventeen to seventy and of various ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds who share the challenge of living with MS. Some, like Amelia, use no mobility aids, while others use canes, wheelchairs, or electric scooters. All have had to face the challenges and limitations that MS has imposed upon their lives, and each has devised unique and often creative coping strategies. Accompanying each essay are commentaries by family members and friends that express their own personal feelings and experiences of living with this disease. Here are the inspirational stories of women, men, and children who live with this disease. Many have children; one or two are currently expecting them. Treatments and therapies for slowing the progression of the disease are revealed and shared, from the latest advances in prescription medication to alternative methods of coping, including yoga, exercise and competitive sports, creative activities such as writing and art, and even community activism. A wide range of accompanying stories by spouses, children, and other loved ones depict the ups and downs of living and caring for someone who has MS, from the moment of first diagnosis to dealing with its ongoing challenges. All are strong reminders of the selflessness of the human spirit, and its ability to nurture and remain strong under even adverse circumstances. Highly motivating and deeply inspirational, My Story will be welcomed by anyone who lives with or shares the life of someone who has MS.

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3. Shadows In Paradise A Memoir (Large Print 16pt) - Carolann Dowding, Peter Golding

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An insightful account of a woman's perseverance through adoption secrecy and red tape, Shadows in Paradise traces Carolann Dowding's search for her biological family. Despite a wholesome upbringing by her adoptive family in a beautiful Queensland, Australia, Carolann is compelled to reconcile the silences of her past. As an adult, she reconnects with her birth mother and describes the unpredictable, awkward struggles of their relationship until later in life, a truce is drawn between them. Through her own determination, and with a boost from a private investigator, Carolann courageously pursues a trail of clues leading to her mysterious birth father, changing her life forever. Illuminated by compassion, tragedy and gratitude which span the generations, Shadows in Paradise reveals the breadth of our need for truth and connection.

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4. Living with Multiple Personalities (Large Print 16pt) - Christine Ducommun

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Christine Ducommun was a happily married wife and mother of two, when - after returning to live in the house of her childhood - she began to experience panic attacks, night terrors, a series of bizarre flashbacks, and 'noises in her head.' Eventually diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), Christine's story details an extraordinary twelve your ordeal of coming to grips with the reemergence of competing personalities her mind had created to help her cling to life during her early years.

Therapy helps to reveal the personalities, but Christine has much work to do to grasp their individual strengths and weaknesses and understand how each helped her cope and survive her childhood as well as the latent influences they've had in her adult life. Fully reawakened and present, the personalities struggle for control of Christine's mind and her tailspins into unimaginable chaos, leaving her to believe she may very well be losing the battle for her sanity.

Christine's only hope to regain her sanity was to integrate each one's emotional maturity while jettisoning the rest, until at last their chatter in her head could cease. A riveting story of one woman's decent into madness and how she was able to become whole again - finally, the directory of her own life.

Integration is the real victory. There have been other books done on the topic of multiple personalities, but what makes this one special is that few therapists focus on integration as the best way to treat the patient (because of the rigor, time and training involved). Ms. Ducommun's therapist focused on integration of her four alters and achived it.

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5. My Year Without Matches Escaping The City In Search Of The Wild (Large Print 16pt) - Claire Dunn

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In the tradition of Wild and Tracks, one woman's story of how she left the city and found her soul. Disillusioned and burnt out by her job, Claire Dunn quits a comfortable life to spend a year off the grid in a wilderness survival program. Her new forest home swings between ally and enemy as reality - and the rain - sets in. Claire's adventure unfolds over four seasons and in the essential order of survival: shelter, water, fire and food. She arrives in summer, buoyant with idealism, and is initially confronted with physical challenges: building a shelter, escaping the vicious insects and making fire without matches. By winter, however, her emotional landscape has become the toughest terrain of all. Can she connect with her inner spirit to guide her journey onwards? Brimming with earthy charm and hard - won wisdom, My Year Without Matches is one woman's quest for belonging, to the land and to herself. When Claire finally cracks life in the bush wide open, she discovers a wild heart to warm the coldest night.

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6. J.R.R. Tolkien The Making of a Legend (Large Print 16pt) - Colin Duriez

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Long before the successful The Lord of the Rings films, J.R.R. Tolkien's creations, imagination, and characters had captured the attention of millions of readers. But who was the man who dreamt up the intricate languages and perfectly crafted world of Middle - earth? Tolkien had a difficult life, for many years: orphaned and poor, his guardian forbade him to communicate with the woman he had fallen in love with, and he went through the horrors of the First World War. An intensely private and brilliant scholar, he spent over fifty years working on the languages, history, peoples and geography of Middle - earth, with a consistent mythology and body of legends inspired by a formidable knowledge of early northern European history and culture. J.R.R. Tolkien became a legend by creating an imaginary world that has enthralled and delighted generations. This delightful and accessible biography brings him to life.

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7. C.S. Lewis A Biography of Friendship (Large Print 16pt) - Colin Duriez

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Who was the real C S Lewis, behind the remarkable enigma? This sparkling new biography brings out the significance of the key friendships in his life, showing how these influenced his thoughts and writings. At home with ideas and in debate, he valued friendship above all, and not just with fellow intellectuals. Amongst his most important friendships were those with Arthur Greeves, Janie Moore, and the other members of the Inklings. All are considered in depth in this book. One of the most brilliant academics of his time, C S Lewis saw the world as story - shaped, and the imagination as the centre of who he was. This book brings out the story of his life.

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8. When Tish Happens The Unlikely Story of Canada's ''Most Influential Literary Magazine'' (Large Print 16pt) - Frank Davey

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In the early 1960s, a group of students at UBC started a magazine called Tish. The name was purposefully an anagram of shit, in order to demonstrate their youthful and iconoclastic attitude. In many ways, Tish, and its editors, became the clear break from older Canadian poets and styles. At the heart of the magazine, and the ''movement,'' was Frank Davey. And it is Davey who has written this definitive history. Davey has organized the material as a memoir, starting from his own early days in Abbotsford, B.C., and gradually introducing the other poets, including George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah, despite the fact that Davey doesn't meet them until they all arrive at UBC. Much of the theory of the Tish poets derives from the Black Mountain poets, an American movement that incorporated the writings of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan - who suggested the name itself. The Black Mountain poets believed that writing should be locally based and should grow out of the author's own breathing patterns. The more specific to a locale, the better. The poets are introduced as characters in a play, and when Fred Wah says, ''Let's start a magazine,'' things happen. The first 19 issues became the calling card for a new type of poetry, but inevitably the writers began to go their own way. It is Davey's commitment that holds the group together, despite their geographical separation. The Tish movement provided the impetus to create a new, more contemporary Canadian poetry. And here, Frank Davey reveals how it started, grew, and became a lasting force.

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9. Seagle Family Genealogy - Irene Seagle, Salley Dowsett

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10. Tupaia The Remarkable Story Of Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator (Large Print 16pt) - Joan Druett

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The remarkable story of Tupaia, Captain Cook's Polynesian navigator. Winner of NZ Post 2012 Best General Non - fiction Book Award. Tupaia, lauded by Europeans as 'an extraordinary genius', sailed with Captain Cook from Tahiti, piloted the Endeavour about the South Pacific, and interceded with Maori in NZ. Tupaia, a gifted linguist, a brilliant orator, and a most devious politician, could aptly be called the Machiavelli of Tahiti. Being highly skilled in astronomy, navigation, and meteorology, and an expert in the geography of the Pacific, he was able to name directional stars and predict landfalls and weather throughout the voyage from Tahiti to Java. Though he had no previous knowledge of writing or mapmaking, Tupaia drew a chart of the Pacific that encompassed every major group in Polynesia and extended more than 4,000 kilometres from the Marquesas to Rotuma and Fiji. He was also the ship's translator, able to communicate with all the Polynesian people they met. As a man of high social ranking, Tupaia performed as an able intermediary, interpreting local rituals and ceremonies. Joseph Banks is famous for his detailed, perceptive descriptions of the manners and customs of the Polynesian people. Much of the credit for this belongs to Tupaia. Not only did Tupaia become one of the ship's important artists, drawing lively pictures to illustrate what he described, but he could justly be called the Pacific's first anthropologist. Despite all this, Tupaia has never been part of the popular Captain Cook legend. This is largely because he died of complications from scurvy seven months before the ship arrived home. Once he was gone, his accomplishments were easily forgotten - indeed, by removing Tupaia from the story, what the Europeans had achieved seemed all the greater. This fascinating, handsome book also won the 2012 PANZ Book Design Award for best cover.

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11. Storms and Dreams Louis de Bougainville: Soldier, Explorer, Statesman (Large Print 16pt) - John Dunmore

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Louis - Antoine Comte de Bougainville (1729 - 1811) is best known for his circumnavigation of the globe from 1766 to 1769. Throughout a long and distinguished life, however, he participated in many of the turning points of world history: the birth of the United States, the fall of French Canada, the opening of the Pacific, the French revolution and the Revolutionary Wars, the crowning of Napoleon and the modernisation of France.
Bougainville was also a witty and charming courtier, becoming one of Napoleon's senators. A true Man of Enlightenment, he was gifted in navigation, seamanship, soldiering, mathematics, longitude and latitude - many of the arts that made his age one of the most productive and creative in modern history.
John Dunmore, a distinguished historian and an expert in French Pacific exploration, brings the man and his era to life in this vivid and elegantly written biography.

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12. Boy on a Wire (Easyread Large Edition) - Jon Doust

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Sent to boarding school at a young age, Jack Muir decides he's a survivor. He gets by with a quick wit and a fast mouth. Others aren't so lucky. This story from stand-up comedian and writer, Jon Doust, is humorous and deeply poignant - a close-to-the-bone tale of how underdogs survive the system.

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13. Final Table A Winning Poker Approach from a Wsop Champion (Large Print 16pt) - Jonathan Duhamel

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A poker champ shares the story behind his biggest win What makes a World Series of Poker Main Event champion? Is it knowledge of math or psychology? Is it the ability to determine other players' hands? In Jonathan Duhamel's Final Table, discover what it takes to win dollar 8.9 million in one tournament. Duhamel takes readers through crucial game moments and traces his strategic thinking. Should he go all - in? Should he fold? What is the right balance between risk and caution? Duhamel reveals the specific qualities winning poker players need. Learn about Jonathan's development as a poker player from his earliest days through to his online playing, into tournaments and the decision to go pro. Whether you're a Friday night player or a professional, Final Table will entertain and educate you.

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14. Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys (Large Print 16pt) - Mark Dillon

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Catch a wave with original insights behind the best tunes of the Beach Boys
An original look at a beloved band, Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys chronicles the story behind 50 of their greatest songs through exclusive interviews with the Beach Boys, their collaborators, fellow musicians, and famous fans. Featuring interviews with music legends such as Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Alan Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, Blondie Chaplin, Randy Bachman, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, and Alice Cooper, and commentary from a younger generation of musicians and writers such as Lyle Lovett, Matthew Sweet, Jim Fusilli, Cameron Crowe, Daniel Lanois, and Zooey Deschanel, even hardcore fans will be delighted by the breadth of Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys' music is as influential and fresh as it was 50 years ago, and this innovative retelling of how the iconic rock group became an essential part of American music history couldn't come at a better time.

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15. Dave Matthews Band Step Into the Light (Large Print 16pt) - Morgan Delancey

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The best - selling first book about the Grammy - winning mega - band. Step Into the Light... with the Dave Matthews Band. From their initial stints in 1991 at the local bars of Charlottesville, Virginia to selling over 15 million CDs and becoming one of North America's most successful touring acts, this book chronicles the musical development of Dave Matthews and fellow band members Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moore, and Boyd Tinsley. The initial 1998 biography offered a complete chronology of the Grammy - winning band's rise to stardom, exclusive interviews, a first - hand account of DMB on the road, and never - before - published photos. The New Revised 2nd Edition adds exclusive new photos to the original and two new chapters that chart the band's activities from 1998 - 2001, right up to the release of Everyday! Step into the Light provides fascinating commentary on Before These Crowded Streets, Live at Luther College, Listener Supported, and the band's guest appearance on the best - selling Santana Supernatural; it also expands on the personal lives of each band member, and provides new coverage of DMB tours, the creation of Dave's own record label (According to Our Records), and the growth of a worldwide DMB fandom. This new, revised edition of the authoritative book on DMB is completely up to date. Find out where DMB has come from, how it got to Everyday, and where it's going soon.

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16. Death Before Dishonour True Stories of the Special Forces Heroes Who Fight Global Terror (Large Print 16pt) - Nicholas Davies

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In the past thirty years, the devastating effects of international terror have forced their way into the world affairs. To counter this new threat to civilisation - and to the safety of ordinary people - a new breed of soldier was created to fight the terrorist on their own terms. Armed to the hilt with the most hi - tech weaponry the modern military world can provide, and trained to combat the enemies of the countries they serve with a breathtaking ruthless efficiency, the legend of these men is as awesome as the battles that they fight. Authoritative and nail - biting, Death Before Dishonour captures the drama, action, pain and glory of the most striking operations ever undertaken by the world's various Special Forces. For the first time ever, it reveals the truth behind their bloodiest battles, and gives top secret information about the terrifying techniques and gadgetry they employ.

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17. The Widow (Large Print 16pt) - Nola Davis, Libby Harkness

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Her husband took a terrible secret to his grave. How did Nola Duncan not know? The day Nola Duncan married the charismatic scientist Dr Michael Westfield in 1981 was the happiest day of her life. Michael, a senior academic, was Nola s 'perfect man' a good father; a wonderful host, cook and raconteur; a devoted husband and caring lover; a good friend and a committed Christian. Throughout their thirty - year marriage, Michael, a deeply romantic man, wrote Nola copious love notes, letters and poems. So when he died suddenly of a cardiac arrest in 2010, her grief was profound. The funeral service overflowed with people who loved and admired him; the eulogies were effusive. Heartbroken, Nola picked her way through early widowhood and on the first anniversary of his death she buried his ashes in a plot with room for hers. Then she set about clearing out his things. In a box marked 'research papers' Nola found something that would shatter her life; 741 love letters between Michael and his lover, evidence of his passionate six - year affair with one of his doctoral students, a young married woman 23 years his junior. Nola s emotional pain and distress as she read the letters, many of them erotic and sexually explicit, was compounded on discovering one of the most meaningful poems he d written for her, he d also given his lover. The lovers believed their affair was the 'Great Love' and their 'soul marriage' God - sanctioned; oh, the hypocrisy! Until now, Nola has remained silent about Michael s betrayal of everything and everyone they knew. There are many unanswered questions in this story: why did he keep the letters? Can a man love two women at once? But there s one she knows she will always be asked how could she not have known? But hand on her heart, she didn't.

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18. 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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19. Laura Secord Heroine of the War of 1812 (Large Print 16pt) - Peggy Dymond Leavey

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After dragging her injured husband off the battlefield during the War of 1812, Laura Secord (1775 - 1868) was forced to house American soldiers for financial support while she nursed him back to health. It was during this time that she overheard the American plan to ambush British troops at Beaver Dams. Through an outstanding act of perseverance and courage in 1813, Laura walked an astonishing 30 kilometers from her home to a British outpost to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon. Despite facing rough terrain, the ever - present danger of being caught by American troops, and rather delicate encounters with Native forces, Laura reached FitzGibbon just in time for the British to prepare and execute an ambush on American military nearby, forcing the U.S. general to surrender. Laura lived a very long time, dying at the age of 93. In her lifetime the government never formally recognized her singular feat of bravery, and much controversy still envelopes her legacy.

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20. Master Plan 101 for Sam - Polly Dawson

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