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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 Lakeis 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 Lakeis 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. The Eagle of Toledo The Life and Times of Federico Bahamontes (Large Print 16pt) - Alasdair Fotheringham

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Federico Martin Bahamontes, the Eagle of Toledo, is rated by many as the greatest climber in cycling history. The first Spaniard to win the Tour de France and a six - time champion of the race's gruelling King of the Mountains classification, he became a national hero in a Spain struggling to rebuild after the devastation and atrocities of the Civil War. Indeed, his success owed much to the conflict. When the Nationalist rebellion of General Franco finally overran the democratically elected Republic in 1939, vast swathes of the country were left impoverished and desperate. On the verge of starvation, the young Bahamontes took to cycling as a means of running black market goods, before realising that sport offered a more lucrative future. An impressive amateur career followed, leading to his Tour debut in 1954, when he won the mountains competition on his first attempt. Success and a charismatic, but temperamental, racing style brought him fame at home and abroad - as well as controversy. Today, despite his appropriation by the Franco regime, he remains the godfather of Spanish cycling and a sporting eccentric of phenomenal will power. He is also one of the few living witnesses to cycling's golden age and - as Alasdair Fotheringham discovered when interviewing him for this compelling biography - he's more than ready to tell the tale.

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4. Arthur Blackburn, VC An Australian Hero, His Men, and Their Two (Large Print 16pt) - Andrew Faulkner

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Gallipoli hero, Victoria Cross recipient, battalion and brigade commander, conqueror of Damascus and defiant antagonist of the Japanese - by any measure Arthur Seaforth Blackburn was one of Australia's most remarkable soldiers. This, the first Blackburn biography, details the famous battles that shaped Australia. It tells Blackburn's story through the eyes of his comrades, including many from his battalion who survived the horrors of the Burma Railway, and includes photographs taken by Blackburn never published before. This edition is in two volumes. The second volume ISBN is 9781459645424.

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5. Arthur Blackburn, VC An Australian Hero, His Men, and Their Two (Large Print 16pt) - Andrew Faulkner

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Gallipoli hero, Victoria Cross recipient, battalion and brigade commander, conqueror of Damascus and defiant antagonist of the Japanese - by any measure Arthur Seaforth Blackburn was one of Australia's most remarkable soldiers. This, the first Blackburn biography, details the famous battles that shaped Australia. It tells Blackburn's story through the eyes of his comrades, including many from his battalion who survived the horrors of the Burma Railway, and includes photographs taken by Blackburn never published before. This edition is in two volumes. The first volume ISBN is 9781459645417.

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6. Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson - David L. Fleitz

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7. Gangsters, Guns and Me Now I'm in Eastenders ... But Once I Was on the Run. This Is My True Story. (Large Print 16pt) - Jamie Foreman

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Jamie Foreman is one of Britain's most iconic actors. He is also the son of Britain's most notorious gangster, Freddie Foreman. Jamie's life has been anything but ordinary. Right from the start, his world was one of contrast and contradiction: he grew up surrounded by London's criminal elite, living by their code of honor and respect, yet he himself was brought up to be a ''straight goer.'' The backdrop of his home life was to differ greatly from his time at school as, at seven years old, Jamie found himself in the unlikely surroundings of a boarding school. The happiness of his family and school life was snatched from Jamie when his father was sentenced to ten years in prison for his involvement in the killing of Jack ''The Hat'' McVitie. The subsequent years saw Jamie without the father he adored and the whole family was put under enormous strain. At 14, Jamie decided that his passion was for acting and, having been encouraged by Barbara Windsor, he discovered yet another new environment at the Italia Conti Stage School. Jamie thrived in the acting world and was soon enjoying success on both stage and screen. By the time of his dad's release from prison, Jamie had carved a ''straight'' career for himself - but after years apart, there was plenty of lost time to make up for. Soon, he was dividing his time between acting and assisting with Freddie's ''business.'' Whether on the streets or on the stage, there was never a dull moment; Jamie was living life at 100 miles an hour and loving it. Before long, though, life took a surprising turn when a drug deal his father was heavily involved in went tragically wrong and he was forced to go on the run to America with his dad, which marked the start of a whole new adventure.

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8. The Untrained Environmentalist How an Australian Grazier Brought His Barren Property Back to Life (Large Print 16pt) - John Fenton

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Fifty years ago a young farmer named John Fenton took over his family's run-down sheep property in Victoria. Named Lanark, the property was barren, windswept and environmentally all but dead. Fenton set about bringing the property back to life by bringing the environment back to life. He planted trees. He reinstated wetlands. He created wildlife reserves. Other farmers thought he had gone a little mad, but Fenton pressed on. As time went on, he came to realise he had stumbled on something extremely important for the Australian landscape as a whole; an integrated, sustainable farming system that was in tune with nature. Thus, he became an environmentalist almost by chance. Year after year, the tree-planting continued. By the time Fenton handed over the property to his son a few years ago, he had planted close to 100,000 trees. He had turned a desolate, degraded farm into an oasis teeming with bird life. In this book he tells the inspiring story of how his miracle was achieved.

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9. Fortunate Son My Life, My Music - John Fogerty

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The long-awaited memoir from John Fogerty, the legendary singer-songwriter and creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the most important and beloved bands in the history of rock, and John Fogerty wrote, sang, and produced their instantly recognizable classics: "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Born on the Bayou," and more. Now he reveals how he brought CCR to number one in the world, eclipsing even the Beatles in 1969. By the next year, though, Creedence was falling apart; their amazing, enduring success exploded and faded in just a few short years.

FORTUNATE SON takes readers from Fogerty's Northern California roots, through Creedence's success and the retreat from music and public life, to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.

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10. Jose Antonio Echeverria - Julio Fernandez Leon

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A unique new and enlightening text on the ancient Chinese Art of Qigong (Ch'i Kung) brought up to date with the world's first ever description of Qi (Ch'i or Bioenergy) is and does. Illustrated throughout with detailed exercises, descriptions and safety advice. Baduanjin or Pa Tuan Chin 'Eight Strands of Silk Brocade' is also illustrated in all three methods, Seated, Basic Standing and Advanced. This is the "new safer" Standardised Set and is recommended for health care as well as health care workers as an invaluable tool to aid health and healing. The author has been practising and studying Internal and Healing Arts since around 1971.

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11. Memorias Una Mirada sobre Tres Siglos - Orestes Ferrara

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The newest in the Topsy Tales series features Dotty, a pink hippo that doesn't quite fit in. With help from her best friend, Chizzy, she finds she can be happy with herself no matter what her color. The book introduces a purple baby hippo, Violet, to gently explore the topic of discrimination. Suggested age for readers 2-5.

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12. MIS RELACIONES CON MÁXIMO GÓMEZ - Orestes Ferrara

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Orestes Ferrara (Napoli, 8 July 1876 - Naples , 16 February 1972 ) was a lawyer , politician and writer, Italian naturalized Cuban , officer and director of the new State caribbean which will also - among other tasks - Speaker of the House of Representatives, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Delegate to UNESCO, Professor of Political Law at the University of Havana, and Ambassador at the United States. In 1896, at age 20, when Orestes was a law student at the University of Naples, Italy, he ran away and left behind his well-to-do family and beloved friends to go fight a faraway war for the liberty of a nation in a small island in the American Continent named Cuba. The young Italian fought like a Cuban "Mambi," to expel the Spanish Colony from the Caribbean island and became a Colonel in the "Cuban Independence War". In 1959, after the rise to power of Fidel Castro, he returned to Italy. Orestes Ferrara went on to make Rome's Grand Hotel Plaza in Italy his home, until his death in February 1972 at 96 years of age. He is author of many books about the life of Pope Borgia, Maquiavelo, and many others. His Memoirs is one of the most important because cover War of independence of Cuba and the political life of the Republic of Cuba. This book gives an account of the struggle of the Cuban's war for independence from Spain, and the figure of general Máximo Gómez, leading figure in the fight. A classic Cuban history book.

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13. Never Too Fast The Paul Tracy Story (Large Print 16pt) - Paul Ferriss

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The true story of the most dangerous race car driver on the circuit ... Paul Tracy was just a youngster when he discovered fast cars. Growing up in West Hill, Ontario, Paul dreamt of his hero Gilles Villeneuve, and when his father left him at the local go - kart track with a full tank of gas each morning, he retrieved Paul - and the empty tank - at night.
Tracy rose quickly through racing's minor leagues, setting and breaking records as he went. At 17 he was racing cars with twice the horsepower of the family cars his friends were just learning to drive. Veteran team managers and drivers knew they were seeing someone special on the track: a quiet kid with the looks of a boy scout and the desire of a champion. Soon Tracy dominated kart racing, won at Can - Am racing, and ruled Indy Lights. He then stormed into the Championship Auto Racing Team circuit, racing wheel to wheel with Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti. In those early races, even driving an underpowered car, Tracy proved he could run with the big boys.
But Paul Tracy's success has come with its share of hardships. His aggressive driving style on the cart circuit has made almost as many enemies as fans. He's been criticized, penalized, and vilified both on and off the track. Nevertheless, two things remain consistent - his desire to drive fast, and his desire to win.
When you live in a world of speed and danger, a world where success is measured in tenths of seconds and inches can separate winners from losers, one thing is certain: you can never be too fast.

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14. The Man Behind Macbeth and Other Studies - Sir James Fergusson

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Large Print Edition. Originally published in 1969.

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15. Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience (Easyread Large Edition) - Stanton T. Friedman M. Sc

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The 1961 UFO abduction of Betty and Barney Hill stirred worldwide interest, because of the book The Interrupted Journey, the subsequent media coverage, and a 1975 TV movie. The case is mentioned in almost all UFO abduction books. It also became a target for debunkers, who still attack it today. But the complete story of what really happened that day, its effect on the participants, and the findings of investigators has never been told ... until now. In Captured!, you'll get an insider's look at the alien abduction, previously unpublished information about the lives of the Hills before and after Barney's death in 1969, their status as celebrities, Betty's experiences as a UFO investigator, and other activities before her death in 2004. Kathleen Marden, Betty Hill's niece, shares details from her discussions with Betty and from the evidence of the UFO abduction. She also looks at the Hills' riveting hypnosis sessions about their time onboard the spacecraft. In addition, coauthor, physicist, and ufologist Stanton T. Friedman, the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident, reviews and refutes the arguments of those who have attacked the Hill case, as well as the star map that Betty Hill saw inside the craft and later recreated.

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16. If Wishes Were Horses A Memoir Of Equine Obsession (Large Print 16pt) - Susanna Forrest

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Vividly and beautifully told, often deeply shocking, The Honoured Society is the true story of one woman's personal journey to the dark heart of the Mafia. In 1979, having been fascinated by Coppola's masterpiece The Godfather, twenty - year - old Petra Reski jumped into her car and drove from her home in Germany to the Mafia - stronghold of Sicily; she wanted to see for herself the stark truth behind the glamorous fiction. In 2007, six Mafioso were shot dead outside a pizzeria in the North German town of Duisburg; in thirty years, the influence and violence of organised crime had only grown, but now Reski would be called to report on the scene as one of the world's foremost Mafia experts. In The Honoured Society, Petra Reski exposes just how far Italy's mafias permeate everyday life across Europe. Through her firsthand accounts of meeting crooked priests and heroic victims, wet - eyed wives and murderous husbands, she also tells the human stories and, too often, the human costs, of the Mafia's ongoing bloody war.

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17. 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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18. Daughter of the Reich The Incredible Life of Louise Fox - Louise Fox

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This is a story of an ordinary girl from Germany who became caught up in the inner workings of the Nazi war machine. Louise Fox had grown up while the Nazis steadily took full control of the country and like so many of her age group Nazism was considered to normal. As a teenager she was first involved in the effort to provide anti-aircraft equipment for the Luftwaffe and to kit out Rommel for the North African campaign. She was a hard worker and was promoted to the rank of captain in the Luftwaffe's supreme command headquarters in Potsdam, near Berlin. She caught Hermann Goering's* eye when he awarded her a medal for bravery in the capture of a downed British airman, and was sent to work in the Air Ministry making appointments and assisting Goering. As the war intensified on two fronts Louise was transferred back to Potsdam to manage the huge task of securing appropriate ammunition supplies for the Luftwaffe, a job she held for the rest of the war. She married an airman who, three weeks later, was killed in action. Louise was posted with her colleagues to the Eastern front and escaped with them all in Hitler's 'strategic retreat' ahead of the Red Army. In the last few months of the war she was captured and imprisoned by the Americans. She escaped and began an event-filled 1,000-kilometre hike to the safety of relatives. Life was difficult after the war and Louise entered the black market and was imprisoned. She eventually found a pen pal in Tasmania and much to the amazement of friends migrated there, selling Volkswagens to make a living. She still lives in Australia.

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19. Australian Railwayman From Cadet Engineer to Railways Commissioner (Large Print 16pt) - Ron Fitch

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Ron Fitch was born in 1910 into a railway family. He began his career as a 16 - year - old engineering cadet and completed it, 46 years later, having worked at various times for two state railways and the Commonwealth, as Commissioner of South Australian Railways. In this book Fitch gives a vivid account not only of his career but of the camaraderie of the greater railway community. This is a book for all train enthusiasts, celebrating the men, the machinery, the toil and the technology, that opened up a vast and sparsely populated continent.

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