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1. Too Close to the Falls (Large Print 16pt) - Catherine Gildiner

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CATHERINE GILDINER has a Ph.D. in psychology and has been in private, clinical practice for seventeen years. She writes a psychological advice column for Chatelaine Magazine and has written numerous newspaper articles. She lives with her husband and her three children in Toronto, and is on a competitive rowing team. Too Close to the Falls is her first book.

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2. Heroes of Faith, Volume 2 - Doug Greengard

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3. Stories about Storytellers Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and Others (Large Print 16pt) - Douglas Gibson

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'Here is my prize read for people who are interested in books, writers, Canada, life, and all that kind of thing.'' - Alice Munro, from the introduction ''I'll kill him!'' said Mavis Gallant. Pierre Trudeau almost did, leading him (''Run!'') into a whizzing stream of traffic that almost crushed both of them. Alistair MacLeod accused him of a ''home invasion'' to grab the manuscript of No Great Mischief. And Paul Martin denounced him to a laughing Ottawa crowd, saying, ''If Shakespeare had had Doug Gibson as an editor, there would be no Shakespeare!'' On the other hand, Alice Munro credits him with keeping her writing short stories when the world demanded novels. Robertson Davies, with a nod to Dickens, gratefully called him ''My Partner Frequent.'' W.O. Mitchell summoned up a loving joke about him, on his deathbed. Stories About Storytellers shares these tales and many more, as readers follow Doug Gibson through 40 years of editing and publishing some of Canada's sharpest minds and greatest storytellers. Gibson is a terrific storyteller himself, and through his recollections we get an inside view of Canadian politics and publishing that rarely gets told. From Jack Hodgins' Vancouver Island to Harold Horwood's Labrador, from Alice Munro's Ontario to James Houston's Arctic, Doug Gibson takes us on an unforgettable literary tour of Canada, going behind the scenes and between the covers, and opening up his own story vault for all to read and enjoy.

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4. Henrik Ibsen (Large Print) - Edmund Gosse

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This large print title is set in Tieras 16pt font as reccomended by the RNIB.

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5. Father and Son (Large Print) - Edmund Gosse

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6. The Life of Charlotte Bronte - Volume 1 - Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

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This large print title is set in Tiresias 16pt font as recommended by the RNIB.

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7. The Life of Charlotte Bronte - Volume 2 - Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

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8. Gatekeeper The Fighting Life of Gary Big Daddy Goodridge (Large Print 16pt) - Gary Goodridge, Mark Dorsey

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The biography of a pioneer in the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene, this work takes readers through Gary ''Big Daddy'' Goodridge's entire career - from his rollercoaster formative years and his emergence as a world champion athlete to his role as a loving father struggling to find work.
With humble beginnings as an immigrant in a small city in Canada, Goodridge endured bullying as a child and honed his natural strength, athleticism, work ethic, and charisma while fighting on the streets and as a bouncer in clubs. Eventually learning to channel his rage into more productive outlets, Goodridge soon became a world - champion arm wrestler, a boxing champion, a lethal Ultimate Fighting Championship contender, and a renowned MMA warrior.
Early in his career, Goodridge used his incredible strength to become the National Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Champ of Canada after only ten months of training. In 1996, he entered the Ultimate Fighting Championships; after knocking out his opponent in under a minute with crushing elbows, he became an immediate mixed martial arts star all over the world. Known as a hardworking warrior who always fought the toughest competition, no matter what the circumstances, Goodridge took on the best heavyweights in the world for over a decade, including U.S. Olympic wrestlers Mark Coleman and Mark Schultz, and combat sport legends, such as Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Today, Goodridge lives with the physical consequences of a life spent literally battling to pay the bills.
Filled with stories about backstage fights, steroid use, and fixed fights, this inspiring tell - all is a must - read for fight fans the world over.

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9. Therafields The Rise and Fall of Lea Hindley-Smith's Psychoanalytic Commune (Large Print 16pt) - Grant Goodbrand

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At one point in the 1970s, 900 people were engaged with a therapeutic community in Toronto. Living together, and sharing emotional problems, the participants helped to create an institution owning houses, farms, and buildings. Therafields, the largest urban commune in Canada, was created by Lea Hindley - Smith, a woman from England with no formal training in therapy. But she exuded an astounding charisma, and developed ardent followers.
Initially, students and faculty from St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, were drawn to her, and gradually the word spread that this woman had enormous power to listen, and to heal. Carpenters, poets, teachers, lost souls - they all found a home in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood. And according to one of her followers at the time, Lea ''was a gifted healer, a real estate entrepreneur - and, as it turned out, a woman stalked by madness.''
When the real estate market turned sour in the late 1970s, the financial structure began to crumble. At the same time, Hindley - Smith's health started to fail, and by the early 1980s the movement had collapsed.
Here, Grant Goodbrand reveals the behind - the - scenes story of Therafields.

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10. Gone Boy A Father's Search for the Truth in His Son's Murder (Large Print 16pt) - Gregory Gibson

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On December 14, 1992, Gregory Gibson's eighteen - year - old son Galen was murdered, shot in the doorway of his college library by a fellow student gone berserk. The killer was jailed for life, but for Gibson the tragedy was still unfolding. The morning of the shooting, he learned, college officials had intercepted but not stopped a box of ammunition addressed to the murderer. They were also anonymously warned of the intended killing but failed to call the police. After years of frustrated attempts to find peace, Gibson woke one morning to a terrible vision of his own rage and helplessness. He knew he had to do something before he destroyed himself, and he resolved to discover and document the forces that led to Galen's death. Gone Boy follows Gibson as he visits the gun seller, as well as detectives, lawyers, psychiatrists, politicians, and college bureaucrats - a cast of characters as vivid as those in a Raymond Chandler mystery. Hailed by the New York Times and others for its evocative style and courage in confronting guns, violence, and manhood in America today, this wrenching memoir speaks in the voice of a man struggling to turn grief and rage into acceptance and understanding.

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11. Memories of a Fox (Large Print 16pt) - Harry Gallagher

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Harry Gallagher's memoir is both a story of achievement and a unique love story. As a child of the Depression in Sydney's inner west Harry and his best friend Gloria made a playground of the local tip. The resourcefulness he learnt in these early years stood him in good stead as he took on the world, launching the careers of Jon Henricks, Dawn Fraser and many other swimming legends, and bringing Australia an avalanche of Olympic Gold.
'This is a story to inspire. It creeps into your bones, makes you want to achieve.' - Dawn Fraser

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12. Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell ? He Escaped Over 200 Times from a Notorious German Prison Camp to See the Girl He Loved. This Is the Incredible Stor - Horace Jim Greasley

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Horace 'Jim' Greasley was twenty years of age in the spring of 1939 when Adolf Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and latterly Poland. There had been whispers and murmurs of discontent from certain quarters and the British government began to prepare for the inevitable war. After seven weeks training with the 2nd/5th Battalion Leicester, he found himself facing the might of the German army in a muddy field south of Cherbourg, in Northern France, with just thirty rounds of ammunition in his weapon pouch. Horace's war didn't last long. He was taken prisoner on 25th May 1940 and forced to endure a ten week march across France and Belgium en - route to Holland. Horace survived...barely...food was scarce; he took nourishment from dandelion leaves, small insects and occasionally a secret food package from a sympathetic villager, and drank rain water from ditches. Many of his fellow comrades were not so fortunate. Falling by the side of the road through sheer exhaustion and malnourishment meant a bullet through the back of the head and the corpse left to rot. After a three day train journey without food and water, Horace found himself incarcerated in a prison camp in Poland. It was there he embarked on an incredible love affair with a German girl interpreting for his captors. He experienced the sweet taste of freedom each time he escaped to see her, yet incredibly he made his way back into the camp each time, sometimes two, three times every week. Horace broke out of the camp then crept back in again under the cover of darkness after his natural urges were fulfilled. He brought food back to his fellow prisoners to supplement their meagre rations. He broke out of the camp over two hundred times and towards the end of the war even managed to bring radio parts back in. The BBC news would be delivered daily to over 3,000 prisoners. This is an incredible tale of one man's adversity and defiance of the German nation.

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13. An American Demon A Memoir (Large Print 16pt) - Jack Grisham

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An American Demon is Jack Grisham's story of depravity and redemption, terror and spiritual deliverance. While Grisham is best known as the raucous and provocative front man of the pioneer hardcore punk band TSOL (True Sounds of Liberty), his writing and true life experiences are physically and psychologically more complex, unsettling, and violent than those of Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk.
Eloquently disregarding the prefabricated formulas of the drunk - to - sober, bad - to - good tale, this is an entirely new kind of life lesson: summoned through both God and demons, while settling within eighties hardcore punk culture and its radical - to - the - core (and most assuredly non - evangelical) parables, Grisham leads us, cleverly, gorgeously, between temporal violence and bigger - picture spirituality toward something very much like a path to salvation and enlightenment. An American Demon flourishes on both extremes, as a scary hardcore punk memoir and as a valuable message to souls navigating through an overly materialistic and woefully self - absorbed ''me first'' modern society.
An American Demon conveys anger and truth within the perfect setting, using a youth rebellion that changed the world to open doors for this level of brash destruction. Told from the point of view of a seminal member of the American Punk movement - doused in violence, rebellion, alcoholism, drug abuse, and ending with beautiful lessons of sobriety and absolution - this book is as harrowing and life - affirming as anything you're ever going to read.

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14. Mighty Be Our Powers How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War (Large Print 16pt) - Leymah Gbowee

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WINNER - OF - THE - 2011 NOBEL - PEACE - PRIZE a time of death and terror, Leymah Gbowee brought Liberia's women together - and together they led a nation to peace.
As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country - and shattered Gbowee's girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts - and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia's ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace - in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.

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15. Gaz The Autobiography of a League Legend (Large Print 16pt) - Mark Gaznier, Andrew Webster

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This is the story of a football champion who crammed more highs and lows into an 11 - year career than just about any player of his generation. Mark Gasnier sits in the corner of the dressing - room at the Sydney Football Stadium, looks at his Dragons teammates and shakes his head. Another lost finals match. Another premature exit. Another opportunity gone. They've been in this dark place before, but his time it is different. Gasnier knows its terminal. A contract dispute that has been torturing him for two years, having gouged away half his earnings, cannot be reconciled. The next morning, he boards a plane for France and is certain he will never play rugby league again.
This is the story of a football champion who crammed more highs and lows into an 11 - year career than just about any player of his generation. Carrying the surname of his uncle and Immortal Reg, he had blinding pace, a shimmy, a step and an innate sense of timing. Whether it was for St George Illawarra, NSW or Australia, he could seemingly sniff out a try at will. As former NSW coach Phil Gould once remarked: ''Mark Gasnier, the best centre I have seen.''
Yet for a game that came to him so naturally, Gasnier's career was never so straightforward. His famous bloodlines and the notorious hoodoo that had seen the Dragons fail to win a premiership in three decades meant the weight of expectation never went away. A drunken phone call during a NSW bonding session that led to his sacking on the eve of his Origin debut, the curse of injury and the ultimate decision to walk away from the game and play rugby union for Paris glamour club Stade Francais only add to his complex journey.
Those obstacles only made the finish - when he returned to the NRL to win the grand final with St George Illawarra - sweeter ... before he shocked everyone again with the early announcement of his retirement. Throughout his career, Gasnier was guarded with the media. For the first time, he candidly tells his story.

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16. Fergie Rises How Britain's Greatest Football Manager Was Made (Large Print 16pt) - Michael Grant

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When Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2013 season, he was the most successful football manager Britain had ever seen, having won twice as many trophies as his nearest rival. But that success had not come easily. Thirty - five years previously he had arrived at the rain - swept training ground at Aberdeen F.C. as the recently sacked manager of St Mirren; a hothead with a troublesome reputation and a lot to prove. Not for nothing, many thought he was a risky choice. Fergie Rises returns to a time when Ferguson was lucky to get Aberdeen, not the other way around. It's the story of an eight - year revolution that saw the Dons and their ambitious young manager knock the Old Firm off their perch, taste victory in Europe for the first time, and electrify Scottish football. When Ferguson finally left the club for Manchester United, in 1986, fans and rivals were unanimous in believing he had engineered one of the most astonishing upheavals in the game's history. Taking a view from inside the dug - out, and with the guidance of the giants of that Aberdeen team - including Willie Miller, Jim Leighton and Gordon Strachan - Michael Grant lays bare the full story of this remarkable but little known period of Ferguson's career, revealing it as the crucible in which Britain's greatest football manager was forged. Along the way he examines the personal tragedies Ferguson overcame - the deaths of his father and his mentor Jock Stein - and the rivalries, setbacks and triumphs that shaped a sporting genius.

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17. Wheel of Things - Mollie Gillian, Mollie Gillen

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18. How I Made My First Million 26 Self-Made Millionaires Reveal the Secrets to Their Success: 26 Self-Made Millionaires Reveal the Secrets to Their S - Nick Gardner

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Learn how the founders of enormously profitable enterprises like Just Cuts, Aussie Home Loans, Model Co, Elite Introductions, Fat Prophets, Eco Store and fastflowers.com, took a great idea and turned it into a highly lucrative business. Discover what drove them forward, the risks they took, and how they've managed to keep their businesses going through the inevitable ups and downs. More than just a collection of truly inspirational stories, the wisdom and experience they share here might just be the catalyst you need to turn a great idea into your own million dollar enterprise! Some of Australia's richest men and women reveal in fascinating detail how they made their first million dollars and offer their 'Golden Rules' on how anyone can increase their wealth. Some are well-known high flyers, others fly mostly under the radar, but what they all share is entrepreneurial vision and financial success.

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19. Three Journeys to Patagonia - Nick Green

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Three Journeys to Patagonia asks why so many travellers have experienced the same overwhelming emotions and been mesmerised by Patagonia's enduring sense of isolation, the notion of space and the rugged beauty of a landscape uncorrupted by man. Stories and historical accounts are pulled from different sources and presented to the reader as evidence that serves to prove the self-perpetuating nature of the enduring Patagonian mystique; from Bruce Chatwin's Mylodon skin to Butch Cassidy's log cabin. The author's candid and sometimes hilarious diaries from 1991, 1998 and 2009 reveal a changing Patagonian and South American scene through the eyes of a boy becoming a man. Nick Green is the author of Boathouse to Botswana, Yellow Dress and Warriors. www.blackcrakebooks.com www.readmelikeabook.com

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20. A Life in Time and Space The Biography of David Tennant (Large Print 16pt) - Nigel Goodall

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he astounding life and career of David Tennant, acclaimed classical actor and television's 10th dramatic and eccentric ''''Doctor Who - - ''''now revised and updated Energetic and charismatic, David Tennant achieved international acclaim for his riveting portrayal of the 10th Time Lord in cult science - fiction television drama ''''Doctor Who ''''and has built a reputation as a respected classical actor. This biography traces the events that have shaped David's career and transformed him into both a hugely influential artist and, for a time, the coolest character on television. It provides details about his relationships with an impressive range of leading ladies - - from Sophia Myles to Kylie Minogue and most recently, Peter Davison's daughter, Georgia Moffett - - and it covers his on - and off - screen relationship with costar Billie Piper. Never before published behind - the - scenes stories and information from the sets of ''''Doctor Who,'''' ''''The Last September,'''' ''''Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,'''' and ''''The Quatermass Experiment'''' are also included, as are appendices that include a filmography of television, film, stage, radio, and audio books, plus awards and nominations and a ''''Doctor Who'''' episode guide.

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