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1. Gambatte Generations of Perseverance and Politics, a Memoir (Large Print 16pt) - David Tsubouchi

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Gambatte means do your best and never give up, and that spirit is at the heart of DavidTsubouchi s life story. This memoir of the former Ontario cabinet minister begins as his family strives for acceptance amid the imprisonment of Canadians of Japanese descent and the confiscation of their property, possessions, and businesses by the Mackenzie King Liberal government in 1941. Despite growing up on the outside looking in,Tsubouchi never felt disadvantaged because he had a good family and was taught to persevere. Gambatte outlines his unusual career path from actor to dedicated law school student/lumber yard worker to politician. Tsubouchi was the first person of Japanese descent elected in Canada as a municipal politician and, as an MPP, to serve as a cabinet minister. His story also reveals an insider s perspective of Mike Harris s Common Sense Revolution.

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2. Game, Set, Cash! (Large Print 16pt) - Brad Hutchins

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Inside the secret world of tennis court - siding. Brad Hutchins has been living a young bloke's dream: getting paid to travel the world and watch sport. Sitting court - side on the pro tennis circuit, he uses his phone to transmit results to a gambling syndicate, taking advantage of the time delay in TV broadcasts to beat other online punters to the big pay - offs. His stories from life on the road capture the adventures and mishaps that come with following the world's best tennis players and partying in a new country every week. But like card counters in casinos, court - siders are despised by the tennis establishment. The more time Brad spends at tournaments, the harder it becomes for him to evade the security guards who are hell - bent on ejecting him from matches. The resulting cat - and - mouse chases will appeal to anyone who loves the roguish spirit of The Wolf of Wall Street or Catch Me If You Can.

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3. 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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4. Garca Mrquez Second Edition (Large Print 16pt) - Gene H. Bell-Villada

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Gabriel Garca Mrquez is one of the most influential writers of our time, with a unique literary creativity rooted in the history of his native Colombia. This revised and expanded edition of a classic work is the first book of criticism to consider in detail the totality of Garca Mrquezs magnificent oeuvre. In a beautifully written examination, Gene Bell-Villada traces the major forces that have shaped the novelist and describes his life, his personality, and his politics. For this edition, Bell-Villada adds new chapters to cover all of Garca Mrquez's fiction since 1988, from The General in His Labyrinth through Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and includes sections on his memoir, Living to Tell the Tale, and his journalistic account, News of a Kidnapping. Moreover, new information about Garca Mrquez's biography and artistic development make this the most comprehensive account of his life and work available.

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5. 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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6. Gaysia Adventures in the Queer East (Large Print 16pt) - Benjamin Law

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Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognise same - sex marriage. But as the child of migrants, he's also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia. So he sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians. Law takes his investigative duties seriously, going nude where required in Balinese sex resorts, sitting backstage for hours with Thai ladyboy beauty contestants and trying Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality. The characters he meets - from Tokyo's celebrity drag queens to HIV - positive Burmese sex workers, from Malaysian ex - gay Christian fundamentalists to Chinese gays and lesbians who marry each other to please their parents - all teach him something new about being queer in Asia. At once entertaining and moving, Gaysia is a wild ride - a fascinating quest by a leading Australian writer.

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7. 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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8. Gazing at the Stars Memories of a Child Survivor (Large Print 16pt) - Eva Slonim

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In March 1939, seven - year - old Eva Weiss's innocence was shattered by Germany's invasion of her homeland, Slovakia. Over the next five years, as the Nazi persecution of Europe's Jews gathered momentum, Eva's parents were forced to send their children into hiding, but she and her sister Marta could not avoid capture. In this remarkable memoir, Eva recounts her experiences at the Auschwitz - Birkenau concentration camp. There, she witnessed countless horrors and was herself subjected to torture, extreme deprivation, and medical experimentation at the hands of the notorious Dr Josef Mengele. When the Soviet army liberated the survivors of Auschwitz early in 1945, Eva and Marta faced a new challenge: crossing war - torn Europe to be reunited with their family. Narrated with the heartbreaking innocence of a young girl and the wisdom of a woman of eighty - three, Gazing at the Stars is a record of survival in the face of unimaginable evil. It is the culmination of Eva Slonim's lifelong commitment to educating the world about the Holocaust, and to keeping alive the memory of the many who perished.

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9. Get Dutch! A Biography of Elmore Leonard (Large Print 16pt) - Paul Challen

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The biography of the author of Get Shorty, Be Cool, and Out of Sight. ''I do it because it's fun... it's the most fun thing I can think of doing'' - Elmore Leonard on the secret of his successful writing career. For six decades now, American crime novelist Elmore ''Dutch'' Leonard has been entertaining readers around the world with his unique style, gritty dialogue, and quirky characters. Beginning as a writer of Western stories in the 1950s and moving into the crime genre in the 1960s, Leonard has published 36 novels, and many of these - including the recent hits Out of Sight, Get Shorty, and Jackie Brown - have also been made into hit movies. Through it all, Leonard has won legions of crime fiction fans who can't get enough of his dialogue - driven narratives and intricate plots. Get Dutch! A Biography of Elmore Leonard is the first full - length biography of Leonard in over a decade. Author Paul Challen has mined a number of key sources in the search to uncover the story of this remarkable writer, including in - depth interviews with Leonard himself, his personal research assistant, the screenwriter responsible for bringing Out of Sight and Get Shorty to the big screen, academics who have studied Leonard and his place in the literary world, and with crime fiction experts who have analyzed the impact of Leonard's novels on the reading public. Get Dutch! presents the life of Leonard from the perspective of a long - time fan, and gives the reader an up - to - date look at how this genre - defying author went from advertising copywriter to best - selling novelist over the course of his long career.

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10. Get Me the Urgent Biscuits - Sweetpea Slight

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At eighteen, after moving to London with dreams of becoming an actress, an impressionable girl who paints freckles on her face begins work experience in a West End theatre company. In between mail-outs and making cups of coffee she meets the formidable producer Thelma Holt. Within a fortnight Thelma has stolen her and renamed her. From that moment she becomes Sweetpea. Existing somewhere between glamour and penury, Sweetpea finds herself surrounded by dynamic personalities and struggling to trust her own creative instincts. Over the years her apprenticeship takes in unusual demands, misbehaving actors, divinely inspired directors and a hot-air balloon ride with British theatre's finest.

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11. Get Up Mum (16pt Large Print Edition) - Justin Heazlewood

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It's 1992 in Burnie, Tasmania and 12-year-old Justin lives alone with his mum. When she is well, Mum is perfect. She knows he likes his carrots raw and his toast cooled, and she knows how to sooth his growing pains. But when she is sick she cries uncontrollably and never gets out of bed. High school is on the horizon and Justin is bursting with adolescent energy. But his mum's mental illness hangs over him like a shadow and he feels the need to grow up fast. Told with youthful exuberance, Get Up Mum is a wildly endearing, entertaining and incredibly powerful memoir about love, family, and coming-of-age.

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12. Get Well soon - Nick Duerden

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This fascinating memoir is about Nick Duerden’s long period of ill health, and how he was forced to plunge into the often bewildering ­ but increasingly blossoming ­ world of alternative therapy in pursuit of a cure. He learned yoga, how to meditate, to breathe properly, to face his fears and manage the new anxieties those very fears had done so well to engender. Over the course of three years, Nick's lifelong cynicism is gradually replaced by an open eagerness to try anything, if not quite everything and in doing so, he starts on the pathway back to health.

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13. Ginger Nuts The Unauthorised Biography of Chris Evans (Large Print 16pt) - Howard Johnson

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The Unauthorised Biography of Chris Evans.

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14. God Save the Kinks A Biography (Large Print 16pt) - Rob Jovanovic

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In August 1964 The Kinks released their third single. After a little noticed debut and a follow - up that had failed to chart at all, Pye Records were threatening to annul the group's contract. But with its unforgettable distorted guitar riff, 'You Really Got Me' went on to reach No.1, entering the US Top Ten later the same year. Followed by a string of hits, it marked the breakthrough of one of Britain's most innovative and influential bands, and a turning point in the fortunes of two brothers whose troubled story is as tumultuous and characterful as the music they produced: Ray and Dave Davies. Born into a deeply musical working - class family in London's Muswell Hill, Ray and Dave grew up in a city recovering from the bombs and privations of the Second World War. More than any other musicians of the Sixties, they crafted the soundtrack that made it swing again. In songs such as 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion', 'Sunny Afternoon' - which toppled The Beatles to become the hit of Summer 1966 - 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Days' and 'Lola', they drew on music hall, folk and rhythm and blues to craft a peculiarly English pop idiom, inspiring generations of songwriters from David Bowie to Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn. Pocked by sibling rivalry, furious on - stage violence, walkouts, overdoses, a career - throttling ban from the US, gross self - indulgence, and the band's curious rebirth as eighties stadium rockers, the story laid bare in God Save The Kinks is one of the greatest in British pop history.

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15. Going Commando (Large Print 16pt) - Mark Time

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At 16, Mark Time wants to become either a geologist or a Royal Marines Commando. So which does he choose? Despite his love of basalt, he chooses the career that teaches him how to kill...and shĂ¢â‚¬Â¢t in plastic bags. Knowing his weak body will have to shape up to complete thirty weeks of commando training, Mark prepares for the Royal Marines by sleeping in his shed wearing only plastic bags. He braves pain by ordering his mate to attack him while trapped in a sleeping bag. He starves himself in a stupid urban survival exercise, turning down the offer of crispy pancakes from his bewildered mother. He is ready. Some might say for the nut house...Often hilarious and yet shockingly sobering, this is the true story of a boy who joins one of the world's most elite military units with only naivety and incompetence equalling his will to succeed.

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16. 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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17. Gone to Hell True Crimes of America's Clergy (Large Print 16pt) - Randall Radic

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Theft, extortion, embezzlement, mafia ties, drunk driving and even murder - these are the true stories of priests gone bad.
It's a dark and windy Easter in Toledo, Ohio when Sister Margaret is found murdered in the chapel, the victim of a Satanic ritual. Twenty years later her murderer is revealed to be the parish priest Father Gerald. Monsignor Skehan and Father Guinan embezzled 8.1 million dollars from their affluent Palm Beach, Florida, church, Guinan fleeing to Ireland and leaving Skehan to face the music. Father Fink of Texas crashed his car into a restaurant while driving drunk, injuring ten people. The civil lawsuits that ensued featured innovative - and shady - defense tactics.
Radic dramatically retells these stories and many others, drawing on his personal trials as a pastor convicted of embezzlement, forgery, and fraud.

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18. Good Days, Bad Days - M Winship

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From growing up in the 1950s, to nights down the Bigg Market in Newcastle in the 60s, Brenda recalls her happy years as a publican and dog lover and then her later life coping with the onset of MS and its many challenges.

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19. Good Girls Do Sex Chronicles of a Shameless Generation (Large Print 16pt) - Simona Chiose

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A personal meditation on the wild world that is sexuality now. '''I want you to tell me why you wrote this story,' my mother said. I had once again written an article about sex. 'I made it all up, none of it is true,' I said. Her voice over the phone line, sounding tense, confrontational - and worried - had made me feel instantly ashamed.''So begins Good Girls Do, a personal meditation on the wild world that is sexuality now. From transgendered women living as men, S/M dominatrixes, bathhouses, and the explosion of amateur pornography, Simona Chiose investigates a world in which old notions of morality have become irrelevant and we are making up our own rules. No more sneaking around with the Playboy or the Penthouse, the Ana s Nin, the pictures of Betty Page. Sex is for sale everywhere, openly, profitably. It's a wonder our mothers can still shame us. Funny, honest and fearless, Good Girls Do blends observations on our sex - saturated culture with personal experiences and profiles of the pioneers who are dragging us - some kicking and screaming - into this brave new world. A whiff of sex that will make both the shameless and the modest sit up, Good Girls Do documents a future where everyone is a sexual outlaw and everyone is in love.

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20. Good Morning, Mr Mandela - Zelda la Grange

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Good Morning, Mr Mandela is the journey of an awkward young typist later chosen to become the President’s most loyal servant, spending most of her adult life travelling with and caring for the man she would come to call ‘Khulu,’ or ‘grandfather.’

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