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1. 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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2. James Arness: An Autobiography - James Arness

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Offers an account of one of the icons of 20th-century TV. This title includes many personal revelations of interacting with some of the "Gunsmoke" family ensemble, such as Miss Kitty, Doc and Festus. It covers the author's own work as a producer.

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3. Jane and Dorothy - Marian Veevers

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Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth were born in the 1770s, in a world torn between heady revolutionary ideas and fierce conservatism. Both were influenced by the Romantic ideals of Dorothy's brother, William Wordsworth, and his friends. Jane and Dorothy compares their upbringing and education, home lives and loves and, above all, their emotional and creative worlds. Original insights include a new discovery of serious depression suffered by Dorothy Wordsworth, a new and crucial discovery about Dorothy and William's relationship, and a critical look at the myths surrounding the man who stole Jane's heart.

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4. Jessie Mei Mei A Girl from a World Where No Games Are Played: A Girl from a World Where No Games Are Played (Large Print 16pt) - Stuart Neal and Sharon Guest

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The Chinese call it 'the red threads of destiny'...when a child is born, invisible red threads spring from the infant's body and connect it to those who will be important in that child's life. Jia-Mei was the child Sharon Guest and Stuart Neal had always wanted and, following a protracted adoption process, they excitedly travelled to China to collect her from a Chinese orphanage. Friends and family affectionately called her Jessie Mei Mei and welcomed her to a new life in Australia. Jessie was the perfect eighteen-month-old child - gregarious and funny and easy to love. But, from the beginning, Sharon, in that way that parents do, suspected something wasn't quite right about Jessie. She was too serious and immobile and learned quite slowly. When they adopt Bi Bi, another Chinese baby, Jessie's behaviour worries them so much that they seek medical help only to hear what no parent is ever prepared to hear - their beautiful daughter has a degenerative condition that means she will be lucky to see her twelfth birthday. What happens next is the all too common and shocking story of how a country as rich as ours shamefully fails to provide assistance to families in need. The bureaucratic silliness of government departments and their systemic inadequacy in supporting high needs children and adults leads to extreme actions on the part of their exhausted families. Jessie Mei Mei will break your heart with its frank, honest and surprisingly funny account of how one family managed. But in the end it is a story about kindness and the power of love to overcome all.

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5. Jesus Is No Joke A True Story Of An Unlikely Witness Who Saw Jesus - Heidi Hollis

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Once a skeptic of "Holy Encounters," Heidi Hollis shares her true story of four unexpected journeys with Jesus, which led her deep into the reality of His Presence among us today. Hollis shares how Jesus and His angels revealed glimpses of Heaven and Hell, even healing her physically of an incurable disease, leaving her with the utmost passion to share His inspiration with the world!

As humanly as possible and lacking a religious tongue, Hollis pours out her raw emotions with all of the errors, yet new understandings, which came with meeting someone she highly misunderstood when she heard claims of Jesus appearing to people around the world today.

Hollis once thought that Jesus had traversed these lands long ago, never to be seen or heard from again-now, in admitting her error, she encourages others to hold their "J" for Jesus up in the air for all to see: Jesus Is No Joke!

"A raw outpouring of pure emotion from someone who is hardly a member of the clergy. She explains what she saw and pours out real, true emotion - with little political motivation that one so often hears from the ordained clergy. An inspiring and encouraging tale for spiritual people, "Jesus is No Joke: A True Story of an Unlikely Witness Who Saw Jesus" is a must for community library spirituality and Christian studies collections." James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief ~Midwest Book Review

"Heidi's writing style simply drew me in-it's natural, refreshingly "real," and enthusiastic. Best of all, she has something to say. Her encounters with Jesus were riveting and inspiring and they conveyed, above all, the feeling of Jesus' reality. Heidi writes from her heart, her soul, and after reading this book, I felt that I knew her, appreciated her, and admired her courage. A must-read for those who seek the Light." Robert Becker/Editor, Pure Inspiration Magazine

About the Author: Heidi Hollis has been heard by millions as an internationally known speaker on intriguing phenomena, from angels to aliens. She is also the author of Picture Prayers, The Secret War and is an occupational therapist, advice columnist and radio talk show host.

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6. Joey Smallwood Schemer and Dreamer (Large Print 16pt) - Ray Argyle

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Born in Gambo, Newfoundland, Joseph (''Joey'') Smallwood (1900 - 1991) spent his life championing the worth and potential of his native province. Although he was a successful journalist and radio personality, Smallwood is best known for his role in bringing Newfoundland into Confederation with Canada in 1949, believing that such an action would secure an average standard of living for Newfoundlanders. He was rightfully dubbed the ''only living Father of Confederation'' in his lifetime and was premier of the province for twenty - three years. During much of the last part of the twentieth century, Smallwood remained a prominent player in the story of Newfoundland and Labrador's growth as a province. Later in life he put himself in debt in order to complete his Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, the only project of its kind in Canada up to that point. InJoey Smallwood: Schemer and Dreamer, Ray Argyle reexamines the life of this incredible figure in light of Newfoundland's progress in recent years, and measures his vision against its new position as a province of prosperity rather than poverty.

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7. Joe's Toronto Portraiture (Large Print 16pt) - Mendelson Joe

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Mendelson Joe was born in Toronto at the Western Hospital less than a year before Canada joined the Allies in ending World War II. Although Joe grew up in Maple, a feedmill town twenty miles north of Toronto, the city of Toronto was always his home - even during his itinerant years in London and Los Angeles as an electric troubadour. When Joe fell into painting and loved it like music, it was inevitable that he would document his friends, colleagues, neighbours, and others. For years, he painted portraits of Torontonians known and unknown, including: Robert Fulford, Robert Priest, Irshad Manji, Margaret Atwood, Bernie Finkelstein, Stan the Fan, and Babydoll Grandma. Over thirty years later, his portraits of Torontonians amount to a significant body of work, and here, in Joe's Toronto, he exhibits fifty portraits from the experience. It tells both his story and the story of those he portrayed. Along with faithful reproductions of the original paintings, Joe has added his own brand of particular comments about the subjects and the sessions.

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8. John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me - Tony Barrow

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This is not merely a biography of The Beatles but a unique memoir by a Liverpool - born author who knew John, Paul, George and Ringo as friends throughout the height of their fame. As The Beatles' Press Officer, he worked within the group's closest circle for six breakneck years during the Beatlemania era of the Sixties. Few were closer to The Beatles than Tony Barrow, and in this highly acclaimed book, he holds a mirror up to the Fab Four and offers his own insider's perspective on that four - way dynamic that spawned the greatest pop group the world has ever seen.

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9. Johnny Lewis The: The Story of Australia's King of Boxing: The Story of Australia's King of Boxing (Large Print 16pt) - Paul Kent

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It was the night Jeff Harding came back to the corner at the end of the eleventh, behind on all three judges' cards and bleeding around both eyes, his nose long broken. As Lewis cleaned the cuts he quickly poured everything that was important into his ear. Then he picked him up from his stool with one last instruction: 'Go out and come back champion of the world ...' Over the past thirty years Johnny Lewis has trained six world champions, among them some of the greatest names in the sport; Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu and, yes, Jeff Harding. Yet he is known for much more than that. For a wisdom that stems from his childhood growing up in Erskineville, where he mixed with hustlers and hard men and, in his words, never met a bad bloke. Now, in his authorised biography, we learn why Johnny Lewis is not only Australia's greatest ever fight trainer, but why he is a winner, and why those around him are winners. Why his lessons of the gym hold true outside the ring.

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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. Jose Mourino Simply The Best: (Large Print 16pt) - Harry Harris

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In 2004, Chelsea's billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich, needed the best manager money could buy, a proven champion, to capture the trophies his outlay on the team demanded. His choice was, of course, the irrepressible Jose Mourinho. Bringing his monumental self - belief and proven track record - not to mention a touch of elan - to the Premiership, Mourinho smashed the stranglehold that Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger held over English football's top prizes. Uniting Abramovich's impressive transfer outlay with his meticulous preparation and motivational skills, Mourinho elevated Chelsea to heights their fans had previously only dreamt of, winning the Premiership and Carling Cup double. Having delivered Chelsea's first top - flight domestic title in 50 years, Mourinho was never likely to rest on his laurels. His recruitment of the finest players in world football continued over the following two seasons, with the likes of Ashley Cole and Michael Essien bolstering the ranks, and inevitable success came in the shape of back - to - back championships in the second season, and a potential cup double in his third. It hasn't all been smooth sailing for The Blues' self - appointed 'Special One'. Critics have cited Mourinho's clear advantages in the transfer market, but it is his phenomenal manmanagement skills that have turned Chelsea from also - rans into the team everyone wants to beat. The unconditional loyalty of his players - most notably John Terry and Frank Lampard - is proof of the Mourinho effect. His unabashed confidence and will to win has seen him clash with rival managers, referees and other players alike; and his position as manager has not always seemed secure. But one thing is sure of Jose Mourinho; confident, eloquent, dapper in his attire and debonair to the core, English football would be a far less interesting sport without him. ''Jose Mourinho - Simply the Best'' is a celebration of his three years with The Blues.

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12. Julie Christie The Biography (Large Print 16pt) - Stafford Hildred, Tim Ewbank

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This insightful biography by experienced show - business biographers Tim Ewbank and Stafford Hildred charts the remarkable life of the tea - planter's daughter, born in India, who blossomed from troubled Sussex schoolgirl into the striking young woman who sashayed to stardom down a Bradford street in the film Billy Liar. Julie became the Face of 1965, won an Oscar for her role in ''Darling'', was courted by London and Hollywood's most eligible men, including Warren Beatty, and glowed with beauty in ''Dr Zhivago''. Off and on screen, her life has been fascinating, and only a woman with her spirit would have turned her back on Hollywood at the height of her fame to embrace a simpler life in Wales. In recent years, she has only rarely been tempted back into the limelight, but her most recent appearance, in ''Away from Her'', has led to another Oscar nomination and a renewal of interest in one of Britain's most successful, yet private, actresses.

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13. Jumbo The Greatest Elephant in the World (Large Print 16pt) - Paul Chambers

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A magical blend of true story and popular science, ''Jumbo'' is the wonderful, colourful biography of the greatest elephant ever known. Born in Africa in 1863, Jumbo was orphaned by ivory - hunters, 'rescued' and taken to France. Mistaken for a runt, he was sold to London Zoo, where he became the favourite of the British populace, from Queen Victoria to the young Winston Churchill - until, talent - spotted by the American circus - owner P.T. Barnum, and despite public outcry and Royal protestations, he was taken across the Atlantic to New York. There, having once more conquered public hearts and now a beast of giant proportions, he 'befriended' a smaller elephant, Tom Thumb - in saving whose life he was to meet a tragic end.This book not only unravels the story, but also looks at Jumbo from a zoologist's point of view. Why was he thought to be a runt? What helped or hindered him in adapting to unfamiliar surroundings from one hemisphere to the other? How was he likely to have reacted to the overwhelming public attention - and to isolation from his natural habitat? The author draws illuminatingly on modern knowledge of elephant behaviour and biology to shed light on the mysteries surrounding Jumbo's life.

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14. Jump, Damn it, Jump!: Memoir of a Downed B-17 Pilot in World War - Edward F. Logan

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Lt Edward Logan and members of his unit were assigned to use American air power to destroy the German military's manufacturing and petroleum complexes as well as its intricate transportation system. This memoir offers an account of Logan's experiences throughout his Army Air Corps career.

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15. Just Keep Breathing. at 44, He Died. She Didn't. - Joan Scott Curtis

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My husband has AIDS. I miraculously don't. How am I going to survive? ...I try to keep from screaming, "Dennis, you can't do this to me now. I left my family, my friends, my job, pulled the kids away from their school and friends-you can't quit on us. You can't." Through clenched teeth, he controls his response, "Scott, I'm tired. I'm dying." Dennis is walking away and does not sound tired; he sounds angry. "Have you not heard anything I've told you for the last twenty-three years? I love you; you are my life. Don't you dare think I'm not dying here, too. You may be the one who gets buried, but I'm the one who has to figure out how to keep living. I'm dying, Dennis; I'm dying with you." We stand there, energy spent, emotionally depleted, tears falling. I take him in my arms, and we hold on to each other as if we draw life's breath from the other-because we do. He sits on the sofa, and I go find the Dallas phone book so I can call Restland, the place where we will bury his body. When Joan Scott Curtis was 43 years old, she found out her husband was dying of AIDS. He had been infected for thirteen years. She tested negative. None of this was possible. It was the mid 1990s. All the prejudices about AIDS are not supposed to exist anymore, but they do. Just Keep Breathing is the remarkable story about finding courage in small victories, on taking solace in helping others, and knowing that even though the major battle will be lost, the ability to live on with grace and dignity is what defines the war. "An extraordinary journey told in a spiritually insightful way that will grip your heart and your emotions and cause you to take a step back and be grateful-that in some way, you...will know yourself a little better. Patti Machin Garrett, City Commissioner, Decatur, Georgia

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16. Josephine Tey: A Life - Jennifer Morag Henderson

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Josephine Tey was the pen-name of Elizabeth MacKintosh (1896-1952). Born in Inverness, MacKintosh lived several 'lives.' Best known as Golden Age Crime Fiction writer 'Josephine Tey,' she was also a successful novelist and playwright under the pen name, 'Gordon Daviot.'At one point, she had plays on simultaneously in the West End in London, Broadway and even wrote for Hollywood - all from her home in the north of Scotland. Discover the extraordinary life of Josephine Tey.

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17. Joanna Lumley The Biography (Large Print 16pt) - Tim Ewbank

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This affectionate and immensely readable biography charts the remarkable life of Joanna Lumley, who has been an endlessly fascinating figure for over four decades, since becoming a top model in ''The Swinging Sixties''. Today, she is best known for her role as Patsy in ''Absolutely Fabulous'' and, most recently, her championing of the Gurkhas' cause, for which she is now regarded as a national treasure. An exotic cocktail of Home Counties and Hollywood, Joanna is revered as much for her tireless campaigning for animal rights and other causes, as for her repertory of characters on stage, screen and TV. Tim Ewbank and Stafford Hildred draw on their interviews with Joanna herself, her relatives, friends and co - stars to produce this meticulously researched and revealing portrait of one of Britain's most likeable star.

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