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1. The Perfect Stranger (Large Print Edition) - P. J. Kavanagh

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The early years of poet P.J. Kavanagh’s life – which took him from a Butlin’s Holiday Camp to Switzerland and Paris, to a battlefield in Korea, to Oxford and Barcelona, and finally to Java – made little sense to him, until ‘something extraordinary happened’: his meeting with Sally, ‘the perfect stranger’.

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2. The Perfect Stranger - P. J. Kavanagh

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The early years of poet P.J. Kavanagh’s life – which took him from a Butlin’s Holiday Camp to Switzerland and Paris, to a battlefield in Korea, to Oxford and Barcelona, and finally to Java – made little sense to him, until ‘something extraordinary happened’: his meeting with Sally, ‘the perfect stranger’.

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3. Paper Cranes A Mothers Story of Hope, Courage and Determination (Large Print 16pt) - Cheryl Koenig

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Paper Cranes: A mother's story of hope, courage and determination by Cheryl Koenig Cherly Koenig was awarded NSW Woman of the Year in 2009. Read about her amazing journey in Paper Cranes. At the age of twelve Cheryl Koenigs son Jonathan was involved in a horrific car accident. He was given very little chance of survival, and when he did miraculously pull through, doctors predicted that he would most likely never walk, talk or even eat again. Cheryl refused to accept this prognosis and set out on a relentless quest to save her son. Her fervent hope that he would one day be well again was poignantly expressed by his many school friends who filled their school prayer room with hundreds of handmade paper cranes, symbols of hope and healing. Drawing on Cheryls diary from the time, Paper Cranes tells the story of Jonathans extraordinary courage and the Koenig familys unceasing drive to help him defy the ominous predictions. Set against the backdrop of Cheryls heartfelt grief, denial and anger, the book outlines their desperate search for knowledge in the area of recovery from traumatic brain injury. At the same time she and her husband were forced to deal with the trials and tribulations of the legal system, in their search for justice for their son. Now, ten years since his horrific accident, Jonathan can walk well, has just begun to run and is learning to drive. He can now snow ski, swim laps and play tennis and astounds many with his piano playing skills. All this as well as working five days a week in three part-time jobs! This inspirational and uplifting story demonstrates that with the right attitude it is possible to determine your own destiny regardless of what life throws in your path.

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4. Wrestling Reality The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon, Wrestling's Gay Superstar (Large Print 16pt) - Chris Kanyon, Ryan Clark

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A rare glimpse not only into the life of a professional wrestler, but the life of a gay man in a straight world, this tragic memoir is told in Chris Kanyon's own words, with the help of journalist Ryan Clark. One of the most popular wrestlers of the late 1990s, Kanyon kept his personal life private from his fans until finally revealing his biggest secret in 2004: he was gay. Going through the various roles that Kanyon played, both in the ring and out of it, as well as his battle with manic depression, this book explores the factors that led to his suicide in 2010. In his voice and the way he wanted it told, these are Kanyon's last words about his experience rising through the ranks to the top of the professional wrestling world while keeping his sexuality hidden.

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5. At the End of Darwin Road A Memoir (Large Print 16pt) - Fiona Kidman

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An evocative memoir about the emergence of a pre - eminent writer in a changing world. 'What I have to tell is largely a personal narrative about how I came to inhabit a fictional world' This absorbing memoir explores the first half of writer Fiona Kidman's life, notably in Kerikeri amid the 'sharp citric scent of orange groves, bright heat and ... the shadow of Asia' - at the end of Darwin Road. From the distance of France, where Kidman spent time as the Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, she reconsiders the past, weaving personal reflection and experience with the history of the places where she lived, particularly the fascinating northern settlements of Kerikeri and Waipu, and further south the cities of Rotorua and Wellington. Her story crosses paths with those of numerous different New Zealanders, from the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana, to descendants of the migration from Scotland led by a charismatic Presbyterian minister, to other writers and significant friends. We learn of Kidman's struggles to establish herself as a writer and to become part of different communities, and how each worked their way into her fiction. At the End of Darwin Road is a vivid memoir of place and family, and of becoming a writer: 'I was certain that ... I would continue to write, if possible, every day of my life.'

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6. The Three Count My Life in Stripes as a Wwe Referee (Large Print 16pt) - Jimmy Korderas

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The Three Count highlights the triumphs and tragedies Jimmy Korderas experienced over his storied career as a WWE ref, from humble beginnings with Jack Tunney in Toronto to being a part of the main event at WrestleMania. For the first time, Korderas talks about the harrowing experience of being in the ring during Owen Hart s accident and about the horrific effects of the Chris Benoit tragedy the most difficult moments of his life in wrestling. The book also includes untold stories from inside and outside the ring, highlighting the bonds Korderas formed with WWE superstars like Eddie Guerrero, Edge, John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Christian, and Chris Jericho.A fun read from a man who doesn t have an axe to grind, but who wants to inspire wrestling fans and prove that dreams do come true, The Three Count shows that there s much more to the entertainment industry than scandals and dirty laundry.

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7. Wasps in the Bedroom, Butter in the Well: Growing Up in the Grea - June Pair Kilpatrick

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8. The Gift of an Ordinary Day A Mother's Memoir - Katrina Kenison

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Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time. His normal life of school, baseball, and video games had previously been distinguished only by his Pakistani heritage and by the frequent chill between his parents, who fight over things he is too young to understand. Then Mina arrives, and everything changes.

Mina is Hayat's mother's oldest friend from Pakistan. She is independent, beautiful and intelligent, and arrives on the Shah's doorstep when her disastrous marriage in Pakistan disintegrates. Even Hayat's skeptical father can't deny the liveliness and happiness that accompanies Mina into their home. Her deep spirituality brings the family's Muslim faith to life in a way that resonates with Hayat as nothing has before. Studying the Quran by Mina's side and basking in the glow of her attention, he feels an entirely new purpose mingled with a growing infatuation for his teacher.

When Mina meets and begins dating a man, Hayat is confused by his feelings of betrayal. His growing passions, both spiritual and romantic, force him to question all that he has come to believe is true. Just as Mina finds happiness, Hayat is compelled to act -- with devastating consequences for all those he loves most.

American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. Ayad Akhtar was raised in the Midwest himself, and through Hayat Shah he shows readers vividly the powerful forces at work on young men and women growing up Muslim in America. This is an intimate, personal first novel that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

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9. The Patient One Mans Journey Through the Australian Health-Care System (Large Print 16pt) - Mohamed Khadra

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At 47' Jonathan Brewster finally feels like he's king of the world - he has a lucrative job' a happy marriage' two children in private schools' an impressive house and a flashy car. He's also hugely in debt' but that's never really bothered him - until he wakes up at dawn bursting for the toilet' urinates blood and ends up waiting eight hours in Emergency before he sees a doctor. In the midst of his successful life' Jonathan has neglected to take care of his health' or even to conceive of the possibility of losing it. Urologist Mohamed Khadra comes into contact with this patient as he enters a maze of diagnosis and treatment for what turns out to be bladder cancer. For Dr Khadra' Jonathan goes from being just another patient - albeit a young one to be suffering from this particular disease - to something much more' as the parallels between them become apparent. Dr Khadra's life' too' seems to be following its planned trajectory until his own first - hand experience of disease teaches him that life is fleeting and unpredictable. In being confronted with their own mortality' both Jonathan and Dr Khadra develop a heightened awareness of' and gratitude for' the lives they have lived.

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10. Shooting Stars and Flying Fish Swapping the Boardroom for the Seven Seas (Large Print 16pt) - Nancy Knudsen

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An inspirational memoir about a remarkable couple who left behind the corporate rat-race to follow their dream of sailing around the world.

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11. 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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12. The Kindness Of Strangers Kitchen Memoirs (Large Print 16pt) - Shonagh Koea

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A memoir - with recipes - from a well - loved writer with a unique and quirky take on life. Looking back over her varied life in a range of roles, including daughter, wife, mother, journalist and novelist, Shonagh Koea has collected a store of vivid memories that often centre on food. In these moving vignettes, she recalls her past, giving us a privileged insight into her life and into a New Zealand that no longer exists, along with delicious recipes and a strong sense of the gentle yet significant encounters we have with strangers and acquaintances. Much more than a straightforward memoir, this book is an astute and sometimes wry observation of social interaction, of New Zealand's recent history and of the place that food has in our everyday lives. It is also the intriguing story of a unique writer, of her life, her thoughts and her work.

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13. A Franciscan Odyssey: Autobiography of WW II Prisoner, Soldier, Priest and Foster Parent - Fr Lucjan Krolikowski

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