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1. Batting for Berlin (Large Print 16pt) - Andre Leslie

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When former NSW state cricketer Andr√© Leslie, went to work in Berlin, he put all thoughts of playing cricket out of his mind. After all, Germany was the land of snow, beer and Bratwurst sausage √Ę‚ā¨¬¶ the last place he expected to end up was playing in the German national cricket competition! However, within a few months he had discovered a small but dedicated league of expat cricketers who defied the weather, the language barriers and the incredulity of non - cricketing Germans (who kept confusing cricket with polo) to form a team that would eventually go on to challenge for the German club championship. This charming tale uncovers Aussie Andr√©'s well - meaning but often failed attempts at integrating into German life and his successful completion of the first ever German cricket tour of India, as he becomes one of Germany's most noted cricketers and first TV cricket commentator.

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2. 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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3. Behind the Mask from a Child Abuse Survivor - CJ Love

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4. Darren Lockyer - Autobiography (16pt Large Print Edition) - Darren LockyerDan Koch

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In 2011, NRL fans will have the chance to share in a piece of rugby league history. The game's record books will be re - written, some taken to heights unlikely to ever be matched. Darren Lockyer will celebrate his 34th birthday this year. Of those 34 years, 17 have been spent putting his body through hell in perhaps the toughest football competition on the planet. Lockyer has, quite literally, spent half his lifetime in the NRL. By season's end Lockyer is set to hold the all - time appearance record for club, state and country. It is a feat no less a judge than Wayne Bennett declared would never be equalled. The remarkable longevity of Lockyer's excellence has earned him the respect of fellow athletes around the world and the adoration of fans everywhere. But while undoubtedly one of the most recognisable athletes in Australia, Lockyer has largely maintained his privacy, rarely, if ever, allowing fans a look at the man behind the man. In this book Lockyer, for the first time, opens up on the people, places, incidents and events which have shaped the life and career of an Australian sporting icon. From his days growing up and working at the family - owned truck stop on the outskirts of the tiny Queensland town of Wandoan, to his arrival at the Broncos as a teenage sensation and subsequent ascension toward rugby league immortality the book will shed new light on some of the biggest names and stories of the past two decades. Contributions from Lockyer's family and friends, as well as legendary figures like Wayne Bennett, Wendell Sailor, Andrew Johns, Mal Meninga, Johnathan Thurston, Gorden Tallis, George Gregan, Ricky Stuart and Craig Bellamy gives this book a unique edge, with each providing readers a rare insight into their view on Lockyer the player, the leader and the man.

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5. Reflections on a Russian Soul, a Memoir - Dmitry S. Likhachev

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This compelling and often traumatic book is the memoir of one of the most important figures in modern Russian history. Is is an incredible account of of an intellectual's turbulent journey through 20th Century Russia. Likhachev recounts the fortunes of people with whom he came into contact and produces the air of passed years in Russia.

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6. 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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7. Wish I Was There I Was the Golden Girl of British Cinema ...Then My Life Fell to Pieces. This is My Story. (Large Print 16pt) - Emily Lloyd

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When Emily Lloyd burst onto the movie scene as a teenager she was hailed as the next Marilyn Monroe. Her stunning performance as precocious Lynda Mansell in David Leland's bitter - sweet comedy - drama ''Wish You Were Here'' thrust her into the spotlight, won her a BAFTA nomination, an Evening Standard Best Actress Award and a National Society of Critics Award and cemented the film's reputation as a British classic. Hollywood beckoned and Emily landed high profile roles alongside A - listers including Bruce Willis and starred with Brad Pitt in Robert Redford's Oscar - winning epic ''A River Runs Through It.'' Yet behind the corkscrew curls and cheeky grin that seduced Tinseltown, Emily was confronting a debilitating mental disorder that threatened to destroy her. Now, in her searingly honest autobiography, Emily describes the incredible highs and agonising lows she experienced through a tumultuous acting career. Packed with fascinating, star - laden anecdotes, starting insights into movie making and moving personal revelations, With I Was There is part celebrity memoir, part examination into the difficulties of combating mental illness while being in the public eye.

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8. Lost Boy My Story (Large Print 16pt) - Greg Laurie Laurie

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As a hippie and drug user who had grown-up in a dysfunctional family, Greg Laurie knew what it was to be lost. A seventeen-year-old, long-haired Greg soon discovered his passion for seeing people rescued from hopelessness and transformed into renewed beings with a saving faith in Christ. Laurie quickly became a wonder and an example as to how God could use someone with a sordid past to impact the world with the gospel. Throughout Greg's autobiography, be encouraged by the trials he overcame and the far-reaching impact these lessons have had. The Lord's influence in Greg's life has been thoroughly evidenced by the fruit seen from the ministries Greg has planted, watered and grown; namely, Harvest Christian Fellowship (one of the 8 largest churches in America) and the Harvest Crusades.

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9. Lion Hearts A Family Saga of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Large Print 16pt) - Henry R. Lew

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A biography of Lonek Lew, the author's father, told through the lives of over twenty people he was friendly or associated with, a number of whom were historical figures. Using his father's clear and detailed accounts of his life in pre - war Poland, the Holocaust and his colourful life in Melbourne, as well as personal meetings and memories, the author assembles portraits of extraordinary people living through extraordinary events.  The book is an important work, substantially researched, and written with great empathy. It makes for compelling reading, highlighting European anti - semitism, the Jewish refugee and survival story, and the resilience of human nature in rebuilding lives after devastating experiences. Professor Suzanne Rutland OAM, Professor of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social, Sciences, University of Sydney.

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10. Serenade for a Small Family (Large Print 16pt) - Ingrid Laguna

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Ingrid Laguna never did things the easy way - she spent much of her young adulthood rebelling against conformism, playing in a mostly girl band and travelling around Australia, before marrying Ben and going to live in Alice Springs. Pregnancy didn't come easily either but, through IVF, she finally fell pregnant. And when she went into premature labour at 23 weeks and her twin sons were born-each weighing about the same as a pat of butter and small enough to fit into the palm of her hand - she had to call on all her reserves of strength and stubbornness to see the journey through and be the mother that her sons needed. This is an earthy, honest and heartbreaking memoir about what it means to love; and about the terrible powerlessness and torment involved when there is fear of losing a child. Yet despite the pain and anguish, Ingrid's memoir is at its heart about how we can experience unimaginable difficulty - and still somehow find the spirit to come through blazing with love and optimism and even a kind of joy.

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11. The Battersea Park Road to Paradise (Large Print 16pt) - Isabel Losada

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In her bestseller The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment, Isabel Losada set out with a modest aim - 'to be absurdly happy every day'. But a few years down the road, she's stuck in a pothole. No job (not good). No man (very not good). Nothing has turned out as she'd intended. There's only one way to get out of the hole: throw out the ideas that landed her there and start over. So, using the ancient Chinese tradition of the five elements of life - Metal, Fire, Wood, Water, Earth - Isabel breaks her own life down to its essentials to explore five areas of inner and outer change. She calls in a feng shui consultant to discover that her bedroom decor is 'draining the father' (whatever that means)...takes a motivational workshop to experience the power of 'doing'...turns a silent meditation retreat into an exercise in unrelenting 'being'...sits at the feet of a Brixton guru to examine the nature of mind...and undertakes a shamanic ritual in the Amazon to part company with her own mind completely. As rich as the book is in the particulars of a life hilariously lived, it's also universal: readers can see themselves in Isabel's experience and look at their lives with new eyes.

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12. Still Standing From Debutante to Detox (Large Print 16pt) - Jamieson-Hastings Liz

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The dressing gown was pink candlewick. Old brown vomit stains on the lapels tried to hide themselves in shame as I swept into the room weaving my way towards the silver drinks tray with its Waterford crystal decanters of whisky and brandy. By the time I raised the decanter to toast the elite of Auckland the dressing gown was flapping around my naked body like a spinnaker without its sheets. That Liz Jamieson-Hastings is sane sober and still standing is a miracle. At 21 she was a hopeless alcoholic; now she is a respected counsellor decorated for her services to the community which include substance abuse programmes in schools prisons and even the US Navy. Her inspirational story is one of privilege and social advantage preceding a spectacular fall from grace. Her battle against anorexia and alcohol should have killed her - her fight back to normality only to watch her first husband succumb to cancer should have sent her spiralling back into self-abuse. It didn't. She's still standing and her amazing life exemplifies the incredible strength of the human spirit. Her lively hard-hitting story includes strategies for fellow sufferers and their families. In her devastatingly honest tale of personal survival Liz shows what hope honesty hard work and the generous help of true friends can achieve.

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13. Not Your Ordinary Doctor (Large Print 16pt) - Jim Leavesley

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Throughout history, many doctors have worked outside the occupation for which they were originally trained. Not Your Ordinary Doctor reveals sixty such medical truants who found fame in fields other than medicine. Meet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes; cringe as Stalin tortures each of his eight doctors; follow John Keats, who abandons medicine to pursue his literary career. Within these pages are doctors who attended rulers such as Elizabeth I, Napoleon and Alexander the Great; artists, musicians and writers such as Somerset Maugham and Anton Chekhov; sporting heroes and adventurers including W.G. Grace and Che Guevara; and on a darker note, mass murderers like Hastings Banda and Buck Ruxton. Not Your Ordinary Doctor is a titillating collection filled with historical curiosities, fascinating whimsy and fresh speculation. These stories are by turns heroic and absurd, dazzling and ghoulish, inspired and tragic and, in the hands of master storyteller Jim Leavesley, never dull.

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14. The Rise and Fall of the Murdoch Empire (Large Print 16pt) - John Lisners

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Rupert Murdoch - ruthless visionary, empire builder and business genius. He has created a global media network which has made him one of the most powerful and influential figures in the world. So potent was the force of his empire that he was even on first - name terms with presidents and prime ministers - superpowers were only a telephone call away. But just recently, rather than controlling the news, Murdoch has instead become the front - page story as the world had been gripped by the unfolding drama of the News International phone hacking scandal. Within days of achieving his final and most ambitious goal - outright ownership of the GBP1 billion - a - year profit - making BSkyB satellite television station - Murdoch was forced to concede as his prize looked set to disintegrate before his eyes. Always a winner in the past, the devastating events that overtook News Coporation with tsunami speed shocked the 80 - year - old founder - particularly as the most hurtful arrows were fired from the very institution which he had carefully cultivated for so many years. Freelance journalist John Lisners tells the fascinating story of Murdoch's amazing rise and fall. His graphic account of the culture, the methods and the men who worked for Rupert Murdoch is as incisive as it is entertaining. He uncovers: How Murdoch beat Robert Maxwell to the News of the World Rupert Murdoch's role in the sacking of a Prime Minister The bungled but lethal attempt to kidnap his wife How the big News International expose stories were done

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15. David E. Kelley The Man Behind Ally McBeal (Large Print 16pt) - Josh Levine

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America's luckiest guy? The real story behind the most important man in the lives of Michelle Pfeiffer and Ally McBeal. I love Ally McBeal, says one female fan. ''She's gorgeous, she has a great job, men are crazy about her, and she's still unhappy! Well, if Ally can be unhappy then I can be unhappy too.''
Is that what the popularity of Ally McBeal is about? Misery loves company? Only partly. The dialogue is scintillating, the characters peculiar, the stories - and not just those fantasy moments - are creative and surprising. But most of all, Ally McBeal is about romance. First - date kisses. Lost chances. Jealous suspicions. Raging desire. Wattle fetishes. As Shakespeare and David E. Kelley know, these are everyone's favorite topics. How did David Kelley, the man behind Ally McBeal, become one of the most exciting writer/creator/producers working in television today? How did a young lawyer with almost no writing experience end up scripting some of the best episodes of L.A. Law? And go on to create Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, and The Practice? And then marry Michelle Pfeiffer? And create a female character named Ally who would become so popular, so loved and reviled, that she would end up on the cover of Time? Depending on which newspaper columnist or public commentator you ask, Ally McBeal is either destroying the American feminist movement or revealing the secret hopes and desires of women across the country. In Ally, David Kelley has captured the spirit of our times. And he's having fun doing it, too.
Find out how, in David E. Kelley: The Man Behind ''Ally McBeal.''

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16. The Coen Brothers The Story of Two American Filmmakers (Large Print 16pt) - Josh Levine

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Everything you wanted to know about the direction of Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Barton Fink. A terrified woman plunges a knife through the hand of her pursuer. A leftwing playwright turns to the woman in his bed, only to find a river of blood. A baby, abandoned in the middle of the highway, smiles happily. A professional killer stuffs his partner into a woodchipper while a pregnant cop pulls her gun. Welcome to the world of the Coen Brothers. With the smash success of Fargo (winner of two major Academy Awards), the filmmaking team of Joel and Ethan Coen finally received their deserved recognition. But well before that the two brothers were writing and directing terrific films - from the film - noir thriller Blood Simple, to the comedy Raising Arizona, to the gangster epic Miller's Crossing, to the bizarre Barton Fink. With each film they have surprised fans and critics alike, always refusing to repeat themselves or compromise their independence. Their upcoming George Clooney film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, due out in October 2000, is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. While still in their early twenties, Joel and Ethan Coen raised the money for their first film - by knocking on the doors of the wealthy in their native Minnesota. Starring an unknown actress named Frances McDormand (who would later become Joel's wife), it was an art - house hit and allowed the brothers to make Raising Arizona with Nicolas Cage and another Coen brothers discovery, Holly Hunter. But despite their high reputation, the brothers would not make another financially successful picture for years. Were their films just too offbeat and intellectual? And then came Fargo. Here is the story of how two middle - class Minnesota boys have come to write, shoot, and direct some of the most gruesome, exhilarating, and funny films of our time.

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17. Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good Larry David and the Making of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm (Large Print 16pt) - Josh Levine

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As a comedian, then producer of Seinfeld, and now the creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David has a fanatical following. In his early stand - up days, if he walked on stage and didn't like the crowd, he would walk off. Together with Jerry Seinfeld, he pitched NBC on a sitcom where nothing happens. A whole show could be about waiting in line at a Chinese restaurant. And somehow Seinfeld became the most successful comedy show of all time.
After nine years of writing and producing Seinfeld, and after making a huge amount of money, Larry David began to create a new show for HBO. Without much separation between himself and the character he plays, Curb follows the daily routines of Larry David. Being politically correct is far from Larry's mind, and the audience cringes as he berates, torments, and blusters his way into the hearts of TV watchers.
Follow the early exploits of Larry's stand - up career, his days writing for Seinfeld, and learn how Curb was conceived and developed. Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good - titled after Larry's key catchphrase - also explores Larry's on - and off - screen relationships with famous pals like Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and the cast of Seinfeld, and contains an in - depth episode guide to Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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18. Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (Large Print 16pt) - Leon Logothetis

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Tired of his diconnected life and uninspiring job, Leon Logothetis leaves it all behind - job, money, home, even his cell phone - and hits the road with nothing but the clothes on his back and five dollars in his pocket, relying on the kindness of strangers and the serendipity of the open road for his daily keep.

Along the way, Leon offers up the intriguing and charming tales gathered along his one - of - a - kind journey riding in trains and buses and big rigs and classic cars; sleeping on streets and couches and firehouses; meeting pimps and preachers, astronauts and single moms, celebrities and homeless families, veterans and communists. Each day of his journey, we catch sight of the invisible spiritual underpinning of society in these stories of companionship - and sheer adventure - that prove that the kind, good soul of mankind has not been lost.

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19. One Step Beyond How an Ordinary Man Took on the Ultimate Running Challenge and Won (Large Print 16pt) - Malcolm Law

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Malcolm Law has dealt with loss and adversity, and has overcome it in an extraordinary way. One Step Beyond proves that while the human body may have its limitations, the human spirit is truly boundless.' - Dean Karnazes, author of Ultramarathon Man Malcolm Law is an ordinary man who took on an extraordinary goal. Many said it was impossible - even Mal himself doubted whether he would succeed. But he had a secret weapon: he carried a photo of his late brother, Alan. In November 2009, Mal set out to run New Zealand's seven mainland 'Great Walks' in seven days (the equivalent of nine mountain marathons), to ease an ancient pain, to honour Alan's memory and to raise funds for others battling leukaemia, the cruel illness that robbed him of his only brother. What followed is an uplifting story of determination, courage, out-and-out hard yakka and, ultimately, triumph. We share the endorphin-fuelled ecstasy and the agony of doubts, fears, blood, sweat and tears that became Mal's life for nine months. Vividly written and disarmingly candid, One Step Beyond is a story that will astound, enthral and inspire.

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20. Crimwife An Insider's Account of Love Behind Bars (Large Print 16pt) - Tanya Levin

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''It's so sad,'' she said, ''because you could have been something. You could have gotten to the top. You're smart enough. But now you're going to end up as another dirty, scummy, rotten crimwife.'' How far would you go for love? Some women commit crimes to help their lovers; others spend years on the run. Tanya Levin gave up her career as a prison social worker to pursue romance with an inmate. From her first day on the visitor's side of the fence, she became a crimwife. Some women make the leap in the chaos of their loved one's arrest; others, like Levin, choose a relationship knowing the stakes. In her years as a crimwife, Levin met women of all ages and backgrounds who lived behind invisible bars, stuck in the house awaiting their daily six - minute phone call. She became curious about their different paths. How did they fall for the bad boy? How did they cope with a partner behind bars? What made them stay - or finally walk away? In Crimwife, she tells their stories, and her own, with honesty, black humour and an insight that can only come from experience.

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