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1. Stages An Autobiography (Large Print 16pt) - Jay Osmond

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Jay Osmond is a consummate entertainer. The youngest original member of the Osmond Brothers, he was widely known as the endearing little boy with the toothless grin on The Andy Williams Show. Fifty years, 30 gold albums, and 77 million records later, Jay opens up about his personal life and longstanding career in this heartfelt autobiography. Jay's public persona is confident, adventurous, and strong. But his close friends also know his vulnerable side, captured on the pages of this book. He is warm, sensitive, and focused on bringing happiness to others through his music. These qualities, along with his quick wit, have allowed him to cope with and overcome the challenges of life in and out of show business. Jay Osmond has been in the entertainment industry for over fifty years. While he is primarily known for his singing, he is a talented drummer who was voted by Flip Magazine as one of the top ten drummers in the United States. In 1972, Jay shared the lead with brother Merrill on ''Crazy Horses,'' which became the Osmonds 'bestselling single overseas;' it remains a fan favorite to this day.

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2. Shannon The Extraordinary Life of Australia's First International Racehorse (Large Print 16pt) - Jessica Owers

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Before Black Caviar, So You Think or Takeover Target, There Was Shannon. Wartime Sydney, a small and weedy racehorse was kicking his way through the top tier of Australian racing. He was Shannon, one of the fastest horses the nation had ever seen. Between 1943 and 1947, Shannon broke record after record with his garrulous jockey Darby Munro. When they sensationally lost the Epsom Handicap by six inches, they forever were stamped by the race they should have won. Sold in August 1947 for the highest price ever paid at auction for an Australian thoroughbred, Shannon ended up in America. Through headline - snatching pedigree flaws, acclimatization and countless hardships, he blitzed across the ritzy, glitzy racetracks of 1948 California. Smashing track records, world records, records set by Seabiscuit, the Australian bolted into world fame with speed and courage that defied all odds. Long before Black Caviar, or So You Think and Takeover Target, Shannon was Australia's first international racehorse. Starring Hall of Fame trainers and jockeys, Hollywood lawyers and legends Bernborough and Citation, this is his tremendous story.

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3. False Start A Memoir of Things Best Forgotten (Large Print 16pt) - Mark O'Flynn

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A hilarious account of one young man's early attempts at three different careers, which all go horribly wrong. A great Australian yarn.

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4. Blake Leader: Leadership Lessons From A Great New Zealander (Large Print 16pt) - Mark Orams

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An insider's insight into the leadership of yachting legend Sir Peter Blake, including an 11 - minute DVD of Sir Peter talking about great leadership. New Zealand lost one of its favourite sons when Sir Peter Blake was shot and killed in the Amazon in late 2001. Blake had become a icon after leading New Zealand to victory in the 1995 and 2000 America's Cups, following earlier successes in the Whitbread Round the World Race and Jules Verne Challenge. His accomplishments demonstrate his skill at assembling, managing and leading winning teams. Blake: Leader is written by sailor and marine scientist Dr Mark Orams, who sailed around the world with Blake and worked with him at Team New Zealand and Blakexpeditions. In this book he looks at Blake's successful style of leadership from a personal viewpoint. It mixes reminiscences and anecdotes from Orams and other sporting and business figures who worked closely with Blake with practical observations of how he chose and led teams. Break - out boxes and chapter summaries highlight key points and techniques that can be used by leaders and team members in a wide range of sports and business situations. Chapters include building a great team, being a great leader, encouraging a great work ethic and having a winning attitude. It also examines the unique New Zealand style of leadership demonstrated by other great Kiwi leaders and how Blake's legacy can be taken into the future.

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5. Under the Microscope The Story of an Australian Medical Pioneer (Large Print 16pt) - Professor Earl Owen

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Under the Microscope is the story of an extraordinary man, his many life - changing inventions, and his exceptional life and special friendships. Born into a family of doctors - on the paternal and maternal sides - with a birth defect that no one knew how to treat, Earl Owen was given a dose of radiation before anyone knew what radiation treatment could do to a human body, let alone a newborn baby. Earl Owen's medical parents, aunts and uncles failed to notice that as he grew he walked with a limp and when he was eleven he had an accident in a school race, which left him in hospital for a year enduring a series of excruciating surgeries in an attempt to remedy his damaged bones. Whilst lying in bed alone in a dark basement room in the hospital, he decided he would grow up to be the a new kind of surgeon - one who would deal delicately and carefully with birth defects and would communicate sensitively with patients. When he was discharged from the hospital he took up piano lessons and discovered he was a talented musician. As he came out of his teens, he had to decide whether to pursue a career as a concert pianist or a surgeon. To say this man is a high achiever barely touches on his gifts and talents. He was one of the earliest, most inventive and enterprising pioneers of microsurgery; he designed instruments and microscopes for his operations; he did the first finger replacement on a child (for which he was sacked from the Sydney Children's Hospital, even though it was successful operation); co - led the team that completed the first successful hand transplant (whose recipient turned out to be an ex - con from New Zealand, who had lost his arm in jail); and trained the team that completed the first double - hand transplant. Earl Owen was the first surgeon to be able to reverse vasectomies and complete fallopian tube ligatures (using his microsurgical prowess). And he designed the chairs in the Sydney Opera House! He has done more in his eighty years than most of us could dream of and this book is his story in his words.

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6. Lift A Memoir by Rebecca K. O'Connor (Large Print 16pt) - Rebecca K. O'Connor

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The culmination of a ten - year career in falconry, Lift is a memoir that illustrates the journey and life lessons of a woman navigating a man's ancient sport. Captivated by a chance meeting with a falconer's peregrine as a child, the indelible memory eventually brings the author's life full circle to flying a peregrine of her own. Exploring themes of predator and prey, finding tribe, forgiveness and femininity, the memoir asks universal questions through a unique backdrop. Lift illustrates the beauty and meaning the sport of falconry can add to a falconer's life, echoing the challenges and triumphs of being human.

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7. Star Sister How I Changed My Name, Grew Wings, and Learned to Trust Intuition (Large Print 16pt) - Stella Osorojos

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Intuition was something that Laura Chamorro knew not to ignore. So when it told her to change her name to Stella Osorojos, she listened and that s when things started to get strange. Following the I Ching, kabbalah teachers, channeled masters from Earth and beyond, and her own premonitions and dreams, Osorojos embarked on a remarkable journey of spiritual awakening and self-discovery. Whether receiving extraterrestrial visitations in her living room, sprouting ethereal wings while meditating, struggling with her desire to have a child, or traveling to the high mountains of Peru to visit Altomisayok shamans, Osorojos describes her unusual experiences with wry humor and unflinching honesty. Revealing startling insights into spirituality and the nature of reality itself, Star Sister is a testament to the possibilities that await anyone brave enough to trust in intuition, challenge preconceptions, and keep an open mind. About the Imprint: EVOLVER EDITIONS promotes a new counterculture that recognizes humanity's visionary potential and takes tangible, pragmatic steps to realize it. EVOLVER EDITIONS explores the dynamics of personal, collective, and global change from a wide range of perspectives. EVOLVER EDITIONS is an imprint of North Atlantic Books and is produced in collaboration with Evolver, LLC.

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8. Catherine Tate Laugh It Up! (Large Print 16pt) - Tina Ogle

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Catherine Tate is far too talented and must be destroyed' is how DawnFrench described the newcomer after they appeared together in the short - lived BBC comedy series ''Wild West in 2002''. Although not a particularly well - known face to television audiences at the time, Catherine had steadily been building her career as an actress and comedy performer for many years, having decided on a career as an actress while she was still at school. Born in London in 1968, Catherine was brought up by her mother and grandmother, her mother having left her father when Catherine was a baby. Catherine went to Notre Dame High School in Southwark and the Salesian College in Battersea before attending the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her talent for comedy eventually led to appearances in ''The Harry Hill Show'' and ''That Peter Kay Thing'' and to her becoming involved in Lee Mack's ''New Bits'' show at the Edinburgh Festival.A starring role in her own, sell - out, one - woman show in Edinburgh was followed by the offer of the role alongside Dawn French in Wild West. ''The Catherine Tate Show'' and the host of characters, from the argumentative teenager Lauren Cooper to the foul - mouthed Nan Taylor and the effete Derek Faye, along with their myriad catchphrases, quickly followed, establishing Catherine as a household name, although few of her comedy fans realize that she has also appeared in productions at The National Theatre and with The Royal Shakespeare Company. Catherine leads a very private life along with her partner, stage manager Twig Clark, and their young daughter, Erin. ''Laugh It Up!'' (catchphrase of her character Geordie Georgie) is the first major unauthorised biography of Catherine Tate, Tina Ogle drawing on numerous interviews and background material to build a true and complete portrait of this hugely talented performer.

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9. Arsene Wenger Pure Genius: The Biography of the Premiership's Greatest Manager (Large Print 16pt) - Tom Oldfield

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In his 12 seasons at the club, the world - class Fenchman has developed the Gunners into a team capable of challenging for top domestic and European honours every year. His three Premiership titles - two of which came in 'Double' winning campaigns - are evidence of Wenger's unique tactical skill and his famous ability to spot talented young footballers. The phenomenal Gunners boss, nicknamed 'The Professor', has signed a new contract which commits him to the club until 2011 and Arsenal fans can look forward to a bright red future.

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10. Laugh Lines 50 Years of Jokes, Stories, and Life as an Entertainer (Large Print 16pt) - Wayne Osmond

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Wayne Osmond has spent the past 50 years of his life entertaining audiences around the world. He and his family are known primarily for their singing, but Wayne has also etched out a distinctive identity as the comedian of the group. This compilation of jokes, photos, recipes, and family anecdotes is as eclectic as Wayne is, himself. From tap dancing with elephants to driving with gas masks, readers will be captivated by the lighthearted (and true!) stories found within the pages of this book. Entertaining, inspiring, and downright hilarious to those who know him best, Laugh Lines is sure to provide a good laugh for everyone, young and old.

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