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1. The Skull Informers, Hit Men and Australias Toughest Cop (Large Print 16pt) - Adam Shand

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An irresistible true-crime story from the author of the bestselling Big Shots. There has never been a more feared or respected policeman in Australia than Brian Skull Murphy. His fearsome reputation and connections with organised crime have made him an infamous figure in Melbourne police history. In The Skull, Adam Shand tells the story of the last of the super-cops. Through interviews and dramatic re-creations, we follow Murphy into the grey areas of law enforcement and the criminal underworld of the '70s and '80s. We see Murphy's unique way of dealing with corrupt officials, petty thugs and such renowned villains as Christopher Dale Flannery, the Kane brothers and Ray Chuck. And we watch him use a combination of old-school persuasion and self-styled 'slychology' to recruit his network of informers and stay on top. Fast-paced and gritty, The Skull is the life and times of a legendary crime-fighter.

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2. Bluebacks and Silver Brights A Lifetime in the BC Fisheries from Bounty to Plunder (Large Print 16pt) - Allan Ed Safarik, Norman Safarik

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A captivating memoir set during the pinnacle of West Coast fishing
More than a history of the Vancouver fishing industry, Bluebacks and Silver Brights is a collection of great adventures set on the Pacific coast. With dozens of salty tales of hardworking and hard - living fisherman and fish industry workers, this is Norman Safarik's story of West Coast fishing from the Gulf of Georgia to Prince Rupert, with a detour to New York's old - time fish markets. With wisdom and insight, Safarik's story is also an ecological warning, recalling the lost bounty of Canada's natural resources of a century ago, and their possible extinction today at the hands of government mismanagement and overfishing.

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3. The Cost of Bravery (Large Print 16pt) - Allan Sparkes

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Allan Sparkes didn't think twice about rescuing an 11 - year - old boy from a flooded storm water drain - the courageous policeman put his life on the line and saved the kid. He became one of only five people to be awarded Australia's highest decoration for bravery, the Cross of Valour, but the rescue would signal a downward spiral into post - traumatic stress disorder and depression. Here was a man with many professional accolades, who had thrived on never knowing what his next call would involve - murder, bombings, junkies and robberies were often part of a day's work for this detective, yet he suddenly lost his 20 - year career and all sense of self - worth. Allan's recovery from debilitating mental illness was a rollercoaster ride of personal challenges that tested his courage and resolve over more than a decade. With the unwavering support of his wife, he faced his demons and rebuilt his mind, body and soul. Today, Allan is back to being his adventurous self, prepared to face whatever comes his way. This is his inspiring story.

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4. Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir - Anthony Swofford

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5. Keeping It Cheery: Anecdotes from a Life in Brigton - Bill Shackleton

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6. Unspeakable The Story of Junius Wilson (Large Print 16pt) - Burch Susan

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Junius Wilson (1908-2001) spent seventy-six years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including six in the criminal ward. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found guilty of any criminal charge. But he was deaf and black in the Jim Crow South. Unspeakable is the story of his life. Wilson was born and lived the first years of his life with his family in a small town near Wilmington, North Carolina. At age seven he was sent to the residential State School for the Colored Blind and Deaf, where he learned Raleigh Sign Language, a unique form of signing taught only to blacks at that school. After a minor infraction at age sixteen, he was dismissed from school and sent back home, where he was falsely accused of attempted rape in 1925. Judged insane by the court, he was committed to the criminal ward of the State Hospital for the Colored Insane. Wilson was castrated and forced to work on the hospital farm for decades. He remained incarcerated for almost all of his life. Although authorities knew from the 1960s onward that Wilson was not insane, they did not know how to integrate him into society. They determined that keeping him institutionalized was the most benevolent course of action. In 1990, when social worker John Wasson reviewed Wilson's records, he was shocked by what he read. Lawsuits brought against the state by disability rights lawyers led to Wilson's release from the locked wards in the 1990s. He spent the final years of his life in a cottage on the grounds of the hospital, where staff continued to look after his daily needs. Junius Wilson's life was shaped by some of the major developments of twentieth-century America: Jim Crow segregation, the civil rights movement, deinstitutionalization, the rise of professional social work, and the emergence of the deaf and disability rights movements. There is much to learn and remember about Junius Wilson - and the countless others who have lived unspeakable histories.

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7. 50 Jobs in 50 States One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America (Large Print 16pt) - Daniel Seddiqui

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Like lots of college grads, Daniel Seddiqui was having a hard time finding a job. But despite more than forty rejections, he knew opportunities had to exist. So he set out on an extraordinary quest: fifty jobs in fifty states in fifty weeks. And not just any jobs - he chose professions that reflected the culture and economy of each state. Working as everything from a cheesemaker in Wisconsin, a border patrol agent in Arizona, and a meatpacker in Kansas to a lobsterman in Maine, a surfing instructor in Hawaii, and a football coach in Alabama, Daniel chronicles how he adapted to the wildly differing people, cultures, and environments. From one week to the next he had no idea exactly what his duties would be, where he'd be sleeping, what he'd be eating, or how he'd be received. He became a roving news item, appearing on CNN, Fox News, World News Tonight, MSNBC, and the Today show - which was good preparation for his stint as a television weatherman. Tackling challenge after challenge - overcoming anxiety about working four miles underground in a West Virginia coal mine, learning to walk on six - foot stilts (in a full Egyptian king costume) at a Florida amusement park, racing the clock as a pit - crew member at an Indiana racetrack - Daniel completed his journey a changed man. In this book he shares stories about the people he met, reveals the lessons he learned, and explains the five principles that kept him going.

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8. Makin' It to Nashville - Dwight E Sumner

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9. Michael Moore (Large Print 16pt) - Emily Schultz

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Love him or hate him, the world over cannot ignore Michael Moore. Left and right can both agree that this son of a Flint autoworker has single - handedly revitalized liberal politics, and turned his unique style of political filmmaking into an expectation - defying brand. But long before he shocked the nation on the Academy Awards stage, he was picking fights with everyone from big business to friends and compatriots. Without an agenda to prove Moore right or wrong, Michael Moore by Emily Schultz is the first book to tell Moore's life story - from the shy Eagle Scout to the most vocal critic of the Bush Presidency. Moore's detractors on both sides of the fence claim that he flubs facts, personally and professionally. Schultz sorts truth from lies with in - depth research and interviews, and presents a man honestly passionate and professionally conflicted. In his cap and windbreaker - always aware of the power of media - Moore has spent a life refining his image as the everyday rebel. He is a man who, at age 18, ran for the local school board so he could fire his principal, and who spent three years suing a magazine where he worked for two issues. With information never before revealed, Schultz looks into Moore's mysterious and disastrous jump from local muckraker to editor of Mother Jones, the runaway success of his first film Roger & Me, and the scandal it caused that lost him an Oscar. Regardless of scandal, Roger & Me became his ticket from his economically devastated hometown of Flint to Hollywood. Was he a hero or villain for his portrayal of the death of small town America? The people of Flint were as divided as the rest of the world would soon be. As the '90s saw Moore becoming a powerhouse television producer of the cult hit TV Nation, and a best - selling author, the contradictions between success and his roots became ever more apparent. Is the ball cap and jeans uniform incongruous with his Upper West Side Manhattan life? With Fahrenheit 9/11 catapulting Moore to the front of pop cultural recognition, many from his past say that the line between the man and the myth has vanished. Moore has spent his life walking that line, and Schultz has written an incisive account that lets readers see beyond the myths surrounding one of the most important public figures of our age.

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10. Leaving Resurrection (Large Print 16pt) - Eva Saulitis

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Trained as a marine biologist, Eva Saulitis has spent twenty-one years studying the killer whales of Prince William Sound, Alaska, with her partner, Craig Matkin. In 1999, she received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and since that time, her poems and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her first book, Leaving Resurrection (Red Hen Press 2008), was a finalist for the Tupelo Press non-fiction prize and the ForeWord book prize. As a contributor to Homeground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez, she has read her work on the PBS radio series Living on Earth. She spends several weeks each summer on Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords, aboard the research vessel Natoa, and winters in Homer, Alaska, where she works as creative writing faculty at the Kachemak Bay branch of the University of Alaska, the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, and the University of Alaska Low-Residency MFA program.

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11. 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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12. Purple Dandelion A Muslim Woman's Struggle Against Violence and Oppression (Large Print 16pt) - Farida Sultana and Shila Nair, Farida Sultana

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The book Purple Dandelion is the true story of Farida Sultana, an extraordinary Moslem woman and single mother, whose remarkable life began in Bangladesh when as a young girl, she found herself in conflict with her traditional family values and the Islamic culture that prevents girls and women from learning music and arts. Later her arranged marriage to a doctor at the age of 18 took her to war-torn Iran with her husband and young daughter, then to the UK, and finally to New Zealand. Her personal journey included episodes of domestic violence as she sought to find herself and her true role in the world. Soon after her arrival in New Zealand, Farida became aware that there were many more immigrant women like her who had to overcome domestic violence and the oppressive, patriarchal societies they lived in. Their need drove her to initiate Shakti, which set up the first ethnic women's refuge in the country. What was conceived as an essential support group for migrant and refugee women has grown into the largest ethnic community organisation in New Zealand, bringing together women and families of over 42 different ethnicities. Purple Dandelion brings to life the experiences and struggles of some of these courageous women. In recent years Farida has been working in Asian and Middle Eastern countries encouraging women to condemn violence and claim their human rights.

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13. The Last House on Main Street - Gertrude Story

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This much praised series of vignettes celebrates Gertrude Story's personal reflections on the village of Vanscoy, Saskatchewan. Witty, charming and this book rings with a pride in local, yet it strikes universal chords.

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14. After Sixty, Going Home - Gertrude Story

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As ever, with Story's work, the reader of this sparkling collection is at once guided and confronted by narrators who make surprising, often humorous discoveries about themselves.

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15. Nigella Lawson A Biography (Large Print 16pt) - Gilly Smith

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Strikingly beautiful and with an unashamed passion for food, Nigella Lawson continues to fascinate and inspire. Her cookery books are international bestsellers, she is a TV presenter in the UK and America, a designer - kitchenware tycoon and the mother of two small children; to many she has become an icon of how to live life to the full. Yet, her success conceals a dramatic story of family grief that should be almost impossible for one person to bear. In this first biography of Nigella Lawson, author Gilly Smith speaks to friends and colleagues of the star as she goes in search of the rich mix of ingredients that has made her such a beguiling and inspirational figure.

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16. Why I Left Goldman Sachs A Wall Street Story - Greg Smith

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Based on her bestselling book, The Battle Belongs to the Lord, Joyce Meyer delivers practical advice and Biblical wisdom to help you triumph over any obstacle you face. By learning to lean on God's power, you'll be able to leave your fear behind and develop a life-changing sense of confidence. This compact edition is perfect for taking God's assurance with you everywhere you go. Be encouraged that no situation is beyond repair and start living a life of joy and peace when you LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES.

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17. Dune Is a Four-Letter Word (Large Print 16pt) - Griselda Sprigg, Rod MacLean

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Dune is a four - letter word', said Griselda Sprigg on the first day of her family's attempt to make the first motorised crossing of the forbidding Simpson Desert. 'And so is bloody spinifex.'
Dune is a Four - letter Word tells the story of Griselda and Reg Sprigg's pioneering desert adventures - not only in the Simpson Desert but all over the vast Australian outback. Griselda's story is also the story of Arkaroola Sanctuary, how she, with her husband, Reg, turned a drought - stricken sheep station into the magnificent flora and fauna reserve and tourist mecca it is today.
The late Rod Maclean was an author, journalist and television reporter and the late Griselda Sprigg was the first white woman to cross the Simpson Desert.
'I came to realise that Griselda Sprigg is a great Australian. Now, in the pages of this book, readers the wide world over can make the same discovery.' - Dick Smith

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18. The Lobotomy Kid - Hamilton Thomas Shipp

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19. The Race Against The Stasi The Incredible Story Of Dieter Wiedemann, The Iron Curtain And The Greatest Cycling Race On Earth (Large Print 16pt) - Herbie Sykes

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When the 'Iron Curtain' descended across Europe, Dieter Wiedemann was a hero of East German sport. A podium finisher in The Peace Race, the Eastern Bloc equivalent of the Tour de France, he was a pin - up for the supremacy of socialism over the 'fascist' West. Unbeknownst to the authorities, however, he had fallen in love with Sylvia Hermann, a girl from the other side of the wall. Socialist doctrine had it that the two of them were 'class enemies', and as a famous athlete Dieter's every move was pored over by the Stasi. Only he abhorred their ideology, and in Sylvia saw his only chance of freedom. Now, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse, he plotted his escape. In 1964 he was delegated, once and once only, to West Germany. Here he was to ride a qualification race for the Tokyo Olympics, but instead committed the most treacherous of all the crimes against socialism. Dieter Wiedemann, sporting icon and Soviet pawn, defected to the other side. Whilst Wiedemann fulfilled his lifetime ambition of racing in the Tour de France, his defection caused a huge scandal. The Stasi sought to 'repatriate' him, with horrific consequences both for him and the family he left behind. Fifty years on, and twenty - five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dieter Wiedemann decided it was time to tell his story. Through his testimony and that of others involved, and through the Stasi file, which has stalked him for half a century, Herbie Sykes uncovers an astonishing tale. It is one of love and betrayal, of the madness at the heart of the cold war, and of the greatest bike race in history.

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20. Refugee To Resident (Large Print 16pt) - Ibtihal Samarayi

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An educated girl from a prosperous family in Iraq finds her world turned upside down by circumstances arising from the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein. With her young husband she flees first to Iran, then Turkey, experiencing the humiliation, discomfort and powerlessness of being a refugee. Ibtihal gives birth to a baby boy, lives in a tiny hut with no electricity or running water, tries to protect her baby from hungry rats, and attempts again and again to get approval from the UN to migrate. After years of hardship and persistence, Ibtihal and her small family arrive in Australia, where her youthful ambition leads her to study and later teach art as therapy for trauma.

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