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1. Brim Full of Passion Large Print - Alan Wilkinson, Wasim Khan

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Adult, sports autobiography, printed in Large Print. Brim Full of Passion follows the story of Wasim Khan's journey to becoming the first British born Asian to play professional cricket. Eight-year-old Wasim Khan yanks a board out of the garden fence, nicks his Mum's only decent knife, and starts whittling. A month later he's putting his first bat to good use: sending the school's tennis balls high onto the roof so that he can sneak back over the gate at night and liberate them. Brim Full of Passion follows this son of Kashmiri immigrants from the grimy streets of Small Heath to leafy Edgbaston, where he breaks in through the fence to watch England play Pakistan. A year later he's there legitimately, batting for the under-13s. The dream is simple: Warwickshire, England, the world. After four gruelling years as an apprentice pro he makes the all-conquering Bears team of 1995, and is on the brink of the England 'A' squad. But a loss of form, a dodgy selection policy, and one of the first British-born Asians to make the country grade loses his confidence. A move to Sussex is a disaster: he falls out with captain Chris Adams, can't get a game, and winds up playing for Derbyshire for nothing. At 30 it's all over and he's embarking on a new career as a coach. Anything to stay in the game he loves.

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2. Last Reader Standing ...the Story of a Man Who Learned to Read at 54 (Large Print 16pt) - Archie Willard

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The day Archie lost his thirty-one year job as a laborer at a meat packing company, he was forced to confront the secret he had held so closely for most of his life: at the age of fifty-four, he couldn t read. For all his adult life, he'd been able to skirt around the issue. But now, forced to find a new job to support his family, he could no longer hide from the truth. The Last Reader Standing is the story of Archie's amazing and often painful journey of becoming literate at middle age, struggling with the newfound knowledge of his dyslexia. From the little boy who was banished to the back of the classroom because the teachers labeled him stupid, Archie emerged to becoming a national figure who continues to enlighten professionals into the world of the learning disabled. He joined Barbara Bush on stage for her Literacy Foundation's fundraisers where she proudly introduced him as the man who took advantage of a second chance and improved his life. This is a touching and poignant story that gives us an eye-opening view of the lack of literacy in our society, and how important it is for all of us to have opportunity to become all that we can be to have hope and go after our dreams. It will also help parents, educators, and medical practitioners to better understand their roles in supporting and providing opportunity for the reading challenged.

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3. The Cowboy and the Cross The Bill Watts Story: Rebellion Wrestling and Redemption (Large Print 16pt) - Bill Watts

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This book chronicles the rocky road of one of pro wrestling's most controversial figures, from angry young man, to successful wrestling promoter, to born - again Christian. Along the way, ''Cowboy'' Bill Watts mixed it up with some of the top names in the unique world of wrestling. A straight shooter, he definitely tells stories that will scorch your ears. Watts takes us from his stormy upbringing to his tumultuous years at the University of Oklahoma, and spares nothing in his thoughts about football coaching legend Bud Wilkinson. From there, he chronicles his early days in the wrestling business, including some ugly encounters with some of the top names in wrestling in the 1960s. You'll also read frightening stories about a powerful young man who cheated tragedy and skirted the law in more than one violent altercation. And you'll discover how this same man used a stint in the Northeast to become one of the biggest names in the wrestling business. In the 1970s, Watts became one of the true power brokers in world of professional wrestling, and Watts takes readers behind the scenes to detail power struggles in Oklahoma and his key role in one of the nastiest promotional wars ever, in Georgia. Watts also writes about his time in Florida, which gave him an understanding of the logic and psychology of successful promotion. Later, his in - depth analysis of that logic and psychology alone makes this book what Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer called a ''must - read'' for anyone in the wrestling business. In The Cowboy and the Cross Bill Watts talks about all the top stars of his legendary Mid - South Wrestling promotion, and the events that made that promotion the success it was, even as it battled the expansion of Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation. He spares no detail as he explores the oil crunch that killed his company and the problems that killed his marriage. His personal time of trial coincided with his reawakened spirituality, and Watts gives readers a lot to think about, as he discusses Christianity and the role it played in his life. Watts talks about being out of the business and how he adjusted, and his controversial 1992 stint in World Championship Wrestling. Finally, Watts discusses his last wrestling venture, a short trip to the WWF in 1995, before giving his thoughts on today's wrestling and how God has touched the life he lives now. Not the typical story of Christian salvation, the book is still a compelling story of the profound change God can make in even the most hardened heart.

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4. Wrestling with Alligators, Prophets and Theologians Lessons from a Lifetime in the Church- A Memoir (Large Print 16pt) - C. Peter Wagner

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For the past half - century, C. Peter Wagner has been at the leading edge of the key spiritual paradigm shifts which have been accompanied by major moves of the Holy Spirit. In the 1960s the missionary movement in South America was at its peak - and Dr. Wagner was there. In the 1970s he was a recognized authority in the church - growth movement. In the 1980s he taught a popular course at Fuller Seminary with Vineyard movement leader John Wimber that advocated praying healing for the sick, spiritual mapping, identificational repentance and spiritual warfare; Dr. Wagner coined the phrase ''Third Wave'' to describe this fresh move of the Holy Spirit - the impact of which is still being felt today. In the 1990s he became a leader of the New Apostolic Reformation, and in the new millennium he has championed the Dominion Mandate, adopting the Seven Mountain (or 7M) template for reclaiming the culture for God's Kingdom.
For five decades, Dr. Wagner has led the Church from one great move of God to the next, riding the wave of the Spirit through changes he never imagined when he first answered God's call to ministry. In Wrestling with Alligators, Prophets and Theologians, C. Peter Wagner tells, for the first time, his personal story of ongoing transformation. Readers will get a close - up view of the seismic shifts in the Church's recent history, through the eyes of one of the only people to have seen it all unfold.

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5. Sheltered in His Arms - Correna F. Wilson Pickens, Farah Bazzrea

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Sheltered in His Arms is the authorized biography of Ms. Wilma Norris Knight, mother of Carlos (Chuck), Wieland, and Aaron Norris. Sheltered in His Arms begins with the personal struggles of Porter and Agnes Scarberry, maternal grandparents of Chuck, Aaron, and the late Wieland Norris, as they endeavor to raise their seven children during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. For the first time, the daughter of migrant cotton pickers, Ms. Knight, personally shares childhood memories, reveals intimate details of her romance and roller coaster chaotic marriage with Ray Norris, and revels in the blissful years of her second marriage to George Knight with lifelong friend and author, Ms. Correna Wilson Pickens. We guarantee this inspirational Christian story of an authentic Oklahoma pioneer family living the American dream will make you laugh and move you to cry. Once and for all, you will feel as if you personally know the Norris family. They could be your neighbors. They are real. Ms. Wilma Scarberry Norris Knight holds nothing back. You will finally know the untold Chuck Norris story and what makes him tick.

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6. Telling Histories Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower (Large Print 16pt) - Deborah Gray White

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The field of black women's history gained recognition as a legitimate field of study late in the twentieth century. Collecting stories that are both deeply personal and powerfully political, Telling Histories compiles seventeen personal narratives by leading black women historians at various stages in their careers, illuminating how they entered and navigated higher education, a world concerned with - and dominated by - whites and men. In distinct voices and from different vantage points, the personal histories revealed here also tell the story of the struggle to establish the fields of African American and African American women's history.

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7. Shots (Large Print 16pt) - Don Walker

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This extraordinary memoir begins with Don Walker's early life in rural Australia and goes up to the late '80s. In mesmerising prose, Walker evokes childhood and youth, wild times in the '70s, life on the road and in Kings Cross, music-making and much more. Shots is a stunningly original book, a set of word pictures - ''shots'' - that conjure up the lowlife and backroads of Australia. Don Walker is one of Australia's leading songwriters - first with Cold Chisel and now as a solo performer and with Tex, Don Charlie. This is his first book.

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8. Leonardo DiCaprio The Biography - Douglas Wight

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I'm the king of the world!' That was the cry from Leonardo DiCaprio as he stood astride the bow in Titanic - the movie that would go on to smash all records, raking in a whopping GBP1.1 billion worldwide. Now, few Hollywood movers and shakers would dispute that statement as Leo has rocketed to become the highest paid actor in the world, earning as estimated GBP50 million in 2011 alone. And his position looks sets to be secure for some time to come as the release of the new 3D version of James Cameron's epic heralds another sensational year in the life of Hollywood's hottest talent, that will also see him take on the lead role in a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby and see him cast as a villain in Quentin Tarantino's new blockbuster Django Unchained. It's a far cry from the heart - throb's humble beginnings when he had to scrape for parts in TV commericals and soap operas before catching the eye in Baz Luhrmann's stylish Romeo and Juliet and then achieving worldwide superstardom with Titanic. Cementing his reputation with captivating performances in films like Catch Me If You Can and The Departed, DiCaprio won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator. A keen environmentalist and conservationist, he has given millions to good causes around the globe and has never been shy about wearing his political ideas on his sleeve. Yet, although he's spent over 15 years at the top of his profession, Leonardo remains something of an enigma. He has famously dated some of the world's most beautiful women but seems no nearer to settling down and his often daring movie choices suggest someone still striving for perfection despite his stunning successes.

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9. Lewis Hamilton Champion of the World: The Biography (Large Print 16pt) - Frank Worrall

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In the nail - biting Brazilian Grand Prix of November 2008, Lewis Hamilton clinched his position as the youngest - ever winner of the Formula One World Championship. He is a truly remarkable sporting figure who, from his humble upbringing on a council estate in Stevenage, has gone on to dominate and revolutionise the world of motor racing. But Hamilton's rise through the motor racing ranks, from karting to the hotly contested F3 Superprix and onto the F1 podium, has not been straightforward. Lewis' racing career began aged just six, when his father, holding down three jobs to support his son's blossoming success, bought him his first go - kart. The breakthrough came when a ten - year - old Lewis met McLaren boss Ron Dennis at an awards ceremony. Lewis told him, 'I'm going to race for you one day...I'm going to race for McLaren.'Sure enough, two years later he was signed to McLaren's development programme.

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10. The Bowl of Light Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman (Large Print 16pt) - Hank Wesselman

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In the oceanic islands where the flow of primal energies has created unparalleled natural beauty, one of the world's most advanced spiritual cultures remains largely unknown to the West. With The Bowl of Light, Hank Wesselman offers a privileged and intimate view into the mind of an authentic Hawaiian kahuna-- for the time has finally come for the world to hear the wisdom that this profound tradition offers.

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11. Adventures of Alf Wilson A Member of the Mitchel Railroad Raiders - John A. Wilson

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Adventures of Alf Wilson-Large Print Edition

            In April of 1862 a group of men to undertake one of the most daring raids of the American Civil War. The Adventures of Alf Wilson is the personal account of the raid by one of its members, reproduced here as it was originally published in 1897.

             Twenty-four Union soldiers, by order of Gen. Ormsby Mitchell, disguise themselves as southerners and make their way to Marietta Georgia. There, within earshot of a confederate encampment, the men steal the locomotive The General. Their orders are to sever the Western & Atlantic Railroad. If the men succeed, they will cripple enemy troop movement. If caught, they will surely be hanged as spies.

            This story is about that mission the capture of the entire raiding party, trials, hanging's, escapes and eventual successes of the participants.

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12. Adventures of Alf Wilson A Member of the Mitchel Railroad Raiders - John A Wilson

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Adventures of Alf Wilson-Large Print Edition

            In April of 1862 a group of men to undertake one of the most daring raids of the American Civil War. The Adventures of Alf Wilson is the personal account of the raid by one of its members, reproduced here as it was originally published in 1897.

             Twenty-four Union soldiers, by order of Gen. Ormsby Mitchell, disguise themselves as southerners and make their way to Marietta Georgia. There, within earshot of a confederate encampment, the men steal the locomotive The General. Their orders are to sever the Western & Atlantic Railroad. If the men succeed, they will cripple enemy troop movement. If caught, they will surely be hanged as spies.

            This story is about that mission the capture of the entire raiding party, trials, hanging's, escapes and eventual successes of the participants.

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13. My Other Wife Is a Car Confessions of a Car Tragic (Large Print 16pt) - John M. JR. Wright

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In John Wright's life, cars take a close second place to family, simple as that. My Other Wife is a Car is his memoir of 30 years of automotive obsession one man's life seen as a lifelong test drive. A fulltime freelance writer for Wheels, Modern Motor, Best Car magazine and many others, he's driven more than 3000 cars and owned more than 130 (at the last count), some of which involved him buying cars he simply intended to test. His shortest ownership was less than twenty four hours. One disaster was an old Rolls Royce, another failure a Triumph. He narrowly averted ownership of a Leyland P76. Twice. He's sold cars for a crooked dealer, raced at Bathurst and Targa Tasmania (four times). He's met Peter Brock, Evan Green, Captain Peter Janson and Gentleman Jim Richards, among other motoring celebrities. Strap yourself in for a lighthearted and passionate celebration of 30 years of driving the best and worst cars, the biggest lies, the most glorious failures, the cars that got away, and what it feels like to go full throttle for the first time through the kink into Caltex Chase. My Other Wife is a Car is about the passion of life in the fast lane.

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14. Tarzan My Father (Large Print 16pt) - Johnny Weissmuller Jr, W. Craig Reed, William Reed

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A portrait of the most beloved Tarzan and a tale of Hollywood at its legendary peak. An authoritative insight into the life of the man most film fans consider the ''one and only'' Tarzan - Olympic swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller - this book offers an intimate look at Weissmuller's early life, middle years, and later decline, through swimming training, Olympic triumphs, failed marriages, a Hollywood life as Tarzan of the Apes, and subsequent career as Jungle Jim. Written by his only son, this biography is a sensitive yet unsentimental portrayal of the man who was Tarzan to movie fans around the world. Johnny Junior's inside perspective on his father's life and career includes interviews with his father's celebrity friends and former wives, recollections of conversations with his father over the years, and family stories involving international icons such as Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum, Joe Louis, and many others. There are ''surprises'' in the text and many photos from private collections that have never before been printed or seen by the general public.

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15. Good Days, Bad Days - M Winship

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From growing up in the 1950s, to nights down the Bigg Market in Newcastle in the 60s, Brenda recalls her happy years as a publican and dog lover and then her later life coping with the onset of MS and its many challenges.

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16. Pets in a Pickle (Large Print 16pt) - Malcolm Welshman

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Drawing on his own experiences of working as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to life a wealth of colourful characters - including the formidable practice receptionist, Beryl, with her one steely eye - and an ark's worth of marvellous animals. As enchanting as it is funny, this wonderful story will delight any animal fan.

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17. Tapped Out by Jesus From the Cage to the Cross (Large Print 16pt) - Ron Waterman

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Ron Waterman, a former heavyweight mixed martial artist, says, ''I continue to fight, but I fight from victory not for victory.'' He has learned that true victory comes only through Jesus Christ and is happy to proclaim, ''I can do everything through Him

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18. The Meaning of Luck Stories of Learning, Leadership and Love (Large Print 16pt) - Steve Waugh

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In The Meaning of Luck, former Australian cricket captain and 2004 Australian of the Year Steve Waugh explores the concept of luck, based on his experiences in the worlds of sport, business and charity. Steve begins by recalling the potentially devastating event that rocked his life in 2006, when his wife Lynette suffered a life - threatening brain bleed. Today, Lynette describes her illness as a 'stroke of luck', which she can do only because she fought so hard to regain her health and strength. She is lucky, but only because she chose to be. Lynette is the first of a number of characters in the book who have triumphed over adversity. Also featured are cricketers, coaches, business and community leaders, and some of the brave children Steve has come into contact with through his philanthropy in India and Australia. There are tales from Ashes Tests, World Cups and the Olympic Games. The stories in The Meaning of Luck carry messages about leadership, maximising potential and having fun. Together, they provide a guide for people seeking to progress not just in sport, but in whatever direction they choose for their lives

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19. U. S. Grant (Large Print 16pt) - Waugh Waugh

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Grant was the most famous person in America, considered by most citizens to be equal in stature to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Yet today his monuments are rarely visited, his military reputation is overshadowed by that of Robert E. Lee, and his presidency is permanently mired at the bottom of historical rankings. In an insightful blend of biography and cultural history, Joan Waugh traces Grant's shifting national and international reputation, illuminating the role of memory in our understanding of American history. She captures a sense of what led nineteenth-century Americans to overlook Grant's obvious faults and hold him up as a critically important symbol of national reconciliation and unity. Waugh further shows that Grant's reputation and place in public memory closely parallel the rise and fall of the northern version of the Civil War story--in which the United States was the clear, morally superior victor and Grant was the symbol of that victory. After the failure of Reconstruction, the dominant Union myths about the war gave way to a southern version that emphasized a more sentimental remembrance of the honor and courage of both sides and ennobled the ''Lost Cause.'' By the 1920s, Grant's reputation had plummeted. Most Americans today are unaware of how revered Grant was in his lifetime. Joan Waugh uncovers the reasons behind the rise and fall of his renown, underscoring as well the fluctuating memory of the Civil War itself.

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20. In a Door, into a Fight, Out a Door, into a Chase: Moviemaking R - William Witney

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