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The TOUGHEST HALF

Three hundred years ago, coal drove the industrial revolution, propelling Britain into the premier industrial nation of the world. This would have been impossible without the drudgery of the men and women who mined it.

Throughout history, through toil, strikes and lockouts, women have underpinned Britain's greatest industry.

During the 1926 general strike and lockout, Herbert Smith, President of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, reported that half the attendees at union meetings were women, "And these are always the toughest half".

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HARD WIRED   LIFE, DEATH AND TRIATHLON
Fresh out of school and emerging as one of Australia's future distance running stars, Emma Carney found the sport of triathlon, and it was never the same again.

With an unmatched record, she devastated the international circuit. Defined by a relentless pursuit of sporting excellence, Emma was known to detest losing more than she loved to win.

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Beauregard of Ballarat
Beauregard narrates the story of his early years in the city of Ballarat where he chooses and takes charge of his very own human, a kindly old woman named Irene.

They share a warm and contented relationship until dark clouds gather over them.

While Irene is oblivious to the lurking danger, Beau is not, and eventually it falls on him to save his human with a solution as entertaining and hilarious as it is ingenious.

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Bridge to the Gods: Tales from Kyushu
When Europeans first visited Japan in the early 1500s it was the large island of Kyushu where they made landfall and began meeting both ordinary fishermen and farmers as well as the samurai and their lords. Kyushu was the gateway into Japan.

Yet Kyushu was more than just an entry point for Europeans. It was the stepping stone for prehistoric migrants to Japan who came from the Mongolian steppes and other parts of Asia. It was also the gateway for Chinese culture, tea, and rice cultivation.

A few years ago, Andrew Peter Thomson settled in Kyushu alone and began to explore. He found a host of things that elude the casual visitor - Christian samurai, Japan's first ancient rice field, its first tea bushes, yakuza gangsters, and where James Bond cleverly disguised himself as a Japanese fisherman.

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Joe Darling: Cricketer, Farmer, Politician and Family Man
The first batsman to hit a six in Test cricket, Joe Darling was one of the giant figures of cricket's Golden Era, best remembered as a record-breaking batsman and outstanding leader of men.

Captain of three Ashes tours to England in 1899, 1902 and 1905, he guided Australian cricket through its coming of age.

Larger than life, Joe Darling, by his discipline and democratic approach was admired by all cricketers who served under or played against him.

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Beyond Stroke

We live in a two-handed world. Following a stroke or limb injury the transition from managing life with two hands to surviving with one can seem almost impossible.

This handbook provides step-by-step instructions for practical everyday life tasks and recreational activities. The easy tools provided are simple to implement with the primary aim to live once again with confidence and independence in the real world.

Beyond Stroke: Living independently with one arm is an essential guide for anyone overcoming a stroke, people with shoulder, arm or hand injury and pain, carers, health professionals and community groups.

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THE CHILDREN'S BRAIN TUMOUR STORYBOOK PROJECT
When a child has a brain tumour there are many challenges. The child and the family need to manage the medical care and treatment of the illness, to understand what is happening and be confident and positive. Constant questions for parents are:
  • How can I help my child understand what is happening?
  • How can I help my child cope with this?

These questions began an association of parents and staff at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, which became The Children's Brain Tumour Storybook Project. The three storybooks are the result.


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Sport in Victoria - A History

This book, the result of contributions from a wide range of sports writers, players, officials and historians, relates the fascinating history of more than 100 sports played in Victoria since the 1830s.

It also covers the important events, venues, clubs and leagues which characterise our sporting culture.

Published under the auspices of the Australian Society for Sports History and edited by Dave Nadel and Graeme Ryan, this book is ideal for your collection, as a prize or gift.

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Something Amazing

A little snail and a great blue whale are united by curious wonder, wholehearted trust, adventure and the waves of the wild blue sea.

Lovingly crafted, this inspiring story filled with gratitude for friendship, sails joyously from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean.

It celebrates a special connection between two unlikely friends.

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Elephant Kitten

This delightful, beautifully illustrated book for children aged 4 to 7 years encourages positivity by dealing with disappointments and creating happy outcomes in a gentle, loving way.

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Footy Tragic

Phil Tagell is an ordinary footy fan and grass-roots volunteer who stood up for an injured player denied the aid of the stretcher when he was accidentally knocked unconscious in an under 18 practice game in early 2009. For his efforts, he was king-hit by the umpire who denied the player the use of the stretcher. The umpire had quite a history of threatening and carrying out violence but his employers, AFL Queensland, denied all knowledge of his history, 'we knew nothing' was their defence and for 2 fractures of the skull, permanent disabilities, 8 months off work, and considerable pain and suffering, all Phil got was a bill for their legal fees.

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Our Legends
This book captures the life stories of 42 outstanding Australian individuals, of the struggles they endured, as well as the special combination of brilliance and hard work that elevated each of them to Legend status.

It also creates a picture of Australia's emergence on the world stage across many fields of endeavour. This is a fascinating collection of biographical essays about our Australian Legends.

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A Ton of Cryptics
100 Top-Grade Cryptic Crosswords by Australia's foremost setter of cryptics, Noel Jessop. This long overdue book explains the anatomy of cryptic crossword clues, how they are solved and includes 100 never-before-published puzzles with solutions.
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Anya- Countess of Adelaide
The lines of demarcation between fact, fiction and faction are no longer as clear-cut as once thought. Agnes (Anya) Rasp, wife of the man who discovered the fabulous silver-rich lodes of Broken Hill, is the victim of a false and malicious story.
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Mezze (mee-zay) Little bites of flying, living and golfing
Oliver Green has lead an extraordinary life and witnessed many of the tumultuous events that have shaped the 20th century. This autobiography, written as he approached his 79th birthday, looks back on a distinguished career with the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot in WWII, a prisoner of war for nearly four years after being shot down in North Africa, commanding strategic air bases around the world and serving as Britain's military representative to NATO. He first flew in an aircraft made from wood and fabric and broke the sound barrier in a sub-sonic Hawker Hunter.
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Dark Forces
Are heroes born... Or made? From the icy chill of a stormy, snow-capped mountain, through the humid heat of an Australian summer, to the thick red dust of the arid, desolate outback, three teenage boys confront the dark forces of blizzard, drugs and international terrorism. During six turbulent months, their lives and relationships will change forever.
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