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            Mary's Last Dance: The untold story of the wife of Mao's Last Dancer
             

            Mary's Last Dance: The untold story of the wife of Mao's Last Dancer (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Li, Mary

            • RRP: $34.99
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            • Pub Date
              3 Nov 20

            'I can vividly remember the last steps of the last ballet, walking off the stage led by a mother and knowing the decision I had to make. That was my last dance.' Mary Li (nee McKendry) is an international ballet star and a mother like no other. She became a household name when he...r husband Li Cunxin published his bestselling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer - but that book told only half the story. Growing up in a rambunctious family in Rockhampton, Mary discovered an extraordinary early passion for ballet. It saw her move to London at age sixteen, to study at the Royal Ballet School and dance at the London Festival Ballet with the likes of Nureyev, and later to Houston Ballet, where as Principal Dancer she fell in love with the acclaimed Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin. The couple became the darlings of the dance world, and were happier than they could have imagined at the arrival of their firstborn daughter, Sophie. Then right at the height of her international career, Mary seemingly disappeared from view, leaving the fans aghast. What could have happened to cause a woman so committed, so talented, to give it all away in a heartbeat? Now, almost twenty years on, fans finally get their answer about what happened next to this inspiring family, and learn why it is Mary's turn to tell a truly remarkable tale. Mary's Last Dance is a powerful and uplifting memoir about chasing an impossible dream, and sacrificing one's own ambition for the love of a child. It is a moving and unforgettable story of passion, dedication and devotion - and the highly anticipated sequel to one of the world's most beloved books.
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            ISBN 9780143789710
            Published AU 3 Nov 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Drugs, Guns & Lies: My Life as an Undercover Cop

            Drugs, Guns & Lies: My Life as an Undercover Cop (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Banks, Keith; Smith, Ben

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            'Undercover was like guerrilla warfare; to understand your enemy, you had to walk amongst them, to become them. The trick was to keep an eye on that important line between who you were and who you were pretending to be.' This is the true story of Keith Banks, one of Queensland's ...most decorated police officers and his journey into the drug scene as an undercover operative in the 1980s. In an era of corruption, often alone, with no backup, he and other undercover cops quickly learned to blend into the drug scene, smoking dope and drinking with targets, buying drugs and having dealers arrested. Very quickly, the lines were blurred between his identity as a police officer and the life he pretended to be part of. This is a raw and confronting story of undercover cops who all became casualties of that era, some worse than others and where not everyone with a badge could be trusted.
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            ISBN 9781760877958
            Published AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Is This Anything?

            Is This Anything? (Hardback)

            By Seinfeld, Jerry

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            The first book in twenty-five years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy. Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub Catch a Rising Star as a twenty-one-year-old student in autumn of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own... material and saved everything. Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas - the big yellow legal pad - I kept it in one of those old-school accordion folders, Seinfeld writes. So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth. For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favourite material, organised decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.
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            ISBN 9781760857127
            Published AU 6 Oct 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            When the Ship Hits the Fan

            When the Ship Hits the Fan (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Anderson, Rob

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            Rob Anderson was a magnet for trouble long before he went to sea at 15. But when he became Captain Rob Anderson, one of the youngest Australian masters ever, it was suddenly his responsibility to keep everything afloat - no easy feat when the seas were unregulated, full of madmen..., and more like the Wild West than anything on land. Whether stashing a headless body in a cargo freezer, losing another body before a sea burial, accidentally sabotaging a pub race and causing a riot in Broome, nearly losing his scrotum in a Japanese spa, or catapulting a mate off the roof of his truck while racing from the dock for last orders, it was all part of the job for Captain Rob. Visceral, charming and definitely not for the faint of heart, When the Ship Hits the Fan is a treasure trove of hilarious incidents, accidents and seafaring shenanigans from working on every type of ship in every ocean of the world.
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            ISBN 9781925972993
            Published AU 28 Jul 2020
            Publisher Affirm Press
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            Rising Heart: One Woman's Astonishing Journey from Unimaginable Trauma to Becoming a Power for Good

            Rising Heart: One Woman's Astonishing Journey from Unimaginable Trauma to Becoming a Power for Good (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Conteh-Biger, Aminata; With Rieden, Juliet

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            Brutally kidnapped from her father's house by rebel soldiers. Resettled in Australia as a refugee. Now helping mothers and babies in Sierra Leone.

            ISBN 9781760784966
            Published AU 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Ten Steps to Nanette
             

            Ten Steps to Nanette (Hardback)

            By Gadsby, Hannah

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            • Pub Date
              1 Sep 21

            'Hannah is a Promethean force, a revolutionary talent... This hilarious, touching, and sometimes tragic book is all about where her fires were lit.' - Emma Thompson Memoir from Australia's much-loved comedian Hannah Gadsby.

            ISBN 9781742374031
            Published AU 1 Sep 2021
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            The Tap-Dancing Knife Thrower: my life -- without the boring bits
             

            The Tap-Dancing Knife Thrower: my life -- without the boring bits (Hardback)

            By Hogan, Paul

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            • Pub Date
              5 Nov 20

            The icon and legend at last tells his story his way - without the boring bits Paul Hogan first appeared on our screens in 1971 as a 'tap dancing knife thrower' on channel 9's New Faces. The then father of four and Sydney Harbour Bridge rigger from Granville did it as a dare, but ...when the network's switchboard lit up, he was invited back. So popular was he with viewers, Hogan became a regular on Mike Willesee's A Current Affair. The rest, as they say, is history. In collaboration with his business partner and best friend John Cornell (who played his sidekick, Strop), he went on to become Australia's favourite TV comedian. His hugely popular comedy shows and appearances in unforgettable and ground-breaking ads for cigarettes, beer and tourism, came to personify Australia and Australians here and overseas, helping to change the perception of who we are as people and as a nation. Then, in 1986, Crocodile Dundee, the movie he conceived, co-wrote and starred in, became an international smash, grossing more than a billion dollars in today's money and earning its star an Oscar nomination. Despite the fact Hoges claimed to be 'retired', many more movies followed, including Crocodile Dundee II, Lightning Jack, Almost an Angel and Charlie & Boots. But even as his star rose ever higher, he always expected someone to grab him by the arm and say, 'What are you doing here? You're just a bloody rigger!' The Tap Dancing Knife Thrower is a funny and candid account of the astonishing life of 'one lucky bastard', as Hoges describes himself. Full of countless stories never previously shared and told in the comedian's inimitable, funny and self-deprecating style, The Tap Dancing Knife Thrower is Paul Hogan's story told his way - 'without the boring bits'.
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            ISBN 9781460759295
            Published AU 5 Nov 2020
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            The Lost Boys
             

            The Lost Boys (Paperback)

            By Byrnes, Paul

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            The Indie Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction shortlisted title, now available in paperback.

            ISBN 9781922400109
            Published AU 7 Jul 2020
            Publisher Affirm Press
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            Enid: The Scandalous Life of a Glamorous Australian Who Dazzled the World

            Enid: The Scandalous Life of a Glamorous Australian Who Dazzled the World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Wainwright, Robert

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            Enid Lindeman stood almost six feet tall, with silver hair and flashing turquoise eyes. The girl from Strathfield in Sydney stopped traffic in Manhattan, silenced gamblers in Monte Carlo and dared walk a pet cheetah through Hyde Park in London on a diamond collar. In early twenti...eth century society where women were expected to be demure and obedient, the grand-daughter of Hunter Valley wine pioneer Henry Lindeman waltzed through life to her own drum beat. She drove an ambulance in World War I and hid escaped Allied pilots behind enemy lines in World War II, played bridge with Somerset Maugham and entertained Hollywood royalty in the world's most expensive private home on the Riviera, allegedly won in a poker game. Enid bedazzled men with her beauty, outlived four husbands - two shipping magnates, a war hero and a larger-than-life Irish Earl - spent two great fortunes and earned the nickname Lady Killmore. From Sydney to New York, London to Paris and Cairo to Kenya, Robert Wainwright tells the fascinating story of a life lived large on the world stage.
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            ISBN 9781760296544
            Published AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong

            Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong (Hardback)

            By Bloom, Cameron; Bloom, Samantha; Greive, Bradley Trevor

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            The follow-up to the ABIA award-winning, international bestselling sensation Penguin Bloom The heart-warming Australian story Penguin Bloom - the miraculous tale of a baby magpie that helped save a young mother and her family - is a homegrown and international bestseller; soon to... be a major Hollywood movie, starring Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln. Sam's personal message at the end of the book has resonated powerfully with readers - where, pulling no punches, she writes about what it is really like to face life in a wheelchair. In Sam Bloom, Sam tells her own story for the first time - how a shy but determined Australian girl became a nurse and travelled across Africa. How she fell in love with a like-minded free spirit, raised three boys and built a life together on Sydney's Northern Beaches. And then, in a single horrific moment, how everything changed. Sam's journey back from the edge of death and the depths of despair is so much more than an account of overcoming adversity. Sam's captivating true story - written by close friend, New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive, and featuring extraordinary photographs taken by Sam's husband, Cameron Bloom - is humbling, heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure. A triumph of raw emotion and incredible beauty, Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong is a truly unforgettable book. Penguin Bloom is soon to be a major motion picture starring Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver and Rachel House. PRAISE FOR PENGUIN BLOOM: 'A unique and remarkable insight into a family dealing with tragedy and finding their way through it with love, courage and hope' - Naomi Watts 'a coffee-table book that will make hearts soar' - Daily Telegraph
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            ISBN 9780733339790
            Published AU 2 Sep 2020
            Publisher ABC Books
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