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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

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            '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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            Sweat and Toil:The Building of New Zealand
             

            Sweat and Toil:The Building of New Zealand (Paperback)

            By McLean, John

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            The transformation of New Zealand from a trackless waste into a nation served by many of the conveniences of the modern world did not happen overnight. Roads, bridges, railways and all the infrastructure of public utilities required the brains and organisation of engineers... and contractors, and the sweat and labour of many hundreds of workers, often for just one project. This is the tale of the pioneers of New Zealand and their magnificent achievement in creating a new nation through perseverance, hardship and frequently unbelievable difficulties.
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            ISBN 9781872970707
            Released AU 1 Aug 2020
            Publisher Winter Productions
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            The Time of Our Lives: Growing older well

            The Time of Our Lives: Growing older well (Hardback)

            By Dessaix, Robert

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            What's the key to the art of growing older well? Is it an art that anyone can cultivate? How should we confront dying and death in a secular age? What about sex when we're older? What about loneliness? (And, for that matter, what about facelifts?)

            ISBN 9781922267276
            Published AU 7 Oct 2020
            Publisher Misc - HarperCollins New Zeala
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            Stories of Hope
             

            Stories of Hope (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Morris, Heather

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            Heather Morris, author of the internationally bestselling novels The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka's Journey, grew up on a farm in rural New Zealand. On her way back across the paddocks from school, Heather would visit her great-grandfather and listen to his experiences of war... - stories he told only Heather. From a young age Heather discovered that people would tell her their stories if she stopped and listened. In Stories of Hope, Heather Morris will explore the art of listening - a skill she employed when she met Lale Sokolov, the Tattooist of Auschwitz. It was her ability to listen that led him to entrust her with his story. Stories of Hope will examine Heather's extraordinary journey, in the form of a series of beautifully rendered tales of the people she has met, the remarkable stories they have shared with her, and the lessons they hold for us all.
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            ISBN 9781786580481
            Released AU 30 Sep 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            Diary of a Young Naturalist

            Diary of a Young Naturalist (Hardback)

            By McAnulty, Dara

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            An astonishing, evocative exploration of the natural world and all its wonders, by 15-year-old conservationist and rising literary star Dara McAnulty

            ISBN 9781922330000
            Published AU 2 Jun 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            From Snow to Ash: Solitude, soul-searching and survival on Australia's toughest hiking trail

            From Snow to Ash: Solitude, soul-searching and survival on Australia's toughest hiking trail (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Digital original)

            By Sharwood, Anthony

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            The incredible, inspiring story of a solo journey through Australia's toughest and most beautiful hiking trail - the Australian Alps Walking Track - for fans of INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer or Cheryl Strayed's WILD and anyone who dreams of iconic wilderness walks

            ISBN 9780733645280
            Published AU 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Hachette
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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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            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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            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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            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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