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            Banks
             

            Banks (Hardback)

            By Kieza, Grantlee

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            • Pub Date
              5 Nov 20

            Lust, science, adventure - Joseph Banks and his voyages of discovery Explorer, naturalist and president of Britain's Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks was a larger-than-life character best known for his promotion of science. In 1768 Banks joined Captain James Cook's expedition to t...he South Pacific. The 30,000 specimens he brought back generated enormous interest, as did the sometimes racy written account of the journey, which chronicled his frequent amorous exploits. Banks' passion for the new and unusual flora of Australia led him to recommend Botany Bay to parliament as an excellent place for a penal settlement, despite the fact the soil was poor and there was no fresh running water, but he later became the foremost expert on everything Australian. By award-winning bestselling writer Grantlee Kieza, Banks is a rich and rollicking biography of one of Britain's most colourful and successful scientists.
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            ISBN 9780733340505
            Published AU 5 Nov 2020
            Publisher ABC Books
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            Bush School

            Bush School (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By O'Brien, Peter

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            In the 1960s, newly minted teacher Peter O'Brien began working at a one-teacher school in a small village called Weabonga, nearest town Tamworth. When Peter got to the school, he was only 20 years of age, and found he had 16 students, ranging in age from 5 years old to 16. The ch...allenges were immense, not to mention his own terrible living quarters and inadequate diet, or the terrible isolation he felt so far from family, friends and his 'special lady friend'. What follows is a delightful and fascinating account of the two years Peter spent in Weabonga, the friends he made there and the children whose lives were forever changed for the good by having an industrious and caring teacher. Part old-timer's story, part Australiana, part memoir of struggle and triumph, this is an unusual book that will appeal to all kinds of readers.
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            ISBN 9781760876807
            Published AU 4 Aug 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Healing Lives

            Healing Lives (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Williams, Sue

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            Two incredible women, an unlikely friendship, and a united mission to save the lives of some of the world's poorest and most desperate women.

            ISBN 9781760982034
            Published AU 13 Oct 2020
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Pretty Girls

            Pretty Girls (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Portolan, Lisa; McDonald, Samantha

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            Pretty Girls is a visceral narrative of violence, personal tragedy and female resilience set against the backdrop of one of Australia's most politically charged communities, Redfern, where sinister racial tensions underpin everything. Evie is a woman in her mid-thirties who retur...ns to her hometown to meet with her dying father. In coming back to the place where she grew up she has to revisit her history of violence - the death of her mother, the suicide of her brother and the domestic violence that occurred in her home. Her father only has a short time to live - she expects to find him a changed man. But he's not. He's unrepentant and unapologetic for his actions. Evie has to reclaim her story - she's not just a pretty girl, she won't just sit down, be quiet, stay still - but getting there is more than tough, more than an ordeal - it's a mammoth display of tenacity and strength. Pretty Girls is ultimately a story of triumph. Evie rises from the ashes of a hellish past and re-writes her story. There is a part of Evie in every woman and Pretty Girls seeks to start a movement.
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            ISBN 9781922265876
            Published AU 8 Jul 2020
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            Turning Down the Noise: The Quiet Power of Silence in a Busy World

            Turning Down the Noise: The Quiet Power of Silence in a Busy World (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Jackman, Christine

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            Through the centuries, wise men and women have sought silence when seeking insight, wisdom and creative inspiration. Is neuroscience now beginning to catch up, to deliver proof that the mystics, monks and medicine men were onto something? Turning Down the Noise explores, through ...Christine Jackman's own quest for a better way of being, what is happening to our brains, to our lives and our communities as our world becomes noisier than ever before. More importantly, it asks whether we can reverse the damage through simple daily acts designed to strip out the stimuli and reclaim the silence. Our children have a plethora of devices and technology available to them, but increasingly are distracted, irritable and struggling to learn. The modern search for a better sense of wellbeing has fuelled an industry worth billions of dollars but at the same time the use of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications continue to skyrocket. In the vein of Leigh Sales' Any Ordinary Day (BS 103k copies), this is real-life working mum and respected journalist Christine Jackman's personal quest for a better way of being. Seeking ways to channel and capture the clarity and peace of mind so often lacking in our lives, she writes with a lightness of touch, sharing her own experiences and digging into her subject with the zeal of an investigative journalist with an enquiring mind.
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            ISBN 9781760525897
            Published AU 1 Sep 2020
            Publisher Murdoch Books
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            A Human'S Guide to the Future

            A Human'S Guide to the Future (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Nguyen, Dr Dr Jordan

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            An optimistic guide to the creative possibilities of technology by biomedical engineer and inventor Dr Jordan Nguyen, for fans of Yuval Noah Harari and Brian Cox.

            ISBN 9781760780029
            Published AU 29 Sep 2020
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The Truth Hurts
             

            The Truth Hurts (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Boe, Andrew

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            • Pub Date
              27 Jan 21

            Criminal justice systems have not been designed to seek the truth. In places like Australia, it remains an adversarial blood sport often distracted by smoke and mirrors. Navigating through it is difficult and uncertain for any one of us but more so if you are poor, not white - or... not white enough - not a straight male or have no formal education. Drawing on his experiences as a child of Burmese migrants fleeing a military junta and his evolution from a naive law clerk, too shy to speak, into a lawyer whose pony-tailed flamboyance and unbridled willingness to speak truth to power riled many within the legal establishment, Andrew Boe delves into cases that he found unable to leave behind. These cases have shaped who he has become. Taking us from a suicide in the Gibson Desert to a death on Palm Island, places where race relations are often stalled in a colonial time warp; to an isolated rural home, and the question of what is self-defence after a woman's decades of domestic abuse; to meet children abandoned, 'stolen' and then fought over; and into prison interview rooms and courthouses around the country where he defended serial killers, rapists, child sex offenders, murderers as well as the odd politician - holding fast to the premise that either every one of us is entitled to the presumption of innocence or none of us are. THE TRUTH HURTS is an unflinching exploration of the fault-lines in our justice system by an outsider who found his way in. With forthright and uncompromising focus, Boe, now a barrister, spares no one, including himself, in this thought-provoking and at times brutal account. He argues that to give each other 'a fair go', we should all first acknowledge the flaws in the system, address our collective weaknesses and contribute to a real conversation about the human cost of not getting to the truth.
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            ISBN 9780733643385
            Published AU 27 Jan 2021
            Publisher Hachette
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            A Promised Land
             

            A Promised Land (Hardback)

            By Obama, Barack

            • RRP: $65.00
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            • Pub Date
              18 Nov 20

            A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man... searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil. Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office. Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune's Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden. A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective-the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of
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            ISBN 9780241491515
            Released AU 18 Nov 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Olive, Mabel and Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs
             

            Olive, Mabel and Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Cotter, Andrew

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            • Pub Date
              3 Nov 20

            Having reached over 40 million views online, Labradors Olive and Mabel are now the centre of a delightful book by sports commentator Andrew Cotter. A treat for dog lovers everywhere, and the perfect antidote to our times.

            ISBN 9781922330932
            Published AU 3 Nov 2020
            Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
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            Australia's Greatest Escapes: Gripping tales of wartime bravery

            Australia's Greatest Escapes: Gripping tales of wartime bravery (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Burgess, Colin

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            A collection of stories about the most dangerous aspect of the Australian prisoner of war experience - escape. Here is all the adventure, suspense and courage of ordinary Australians who defied their captors; men willing to risk death in order to overcome almost impossible odds i...n the loneliest war of all - the fight for the right to be free.
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            ISBN 9781760854294
            Published AU 1 Aug 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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