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A Fortunate Life

By: A. B. Facey

Price: $26.95

Publisher: Australia, Fremantle Press: 2018

Seller ID: 9781925591408

ISBN: 1925591409

Condition: New


A true classic of Australian literature, Facey's simply penned story offers a unique window onto the history of Australian life through the greater part of the twentieth century - the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man. Albert Facey's story is the story of Australia. Born in 1894, and first sent to work at the age of nine, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a labourer and farmer and jackaroo, becoming lost and then rescued by Indigenous trackers, then gaining a hard-won literacy, surviving Gallipoli, raising a family through the Depression, losing a son in the Second World War, a... View more info

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Alek : The extraordinary life of a Sudanese Refugee [used book]

By: Alek Wek

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Virago Press: 2007

Seller ID: 1844084426

ISBN: 1844084426

Condition: Good


Alek Wek, Supermodel, campaigner, spokesperson and entrepreneur, tells her amazing story, from war-torn Sudan to the catwalks of London, Paris and New York Alek Wek grew up in the Sudan in the midst of the vicious civil war. Now, at age 28, she is one of the most sought-after supermodels in the world, and has single-handedly changed the traditional concept of what is beautiful in the West. As model, refugee activist and businesswoman she is an inspiration - and this remarkable real-life story sheds light on her journey from Dinka tribal roots in war-torn Sudan to a new beginnings in Brooklyn. ... View more info

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Auschwitz - The Nazi Solution: An Illustrated History and Guide

By: Andrew Rawson

Price: $29.95

Publisher: UK, Pen and Sword: 2015

Seller ID: 9781473827981

ISBN: 1473827981

Condition: New


The camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau were an important part of the Nazis' final solution to the Jewish question. Over one million people were murdered in its gas chambers and tens of thousands of prisoners were worked to death in the nearby sub-camps. Others were held in the quarantine area before they were deported to work in the Third Reich. This is the story of the development of Auschwitz from a Polish prison camp into a concentration camp, and a thorough account of the building of Birkenau and the gas chambers, which grew into industrial killing machines. Rawson relates what life was like for... View more info

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The Gifts of Frank Cobbold

By: Arthur W. Upfield

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, ETT Imprint: 2015

Seller ID: A1284

ISBN: 1925416224

Condition: New


This biography of Frank Cobbold opens when Frank goes to sea on a Clipper aged 14. It follows him through inexperience as a Fijian trader who escaped the cannibals' cook pot and survived one of the worst hurricanes in living memory. In Australia he learned the skills of a surveyor and quickly became a sought-after and trusted station manager. Despite problems that would have defeated a less resolute man he took droughts, cheats and unyielding land tenure regulations in his stride to become one of Australia's great pioneering pastoralists. Admired by fellow bushmen, trusted by his partners a... View more info

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Nobody's Son : All Alex Ever Wanted Was a Family of His Own [used book]

By: Cathy Glass

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Harper Element: 2017

Seller ID: 0008187568

ISBN: 0008187568

Condition: Good


Born in a prison and removed from his drug-dependent mother, rejection is all that 7-year-old Alex knows. When Cathy is asked to foster little Alex, aged 7, her immediate reaction is: Why can't he stay with his present carers for the last month? He's already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he'll only be with her a short while before he goes to live with his permanent adoptive family. But the present carers are expecting a baby and the foster mother isn't coping, so Alex goes to live with Cathy. View more info

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Tell Me Why, Mummy [used book]

By: David Thomas

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Harper Element: 2007

Seller ID: 0007255446

ISBN: 0007255446

Condition: Good


The inspirational true story of one man overcoming enormous odds - including sexual abuse from his alcoholic mother - to choose his own path in life and become a truly exceptional human being From the age of four David Thomas was sexually abused by his alcoholic mother and subsequently physically abused by his aged stepfather. By the age of 16 he had committed multiple burglaries, assaulted a police officer with an iron bar, attempted suicide, received a criminal conviction from a juvenile court, and been expelled from school. He left home as soon as he could and joined the fire serv... View more info

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Going Back : How a former refugee, now an internationally acclaimed surgeon, returned to Iraq to change the lives of injured soldiers and civilians

By: Dr Munjed Al Muderis with Patrick Weaver

Price: $32.95

Publisher: Australia, Allen and Unwin: 2019

Seller ID: 9781760633165

ISBN: 176063316X

Condition: New


In Munjed Al Muderis's bestselling memoir Walking Free, he described his experience as a refugee fleeing Saddam Hussein's Iraq, his terrifying sea journey to Australia and the brutal mandatory detention he faced in the remote north of Western Australia. The book also detailed his early work as a pioneering orthopaedic surgeon at the cutting edge of world medicine. In Going Back, Munjed shares the extraordinary journey that his life-changing new surgical technique has taken him on. Through osseointegration, he implants titanium rods into the human skeleton and attaches robotic limbs, allowin... View more info

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Walking Free : The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Man Who Fled War-Torn Iraq, Came to Australia as a Refugee by Boat, Spent Months in a Detention Centre and Went on to Become a Pioneering Surgeon

By: Dr. Munjed Al Muderis with Patrick Weaver

Price: $22.95

Publisher: Australia, Allen and Unwin: 2016

Seller ID: 9781760291143

ISBN: 1760291145

Condition: New


In 1999, Munjed Al Muderis was a young surgical resident working in Baghdad when a squad of Military Police marched into the operating theatre and ordered the surgical team to mutilate the ears of three busloads of army deserters. When the head of surgery refused, he was executed in front of his staff. Munjed's choices were stark--comply and breach the medical oath 'do no harm', refuse and face certain death, or flee. That day, Munjed's life changed forever. He escaped to Indonesia, where he boarded a filthy, overcrowded refugee boat, bound for Australia. Like his fellow passengers, he h... View more info

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I Belong to No One [used book]

By: Gwen Wilson

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Hachette: 2015

Seller ID: 0733634079

ISBN: 0733634079

Condition: Good


A teenager in the 1970s, Gwen Wilson grew up in Western Sydney. It was a tough childhood. Illegitimate, fatherless - her mother in and out of psychiatric hospitals; it would have been easy for anyone to despair and give up. Yet Gwen had hope. Despite it all, she was a good student, fighting hard for a scholarship and a brighter future. Then she met Colin. Someone to love who would love her back. But that short-lived love wasn't the sanctuary Gwen was looking for. It was the start of a living hell. Rape was just the beginning. By sixteen she was pregnant, her education abandoned. Austral... View more info

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Papillon

By: Henri Charriere

Price: $19.95

Publisher: UK, Harper Perennial: 2011

Seller ID: 9780007179961

ISBN: 0007179960

Condition: New


An immediate sensation upon its publication in 1969, Papillon is a vivid memoir of brutal penal colonies, daring prison breaks and heroic adventure on shark-infested seas. Condemned for a murder he did not commit, Henri Charriere, nicknamed Papillon, was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival he made his first break for freedom, travelling a thousand gruelling miles in an open boat. He was recaptured and put into solitary confinement but his spirit remained untamed: over thirteen years he made nine incredible escapes, including from the notorious penal... View more info

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A Stolen Life : A Memoir [used book]

By: Jaycee Lee Dugard

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Simon and Schuster: 2011

Seller ID: 0857207121

ISBN: 0857207121

Condition: Good


On 10 June 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in Tahoe, California. It was the last her family and friends saw of her for over eighteen years. On 26 August 2009, Dugard, her daughters, and Phillip Craig Garrido appeared in the office of her kidnapper's parole officer in California. Their unusual behaviour sparked an investigation that led to the positive identification of Jaycee Lee Dugard, living in a tent behind Garrido's home. During her time in captivity, at the age of fourteen and seventeen, she gave birth to two daughters, bot... View more info

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For the Love of a Son : One Afghan Woman's Quest for her Stolen Child [used book]

By: Jean Sasson

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Doubleday: 2010

Seller ID: 0385616279

ISBN: 0385616279

Condition: Good


From the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman. She had witnessed the miserable fate of her grandmother and three aunts, and wished she had been born a boy. As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when the Russians invaded her country. After she made a public show of defiance, she had to flee the country for her life. A new life of freedom seemed within her grasp, but her father arranged a traditional marriage to a fellow Afghan, who turned out to be a violent man. Beaten, raped and abused, Maryam... View more info

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Lionheart : A Journey of the Human Spirit [used book]

By: Jesse Martin

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Allen and Unwin: 2002

Seller ID: 186508347X

ISBN: 186508347X

Condition: Good


On October 31 1999, Melbourne school boy sailor Jesse Martin completed one of the last great adventures of the 20th century. At 18 years of age, and after 11 months at sea, he became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. This is the story of why Jesse set himself such an astonishing task and how he managed to make his dream come true. View more info

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China [used book]

By: Jung Chang

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Flamingo: 1993

Seller ID: 001822

ISBN: 0006374921

Condition: Good


Through the lives of three different women - grandmother, mother and daughter - this book tells the story of 20th-century China. At times scarcely credible in the details it reveals of the suffering of millions of ordinary Chinese people, it is an unforgettable record of tyranny, hope and ultimate survival under conditions of extreme harshness. In 1924, at the age of 15, the author's grandmother became the concubine of a powerful warlord, whom she was seldom to see during the ten years of their "marriage". Her daughter, born in 1931, experienced the horrors of Japanese occupation in Manchuria ... View more info

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True Colours: Lauren Huxley and her family - From tragedy to triumph [used book]

By: Lisa Davies

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Harper Collins: 2009

Seller ID: 001072

ISBN: 0732289033

Condition: Good


It was a shocking crime that made headlines around Australia. An innocent young woman, violently attacked in her family home by a total stranger and left to die. Beaten repeatedly and soaked with petrol as her home burned, Lauren Huxley's life was hanging by a thread. Lauren's battle to survive caused an outpouring of public love and support. For her father, Patrick, mother Christine and sister Simone it was like being plunged into hell. Doctors gave Lauren only a five percent chance of survival. Her injuries were among the worst they had ever seen, so horrific that she was barely recognisable... View more info

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Goodbye to Italia @ Goodbye to Italy

By: Marisa Parker

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Australia, InHouse Publishing: 2016

Seller ID: A1213

ISBN: 1925497526

Condition: New


Goodbye to Italia by Marisa Parker. A pretty little Italian girl skips outside to peer up at the unexpected drone of aeroplanes, unaware of the danger as her neighbour, an eccentric opera singer, fervently prays for her teenage son. It is the start of WWII. An age difference of thirteen years separates the little girl Mariolina Martore and the army officer Eugenio Piergiovanni, but their lives are destined to intertwine. Mariolina is a timid but stalwart child who lives with her mother and grandmother. During the war years, they endure bombings, cold, hunger, and disease in Torino, Northern I... View more info

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Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor

By: Martin Greenfield and Wynton Hall

Price: $34.95

Publisher: USA, Regnery Publishing Inc: 2014

Seller ID: 001453

ISBN: 1621572668

Condition: New


He's been called "America's greatest living tailor" and "the most interesting man in the world." Now, for the first time, Holocaust survivor Martin Greenfield tells his incredible life story. Taken from his Czechoslovakian home at age fifteen and transported to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz with his family, Greenfield came face to face with "Angel of Death" Dr. Joseph Mengele and was divided forever from his parents, sisters, and baby brother. In haunting, powerful prose, Greenfield remembers his desperation and fear as a teenager alone in the death camp--and how an SS soldier's shi... View more info

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Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot

By: Martin W. Sandler

Price: $19.95

Publisher: USA, Sterling: 2015

Seller ID: 002892

ISBN: 145491338X

Condition: New


"Stories that history forgot... but readers will remember." "The only thing new in the world," said Harry S. Truman, "is the history you don't know." In this fascinating collection of historical vignettes, Martin W. Sandler (author of "Resolute" and "Atlantic Ocean") restores to memory important events, people, and developments that have been lost to time. Though barely known today, these are major historical stories, from Ziryab, an eighth-century black slave whose influence on music, cuisine, fashion, and manners still reverberates, to Cahokia, a twelfth-century city north of the Rio Grande,... View more info

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Finding Me : A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed [used book]

By: Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Harper Collins: 2014

Seller ID: 0732299489

ISBN: 0732299489

Condition: Good


A memoir of the Cleveland kidnapping Michelle Knight was just 21 when she was kidnapped by Ariel Castro. Held captive for eleven years in Cleveland, she finally made her escape in 2013. In FINDING ME, MIchelle tells the story of her early life, her abduction and the present day. She reveals new details about her year alone in captivity as Castro's first victim, as well as her escape, and draws upon the thoughts and prayers that helped her to survive an unthinkable situation. She was the woman no one was looking for, the victim entirely forgotten, but Michelle Knight is now an inspiration to th... View more info

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Mummy, Come Home : The True Story of a Mother Kidnapped and Torn from Her Children [used book]

By: Oxana Kalemi

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Harper Element: 2009

Seller ID: 0007256515

ISBN: 0007256515

Condition: Good


Waking up bleary-eyed and beaten, Oxana wondered how she had got there. Then she remembered: her abusive husband, the dream of a better life, the 'job' that turned into a nightmare.... Tricked into prostitution by her best friend, Oxana was torn from her children in Ukraine and trafficked into the UK, where she was imprisoned in a Birmingham sauna and forced to service up to 15 clients a night. Raped, beaten and abused, she was sickened by what she had become. Oxana only had one thing left in the world to live for: the thought of being reunited with her children. But even if she esca... View more info