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Col. William N. Selig, the Man Who Invented Hollywood

by Andrew A. Erish

All histories of Hollywood are wrong. Why? Two words: Colonel Selig. This early pioneer laid the foundation for the movie industry that we know today. Active from 1896 to 1938, William N. Selig was responsible...


Monty's Turn

by Monty Panesar

It's hard to believe MONTY PANESAR only arrived on the international cricketing scene in March 2006. His electric performances against India and in the Ashes series saw him catapulted to hero status in a matter...


Andrew Strauss: Coming into Play - My Life in Test Cricket

by Andrew Strauss

On May 21, 2004, playing against New Zealand, Andrew Strauss wrote his name into the record books when he became only the fourth batsman to score a century at Lord's on his Test debut. He made 112 in the first...


Finding My Feet

by Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson began playing full-time rugby at the age of 16 with Wigan Warriors, the most successful club in Rugby League at the time. He made the transition to Rugby Union with Sale Sharks in 2000 and was...


Storming The Falklands: My War and After

by Tony Banks

In the late 1970s, wild, eager young Scotsman Tony Banks joined one of the toughest outfits in the British army. The men of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment were highly trained but nothing could prepare...


Coasting: A Year By the Bay

by Susan Kurosawa

Tired of soy milk lattes and eternal traffic snarls, journalist Susan Kurosawa and husband Graeme Blundell bought a 1920s fishing shack at Hardys Bay on the NSW Central Coast and set about transforming it into...


The Hungry Heart: Journeys With William Colenso

by Peter Wells

Shortlisted for the NZ Post Award this fascinating, innovative biography is of a true original and significant figure in NZ's early colonisation."I love doubters: of a truly honest doubter I have great hope."...


A Life in the Balance: The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story, a Journey from Murder to Redemption Inside America's Worst Prison System

by Billy Wayne Sinclair & Jodie Sinclair

Sentenced to death in 1965 at age twenty for an unpremeditated murder during the bungled holdup of a convenience store, Billy Wayne spent his first seven prison years on death row. When the death penalty was...


Where Have I Gone?

by Pauline Quirke

Pauline Quirke was a skinny child, a slim teenager, a curvy woman, then ­- according to her bathroom scales (curse them) - just plain fat. Yes, the 'F' word. Tipping the scales at nearly 20 stone, with creaking...


Better Places, Better Lives: A Biography of James Rouse

by Joshua Olsen

A visionary developer and master planner, James Rouse was a key figure in the story of how and why the United States was built the way it was during the last half century. This engaging biography touches upon...


Talcott Parsons: An Introduction

by Sandro Segre

Talcott Parsons (1902-1979) is one of the most influential and best-known sociologists of the past century. This introduction dwells on Parsons' conceptual apparatus and offers a compendium of both his works...


Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership

by Lewis Hyde

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Thirty years later his son registered the words ‘I Have a Dream’ as a trademark and successfully blocked attempts to reproduce...


Noike: A Memoir of Leon Ginsburg: One Boy's Remarkable Journey of Survival through the Holocaust

by Suzanne Ginsburg

Noike's journey begins when the Einsatzgruppen, a Nazi death squad, descends upon his hometown of Maciejow, Poland in 1942, and murders his family and thousands of their neighbors.


Jessie's Journey: Autobiography of a Traveller Girl

by Jess Smith

From the ages of 5 to 15, Jess Smith lived with her parents, sisters and a mongrel dog in an old, blue Bedford bus. They travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, and much of England too, stopping here and...


The Avenue: A Newcastle Backstreet Boyhood

by Samuel W W Herbert & David Cunningham

The Avenue stretched from Elswick Road to Scotswood Road, and almost every house in it was tenemented. There were four courtyards and a conglomeration of passages. Situated at one end of each of these courtyards...


Among Muslims: Meetings at the Frontiers of Pakistan

by Kathleen Jamie

When ten Pakistani men walk into Kathleen Jamie’s small Scottish town on a peace march, in November 2001, she is thrown back to her own travels in Northern Pakistan and a book she wrote a decade earlier.

Among...


Chris Brasher: The Man Who Made the London Marathon

by John Bryant

One of the most remarkable – and controversial – sporting figures in British history, Chris Brasher piled unique achievement on unique achievement.

It was Chris Brasher who, along with Chris Chataway, paced...


Noike: A Memoir of Leon Ginsburg: One Boy's Remarkable Journey of Survival through the Holocaust

by Suzanne Ginsburg

Noike's journey begins when the Einsatzgruppen, a Nazi death squad, descends upon his hometown of Maciejow, Poland in 1942, and murders his family and thousands of their neighbors.


MR JW Lewin, Painter & Naturalist

by Richard Neville

Author, illustrator, printmaker, and natural historian John William Lewin was the first professional artist to arrive in Australia as a free man. Featuring more than 150 exquisite artworks, this record takes...


Playground Duty

by Ned Manning

In the baking heat of February 1973, wearing a purple body shirt and an expression of confidence that belied his nerves, Ned Manning faced a classroom of children in remote New South Wales. It was the start...