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              Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

              Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Brooks, Kim

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              One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year-old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role our current culture of fear plays in parenthood. ...In SMALL ANIMALS, Brooks asks, of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Why have our notions of what it means to be a good parent changed so radically? In what ways do these changes impact the lives of parents, children, and the structure of society at large? And what, in the end, does the rise of fearful parenting tell us about ourselves? Fuelled by urgency and the emotional intensity of Brooks's own story, SMALL ANIMALS is a riveting examination of the ways our culture of competitive, anxious, and judgmental parenting has profoundly altered the experiences of parents and children. In her signature style - by turns funny, penetrating, and always illuminating - which has dazzled millions of fans and been called 'striking' by New York Times Book Review and 'beautiful' by the National Book Critics Circle, Brooks offers a provocative, compelling portrait of parenthood and calls us to examine what we most value in our relationships with our children and one another.
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              ISBN 9781925712476
              Published NZ 28 Aug 2018
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              Barefoot in the Bindis

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              By Wales, Angela

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              Scottish-born Robert Wales sailed into Sydney Harbour during WWII, and knew he wanted to stay. But a wife and five young kids later, he was choking in the city and doctors prescribed fresh country air. In 1953, with no experience and only knowledge he'd picked up from a few books..., he uprooted his family and set out to establish a sheep farm in the bush. When they arrive on a lonely hill in northern New South Wales, they have no electricity, no running water, no telephone and no choice but to make this their home. From Angela Wales, eldest of the five kids, comes this extraordinarily vivid and evocative account of the next ten years as they try to tame six thousand acres of bush and navigate the challenges of country life. Filled with drama and hilarity, joy and back-breaking toil, BAREFOOT IN THE BINDIS portrays a childhood spent in the outback, and is a sensational picture of Australia past.
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              ISBN 9781925870213
              Published NZ 26 Mar 2019
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              The Crappiest Refugee

              The Crappiest Refugee (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Le, Hung

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              'One thing I really regret is that I can't hold a grown up, intellectual, spiritual conversation in my own language but I can order a meal in Vietnamese with an Australian accent. So embarrassment. What I regret most...is that I can't squat. Maybe the Minister Of Culture was righ...t and I am a traitor to my own people because I can't speak the language properly and I can't squat. Bad Asian all round.' - Hung Le I carry you on my back, climb boats, keep you alive with noodle juice, your mum has to go to work ironing clothes in a factory while getting abused and yelled at by people she can't understand and can't hear. Your relatives are back in Vietnam rotting in jail or living in poverty and you become the first Asian ever to be kicked out of Melbourne University? - Hung Le's dad On the last day of the Vietnam War, nine-year-old Hung jumped on a leaking prawn trawler on the Saigon River, somehow cheating death to become one of the first Vietnamese boat people to arrive Australia, a land where a young man's potential is limited only by his imagination - that is unless you're Hung Le. Defying the stereotype, Hung wasn't a math or computer whizz, he had no doctoring or lawyering abilities, spoke Vietnamese with an Australian accent, and couldn't even play the violin. But what he was blessed with was funny bones, and through winning Red Faces on Hey Hey It's Saturday he managed to make an international career playing the violin out of tune. THE CRAPPIEST REFUGEE is an hilarious and endearing memoir about a boat person who never found his land legs, but who has always seen the funny side.
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              ISBN 9781925584516
              Published NZ 27 Feb 2018
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              Snakes and Ladders

              Snakes and Ladders (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Williams, Angela

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              It was no surprise that Angela Williams went to jail. A traumatic, violent upbringing saw to that. But after serving a short sentence for theft as a teenager, she worked hard to break the cycle. Thirteen years later Angela was studying, teaching, providing a stable home for her s...on, and finally feeling like she'd got her life together. Then she got hit by a postie bike. Police realised that Angela still had ten months to go on the prison sentence she'd thought was in her distant past. However, Angela was a different prisoner the second time around: no longer a scared, damaged nineteen-year-old, she knew how to speak up for herself and her fellow prisoners against a system of power, privilege and cruelty that controls the lives of Australia's most vulnerable women and offers little hope for redemption. With unwavering courage, intelligence and humour, SNAKES AND LADDERS reveals an astonishing true story of falling through the cracks, and what it takes to climb back out again.
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              ISBN 9781925972306
              Published NZ 11 Feb 2020
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              Imperfect

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              By Kofman, Lee

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              By the time she was eleven and living in Russia, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that have shaped her sense of self and her view of the wor...ld. But it wasn't until she moved from the Soviet Union to Israel and later Australia that she realised these markings weren't badges of honour to flaunt but were, in fact, imperfections that needed to be concealed. In a seductive mix of memoir and cultural critique, Kofman casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and what it's like to live in a body that deviates from the norm. She reveals the subtle ways we are all influenced by the bodies we inhabit, whether our differences are pronounced or noticeable only to ourselves. She talks to people of all shapes, sizes and configurations and takes a hard look at the way media and culture dictates how bodies should and shouldn't be. By turns illuminating, confronting and deeply personal, IMPERFECT challenges us all to consider how we exist in the world and how our bodies shape the people we become.
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              ISBN 9781925584813
              Published NZ 8 Jan 2019
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              Eight Lives

              Eight Lives (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Hurley, Susan

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              A brilliant young doctor is dead, and everyone thinks they know why. But who should you believe? Against the odds, Vietnamese refugee David Tran has become the Golden Boy of Australian medical research after inventing a potential blockbuster drug. Eight men have volunteered for a... trial that will set the drug on a path to global success and generate fortunes for investors. But then David dies in mysterious circumstances and somebody will have to take the blame. Inspired by a real London drug trial that ended in tragedy, this compelling drama plays out from the perspectives of David's friends, family and business associates, who all had a role in his downfall. Building to a feverish climax, EIGHT LIVES will keep you guessing until the very end.
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              ISBN 9781925712766
              Published NZ 26 Mar 2019
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              The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef

              The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef (Hardback)

              By Micallef, Shaun

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              Shaun Micallef is without doubt Australia's premier comedian, writer, producer, presenter, actor, author, broadcaster, bon vivant, gadfly, troubadour, dancer, impresario, acrobat, lion tamer, poet and elite sportsman. But did you know that he is also an internationally renowned p...laywright? No? Typical. It really is a stain on our national character that this doyen of theatre doesn't get the credit he deserves or attention he craves in this country - mute testimony to Australia's cultural cringe and inveterate idiocy. From Broadway to the West End, his name is mentioned in the same breath as Mamet and Ray Cooney; and in the salons of Paris Micallef is worshipped as a god. His plays, uncollected until now, are irrefutable proof that when it comes to listing the world's greatest dramatists, the name Micallef should be inserted in there somewhere. Even if you have never been to the theatre before, just holding this book in your hands as you are now will change your life forever. You'll laugh, you'll cry, your body will spasm convulsively - you may even be so moved that you will open the book and read it.
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              ISBN 9781925712025
              Published NZ 13 Nov 2018
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              Black Snake

              Black Snake (Hardback)

              By Kennedy, Leo; Looby, Mic

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              Author Leo Kennedy is the great-grandson of Sergeant Michael Kennedy. Raised in the shadow of his great-grandfather's murder, Leo witnessed the deep psychological wounds inflicted on successive generations of his family - and the families of other victims - as the Ned Kelly myth ...grew around them and the sacrifice of their loved ones was forgotten. Leo himself was nicknamed 'Red Ned' at school and taunted for being on the wrong side of Australian history. Now, for the first time, and in brilliant prose that brings these historical episodes to life, Black Snake challenges the legend of Ned Kelly. Instead of celebrating a heroic man of the people, it gives voice to the victims of a merciless gang of outlaws. This is a captivating true story, gleaned from meticulous research and family history, of two men from similar backgrounds whose legacies were distorted by history.
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              ISBN 9781925584950
              Published NZ 23 Oct 2018
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              Brock at Bathurst

              Brock at Bathurst (Hardback)

              By Brock, Bev

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              No driver is as connected to a track as the legendary Peter Brock is to Bathurst. October 2019 marks half a century since a shy and bearded Brock first took on the turns of Mount Panorama, the track he was destined to dominate with a record nine wins, earning him the mantle 'King... of the Mountain'. That uncanny relationship between driver and track is the focus of this book, a 360-degree look at every race of Brock's glorious Bathurst career. Relive Peter Perfect's reign over the Mountain in the company of Bev Brock, his partner of nearly three decades, as well as mechanics, teammates, rivals and friends, who witnessed his genius up close. Featuring hundreds of images, including previously unseen photographs from Brock's private collection, BROCK AT BATHURST is a nostalgic and exhilarating celebration of an iconic pairing in Australian sport.
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              ISBN 9781925870572
              Published NZ 24 Sep 2019
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              More Funny More Money

              More Funny More Money (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Wilson, Marty

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              In business, you can't afford to be forgettable. And the quickest way to connect with an audience is by having a laugh. The world's greatest influencers know the power of a well-timed joke, and research shows that people who use humour effectively are rated higher by their collea...gues, get paid more and climb the corporate ladder faster. But the best news is that being funny is a learnable skill!In More Funny, More Money award-winning comedian and TED speaker Marty Wilson shares tips and tricks for 'funnying up' business and improving your speeches, presentations and sales pitches.Discover how using 'risk free' humour can increase your ability to influence your peers, help you land that dream job and make you a more charismatic leader. Plus Marty lifts the lid on secret techniques used by stand-ups to craft funny stories, get any audience applauding, and - perhaps most importantly - recover when a joke falls flat.Entertaining, outrageous and enlightening, with this book business need never be boring.
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              ISBN 9781925584844
              Published NZ 24 Apr 2018
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