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            The Coffin Confessor

            The Coffin Confessor (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Edgar, William

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            Imagine you are dying with a secret. Something you've never had the courage to tell your friends and family. Or a last wish - a task you need carried out before you can rest in peace. Now imagine there's a man who can take care of all that, who has no respect for the living, who ...will do anything for the dead. Bill Edgar is the Coffin Confessor - a one-of-a-kind professional, a man on a mission to make good on these last requests on behalf of his soon-to-be-deceased clients. And this is the extraordinary story of how he became that man. Bill has been many things in this life- son of one of Australia's most notorious gangsters, homeless street-kid, maximum-security prisoner, hard man, family man, car thief, professional punching bag, philosopher, inventor, private investigator, victim of horrific childhood sexual abuse and an activist fighting to bring down the institutions that let it happen. A survivor. As a little boy, he learned the hard way that society is full of people who fall through the cracks - who die without their stories being told. Now his life's work is to make sure his clients' voices are heard, and their last wishes delivered- the small-town grandfather who needs his tastefully decorated sex dungeon destroyed before the kids find it. The woman who endured an abusive marriage for decades before finding freedom. The outlaw biker who is afraid of nothing . . . except telling the world he is in love with another man. The dad who desperately needs to track down his estranged daughter so he can find a way to say he's sorry, with one final gift. Confronting and confounding, heartwarming and heartbreaking, The Coffin Confessor is a compelling story of survival and redemption, of a life lived on the fringes of society, on both sides of the law - and what that can teach you about living your best life . . . and death.
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            ISBN 9781761042959
            Published NZ 6 Jul 2021
            Publisher Penguin Random House Australia
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            From the Centre: A Writer's Life
             

            From the Centre: A Writer's Life (Hardback)

            By Grace, Patricia

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            We live by the sea, which hems and stitches the scalloped edges of the land.' Renowned writer Patricia Grace begins her remarkable memoirs beside her beloved Hongoeka Bay. It is the place she has returned to throughout her life, and fought for, one of many battles she has faced- ...'It was when I first went to school that I found out that I was a Maori girl . . . I found that being different meant that I could be blamed . . .' As she shows, her experiences - good and bad, joyous and insightful - have fuelled what became a focus of her life- 'I had made up my mind that writing was something I would always do.
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            ISBN 9780143775614
            Published NZ 4 May 2021
            Publisher Penguin
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            The Kids of Snow: The Story of New Zealand's Youngest Olympic Medalists
              

            The Kids of Snow: The Story of New Zealand's Youngest Olympic Medalists (Paperback)

            By Caldwell, Olivia

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              1 Dec 22

            The story of New Zealand's youngest ever Olympians, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous, both just 16 when they competed in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. These kids of the snow never expected they could capture a proud sporting nation back home and win hearts with two bron...ze medals within 45 minutes of each other.
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            ISBN 9781990003141
            Published NZ 1 Dec 2022
            Publisher Upstart Press Ltd
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            House of Kwa

            House of Kwa (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Kwa, Mimi

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            Wild Swans meets Flesh Wounds in this riveting family saga spanning four generations

            ISBN 9780733341137
            Published NZ 1 Jul 2021
            Publisher ABC Books
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            The Nazis Knew My Name: A remarkable story of survival and courage in Auschwitz

            The Nazis Knew My Name: A remarkable story of survival and courage in Auschwitz (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Hellinger, Magda; Lee, Maya; With Brewster, David

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            The extraordinarily moving memoir by Australian Slovakian Holocaust survivor Magda Hellinger, who saved an untold number of lives at Auschwitz through everyday acts of courage, kindness and ingenuity. In March 1942, twenty-five-year-old kindergarten teacher Magda Hellinger and ne...arly a thousand other young Slovakian women were deported to Poland on the second transportation of Jewish people sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The women were told they'd be working at a shoe factory. At Auschwitz the SS soon discovered that by putting Jewish prisoners in charge of the day-to-day running of the accommodation blocks, camp administration and workforces, they could both reduce the number of guards required and deflect the distrust of the prisoner population away from themselves. Magda was one such prisoner selected for leadership and over three years served in many prisoner leader roles, from room leader, to block leader - at one time in charge of the notorious Experimental Block 10 where reproductive experiments were performed on hundreds of women - and eventually camp leader, responsible for 30,000 women. She found herself constantly walking a dangerously fine line: using every possible opportunity to save lives while avoiding suspicion by the SS, and risking torture or execution. Through her bold intelligence, sheer audacity, inner strength and shrewd survival instincts, she was able to rise above the horror and cruelty of the camps and build pivotal relationships with the women under her watch, and even some of Auschwitz's most notorious Nazi senior officers including the Commandant, Josef Kramer. Based on Magda's personal account and completed by her daughter Maya's extensive research, including testimonies from fellow Auschwitz survivors, this awe-inspiring tale offers us incredible insight into human nature, the power of resilience, and the goodness that can shine through even in the most horrific of conditions.
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            ISBN 9781760859299
            Published NZ 1 Sep 2021
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            Prague In My Bones: A Memoir: 2021
             

            Prague In My Bones: A Memoir: 2021 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Tichy, Jindra

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            One of the most influential Czechs living abroad, New Zealand author Jindra Tichy's fascinating memoir is one of exile and survival, of distance and painful longing. It depicts in a moving way the pain and confusion of banishment from home, family and friends into an exile remove...d from everything familiar.
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            ISBN 9780995143814
            Published NZ 15 Jun 2021
            Publisher Quentin Wilson Publishing
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            The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

            The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music (Hardback)

            By Grohl, Dave

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            A Simon & Schuster Australia book. Simon & Schuster Australia has a great book for every reader.

            ISBN 9781760859978
            Published NZ 5 Oct 2021
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            Island Notes: Finding my place on Aotea Great Barrier Island
              

            Island Notes: Finding my place on Aotea Great Barrier Island (Paperback)

            By Higham, Tim

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              15 Nov 21

            Part Man Alone, part love story, Island Notes explores questions of belonging, loss and impermanence and whether the life, seas and forests of a wild island can offer a reconciliation with our past.

            ISBN 9781988595405
            Published NZ 15 Nov 2021
            Publisher The Cuba Press
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            Jacinda Ardern: Leading With Empathy
             

            Jacinda Ardern: Leading With Empathy (Hardback)

            By Vani, Supriya; Harte, Carl A.

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            A comprehensively researched biography, covering at the feminist narrative and many influences that have made Jacinda Ardern the globally admired leader she is.

            ISBN 9781743797211
            Published NZ 2 Jun 2021
            Publisher Hardie Grant Books
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            The Anthropocene Reviewed: The Instant Sunday Times Bestseller

            The Anthropocene Reviewed: The Instant Sunday Times Bestseller (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Green, John

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            A deeply moving and mind-expanding collection of personal essays in the first ever work of non-fiction from #1 internationally bestselling author John Green The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversi...ty.
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            ISBN 9781529109887
            Released NZ 18 May 2021
            Publisher Ebury Publishing
            Interest Age 16+ years
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