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A Year in the Life of Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright

A candid, day-by-day account of Michelle Wright's personal thoughts and experiences during 2004, A Year in the Life of Michelle Wright is a catalog of her struggles and triumphs, both public and personal, as she tries to reconcile the demands of being a celebrity with the responsibilities of her private life.
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Adelaide's Dissenting Headmaster

John Lorenzo Young and his premier private school

Diana Chessell

The discovery of schoolboy signatures - hidden under peeling wallpaper in an old Adelaide schoolhouse for 130 years - has led to this documentary history of John Lorenzo Young's school and its 1600 students, among them the leading lights of the colony and many still prominent in South Australian business and academic life today. John Lorenzo Young, the dissenting headmaster, was a brilliant and creative teacher, a graduate in the 'sciences of the enlightenment' from King's College London. He taught these new sciences to the sons of Adelaide's dissenting majority from 1852-1880, just 16 years after settlement. ...
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Adopting

Parents' stories

Jane Turner Goldsmith

Adopting a child can be a journey of great joy but the path is never without challenges. In Adopting, Australian parents recount their experiences of local and intercountry adoption. ...
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Ali Whitelock Package

Buy all 3 of Ali Whitelock's books for $44.95

Poking Seaweed with a Stick and Running Away from the Smell
Alison Whitelock dreamed of shooting her father with a sawn-off shotgun. Her brother planned to use the longest knife in the cutlery drawer, and her mother tried to poison him with out-of-date tranquillisers. This wee book is a bittersweet account of growing up in Scotland in the strange and brutal kingdom we call home. But Poking Seaweed with a Stick is anything but a tale of childhood suffering; it is an enchanted Scottish tale that will have you smiling through your tears and laughing till you cry.

And My Heart Crumples Like a Coke Can
Raw and beautiful and completely devoid of pretension, Ali Whitelock's poems will speak to anyone who's ever messed up, been confused, wished they'd done things differently; to anyone who's had an affair and regretted it, who's been loved completely but was too blind to see it.

The Lactic Acid in the Calves of Your Despair
Political, profound, profane. These poems of defiant disobedience crash through the barriers erected to keep us contained. Writing with humour and tenderness, Ali Whitelock takes us through the parched landscape of life, death, love, fear, regret and the unbearable sadness of losing a dog.
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Alternative Interventions

Aboriginal homelands, Outback Australia and the Centre for Appropriate Technology

Alan Mayne

Not all interventions in Aboriginal Australia are inspired by external agents, politics or ideology. Some arise from simple, pragmatic responses to community needs where people and their aspirations are central.

Historian Alan Mayne unravels a story of people, place and relationships. At once both personal and intensely political, this is a journey of ideas into action; intervention through innovation.
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An Accidental Engineer

A memoir of a red-headed kid from the bush

David Jellie

Within the narrative of An Accidental Engineer there is a revealing truth about a kid from the bush who never had a life plan but always seemed to enjoy the journey. A story familiar to many.

David Jellie was lucky in the timing of his engineering career. Following the Second World War, Australia was throwing off the shackles of austerity with the rapid expansion and upgrading of the road network. In the second half of his career, he worked on international projects in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and the Middle East. He witnessed the start of the rise of China, the aftermath of partition of Pakistan and India, and the aspirations of the people of the world for security, shelter, food and love - regardless of their ethnicity. ...
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An Amazing Woman

Margaret Lurline Davey 1915-2010

Janet Whitham

This is the story of a wonderful South Australian woman who devoted much of her talents, energy and creativity to working with community groups. Members of Margaret Lurline Davey's family were extremely civic minded, a trait which she exhibited throughout her life.

Two organisations with which Margaret worked for long periods were the National Council of Women and The Young Women's Christian Association. It was with the latter organisation that her creative and interpersonal skills became evident, namely being the spirit behind the Christmas Festivals which delighted thousands of children and adults.
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An Uncommon Dialogue

Debra J. Drake

An Uncommon Dialogue is Debra Drake's gripping autobiographical account of two years in psychotherapy. Told as dialogue between Debra and her psychiatrist, and as dialogue with her mother and sister, it explores Debra's emotions following the sisters' prolonged sexual abuse as children, by their mother's sexual partners. ...
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An Unsentimental Bloke

The life and work of C.J. Dennis

Philip Butterss

The Sentimental Bloke and Doreen are famous characters in Australian popular culture, but their creator deserves to be better known. C.J. Dennis transformed the larrikin from a street thug into a respectable image of Australian identity, and helped shape the Anzac legend. ...
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An Unsentimental Bloke - ebook: epub

The life and work of C.J. Dennis

Philip Butterss

The Sentimental Bloke and Doreen are famous characters in Australian popular culture, but their creator deserves to be better known. C.J. Dennis transformed the larrikin from a street thug into a respectable image of Australian identity, and helped shape the Anzac legend. ...
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