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Novels to Escape With

Letters From Skye

Through their letters they became the people they wanted to be . . .

18 June, 1940

Oh, my Margaret,

You have no secrets from me, but I've kept a part of myself locked away, always. A part of me that started scratching at the wall the day this other war started, that started howling to get out right now, the day you ran off to meet your soldier.

I should have told you, should've taught you to steel your heart. Taught you that a letter isn't always just a letter. Words on the page can drench the sould. If only you knew. Mother

Elspeth is fond of saying to her daughter that 'the first volume of my life is out of print'. But when a bomb hits an Edinburgh street and Margaret finds her mother crouched in the ruins of her bedroom pulling armfuls of yellowed letters onto her lap, the past Elspeth has kept so carefully locked away is out in the open. The next day, Elspeth disappears.

Left alone with the letters, Margaret discovers a mother she never knew existed: a poet living on the Isle of Skye who in 1912 answered a fan letter from an impetuous young man in Illinois.

Without having to worry about appearances or expectations, Elspeth and Davey confess their dreams and their worries, things they've never told another soul. Even without meeting, they know one another.

Played out across oceans, in peacetime and wartime but most of all through paper and ink, Letters from Skye is about the transformative power of a letter - the letter that shouldn't have been sent, the letter that is never sent and the letter the reader will keep for ever.

About the Author

Jessica Brockmole spent several years living in Scotland, where she knew too well the challenges in maintaining a relationship from a distance. She plotted her first novel on a long drive from the Isle of Skye to Edinburgh. She now lives in Indiana with her husband and two children.

Hotshot

Bestselling author Julie Garwood returns with a novel of family drama, suspense, and romance.

Peyton and her sisters have inherited Bishop's Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: they must run the resort for one year and show a profit - only then will they own it.

Out of work and in a bad place personally, Peyton thinks a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. She dives into the resort business, but a series of dangerous mishaps keeps progress slow. Peyton refuses to be intimidated - until she's nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend, Finn MacBain.

Now an agent with the FBI, Finn is more than happy to help an old friend. But he isn't expecting to have feelings for the beautiful woman Peyton has become. And it soon becomes clear that she is facing something far more sinister then sabotage . . .

Finn save Peyton's life when they were kids; now he must find a way to do it again.

About the Author

Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed - and popular - romance authors around, with thirty-six million copies of her books in print. The author of numerous bestsellers, she lives near Kansas City, Missouri.

The Son In Law

A heart-catching, riveting and extremely engaging family drama for readers who love Joanna Trollope and Jodi Picoult.

For three years Joseph Scott has been haunted by one moment-the moment that changed his life forever. Now he is starting over, and he wants his family back more than anything.

This is the story of Joseph and his wife, Zoe; of their children, Scarlet, Theo and Ben, for whom nothing will be the same; and of Zoe's parents, who can't forgive or understand.

A compelling, moving and ultimately optimistic story of one man who will do almost anything to be reunited with his children. And of the grandparents who are determined to stop him.

About the Author

Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years' travel she became a barrister, specialising in crime and family law in the northeast of England. Also a mediator, she is passionate about the power of communication to slice through the knots. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to New Zealand. Her first novel, Freeing Grace, was published in 2010 and her second, Second Chances, in 2012 (published in the UK as After the Fall). The Son-in-Law, her third novel, was published in 2013.

Heist

Stolen gold, murderous bikers, crooked cops are just the beginning of Gareth Ford's troubles ...

'Ford laid his fingertips gently on the cut in his shoulder where the bullet had clipped him. His best chance would be to hitch a ride south at the first opportunity, before the police started looking for him. He was alone, enveloped in the monstrous silence of the desert. Free and alone, without assistance and without excuse.'

Left for dead in the desert, framed as the inside man in a bullion robbery at the remote mine site where he works, and fearing that his daughter and ex-wife have been abducted from their home in Perth, Ford must cross a thousand miles of wilderness to find his family.

Ford forms a fragile alliance with Doc and Banjo, a pair of fugitive bikers, and Kavanagh, a cop from the Gold Stealing Detection Unit who's found herself shut out of the case. As this unlikely team sets out across the Outback, they are pursued by cops, mercenaries and bikers, each group with its own agenda for preventing Ford from reaching Perth and uncovering a conspiracy that spreads through the upper strata of Western Australian life.

About the Author

Having received a degree in engineering from Cambridge, Robert Schofield worked as a structural engineering consultant, engineering signature architecture including East Croydon Station, The Eden Project, Madrid Airport, Lichfield Theatre, and the London Imax Theatre. He then travelled to Australia and finding no call for creative architectural engineering in Perth, he adapted his skills to the mining and offshore industries. Whatever time he has left after working, writing, and wrangling three young children, he spends reading, cycling, kayaking on the Blackwood River, and maintaining his scooter: a beautiful 1970 Vespa Rally.

Always Watching

A family is ensnared by a religious cult led by a madman in a gripping new thriller that crackles with suspense. Some questions are best left unanwered ...

She helps people put their demons to rest . . . But she has a few of her own.

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire-healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn't want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.

When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her-and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group's leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?

And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realises that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most . . . and fight back.

Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.

About the Author

Chevy Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island and still lives on the island with her husband and daughter. When she's not working on her next book, she's camping and canoeing with her family in the local mountains. Her debut novel, Still Missing, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel

The Local Wildlife

Welcome to the Northern Rivers, where the 'local wildlife' can refer to more than just the exotic native fauna. After a decade spent in this picturesque corner of Australia, home of chocolate-coated women, pythons in the ceiling, online Russian brides, deadly paralysis ticks, and the mysterious Mullumbimby Monster, Robert Drewe wiped the green zinc cream from his face and set down some of the unusual wildlife experiences that the far north coast of New South Wales - home of the world's greatest variety of ants - has to offer.

Drewe's trademark gentle wit, acute observational powers and mastery of the English language are all on display in this collection of sketches and anecdotes based on the quirkiness of daily life. His sharp eye for human foibles - including his own - is tempered with a generosity of spirit.

Tall tales from Australia's master of the short story - but this time these short, short stories are true.

'Excuse me, mate,' he asked the fluorescently green, bespectacled, half-submerged man, who was trying to put pen to paper while sitting in water, flicking ants off his work, and wincing as he shifted his buttock position. 'Is that how writers do writing?'

'Yep.' I frowned verdantly over my glasses. 'It's a very complicated job.'

About the Author

Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne and grew up on the West Australian coast. His novels and short stories, as well as his prize-winning memoir The Shark Net, have been widely translated and adapted for film, television, radio and theatre around the world. He was literary editor at The Australian before he began writing fiction, and a two-time recipient of the Walkley Award for excellence in journalism.

Currawong Creek

Brisbane lawyer Clare Mitchell has a structured, orderly life. That is, until she finds herself the unlikely guardian of a small, troubled boy. In desperation, Clare takes Jack to stay at Currawong Creek, her grandfather's horse stud in the foothills of the beautiful Bunya Mountains.

Here life moves at a different pace, and for Clare it feels like coming home. Her grandad adores having them there. Jack loves the animals. And Clare finds herself falling hard for the handsome local vet.

But trouble is coming. The Pyramid Mining Company threatens to destroy the land Clare loves - and with it, her newfound happiness.

About the Author

Jennifer has always harboured a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world. Her house, which was left to her by her father, is on a hilltop overlooking valleys of messmate and mountain ash. She lives there with her family. A pair of old eagles live there too. Black-tailed wallabies graze by the creek. Eastern spinebills hover among the callistemon. Horses have always been her passion. She grew up on the books of Elyne Mitchell, and all her life she's ridden and bred horses, in particular Australian stock horses.

The Comfort of Lies

A compelling, big-hearted novel that explores the collateral damage of infidelity and reveals the darkest and most private thoughts of three women.

Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption.

Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she's questioning whether she's cut out for the role of wife and mother.

Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan's affair. He promised he'd never stray again, and she trusted him.

But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he's kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.

Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.

About the Author

Randy Susan Meyers formerly was a social worker. Her debut novel, The Murderer's Daughters, was a critically acclaimed bestseller in the US. Meyers writes intelligent women's fiction.

Game

A moving and brilliant literary novel about the last days of legendary bushranger Ben Hall.

The thought was coming more often. That wherever he was, he was at the centre of a cage. He couldn't have said when the notion first entered his head. Some time in the last months. It was more now than a notion, he could see the damn bars. They were grey steel, the height of a man on horseback. In a dream he'd ridden out of a clump of boulders and caught them just before they retreated, how he knew what they looked like.

It is 1865. For three years Ben Hall and the men riding with him have been lords of every road in mid-western New South Wales from Bathurst to Goulburn, Lambing Flat to Forbes. But with the Harbourers' Act made law, coach escorts armed now with the new Colt revolving rifle, and mailbags more often containing cheques than banknotes, being game is no longer enough. The road of negotiated surrender is closed. Jack Gilbert has shot dead a police sergeant at Jugiong. Constable Nelson, father of eight, lies buried at Collector, killed by John Dunn. Neither time did Ben pull the fatal trigger, but he too will hang if ever the three are taken. Harry Hall is seven. Ben has not seen the boy since his wife Biddy left to live with another man, taking Harry with her. The need to see his son, to be in some way a father again, has grown urgent. But how much time is left before the need to give the game away and disappear becomes the greater urgency?

A spare, epic work of haunting beauty that breathes life back into legend and confirms Shearston as one of Australia's finest writers.

About the Author

Trevor Shearston is the author of Something in the Blood (UQP, 1979); Sticks That Kill (UQP, 1983); White Lies (UQP, 1986); Concertinas (Bantam Books, 1988); A Straight Young Back (Flamingo, 2000) and Dead Birds (HarperCollins, 2007). He lives in Katoomba, NSW with his family.

Tampa

Meet Celeste Price, an 8th grade English teacher - with a singular sexual obsession.

Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She is attractive. She drives a red Corvette. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed and devoted to her. But Celeste has a secret. She has a singular sexual obsession - fourteen-year-old boys. It is a craving she pursues with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought. Within weeks of her first term at a new school, Celeste has lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web - car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming encounters in Celeste's empty classroom between periods. It is bliss.

Celeste must constantly confront the forces threatening their affair - the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack's father's own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind. But the insatiable Celeste is remorseless. She deceives everyone, is close to no one and cares little for anything but her pleasure.

With crackling, stampeding, rampantly sexualized prose, Tampa is a grand, satirical, serio-comic examination of desire and a scorching literary debut.

About the Author

Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of creative writing at John Carroll University. She is the author of the award-winning collection of stories, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Oprah, Tin House, Fence and Bomb, among others. This is her first novel.

Raffles

Gentleman thief Raffles is daring, debonair, devilishly handsome - and a first-rate cricketer. In these stories, the master burglar mixes his aptitude for cricket with his passion for crime: stealing jewels from a country house, outwitting the law, stealing from the nouveau riche and, of course, bowling like a demon - all with the assistance of his plucky sidekick Bunny.

The Long Goodbye

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead. So he turns to his only friend in the world, Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. Marlowe's willing to help a man down on his luck, but Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets the truth?

The Prisoner of Zenda

The hero of this classic swashbuckling romance, English gentleman Rudolf Rassendyll, is transported from a comfortable life in London to extraordinary adventures in Ruritania, a mythical land. Rassendyll bears an uncanny resemblance to Rudolf Elphberg, who is about to be crowned King of Ruritania; and when Elphberg's rival, the villainous Black Michael of Strelsau, attempts to seize power, Rassendyll impersonates the King to uphold the rightful sovereignty and ensure political stability

The hero of this classic swashbuckling romance, English gentleman Rudolf Rassendyll, is transported from a comfortable life in London to extraordinary adventures in Ruritania, a mythical land. Rassendyll bears an uncanny resemblance to Rudolf Elphberg, who is about to be crowned King of Ruritania; and when Elphberg's rival, the villainous Black Michael of Strelsau, attempts to seize power, Rassendyll impersonates the King to uphold the rightful sovereignty and ensure political stability.

Something for the Kids

The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie

A gripping time-slip adventure set in a hidden valley. 11-year-old Lucy travels across the river of time to fight fires, battle floodwaters and discover the meaning of true friendship. 'Enchanting, exciting, and shimmering with magic, this is a gorgeous adventure from a master story-teller. I wanted to follow Lucy right through the wall.' - Kate Constable

The room was full of moon shadows and dancing light. But it was the wall around the window that Lucy couldn't stop staring at, the one with the painting of Spring. It was as bright as a sunny day and the tiny yellow flowers that covered the fields were moving, as if a breeze had blown through the painting and set all the petals dancing.

Lucy McKenzie can walk through walls. Sent to stay with her Aunt Big in a hidden valley, Lucy discovers the old house is full of mysteries. One hot night, she hears a voice calling from inside a painting on the dining-room wall...

On the other side of the painting, Lucy meets three children. Together they race horses through the bush, battle fires and floods, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. But who are April, Tom and Jimmy Tiger, and what magic has drawn Lucy to them?

About the Author

Kirsty Murray is the author of fourteen books for children and teenagers. Her novels have won and been short-listed for numerous awards including the WA Premier's Award and the NSW Premier's History Award. She has been a Creative Fellow of the State Library of Victoria and an Asialink Literature Resident in South India. Her books include: India Dark, Vulture's Gate, Market Blues, Walking Home with Marie-Claire and the epic quartet of historical fiction, 'Children of the Wind'. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and a drifting tribe of young people. www.kirstymurray.com

Let's Paint

Warm, vibrant and amusing, this is a joyous picture-book exploration of the messy and marvellous world of art. It will give every child the courage and inspiration to express their creativity.

Whether you drip, dot, daub -- or carefully dab -- there is a marvellous, messy world of art waiting to be explored. From exquisitely detailed paintings to crazy kaleidoscopes of colour, art is as essential as the air we breathe and much more fun.

So open the book and see for yourself ... and Let's Paint!

About the Author

Gabriel Alborozo was born in the UK but grew up in Adelaide and lived in Sydney in his twenties where he worked in the props department on the Star Wars movies and The Matrix, as well as for a local animation company. He currently lives in London.

Thought Provoking

Nearly Impossible Dreams - Written PortraitsNearly Impossible Dreams

Tara Finn RRP $14.95

Nearly Impossible Dreams is a unique poetry book written by talented 10 year old author, Tara Finn. It includes a collection of over 30 insightful poems that Tara has composed between the ages of 8 to 10 years old. 

Most young girls dream of being ballerinas, mermaids or teachers when they grow up, Tara’s dream was a little different.  From the age of five, she told everyone that she was going to be a writer. That dream became her reality last week when she launched her first published book of poetry called ‘Nearly Impossible Dreams’.  At that moment, Tara became the youngest Australian published poet. In this book Tara expresses her emotions through a collection of over 30 insightful poems written between the ages of eight to ten years and is exquisitely illustrated by Michelle Harris. 

About Written Portraits


Written Portraits is an annual Australian teenagers writing competition.

A collaborative project organised by Forming Circles Pty Ltd with Green Olive Press in their bid to help improve literacy in Australia.
 
Its aim is to showcase young Australian Writing talent and provide a creative platform for teenagers to express their inner feelings and emotions through Portraits Written in words.
 
Each student who participates has the opportunity to win $5000 in funds for their school literacy programs and $500 personally, a chance to be published in the anthology of selected stories and a book deal.
 
The competition is open to school student’s aged 13 to 18 and each entry takes the form of an original short story between 800 to 1200 words that is as descriptive as a picture.  This year the theme is Portraits at Home. The storyteller can be as expressive and creative as they like capturing perhaps an object, a person, a fictional character or whatever this theme may resonate for them.  Their story can include any issue that is important to them; in doing so it will give them a voice during this often emotional and exciting time of their lives.

Fairfax: The Rise and Fall

A devastating exposé by former Fairfax editor, Gold Walkley winner, and leading business journalist Colleen Ryan.

Colleen Ryan gives the definitive account of the fate of Fairfax. It is the story of greedy media moguls, angry and ambitious politicians, foolhardy heirs and heiresses, zealous journalists, muddling management and the rise of digital media. The once-mighty Fairfax has been a victim of them all. A drama-filled saga that reveals how far Fairfax has fallen.

About the Author

Colleen Ryan was a Fairfax journalist for over 35 years. She is a former Editor of the Australian Financial Review and during her career she was Washington correspondent for the AFR and more recently China correspondent, based in Shanghai for 6 years. 

Colleen has worked across the Fairfax group including a decade with the Sydney Morning Herald and five years with National Times. She has won three Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley and received a Centenary Medal for services to journalism and publishing, as well as the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award. Colleen was co-author of the last book on Fairfax, Corporate Cannibals, The Taking of Fairfax, published in 1992.

The Stalking of Julia Gillard

This is the story of one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history, of how a powerful media pack, a vicious commentariat and some of those within her own party contrived to bring down Australia's first woman prime minister.

'Don't write crap. Can't be that hard. And when you have written complete crap, then I think you should correct it.' Julia Gillard

When Julia Gillard took the reins of the Australian Labor Party on 24 June 2010 she did so with the goodwill of the majority of her party and a fawning Canberra press gallery. The man she had supplanted, Kevin Rudd, led an isolated band of angry Labor voices at this surprising turn of events. The collective political and media verdict was that his time, short though it had been, was up. But when Gillard announced in February 2011 that her government would introduce a carbon pricing scheme, Rudd and his small team of malcontents were already in lock-step with key Canberra and interstate journalists in a drive to push her out of the prime ministerial chair.

Never has a prime minister been so assiduously stalked. Cast as a political liar and policy charlatan, Julia Gillard was also mercilessly and relentlessly lampooned for her hair, clothes, accent, her arse, even the way she walks and talks. Rudd, on the other hand, could barely do any wrong. His antics were afforded benign, unquestioning prime-time media coverage.

This is the story about one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history. It focuses on Team Rudd and the media's treatment of its slow-death campaign of destabilisation, with its disastrous effect on Gillard and the government's functioning. It is about a politician who was never given a fair go; not in the media, not by Rudd, not by some in caucus.

About the Author

Kerry-Anne Walsh worked for 25 years in the federal parliamentary press gallery, as chief political correspondent for publications such as the Daily Telegraph, the Bulletin magazine and the Sun-Herald. She also wrote for a string of international publications, and worked in both radio and TV. She is a regular political commentator on Sky News, Radio New Zealand and the ABC.

What's Happening to Our Boys

What kind of world are our boys growing up in?

Why are increasing numbers of boys suffering body image and self-esteem problems? Why do they feel worthless without the latest branded toy, game or item of clothing? What makes soft drinks, snacks and fast foods so attractive? Why are they drawn to countless acts of violence on TV, in movies and in computer games? What impact does our highly sexualised climate and our emphasis on success and money have on them as they grow? And why are so many boys vulnerable to cyber bullying and to porn?

Childhood and teenage life is changing rapidly, leaving parents exhausted and confused as to how best to tackle the many issues they face. How does this high-pressure environment affect a boy's confidence, his values and aspirations, his wellbeing, his sense of community, his attitudes to girls and women?

In her follow-up book to What's Happening to Our Girls? Maggie Hamilton asks these and many other vital questions, as well as providing numerous tips for parents and educators on how to create a more promising future for our children.

About the Author

Maggie Hamilton is the author of What's Happening to Our Girls?, What Men Don't Talk About, Maggie Hamilton's Secret Girl's Business, and The Magic of the Moment: Let Go of Your Past and Embrace the Future.

How to Deal with Financial Distraction

Overcome the Financial Distractions of Everyday Life & Create a Direct Path to Financial Security

Everyone wants to be financially secure, so why aren't you?

Financial distraction is the greatest single barrier to attaining everything we want out of life. It's all too easy to defer, ignore, stall or mess up any or all of the strategies that can take us to our greatest financial goals.  No matter where we're at in life, we've all got them! What are yours? Just some of the common ones this book addresses are:

  • Raising Children?
  • Investing in property?
  • Getting divorced?
  • Growing a business?
  • Thinking about self-managed super funds?
  • Budgeting?
  • Suffering tax jealousy?
  • Worried about illness?
  • Struggling with debt?
  • Wondering why we work?
  • Doing a will?
  • Having problems with the tax office?
  • Questioning the safety of the share market?

These aren't obstacles to financial security they are merely the stepping stones in a colourful life.  This book collates 16 years of real case study experience and shows you how to remove financial distraction from your life and take you to where you want to be faster and easier. 

Overcome the financial distractions of everyday life and create a direct path to financial security.

Warrior Princess

This is the story of a young woman - pssionate, fearless and dangerously curious (with a set of ferocious Jewish parents breathing fire down her neck) - who turned her back on the safety of her suburban life to face probable death in an effort to become the world's first female Maasai warrior.

Warrior Princess is the hilarious and inspirational memoir of Mindy Budgor, a young entrepreneur tired of corporate life, who decides to make changes in her life. While waiting for her Business School applications to go through, she decides to volunteer - first in India with Muhammad Yunus (Banker to the Poor), and then in Africa building schools and hospitals in the Maasai Mara. While living and working with the Maasai, Mindy talks to the chief and asks him why there are no women Maasai warriors.

The chief responds simply and derisively - because women are not strong enough, or brave enough to be warriors. Mindy immediately realizes her calling - she gets the chief to agree to train her (and her fellow volunteer) to become Maasai warriors when they return to Africa, and thus begins Mindy's amazing adventure. Mindy is now one of the first female Maasai warriors and an official member of the tribe.

As a result of their training and advocacy, law in Africa will be changed in 2016 to allow women the right to become Maasai warriors, and Mindy as a tribe member is ready to return to stand with her fellow-warriors against whatever opposition they might face - be it lions, or elephants, or Western-influence.

About the Author

In her junior year at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Mindy started her first business, CollegeButler, a concierge service for undergrads. She sold the company several years later and worked at a small sports marketing agency. She also managed early-stage investments for the agency's CEO. In 2009, after leaving her marketing job, Mindy's career was at a standstill. Unsure what she wanted to do next, she simultaneously applied to business school and bought a multi-stop plane ticket to Bangladesh and Kenya to explore her interests in social enterprises in developing countries. After completing a two-month microfinance internship in Dhaka, Mindy traveled to Kenya. While volunteering to build a clinic in the Maasai Mara, she met several members of the Maasai, a semi-nomadic tribe, which led to the journey detailed in Warrior Princess. She currently attends the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a 2012 MBA candidate.

Wisdom for Your Life

Working in a leading hospital as a therapist and social worker Katrina Cavanough, one of Australia's Top 10 psychics, has witnessed many deaths. Here she shares some of her most memorable cases and what she has learned from those who had just passed over.

As a therapist and frontline social worker in a busy emergency department, every day of her working life Katrina faces psychological trauma, death and grief. What makes her story so powerful is that Katrina also communicates and receives messages from the souls of those who have died. Using her remarkable ability to talk with those who've passed over, she discovers a bounty of wisdom, and answers to some of life's greatest questions. In Wisdom For Your Life Katrina tells some of her many amazing stories from the death of a small baby, to a father who suicides, showing that those who have passed over continue to communicate with us and that death is anything but the end.

About the Author

Katrina is a child and family therapist, relationship therapist and drug and alcohol clinician, and a psychic currently featured on Channel 7's TV Show The One as one of the Top 10 Psychics in Australia. She's been profiled in New Idea, That's Life, and TV Week, and also hosts her own radio show Your Powerful Spirit which broadcasts in the US, Australia and on the world wide web.

Inspiring

Inspired by Nature Series

The new Inspired by Nature gift book series from Australian photographer Steve Parish is a shear delight to get lost in. Each of the eight books showcases a selection of Steve’s most stunning nature photographs, complemented by inspirational passages written by Steve and his wife, Kate. Titled Joy, Creativity, Healing, Gratitude, Freedom, Acceptance, Consciousness and Compassion, these gorgeous books are perfect gifts for that special someone.

For more than four decades, award-winning photographer and OAM recipient Steve Parish’s greatest inspiration has been capturing the essence of this vast land on film. His creative photographic journeys have left him with a library of more than 600,000 photographs — unrivalled by other Australian photographers. He is regularly involved with conservation efforts and frequently lends his time and voice to help encourage others to join the cause for wildlife conservation. The Inspired by Nature series reflects Steve’s generous heart and philosophical nature. Visit www.steveparish.com.au for more information.

Welcome to My Country

A wonderfully engaging and heartening account of a successful Aboriginal community based at a beautiful beach site in Arnhem Land

Come and spend some time with us at Bawaka. Get a taste of what it is like at different times of the year, and listen to our stories.

Laklak Burarrwanga and family invite you to their Country, centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land. Its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray, to hunt; the land behind has bush fruits, pandanus for weaving, wood for spears, all kinds of useful things. This country is also rich with meaning. 'We can go anywhere and see a river, hill, tree, rock telling a story.'

Here too is Laklak's own history, from her long walk across Arnhem Land as a child to her people's fight for land rights and for a say in their children's schooling. She and her family stand tall, a proud and successful Indigenous community.

In the Yolngu world, we have a library in the land. You can't destroy it. If you burn it, it grows again. The land is full of more knowledge than you can imagine.

About the Author

Laklak Burarrwanga, Sarah Wright, Sandie Suchet-Pearson and Kate Lloyd are an Indigenous and non-Indigenous research collective. Laklak and her sisters are elders and caretakers for Bawaka Country in northeast Arnhem Land. Sarah, Sandie and Kate are three non-Indigenous academics from Newcastle and Macquarie universities who have been adopted into the family as granddaughter, sister and daughter. Bawaka Country refers to the diverse land, water, animals, plants, rocks, thoughts and songs that make up their Indigenous homeland of Bawaka. Theirs is a story of lives entwined and of new places of being and belonging. Welcome to My Country is also a collaborative narrative of unexpected transformations, embedded families and the spirituality and agency of non-human elements in and of the landscape. The group have worked together as a research collective since 2006, and have written 2 books and several academic and popular articles together.

Laklak is a Datiwuy Elder, Caretaker for Gumatj, and eldest sister. As a teacher in the community at Bawaka, she has spent decades sharing her knowledge with the children of her community. She also writes and translates books for the Yirrkala Community School. Seven years ago she helped to establish her family-owned tourism business Bawaka Cultural Experiences (BCE) and through this business, as well as through being a member of the Yothu Yindi Garma Foundation, she has shared her knowledge with tourists, including government staff in cross-cultural programs.

For the Food Lovers

At My Table

A cookbook for those with diabetes, their families and friends or for anyone interested in cooking and eating gorgeous food - a collection of special occasion recipes from some of the finest chefs in the southern hemisphere.

The first absolutely accessible yet entirely sophisticated recipe book for people with diabetes, their families and friends.

Every cook will discover favourite recipes in this collection - from Maggie Beer's Haloumi and Citrus Lentils and Adam Liaw's Scallops with Green Olive Tapenade and Preserved Lemon Powder to Luke Mangan's Warm Oriental Duck and Mango Salad and Janni Kyritsis's Pink Gin Granita.

Amanda Bilson, the wife of renowned chef Tony Bilson, who has had Type 1 diabetes for 45 years, and Janni Kyritsis, an acclaimed chef himself who has Type 2 diabetes, have invited the best chefs in Australia to contribute wonderful recipes - some for everyday eating, some for special occasions. While this is not a traditional cookbook for people with diabetes, each recipe has been reviewed by the Senior Clinical Dietitian from The Diabetes Centre at St Vincent's Hospital. Nutritional information and tips from the dietitian have been included not only for people with diabetes but also for anyone watching their weight, blood glucose levels or cholesterol.

Beautifully illustrated with more than 50 stunning photos, and with recipes from some of the finest chefs in the southern hemisphere, At My Table is a cookbook for anyone interested in cooking and eating gorgeous food.

Each purchase of this cookbook will help raise funds for the patients and their families and carers at The Diabetes Centre, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney.

About the Author

Amanda Bilson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 15 years of age and has since been on a lifelong journey of learning about diet, food values, maintaining balance and the value of exercise. Married to acclaimed chef, Tony Bilson, Amanda knows that it's possible to combine cooking and eating delicious food with the diabetic lifestyle that's necessary to her health. JANNI KYRITSIS loves food and its preparation. He learnt his culinary skills with Stephanie Alexander in Melbourne, then with Gay Bilson at Berowra Waters Inn.

Janni has cooked at Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House and opened the wonderful MG Garage in Sydney. He was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes four years ago and now considers it a wake-up call that allowed him to improve his health and wellbeing.

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