Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • Grenfell, mid-western new South Wales, boomed in the gold rush of 1866. Once the gold declined, Grenfell became one of the richest pastoral areas in Australian, renowned for its wool and wheat. John Butler Wood first squatted there in 1833, travelling from Parramatta to Waugoola, where friendly Aborigines guided him to Brundah and water.  Originally known as Emu Creek because of the high numbers of emus, the town became Grenfell after John Granville Grenfell, the crown land commissioner who was shot by bushrangers in 1866. Here can be seen where Ben Hall had his home; the site of the old police barracks and the grave of Dan Charters, bushranger-turned-informer is buried in the local cemetery. Henry Lawson, writer and poet, was born on the Grenfell goldfields in 1867. And it is rumoured that the gold from the Eugowra Gold Escort holdup is still hidden in the Weddin Mountains.
  • After many years abroad, H.V. Morton set out one morning in the mid-1920s, in his Morris two-seater, in search of England. This is  not an unbiased travel guide - if he's unhappy with a place, the reader will know. He 'expects the worst' at Wigan  and believes Norfolk to be 'the most suspicious county in England.'  The reader will see through his eyes: Stonehenge, Dartmoor, the ruins of Glastonbury, Hadrian's Wall, inns, cathedrals and churches. Written almost one hundred years ago some things, like the generation gap, haven't changed - a cockle gatherer claimed that they were the last of their kind since 'girls today want to be ladies and they don't like hard work either.'  After being lured into a tea shop he feels that 'the Crusades could have been stopped by a Dorsetshire tea'. He is excellent company and this is no run-of-the-mill travel guide. This is England between the wars and preserved by this leading author - and believe it or not, still in print today.
  • Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live.
  • Richard Goldstein was the respected voice of popular culture, sex, and politics of the 60s and 70s. Most important of all he was the voice of the music scene in all its newness and vitality, as Goldstein discovered it - from The Shangri-Las, The Rolling Stones and The Lovin' Spoonful to Mama Cass, Ravi Shankar, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane and The Beatles.  This was the era of irreversible change in society, from one end to the other. All the rules were broken and it's all recorded here, in Goldstein's 'scrapbook'.
  • First published in 1964 this book examines the integration of indigenous and white society that was begun over twenty years earlier. It examines the effects the policy had on the lives of the indigenous people and if it was an enlightened decision that took account of the wishes and needs of the indigenous people.  Dr. Reay asked a group of young anthropologists to examine the implications of the policy through research and fieldwork in various key communities. The findings provided a fascinating record of modern indigenous life and a jolt to those who assume that assimilation was going to be the last word. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • Looking after animals is no job for a man of sedentary disposition or sluggish mind. What action should one take, for example, when chimpanzees are having a pillow fight in the spare room, a fat lady sits on the macaw and the orang-utan  enjoys being felt with the stethoscope so much she develops a phantom pregnancy so the treatment continues? Durrell also has a tale to tell of a trip to Sierra Leone to catch a Colobus and an expedition to Mexico to acquire a Volcano rabbit and a thick-billed parrot. And in true Durrell form, his odyssey is littered with hilarious mishaps and unexpected triumphs.
  • Charles Stewart Parnell (1846 - 1891) came closer, perhaps, than anyone to solving the Irish problem while keeping Britain united, Protestant, aloof, English-educated, he was an unlikely character to fulfil the role of Messiah for Irish nationalists. Yet they called him the uncrowned king of Ireland and were it not for ill-health and his doomed liasion with Kitty O'Shea, this enigmatic Anglo-Irishman might well have achieved a lasting Irish peace; that he did not was England's and Ireland's tragedy as well as his own. Winner of the Royal Society of Literature Award, 1977. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • Following on from There's Always More To The Story, Laws, together with journalist Christopher Stewart, has assembled more than fifty fascinating and compelling real-life Australian stories that reveal an intriguing and formerly hidden side to our history. There's the Scandanavian King who came here as a convict; the farm boy who made the first submarine voyage under the Arctic ice and so much more. From the bush to the cities, from early settlers to the Diggers in the Gallipoli trenches and Flanders, there's plenty of surprises and twists.
  • Leonard Nimoy's memoir of a fascinating career - and the strange, wonderful, complicated relationship he had with his alter-ego, Spock and the phenomenon that is Star Trek. From the earliest days in the creation of the Star Trek Universe, when NBC executives told Gene Roddenberry to 'drop the Martian', through to his performance as Mr. Spock on a two part episode of  The Next Generation this book tells the full inside story of Leonard Nimoy's long and intense association with Star Trek, in front of and behind the camera.