Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • Roden Cutler's list of honours is long and impressive, but it is his sole decoration, the Victoria Cross, that marks him as a hero. Over 800,000 men and women served in the Australian armed forces during the Second World War, but only twenty were awarded the V.C. Here are is the vivid life and times of the young soldier with the dashing good looks, the laconic humour and dislike of pretension who came back from the war determined to continue to support his mother, but, having lost a leg, with no idea how to do so. Yet by the age of 29 he was the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand and his future diplomatic career would include stints to Ceylon, Egypt during the Suez crisis of 1956, Pakistan and New York. In 1966 he was appointed Governor of New South Wales; during his 15 years in the office he shared with Captain Arthur Phillip and Lachlan Macquarie, he earned his own niche among them as the `people's governor'. Much loved, still remembered as a man equally at home in the company of royalty or trade unionists. His story is embedded in Australian history, and part of it. But it is also the story of a man who pulled himself up by his bootstraps to serve his country with courage and dignity in the face of all obstacles.  
  • Walkley Award-winning journalist Marian Wilkinson delivers a stunning exposé of Graham Richardson, who was for twenty years was one of the most powerful figures in the Australian Labor Party. From back rooms to board rooms, Richardson held levers that drove the cogs of the ALP machine - if there was a deal to be made, Richardson was The Fixer. His  rise to power was marked by explosions of violence and bitterness, won him rare political influence and at times brought his career to the edge of disaster. Here will be found the truth behind: the bashing of Labor MP Peter Baldwin; the making and breaking of Bob Hawke, P.M.; the Love Boat incident; the Gold Coast prostitution scandals and the Marshall Island affair.

  • 'The difference between the men and boys is in the price of their toys...!'  Lee Liberace - born Władziu Valentino Liberace - was more than a pianist, singer and occasional actor - he was a personality, larger than life. For his fans, he was the master of music, money and a man of iridescently good manners. He never avoided confronting - and triumphing over - the problems of success. He was and still is a fascinating figure, known for his diamond-studded ermine coat, his grand piano - shaped swimming pool (very outrageous for the 1950s); his llama and ermine bedspread and his rare Rolls Royce (one of seven only made) in which he was chauffeured on-stage for one particular gig. From the 1950s to 1970s, he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • Here is an autobiographical tale that so captured the public imagination, as well as the spirit and feel of an age, that it went into 63 editions in less than ten years. The author  describes how he built the house that became known as San Michele on the site of an old monastery on Capri before the beginning of the 1900s.  He also includes stories of famous men he had known in Europe, stories of medicine and anecdotes about his friends.
  • It would be easy to think of Mrs. Beeton, with her massive compendium of recipes and remedies for literally every household problem as an elderly, wise woman.  Yet she was only 29 when she died. She began by writing a recipe column for a magazine published by her husband, Samuel.  There were a few recipe books at the time, but none that a young lady setting forth on matrimony could refer to for solutions to the day-to-day problems of running a household. In 1859 the Beetons launched a series of 48-page monthly supplements to The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine; the 24 instalments were published in one volume as the now-famous Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management in October 1861, which sold 60,000 copies in the first year. Of the 1,112 pages, over 900 contained recipes. The remainder provided advice on fashion, child care, animal husbandry, poisons, the management of servants, science, religion, first aid and the importance in the use of local and seasonal produce.  This biography of Mrs Beeton and her husband Samuel was written by her great-niece, Nancy Spain. A very fascinating read.
  • The figure of the governess is very familiar from nineteenth-century literature, but much less is known about the governess in reality. This book is the first rounded exploration of what the life of the home schoolroom was actually like. Drawing on original diaries and a variety of previously undiscovered sources, Kathryn Hughes describes why the period 1840-80 was the classic age of governesses, examining their numbers, recruitment, teaching methods, social position and prospects. The governess provides a key to the central Victorian concept of the lady. Her education consisted of a series of accomplishments designed to attract a husband able to keep her in the style to which she had become accustomed from birth. Becoming a governess was the only acceptable way of earning money open to a lady whose family could not support her in leisure. Being paid to educate another woman's children set in play a series of social and emotional tensions. The governess was a surrogate mother, who was herself childless, a young woman whose marriage prospects were restricted and a family member who was sometimes mistaken for a servant.
  • Tales From The Aborigines: Bill Harney lived continually among the Aboriginal people for years and these are the tales he heard during his many patrols through the Northern Territory. From 1940 - 1947 he served as a patrol officer and protector of Aborigines under the Native Affairs Branch of the Northern Territory, coming to the job with more than twenty years experience in the region. Content To Lie In The Sun: By the campfire after the day's hunt or during the day when the foods gathered from the land or sea were being cooked, Harney's aboriginal friends loved to  share tales of bygone days. Bill reminisces about a happy and rugged life in both modes - 'Black thinking White' and 'White thinking Black' - and has plenty to tell on a range of subjects from crocodiles and the droving  days.  
  • The son of W.E. (Bill) Harney, the legendary writer and story-teller and Ludi Yibuluyma, a Waradaman woman, Yidumduma Bill Harney had little contact with his father. Instead, he was brought up straddling both heritages learning the traditional Aboriginal way of of life and the white man's way. Yidumduma Bill witnessed horrific acts such as cattle station owners poisoning Aborigines and welfare officers seizing part-Aboriginal children. His own sister Dulcie was taken by the authorities and he narrowly escaped the same fate. Years later, he had to fight to keep his own sons. Bill has seen the disintegration of the traditional Aboriginal way of life and the end of the livelihood of stockmen and drovers. Shocking stories of casual cruelty and violence sit alongside the tales of the Dreamtime, graphic details of the bush tucker of his childhood and hilarious yarns about drunken drovers, crafty poddy-dodgers and miserable publicans.
  • Osiris the king, was slain by his brother Set, dismembered, scattered, then gathered up and reconstituted by his wife Isis and finally placed in the underworld as lord and judge of the dead. He was worshipped in Egypt from archaic, pre-dynastic times right through the 4000-year span of classical Egyptian civilization up until the Christian era, and even today folkloristic elements of his worship survive among the Egyptian fellaheen. This is the most thorough explanation ever offered of Osirism. With rigorous scholarship, going directly to numerous Egyptian texts, making use of the writings of Herodotus, Diodorus, Plutarch and other classical writers, and of more recent ethnographic research in the Sudan and other parts of Africa, Wallis Budge examines every detail of the cult of Osiris; he establishes a link between Osiris worship and African religions and investigates iconography; the heaven of Osiris as conceived in the VIth dynasty; Osiris's relationship to cannibalism, human sacrifice and dancing; Osiris as ancestral spirit, judge of the dead, moon-god and bull-god  and so much more. Osiris seems to have been the earliest death and resurrection god, whose worship both caused and influenced later dieties, the cult of Osiris is highly important to all concerned with the development of human culture. Illustrated with pyramid texts (with translations) and reproductions of classical Egyptian art. First published in 1911 and regarded as the most authoritative work on Osirism.