Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • Songwriter, composer, lead guitarist and creative powerhouse behind The Who, Pete Townshend is a pre-eminent influence on rock. Spearheading Sixties rock smashing guitars and writing songs which challenged the function of popular music. Townsend created the power chord and broke the three-minute mould of the pop song in Tommy, Quadrophenia and later works. His intelligence, imagination and restless mind led him into uncharted waters; and he is still exploring and inspiring countless up and coming musicians. This is his own story; his difficult childhood and its repercussions later in life; and his quest to understand his own past while keeping faith with his audience.
  • With Kerry Packer at the helm and a galaxy of top stars, Channel Nine ruled the airwaves, consistently winning the ratings and fostering a unique esprit de corps within its ranks. The network was conspicuous for its success, notorious for its arrogance and indisputably 'the one', yet within a few short years it went from front-runner to also-ran with rock bottom morale, mass redundancies and a resurgent opposition by former Channel Nine executives out for revenge. Where does the blame lie? Stone tells the story with one staggering revelation after another with a result of a real-life drama far more riveting that anything on the small screen. A must for media history students and buffs.

  • Take a trip back to the days of real music, live music, satin flares, platform boots and - Slade, the most successful  rock/glam band out of the U.K. . Noddy Holder, flamboyant lead singer - always recognisable in his cool hats - tells his fascinating story. Famous for rocking a generation with hits such as Mama Weer All Crazee Now, Cum On Feel The Noize, Far Far Away and of course Merry Christmas Everybody  Slade challenged  Gary Glitter, Elton John and The Sweet throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s for the biggest hits and the most glam outfits. Success in America in the 1980s brought them some of their biggest hits and touring with luminaries like Aerosmith, Santana and Sly and the Family Stone. Noddy eventually left Slade in 1990s to enter the world of TV and radio and in 1999, he was awarded an MBE in the Millennium Honours List. He tells it in a good-humoured, down-to-earth style. Features black and white photographs.
  • Morris Lurie, author, wrote more than twenty books including Flying Home, which was selected by the National Book Council as one of the ten best Australian books of the decade. His Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race was voted by the schoolchildren of Victoria as their favourite story book by an Australian author.
  • Australia in the 1860s, the time of the roaming gangs of bushrangers, stealing gold and horses and seeking refuge among the country people who often protected the outlaws from the government troopers.  Many bushrangers have been immortalised in song and legend: Donahoe, Frank the Darkie and Ben Hall, all of whom preferred to die with their boots on that to perish in irons. Here is the story of those adventurous years, when the Wild Colonial Boys baffled the law time and time again.
  • Keith Brockie spent many months travelling throughout Scotland in order to paint, sketch and draw the diverse native flora and fauna of the British Isles. The artwork is delicate, fresh and vital and accompanied by Brockie's notes and observations - a real treasure.
  • Somerset Maugham -  husband, father, bi-sexual; homosexual; playwright, author, thorough-going agnostic and - spy, recruited to the network of British agents who operated against the Berlin Committee during World War 1. Published in 1937, the aim of this book - which, according to the author, makes no attempt to be biographical in the strict sense - is to trace the developments of Maugham's style, technique and choice of subject matter in his novels, plays and short stories. There is also speculation of the the thought and philosophy of which Maugham's work is his eloquent expression.
  • On May 27, 1940, Wing-Commander Basil Embry (later Air Chief Marshal and Commander, Allied Air Forces in Central Europe 1953-56), although appointed to a higher command, decided to lead his old squadron into battle for the last time. Within the hour he was shot down in France and found himself alone, unarmed and in uniform. Capture was inevitable. He was, in fact, captured three times: on one occasion breaking from a column of prisoners under the muzzle of a German machine-gun and on another fighting his way out, killing three Germans with a stolen rifle and then hiding in a manure heap for nearly six hours. The most amazing of all of Embry's exploits was the occasion on which, in the role of a fanatical member of the Irish Republican Army, he shook his fist under the nose of a German inquisitor, yelling hatred and abuse of Britain until his captors finally turned him loose to find his own way home - which, by sheer courage and wit, he did, to fight and fly again. He was awarded the D.S.O. and three bars; and the D.F.C.
  • The period of persecution and execution of so-called witches is a venomous chapter of Western civilisation.  The hunt extended from the Middle Ages into the early modern era, and from the Old World to the New.  Although efforts have been made to understand this hysterical mass murder, many disturbing aspects are still shrouded in mystery.  The participation of small children and adolescents, whether as the accused or as accusers, is crucial.  Dr. Sebald examines a number of historic witch trials, including the infamous events at Salem, in England, Sweden, Austria and Germany.