Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

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  • A group of convicts escape from Norfolk Island in a boat. Only one survives - by  killing and eating his companions en route for sustenance until he arrives on Badu Island. He takes over leadership of the natives by besting - then decapitating - the chief. The natives believe him to be the reincarnation of Wongai, friend of the gods, and accept him without question. Their acceptance is tinged with reverence when they
    discover that he is an astute war leader and knows something of agriculture. This tale of the European convict who rose to power in the 1840s as a tribal chief, is based on fact - from the ships log of the HMS Rattlesnake, captained by Owen Stanley.  Billy Winn, an escaped convict from Norfolk Island, had, through a reign of terror and treachery, cowed the most fearful of all peoples - the Coral Sea headhunters.
  • Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen; Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen; and Jacquetta, Lady Rivers, The Rivers Woman are the subjects of the first three novels in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series and of the three biographical essays in this book. Philippa Gregory, together with historians David Baldwin and Michael Jones, both leading experts in their field, helped Philippa to research the novels, tell the extraordinary 'true' stories of the life of these women who until now have been largely forgotten by history, their background and times, highlighting questions which are raised in the fiction and illuminating the novels. With a foreword by Philippa Gregory - in which Philippa writes revealingly about the differences between history and fiction and examines the gaps in the historical record - and beautifully illustrated with rare portraits.
  • Empires remain alive in our minds by dint of the great works they achieve. And the Roman empire is still the world's preceptor in politics, law, administration and the art of war. Her legal advisors laid the foundations of justice and morals in society; her municipal system has handed down criteria of administration still in use today. The Romans built triumphal arches, the domed Pantheon, aqueducts, circuses and amphitheatres for their captains, the needs of their empire and the pleasure of their great cities, in addition to their military roads which spread their will to the ends of the earth. They also created the Coliseum and the Thermal Baths of Caracella, so majestic they can be taken as a symbol of Roman dominion. The scandal of Roman orgies surpassed anything that had been seen in the Orient; Latin is the parent of many modern languages; and for Cicero, Seneca and Tacitus, the most imperious need was the free possession of the self. With colour and blak and white photographs  and artistic representations of events, places and people.
  • Features wild tales of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix and more.
  • For the first generation of young white Australians, life was largely a battle for survival.  But a large number did survive and with their parents - petty criminals, Marines and free settlers - became the nucleus of a nation. For those born to wealthy families, the path ahead was clear: they would be the founders of colonial dynasties, businessmen, landowners and society leaders.  But for the less privileged were the slums that by the mid-nineteenth century were as terrible as any in the northern hemisphere .  The gold rushes, two World Wars and the Great Depression affected the lives of Australian children and then came the immigration boom of the 1950s and 1960s, changing and enriching the predominantly Anglo-Saxon society.  A fascinating book covering the children of Australia - and all aspects of being a child in Australia - since 1788.  Illustrated with colour and black and white photos.
  • Less a biography, more a critical appreciation, it tells the story of the trio through 11 classic rock songs and reveals some of the personal and creative secrets that went into their making. Important figures from AC/DC's long way to the top open up for the very first time, while unsung heroes behind the band's success are given the credit they are due. Accepted accounts of events are challenged while sensational new details emerge to cast a whole new light on the band's history--especially their early years with Atlantic Records in the United States. Former AC/DC members and musicians from bands such as Guns N' Roses, Dropkick Murphys, Airbourne and Rose Tattoo also give their take on the Youngs' brand of magic. Their music has never pulled its punches. Neither does this critically acclaimed biography.   With fabulous colour and black and white photographs.
  • Author John O'Grady's  (Nino Culotta) father, with no practical experience and very little money, threw up city life and became a farmer - he bought his land, worked hard, applied the latest scientific methods - and went broke.  Yet O'Grady has wonderful memories of growing up on the farm near Tamworth and recounts them all here with his usual wry humour.
  • A fabulous chunk of Australiana in this wide selection of anecdotes compiled by John Laws and Christopher Stewart that ranges through Australia's history: from the First Fleet to the rock 'n' roll of the 1950s, these are fascinating stories that detail the people and events that helped shape the Australian legend.  There's heroism, perseverance, strange coincidences genius, tragedy and warfare. And with every tale, no matter how well-known - there was always a little more to it.
  • Marshall and his wife met these people  -  country folk from central Victoria, the Mallee and the Wimmera - real Australians. They ate with them, shared the makings with them, helped them and were helped by them, drank with them and talked with them over a nice cuppa. This is no fly-by-night collection of brief impressions - they travelled in a caravan drawn by two elderly yet stalwart horses, savouring scenes and the friendships of the road, until he had accident to his crook leg. And even in hospital he found plenty to write about - and everyone he wrote about had a story to tell him - sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes rich in courage. It's the battlers he loves - the farmer hit by drought, the woman whose husband is on the grog, the kid who never had much education, the bushman living content with only his dog for company.  These are Marshall's people.