Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

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  • A very glossy and colourful look at the way we were when we celebrated 200 years. All the events are covered:  the Tall Ships, the First Fleet re-enactment, the Round Australia Yacht Race, the Transcontinental Balloon Challenge and more; articles on Cook's preparations for his voyage, Australian migration, Royal visits, our sporting achievements  and festivals, Australian art - even fashion, media and society. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs.
  • The era between the wars was one of prosperity.  The Roaring Twenties saw the development of the film and radio industries. Australia could boast of having the best cricketers and arguably, the best racehorse.  But it would not last.  The collapse of the stock market heralded the worldwide Depression and by the time the economy recovered, another generation of young men were enlisting for war. Carroll traces the major themes of Australian life over the decades of prosperity and penury. Illustrated with black and white photographs
  • Walter Raleigh symbolises the Elizabethan world, but what of his wife, Bess? She had her own remarkable story.  She played for high political stakes in a dangerous and violent world - and successive monarchs, threatened by her ability, sought to destroy her and those she loved.  She lost her husband and two of her three children and herself was imprisoned, interrogated, banished and made destitute.  Yet each time she came back, taking on her enemies with a resilience and courage remarkable for her time. Portrait on dustjacket © National Gallery of Ireland.
  • Every family has its stories but some have stories that touch the heart and inspire the mind. When Jerry Rogers sought a retreat from city life, she fell in love with a place - and that love became a passion and a journey for her family. Twenty-five years on, Jerry and her daughter Skye created a resonant and evocative homage to their family farm 'Bend Of The River. The reader is invited to share the fruits of their tropical Queensland fruit orchard and the pleasures of family history, friends, books, food, poetry and philosophy. Stories, rich and redolent, like something overheard - whispered secrets, lies, truth and gossip...with spirit-engaging wisdom.
  • These are the REAL below-stairs stories from the time of servants, lords, ladies and the great divide between Upstairs and Downstairs.  Margaret Powell was originally interviewed on radio in the late sixties to talk about her life as a servant and the response was so intense that it spawned a series of books of her experiences.  Read about the household where she had to iron the bootlaces, and the guest who kept hot potatoes in her cleavage...not to mention the gentleman who like to stroke the housemaid's curlers (!).  You couldn't invent these stories.
  • The sequel to Cheaper By The Dozen. The true story of life - now very different - in the rambling Gilbreth house. When the youngest was two and the oldest eighteen, Dad died and Mother bravely took over their efficiency advisory business - helping factories fine-tune their assembly lines for maximum output at minimum cost. With Dad gone, everyone has to pitch in and pinch pennies to keep the family together. The resourceful clan rises to every crisis  - whether it's battling chicken pox, giving the boot to an unwelcome boyfriend, or even meeting the President.  And the few distasteful things they can't overcome - like the dreaded castor oil - they swallow with good humor and good grace.
  • Lydia Laube, an outspoken Australian nurse, went to work in Saudi Arabia, a society that does not allow women to drive, vote, or speak to a man alone. Wearing head to toe coverings in stifling heat, and fighting administrative apathy, Lydia kept her sanity and got her passport back. Her battle against the odds is surprisingly hilarious. Some rather mixed reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1236221.Behind_the_Veil?ref=nav_sb_ss_1_29 
  • Vita Sackville-West:  aristocrat, literary celebrity, devoted wife, famous lover of Virginia Woolf, recluse - and iconoclast who defied categorisation. Here are all the triumphs and contradictions of Vita's extraordinary life: her lonely childhood at Knole, her affectionate but ‘open' marriage to Harold Nicolson (during which both husband and wife energetically pursued homosexual affairs, Vita most famously with Virginia Woolf), her literary successes and disappointments and the famous gardens the couple created at Sissinghurst. Her aristocratic background gave her a penchant for costume, play-acting and rebellion which she took to  the artistic vanguard of modern Britain. But behind  Vita's public achievements and revolutions was an often troubled persona which heroically resisted compromise on every level. Illustrated with black and white and colour archival photographs.
  • The recollections of the former Soviet Ambassador in London. Ivan Maisky was the epitome of the cosmopolitan intellectual whom Stalin and his team both despised and envied as well as being a former Menshevik. Once in London, he quickly grasped the mores of the English upper classes and established an extraordinary network of contacts and was on easier personal terms with Churchill and Beaverbrook than he was with Stalin. Churchill and Beaverbrook extolled Maisky’s performance as ambassador; praise from capitalist ruling circles was a dubious benefit for a Soviet diplomat, suggesting as it did that the diplomat had gone native. In a way this was true of Maisky, although the diaries confirm that he was a tireless worker for Soviet interests as he saw them, strengthening the Soviet-British alliance during World War II and pushing for a Second Front in Western Europe. This one-volume edition is said to contain about a quarter of the three published diaries: Who Helped Hitler?; Spanish Notebooks and Memoirs of a Soviet Ambassador: The War 1939-43.