Memoir

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Shy – a memoir

Sian Prior has maintained a career in the public eye, as a broadcaster and performer, for more than twenty years. For far longer than that she has suffered from excruciating shyness. Eventually, after bolting from a party in a state of near-panic, she decides to investigate her condition. What is it — shyness? Where did hers come from? Why does it create such distressing turmoil beneath her assured professional front?

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Welcome to Your New Life

When Anna Goldsworthy, pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. In Welcome to Your New Life, she shares the dizzying wonder and crippling anxiety that come with creating new life. Should she indulge her craving for sausage after sixteen years of not eating meat? [click to continue…]

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A History of Silence

As Christchurch lies in ruins after the catastrophic earthquake of February 2011, Lloyd Jones begins a search for his past, a search that takes him through childhood memories of puzzling events to Pembroke Dock in Wales and finally to the discovery of a devastating court transcript. [click to continue…]

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Gazing at the Stars

In March 1939, seven-year-old Eva Weiss’s innocence was shattered by Germany’s invasion of her homeland, Slovakia. Over the next five years, as the Nazi persecution of Europe’s Jews gathered momentum, Eva’s parents were forced to send their children into hiding, but she and her sister Marta could not avoid capture. [click to continue…]

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Boy, Lost

Kristina Olsson’s mother lost her infant son, Peter, when he was snatched from her arms as she boarded a train in the hot summer of 1950. She was young and frightened, trying to escape a brutal marriage but, despite the violence and cruelty she’d endured, she was not prepared for this final blow, this breathtaking punishment. Yvonne would not see her son again for nearly 40 years. [click to continue…]

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A Flower Between the Cracks

A Flower Between the Cracks is an extraordinarily powerful account of a mother’s love and a daughter’s immeasurable courage. [click to continue…]

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The Rosie Project

Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father—a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with. [click to continue…]

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No One’s Son

In his book No One’s Son, Tewodros recounts the challenges and triumphs of surviving a poverty-stricken childhood on the streets of Ethiopia. The backdrop of civil war and the boundaries of tradition strands him between his mother’s despair and his father’s pride. As he struggles with loneliness and the need for love, his enduring courage brings him the loyalty of friends and mentors along the way. [click to continue…]

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A Simpler Time

A memoir of love, laughter, loss and billycarts.

It still amazes me what they allowed us to do without their supervision or help while remaining deeply loving parents. Climb trees from the age of four or five? No problem. Drive the tractor from the age of eight or nine onwards? Good luck to you. Haul on the hoist to pull the half-ton bins filled with oranges off the trailer? Yes. Take your bike out on the Pacific Highway and ride to school? Just be careful, but okay … [click to continue…]

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The Blue Plateau – A Landscape Memoir

The Blue Plateau is a lyrical natural history of the Blue Mountains, and a memoir of one man’s attempt to belong there. [click to continue…]