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The storyteller by David Grohl

The storyteller

David Grohl

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"Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ('It's a piece of cake! Just do four hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!'), I have decided to write these...

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Freezing order by Bill Browder

Freezing order

Bill Browder

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"Following his explosive New York Times bestseller Red Notice, Bill Browder returns with another gripping thriller chronicling how he became Vladimir Putin's number one enemy by exposing Putin's campaign to steal and launder hundreds of billions of dollars...

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Lessons from the edge by Marie L. Yovanovitch

Lessons from the edge

Marie L. Yovanovitch

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"Marie Yovanovitch was at the height of her diplomatic career when she was targeted by a smear campaign. When Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled from her post and Ukraine's democratically elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, found himself set upon by...

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537 days of winter by David Knoff

537 days of winter

David Knoff

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"What would you do if you were stranded in the coldest place on Earth as the world you knew back home changed forever? David Knoff had embarked on the adventure of a lifetime as station leader of Davis research station in Antarctica when the COVID-19...

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Easy beauty by Chloé Cooper Jones

Easy beauty

Chloé Cooper Jones

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"From Chloé Cooper Jones--Pulitzer Prize finalist, philosophy professor, Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient--a groundbreaking memoir about disability, motherhood, and a journey to far-flung places in search of a new way of seeing and being seen....

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And away by Bob Mortimer

And away

Bob Mortimer

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"Here is the long-awaited first autobiography by national treasure Bob Mortimer. Bob Mortimer's life was trundling along happily until suddenly in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart condition that required immediate surgery and forced him to cancel an...

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Traitor king by Andrew Lownie

Traitor king

Andrew Lownie

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"Here Andrea Lownie looks at the years following the abdication of Edward VIII when the former king was kept in exile, feuding with his family over status for his wife, Wallis Simpson, and denied any real job. Drawing on extensive research into hitherto...

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A gentle radical by Gareth Hughes

A gentle radical

Gareth Hughes

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"Jeanette Fitzsimons was a visionary, a pioneer and a radical. This is the story of someone who battled the patriarchy, the old boys' club in Parliament and had the courage to challenge political sacred cows. She was the co-leader of the Green Party ...

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The boy from Gorge River by Chris Long

The boy from Gorge River

Chris Long

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"From life growing up in New Zealand's remotest family to extreme, globe-trotting adventures. Chris Long grew up in New Zealand's remotest family, two days' hike from the nearest road. While the media decried Chris's parents for raising him outside of...

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After the Romanovs by Helen Rappaport

After the Romanovs

Helen Rappaport

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"From Helen Rappaport, the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanov Sisters comes After the Romanovs, the story of the Russian aristocrats, artists, and intellectuals who sought freedom and refuge in the City of Light. Paris has always been a...

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Traitor king by Andrew Lownie

Traitor king

Andrew Lownie

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"December 11, 1936. The King of England, Edward VIII, has given up his crown for the love of Wallis Simpson, and American divorcée. Their courtship has been dogged by controversy and scandal, but with Edward's abdication, they can live happily every after....

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Heiresses by Laura Thompson

Heiresses

Laura Thompson

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"New York Times bestselling author Laura Thompson returns with Heiresses, a fascinating look at the lives of heiresses throughout history and the often tragic truth beneath the gilded surface. Heiresses: surely they are among the luckiest women on earth....

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Lost in the valley of death by Harley Rustad

Lost in the valley of death

Harley Rustad

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"In the vein of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, a riveting work of narrative nonfiction centering on the unsolved disappearance of an American backpacker in India--one of at least two dozen tourists who have met a similar fate in the remote and storied...

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Metaphysical animals by Clare Mac Cumhaill

Metaphysical animals

Clare Mac Cumhaill

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"A ground-breaking book that examines the place of women in twentieth-century philosophy and is a call to arms for the present day. 'Philosophy in a world of women. I reflected, talking with Mary, Pip and Elizabeth, how much I love them.' Two brilliant...

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Meghan and Harry by Colin Campbell

Meghan and Harry

Colin Campbell

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"Lady Colin knows her royal history and psychology, and as the first seven years of her adult life were spent in the USA she has a foot in both the American and British camps. With unique breadth of insight she goes behind the scenes, speaking to fri...

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Invention by James Dyson

Invention

James Dyson

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"The definitive autobiography of James Dyson, the UK's most successful businessman, revealing the secrets of his success and the inspiration behind his inventions." -- Publisher.

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The dark queens by Shelley Puhak

The dark queens

Shelley Puhak

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"The remarkable, little-known story of two trailblazing women in the Early Middle Ages who wielded immense power, only to be vilified for daring to rule. Brunhild was a foreign princess, raised to be married off for the sake of alliance-building. Her...

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The beauty of dusk by Frank Bruni

The beauty of dusk

Frank Bruni

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"From New York Times columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni comes a wise and moving memoir about aging, affliction, and optimism after partially losing his eyesight. One morning in late 2017, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni woke up with st...

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How to raise an antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to raise an antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

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"The tragedies and reckonings around racism that have rocked the country have created a specific crisis for parents and other caregivers: how do we talk to our children about it? How do we guide our children to avoid repeating our racist history? While...

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Outback teacher by Sally Gare

Outback teacher

Sally Gare

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"The year is 1956. Sally Gare is twenty. She's just out of teachers' college, and has been sent to work at a two-teacher school more than 3000 kilometres from Perth. With the head teacher away, she starts out alone with a class of forty-five Aborigin...

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Scrubbed by Nikki Stamp

Scrubbed

Nikki Stamp

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"From childhood Nikki Stamp wanted to be a doctor. It was a calling, not a career. Her love for her vocation only grew as a medical student, and as a young registrar going through training rotations she fell, totally and utterly, for the hugely deman...

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Bomb shelter by Mary Laura Philpott

Bomb shelter

Mary Laura Philpott

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"A lifelong worrier, Philpott always kept an eye out for danger, a habit that only intensified when she became a parent. But she looked on the bright side, too, believing that as long as she cared enough, she could keep her loved ones safe. Then, in the...

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Journeys to impossible places by Simon Reeve

Journeys to impossible places

Simon Reeve

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Bestselling author and presenter Simon Reeve reveals the inside story of his most astonishing adventures and experiences, both around the planet and close to home. JOURNEYS TO IMPOSSIBLE PLACES continues the story Simon started in STEP BY STEP, which...

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Windswept and interesting by Billy Connolly

Windswept and interesting

Billy Connolly

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In his first full-length autobiography, comedy legend and national treasure Billy Connolly reveals the truth behind his windswept and interesting life. Born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of four, and a survivor of appalling...

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Queen of our times by Robert Hardman

Queen of our times

Robert Hardman

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"Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II has reigned through more seismic social change than any monarch since 1066. Yet she is not merely hanging on. She is a 21st century global phenomenon commanding unrivalled respect and affection. And now she is p...

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James Patterson by James Patterson by James Patterson

James Patterson by James Patterson

James Patterson

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"How did a kid whose dad lived in the poorhouse become the most successful storyteller in the world? On the morning he was born, he nearly died. His dad grew up in the Pogey--the Newburgh, New York, poorhouse. He worked at a mental hospital in Massac...

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First principles by Thomas E. Ricks

First principles

Thomas E. Ricks

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"Examines how the educations of America's first four presidents, and in particular their scholarly devotion to ancient Greek and Roman classics, informed the beliefs and ideals that shaped the nation's constitution and government."--Publisher's descr...

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The knife's edge by Stephen Westaby

The knife's edge

Stephen Westaby

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"Although Professor Stephen Westaby was born with the necessary coordination and manual dexterity, it was a head trauma sustained during university that gifted him the qualities of an exceptional heart surgeon: qualities that are frequently associated...

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Come by the hills by Cameron McNeish

Come by the hills

Cameron McNeish

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"'Come by the Hills' follows Cameron McNeish's popular 2018 memoir, 'There's Always the Hills', and celebrates his life on the Scottish hills, his many friendships with hill-goers, writers, broadcasters and active people of all kinds."-- Back cover.

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Fairest by Meredith Talusan

Fairest

Meredith Talusan

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"A singular, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino boy with albinism whose story travels from an immigrant childhood to Harvard to a gender transition and illuminates the illusions of race, disability, and gender. Fairest is a memoir...

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Kika & me by Amit Patel

Kika & me

Amit Patel

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"Amit Patel is working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition causes him to lose his sight within thirty-six hours. Totally dependent on others and terrified of stepping outside with a white cane after he's assaulted, he hits rock bottom. He refuses...

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The boy by Richard Williams

The boy

Richard Williams

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"Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the death of Stirling Moss on 12 April 2020 at the age of 90 made headlines, almost 60 years after he retired from Formula One. In 'The Boy', Richard Williams assesses what made him such an iconic figure. Told...

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My hero Theo by Gareth Greaves

My hero Theo

Gareth Greaves

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"PC Gareth Greaves first met Theo, a German Shepherd, when he was a nervous 14-month-old puppy. They were instantly inseparable and police dog Theo became the best partner Gareth's ever had. During six-and-a-half years of active service, police dog T...

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The Ardlamont mystery by Daniel Smith

The Ardlamont mystery

Daniel Smith

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"December 1893. Arthur Conan Doyle shocks his legions of fans by killing off the world's favourite fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Meanwhile, in Scotland, a sensational real-life murder trial is playing out. Alfred Monson, a scion of the aristocracy,...

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All that she carried by Tiya Miles

All that she carried

Tiya Miles

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"In 1850s South Carolina, an enslaved woman named Rose faced a crisis, the imminent sale of her daughter Ashley. Thinking quickly, she packed a cotton bag with a few precious items as a token of love and to try to ensure Ashley's survival. Soon after,...

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The bookseller at the end of the world by Ruth Shaw

The bookseller at the end of the world

Ruth Shaw

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"Ruth Shaw weaves together stories of the characters who visit her bookshops, musings about her favourite books, and bittersweet stories from her full and varied life before bookshops. She sailed through the Pacific for years, was held up by pirates,...

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In love by Amy Bloom

In love

Amy Bloom

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"Amy Bloom began to notice changes in her husband, Brian: He retired early from a new job he loved; he withdrew from close friendships; he talked mostly about the past. Suddenly, it seemed there was a glass wall between them, and their long walks and...

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Apparently there were complaints by Sharon Gless

Apparently there were complaints

Sharon Gless

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"Anyone who has seen Sharon Gless act in Cagney and Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice, and countless other shows and movies, knows that she's someone who gives every role her all. She holds nothing back in Apparently There Were Complaints, a hilarious,...

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Explorer by Benedict Allen

Explorer

Benedict Allen

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"'Explorer' is the story of what first led Benedict Allen to head for the farthest reaches of our planet - at a time when there were still valleys and ranges known only to the remote communities who inhabited them. It is also the story of why, thirty...

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The right sort of girl by Anita Rani

The right sort of girl

Anita Rani

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"Empowering and energetic, 'The Right Sort of Girl' is a coming-of-age story of identity. Trying to navigate her Indian world at home and the British world outside her front door, Anita Rani was a girl who didn't fit in anywhere. She shares with us the...

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Gone bush by Paul Kilgour

Gone bush

Paul Kilgour

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"The story of a wanderer, long-distance tramper and hut-bagging legend. Paul Kilgour was bitten by the tramping bug early. He began going on epic trips as a young boy, beyond the farm and along the coast. During these wanderings, he met old folk living...

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Dancing with The Machine by Jo Morgan

Dancing with The Machine

Jo Morgan

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"Mountaineer, adventurer, avid motorcyclist and constant traveller, Jo Morgan has lived an extraordinary life. The youngest of eight children, Jo was brought up largely by her mum after her father died when she was only one, and she has always had an...

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Managing expectations by Minnie Driver

Managing expectations

Minnie Driver

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"In Managing Expectations, Minnie Driver's intimate, hilarious, and moving memoir-in-essays, the celebrated actor and captivating storyteller reflects on a surprising and remarkable life. Driver writes with disarming charm and candor about her upbrin...

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Impossible by Stan Walker

Impossible

Stan Walker

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"For the first time, Stan Walker speaks with startling honesty about abuse and addiction, hardship and excess, cancer and discrimination, and growing up in a family where love and violence were horribly entwined. From one of the finest singers to emerge...

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Born a crime by Trevor Noah

Born a crime

Trevor Noah

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"Trevor Noah is the host of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah , where he gleefully provides America with its nightly dose of serrated satire. He is a light-footed but cutting observer of the relentless absurdities of politics, nationalism and race - and...

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Things that matter by David Galler

Things that matter

David Galler

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"Dr David Galler tells stories of life and death from his position as Intensive Care specialist at Middlemore Hospital. Written lyrically and warmly, these stories are based on real life events describing the everyday dilemmas and challenges that doctors...

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A bit mental by Jimi Hunt

A bit mental

Jimi Hunt

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"Jimi Hunt is a man who has spent most of his life doing ridiculous things for his own amusement. Things like building the country's biggest Slip 'n' Slide; playing golf through the streets of downtown Auckland; and holding an alternative Summer Olym...

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Taste by Stanley Tucci

Taste

Stanley Tucci

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"Tucci grew up in an Italian family that put great import on food: the quality of ingredients, the careful preparation, the passing on of family recipes and cultural culinary traditions. He has written cookbooks, become involved in food-related charities,...

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Baggage by Alan Cumming

Baggage

Alan Cumming

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"'Baggage' chronicles the actor's life in Hollywood and the ways in which work has repeatedly whisked him away from personal calamities to sets and stages around the world. Taking us through the highs and lows of his career, his struggle with mental ...

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The Nazis knew my name by Magda Hellinger

The Nazis knew my name

Magda Hellinger

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"In March 1942, twenty-five-year-old kindergarten teacher Magda Hellinger and nearly a thousand other young women were deported as some of the first Jews to be sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The SS soon discovered that by putting prisoners...

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The case of the murderous Dr. Cream by Dean Jobb

The case of the murderous Dr. Cream

Dean Jobb

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"Framed around one salacious trial in 1891 London, a fascinating and vividly told true-crime narrative about the hunt for one of the first known serial killers, whose poisoning spree in the US, Canada, and England coincided with the birth of forensic...

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One day in April by Jenni Hicks

One day in April

Jenni Hicks

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On Saturday 15th April 1989, Jenni Hicks, her husband Trevor, and their two daughters Sarah and Vicki went to watch a football match. It was to be their last day as a family. Sarah and Vicki didn't come home, and Jenni's world was changed forever. Since...

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Missing by Tom Patterson

Missing

Tom Patterson

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"In 1972 Mark May is eighteen. He is bright, beautiful and has a scholarship to study law. Ten years later he descends alone into remote gorge country in north-western New South Wales. He lives in rough camps and stays for thirty-five years. Then, on...

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You can't stop the sun from shining by Sonny Bill Williams

You can't stop the sun from shining

Sonny Bill Williams

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"Sonny Bill Williams is a once in a generation athlete – a player with immense sporting talent in rugby league, rugby union and boxing. In his remarkable career, he has won World Cups with the All Blacks in 2011 and 2015 and helped the Kiwis reach the...

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Take the child and disappear by Nina Bassat

Take the child and disappear

Nina Bassat

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"'When five words uttered by a German soldier determine whether you live or die, you spend your life trying to unravel all the what-ifs. What if I had not been born in Poland in 1939? What if those five words had not been said? What if I had grown up...

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Sea state by Tabitha Lasley

Sea state

Tabitha Lasley

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"A stunning and brutally honest memoir that shines a light on what happens when female desire conflicts with a culture of masculinity in crisis. In her midthirties and newly free from a terrible relationship, Tabitha Lasley quit her job at a London m...

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The girls who stepped out of line by Mari K. Eder

The girls who stepped out of line

Mari K. Eder

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"The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line takes you inside the lives and experiences of 15 unknown women heroes from the Greatest Generation, the women who served, fought, struggled, and made things happen during WWII-in and out of uniform, for theirs is a ...

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Boy on fire by Mark Mordue

Boy on fire

Mark Mordue

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"A deeply beautiful, profound, profane and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of rock 'n' roll, 'Boy on Fire' is Nick Cave's creation story, a portrait of the artist first as a boy, then as a young man. A deeply insightful work...

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The Queen Mother by Colin Campbell

The Queen Mother

Colin Campbell

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"Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother was called the 'most successful queen since Cleopatra' and the 'best queen consort ever'. Her personality was so captivating that even her arch-enemy the Duchess of Windsor wrote about 'her legendary charm' and when...

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Brothers and wives by Christopher P. Andersen

Brothers and wives

Christopher P. Andersen

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"Explores the last twenty years in the lives of Princes William and Harry and the evolution of their relationship as adults, with one brother the designated heir, and the other doomed to life as the spare. "Diana's Boys" revealed the iron-strong bond...

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Currowan by Bronwyn Adcock

Currowan

Bronwyn Adcock

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Ignited by a lightning strike in a remote forest, the Currowan fire was one of the most terrifying episodes of Australia's Black Summer. It burnt for seventy-four days, consuming nearly 5,000 square kilometres of land, destroying well over 500 homes,...

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Led Zeppelin by Bob Spitz

Led Zeppelin

Bob Spitz

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"Rock stars. Whatever those words mean to you, chances are, they owe a debt to Led Zeppelin. No one before or since has lived the dream quite like Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. In Led Zeppelin, Bob Spitz takes their full...

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Murder isn't easy by Carla Valentine

Murder isn't easy

Carla Valentine

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While other children were devouring the works of Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter, Carla Valentine was poring through the pages of Agatha Christie novels. It was this early fascination that led to her job as a pathology technician, trained in forensics...

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Steve Hansen by Gregor Paul

Steve Hansen

Gregor Paul

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"Between the years 2012 and 2019, Sir Steve Hansen oversaw an era of such remarkable success that it would be almost impossible to repeat. His 15-year career in the All Blacks coaching team is the heaviest footprint in rugby history. Of the 210 tests...

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The last survivor by Frank Krake

The last survivor

Frank Krake

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"The awe-inspiring and gripping true story of the young man who survived not one, but three concentration camps, only - in the final days of the war - to be bombed while aboard a Nazi prison boat, 'The Last Survivor' is a compelling, life-affirming read...

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How to be a rock star by Shaun Ryder

How to be a rock star

Shaun Ryder

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"As lead singer of Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun Ryder was the Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of his generation. A true rebel, who formed and led not one but two seminal bands, he's had number-one albums, headlined Glastonbury, toured the world...

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The real Diana by Colin Campbell

The real Diana

Colin Campbell

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"Royal insider Lady Colin Campbell was the first to predict the Waleses' separation and divorce, in her international bestseller, 'Diana in Private'. 'The Real Diana' contains startling new revelations about Diana which Lady Colin Campbell has unearthed...

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Valentino Rossi by Stuart Barker

Valentino Rossi

Stuart Barker

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"Valentino Rossi is an icon: the most successful and most loved motorcycle racer of all time, he has transcended MotoGP to become a symbol of courage, risk and daring. To race for twenty-three years at the very highest level of the world's most dangerous...

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Elizabeth & Margaret by Andrew Morton

Elizabeth & Margaret

Andrew Morton

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"They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends. But when, in a quixotic twist of fate, their uncle Edward VIII decided to abdicate the throne, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered. Forever more, Margaret would...

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Gurkha brotherhood by Kailash Limbu

Gurkha brotherhood

Kailash Limbu

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"'Sometimes my mind reaches back beyond the fear and the arid landscapes of war, to memories of childhood that fill me with happiness and laughter.' So begins this searingly honest memoir by Kailash Limbu, a serving Gurkha soldier who undertook five tours...

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How to be a refugee by Simon (Simon Philip Walter) May

How to be a refugee

Simon (Simon Philip Walter) May

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"The most familiar fate of Jews living in Hitler's Germany is either emigration or deportation to concentration camps. But there was another, much rarer, side to Jewish life at that time: denial of your origin to the point where you manage to erase almost...

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Making it by Jay Blades

Making it

Jay Blades

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"'Making It' is an inspirational memoir about beating the odds and turning things around even when it all seems hopeless. In this book, Jay shares the details of his life, from his childhood growing up sheltered and innocent on a council estate in Hackney,...

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Will by Will Smith

Will

Will Smith

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"One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are al...

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National identity by Simon Bridges

National identity

Simon Bridges

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"An open, honest and at times intensely personal memoir about race, fatherhood, marriage, masculinity, fitting in, and the things that shape our national character. Simon Bridges grew up as the son of a working-class Baptist preacher in Te Atatu, as ...

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The mirror book by Charlotte Grimshaw

The mirror book

Charlotte Grimshaw

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"Brave, explosive, and thought-provoking, this is a powerful memoir. 'It's material, make a story out of it,' was the mantra Charlotte Grimshaw grew up with in her literary family. But when her life suddenly turned upside-down, she needed to re-examine...

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My mother and other secrets by Wendyl Nissen

My mother and other secrets

Wendyl Nissen

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"Wendyl's mother suffered from Alzheimer's, and during her last days she told Wendyl the most amazing stories of her life. It was as if her failing memory was delving back into the past in one final desperate attempt for it to be remembered. Being adopted...

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The happiest man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

The happiest man on Earth

Eddie Jaku

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"Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed on 9 November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimag...

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A wilder life by Joan Louwrens

A wilder life

Joan Louwrens

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"Doctor Joan Louwrens has always been drawn to wild places, which are balm to her soul. When her husband died, leaving her alone with two small daughters to raise, she threw herself wholeheartedly into 'adventure medicine', seeking out the world's most...

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Empire of pain by Patrick Radden Keefe

Empire of pain

Patrick Radden Keefe

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"The Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions – Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Oxford – the Louvre. They are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations in the arts and the sciences. The source...

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Let that be a lesson by Ryan Wilson

Let that be a lesson

Ryan Wilson

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From the age of eight, Ryan Wilson dreamt of being a teacher. This is the inside story of his time at the chalkface, from fresh-faced trainee with grand ideals to exhausted assistant head battling ever-changing government demands. It is a tribute to ...

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Lost and found by Toni Street

Lost and found

Toni Street

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"Toni Street's easy on-air style and warm personality has made her a firm favourite with thousands of New Zealanders. But behind the bubbly persona, is a story of heartbreak and resilience. Toni and her twin brother Lance were the much-loved first children...

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Life after by Evonne Madden

Life after

Evonne Madden

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"Having to deal with the loss of loved ones is something that unites us all. Yet we rarely even talk about grief. Life After shares the raw, intimate and inspiring stories of how more than 60 ordinary and well-known Australians have recovered from...

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The soul of a woman by Isabel Allende

The soul of a woman

Isabel Allende

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"The wise, warm, defiant new book from literary legend Isabel Allende – a meditation on power, feminism and what it means to be a woman. "When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating." As a child, Isabel Allende watched her...

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A promised land by Barack Obama

A promised land

Barack Obama

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"A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy. In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his i...

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This will all be over soon by Cecily Strong

This will all be over soon

Cecily Strong

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"Cecily Strong had a special bond with her cousin Owen. And so she was devastated when, in early 2020, he passed away at age thirty from the brain cancer glioblastoma. Before Strong could attempt to process her grief, another tragedy struck: the coro...

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Ethel Rosenberg by Anne Sebba

Ethel Rosenberg

Anne Sebba

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"New York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba's moving biography of Ethel Rosenberg, the wife and mother whose execution for espionage-related crimes defined the Cold War and horrified the world. In June 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, a couple with...

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The accidental teacher by Tim Heath

The accidental teacher

Tim Heath

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"Tim Heath taught for about 40 years, mostly in New Zealand but also in Samoa, in small country schools, in big city schools, at the Correspondence School, in primary schools and secondary schools. He's been a principal and a deputy principal. Teaching...

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Still standing by Jess Quinn

Still standing

Jess Quinn

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"Jess Quinn is, in her own words, quite literally a walking miracle. Her body has been completely restructured so that she could survive an aggressive cancer. Jess' leg was amputated when she was a young child, and she has worn a prosthetic leg ever ...

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Rewilding the urban soul by Claire Dunn

Rewilding the urban soul

Claire Dunn

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Once upon a time, a burnt-out Claire Dunn spent a year living off the grid in a wilderness survival program. Yet love and the possibilities of human connection drew her back to the city, where she soon found herself as overscheduled, addicted to her phone,...

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King Richard by Michael Dobbs

King Richard

Michael Dobbs

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"In January 1973, Richard Nixon was inaugurated after winning re-election in a historic landslide. But by April his presidency had fallen apart as the Watergate scandal metastasised into what White House counsel John Dean called 'a full-blown cancer'....

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Trejo by Danny Trejo

Trejo

Danny Trejo

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"On screen, Danny Trejo is the most recognisable anti-hero in Hollywood - killed at least a hundred times, he steals every scene he's in. But off screen, he is so much more. The ultimate hard-knock-lifer, and a true man of the world, he has all the s...

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The Nine by Gwen Strauss

The Nine

Gwen Strauss

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"The Nine follows the true story of the author's great aunt Helene Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII from Germany back to Paris....

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A carnival of snackery by David Sedaris

A carnival of snackery

David Sedaris

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"There's no right way to keep a diary, but if there's an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mastered it. If it's navel-gazing you're after, you've come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination. Rather, his observations turn outward:...

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Daughter of the river country by Dianne O'Brien

Daughter of the river country

Dianne O'Brien

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Born in rural New South Wales in the 1940s, baby Dianne is immediately taken from her Indigenous parents and adopted by an Irish couple. Raised in the era of the 'White Australia' policy and widespread racism, she grows up believing Val is her birth ...

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The librarian by Allie Morgan

The librarian

Allie Morgan

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I'm a librarian. I serve the regulars, the crime enthusiasts, the bookworms, the homeless, the eccentrics, the jobless, the teenagers, the toddlers, the aged. I know my community well. The library is a sanctuary for some, a place for warmth for others...

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