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The past will always find you. Erin Travers is running away from her life and taking her two sons with her to a small town on the ruggedly beautiful Eyre Peninsula. The close-knit township is full of happy childhood memories for Erin, but she's bringing a whole lot of baggage with her. When the peaceful community is disrupted by theft and arson, rumours fly about who is responsible. In a small town where lives are tangled too closely together, old grudges flare, fingers are pointed and secrets are unmasked. From the bestselling author of Claiming Noah, Running Against the Tide is brimming with malice and threat and cements Amanda Ortlepp as one of Australia's most compelling storytellers. Praise for Claiming Noah 'Emotions run high . . . A gripping, emotionally charged story' Herald Sun 'A thrilling and morally fascinating read' Good Reading
A taut, emotional thriller about biology, ownership and love. Catriona and James are desperate for children, and embark on an IVF program. After a gruelling round of treatments, Catriona finally falls pregnant, and they donate their remaining embryo anonymously. Diana and Liam are on a waiting list to receive an embryo. Sooner than expected, they are thrilled to discover one is available. After a difficult pregnancy, Catriona gives birth to Sebastian. But severe postnatal depression affects her badly, and quickly turns into deadly psychosis. For her protection and her baby's, she's admitted into psychiatric care. When she comes home, she again struggles to bond with her baby, but gradually life finds its own rhythm. Meanwhile, Diana has given birth to a beautiful little boy, Noah. But when he is two months old Noah is abducted ... and Diana and Liam's nightmare begins. Where is Noah?esult. Where is Noah?This gripping, emotional thriller binds together the stories of Catriona and Diana and will leave you on the edge of your seat. What if your child belonged to someone else?
From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film.
In post-war Australia, William Dobell was a household name. But the most famous artist in the land was a broken man.His Archibald Prize-winning portrait of Joshua Smith was the subject of a sensational legal case, challenging not only Dobell's right to the prize, but the very idea of art itself. Dobell won the legal battle but lost so much else. His health was shattered, and his desire to paint was wiped out. He had to get away.Just north of Sydney, Wangi Wangi is far removed from big city life. Dobell moved to Wangi to escape fame, but in that beguiling little place he found community and friendship, and he rediscovered the passion to paint - and the joy of life.Through years of research and interviews with Dobell's friends and long-time locals, acclaimed author and former Wangi resident Scott Bevan discovered how the village protected the artist, cared and posed for him, drank and partied with him. Wangi loved him as one of their own. To the world, he was Sir William Dobell, famous artist, but to Wangi, he was simply Bill.This is the story of one of Australia's greatest artists. It explores how ambition and talent took a working class boy a long way in the world, and how the reaction to one painting almost destroyed him. It's also a celebration of community, and how one man finally discovered where he belonged - in the unlikeliest of places.Scott Bevan is a Sydney-based writer, broadcaster and journalist. Like Dobell, he was born in Newcastle and has lived in Wangi Wangi. Unlike Dobell, Scott can't paint. Bill - The Life of William Dobell is Scott's fourth book.
Four children by her father. Thirty years of horrific sexual abuse. Now updated with a new epilogue, detailing Katherine's brave stand at the Royal Commission In March 2009, Joseph Fritzl was sentenced to life in jail for the systematic imprisonment, torture and rape of his daughter Elisabeth over 24 years, fathering seven children. The case shocked the world. But just a month before, the story of Australia's own house of horrors was emerging in a Victorian country town. Under a blanket of suppression orders, a man in his late sixties was quietly arrested, charged - and later convicted - for the systematic rape, abuse and imprisonment of his only daughter, 'Katherine', which spanned decades. He fathered four of her children. Until recently, this shocking story had been buried under a complex legal web and Katherine's insistence on silence so that she could rebuild her shattered life and protect her children. In Behind Closed Doors, Katherine speaks out and tells the story of how she survived - and how such degrading abuse went unnoticed for so long. Now, a new epilogue reveals the evidence Katherine gave at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, detailing the betrayal she felt at having been ignored for so long.
The fascinating, revealing, and in-depth memoir of Richard Williams, a self-made businessman, tennis coach, and father to two of the greatest athletes of all time--Venus and Serena Williams.Richard Williams had a grand plan for his daughters long before either of them was born, and he went so far as to write a plan for his family's future. His mind was set on raising two of the greatest women champions in professional tennis. Arguably, he executed his plan with laser-like precision. But the source of his vision and the method behind it have remained relatively unknown--until now. In this inspiring memoir, he reveals the full story of his stubborn determination to beat the odds and fulfill his dreams for his family.Born into poverty in Shreveport, Louisiana in the 1940s, Richard was blessed by a strong, caring mother who remained his lifelong hero, just as he became hero to Venus and Serena later on. From the beginning of his life, Richard's mother taught him to live by the principles of courage, confidence, commitment, faith, and love. He passed the same qualities on to his daughters, who grew to love their father and value the lessons he taught them, contrary to public rumors. "I still feel really close to my father," says Serena. "We have a great relationship. There is an appreciation. There is a closeness because of what we've been through together, and a respect."A self-made man, Richard has walked a long, hard, exciting, and ultimately rewarding road for seventy years, surmounting the many challenges to raise a loving family and two of the greatest tennis players who ever lived. Black and White is the extraordinary story of that journey and the indomitable spirit that made it all possible.
From Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow Wil Haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of Eugene Allen, the butler who ignited a nation's imagination and inspired a major motion picture: The Butler: A Witness to History, the highly anticipated film that stars six Oscar winners, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey (honorary and nominee), Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams; as well as Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, and Liev Schreiber.With a foreword by the Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels, The Butler not only explores Allen's life and service to eight American Presidents, from Truman to Reagan, but also includes an essay, in the vein of James Baldwin's jewel The Devil Finds Work, that explores the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, and fifty-seven pictures of Eugene Allen, his family, the presidents he served, and the remarkable cast of the movie.
A new novel from Australia's most beloved storyteller Jesse Marley calls herself a realist; she's all about the here and now. But in the month before Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding in 1981, all her certainties are blown aside by events she cannot control. First she finds out she's adopted. Then she's run down by a motorbike. In a London hospital, temporarily unable to speak, she uses her left hand to write. But Jesse's right-handed. And as if her fingers have a will of their own, she begins to draw places she's never seen, people from another time--a castle, a man in medieval armour. And a woman's face. Rory Brandon, Jesse's neurologist, is intrigued. Maybe his patient's head trauma has brought out latent abilities. But wait. He knows the castle. He's been there. So begins an extraordinary journey across borders and beyond time, one that takes Jesse to Hundredfield, a stronghold built a thousand years ago by a brutal Norman warlord and passed down to the noble Dieudonné family, a clan honored and burdened with the task of protecting England's dangerous northern border in the fourteenth century. Jesse holds the key to the castle's many secrets and its connection to the mystical legend of the Lady of the Forest. Somehow Hundredfield, with its history of darkness and light, of bloody battles won and lost, will help Jesse find her true lineage. In a world where the tales of old are just a heartbeat away, there are no accidents. There is only fate.
Hands-on, inspiring - and funny - this Aussie classic is the bottom line for new dads on pregnancy, birth, newborns and young childrenDr Peter Downey knows babies and kids, and his best-selling book - now in this 20th-year anniversary edition - helps first-time dads prepare for what's coming their way . . . with a grain of salt and a smile on their face. Fully revised and updated, he explores the joys and trials of new parenting, including:* Surviving pregnancy and childbirth* Nappies, breast pumps, sleep deprivation* Living with a baby in your house* The gear you need . . . and the gear you don't* Navigating the online parenting world* Lots of stuff about sex* And more importantly, how to be a switched-on dad in the 21st CenturyTopped off with a glossary of handy words new dads need to know (and some they don't), as well as words of wisdom from other ordinary fathers, So You're Going to Be a Dad remains the most engaging, reassuring and down-to-earth book for new dads around.Peter Downey is the best-selling author of marriage and parenting books, as well as being the father of three girls. www.peterdowney.com.au
Friendship and fraud is a dangerous mixJoel Fitch has watched every twist-happy movie there is about con men, and he thinks he knows it all. After nineteen years of being a sucker, Joel's going to take everything he's learned from the screen and finally get his. He's going to be a master con artist.Richard Mordecai is a real-life swindler. But unlike Joel, he knows the truth about con men. At the end of a long career of lies and betrayal, Richard is tired and jaded. He's ready to retire.Until he meets Joel.They form an uneasy partnership and Joel soon finds himself thrust into a world of bottom dealers, fraudsters and ace chasers that's unlike any movie he's ever seen. And when the pair accidentally scam the wrong mark, they have to draw on every last trick and piece of cunning they can to get themselves free and walk away with the money ... and hopefully their dignity.'A deliciously devious debut. It will fool you, and you will love it.' Lawrence Leung
Andrew Cobham is a man of unconventional behaviour, his home is unusually grand, and he answers no questions. But as he keeps his own secrets safe, so he works to uncover those of others.It is 1483 and King Edward IV wears England's crown, but no king rules unchallenged. Often it is those closest to him who are the unexpected danger. When the king dies suddenly without clear cause, then rumour replaces fact - and Andrew Cobham is already working behind the scenes.Tyballis, when orphaned young, was forced into marriage with her neighbour, a bully and a simpleton. When she escapes his abuse, she meets Andrew Cobham, and gradually an uneasy alliance forms. Their friendship will take them in unusual directions as Tyballis becomes embroiled in Andrew's work and the danger which surrounds him.Eventually it is a motley gathering of thieves, informers, prostitutes and children that joins the game, determined to help Andrew uncover treason. And as the country is brought to the brink of war, Andrew and Tyballis discover something neither thought was possible.A thrilling story of abduction, murder and subterfuge by one of Australia's finest historical writers.
A tragic death. A family divided. Only truth can set them free.Banjo Murphy is killed on the night he finally walks away from his wife, Jade, after twenty-five years of her adultery. In the aftermath, Banjo is bewildered to discover he still exists, and in despair he watches Jade collapse into deep depression and his daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, struggle with their unexpected loss.Lissy is tortured by the mystery surrounding her father's death. What compelled Banjo to leave the night he died? And why won't Jade talk about what happened? Despite their volatile relationship, Lissy believes her parents' love to have been enduring, but sensibleCassandra sees things differently. When Cassy discovers a sketchbook chronicling Jade's affairs, the truth of their parents' relationship begins to unfold and Lissy's loyalties are divided.Searching for answers, Lissy contacts Jade's ex-lovers. And watching from afar, Banjo aches as he discovers what these men meant to Jade - until Lissy's quest reveals an explosive truth ...One that will finally set their family free.
Two families... One bloodline... and a city named Jerusalem. When Bilal, a radicalized Palestinian youth, is shot during a botched terrorist attack, his life is saved by a young Jewish surgeon, Yael Cohen. But when Yael makes the startling discovery that her DNA is identical with Bilale(tm)s, they become caught up in a high-stakes conspiracy e" a disturbing plot that will blow the region to pieces and stun the world with its audacity. But unknown to Bilal and Yael, theirs is the last and bloody chapter in a story that crosses millennia. Century after century, two ancient families e" bloodline ancestors of Yael and Bilal e" defied the corrupt power of kings and conquerors, and their struggles forged a fiercely proud people and an enduring hope for peace. But through war and atrocity, kinships were shattered, forcing dynasties apart and allowing evil to gain a foothold. And in modern Israel, confronted with exposure, those sinister forces will do anything to take control of the Holy Land and silence Yael and Bilal, who must run for their lives. Through imprisonment, assassination attempts and political machinations, they must ultimately confront the truth of who they are. But is blood enough?
A haunting saga of love, gold and betrayal New Year's Day 1901 sees the birth of Australia as a nation, eager to claim her place on the world stage. Clytie Hart, a daring equestrienne, is travelling with her mother in a wagon train along the back roads of Victoria's Gold Triangle. Once world-famous, Wildebrand Circus is now struggling to survive. But a chance meeting with Rom Delaney, a wild young adventurer, changes everything. His invitation to play Hoffnung, an isolated gold-mining town, promises to restore the circus's fortunes. To Clytie, the roving life is all she has ever known. Much as she loves her circus family, she longs to put down roots in a real house in a friendly bush town, and to free her mother from her violent step-father, Vlad the Knife-Thrower. Blinded by her passionate love for Rom, Clytie is desperate to prevent him volunteering for the Empire in the distant South African war. And in the face of unexpected tragedy, with the help of unlikely friendships, Clytie uncovers some stark truths. Hoffnung's respectable veneer conceals the dark secrets of a town haunted by a mystery that threatens to blight Clytie's life - and all those she has learned to love. Golden Hope is a saga as wide and sweeping as the landscape itself, told by a master storyteller at the peak of her powers.
The myriad difficulties and colourful details of early Tudor times are vividly portrayed in this book. From the royal court to the dungeons of the Tower and from the vast chill of Sumerford Castle in Somerset to Execution Hill in London, the late medieval is brought back to life in all its beauty, filth and complexity. This turbulent period of history serves as the violent but compelling background to the lives of the Sumerford brothers, and in particular to Ludovic's path from obscurity towards the changing fortunes of great love, national loyalty, family responsibility and finally happiness.
A young nurse's body is found at Clovelly Beach in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Apart from a puncture wound in her neck, she is in perfect condition. But she's also clutching a rose in her hands - and there's an empty packet of prescription drugs in her pocket. Investigating the scene, Detective Lexie Rogers and her partner Brad Sommers know something is not right. It appears to be a staged suicide. And as they begin to dig deeper, Lexie discovers the case is too close to home. The dead girl was a work colleague of Lexie's ex-husband, who is now a paramedic - and she was also a friend of the woman who broke up Lexie's marriage. Struggling as she is with her breakup with Josh Harrison, who pushed her away after the suicide of his sister, and the numbing flashbacks of the violent attacks she's suffered in the past, Lexie throws herself into the case. When she's handed the lead on the investigation, Lexie sets out to solve the murder and prove she's up to the job. When Lexie's ex-husband becomes a suspect, she refuses to believe it. It also becomes startlingly clear there are similarities in the deaths of Josh's sister and the murder victim. But when Lexie determines a link between the women and a doctor working at the same hospital, he becomes her main suspect, fuelled by her discovery of a prescription drug racket. Just when Lexie is beginning to make headway on the case, Josh turns up. He's determined to find out what happened to his sister - and he also wants Lexie back. Piecing together the identity of the killer with the help of her old bikie friend, Rex Donaldson, Lexie and her colleagues set a trap in an ambitious police operation. But there's a big difference between naming a suspect and catching a killer, and Lexie's about to find out just how deep some grudges can go.
For eight years Lexie Rogers has been a uniform cop in Sydney's red light district, Kings Cross. Having survived a violent knife attack, she's seen it all - and far more than most cops her age. Now she's back at work as the newest member of the Bondi Junction Detective's Office and ready to start again. One of her first jobs is to execute a search warrant at a bikie clubhouse, one of the two local gangs in Sydney's eastern suburbs. What she uncovers begins a chilling investigation into a vicious world where loyalty is deadly and unwavering and can't be bought . . . Or can it? Lexie forms an unlikely alliance with one of the bikies as he realises his family is in danger. But what neither of them knows is that Lexie is the one who's in too deep. She knows too much. As the stakes become personal it seems the unsung bond she has with a big bad bikie could be the one thing that could save her life.
A fabled house. A fabulous fortune. Beautiful, identical twins ... Dark shadows fall across the golden summer of 1886. Naive country girl Ida Garfield longs to escape the farm. When Miss Matilda Gregory, the elegant mistress of Summersby House, offers Ida employment as a housemaid, Ida leaps at the chance. Yet it's not for her servant's skills that she's wanted. It's her inquisitiveness... But before Ida starts her first day, Miss Gregory is found dead. Fearing her one chance of bettering herself lost, Ida goes to the funeral, hoping that someone else from Summersby will still want her. Someone does. Handsome blond Englishman Mr Samuel Hackett is the late Miss Gregory's fiancé. He expresses a keen need for a housemaid - and a friend. But Miss Gregory's will brings to light an extraordinary deception and a terrible wrong from the past. Summersby has a secret heiress, whose name is also Matilda Gregory... A strange, ethereal girl with an irrevocably broken memory. Who is this mysterious heiress, and why is Ida bound forever to the truth? A tale of dark shadows and extraordinary deception.
Bequeathed a century-old house, four estranged friends return to their home town, Calingarry Crossing, where each must stay for a season to fulfil the wishes of their beloved benefactor, Gypsy. Here they finally face the consequences of the tragic accident that occurred twenty years ago and changed their lives forever. Sara, a breast cancer survivor afraid to fall in love;Poppy, an ambitious journo craving her father's approval;Amber, a spoilt socialite looking for some purpose to life; Caitlin, a doctor frustrated by a controlling family At Dandelion House, each will discover something about themselves and a secret that will bind them forever.
When an unstoppable Borg plague breaks out upon Earth, blame quickly falls on the newly returned crew of the Starship Voyage . Did Kathryn Janeway and the others unknowingly carry this insidious infection back with them? Many in Starfleet think so, and Seven of Nine, in particular, falls under a cloud of suspicion. Now, with a little help from the Starship Enterprise , Admiral Janeway must reunite her crew in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to discover the true source of the contagion and save Earth itself from total assimilation into a voracious new Borg Collective. But time is running out. Has Voyager come home only to witness humanity's end?
Detective James North is called upon to deal with a young, mentally unstable man holding a child hostage at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. When he arrives, he is disturbed to discover that - although the bad guy is a complete stranger - he's been asking for North by name. The hostage situation goes wrong, and North finds himself injected with a substance that causes hallucinatory nightmares and flashes of memory that are not his own. He begins to hunt through New York for his attacker, a man he feels inexplicably compelled to kill - a man called Gene. As he does so, North unlocks the secret of his past, a past that stretches back over 3000 years. GENE is the story of forgotten Greek warrior Cyclades who fought and died in the Trojan Wars, and was fated by the gods to be reincarnated seven times. Locked in a cycle of battle with the Babylonian Magi Athanatos, Cyclades must once again strive to defeat him and thwart his quest to achieve immortality. Cyclades and Athanatos. North and Gene. But in this incarnation, neither man knows which is which, or why each of them has the instinctive need to kill the other.
Cambridge is home to 18,000 students, 1,500 academics - and one serial killer. The discovery of the headless, mutilated body of a female undergraduate in her bloodsoaked college room heralds the start of a series of bizarre and extremely violent murders. For the students of Ariel College, a siege mentality has developed following weeks of media interest in the 'Cambridge Butcher'. University life has become not about surviving their exams, but surviving full stop. Forensic psychiatrist Matthew Denison is sure that his traumatised patient, student Olivia Coscadden, has the killer's identity locked up in her memory. That within the little clique she belonged to lurks someone with a grudge. Someone who has yet to finish settling their score. In order to get to the truth, Denison must delve into the secrets hidden within Olivia's subconscious. Secrets that are about to lead him into a nightmare beyond imagining.
There are 15 million women drivers in the UK, yet so often they can feel at a disadvantage when it comes to dealing with the male-dominated motor industry. The solution has generally been seen as to call upon a male partner or family member for help. However, many women don't have a car-savvy bloke easily to hand - and would prefer to be more independent anyway. This is where The Girls' Car Handbookcomes in. A vital reference book, it is packed with useful information designed to give women greater confidence when tackling every aspect of motoring from getting a good deal when buying a car, personal safety when driving, handling accidents and breakdowns, tips for greener motoring and much, much more.
Meet William Holloway: Family man. Gentle man. Wanted man. Holloway has secrets. Years ago, he witnessed his wife's betrayal and his life fell apart. Now someone's toying with his mind and the life of a missing woman, the prostitute Holloway pays to imitate his ex-wife. When she is murdered, his ex-wife's name scrawled on her abdomen, Holloway is trapped by the consequence of love and sex, of infidelity and violence in a world of his own terrible making. Hunted as a rogue policeman and a killer, he's on the run. And planning retribution.
Einstein is the great icon of our age: the kindly refugee from oppression whose wild halo of hair, twinkling eyes, engaging humanity and extraordinary brilliance made his face a symbol and his name a synonym for genius. He was a rebel and nonconformist from boyhood days. His character, creativity and imagination were related, and they drove both his life and his science. In this marvellously clear and accessible narrative, Walter Isaacson explains how his mind worked and the mysteries of the universe that he discovered. Einstein's success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marvelling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a worldview based on respect for free spirits and free individuals. All of which helped make Einstein into a rebel but with a reverence for the harmony of nature, one with just the right blend of imagination and wisdom to transform our understanding of the universe. This new biography, the first since all of Einstein's papers have become available, is the fullest picture yet of one of the key figures of the twentieth century.
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