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Australians - Origins to Eureka

Thomas Keneally

Accessible, authoritative, engrossing - a book for every Australian - a three-volume history of this country from prehistory to the present. A new kind of history, centred on the humanity of our national tale. Australians have always stood out from the crowd, right from the beginning of our national story. Convicts and indigenous leaders, settlers and soldiers, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekers. Who better than Tom Keneally, himself a National Living Treasure, to bring to life on the page the vast range of characters who have formed our national story; to bring to us "the feel of their clothing, the smell of their lamps, the sweat of their midnights, the icy water buckets of their dawns, their exaltations, their terrors, the peculiar intimacies of their sins and generosities"?

Thomas Keneally, who resides in Sydney, is one of the most successful modern Australian writers. He has been short-listed for the Booker Prize on four occasions, winning in 1982 with Schindler's Ark. He has also won The Miles Franklin Award twice with Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Paraclete. He has been awarded the Order of Australia for his services to Australian Literature.

Keep The Men Alive - Australian POW doctors under the Japanese

Rosalind Hearder

Over one-third of the 22,000 Australians who were prisoners of war of the Japanese died in captivity. Those who did return home attributed their survival to the 106 Australian doctors and their medical orderlies who were also POWs. These doctors worked in appalling conditions, with minimal supplies, to keep the prisoners alive. This is their incredible story.

Dr Rosalind Hearder, who lives in Canberra, was awarded the C E W Bean Prize for her PhD on the roles and ex- periences of Australian medical personnel in Japanese captivity during the Second World War.

The Power Of Forgiveness - Why it's good to forgive your friend, your boss, your family and everyone else who hurts and betrays

Janise Beaumont

This funky, yet inspiring book on forgiveness handles the whole mixed bag of betrayal and hurts we all face. …

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