Victoria & Abdul – shrabani basu
Victoria & Abdul explores how a young Indian Muslim came to play a central role at the heart of the Empire at a time when independence movements in the sub continent were growing in force. Yet, at its heart, it is a tender love story between an ordinary Indian and his elderly queen – a relationship that survived the best attempts to destroy it.
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Too right – peter chudd
Move over Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt, Australia's leading conservative privileged white man has arrived. And even better, he's written a masterpiece that dismantles every loony left - or even vaguely moderate - political argument ever made in this country! In Too Right, Peter Chudd, Australia's most controversial far-right columnist tells it like it is, unafraid of who's 'offended' by his 'poorly researched' opinions. Global warming? The only thing warming the world is the hot air from environmentalists. And what would climate scientists know about climate science anyway? Welfare? Well, that's anything but, well, fair. Racism? Every columnist has a right to be a bigot - and how dare people dismissive him as a 'white man'.
A long way from wyandra – peter moody
my story – from bush to black caviar
From outback childhood, to strapper, foreman and then on to premiership-winning trainer and the guiding force behind the most famous horse of recent times,and finally to his clash with officialdom that prompted him to retire in the deepest frustration, Peter's autobiography gives a hugely entertaining, fascinating and authentic insight into one of the largest characters in Australian sport. While much has been written about Moody's career and legacy, it was fellow trainer, Caulfield Cup-winner Jim Mason, who perhaps said it best: 'He's like a champion horse. Occasionally something comes along that's just better than everything else. That's Pete.'
Great Australian Outback Nurses Stories – bill 'swampy' marsh
With hearts as big as the outback, rural and remote nurses are a dedicated and gutsy bunch who work selflessly to care for their communities, often in isolated and inhospitable conditions, with few resources but plenty of experience, courage and care. Outback nurses deal with it all: broken limbs, labour pains, snake bites, sunburnt backpackers, lost explorers, vaccinations, defibrillations – even the occasional crook cattle dog. One thing they are never short of is stories to tell.
John le Carre – adam sisman
Over half a century since The Spy Who came in from the Cold made John le Carré a worldwide, bestselling sensation, David Cornwell, the man behind the pseudonym, remains an enigma. He has consistently quarried his life for his writing, and his novels seem to offer tantalizing glimpses of their author - but in the narrative of his life fact and fiction have become intertwined, and little is really known of one of the world's most successful writers.
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