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The Herald Diary by Ken Smith

Title The Herald Diary
Author Ken Smith
Publisher Black & White Publishing Ltd
Release 2019-10-31
Category Humor
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1785302973
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What are folk desperate for these days? A laugh, we reckon. And fortunately the readers of The Herald newspaper agree, as over the past year they have sent the newspaper's Diary column their funniest moments, whether it's about the daft things that happen in their office, the outrageous comments they are told in the pub, or just the eyebrow-raising observations they overhear on the train into town. They even have the occasional smile over politics, would you believe. And the very best of them are gathered in this handy volume. So if you want to know why Scotsmen still cannot understand their partners, the funniest claims made on the golf course, and the outrageous shenanigans of police officers, apprentices, shop-workers and school teachers, then look no further.

William Holmes by Geoffrey Travers

Title William Holmes
Author Geoffrey Travers
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2020-06-01
Category History
Total Pages 424
ISBN 1922387010
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The road that first leads people from Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney is named General Holmes Drive, but nowadays few Australians know anything about General Holmes. William Holmes could be remembered for his lifelong public service in developing Sydney’s water supply and sewerage system — but he should be remembered as one of the foremost Australian citizen soldiers of his time. Holmes commanded Australia’s first independent military expeditionary force in World War I, and in New Guinea accepted the first German surrender for Australia. At Gallipoli, Pozières, Bullecourt and Messines, Holmes earned a reputation for fearlessness in battle, believing that at critical times and even during pauses in engagement, reconnaissance should be conducted by the officers in command making the decisions. He was known to all his soldiers and his leadership inspired their affection and loyalty. Philosophical about the risks he took on the battlefield, it was cruel irony indeed that Holmes was killed on the day he took extra safety precautions. Holmes, a contemporary of John Monash, arguably achieved more in his early career than his peer and would certainly have been a contender for command of the Australian Corps in 1918 had he still been alive. This is his story.

Title Dusty Angels and Old Diaries
Author Linda Meikle
Publisher Covenant Books, Inc.
Release 2019-10-08
Category Fiction
Total Pages 246
ISBN 1645590305
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Dusty Angels and Old Diaries is a second edition with an Epilogue to Linda's first book by the same title published in 2006. Everyone has a story to tell. This one finds Linda sobbing quietly in a cold, dark attic as she clutches a little red diary and tries to comfort her baby sister who is bruised and bleeding. Below them, a woman's voice yells in anger for the two little girls to come down in an instant. But no! Fresh from a whipping for some small infraction and hidden safely for the moment, Linda and Sandra cling to the hope that their mother will return from the strange place she disappeared to, or their dad will come knocking on the door to rescue them from their fiery grandmother who angrily took them from the orphanage in New York City and hid them in this bleak outpost far from civilization! Linda's first diary in 1964 breathes life into the year she was fourteen years old. A plethora of diaries follow for the next thirty years as Linda and Sandra rise from the ashes of abandonment and loss, the years of searching for love and purpose, and finally, finding that which was lost-and losing it again! Gently turn the pages of the fragile little red diary and its siblings, the faded pages now over fifty years old. Linda shares a legend written for those who have a story to tell and want to find the power and strength to tell it. It is a book for women who want to be strong. Put on your soft slippers and walk back in time into tomorrow!

Fred Lodge s Diaries by L/Cpl Frederick Thomas Lodge

Title Fred Lodge s Diaries
Author L/Cpl Frederick Thomas Lodge
Publisher FriesenPress
Release 2019-06-06
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 672
ISBN 1525540408
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The wartime diaries of Fred Lodge underscore his perilous passage through World War 2 including the Dieppe Raid and three years as a POW in Germany. Fred was a quiet, kind, considerate and courageous young Canadian who trained in Canada as an infantry soldier; practiced his military skills in England; waded onshore at Pourville, France on August 19th, 1942; survived intense German gunfire; saw his buddies killed, maimed, indeed slaughtered. Somehow he survived that awful day at Dieppe and was transported to Stalag VIIIB and later to Stalag IIC in eastern Germany. As a POW he was often hungry, bored, shamed, shackled, witnessed summary executions and was forced to participate in a death march in early, 1945. Through it all Fred Lodge was courageous and true to his beliefs no matter what obstacles, temptations or mistreatment came his way. He always did his best and the "right" thing. Fred didn't hate Germans although he had no respect for inhumane NAZI zealots. With the Russian Army fast approaching, Canadian POWs were evacuated westwards in January,1945 in bone-chilling cold and snow. Over four months they were marched west with little food, no warm clothing, little shelter and no reason to think they might survive. However, Fred and most of his fellow POWs did survive and in late April, 1945 they were liberated and returned to England. Somehow Fred Lodge remained the same quiet, kind, considerate and courageous man he was at the beginning. This story, as told by Fred Lodge himself, is a gripping tale. He passed through the hell of war and emerged whole, could you do the same?

Return to Uluru by Mark McKenna

Title Return to Uluru
Author Mark McKenna
Publisher Black Inc.
Release 2021-03-02
Category History
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1743821697
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A killing. A hidden history. A story that goes to the heart of the nation. When Mark McKenna set out to write a history of the centre of Australia, he had no idea what he would discover. One event in 1934 – the shooting at Uluru of Aboriginal man Yokunnuna by white policeman Bill McKinnon, and subsequent Commonwealth inquiry – stood out as a mirror of racial politics in the Northern Territory at the time. But then, through speaking with the families of both killer and victim, McKenna unearthed new evidence that transformed the historical record and the meaning of the event for today. As he explains, ‘Every thread of the story connected to the present in surprising ways.’ In a sequence of powerful revelations, McKenna explores what truth-telling and reconciliation look like in practice. Return to Uluru brings a cold case to life. It speaks directly to the Black Lives Matter movement, but is completely Australian. Recalling Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man, it is superbly written, moving, and full of astonishing, unexpected twists. Ultimately it is a story of recognition and return, which goes to the very heart of the country. At the centre of it all is Uluru, the sacred site where paths fatefully converged. ‘Mark McKenna has exposed the wounded heart of Australia. Never has a history of our country so assumed the power of sacred myth. Return to Uluru is a spellbinding story of death and resurrection that is Australian to its core.’ —James Boyce ‘Mark McKenna sets the highest standard for truth-telling of the kind that Australians so urgently need if they are to live in this country with honour. I feel sure that this book will become an Australian classic, not the first of its kind, but certainly the most powerful narrative I have read of frontier injustice and its resonance in our lives today.’ —Marcia Langton

Symbols of Australia by Richard White

Title Symbols of Australia
Author Richard White
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Release 2021-11-01
Category History
Total Pages 464
ISBN 174224999X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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But what do they actually mean? Where do they come from? Why are some symbols so hotly contested? Does Australia have more than its fair share? Symbols of Australia offers illuminating and unexpected insights into the symbols that surround us: from Uluru to the Australian flag, the rainbow serpent to Holden cars, the democracy sausage to the Great Barrier Reef. Entertaining, provocative, informative, and often surprising, Symbols of Australia reveals a great deal about the ways nations are imagined – and how they imagine themselves. Just when we most need it, a lively reassessment of the symbols that define us and their commercial and political exploitation. A mixture of scholarly ease and irreverent playfulness that also defines us. – David Malouf, award-winning Australian writer If the nation is imagined, the business of creating its meaningful symbols gives us the very essence of its history. The star-studded cast of Symbols of Australia takes us on a fascinating tour among kangaroos and pavlovas, baggy green caps and rainbow serpents, Holden cars and vegemite jars – and much more besides. On this splendid journey across desert and beach, reef and harbour, city and bush, we see and hear the nation in its full dignity, diversity and dagginess. – Frank Bongiorno, Professor of History, Australian National University Humorous, insightful and profound, this book is a thought-provoking survey of twenty-eight of Australia’s best-known and most significant symbols. Entries range from Indigenous symbols that resonate with meaning, such as the Rainbow Serpent or Uluru, to animals and the natural world, official symbols, cultural practices, and commercial items of consumption. Most importantly, it showcases the agency of ordinary Australians and the role of popular culture in forging national identity. – Associate Professor Hsu-Ming Teo, Macquarie University Symbols of Australia, in this new revised edition, is essential reading for a sure-footed trek into our constant act of becoming ‘Australian’, sifting through the raging cacophony of opinions to distil the most pertinent elements … all while keeping a sense of humour firmly intact.– Miriam Corowa, journalist, presenter, producer and director This book is a fascinating look at the symbols that have been used to define and represent our nation. At a time when Australian identity is so contested, Symbols of Australia provides invaluable insight and context, overturning long-held assumptions and rattling revered icons. Symbols of Australia will make you re-think who we are, and where we came from. Even better, it’s a bloody good read.– Monica Dux, writer, columnist and social commentator

Title The Diaries of Jesus
Author
Publisher
Release 1997
Category Bible
Total Pages 1205
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Diaries of Sir Ernest Satow 1906 1911
Author Ian Ruxton (ed.)
Publisher Lulu.com
Release 2019-08-24
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 496
ISBN 0359872131
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The diaries begin with Satow's journey home from his last diplomatic post in China. He travels via Japan, Hawaii, mainland United States and the Atlantic to Liverpool. In 1907 he attends the Second Hague Peace Conference as Britain's second delegate. He settles with some ease into rural life in Devon, keeping busy with local commitments as a magistrate, supporter of missionaries etc. and launching a major new career as a scholar of international law. The Foreword is by Professor Ian Nish of the LSE.

In the Shadow of the Great War by Kirsty Bennett

Title In the Shadow of the Great War
Author Kirsty Bennett
Publisher The History Press
Release 2019-10-07
Category History
Total Pages 208
ISBN 0750993421
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The military toll of World War I is widely known: millions of Britons were mobilised, many thousands killed or wounded, and the landscape of British society changed forever. But how was the conflict experienced by the people of Surrey on the home front? Surrey Heritage’s project Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers has, over the four-year centenary commemoration, explored the wartime stories of Surrey’s people and places. The project’s discoveries are here captured through text, case studies and images. This book chronicles the mobilisation of Surrey men, the training of foreign troops in the county, objection to military service, defence against invasion, voluntary work and fundraising, the experiences of women and children, shortages, industrial supply to the armed forces and the commemoration of Surrey’s dead. Drawing heavily on the rich archives of Surrey Heritage, it is an engaging exploration of a county in the shadow of the first globalised war between industrialised nations.

Bosom Friends by Thomas J. Balcerski

Title Bosom Friends
Author Thomas J. Balcerski
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2019-08-02
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 0190914602
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The friendship of the bachelor politicians James Buchanan (1791-1868) of Pennsylvania and William Rufus King (1786-1853) of Alabama has excited much speculation through the years. Why did neither marry? Might they have been gay? Or was their relationship a nineteenth-century version of the modern-day "bromance"? In Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King, Thomas J. Balcerski explores the lives of these two politicians and discovers one of the most significant collaborations in American political history. He traces the parallels in the men's personal and professional lives before elected office, including their failed romantic courtships and the stories they told about them. Unlikely companions from the start, they lived together as congressional messmates in a Washington, DC, boardinghouse and became close confidantes. Around the nation's capital, the men were mocked for their effeminacy and perhaps their sexuality, and they were likened to Siamese twins. Over time, their intimate friendship blossomed into a significant cross-sectional political partnership. Balcerski examines Buchanan's and King's contributions to the Jacksonian political agenda, manifest destiny, and the increasingly divisive debates over slavery, while contesting interpretations that the men lacked political principles and deserved blame for the breakdown of the union. He closely narrates each man's rise to national prominence, as William Rufus King was elected vice-president in 1852 and James Buchanan the nation's fifteenth president in 1856, despite the political gossip that circulated about them. While exploring a same-sex relationship that powerfully shaped national events in the antebellum era, Bosom Friends demonstrates that intimate male friendships among politicians were--and continue to be--an important part of success in American politics.

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