• Lost in Transmission

    If Khurram is right and the soul can only travel at a camel’s speed, then mine has a lot of catching up to do…’

    Jonathan Harley knew that becoming the ABC’s man in South Asia at the age of only twenty-eight was a dream job. But he’d just fallen in love and wasn’t so sure he really wanted it. It took a weekend of soul searching to realise that this would be the experience of a lifetime.

    From covering India’s endearingly over-the-top response to the death of cricketing legend Don Bradman to being the only Australian journalist in Afghanistan on September 11 2001, Lost in Transmission is Harley’s exciting, often moving, funny and disarmingly honest account of the three years he spent, lurching from one hair-raising misadventure to the next, reporting from one of the most exotic and, as events unfurled, alarming corners of the planet.

    Shifting effortlessly between the serious, the sublime and the ridiculous, this is the story of a stranger at something of a loss in an even stranger land – a young man struggling to comprehend and comment on life in a part of the world that never quite makes sense…

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    Lost in Transmission

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  • State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III

    Following ‘Bush at War’ and ‘Plan of Attack’, this is the third of Woodward’s unique portraits of a working presidency, and its trials and tribulations. He takes the reader on an inside journey from the start of the Iraq War in 2003 right up to the present day.

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  • Temptations of the West : How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond

    From Bollywood stars in Bombay worrying whether they are sexy enough to a heroin addict in Pakistan mocking jihad; from Indian mafia dons with political ambitions to Afghans waiting for American benevolence; from Kashmiri Muslims longing for democracy to Tibetan Buddhists fighting to preserve religion in politics – “Temptations of the West” is a travel book unlike any other. In a narrative as revealing as it is profound, Pankaj Mishra’s new book dissolves the old boundaries between East and West, challenging every romantic cliche about the conflicts and dilemmas at the heart of the modern world.

    ‘Mishra offers a compelling blend of memoir, narrative history, politics, religion and philosophy. Thoughtful, intelligent and rigorous, this is a deep, insightful study of the very notion of modernity’ ” Observer”

    ‘Mishra is a precise observer and a subtle analyst, keener to understand than to blame . . . In a thousand details – such as the grimace he catches on the face of a sycophantic businessman as a politician’s bodyguard rinses curry-stained hands in his swimming pool – he salutes humanity’s paradoxes and wit’ “The Economist”

    ‘Wonderful. The narrative is interspersed with sophisticated cultural commentary . . . and, if anything, the point of this important book is to collapse fallacious distinctions between East and West’ ” Conde Nast Traveller”

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  • Temptations of the West : How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond

    From Bollywood stars in Bombay worrying whether they are sexy enough to a heroin addict in Pakistan mocking jihad; from Indian mafia dons with political ambitions to Afghans waiting for American benevolence; from Kashmiri Muslims longing for democracy to Tibetan Buddhists fighting to preserve religion in politics – “Temptations of the West” is a travel book unlike any other. In a narrative as revealing as it is profound, Pankaj Mishra’s new book dissolves the old boundaries between East and West, challenging every romantic cliche about the conflicts and dilemmas at the heart of the modern world.

    ‘Mishra offers a compelling blend of memoir, narrative history, politics, religion and philosophy. Thoughtful, intelligent and rigorous, this is a deep, insightful study of the very notion of modernity’ ” Observer”

    ‘Mishra is a precise observer and a subtle analyst, keener to understand than to blame . . . In a thousand details – such as the grimace he catches on the face of a sycophantic businessman as a politician’s bodyguard rinses curry-stained hands in his swimming pool – he salutes humanity’s paradoxes and wit’ “The Economist”

    ‘Wonderful. The narrative is interspersed with sophisticated cultural commentary . . . and, if anything, the point of this important book is to collapse fallacious distinctions between East and West’ ” Conde Nast Traveller”

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  • Kylie Confidential

    From ‘girl-next-door’ to Princess of Pop to ultimate dance diva, Kylie Minogue has transcended her soap opera roots to become one of the biggest icons in popular culture. Author Sean Smith looks behind the Kylie mythology to reveal the real woman. The book includes material on her courageous battle against breast cancer.

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    Kylie Confidential

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  • The Point of Departure : Diaries from the Front Bench

    This volume provides an inside account of the Blair government from former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, who resigned over the Iraqi crisis.

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  • In The Name Of Honour

    In June 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman from the impoverished village of Meerwala, was gang-raped by a local clan known as the Mastoi — punishment for indiscretions allegedly committed by the woman’s brother. While certainly not the first account of a female body being negotiated for honor in a family, this time the survivor had bravely chosen to fight back. In doing so, Mai single-handedly changed the feminist movement in Pakistan, one of the world’s most adverse climates for women. By July 2002, the Pakistani government awarded her the equivalent of 8,500 U.S. dollars in compensation money and sentenced her attackers to death — and Mukhtar Mai went on to open a school for girls so that future generations would not suffer, as she had, from illiteracy.

    In this rousing account, Mai describes her experience and how she has since become an agent for change and a beacon of hope for oppressed women around the world. Timely and topical, “In the Name of Honor” is the remarkable and inspirational memoir of a woman who fought and triumphed against exceptional odds.

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    In The Name Of Honour

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  • My Life

    An exhaustive, soul-searching memoir, Bill Clinton’s My Life is a refreshingly candid look at the former president as a son, brother, teacher, father, husband, and public figure. Clinton painstakingly outlines the history behind his greatest successes and failures, including his dedication to educational and economic reform, his war against a “vast right-wing operation” determined to destroy him, and the “morally indefensible” acts for which he was nearly impeached. My Life is autobiography as therapy–a personal history written by a man trying to face and banish his private demons.

    Clinton approaches the story of his youth with gusto, sharing tales of giant watermelons, nine-pound tumors, a charging ram, famous mobsters and jazz musicians, and a BB gun standoff. He offers an equally energetic portrait of American history, pop culture, and the evolving political landscape, covering the historical events that shaped his early years (namely the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK) and the events that shaped his presidency (Waco, Bosnia, Somalia). What makes My Life remarkable as a political memoir is how thoroughly it is infused with Clinton’s unassuming, charmingly pithy voice:

    I learned a lot from the stories my uncle, aunts, and grandparents told me: that no one is perfect but most people are good; that people can’t be judged only by their worst or weakest moments; that harsh judgments can make hypocrites of us all; that a lot of life is just showing up and hanging on; that laughter is often the best, and sometimes the only, response to pain.

    However, that same voice might tire readers as Clinton applies his penchant for minute details to a distractible laundry list of events, from his youth through the years of his presidency. Not wanting to forget a single detail that might help account for his actions, Clinton overdoes it–do we really need to know the name of his childhood barber? But when Clinton sticks to the meat of his story–recollections about Mother, his abusive stepfather, Hillary, the campaign trail, and Kenneth Starr–the veracity of emotion and Kitchen Confidential-type revelations about “what it is like to be President” make My Life impossible to put down.

    To Clinton, “politics is a contact sport,” and while he claims that My Life is not intended to make excuses or assign blame, it does portray him as a fighter whose strategy is to “take the first hit, then counterpunch as hard as I could.” While My Life is primarily a stroll through Clinton’s memories, it is also a scathing rebuke–a retaliation against his detractors, including Kenneth Starr, whose “mindless search for scandal” protected the guilty while “persecuting the innocent” and distracted his Administration from pressing international matters (including strikes on al Qaeda). Counterpunch indeed.

    At its core, My Life is a charming and intriguing if flawed book by an equally intriguing and flawed man who had his worst failures and humiliations made public. Ultimately, the man who left office in the shadow of scandal offers an honest and open account of his life, allowing readers to witness his struggle to “drain the most out of every moment” while maintaining the character with which he was raised. It is a remarkably intimate, persuasive look at the boy he was, the President he became, and man he is today. –Daphne Durham

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    My Life

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  • Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness

    So much has now been said and written about the life and career of Michael Jackson that it has become almost impossible to disentangle the man from the myth. Rumours abound; his own statements often fail to clarify controversial issues. The truth may be stranger than any fiction, such is the uniqueness of the world in which he lives, and his vision of the world. Recent revelations are of course only the latest instalments of a saga that began decades ago, and simply add more twists to an already-tangled family epic. This book is the fruit of over 30 years of research and intimate knowledge, and hundreds of interviews, including some with Jackson himself, provide access to the very closest circles of the Jackson family and their associates. Cutting through tabloid rumours and innuendo, J. Randy Taraborrelli traces the real story behind the Michael Jackson we see and hear today, from his drilling as a child star through the blooming of his talent to his ever-changing personal appearance and bizarre publicity stunts. This biography includes the behind-the-scenes story to many of the landmarks in Jackson’s life: his legal and commercial battles, his marriages, his passions and addictio

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  • Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

    In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders…until he meets Donald Shimoda — former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard’s imagination soar….

    In Illusions, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don’t need airplanes to soar…that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them… and that messiahs can be found in the unlikeliest places — like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern towns, and most of all, deep within ourselves.

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  • BOUCH – Through my Eyes

    When Mark Boucher played his first game of cricket for South Africa, a senior player took him aside and bluntly told him he was the worst wicketkeeper ever to play in the national side. Over a decade later, when Bouch finally retired with a plethora of records under his belt and to huge acclaim from the public, he took grim satisfaction in relating this piece of history.

    Through my Eyes is the story of a man with remarkable sporting prowess. Born into a sports-mad family in East London, he excelled in squash, tennis and rugby before choosing cricket as his preferred sport. His extraordinary achievements on the field are well known – he was voted SA player of the year in 1998, 2000 and 2006. What is not so well known, and makes up much of this book, are the behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes. Stories of staring down the barrel of defeat and of celebrating victory; of developing strong bonds with teammates Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and others that go way beyond mere friendship. What emerges is the image of a man who always fought for the underdog, whose never-say-die attitude inspires those around him.

    Bouch’s career was brought to a dramatic end on a cricket pitch in England when the bail of a stump punctured his left eye. But, in his own words, ‘I lost sight but gained vision.’ True to his character of gritty determination, Bouch has rededicated his life to a new cause, that of the environment and particularly the critically endangered rhino.

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    BOUCH – Through my Eyes

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