Everything to Live For
Author: Turia Pitt, Libby Harkness
Publisher: Random House Australia
Everything to Live For is the story of one young woman's survival against extraordinary odds, a testament to the human spirit. In September 2011, Turia Pitt, a beautiful 25-year-old mining engineer working her dream job in the far north of Western Australia, entered an ultra-marathon race that would change her life forever.
Author: Turia Pitt
Publisher: Random House Australia
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Author: Katie Piper
Publisher: Random House
'I heard a horrible screaming sound, like an animal being slaughtered ... then I realised it was me.' When Katie Piper was 24, her life was near perfect. Young and beautiful, she was well on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a model. But then she met Daniel Lynch on Facebook and her world quickly turned into a nightmare ... After being held captive and brutally raped by her new boyfriend, Katie was subjected to a vicious acid attack. Within seconds, this bright and bubbly girl could feel her looks and the life she loved melting away. Beautiful is the moving true story of how one young woman had her mind, body and spirit cruelly snatched from her and how she inspired millions with her fight to get them back.
10 Seconds of Courage
Author: Nadine Champion
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
An inspiring story delivered with her signature humour. I highly recommend it.' - Turia Pitt, author of Everything to Live For 'It is how Nadine Shares her stories so others realise they are not alone that make this so powerful, to show that courage is not just for the strong - it is for those who feel exactly the opposite.' - Naomi Simson, Founding Director of Red Balloon, star of TV's Shark Tank We all have something worth fighting for in life but many of us fear losing the battle, so we give up too soon. This book shows you how to recognise those life-changing moments, find that extra shot of courage and seize the moment that could change everything. Through sharing her own story, Nadine Champion will inspire you to face your fears, big or small. Simple yet powerful concepts such as 'I am', 'Why Not You?' and 'Emotional Volume Control' will have a profound effect on changing your thinking for the better. Once you change your thinking you can change your life. All it takes is 10 Seconds of Courage.
A Mother's Story
Author: Rosie Batty, Bryce Corbett
An updated edition of the profoundly moving and inspiring memoir from Australia's domestic violence crusader, Rosie Batty. Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation, but the world. Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke and was then shot by police at the Tyabb cricket oval. Rosie had suffered years of family violence, and had had intervention and custody orders in place in an effort to protect herself and her son. Rosie has since become an outspoken and dynamic crusader against domestic violence, winning hearts and mind all over Australia with her compassion, courage, grace and forgiveness. In January 2015, Rosie was named Australian of the Year, 2015. Inspiring, heartfelt and profoundly moving, this is Rosie's story. A percentage of royalties from sales of this book are going to the Luke Batty Foundation. 'A brave, resolute and heart-breaking tale' Sydney Morning Herald 'Every Australian should read this book' Tracey Spicer 'Just finished A Mother's Story. Loved it. Cried. Got angry. Important book, beautifully written' Juanita Phillips 'This highly emotional book ... She suffers but she is not a victim. Batty is comforting and terrifying. She is protector and avenger... She has moral authority and dignity ... compelling' ABR
My Beautiful Struggle
Author: Jordan Bone
A girl with her whole life ahead of her. A terrible accident. An inspiring story of triumph over trauma. Aged 15, Jordan was a happy-go-lucky girl; having fun with friends and loving life. In one fateful moment, everything changed. A car accident left her paralysed from the chest down and shocked her into deep depression. She was on the brink of giving up. But gradually Jordan realised there is hope beyond utter devastation, and life beyond disability. Painstakingly re-learning how to apply her beloved make-up, Jordan began to rebuild her sense of self and empowerment. Her body may have been broken but her spirit was not. She is now a successful beauty blogger and her journey of positivity inspires millions around the world. MY BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE is the incredible true story of how one young woman overcame immense challenges, of inner strength that lies beneath outer beauty, of how to believe in yourself and find the light when it feels like all hope is gone.
Cut the organisational and operational dead weight to climb higher, faster The Light and Fast Organisation presents a blueprint for organisations looking to thrive in today's rapidly evolving business landscape. VUCA - Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity - has become the dominant mode of modern business, and leaders are overwhelmed. Competition and instability has increased while barriers to entry have fallen, chronic employee disengagement is on the rise and the global economic recovery is incredibly fragile; business leaders are uncomfortable, with threats to their business looming on all sides. This book proposes an alternative to the VUCA paradigm, one in which we learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and a model for helping your organisation climb above the fray. Case studies from both business and mountaineering illustrate the benefits and practicalities of becoming light, fast, and agile and underscore the importance of self-awareness and self-reliance in minimising your exposure to risk. Business and mountaineering share many parallels, including frequent operation outside of the comfort zone. This book shows you the strong skills and effective strategies you need to reach the summit. Get comfortable with discomfort Adopt an 'Alpine Style' approach to business Operate outside of the VUCA paradigm Stretch outside your comfort zone to achieve more, faster Leaders must accept the current VUCA state and assess their preparedness, but it's possible to move beyond it by ingraining a 'light and fast' approach at the core of their organisations' values and operations. It's only through reaching beyond the 'safe' zone that we learn what we're made of, and build the foundations for successful leadership and teamwork. The Light and Fast Organisation is your practical coach for climbing the mountain, and your guide to the quickest route to the summit.
Author: Simon Gillard, Libby Harkness
Publisher: Random House Australia
"I'm awake again, shaking, sweating. My heart is racing and I stare into the dark. I can't close my eyes. I fear the images - too many to count. They swim behind my eyelids; I am drowning in their terror. Suicides, heart attacks, murders, car crashes. The images come again and again. All the dead people . . . I have to touch their legs, their arms, reach into their pockets, look into their unseeing eyes for clues." From the moment two police officers walked into his primary school to give a talk, Simon Gillard knew he wanted to be a policeman. It was a dream that stayed with him right through high school, and as soon as he was old enough he applied to join the force. He began as an optimistic young probationary constable with a great sense of humor and passion for the job. But as his career began to build, so too did the number of cases he worked on, from high-profile murder investigations to pedophile rings, suicides to the investigation even of a fellow officer. As the cases mounted, Simon started to suffer panic attacks and to drink heavily. Nights were the most difficult: he would shut his eyes only to be tormented by nightmares about missing young women, and schoolboys not much older than his own son, whose lives had been devastated. He sought help but was encouraged to just "go back to work" and ended up making four attempts on his own life. He was later formally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and invalided out of the force. In this powerful memoir, Simon reveals the details of the cases he worked on, how the police force operates, and how one man's life can spiral so out of control. He is now working to create awareness about PTSD and has written this book to help other sufferers.
Pushing the Limits
Author: Kurt Fearnley
Publisher: Penguin UK
There's no one quite like Kurt Fearnley. Known as 'the guy who crawled Kokoda' and 'the wheelchair marathon man', Kurt was born without the lower part of his spine. He grew up as the shortest member of the Fearnley family, and was raised to believe he could give anything a go. This is a wild ride that takes us from the paddocks of tiny Carcoar in NSW to the gruelling Kokoda track, from the challenge - mental and physical - of marathon racing to the slippery decks of the Wild Oats XI Sydney to Hobart win. Kurts lets us in on the exhilaration of winning as well the depths of disappointment at some treatment of people with a disability. He is a passionate champion of everyone getting a fair go. Frank, engaging and highly entertaining, Kurt has an enthusiasm for life and the 'stuff it chucks at you' that is infectious and his attitude to challenges is inspriring.
Worth Fighting For
Author: Dana Vulin
Publisher: Penguin UK
In the early hours of a February morning in 2012, Dana Vulin was the victim of a hideous, unprovoked attack. A woman who'd been stalking and harassing her for weeks - incorrectly and baselessly thinking Dana was having an affair with her estranged husband - burst into her apartment, doused her with methylated spirits and set her alight. Dana's fight began that day. She had to fight for survival, to battle against the third-degree burns that had consumed her body. She had to fight to regain her identity, being the faceless 'girl behind the mask' for years and with her scars rendering her almost unrecognisable. And she had to fight for justice, to see her attacker convicted and sentenced for this gruesome crime. Despite the damage that the fire caused, Dana's spirit and sheer determination were not and cannot be destroyed. Showing that she is stronger than hate, stronger than fear, she has fought blood, tears and unimaginable pain to be where she is today. And now she wants to pass on to others the thing that sustained her through her darkest hours: hope. Worth Fighting For is a powerful and moving story of this amazing woman's battle for survival against unbelievable evil and pain.
Susan and Carlos were unlikely friends. She was a young, overweight college professor and a bit of a trainwreck—juggling a divorce, a pack-a-day habit, and hiding empty boxes of wine under her bed. He was her boss, an Ironman triathlete, with life figured out. She was a whiner, he was a hard-ass. He had his shit together, she most assuredly did not. Trash-talking workouts, breakdowns, a devastating diagnosis—this heartwarming story of training buddies reveals a deep and abiding friendship that traversed life, sport, and everything in between. Their journey reveals the inspiring power of sports and friendship to change lives forever. Amusing and poignant, Life’s Too Short To Go So F*cking Slow is about running and triathlon, growth and heartbreak, and an epic friendship that went the distance.
On Christmas Eve 1971, the packed LANSA flight 508 from Lima to Pucallpa was struck by lightning and went down in dense jungle hundreds of miles from civilization. Of its 93 passengers, only one survived. Juliane Koepcke, the seventeen-year-old child of famous German zoologists. She'd been thrown from the plane two miles above the forest canopy, but had sustained only a broken collarbone and a cut on her leg. With incredible courage, instinct and ingenuity, she survived three weeks in the "green hell" of the Amazon - using the skills she'd learned in assisting her parents on their research trips into the jungle - before coming across a loggers hut, and, with it, safety. Now she tells her fascinating story for the first time, and in doing so tells us about her 'Gerald Durrell' childhood - with a menagerie of wild, exotic and sometimes dangerous pets - about how she learned to survive at her parents ecological station deep in the rainforest and about her present-day commitment to this wildlife as a biologist and dedicated environmentalist.
The Terrible Tuesday
Author: Alana Corry
Publisher: Balboa Press
One day. It can change everything. The life you knew, gone in an instant. An ordinary person, just like you. Things like this, they dont happen to ordinary people, do they? Have you ever wondered what you would do if something terrible happened and you had to start again? All over again. This is a story of just that, something terrible that happened one Tuesday and one womans determination to find a way back. There were times when the struggle seemed too much but a strong faith and a refusal to give up on the belief in the inherent goodness of humanity and the universe helped this woman to come out fighting. Fighting, not only the justice system but for all those who couldnt in the past. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, maybe there isnt always a reason for that. There is a reason why this woman is telling you her story. Always be brave, never give up, if she can get through it, so can you.
Author: Jessica Fries-Gaither
Publisher: NSTA Press
Take a trip through time to discover the value of a special place to jot your thoughts, whether you’re a famous scientist or a student. Notable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings brings to life the many ways in which everyone from Galileo to Jane Goodall has used a science notebook, including to sketch their observations, imagine experiments, record data, or just write down their thoughts. You also get four steps to starting your own notebook, plus mini-bios of the diverse featured scientists. Written in captivating rhyme, the text is sprinkled with lively illustrations. In fact, it looks a lot like the science notebook you’ll be eager to start after reading this inspiring book. Lexile Framework: 670L Visit www.Lexile.com for more information about Lexile Measures.
No More Tomorrows
Author: Kathryn Bonella, Schapelle Corby
Publisher: Random House
It was meant to be a two-week holiday to celebrate her sister's birthday, but for Schapelle Corby it ended up a waking nightmare. Arrested at Denpasar airport after marijuana was found in her luggage, she became the victim of every traveller's darkest fear. Over four kilograms of drugs had been planted in her bag after she'd checked it in and she was forced to face the consequences of someone else's crime in a country where the penalties for drug smuggling are among the harshest in the world. Her trial and conviction became one of the biggest news stories of the decade and her family watched in horror as she was sentenced to 20 years in jail. Yet despite the huge media coverage, the one voice the public never properly heard was Schapelle's. Now, in this compelling book, she tells her own story: of being wrenched from a carefree holiday and incarcerated in a stinking police cell and of learning to survive - in the squalor, discomfort and violence of an Indonesian jail. It is an account like no other and will be one of the most unforgettable books you'll ever read.