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  • A Bit of a Laugh

    ‘I was beginning to believe that waiting to get announced onto a comedy stage was the most excruciating wait imaginable. Sure, if you’re pulled aside at an Indonesian airport strapped with nine kilograms of cocaine the wait could be worse, but only a little. Here there could be somebody speaking on stage directly in front of you, yet you will have no comprehension of what they are saying. A 40-centimetre raised platform in the corner of a Richmond pub will suddenly feel like the concert stage at Rod Laver Arena down the road. I began to question why I was putting myself through this at all. Surely there were easier hobbies, like cliff diving or swimming with sharks…’

    On the verge of his 40th birthday, school teacher Ben Tiffen fulfilled a lifelong ambition by performing stand-up comedy for the first time. Not content with easing into mid-life in a comfy pair of Ugg boots, Ben soon became hooked on this exhilarating and increasingly challenging artform.

    A Bit of a Laugh is an intimate memoir that begins with Ben’s nervous debut in a pub on a Wednesday night and follows his journey into Melbourne’s huge and diverse amateur comedy scene. Along the way, he meets many fascinating and hilarious people, and faces a series of personal challenges that only the world of stand-up comedy can present.

    He also carries a box of fake laxatives across the Pacific Ocean for a punchline.

    Ben learns many lessons about comedic art and the value comedians can add to our lives, as well as the importance of facing our fears and stepping outside of our comfort zones. He gains wisdom from some of Australia’s most well-known comedians, and finds himself under the spotlight on stages he never would have anticipated.

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  • A Bonza Life – The Story of a Baby Boomer

    I am a Baby Boomer. Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, I lived a very average Boomer life in a rabbit warren of a house in Auchenflower with my returned WW2 soldier dad, stay at home mum and my five siblings.

    We walked to school in those days and stayed and played within a 2 mile radius of our home with other Boomer families for twenty years before venturing out into the world with other Boomer mates and eventually started our own families to produce another generation.

    Historians will be surprised how simple a life we lived in the Boomer suburbs with few pressures and plenty of support but it was our generation’s lifestyle and it certainly allowed for a vivid imagination to entertain ourselves as there was no TV initially and little to do and see until our teen years.

    I have long since adapted to a changed world, which I am sure we created by liberating society in many ways but it has been an interesting journey with school failures, pop revolutions, clashes with police over Vietnam when I was bashed by them and ultimately ruined lives over the high expectations of the ideal world we boomers envisaged.

    As an average boomer I tried to influence the thinking of many Australian and New Zealand politicians with inter-generational thinking through Grey Skills and BONZA and was an advocate for boomer reform long before we truly became the nuisance generation.

    My book is a record of those times and I invite you to review my Boomer life in a much simpler time as an average Boomer and I am sure will encourage Boomers to reflex on their lives. You will also witness my frustration in trying to outlaw ageism in the workplace through advocating to politicians in Australia and NZ on behalf of all mature age workers by demonstrating in front of the Australian Parliament in Canberra and through the Bonza Report in 2018.

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  • A Curious Place

    A Curious Place…

    Well, four actually, and in each you will meet some interesting and unusual folk and animals. They are all pretty cool, just like you, so why not go there now and read their stories.

    In one place, Zac lets you know about a problem he has with his shorter leg and how a tiny ant helps him carry his heavy load.

    In another place, there is a lonely girl, Tessy, who finds out about how kindness can change everything.
    And in another, there is Winston and Eloise, who know all about feeling lonely after they become orphaned, but you won’t believe what happens after a strange lady enters their lives.

    Finally, you get to meet two wild looking creatures, Tosca and Bella, as both find themselves in a very scary place… just before a great surprise!

    Feel inspired that you joined them here as they all welcome you to visit their special places.

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  • A Spell for an Eye

    If you were fated to become a ‘Saviour’ to a planet and chosen by a meteor programmed to find help, what would you do?

    At only four years old, Celeste Teal and her best friend, Miranda, were struck by a meteor. Both girls developed mysterious powers after the accident, with Celeste gaining ice powers, and Miranda the ability to control water. Five years later, Celeste’s parents die and she is torn away from Miranda and forced to attend a strict boarding school in Antarctica. Over the years, her powers advance, and she is eventually reunited with Miranda. They both soon discover a third victim of the meteor strike – Vanessa, a girl with the ability to wield fire.

    After an attack with an old enemy in the caves of Antarctica, the trio discover an ancient written legend composed and kept in the archives of six planets within the solar system. As well as attempting to learn their place in the legend, they must gain each other’s trust in order to combine their powers to defeat foes and win over the evil that has taken Antarctica and threatens the world. During this journey, Celeste meets a mysterious admirer who appears to know everything about her, including her parents’ deaths. Is he a friend, or is he after something?

    And why does he always disappear before Celeste can talk to him…

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  • A Sultan’s Folly

    WILL THE FINAL RIDDLE OF A SULTAN’S FOLLY BE SOLVED IN TIME?

    Jason Mclean, an Australian born Anthropologist, is recruited as a consultant to a project in India. He takes with him two mystical artefacts originally from the sub-continent, hoping to find out more about their past.

    Local myths about the mysterious objects begin to unfold into real truths. Jason, together with Vijay, a local farmer from a nearby village, begin to uncover a web of intrigue surrounding the artefacts, including a lost secret room containing an even greater treasure. In their search they must decipher ancient riddles and avoid dangerous traps, set in place by a Sultan from the distant past.

    Two strangers also seek the objects and watch Jason’s every move, including his close friendship with Vijay. The pursuers implement a last-ditch plan to steal the objects from Jason, and caught in their deadly trap, the mastermind behind the whole plot appears.

    Now Jason must use all his skills to outwit his captors by relying on his knowledge of one last secret riddle, to save himself and Vijay from certain death.

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  • Abandoned

    In the country town of Alumuna Creek, things are about to turn deadly.

    Samuel Levi, a young man molded into a life of crime, is left to die in the harsh Australian outback after a botched drug deal.

    The deal has made the situation spiral out of control. With the body count mounting, and tensions rising in the region, Sam fights for his life, and reflects on his own past and the town.

    To save himself, and those he holds dear, Sam must find a way back home. But first he needs to escape from the harsh realities of the outback, and avoid those hunting him down…

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  • Alcheringa – When the First Ancestors Were Created

    Alcheringa is a story filled with intrigue, deception, and the planned destruction of a mission that left only ninety survivors to be cast upon the Earth.

    Fifty thousand Star-people came from the Pleiades – and many other stars in our galaxy – in a giant starship, the ‘Rexegena’, to restore light and life on planet Earth after it had been taken over by the Reptilians.

    The story is about their survival on a planet whose atmosphere they could barely breathe, a sun that burnt their skin, and a dangerous and poisonous environment that took many of the survivor’s lives.

    Their struggle and success in creating our race is the miracle they wrought. It is our past and they are our heritage.

    The story has been given to us by ALCHERINGA, the Golden One, an Ancient Creator Ancestor known to the Indigenous race of Australia, and the Star People on Earth who remember.

    The way the story unfolds is a true gift from the Source.  A conquest of darkness by the Light of Love.

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  • An Easy Handbook for Life

    Ever wanted to find out the answers to life? Ever tried to find them by ploughing through complicated literature?

    Follow me into “An Easy Handbook for Life” where you’ll find everything answered, from who you are, to how you can lead a happier, more abundant life in simple, easy to understand words. You’ll be guided from your present problem-filled existence into a life of total fulfillment.

    An Easy Handbook for Life is about helping yourself, finding out who you really are, and showing you how to do something about it. It will show you how to enjoy and move forward in your life to where you want to be.

    The past is gone and cannot hurt us, the future is yours for the making – literally. Take hold of your courage and let yourself be helped and guided, with the knowledge that what you are about to commence will only improve your life.

    You are loved. Always. There is always help at hand – you only have to ask, and it will be given!

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  • An Ocean Away

    Sick of poverty and wanting a better life for his family, James is determined to change his son’s future and tells him he must leave the village in country Ireland and puts the sixteen year old on a cart for Belfast.

    Swept along by fate and determination, William, leaving his girlfriend behind, uses his wits in Belfast to obtain work. Hearing that gold is there for the taking, he finds his way onto the steam sailing ship Lady Grace bound for Australia – and the gold rush. Threatened onboard by bullies, and learning to cope with the unpredictable and savage elements during the voyage, his courage and patience are tested as he heads to the unknown new colony of Australia, and a new life.

    Never easy, sometimes funny, and often dangerous, William’s adventures show how one determined man can change his future.

     

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  • Back Step

    A match made in heaven, a love that may never be fulfilled, movie extras, the exotic culture of the Pandas, and an attempted kidnapping – this little novel has it all.

    Eight people’s lives interact, not only in the everyday but also on the dance floor. A love triangle has constant interference from a past girlfriend. An academic cribs shamelessly from another’s work. Meanwhile, his partner walks out on him. Feisty Rosetta is torn between the two men she loves. Sensible Angela falls for
    an awesome guy with a Harley motorcycle in pieces in his lounge room.

    Continually intertwined is a love of dancing in the community of which the characters are all a part.

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  • Behind Closed Doors

     – One Family’s Journey through the Australian Aged Care System

    Bob Wallace had a stellar career, retiring as a Deputy Superintendent in NSW Corrective Services. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Sarah had the skills to care for her husband, having worked in the UK and Australian health systems but she could not have imagined the nightmare of dealing with the Australian aged care system.

    Sarah exposes an abusive and broken system, incapable of responding to Bob, or her needs as his carer. The Wallaces were dishonestly tricked into a residentially-based assessment, where Bob was given a drug that acted like ‘ICE’. Sarah quickly signed him out. For fourteen months, with love and humour, they managed at home until, needing a break, she was persuaded to put Bob into two-week respite. He would never return home.

    We follow Sarah and Bob through hospital emergency wards, mental health units and dementia-specific ‘homes’. Dismissive, uncaring ‘professionals’ took control of her husband, restraining him physically and through a cocktail of inappropriate drugs. This left Bob unable to communicate, hastening his death. Sarah’s resolution and courage underpin a chronicle of systemic disaster. As she writes, this should never have happened – to anyone.

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  • Better Angel

    Jessie loves her son, cares for him, suffers when she feels he’s on the wrong path. And Sana, the gorgeous barrister, what does she have to do to be more than a friend? Finn Duffy is taking time to wake up. All he’s interested in is court work, fronting for the crims and rogues of Newtown, neglecting the rest of his practice, and letting off steam in the local pub.

    Mallard, new hotshot businessman in town, sucks him into a dodgy dealing. Friends and local bag-lady Ruby try to warn him, but Finn thinks this the shot in the arm he needs.

    Things turn nasty.

    Eliza Donnithorne may be buried in St James churchyard, but what else? Does it take a punk with a bomb to get someone to notice? Everyone agrees Finn needs a jolt to wake him up to the realities of life. Can being bashed in a pub do the job?

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  • Beyond Boundaries

    Beyond Boundaries is available in Hardback and Paperback

    Helen Parry Jones shares every aspect of her life with absolute honesty and in a refreshingly down-to-earth manner. Her story is a backdrop to enable her spiritual guide Sam, through daily tutoring from her earliest recollection, to offer wisdom and enlightenment in overcoming the abundance of life’s many difficult challenges, not only for Helen, but for the countless people she meets socially and provides treatment for professionally.

    Helen reveals how, with Sam’s guidance, she develops a much higher level of consciousness, not only to communicate with another dimension beyond the boundaries of our existence, but whereby she can access the energy that surrounds and connects to our physical form to locate illness and malfunctions within the body with astounding accuracy.

    An extraordinary life with an exceptional gift. The story of one woman’s power to heal.

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  • Bits from the Pieces

    ‘Shattered …’

    ‘Broken beyond repair …’

    Choosing not to believe this and facing the very things that tear you apart …

    Georgette Noëllat is a fighter. Her weapons of choice? Love, Hope, and Humour.

    During the highs and lows of her extraordinary life, Georgette has found wisdom and solace in her journey to accepting herself for exactly who she is, fighting every day to prove a world wrong that doesn’t accept difference.
    From her childhood to recent global events and beyond, this touching memoir tells the true story of a girl battling the heartache of abuse while finding her inner strength, along with the power of love, who turned into a woman proud to show her broken pieces.

    Every reader has their own story and strengths, and deserves to enjoy a laugh as well as a tear when turning the pages of another’s life.

    As Georgette shares her story with us, she gifts us the valuable lessons of her past and her hopes for the future: ‘We are all broken in life. Some of us are broken into many pieces, but these pieces can be fitted together and glued into place with love and hope so that we look whole, at least from a distance.’

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  • Bittersweet: Experiences of an Iranian living in Norway

    Karan Sotoodeh was born in the heart of Tehran. The son of a veterinarian and the grandson of renowned Iranian author and academic, Manouchehr Sotoodeh, who was a driving force in Karan’s life and inspired him to be the best man he could be.

    In Bittersweet: The Experiences of an Iranian Living in Norway, Sotoodeh traces his life, from when he was a toddler in his grandfather’s arms, moving through a childhood filled with carefree afternoons spent playing football that was occasionally interrupted by warnings of incoming Iraqi rockets, then to college and military service in Iran, graduate school in Scotland, marriage and a divorce in Iran, and finally, immigration and ten years spent in Norway.

    Sotoodeh strays from his story to provide an overview of the rich, vivid details and historical information about Iran and other places he has travelled and lived, portions of Persian literature that are near and dear to his heart, and tie-ins to contemporary films.

    This is the story of a man who decided what he wanted to do with his life when he was only five years old, and then systematically set out to accomplish every one of his goals. Along the way, he loved and he lost, he gave freely and had things forcibly taken from him, and he fought with his inner demons.

    In doing so, he found the sweetest things of all: Love, inner strength, and a determination to always move forward in life.

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  • Bunty Bailey’s Adventures in Berrima

    “No happier or more adventurous child has ever been born!”

    The year is 1849. Nine-year-old Bunty Bailey lives with her family in the country town of Berrima, New South Wales, between Sydney and Canberra.

    Brave, adventurous, kind-hearted, every day brings a new adventure for Bunty as she explores the secret places around the growing township and neighbouring countryside.

    And real dangers abound! From the natural world to bushrangers and escaped convicts, Bunty will need all her courage to protect the lives of those around her.

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