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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fairy Folk and the Magical Helpers

    Children love bedtime stories and Fairy Folk and the Magical Helpers is the perfect book. The stories show children how everyone can help each other.

    The Fairy Folk have more adventures for you to read about and enjoy. They are excited to show you some of their worlds and to show you what they and their helpers can do.

    Enjoy the adventures of Georgie, Spottal Dot and Gribbly Grub, Mr Moopy and Windwitch and more. All of the fairies have their magical helpers to help them with tasks. Beautifully illustrated with stories short enough for bedtime or anytime reading.

    Toddler picture book filled with fairies, pixies and elves.

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  • Gold Rush

    William continues his journey into the new frontier of the Australian gold fields. Left behind by the Lady Grace, he leaves his shipmates and strikes out on his own, hoping to find gold he heard is there for the taking.

    Sometimes with luck on his side, he discovers that gold is not ever plentiful and diggers find more trouble than gold. Dangers abound for everyone and life can sometimes be cheap in the harsh and unforgiving Australian gold fields.

    Gold is the magnet for William, but Australia proves a challenge. Heat, dust, flies, and mosquitoes test forbearance while snakes are an ever-present danger and an implacable Government is determined to exact its share from the gold.

    William is caught up in the confrontation between the diggers and authority as patience is exhausted on both sides and a bloody fight is inevitable.

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  • Hope

    The world needs a new beginning for all. It needs a fresh hope to realize there is a spiritual awakening that can kick-start a revolution within our minds. Life has a metaphysical aspect to it that requires a belief. This book will start your life mission that never stops. It will give hope and encouragement to live the life you are meant to live. Read on with an open mind. Live life with a purpose. Awareness never ends.

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  • Just Say Know – The Inconvenient Truth About Drugs * Part 1

    The topic of drugs is almost unrivaled when it comes to generating controversy. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to sort fact from fiction, to talk to our children, and understand why drugs exist in society the way they do today.

    Just Say Know covers everything you need to know about drugs, including the checkered history of many drugs, why we choose to ban some yet promote others, and the challenges that society face if we want to have a more pragmatic approach in reducing harm. Part one of Just Say Know looks at all of the areas we have gone wrong, where we continue to go wrong, and why.

    Part two covers what we can do as a society to dig ourselves out of this hole. This book provides parents with what they need to tell their children, teachers and lecturers with what they need to tell their students, and what society needs to tell themselves as well who they elect.

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  • Lifetime Money

    Like a player in a casino, you are programmed to inevitably lose your money, assets, time and effort. Despite this pessimistic view, learning the rules of the game and making your own luck is still within your grasp.

    Do you feel that you are lacking ‘something’ or have unmet expectations in life? Have you ever wondered if working and earning money is simply a means to an end?

    Lee Jae Kwon, author of Design Your Future and Attitude Makes Opportunities, has spent a significant portion of his life contemplating the links between happiness and financial success. Lifetime Money shares the lessons he has learned in the hope that it will help readers to prepare for their future and realize their dreams.

    This insightful guide focuses on the concept of Lifetime Money (LTM), a specific amount of money one must calculate that will ensure a comfortable future, post retirement. It delves into the current economic systems that limit the achievement of one’s LTM, discusses how to increase one’s value through self-management, outlines ten working styles, and provides advice on how to achieve LTM through five essential factors.

    Although achieving Lifetime Money is an essential factor in the pursuit of happiness, Lee Jae Kwon also reminds us that making money is simply a means to an end and must be considered in the wider context of what you truly value in life.

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  • Long Pork – Behind the Bamboo Curtain in West Papua

    Doctor Liza wants to help the Papuans with her medical service, but Arthur wants to help them by selling them guns for gold.

    Their worlds collide in the unforgiving wilderness, after surviving a helicopter crash near the Freeport Grasberg Mine, the largest gold mine in the world.

    Here, Liza and Arthur meet Konia, who travels the forests on foot collecting recruits for his crew of Freedom Fighters.

    As the tensions between the Freedom Fighters, the Army and the billion-dollar gold trade escalates, it has also become a race against time with the monsoon season closing in on them.

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  • Our Children Our Legacy

    Our Children, Our Legacy explores the duo of reproduction and nutrition.

    The health we pass onto the next generation will determine whether our children and their children continue to become victims of chronic diseases, or whether we act now to change that legacy. The need for parents-to-be to get their own metabolic health in order and maintain that during pregnancy, and after, is imperative. The nutrition information mess, the agendas influencing our foods, and the important winds of change regarding nutritional successes in recent years especially for the disorders of metabolism are creating havoc.

    This book explores the societal dilemma and offers clear advice on how to build a strong foundation for lifelong health, starting even before conception.

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