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Dane Swan My Story

Author : Dane Swan
ISBN : 9781743584613
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Larrikin, laid-back, too casual, bad influence, ball magnet and superstar – these are just some of the labels given to Dane Swan, one of the great characters of the AFL’s professional era. Taken by Collingwood at pick 58 in the 2001 ‘super draft’, no one saw a future Brownlow medallist but the scruffy kid knew how to get the ball. Right from the start he made two things clear: he didn’t like training and his mates and social life came first. Swan made front page news in 2003, and faced the sack after playing only three senior games. The infamous Collingwood Rat Pack took him under their wing, he thrived under Mick Malthouse’s coaching, and grew into a talented and nerveless big-occasion player with an incredible mix of power and speed. Off the field, his tattoos, deadpan delivery, transgressions and blunt refusal to become an AFL robot meant he was often used as clickbait.

Despite mastering the art of appearing not to care about anything, in Dane Swan: My Story, Swan – for the first time – reveals the pride that drove him to succeed, his loyalty to family, mates and the club that gave him many last chances, and how he worked hard, his way. He takes us inside the highs of the premiership, and through the tumultuous years of the transition from Malthouse to Nathan Buckley. Footy might be only a game, but it’s one hell of a ride with Dane Swan.

There’s no one like him at all in this day and age.
Nick Maxwell

One of the greatest players in the history of this club. He marched to the beat of his own drum, always, off the ground more so than on it, but I always liked the fact that he was an individual. And whatever he was doing, it worked.
Eddie McGuire

The bigger the game, the more turned on he was, and that became evident at the peak of his career because he played his best footy on the biggest stages.
Nathan Buckley

What made Swanny so good? It was talent, hard work and mental toughness to be that consistent.
Ben Johnson

It was quite extraordinary the way that he just got on with it. He loved winning, he loved the challenge and underneath it, he is a very proud person.
Mick Malthouse

About the author: Dane Swan played 258 games for Collingwood Football Club. He achieved the ultimate team success as a premiership player, and his haul of individual awards is impressive: a Brownlow Medal, three Copeland Trophies, five All Australians, an AFLCA Most Valuable Player award, a Jim Stynes Medal, a couple of Anzac Medals, as well as a swag of top-three finishes in many awards. His unbelievably consistent output meant he averaged 26.85 disposals across 15 seasons, second only to Greg ‘Diesel’ Williams. Swan’s career came to an untimely end in round 1 of 2016. He is acknowledged as one of the best modern midfielders and a one-of-a-kind champion of the competition.


Michael Clarke

Author : Michael Clarke
ISBN : 9781925483819
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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He was the greatest batsman of his generation and, as captain, possessed the sharpest tactical mind in the game. Bursting onto the scene in 2004 with a Test century on debut, Michael Clarke was Australian cricket's golden boy. And the batting prodigy they nicknamed 'Pup' certainly fulfilled his destiny in a stellar 11-year international career of 115 Tests, 8643 runs and 28 centuries. Clarke's rollercoaster four-year reign as Test captain was marked as much by bravery as brilliance - a 5-0 whitewash of England in 2013-14, the 2015 World Cup triumph, and a ten-hour unbeaten 161, batting with a broken shoulder to lead Australia back to the #1 world ranking in 2014. Yet Michael Clarke also sparked fiercer debate than any other Australian sports star. For a decade his personal life, career fortunes and controversies - real or imagined - were splashed across front pages and scrutinised. Was he simply a hard-working, western suburbs kid living every Aussie boy's dream? Or a 21st century cricketer mired in all the trappings of celebrity? In the echo chamber of social media, the truth about Michael Clarke was warped, then lost. Clarke's enigma deepened but he kept his mouth shut and his dignity intact, knowing the chance to tell his extraordinary story would finally come. And now it has. My Story is the real Michael Clarke, standing up and speaking out for the first time. Bucking the conventions of traditional biography to go hard at the big issues, Clarke speaks fearlessly and poignantly about the scandals, rumours and explosive moments of his life; revealing the amazing truths, private pain and personal triumphs that no one realised. It's the incredible story of a remarkable Australian you never really knew. Until now.

No Baggage

Author : Clara Bensen
ISBN : 9781743583753
Genre : Man-woman relationships
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Newly recovered from a quarter-life meltdown, Clara Bensen decided to test her comeback by signing up for an online dating account. She never expected to meet Jeff, a wildly energetic university professor with a reputation for bucking convention. They barely know each other’s last names when they agree to set out on a risky travel experiment spanning eight countries and three weeks. The catch? No hotel reservations, no plans and, best of all, no baggage.

No Baggage will resonate with adventurers and homebodies alike—it’s at once a romance, a travelogue and a bright modern take on the age-old questions: how do you find the courage to explore beyond your comfort zone? Can you love someone without the need for labels and commitment? Is it possible to truly leave your baggage behind?

One dress, three weeks, eight countries—zero baggage.

Clara Bensen originally came to the public's attention with her Salon article from 2013, entitled ‘The craziest OkCupid date ever’. She lives in Austin, Texas.


Crown Of Blood The Deadly Inheritance Of Lady Jane Grey

Author : Nicola Tallis
ISBN : 9781681772875
Genre : History
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A significant retelling of the often-misunderstood tale of Lady Jane Grey's journey through her trial and execution—recalling the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which she became involuntarily tangled, and which ultimately led to a catastrophic conclusion. "Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same.” These were the heartbreaking words of a seventeen-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey, as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. Minutes later her head was struck from her body with a single stroke of a heavy axe. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world, and served as a gruesome reminder to all who aspired to a crown that the axe could fall at any time. Jane is known to history as "the Nine Days Queen," but her reign lasted, in fact, for thirteen days. The human and emotional aspects of her story have often been ignored, although she is remembered as one of the Tudor Era’s most tragic victims. While this is doubtlessly true, it is only part of the complex jigsaw of Jane’s story. She was a remarkable individual with a charismatic personality who earned the admiration and affection of many of those who knew her. All were impressed by her wit, passion, intelligence, and determined spirit. Furthermore, the recent trend of trying to highlight her achievements and her religious faith has, in fact, further obscured the real Jane, a young religious radical who saw herself as an advocate of the reformed faith—Protestantism—and ultimately became a martyr for it. Crown of Blood is an important and significant retelling of an often-misunderstood tale: set at the time of Jane’s downfall and following her journey through to her trial and execution, each chapter moves between the past and the “present,” using a rich abundance of primary source material (some of which has never been published) in order to paint a vivid picture of Jane’s short and turbulent life. This dramatic narrative traces the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which Jane became involuntarily tangled—and which ultimately led to a shocking and catastrophic conclusion.

Jumping Ship

Author : Michael Traill
ISBN : 9781743584545
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Jumping Ship is the story of social entrepreneur Michael Traill. An ambitious, competitive kid from a country town, Traill converted his education opportunities in the hallowed halls of Melbourne University’s Trinity College and Harvard Business School into a highly paid and successful career at Macquarie Bank. But at the peak of his career, in his early forties, Traill decided to leave all that behind. Reconnecting with the values of family and community that shaped his childhood, Traill founded a unique Australian non-profit success story, and became a key architect of one of the biggest social enterprises in the world.

Jumping Ship is a manifesto, built on the work of Social Ventures Australia, to reshape the Australian non-profit landscape and address social disadvantage.

About the author: Michael Traill went to the local public school in the industrial town of Morwell, in country Victoria. Through his engagement with the local community, he developed an awareness of disadvantage and deprivation in the town.

Michael spent 15 years in merchant banking and was a co-founder and executive director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. However, in 2002 he decided to ‘jump ship’ and joined Social Ventures Australia as founding CEO, working with philanthropists and the not-for-profit sector to improve the lives of people in need. In partnership with other not-for-profit organisations, Michael was one of the architects behind the establishment of Goodstart Early Learning, created out of the ashes of the ABC Childcare chain, and now one of the largest social enterprise organisations in the world.

Michael is currently chair of Goodstart Early Learning, Assetic Pty Ltd, SVA Social Impact Fund and a director of M.H. Carnegie & Co, Sunsuper, Australian Schools Plus, Australian Philanthropic Services and the National Museum of Australia.


The Total Bike Maintenance Book

Author : Mel Allwood
ISBN : 1780977859
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A well-maintained bike is a pleasure to ride and less likely to break down. This comprehensive guide helps you keep your prized machine road, hybrid, or mountain in tip-top condition. It provides detailed information on each mechanical area of the bike, with troubleshooting ideas for every problem that could arise. From simple repairs to complex maintenance, the solution is here, illustrated with step-by-step photographic instructions."

Welcome To Wanderland

Author : Michael Visontay
ISBN : 1743792565
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May Gibbs

Author : Robert Holden
ISBN : 1743791798
Genre : Authors, Australian
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Casey Stoner

Author : Casey Stoner
ISBN : 1742705227
Genre : Grand Prix motorcycle racing
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Filled with sensational photographs and revealing insights into the thoughts of the champion, this book celebrates in words and photographs, Casey Stoner's talent and successes. His early years spectacular riding skills and amazing wins in front of a world-wide audience. A rare and fascinating look at the way a top rider races, both mentally and physically, and succeeds. The book will follow Casey Stoner's career since he began riding internationally at 15 years old. He has had great wins, crashes and close calls and became World Champion at 21 years of age. He is the current defending World Champion. At the end of this season in November 2012 he will retire from MotoGP. He will be 26.

Chasing The Dragon

Author : Jeff Apter
ISBN : 1742701302
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This intimate and revealing portrait is the first biography of one of the original hard men of Australia rock. It has been written with full co-operation of Marc's mother Voi and his brother and former bandmate Todd, as well contributions from many high-profile Australian music personalities-- Back cover.

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