eLibrary Taster – Biographies and Memoirs

A selection of items that you can access from our eLibrary. No matter whether you like to watch, listen or read you should find something to enjoy. All available via our eLibrary page

The astonishing life of Australia’s most inspirational athlete Not long after he was born in 1990, Dylan Alcott was found to have a tumour on his spine. The surgery to remove it was successful but left Dylan a paraplegic. Then he discovered sport — swimming, basketball, and tennis — and found he was naturally pretty handy at all of them. Available as eBook and Audiobook on BorrowBox

After a brush with cancer, Helen Brown, happily married for 22 years and with three grown children, takes stock of her comfortable suburban life and finds it wanting. Seizing the day, she heads to New York, the city that never sleeps, where she is talked into fostering Bono, a rescue cat in need of a forever home. Together, cat and woman discover that, in the end, home is where the heart is, wherever that may be. Available in eBook and Audiobook from BorrowBox

As unlikely as their separate personalities might suggest, actor Gary Cooper and author Ernest Hemingway became the best of friends from 1940 until 1961, when death claimed them both just seven weeks apart. Stream documentary via Kanopy

Infiltrating cartels and bringing down international drug lords since his days in 1980s Chicago, Jack Riley was one of the best agents the Drug Enforcement Administration had ever had. But when he moved to the border town of El Paso, he was on the front line of the battle against Mexican cartels waging war just miles away. His brief was to capture the DEA’s deadliest target: El Chapo. Audiobook available from BorrowBox

During the Second Sudanese Civil war, thousands of South Sudanese boys were displaced from their villages or orphaned in attacks from northern government troops. Many became refugees in Ethiopia. There, in 1989, teacher and community leader Mecak Ajang Alaak assumed care of the Lost Boys in a bid to protect them from becoming child soldiers.  eBook available in indyreads

In 2016, Anne Aly was the first Australian Muslim woman, the first Egyptian-born woman and the first counter terrorism expert to be elected to federal parliament. eBook and Audiobook available from BorrowBox

Scotland is a unique and wonderful place. Its national motto says a lot about it: Nemo me impune lacessit. A decent translation might be: “By all means punch me in the nose but prepare yourself for a kick in the arse.” I did’nae come from nothing: I come from Scotland. And this book is about why I will always be happy and proud that I do. eBook available from BorrowBox

From the moment Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya in 1914 to manage a coffee plantation, her heart belonged to Africa. Drawn to the intense colours and ravishing landscapes, Karen Blixen spent her happiest years on the farm and her experiences and friendships with the people around her are vividly recalled in these memoirs. eBook available in indyreads

When Cathy McLennan first steps into Townsville’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service as a young graduate she isn’t expecting a major murder case to land on her desk. The accused are four teenage boys whose family connections stretch across the water to Palm Island. As she battles to prove herself in the courtroom, Cathy realises that the truth is far more complex than she first thought. eBook available in indyreads

Exclusive interviews with biographers and commentators give an insider’s view on the lives of Philip, Charles, William and Harry. Stream the documentary via Kanopy

Ethel Livesey was quite a gal. An attractive young woman from a respectable middle-class family in Manchester, she had over 40 aliases, eight official marriages, four children and five divorces. Download eBook from BorrowBox

A hundred years ago, a girl was born in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar. Before she was ten years old, Yetemegnu was married to a man two decades her senior, an ambitious poet-priest. Over the next century her world changed beyond recognition. She witnessed Fascist invasion and occupation, Allied bombardment and exile from her city, the ascent and fall of Emperor Haile Selassie, revolution and civil war. She endured all these things alongside parenthood, widowhood and the death of children. eBook available from indyreads

Richards’s diaries offer wonderful insights into his extraordinary sporting life, but more importantly provide perceptive and acute observations of the brutality and the humanity he observed on the front lines of World War I. eBook available from BorrowBox

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