Battle Scars

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Australian cyclist Stuart O’Grady is famous for overcoming a number of shattering crashes- he has won medals for Australia at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. He was the first Australian to win the famous Paris-Roubaix race and has competed in the Tour de France seventeen times. When he announced his retirement after such an impressive cycling career he revealed that he had used the performance enhancing drug EPO before the 1998 Tour de France – a tour marred by widespread doping. In this up-front and honest autobiography Stuart reveals all. This is his story:as candid and down-to-earth as the man himself.

The Night Guest

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One morning Ruth wakes thinking a tiger has been in her seaside house. Later that day a formidable woman called Frida arrives, looking as if she has blown in from the sea. In fact she’s come to care for Ruth. Frida and the tiger: both are here to stay, and neither is what they seem.
Which of them can Ruth trust? And as memories of her childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency, can she even trust herself?
This is a mesmerising novel about love, dependence, and the fear that the things you know best can become the things you’re least certain about. A powerfully distinctive narrative about identity and memory, the weight of a life and the approach of death. Short listed for the Miles Franklin Award.

The Pearl that Broke its Shell

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In Afghanistan as Rahima and her sisters are walking home from school they are harassed by a boy on a bicycle. They escape but the damage is done. They won’t be able to go to school. They have no brothers to chaperone them.
Rahima’s aunt tells her stories of her great aunt Shekiba who, desperate for a measure of freedom, seized upon the cultural practice of bacha posh which enabled any family without a son to dress a daughter as a boy until she reaches maturity. Rahima cuts her hair and dresses as a boy and can’t believe the freedom it allows her.
Crisscrossing in time, ‘The Pearl That Broke Its Shell’ interweaves the stories of these two women separated by a century. Can they go back to living without freedom? And if not, how will they survive?

All the Light We Cannot See

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Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks. When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.
A beautiful story, a tale of courage and sacrifice and of how, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.