Between the Dances by Jacqueline Dinan
The start of World War 2 changed women's lives and their place in Australian society forever. Thousands of women ventured where few had gone before - into the services and workplaces previously considered the sole preserve of men. Revealing poignant and personal conversations, photographs and letters from over 300 remarkable women, Between the Dances is a testament to real life during World War 2.
From Asia to Australia, Malta to the Middle East and New Zealand to the UK, the challenges and adventures faced by these women were unprecedented. Their passion, courage, resilience and commitment during wartime were all a precursor to the astonishing changes brought about by this incredible generation.
Serving their country as nurses, farmhands, munitions workers or members of the defense forces, these fascinating stories expose their struggle with gender stereotypes, the difficult release of social liberties and the dawning of new opportunities for all Australian women. The last tradition left was the weekly dance, which ceremoniously brought these courageous women and men together for a quickstep, jitterbug or fox trot and a brief respite from the rigors of wartime.
One Foot on the Podium by Don Elgin
Don Elgin was raised in the NSW town of Tocumwal.Being born without the lower portion of his left leg was not a barrier for this boy who would make his first Australian team at 18 years of age.
Don went to the 1994 International Paralympics Committee World Athletic Championships in Berlin, where he won a gold medal as part of the 4x100m relay team. Following this event Don's focus moved from the sprint events to the Pentathlon - five events: long jump, shot put, 100m, discus and 400m. He competed in the Sydney 2000 Paralympics Games where he won bronze in the Pentathlon.
He moved a step closer to his goal when he finished with a Silver medal at the 2002 IPC World Athletic Championships. In 2004 Don became a triple Paralympics medalist with one silver medal in the 4x400m relay and two bronze medals one in the Pentathlon and one in the 4x100 at the Athens Paralympics Games.
Not one to ever shy away from a challenge, Don decided to come out of retirement and set his sights on representing Australia in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. At 38 it was always going to be a big ask, but Don is renowned for that fighting spirit and leaving it until just the last minute, Don achieved his goal and qualified for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. Achieving his goal of making top eight Don continues to inspire his family, athletes and those around him to believe that anything really is possible.
17 Carnations by Andrew Morton
The true story of Edward Windsor and Wallis Simpson's involvement with the Nazi regime, and the post-war cover-up. The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication, has provoked endless fascination. However, the full story of their links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has remained untold. 17 Carnations chronicles Hitler's attempts to match make between Edward and a German noblewoman, and Wallis's affair with the German foreign minister, who sent her a carnation for every night they had spent together. Pro-German sympathizers, the couple became embroiled in a conspiracy to install Edward as a puppet king after the Allies' defeat. The Duke's letters were hidden for years as the British establishment attempted to cover up the 'connection' between the House of Windsor and Hitler. Thoroughly researched, 17 Carnations reveals the whole fascinating story, throwing sharp new light on this dark chapter of history.
The Fitzgerald Brothers Circus by Gillian Arrighi
In this book the author reveals how and why the biggest Australasian circus of the nineteenth century mattered to Australians and New Zealanders. Through vivid explorations of their tent shows, the personalities driving the circus organisation and the circus's orchestrated performances; in the boarder sphere of public life, this book presents fresh insights into the significance of the circus in Australia at the turn of the twentieth century and in particular, brings to light the unique contribution of the Fitzgerald Brothers Circus to shaping popular ideas about Australian nationhood.