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16 Mar 2017

BiP eNews cont.. : New Non-Fiction

Only: A Singular Memoir
Caroline Baum     $32.99 PB

Caroline Baum's fascinating and moving memoir about being an only child in a very unusual family. Only is a memoir of an unconventional childhood that explores what it means to be an Only Child - as both child and adult.  Also, what it means to be the daughter of two people damaged by trauma and tragedy, particularly a domineering and explosive father.  Secrets are revealed and differences settled. Caroline Baum's moving and gripping memoir is for everyone who has felt they are the fulcrum of a seesaw, the focus of all eyes and expectations, torn between love and fear, obedience and rebellion, duty and the longing to escape.  It is also for anyone who has felt the burden of trying to be a Good Daughter - what that means and why it is so hard. Revelatory, lyrical and unflinching.

One Leg Over: Having Fun - Mostly - in Peace and War
Robin Dalton     $29.99 PB

At the age of ninety-five, Robin Dalton looks back on her life, particularly on her love life. Married at nineteen, disastrously, Robin has a lucky escape - her ‘Society Divorce’ makes the front page of Sydney newspapers, bumping the war to page three. Then there are the American and British servicemen in Sydney - the dancing, the many trysts and a number of not-too-serious engagements - before Robin travels to England, ostensibly to marry one of those fiancés. While most of Europe struggles with post-war austerity, Robin’s days and nights are filled with extravagant dinners, parties with royalty and romantic getaways, until she meets the man who will become, for a brief few years before his early death, her second husband. One Leg Over is a story of love and romance, of fun and glamour, and of loss and great sadness. But above all it is a celebration of a wonderful life.

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention
Edited by Michael Green and André Dao     $29.99 PB

Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who have experienced it. For more than two decades, Australia has locked up people who arrive here fleeing persecution - sometimes briefly, sometimes for years. In They Cannot Take the Sky those people tell their stories, in their own words. Speaking from inside immigration detention on Manus Island and Nauru, or from within the Australian community after their release, the narrators reveal not only their extraordinary journeys and their daily struggles but also their meditations on love, death, hope and injustice. Their candid testimonies are at times shocking and hilarious, surprising and devastating. They are witnesses from the edge of human experience. The first-person narratives in They Cannot Take the Sky range from epic life stories to heartbreaking vignettes. The narrators who have shared their stories have done so despite the culture of silence surrounding immigration detention, and the real risks faced by those who speak out. Once you have heard their voices, you will never forget them.