Inspirational author rises above awful childhood

June 14, 2006
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Inspirational author rises above awful childhood

Ugly, by Constance Briscoe (Hachette Livre, $36.99): Told she was ugly and subjected to unimaginable abuses at the hands of her mother, Constance Briscoe survived an awful childhood to become a practising barrister and one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the United Kingdom. Reading the story of her...

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Not a miracle cure but still inspiring

May 27, 2006
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Not a miracle cure but still inspiring

The Do-Able Diet, by Barbara Wimhurst (Allen & Unwin, $23.99): Author Barbara Wimhurst lost a whopping half of her body weight without fad diets, potions or expensive programmes. She did it the old-fashioned way — by not eating junk. She’s lost 45kg while eating six times a day, having dessert every night and exercising...

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Lots of twisty fun in fast-paced tale

May 27, 2006
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Lots of twisty fun in fast-paced tale

Come Yesterday, by Sue Emms (Hazard Press, $29.99): After living in relative peace for 15 years, Jill Nelson’s world is falling apart. In the tradition of Desperate Housewives, our intrepid heroine in this delightful story discovers that she’s not the only one with secrets and it seems her deep, dark, hidden past doesn’t want...

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Looking back to the beginning

May 22, 2006
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Looking back to the beginning

Stuart: A Life Backwards, by Alexander Masters (HarperCollins, $26.99): Proving that the rules are sometimes made to be broken, and that sometimes it isn’t always best to begin at the beginning, this book tells the life story of Stuart Shorter backwards. Shorter was a homeless man who had a tough life as the illegitimate...

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Building good habits

May 20, 2006
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The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, by Stephen R Covey (HarperCollins, $34.99): Self-help books are a dime a dozen but there seems to be a general acceptance that Stephen R Covey’s offerings are among the best. Covey’s latest book takes up where the international best-seller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People left...

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Must-have for Dune fans

May 20, 2006
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Must-have for Dune fans

The Road to Dune, By Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert & Kevin J Anderson (Hodder, $24.99): In a companion piece to the hugely popular Dune series of science fiction books readers are taken back to the creation of the Dune novels. Brian Herbert, son of the late Frank, and Kevin J Anderson have already told...

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Explaining carbs

May 17, 2006
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Explaining carbs

The Low GI Diet, by Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell and Joanna McMillan-Price; Low GI Eating Made Easy by Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell and Philippa Sandall (both published by Hodder): These days it seems like everyone is on some sort of diet and carbohydrates are being billed as the evil fat-causing gremlins of the food...

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How to make a difference

April 13, 2006
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How to make a difference

What Can I Do? by Lisa Harrow (Hodder Moa, $19.99): Do you want to change the world? Then this inspirational book with give you the tools to do just that. What Can I Do? shows you how to use the internet to help the environment. It’s packed with hundreds of websites and practical ideas and...

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Nicely put together guide to controlling your email

April 8, 2006
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Conquer Your Email Overload, by Debbie Mayo-Smith (Penguin, $29.95): Without a doubt, one of the most useful things about being online is e-mail. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the worst things about being online. While e-mail has revolutionised the way we keep in touch, becoming an important means of communication in today’s world, it...

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Stephen Leather delivers again

March 20, 2006
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Stephen Leather delivers again

Cold Kill, by Stephen Leather (Hachette Livre, $36.99): What’s even deadlier than terrorists? According to this book, it’s the men who’ve got them in their sights. Cold Kill kicks off with the Asian Boxing Day tsunami and the action just builds up from there, with everything from people-smuggling to attempted murder to hold your...

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