As a child Victor Kline was sexually, physically and emotionally abused by his mother. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, he went on to lead a diverse, exciting and often dangerous life. From medical guinea pig to Federal prosecutor to outback barrister. From provincial France to the highlands of New Guinea to dodging bullets in the Sri Lankan Civil War, The House at Anzac Paradeis his story, and the story of his healing. "A confronting, beautifully written book of searing honesty, it is at the same time a highly readable, uplifting story of how one can overcome adversity and thrive. This book documents an inherent truth: the best revenge is to live life well." Dr Michael Gliksman (Chair, Professional Issues Committee, Australian Medical Association, NSW, author ofSkink and Jewboy) "A life so packed with living. There is not a dormant moment in Victor Kline's life. Obstacles, cruelty, triumphs, unfathomable pain, A book so enthralling, it has a pulse of its own. Amazing and utterly inspiring." Jackie Loeb (Comedian, Writer and Entertainer, Los Angeles. Nominated for Best Comedy 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival). "This book will restore your soul. It's a cathartic epic tale of an extraordinary personal pilgrimage, a journey through law, politics, writing, acting and faith. It shows that sexual abuse doesn't need to win. In our age that searches for healing, redemptive and empowering stories, don't miss this one. A remarkable, moving read." Reverend Dr Ross Clifford AM (President NSW Council of Churches, Principal Morling Theological College, author of Beyond Prediction, The Cross Is Not Enough, Riding the Rollercoaster) "Victor Kline has delivered an eloquent honest and highly personal story, the constant thread of which is his ongoing struggle to make meaning of the compounded traumas of his childhood. Yet Victor's story is ultimately one of hope and recovery, a rich journey, which despite the ultimate of betrayals is as courageous as it is inspiring." Dr Cathy Kezelman (President, ASCA - Adults Surviving Child Abuse, author of Innocence Revisited: A Tale in Parts)
The Rough Guide to Australia is your indispensable guide to one of the most unmissable countries on earth. Packed with practical information on once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Oz, from sunrise walks around Uluru to viewing Kangaroo Island's wild seals, sea lions, kangaroos and koalas; bush-camping safaris in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to exhilarating helicopter flights down the dramatic gorges of Aboriginal-owned Nitmiluk National Park - not forgetting the stunning harbour side bars and restaurants of Sydney. Written by a team of widely-travelled, dedicated authors, this Rough Guide will help you to discover the best hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and festivals around Australia, whatever your budget. Plus, you'll find expert background on Australia's history, wildlife, cinema and fascinating aboriginal culture and the clearest maps of any guide. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Australia.
Nearly a century has passed since the assassination of Austria-Hungary's Archduke Ferdinand, yet the repercussions of the devastating global conflict that followed echo still. In this provocative book, historian Ian Beckett turns the spotlight on twelve particular events of the First World War that continue to shape the world today. Focusing on episodes both well known and scarcely remembered, Beckett tells the story of the Great War from a new perspective, stressing accident as much as strategy, the small as well as the great, the social as well as the military, and the long term as much as the short term. The Making of the First World War is global in scope. The book travels from the deliberately flooded fields of Belgium to the picture palaces of Britain's cinema, from the idealism of Wilson's Washington to the catastrophic German Lys offensive of 1918. While war is itself an agent of change, Beckett shows, the most significant developments occur not only on the battlefields or in the corridors of power, but also in hearts and minds. Nor may the decisive turning points during years of conflict be those that were thought to be so at the time. With its wide reach and unexpected conclusions, this book revises—and expands—our understanding of the legacy of the First World War.