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Lenny's Book of Everything

Summary

A moving novel about love, loss and growing up with a brother who has gigantism.

Lenny Spinx is the sister of a giant.

Her little brother, Davey, has a rare form of gigantism that puzzles his doctors and astounds his friends, neighbours and teachers. Together, Lenny and Davey escape to a more wondrous reality by obsessing over the entries in their monthly instalment of Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia set. They lose themselves in passages about abominable snowmen, jellyfish, peregrine falcons and quicksand. Lenny vows to become a beetle expert, while Davey decides he will run away to Canada and build a log cabin.

As Davey’s disease progresses, though, their richly imagined world becomes harder to cling to. From A to Z, this is a deeply moving story about growing up and up and up and the unshakable bond between siblings.

©2018 Karen Foxlee (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Abbe Holmes
Author: Karen Foxlee
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Lawyer X

Summary

Underbelly meets Molly's Game - the true-crime investigation that rewrote the story of Melbourne's infamous gangland war and triggered a royal commission.  Melbourne's gangland war was an era dominated by murders, stings, hits, drug busts, corruption, and greed - inspiring best-selling books and even a popular TV series, Underbelly. It took the police a decade to curtail the violence and bring down criminal kingpins Carl Williams, Tony Mokbel, and their accomplices. When the police finally closed the case file, just how they really won the war, with the help of an unlikely police informer, would become a closely guarded secret and its exposure the biggest legal scandal of our time. Lawyer X is the scandalous, true story of how a promising defense barrister from a privileged background broke all the rules - becoming both police informer and her client's lover - sharing their secrets and shaping the gangland war that led to sensational arrests and convictions. The story of how Nicola Gobbo became Lawyer X, and why, is a compelling study in desperation and determination. Lawyer X is the definitive story of Melbourne's gangland wars and its most glamorous and compelling central character, based on the groundbreaking work of investigative journalists Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon, who broke the story for the Herald Sun in 2014, and their five-year struggle to reveal the truth about the identity of Lawyer X.

©2020 Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Abbe Holmes
Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Out of the Silence

Summary

I hold Jacky close, fix my eyes on the door and walk as fast as I can.... 'What we are suggesting is nothing,' the man mutters darkly, as I pass through the door and into the brightly lit hall. 'Nothing. Far worse can happen.' Far worse. I have a baby, two shillings, no reputation and nowhere to go, but even so I cannot imagine what far worse might be. Out of the Silence is the stunning tale of three women from very different worlds: Maggie Heffernan, a spirited working-class country girl, Elizabeth Hamilton, whose own disappointment in love has served only to strengthen her humanity and the remarkable Vida Goldstein, the suffragist who was to become the first woman to stand for Parliament. When Maggie's life descends into darkness after a terrible betrayal, the three women's lives collide.  Out of the Silence powerfully evokes the plight of women in the early 1900s – not least their limited options, whatever their class and education. However, at its heart this is a story of love – of love gone wrong, its compromises and disappointments, but ultimately of its extraordinary transformative power.

©2005 Wendy James (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Abbe Holmes
Author: Wendy James
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The Altar Boys

Summary

Boys with everything to live for. A community betrayed. The whistle-blower priest who paid the ultimate price.   Glen Walsh and Steven Alward were childhood friends in their tight-knit working-class community in Shortland, on the outskirts of Newcastle, New South Wales. Both proud altar boys at the local Catholic church, they went on to attend the city's Catholic boys' highs schools: Glen to Marist Brothers and Steven to St Pius X.  Both did well: Steven became a journalist, Glen a priest. But when Glen discovered another priest was sexually abusing boys, he reported the offending to police, breaking Canon Law and his vows to the Catholic 'brotherhood' in the process.  Just weeks before he was due to give evidence at a key trial against the highest cleric to ever be charged with covering up child abuse, Father Glen Walsh was dead. Two months later, his friend Steven also died, only weeks before he was to marry the love of his life. Ensuing investigations revealed that at least 60 men in the region had taken their own lives. Why? What had happened, and why were so many from the three Catholic high schools in the area?   By six-time Walkley Award winning investigative reporter Suzanne Smith, The Altar Boys is the powerful expose of widespread and organised clerical abuse of children in an Australian city and how the cover-up in the Catholic Church in Australia extended from parish priests to every echelon of the organisation.  Focusing on two childhood friends, their families and their community, this gripping and explosive story is backed by secret documents, diary notes and witness accounts and details a deliberate church strategy of using psychological warfare against witnesses in key trials involving paedophile priests.

©2020 Suzanne Smith (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Abbe Holmes
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible