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Long Story Short:

Graeme Brosnan

You don’t have to be a war hero or a famous movie star to have a great story to tell. In this remarkable collection of true stories, every-day Australians bring to life in their own words those incredible moments of their lives where, seemingly in an instant, everything changes. Meet:

  • The twenty something telemarketer who moments before her impending death as her car is about to be flattened by a 100 tonne crane, takes off her glasses so her face won’t be scratched;
  • The refugee who was traded for a chicken on the battlefields of Europe,
  • A puny agricultural scientist, so shy he shook hands rather than kiss the love of his life, takes on the heavy weight boxing champion of the Northern Territory to defend her honour.
  • The hapless suburban accountant and his country bumpkin clients who somehow managed to outfox a multinational oil corporation;
  • A lovelorn pig shooter who buys a wrecking yard as a way to meet girls;
  • The irrepressible couple from Poland, who, after surviving the razing of Warsaw, set up a nightclub in the middle of their war ravaged country;
  • An all too plain girl from Flackwell Heath, with long, lanky legs and buck teeth who was inspired by a chance encounter with Mahatma Gandhi on a beach in India to become a writer;
  • And the Chinese orphan who went from Mao to God and along the way raised a family of four brilliant daughters in a one room house
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Circle of Stones:

Martin Van Den Berk

Two words sustained Martin van den Berk in his journey through life: faith and family. After witnessing the horrors of World War II as a boy in Holland, he mistakenly believed he had escaped the worst of it. Conscripted to carry our post-war reconstruction in Indonesia, Martin soon found himself in the middle of a deadly guerrilla war. He believes his faith saved him from certain death time and again. Determined to escape the devastation, Martin emigrated to New Zealand where he found a breathtakingly beautiful country and the woman who would give him seven children.

In this fearlessly frank, funny and sometimes extraordinary account of his life, Martin remembers the early years working as a mechanic, a farmer, and a baker; and somehow finding time to help his wife, Jane rear a family all the while pursuing his passion for tramping through the countryside with his beloved Scouts. Obsessed with multi-skilling decades before it became fashionable, he taught all his children to fend for themselves even though many of his own handyman adventures almost ended in calamity.

Raising a family of seven was never going to be easy, especially when mother and father liked to up stumps and move every couple of years, but somehow the van den Berks prospered and thrived. This story has it all – hard heartless work, strokes of good fortune, lives imperilled by deadly bushfires, bad luck, miraculous recoveries and being struck down in one’s prime – the family’s triumphs as well as tragedies – guided all the while by Martin’s unshakeable faith and unconditional love.

On The Trail of Sally Brown:

Sally Brown

Most kids can only dream of swapping the rigours of school for a life of adventure on the sun licked sand dunes of the Arabian Desert, but for Sally Brown this is where her education began. Tedious textbooks, arduous mathematical equations and poncy school teachers were ditched for camel riding, horse races and swimming or camping in the mountains on the Turkish/Iraqi border.  With her grandfather a Brigadier-General in the British Army in India and her father, a Group Captain of the RAF, Sally was destined to have an exotic upbringing.

Follow Sally from Egypt to the London bombings of World War II, then to Habbaniya, just outside Baghdad, and from there on to the clean-up of Germany after the war. As a young woman she lived through the swinging sixties in London where she met the love of her life. True to the nomadic patterns of her childhood years, Sally and her husband, Tony, moved to the blue skies of Australia where they lived in almost every state including some of the most remote and isolated settings in the country. Along the way, they encounter a spectacular array of eccentric characters, all the while, trying to raise their three daughters, Mandy, Nicola and Jess.

In this honest and heartfelt, beautiful story, Sally extricates the trials and tribulations of motherhood and the inherent loneliness that accompanies it. In an ode to her own mother, Sally reflects on her relationship with her parents, the constraints of the English class system, the dynamics of human relations in secluded towns, and the sacrifices made out of love for one’s children. A must read for all mothers and daughters.

To Be or not to Be: a Dane in Australia:

Paul Skye

On his arrival in Australia in 1939, Sigurd Sjoquist did what every respectable Danish gentleman did when it came to employment. He placed an advertisement in the newspaper which announced his arrival, listed his many qualifications, attributes and interests, and his current availability. Sig waited for the offers to roll in, but there were none. When none were forthcoming, the only job he could find was lugging carcasses in a slaughterhouse and shovelling tonnes of coal, wondering all the while what had ever possessed him to come to this strange land.

Sig was joined by his beloved Kirsten and shortly after their marriage, he volunteered for the Australian Army. He was dispatched to the Northern Territory with an advance party to halt the seemingly unstoppable advance of the Imperial Japanese Army. It was here that he learned survival skills from Xavier Herbert, the author of the novel Capricornia, and began to understand the character of these no nonsense Australians who had scant regard for the finer distinctions of class that still prevailed in Europe.

He returned from the war a mental and physical wreck. Kirsten thought he could regain his former vitality by taking art classes. Yet, it was Kirsten who found she had a natural talent as a painter exhibiting successfully in Sydney and New York. From such terrible beginnings, Sig went on to create the Mercator business empire, raise a family, and through his involvement with Rotary and other community groups, forge everlasting bonds between the people of his old home and his new found land.

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We operate throughout Australia as well as New Zealand.
Tel: 1300 697 867
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Email: admin@akapublishing.com.au
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