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Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Jan Lindrum

Jan Lindrum Janne (Jan) was born into a family of British and Australian champions within the sound of Bow Bells London in 1950 and refers to herself as a Cockney/ Aussie. A proud wife, mother and grandmother, the early part of her career was spent working full-time in marketing and business development in the legal industry and teaching and directing dramatic art performances part-time. The Uncrowned King is Jan’s debut work. In her book, Jan Lindrum combines a daughter’s affection with a scholar’s detachment in writing about her famous father Horace Lindrum, a leading member of the world’s most remarkable family of snooker and billiards champions. Her book is available to read in our Story Library.

The Uncrowned King

Our Latest Publications

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    by Sarah Brierley I grew up listening to stories of both of my parents growing up in Kenya, East Africa. At a recent family lunch (our tradition is a curry lunch, reminiscent of the “Kenya” days), I felt it was important to start recording the stories of my Dad and his brothers so my generation, and generations to come don’t lose our unique family history. My dad is the youngest of four boys – Dennis, John, Dick and Charlie (my Dad) – and their stories have kept all of us “kids” entertained for...

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    By Marco Marcoionni   To write this, I cleared a space in my head and found some time and an area conducive to thinking. My sister, Tina and I took a 6 week Contiki tour back in 1985 the rest is what we gained from it. It was good to do an organised tour first. Travelling can be a bit daunting if you haven’t done it before: so many different places, languages and customs and climates and the list goes on and on and on. Doing a tour made complete sense. Firstly it meant we were in the safety of...

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  • Deann Tong Deann Tong (49)

    By Tina and Marcoi Marcoionni Deann Tong lived at the end of our street, or perhaps we lived at the end of hers. It’s all a matter of attitudes and perceptions really and Deanne’s positive attitude filled a room, her work ethic - it was second to none. She was a warrior in and out, she modelled by example and always supported her friends and colleagues. D never had a bad word to say about anyone and her reaction to a crisis was always to fix it with least impact on all involved. Deann was a...

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    By Gai Ryan Gai Ryan fed my daughter prawns when she http://www.achaten-suisse.com/ was just six months old. She didn’t play by the rules, she made her own, because she knew that life was for the taking – that you had to seize the day, take every opportunity and make the most of it. Gai didn’t waste time on regrets, she was in control.

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  • One ingredient many dishes with chef Marco Marconi One ingredient many dishes with chef Marco Marconi (60)

    By Marco Marcoionni One Ingredient Many Dishes with Chef Marco Marconi Objective: Pick one ingredient and think outside the box to plan a menu around it

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    By Jasmine Stokes: The wind in the Scottish Highlands was by nature malignant; it whipped, stabbed and clawed its way through anything in its path. It was the sort of wind that conspired with storms to push the rain horizontal. Scathing gusts skittered along the brown hills, wrenched at the sodden earth and danced across the surface of the lochs, kicking up spray as it pin wheeled past. The land itself seethed with a resigned sort of melancholy, forged from loss. The barren and sheep pocked...

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  • Home Home: Kial Doe's story Home Home: Kial Doe's story (294)

    By Tina Marcoionni Kial was born on a crisp winter Sunshine Coast Sunday and because life turns in constant circles, died on a winter Sunday, at home. He took a deep breath on his final dive into the ocean with the dolphins outside his window, raised his right hand, waved and left us. Home acheterdufrance.com Home is Kial’s Story. FREE    

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  • Through the Colour Lens Through the Colour Lens (75)

    By Marisha McAuliffe: Colour is used to adorn and decorate and many have tried to find an organisational system that could concretely states how colour is to be used correctly.In this book Marisha McAuliffe examines the concept of colour and its uses for those who design professionally or those who simply want to appreciate the complexities of colour. It examines light and contrast, and explains the pitfalls that are to be avoided in colour design. The book explores different concepts relating to, and...

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  • Giovanni Marcoionni Giovanni Marcoionni (233)

    By Tina Doe: This story is a snapshot of the life of Giovanni Marcoionni. It was never just a gentle nudge with Dad, it was always a big push. From the way he taught us to swim:  I remember something akin to him grabbing you by an arm  and a leg and then being thrown into the waves at Kings Beach, Caloundra, on Boxing Day when all the Italian mob would meet annually, under the trees, for a beach picnic. FREE

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  • The Benefits of a Light Heart The Benefits of a Light Heart (91)

    By Prue Millear: Life is full of challenges, from the mundane to the difficult and dangerous. The Benefits of a Light Heart is a book which contains a recipe for action, from which you can reframe your problems using the dog metaphor. Dogs, after all, are like our problems – they range from small and innocuous to full-blown, raving monsters. Rather than be too serious, linger awhile and laugh with Dr Prue Millear, PhD (and her alter ego, a cat called Professor Hilary Doodlebug), and discover...

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  • A New Way to Think About Teacher PD A New Way to Think About Teacher PD (130)

    By Dr. Tina Doe: In 2005 Tina Doe set out to change the way teachers learn. She has pioneered what is today known as the Teacher Professional Learning Initiative: an exciting and meaningful way through which teachers collaborate to learn. In this book Tina Doe tells the story of how schools and teachers are coming under increasing pressure to meet the new expectations that a fast changing technologically based and global world is demanding. She argues teachers have to now meet the learning...

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  • Curriculum Assessment and Technology Curriculum Assessment and Technology (218)

    By Lynch, Smith and Howarth: This book is about designing the effective classroom curriculum. The authors argue that an effective classroom curriculum should be the goal of every teacher in every classroom around the world: effective that is for every student, not just those who find school easy! But how does one go about designing a classroom curriculum that is effective? What are the essential ingredients and how should these ingredients be organised for teaching effect? What role does...

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  • Advancing Social Work in Mental Health Advancing Social Work in Mental Health (154)

    By Abraham Francis (et al) This book is about ‘strengths-based practice’ in social work. Strengths based practice refers to the identification of ‘strengths’ within an individual, family, or community, which are then employed to aid in promoting self-fulfilment and healing in a client. Strengths-based practice is a deliberate shift away from language and practices based on a client’s deficits or pathology--- a widespread approach that has dominated many fields within social science for some...

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The Uncrowned King: A story that captures the spirit of success, the tribulations of a truly extraordinary life and the metal of a man who epitomises the Australian way.

Jan Lindrum

Designing the Classroom Curriculum: a book is to enable the classroom teacher to develop, teach and assess a classroom curriculum.

Lynch, Smith and Howarth

The Life of Every Party: A story about a life in political parties, trade unions, the Catholic Church and enjoying three marriages and six children!

Noel Tennison

By Comparison Only: A Memoir of Friendship, Betrayal and Enlightenment in Three Acts.

Linette Reynolds
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