Investing in Life
by Brian Randall
In this autobiography, Brian shares the stories of his early life in Melbourne, his education at Scotch College and Melbourne University, and his athletics career as a sprinter here and overseas. He covers his career in the financial markets as a stockbroker and his four decades in horticulture specialising in citrus and wine-making in the Mildura region.
Fuelled by his aim to help improve the lives of others, Brian outlines his significant community and philanthropic interests which have been well recognised by all the organisations he has served, including the OAM he received in 2013. Surrounded by a large circle of family and friends, Brian has also loved playing tennis, golf, bridge and extensive travels. After developing several drafts, Your Biography helped Brian complete and publish his remarkable life story in 2021.
Yarns of a Traveller
by Clive Peel
Veteran traveller Cliff Peel shares his quirky travel yarns from his extensive tours of the world by train, tram, plane, ship, car, bike and every other conceivable form of transport.
A yarn is a colloquial Australian word for a story or a chat. In these traveller's yarns collected over the past seventy years, Cliff Peel shares the type of stories that you won't find in travel brochures. They include the unusual adventures, quirky incidents and strange characters Cliff encountered as he grappled with local customs, foreign languages and the vagaries of public transport around the world.
Just Magnificent - Lessons from a Life in Golf
by Brian Twite
Brian Twite OAM, acclaimed teacher and professional golfer, life member of The Metropolitan Golf Club, and inductee into the Victorian Golf Industry Hall of Fame, is now 92 years old and is yet to tell his life story.
Brian is a well-known and prolific teller of stories - it is part of who he is and a key part of his teaching style. He has told his favourite stories countless times to countless people; many of these stories have also been published in a book of his favourite anecdotes and golf tips, Rubbing Shoulders with the Greats, in 2010. But Brian has not told the stories of his inner world. Here, for the first time, he tells: how he grew up, became a great golfer, a devoted club professional and a legendary golf teacher; what makes him tick, what really matters to him, and what are the values and wisdom that have inspired him to inspire so many others over his long lifetime. By sharing his life stories and wisdom, Brian hopes that everyone can be the best that they can be.
From West to East
by Alex and Chris Gorrie
Our most recent double biography and family history has been the most delightful and rewarding project. Originally commissioned for Alex's 90th birthday in 2016, the project grew to include Chris's life story too. It covered their family ancestry on both sides, their growing up years, meeting and falling in love, their married life together, their careers, the arrival of their children and grandchildren, and finally their amazing words of wisdom, their legacy dedicated to their children and grandchildren. As they summed up on the back cover:
This is our story.
It’s also our family history, as we have traced the lives and times of our distant ancestors through to the current lives of children and grandchildren.
Just as we have learned from the generations before us, we want you and all our Gorrie descendants to know who we really were, how we lived, what we stand for, and just how much we have loved you and each other in our lives together. In this way, our life story, From West to East, is our enduring gift and legacy to you all.
My Life in Broadcasting: It's been a lot of fun
by Cliff Peel
Cliff Peel has spent his entire career on the front line of broadcasting in both radio and television. He has thrived on change and adventure, and now has a remarkable story to tell. He was in news radio journalism and television for forty years and has pretty much seen it all from when journalists used Morse code to send stories from the bush to regional stations, to the first uses of sound inserts that could be played in the middle of a broadcast, to the modern 24 hour news cycle.
Burtta Cheney: A Life in Golf
by Gillian Ednie
Burtta Cheney, MBE, renowned Australian golf champion, administrator and founder of junior promotion, still has much wisdom to offer younger golfers.
Burtta’s stories, stretching over eight decades, will amuse and edify golf lovers of all ages. Fond memories will be evoked for the Anglesea girls, and the many others, that she inspired to make golf a treasured and indispensible part of their lives. This biography is a celebration of Burtta Cheney’s love, lessons and life in golf.
On her 95th birthday, Burtta summed up how much her book meant to her.
Thank you for helping me celebrate my 95th birthday.
Thank you for giving me the most wonderful thing I could imagine – an entire book about me!!!!!!!
With my love,
Nothing's Impossible: The Alan Rea Story
by Daniel Ednie-Lockett
In the last two months of his life, Alan Rea set out the stories and lessons of his amazing life to his sixteen-year-old great-nephew. Alan shares his adventures and reflections through his early years in the Depression, the challenges of war, the emergence of the civil aviation industry and the creation of his own Flinders Island Airlines, one of Australia’s first commercial airlines.
Nothing’s Impossible! captures the audacity and daring of one of Australia’s aviating greats, providing a complete romp for plane enthusiasts who love the cheek of a true larrikin. But beneath the achievements and the anecdotes, the philosophy that nothing is impossible which fuelled Alan’s aviation, business and travel adventures, leaves its mark on a young listener and all those who read this story.