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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 Reader's Digest Encounters : Real Life Reading
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  • Contents indexed selectively.
  • Includes: An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina; and White City by Donald James Wheal.
  • Includes author's biography and photographs.
  • Condensed books.


* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Reader's Digest , 2007 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A Story Dreamt Long Ago : A Memoir, Phyllis McDuff , 2003 single work biography

'Whispered voices in the hallways of her childhood. A hastily packed suitcase. A masked ball that ends early. A mother who will not reveal her past. A daughter's search for the truth...When Bettina Mendl arrived in Australia in 1939 from Vienna she was on the run. In her homeland of Austria she was wanted by Hitler's SS, and in Australia she was an enemy alien. Fearing internment, she had to become invisible so she literally went bush-to the red dust of the Australian outback.There Bettina met and fell in love with Joe McDuff, station manager and salt-of-the-earth bushman. After Joe rescued Bettina from certain death from a spider bite and exposure, romance bloomed and they settled into a loving marriage and life in the bush. Their two young daughters, Phyllis and Dawn, grew up completely unspoilt and blissfully aware of their mother's aristocratic past. When the Second World War finally came to an end, Bettina was called back to Austria to try to reclaim what remained of her vast estate and family lands. While Bettina and Joe had a wonderful life, they wanted to secure their daughters' futures. Unable to bear an extended separation from her family, Bettina packed up Joe and the girls and took them to Austria for the first time. Thus began a fairytale whirlwind of exotic travel, beautiful clothes, mansions and five-star hotels, glamorous parties, famous faces and luxury for the McDuffs-especially for Phyllis and Dawn, who were used to going barefoot and had no awareness of the extent of their mother's vast family fortune. Bettina's life before the war had always been a mystery to her children, and she refused to talk about it as they grew up. But as her life drew to a close, her eldest daughter Phyllis began a quest to uncover the truth. From the unravelling of a secret coded message to a connection with Picasso and a British spy, A Story Dreamt Long Ago follows Phyllis's astonishing journey of discovery, a journey which revealed Bettina's hidden past and her untold courage. (Source: Angus & Robertson Bookworld website)

(p. 146-294)
Note: Condensed version. Includes photograph and biography. Does not include dedication.
Slow River : A Journey Down the Murray, Steve Strevens , 2006 single work autobiography travel
"Steve Strevens has lived on the Murray for almost 40 years. During that time he has fished and swum in its waters, climbed and swung from its trees, collected firewood from its forests, kicked a footy along the flats nearby, and made some of his most important decisions sitting on its banks. He even spread his father's ashes on its waters. Slow River is his ode to the Murray and an exploration of why and how it is more than just a river. Bumping along in his ute and steering his old tinnie, Steve explores the full length of the Murray from its source in a small swampy puddle hidden in a clump of tea trees in the mountains to where it meets the sea. This is a rich and generous portrait of the river, its many moods and the people and communities who depend upon it for their sanity and survival."
(p. 440-567)
Note: Condensed version. Includes photograph and biography. Does not include epigraphs.

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