One cannot minimise for even a moment the strength it takes to leave an abusive situation and the continued unbreakable spirit to tell the story that is sadly far too common – abuse from a domestic partner. Deborah Thomson tells her experiences through journal entries meticulously kept over the years and does this with heart, sincerity, dignity and empathy for her own experiences and for others who face such a shocking reality. Throughout Whose Life is it Anyway? the addition of referenced studies and current and relevant information/resources is absolutely invaluable for literally everyone – for those who experience or have experienced domestic violence/abuse, those who know someone who is at risk of and for anyone to keep an ear and eye out for the hallmark signs of abuse for the safety of themselves and others.
The launch of Whose Life is it Anyway? had the likes of Australian politicians like Steve Martin (an independent Senator for Tasmania) who are invested in the causes and resources for helping victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse, beloved family members who can only be proud of how strong and self-confident she is and the public which surely were intrigued by Deborah’s story that left a little more aware of a crisis that many people face every day and armed with information to help where they can.
[Deborah Thomson signing copies of her book in Burnie, Tasmania]
[Steve Martin, an independent Senator for Tasmania, was in attendance for the launch of Whose ‘Life is it Anyway?’]
[Left to right: Deborah’s partner, her mum, herself and her daughter Kelly – who also incidentally is the artist behind the painting featured on the cover of ‘Whose Life is it Anyway?’]
We were very proud to work with Deborah to bring her book to life, to have her story told and for it to be now available in all good bookshops.
If you or anyone you care about is at risk or would like to reach out for information/support, below are phone numbers you can contact:
000 – If your life is in immediate danger
1800 RESPECT (1800737732) – National Domestic Violence Hotline 24-hour support
131 114 – Lifeline 24-hour support
131 450 – Translating Service
1300 789 978 – Mensline Australia
1800 551 800 – Kids Help Line
1800 880 052 – National Disability Abuse Hotline
1300 364 777 – Relationships Australia support groups
Beeb Birtles, famous Dutch-Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist and part of the original Little River Band that rocketed to stardom, international acclaim and many, many awards (plus his own inductions to the ARIA Hall of Fame and SA Music Hall of Fame) has been featured in the Geelong Advertiser’s Weekend Extra and discusses his amazing first book, Every Day of My Life (Brolga Publishing, 2017)
(Journalist credit: Alex Sinnott).
If you haven’t snapped up this amazing title yet, a must-have for all Australian Music fans, you can purchase this at all good bookstores and you can also order Every Day of My Life directly by contacting email@example.com
Since its launch Moon Over the Mediterranean has traveled the world – much like the full-hearted conscientious objector Alexander of which Moon Over the Mediterranean follows from 1960s Holland as he embarks on a lifetime adventure, travelling the hippie trail through Greece, India, Nepal, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and beyond – and into the hands of new readers and supporters which have been so kind as to share photos of them and/or their copies of this touching adventure.
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Location: Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland
Location: Lucerne, Switzerland. Note: The lion is a sculpture for the Swiss soldiers who fought for the French king in 1792
Location: Lucerne, Switzerland. Note: The bridge is the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) of Luzern, it’s the symbol of the city. It was built in the 14th century and in the 17th century about 100 paintings were added. Unfortunately in the night from 17th till 18th of August, 1993 the central part of the bridge was destroyed by a fire. The bridge was rebuilt, but 80% of the paintings had been lost forever
Geof (GJ Maher) also attended Cobargo Folk Festival where he sold and had book signings for Moon Over the Mediterranean. At this same festival he met and shared chilli wine with the incredibly talented Eric Bogle (The famous singer-songwriter, known notably for his songs ‘No Man’s Land‘ and ‘And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda‘), met the Aboriginal Elder of the Yuin Region, Ossie Cruze, and also had a good chat with the local poet and storyteller who goes by the name of ‘Campbell’.
Geof [GJ Maher] at his stand – Cobargo Folk Festival
Geof [GJ Maher] (left) Eric Bogle (right)
Ossie Cruze Aboriginal Elder of the Yuin region (centre) Geof [GJ Maher] and his supportive wife, Barbara
Local poet and storyteller ‘Campbell’ with his copy of Moon Over the Mediterranean
If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet of the captivating Moon over the Mediterranean you can find this title at all good bookstores, online and by directly contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 22nd of November 2017 the enthralling book by author GJ Maher Moon Over the Mediterranean was launched to high praise and excitement in picturesque Merimbula – located on Australia’s East coast in Southern New South Wales known for its beaches, popular whale watching spots, boardwalks and nature parks – with the launch itself taking place to a packed house at Booktique Bookshop & Café. Surrounded by support and eager to-be readers GJ Maher spoke of the process and inspiration of writing Moon Over the Mediterranean complete with an author meet & greet and book singing – with many copies sold and signed on the day.
Author GJ Maher and a copy of Moon Over the Mediterranean
Eager fans in line to meet GJ Maher and have their copies of Moon Over the Mediterranean signed
GJ Maher and a very happy reader with a newly signed copy of Moon Over the Mediterranean
At Brolga Publishing we’re very proud of the hard work of GJ Maher and very pleased to have worked with him on publishing his book with us so we could see Moon Over the Mediterranean on the shelves and in hands all over the globe.
If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet you can find this title at all good bookstores, online and by directly contacting email@example.com
Over the last few months we have had the pleasure of working with Beeb Birtles – of Zoot, Frieze, Mississippi and Little River Band (to name a few) fame – on his memoir Every Day of My Life and on the 14th of November 2017 to a packed house filled with friends and fans alike we had the pleasure of launching this outstanding and superlative book with the author himself, who had flown in from the US for this launch and a few book signings and interviews all over Australia.
At the idyllic Racecourse Hotel in the heart of Malvern East Beeb mingled with crowds, making everyone feel welcome and accompanying his speech gave a spirited and lively Q&A where many laughs were had and memories shared.
If you aren’t aware of what Every Day of My Life is about, it’s the remarkable tale of how Beeb Birtles conquered the music world – and then lost the band he had helped form. Gerard Bertlekamp arrived in Australia in the 1970s, a Dutch boy with no English. Within a short space of time he developed his love of music and adopted the stage name of Beeb Birtles. Beeb became part of the pop sensation of the 1970s, Zoot, along with Darryl Cotton and Rick Springfield. Beeb then went on to become one of the founding members of Little River Band (LRB), which was the first Australian band to break into the elusive American market and have a gold album in the US. Their hits include: ‘Reminiscing’, ‘Help is On its Way’, ‘Lonesome Loser’, ‘Curiosity (killed the cat)’, ‘Happy Anniversary’, ‘Lady,’ ‘It’s a Long Way There’ and ‘Every Day of My Life’.
Every Day of My Life is Beeb’s story: raw, honest and a fascinating insight into the music world and one man’s love of music.
Every Day of My Life is available in all good bookstores now and is an invaluable must-have for anyone who loves Australian music history – and with Christmas right around the corner it would also make a perfect gift too!
At 2pm tomorrow Beeb Birtles will be speaking to Sydney’s Ray Burgess on 2NBC (90.1 NBC FM) from 2pm onwards. 2NBC (90.1 NBC FM) is a proud local community radio station which broadcasts out of the beautiful Peakhurst, Sydney.
Beeb Birtles and Ray Burgess are long time friends so it promises to be a interesting interview for sure! And if you’re not a Sydney local, have no fear! You can tune in live following this link: 2NBC (90.1 NBC FM) live via Tunein.com
Beeb Birtles’ stunning memoir, Every Day of My Life is available in all good bookstores and if you’re interested in supporting community radio you can always check out 2NBC (90.1 NBC FM)‘s website at www.2nbc.com.au
Life is a series of moments, some challenging, some seemingly stagnating in the process between start and finish. If you’ve ever found yourself looking at a goal/aspiration/project and wondering how to take the next step with progress and avoid feeling stuck, Definable Moments by Andrew Horsfield is an invaluable book and it is available now! Offering practical insights on how to accelerate performance Definable Moments is one of those rare books that will change how you work, lead and live.
Andrew Horsfield is a performance consultant who advises leaders in business, sports and enterprise, working exclusively with forward-thinking leaders who have work to get done. Known for avoiding the fist pumping rah-rah that sounds good, but rarely does much good, Andrew prefers to instead deliver cutting edge capability development that delivers real world results.
Definable Moments has been featured in this months C-Suite Book Club as a featured recommendation, C-Suite Book Club – Andrew Horsfield | Definable Moments.
If you’re interesting in keeping up with Andrew Horsfield, he can be found on Twitter Twitter.com/andrewsthriving and more information and contact details can be found on his website, Definablemoments.com
Definable Moments is available in all good bookstores or can be ordered directly by contacting Mark Zocchi – firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoot, Mississippi, Little River Band, Birtles Shorrock Goble … do any of these famous groups ring a bell – does it take you to a place of fond memories of the unforgettable hair, outfits and music and an unforgettable era for Australian music? Do you know what these all have in common? The enormously talented and famous Beeb Birtles of course!
We’re so grateful to have been able to work with Beeb to publish his memoir Every Day of My Life and now we’re super excited to pass on the excellent news – Eastland and Chadstone Dymocks stores (November 17th and 18th respectively) will be having Beeb Birtles himself in for a book signing! We very much encourage coming down, meeting a piece of music history and getting a book (or two) signed! Christmas is just around the corner and this is a must-have book for any music enthusiast!
Meet Beeb Birtles at Dymocks Eastland
Date: Friday, November 17th 2017
Venue: Dymocks Eastland, Eastland Shopping Centre, Shop 1136, 171-175 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood VIC 3134
www.dymocks.com.au | Beeb Birtles at Eastland – Friday, November 17 2017.
Meet Beeb Birtles at Dymocks Chadstone
Date: Saturday, November 18th 2017
Venue: Dymocks Chadstone, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road Chadstone Vic 3148
www.dymocks.com.au | Beeb Birtles at Chadstone – Saturday, November 18 2017.
Every Day of My Life ISBN: 9781925367973
We’re back from Frankfurt after attending the world’s most important international trade fair, The Frankfurter Buchmesse/Frankfurt Book Fair, which prides itself on the productive environment for selling content and book rights. What a wonderful experience, as it is every year – vibrant, exciting and bustling!
We’ve had continued interest in our books for overseas companies, such as the above which has been picked up by a North American Publishing Company, Red Wheel.
The widely lauded and acclaimed laughter wellness expert, Ros Ben-Moshe (author of the very popular Laughing at cancer book – Brolga Publishing, 2017) will be visiting the below Australian cities to present, talk and revitalise audiences in the way they speak about, think and approach ill-health, as well as attend local interviews that you can tune into. Ros Ben-Moshe is a leading expert in her field and her book, Laughing at cancer is infused with humour, hope and inspiration and features scientific evidence to ascertain the content is factually rigorous. If you would like to attend the speaking events/listen in to her latest interviews the dates are as follows:
- Free public event Brisbane Square Library (community meeting room)
Wednesday 4 October 4-5pm
- ABC Radio interview Brisbane Friday 6 October @10.30am
If you would like to keep up with Ros Ben-Moshe and her book you can follow her on Facebook or her Website.
If you haven’t yet gotten your own copy of Laughing at cancer yet it is available at all good bookstores and can be ordered directly by emailing email@example.com
Laughing at cancer