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The Godmothers

By the time Eliza Maxine Olivia Miller was eleven, she had lived in eight different country towns.

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The Fire Star

Of all the things I’d imagined might stop us from reaching Rennart Castle by nightfall, goats had not even made the top fifty.

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The Gift

In the spring of 1944, I was sixteen, living with my parents and two older sisters in Kassa, Hungary.

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Vida

Melbourne, 1912: on the busy corner of Collins and Swanston streets stood an attractive woman of middle age.

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More Than a Woman

I am in the spare room, which doubles as my office, and I have just finished my day’s work.

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Daddy

LINDA WAS INSIDE, ON HER PHONE—TO WHO, THIS EARLY?

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The Kingdom

I heard him before I saw him.

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The Gifts of Imperfection

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.

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Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day

I heard them long before I saw them, the throaty rumble of their Second World War engines reverberating in my hearing aids as I sat outside on the morning of my 100th birthday.

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Atomic Love

The hot touch of the city still on her, Rosalind unfastens her stockings and drops them in the bathroom sink with a handful of washing soda.

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V2

On a Saturday morning in late November 1944, in a railway shed in the Dutch seaside resort of Scheveningen, three ballistic missiles, each nearly fifteen metres long...

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Lionhearts

Robin Hood is dead, long live Robin Hood.

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Deacon King Kong

DEACON CUFFY LAMBKIN OF FIVE ENDS BAPTIST CHURCH became a walking dead man on a cloudy September afternoon in 1969.

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Breath

The place looked like something out of Amityville: all paint-chipped walls, dusty windows, and menacing shadows cast by moonlight.

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Agent Sonya

If you had visited the quaint English village of Great Rollright in 1945, you might have spotted a thin, dark-haired and unusually elegant woman emerging from a stone farmhouse called The Firs and climbing onto her bicycle.

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Private Moscow

“Remember dunker training at Pendleton?”

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Stop Surviving Start Fighting

It wasn’t until I did that test that I really thought about how aspects of my personality and my strengths could affect my mental health, through my reactions and approaches to things.

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