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Carol Baxter is the prize-winning author of three popular histories with a criminal bent - An Irresistible Temptation, Breaking the Bank and Captain Thunderbolt and His Lady - all of which have been published to critical acclaim in her native Australia. Previously, she was general Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia and, before that, Project Officer of the Australian Biographical and genealogical Record, in which roles she edited many records relating to convicts transported to Australia to serve out their sentences. These helped her to discover the subjects for her tales of true crime. She is a Fellow of the Society of Australian genealogists and an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England (NSW). A full-time writer and speaker, she lives in Sydney.
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The year is 1845 and a murderer is caught by the first Electric telegraph, installed on the Great Western Railway. John Tawell, an upright citizen, a Quaker who had erred and been sent to Australia for his pains came back a rich man. So – did he then go on to murder Sarah Hart, poisoning her with prussic acid? It was a case that electrified the country- people following every step of the investigation and subsequent trial. From our point of view there is much to fascinate, the telegraph, a first step to mass communication, the burgeoning science that was beginning to identify poisons and the trial itself. Carol Baxter is very good on the small details, John Tawell’s story is well told. Like for Like Reading The Fatal Shore, Robert Hughes Silent Witnesses: A History of Forensic Science, Nigel McCrery Click here to find out more about this book.
The remarkable true story of a beguiling Melbourne housewife who in the 1920s seeks international fame, fortune, and adventure as an aviator and finds herself as the central figure in a sensational American murder trial. 'Mrs Keith Miller, internationally known aviatrix, was taken to the county jail here today and held for investigation by State Attorney's investigators. Jail attendants said they understood she was held in connection with the shooting of an airline pilot.' Petite, glamorous, and beguiling, Jessie 'Chubbie' Miller was one remarkable woman ... flyer, thrill seeker, heartbreaker. No adventure was too wild for her, no danger too extreme. And all over the world men adored her. When the young Jessie left suburban Melbourne and her newspaperman husband in 1927, little did she know that she'd become the first woman to complete an England to Australia flight (with a black silk gown thrown into her small flight bag, just in case), or fly the first air race for women with Amelia Earhart, or that she would disappear over the Florida Straits feared lost forever only to charm her way to a rescue. Nor could she have predicted that five years later she'd find herself at the centre of one of the most notorious and controversial murder trials in United States history. And this all began with something as ridiculously mundane as a pat of butter. The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller is a spellbinding story of an extraordinary woman - an international celebrity during the golden age of aviation - and her passionate and spirited life.
Jessie Miller was known to one and all as 'Chubbie' (she weighed barely 100lb). When she met Bill Lancaster in London in June 1927, he was hoping to become the first person to fly a light plane from England to Australia. Chubbie, Australian by birth, offered to help him raise the funds if he would take her along and teach her how to fly. He reluctantly agreed - he was a married man with children, but no money. On 14 October 1927, the pair took off from Lympne airfield aboard a small biplane christened the Red Rose. They reached Egypt in two weeks, then Baghdad in early November. They forged through whipping rain, sandstorms and a near-plunge into the shark-filled Arabian Sea. The shark episode was so harrowing that that evening on the ground Lancaster and Miller made love for the first time, in a survivor's high under the Persian stars. The trip got tougher after that. They were dogged by engine problems, shot at by tribesmen. Airborne out of Rangoon, Miller discovered a poisonous snake at her feet and wrenched the control stick free as the only available club. They barely managed to reinsert it and regain control of the plane. Soon after, their luck ran out. A blocked fuel line sent them crashing into an island jungle off Sumatra, and though they survived with minor injuries, and were afterwards well entertained by the British colony in Singapore, they were stranded for weeks waiting for replacement parts. Another Australian pilot, Bert Hinkler, grabbed the chance to beat them to Australia. Chubbie's relationship with Lancaster was tempestuous and he was later charged with murdering one of her lovers in one of the most notorious trials of the 1920s. Nonetheless she earned a place in the pantheon of early aviators as the first woman to complete an England-to-Australia flight and for her participation in the Powder Puff Derby of 1929. In the 1920s she was an international celebrity and thrill seeker. Her wild ride of a life is a wonderfully exhilarating story.
This volume focuses specifically on the importance of managing diversity in todays health services. It examines what is meant by managing diversity and outlines the nature of current inequalities in the UK, and their implications for health care professionals. A practicaland practice focussed guide to developing the management skills and understanding required, this book provides an accessible mix of theory and practice, and a unique emphasis on real life applications. These are drawn from all sectors of healthcare, acute and primary, as well as the private and independent sectors. It explicitly and realistically explores the interface between management skills and knowledge and quality, fit-for-purpose practice.Accessible: Unique combination of clearly explained theory and real-life examples Expert contributors who bring their own expert knowledge and experiences to life Up-to date information on the context of health services today and the context of diversity and inequality Relevant: Specifically aimed at nurses and nursing Practical - readers reflect on real life examples to see how they can use their skills in practice