What does it take to find strength in the face of adversity? Why are some able to fight when others cower in fear? Perhaps courage is something we’re born with, a dormant force we can call upon in times of crisis. Some find strength in belief in higher powers. Others find confidence in the support of family and friends. Here are some extraordinary stories of people finding the necessary spark to help them through their darkest moments.
The inside account of the breathtaking rescue that captured the world.
The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after? Dual Walkley Award-winner Leigh Sales investigates how ordinary people endure the unthinkable.
A world shattered – a life remade.
The story of Jelena Dokic, in her words
'I’ll be waiting for you, and when we beat this thing we are going to celebrate.'
A truly remarkable woman’s story of survival, strength and triumph in the face of unspeakable horror.
Everything to Live For is the story of one young woman’s survival against extraordinary odds, a testament to the human spirit.
For readers of Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal and Henry Marsh’s Do No Harm, an unforgettably powerful and heart-breaking book about how to live.
A story of hardship and maternal love set in rural Ireland, from the mother of Daniel O'Donnell
A harrowing memoir about how one girl's beautiful face and spirit was destroyed after being the victim of vicious rape and acid attack
Susan Duncan's bestselling memoir about starting again and risking everything to find the only thing you need.
As seen on Australian Story on the ABC
Matthew Ames had a one per cent chance of survival after becoming a quadruple amputee. This is the story of his triumphant recovery, and his family's courage in working together to make Matthew's life as normal as possible.
In 2011 Turia Pitt made headlines for having barely survived a terrible bushfire in the desert. She is now one of the most inspirational women in Australia.
Freeing Peter tells the extraordinary true story of how an ordinary Australian family took on the Egyptian government to get Peter Greste out of prison.
Inspiring, exhilarating and highly entertaining, Pushing the Limits takes us inside the mind of a kid with a disability growing up in a tiny town, a teenager finding his place in the world, and an elite sportsman who refuses to give up, no matter how extreme the challenge.
Brave, compassionate and emotionally compelling, the film tie-in edition of Jeff Bauman's story shows what strength really means.
A fantastic collection of books, from early language learning to books about Māori culture and by Māori authors!
A list of novels and non-fiction by Māori writers, from classic bestsellers to exciting new voices.
How much do you know about the creatures dwelling in New Zealand's waters? Check out our kids book recommendations for World Oceans Day!
Books to inform, bring hope and encourage us to make a positive impact.