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Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.

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    • 4.4 • 8.4K Ratings

Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.

    Australia's fearless women pilots

    Australia's fearless women pilots

    Kathy Mexted with true stories of extraordinary Australian women compelled to take to the skies in Spitfires, Tiger Moths, Cessnas and fighter jets

    • 52 min
    The girl from Orroroo — Fleur McDonald

    The girl from Orroroo — Fleur McDonald

    Fleur grew up in a fuel depot in a tiny South Australian town. As a girl she would ride along in road trains with her Dad, singing songs and eating steak sandwiches. She became a jillaroo, a farmer, then an advocate for women in the bush escaping domestic violence

    • 52 min
    Intrepid and curious Charlotte Waring Atkinson — as told by Kate Forsyth

    Intrepid and curious Charlotte Waring Atkinson — as told by Kate Forsyth

    Charlotte was Australia's first children's author. She came to the colony of NSW from London in 1826, and now her trailblazing, tragic and dramatic life story has been written by her descendants, Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell

    • 51 min
    The true history of the Ark before Noah

    The true history of the Ark before Noah

    How Irving Finkel stumbled upon the true story of the Ark before Noah on a Babylonian clay tablet (R)

    • 52 min
    A very modern history of swearing

    A very modern history of swearing

    Amanda Laugesen with the rich history of Australian 'bad language', and how the words we classify as swearing have changed over time. *CW: Discussion of swearing and offensive language

    • 48 min
    From the ashes of a failed farm 

    From the ashes of a failed farm 

    Robert Pekin lost his family’s 4th-generation farm, and in despair, walked away from everything and into the wilderness. After much soul-searching and trial and error, he developed a new way to link food producers more directly with those who eat the produce. *CW: mentions suicide

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
8.4K Ratings

8.4K Ratings

gjs148 ,

Australian Fearless Women Pilots

Thank you Kathy for writing a book of Australian history that is little known. Each of the women featured have shown determination and courage to pursue their passion and you have captured this in you book.

Siobhan TM ,

Charlotte Atkinson Story

A wonderful story and interview with Kate Forsyth and Richard Fidler.

Kubow77 ,

Keep up the great work

Loved the piece on Jonathan Slaght and his experience with the Fish Owl’s. Great stuff

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