Discussion Groups on “Ordinary Courage” – Nowra Sat 30th November and Kiama 7th December

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You are warmly invited to a discussion group on these books: 

“Ordinary Courage” is Donna Mulhearn’s personal memoir about her experience as a human shield in the war in Iraq in 2003.DM

John Pilger: “In this powerful memoir, Donna Mulhearn’s courage and principles stand in damning contrast to the lies that are told in our names.”
Thomas Keneally: “Of all the Iraq books published since the calamitous invasion, this is the most gripping and the bravest I’ve read.”

This is one woman’s account of finding the ordinary courage to fulfil her purpose, no matter the oddsDespite protests from concerned family and friends, Donna soon found herself travelling from Sydney to Baghdad. There she joined hundreds of shields from all over the world, who formed small teams to protect major sites that were crucial to the life of innocent people.Donna and her team took up position at a water treatment plant, where they endured night after night of harrowing missile attacks. Donna became the key media contact, and at the same time she found she had to defend herself against accusations of being a traitor.

Come to the DISCUSSION GROUP on:
* Sat 30 Nov in Nowra 
(1pm, “Socrates Table” café, 85 Berry St, Nowra. 3 doors from the Roxy Cinema)
* Sat 7 Dec in Kiama (1pm, “Stonewall” café, 8 Manning St, Kiama. Opposite Post Office)

 “The People Smuggler”, by Robin de CrespignyPS At once a non-fiction thriller and a moral maze, this book is one man’s epic story of trying to find a safe place in the world. When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein’s torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings.
Through betrayal, triumph, misfortune – even romance and heartbreak – Ali is sustained by his fierce love of freedom and family. Continually pushed to the limits of his endurance, eventually he must confront what he has been forced to become.
Awards won:  Queensland Literary Award, 2012
25th Human Rights Award for Literature
Discussion Group on
“The People Smuggler”:
To be held in 2014