Monday, January 11, 2016

Henning's Story from 1979 to 1999: A Memoir of Ideas and Inspirations

Henning's Story from 1979 to 1999: A Memoir of Ideas and Inspirations back cover description
Henning’s Story is vivid, broad-ranged, and thought-provoking. It traces Nicholas Henning’s life from 1979, the year of his birth, to 1999. It captures each year with personal memories and detailed recollections of prominent historical events and popular films, and it shows their relevance to Henning’s life and writing. A key interest of Henning’s is storytelling informed by ideas and inspirations derived from his surroundings. So each recollection and researched reference captures an actual moment in time. Henning’s detailed personal accounts display the triggers and acknowledge the events and people who acted as contributors to his imagination. The result for the reader is a wealth of diversely influenced, modern, candid writing.

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Henning's Story from 1979 to 1999: List of people mentioned in the book

A: Harold Abrahams, Bryan Adams, Mehmet Ali Agca, Mohamed Farrah Aideed, Iain Anderson, Duncan Armstrong, Lois J. Aspin, Mark Atkinson, John G. Avildsen

B: Joan Baez, Christian Bale, Jonathan Barrett, Ben D. Batchen, McKenzie Bell, Warwick Benson, Ingrid Bergman, Christopher Berney, Carolyn Blanden, Paul Blanden, Alan Bond, Frank Bousie, Nicholas Bousie, Peter Bowers, David Bowie, Alexander Boxsell, Marlon Brando, Paul Brickman, Jonathon Brogan, Bryan Brown, Patrick Brown, Jeremy Buultjens, Robyn Burns, Martin Bryant

C: James Cameron, Norrie Cannon, Jimmy Carter, Grahame Cassel, Brett Cederblad, Manoj Chandra-Handa, Thomas Haden Church, Tansu Ciller, Richard Clarke, Alan Clarkson, Bill Clinton, Robert Cogswell, Dougal Cole, Phil Collins, David Comfort, David Conacher, Joseph Conrad, James Cooper, Francis Ford Coppola, Crispin Corte, Kevin Costner, Hayden Cox, Kerry Cox, Nathan Cox, Ben Cross, Tom Cruise

D: Gottlieb Daimler, Frank Darabont, Jonathan Demme, Eamon de Valera, Robert De Niro, Brian De Palma, Roger Donaldson, Jason Dormor, Michael Douglas, Frazer Dowling, Trent Dowling

E: Queen Elizabeth II, Adrian Elsworth, Adrian Emilsen, Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat, Mark Ettles

F: Peter Faiman, Michael Faraday, Justin Fengels, Santiago Ferrer, David Fincher, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox, Don Free, Morgan Freeman, Ian Frykberg

G: Mohandas Gandhi, Jim Garrison, Bob Geldof, James Gerlach, Paul Giamatti, John K. Gibson, Mel Gibson, Craig Gillespie, Leigh Glascott, Peter Godfrey, Martin Gooding, Curtis Goodwin, Elliott Gould, Matthew Gourlay, Barry Griffin, Phillip Gwynne

H: Mark Hamill, Linda Hamilton, Thomas Hamilton, Peter Hamlin, Robert Hamlin, Tom Hanks, Matthew Hannon, Bob Hawke, Joshua Haymen, Daniel Heckenberg, Amanda Henning, Cecil Henning, Edgar Ross Henning, Nicholas Henning, Prudence Henning, Rebecca Henning, Roger Henning, Andrew Hewlett, Nicholas Hill, John Warnock Hinckley, Alexander Hind, Susan Eloise Hinton, John Hocking, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Hogan, Robert Holmes, Anthony Hopkins, John Howard, Peter Howitt, Graham J. Hughes, James Hunt, Richard Hulme

I: Wayne Inwood

J: George Jackson, Michael Jackson, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Mick Jagger, Greg Jelks, Michael Jenkinson, Elton John, Randy Glenn Johnson, Shaun Johnson-Sursok

K: Paul Keating, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Benjamin King, Martin Luther King Jr., Brendan Kingman, Stephen King, Stuart King, Linda Koslowski, Ted Kotcheff, Ron Kovic, Stanley Kubrick

L: Jake La Motta, Bradley Lancken, Gary Langford, Peter Lazarevic, Mark Lee, Marlene Lehky, Barry Levinson, Monica Lewinsky, Eric Liddell, Christopher Lloyd, Graeme Lloyd, David Long, George Lucas, Gregory Lucas, Baz Luhrmann

M: Ralph Macchio, Alexander MacDonald, James MacKay, Bruce Maclachlan, Madonna, James Martin, Lee Marvin, Christa McAuliffe, Amy McCann, Paul McCartney, Colin McGuire, Troy McGeachie, Michael McNair, John McRae, Sam Mendes, David Menning, Paul Mercurio, Nicholas Metcalf, Scott Metcalf, Vanessa Metcalf, George Miller, Nicholas Miller, Ali Mahdi Mohammed, David Montefiore, Nicholas Moll, Nicholas Moodie, Bradley Moore, Tara Morice, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, Louis Mountbatten

N: Vijaya Nagarajan, Hiroki Nakajima, Chad Needle, Stuart Ness, David Newton, Jack Nicholson, Richard Nixon, Joseph Nolan, Chuck Norris, Edward Norton

O: Cheryl Osborne

P: Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Chuck Palahniuk, Gwyneth Paltrow, Andrew Park, Andrew Parsons, Michael Pasalich, Ian Paterson, Craig Pearce, Pope John Paul II, Alexander Payne, Scott Perkins, Rex Pickett, Brad Pitt, Les Pogliacomi, Steven Pratt, Stephen Pronin

Q: Nil

R: Ben Raphael, Jon Raphael, Ronald Reagan, Matthew Reilly, Ivan Reitman, Rowan Relton, Erich Maria Remarque, Eileen Rigney, Guy Ritchie, Tim Robbins, James Robson, Matt Rogers, Steve Rogers, Brett Roneberg, Carlos Humberto Romero, Gillian Rubinstein, Rene Russo

S: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Norman Schwarzkopf, Tony Scott, Alexander Scott-Mackenzie, Martin Scorsese, Steven Seagal, Andrew Seccombe, Bob Seger, Nicky Seppelt, William Shakespeare, Mark Shedden, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Ron Shelton, Mark Shipley, Will Smith, Daniel Snider, Wesley Snipes, Robert Southey, Kevin Spacey, Cameron Spencer, Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Aram Stepanian, Ian Stephens, John Stephens, Amanda Stevenson, Carlie Stevenson, Benjamin Stiel, Craig Stone, Oliver Stone, J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Swinbourne

T: Quentin Tarantino, Thomas Taylor, Margaret Thatcher, Peter Theodosiou, Rai Thistlethwayte, Sobhon Thongthai, Henry Thomas, Scott Tindal, Roger Topp, Scott Tunkin, Clive Turner, Kathleen Turner

U: Midge Ure

V: Chris R. Vaccaro, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mark van Pelt, Suzanne van Strien, Vangelis (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou)

W: Rowan Wallace, Doug Walters, Christopher Watson, David S. Ward, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Peter Weir, Orson Welles, Simon Whitfield, Gary White, Anthony Williams, Beverly Williams, Glenn Williams, John Williams, David Williamson, Peter Willes, Lauren Wilson, William Winston-Smith, Andrew Woinarski, Jurgen Wolff, Ashley Wong, Saxon Wright

X: Nil

Y: Nil

Z: Robert Zemeckis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Aussie Baseball Musings

Aussie Baseball Musings back cover description
Nicholas Henning’s affectionate and authoritative survey of modern Australian baseball takes readers through the two iterations of the Australian Baseball League. But it is much more than a history. The author’s astute observations come from a deep understanding of and a love for the game. He draws on first-hand recollections of many of the famous and the lesser-known players of the past 30 years. With Henning’s accompanying commentary they relate the ups and downs of Australian baseball since its first professional organisation in 1989. Players of the past and the young players of today tell of their triumphs and their struggles as they worked towards the dream of playing for one of the storied American big league teams. Their stories are of talent, determination, rivalry, luck and above all, the strong bond among players of all generations; there are the “baseball families" with two or more generations or brothers involved in the game, those who made it all the way to the "show" - MLB in the United States - and those who laboured behind-the-scenes to keep the game alive for so many years, including many ex-players who continue to “give back” to the game they love. Through the eyes of both Australian and American players the reader gains a unique perspective on a game that is played and followed with great intensity in Australia. It is the story of modern Australian baseball through the eyes of those who know it best.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Aussies in the Majors

Aussies in the Majors back cover description
In his latest book, Nicholas R.W. Henning moves from baseball fiction to a true journey of discovery. Through American contacts developed over the years, the author tracks down Australian players currently honing their talents and aiming for the Majors; he also meets a fascinating range of people connected with professional baseball: players, administrators, broadcasters and fans. Henning’s meetings with Australian players reveal how they adapt to living far from home and playing in the back-blocks of the country, always hoping that their big day will come. The author’s interviews provide insights into the motivations and backgrounds of these talented and determined young players.

In the final section of the book, the author takes a critical yet affectionate look at Australian baseball today and how it might develop in the future. He acknowledges the largely unsung giants of the local game, including those pioneers who were the first to play professionally in the US. His analysis includes a number of practical suggestions for nurturing a game which has endured too many booms and busts in its long history in Australia. Through the accounts of his travels and his critical but constructive survey of the local game shines a constant theme: Henning’s deep love for the game and his remarkable knowledge of it.

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Boomerang Baseball

Boomerang Baseball back cover description
Trent McKnight grew up dreaming that baseball would take him all the way to “The Show” - the Major Leagues in the United States. Instead, baseball and a love of sport in general gave him an anchor whenever his life needed stability, even when he had turned his back on the game he loved. He grew up in affluence, part of a close family and attending good schools. Yet Trent discovered that life has ways of challenging the comfortable lifestyle and calling into question easily-held beliefs. When the dreams fade and you resort to lies in order to hide your shortcomings, where do you turn? For Trent, the answer lay in the foundations he laid at school and in baseball: his friends and mentors.

In Boomerang Baseball, Nicholas R.W. Henning explores in autobiographical style the trials and triumphs of Trent’s life. It is an insightful and honest story of obsession, disappointment and determination. As he grows up, Trent’s belief in himself is challenged by bullying, self-doubt and failure. But his life is also shared by family and friends who support him in darker moments. And always close to the centre of his life is baseball, the sport which wounds him but also provides him with the opportunities to succeed. On the surface this is a simple story of growing up, but Trent McKnight’s experiences will resonate with many readers, sports fans or not.

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The Tourist

The Tourist back cover description
Alexander Nicholson had it all, yet he had nothing. His life had been one of privilege and opening doors, of love and comfort. Much was expected of Alex Nicholson, but there was little to admire about him. He enjoyed all that a man could desire, but beneath the smooth, confident sheen, he lived by lies. And when the good life began to disintegrate around him, Alex knew that only when he discovered himself could he really be at peace.

So began Alex’s odyssey. His journey would take him around the world and deep into his own past and his soul. And, despite his shallowness and self-indulgence, his travels produce glimpses of a better man.

In The Tourist, Nicholas R.W. Henning draws a stark portrait of a man whose failings are astonishingly apparent, but whose struggle to face down his life of deception and betrayal and uncover his past draws the reader into a desperate and revealing world.

The shocking and painful truth behind Alexander Nicholson is unravelled by a sharply observant author, whose spare style creates vivid images of both characters and places. From Saigon to Barcelona, Alex struggles with his own hollowness. His experiences are confronting but finally, in a Pacific paradise, he begins to understand some essential truths. However, it is only at home that he can really come to terms with his own mysterious past. So begins the most shattering stage of Alexander Nicholson’s journey.

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The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento

The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento back cover description
Meet Damian Hughes, an Australian with real talent in the American game. Meet his formative years, meet his loves, his hopes… his dreams. In lots of ways, the boy Damian has a pretty normal upbringing in suburban middle Australia. However, he finds out that he has more than just the blessings of living near the beach, an active childhood and a caring, stable family. Spotted by a US baseball talent scout, this young man is thrown more money than he’d ever dreamt of, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento documents the memoirs of this determined and grounded man, as he seeks to make it to the Major League, the pinnacle of baseball. He encounters many special people on his journey, all of which add to the tapestry of his tale. These people and the various situations that Damian finds himself in may draw smiles and tears alike. Meet Damian Hughes and this story that will resonate with those who dream dreams, and indeed, those who chase them.

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