Mark Latham

Mark Latham,a columnist for the Australian Financial Review,was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 2005 and the Leader of the Federal Opposition from December 2003 to January 2005. His most recent book, A  Conga Line of Suckholes, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2006.   His candid and compelling account of his  parliamentary career, The Latham Diaries, was  published by MUP in October 2005.

His previous books are Reviving Labor's Agenda: A Program for  Local Reform , Pluto Press, 1990; Civilising Global Capital: New Thinking for Australian Labor ,  Allen and Unwin, 1998; What Did You Learn today?: Creating An Education Revolution , Allen &Unwin, 2001;The  Enabling State: Putting People Before Democracy, Pluto  Press, 2001; and From the Suburbs, Building a Nation from our Neighbourhoods,  Pluto Press, 2003.

A new edition of The Latham Diaries, with a foreword by Alan Ramsay, will be published by Melbourne University Press in April, 2011.

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Sylvia Lawson

Sylvia Lawson is a noted journalist, critic and short story writer, her work has appeared  in The London Review of  Books, The Southern Review, The Bulletin, The Financial  Review, and The Sydney Morning Herald as  well as in a number of anthologies and collections of essays. She is the author of the prizewinning The  Archibald Paradox: A Strange Case of Authorship (Penguin, 1987), which won the NSW Premier's Award for  Non-Fiction, 1984; the Wilke Award (Victorian Fellowship of Australian Writers) 1984;  and the Walter McCrae Russell Award (Association for the Study of Australian Literature), 1984.  A new updated edition of The  Archibald Paradox has been released by Melbourne  University Publishing, 2006.

How  Simone de Beauvoir Died in Australia (UNSW Press, 2002), a collection of elegant and finely turned essays by Sylvia Lawson, won the 2003 Gleebooks Award for Literary and Cultural Criticism at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Walter McCrae Russell award.   A French language edition, Comment Simone de Beauvoir est Morte en Australie, was published by le Fil Invisible in March 2004.

In 2003 she published The Outside Story (Hardie Grant)  a powerful and witty intellectual mystery about the  bitter controversy that surrounded the design and building of Sydney's famed Opera House.

She is currently working on her new non-fiction book, Resistance, which will be published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2012.

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Kate Legge

Kate Legge is a multi award winning journalist who has covered  federal politics out of Canberra and US presidential elections in Washington D.C. She now writes on social affairs across The Australian newspaper. In  1994 she was the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist  of the Year for "the quality and variety of her writing'' and in 2003 she won a Walkley Award for a  magazine story on a case in the life of a Family Court judge. The story also won the Victorian Law Society's  inaugural Tony Smith Award. She edited The Australian's Review of Books in 1997.

Her latest novel, The Marriage Club was published in Australia and New Zealand in 2009 by Penguin.

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Colette Livermore

Colette Livermore is a general practitioner working among the Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory For eleven years she was a member of Mother Teresa's order, the Missionaries of Charity, which she left in 1983.  In 1985 she commenced studying medicine at the University of Queensland - an older woman in a class of teenagers.  Following graduation, she worked in rural Queensland, the Central Coast and then the Northern Territory, where the despair facing the people living in remote communities affected her deeply.

In 2000 Collette became a medical volunteer in a rural clinic in Aileu,  East Timor where she worked with local staff to overcome tuberculosis, malnutrition and infectious diseases.  In 2003 family circumstances called her back to Australia where she now lives and works.  After Mother Teresa's beatification in 2003,  she decided to write an account of her life in the Missionaries of Charity  and her subsequent struggle to make sense of the world without the God  to whom she had hitherto dedicated her life.

Her memoir, Hope Endures: My Story of Leaving Mother, Losing Faith and My Ongoing Search for Meaning, was published in Australia by Random House and in North America by Free Press in 2008. It will be published in Balanvalet Verlag in Germany in 2009.

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Antony Loewenstein

Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney-based independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian, photographer and blogger. His writing has appeared in  most major Australian and International newspapers and magazines. Antony appears regularly on radio, TV (including Al Jazeera English, Democracy Now! and ABC News24), in public, at writer's festivals and at universities in Australia and overseas discussing current affairs, politics and the media. His 2010 ABC Radio National feature documentary,A Different Kind of Jew, was a finalist in the UN Media Peace Awards.

Antony contributed to 2004's Australian best-seller, Not Happy, John! on the Middle East and the 2008 Verso Books, A Time to Speak Out: On Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity.

His best-selling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question, was released by Melbourne University Publishing in 2006 and an updated edition in 2007. His second book, The Blogging Revolution, on the internet in repressive regimes, was also published in 2008 by Melbourne University Publishing.

Antony is a member of a number of boards and advisory committees: Macquarie University's Centre for Middle East and North African Studies, the University of Technology Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; the British-based Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, and  Independent Australian Jewish Voices  Antony is also a Research Associate at the University of Technology  Sydney's Australian Centre for Investigative Journalism.

He is currently working on a new book, Australia, Inc. about disaster capitalism and privatisation in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond, to be published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2013.

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Iain McCalman

Iain McCalman is Federation Fellow and Professor of History at University of Sydney.  He is also the author/editor  of seven books, including the widely acclaimed Radical  Underworld: Prophets, Revolutionaries and Pornographers in London, 1795-1840 (Cambridge University Press, 1988) and as editor The Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age.

His latest book, Darwin's Armada: How Four Voyagers to Australasia Fought and Won the Battle over the Theory of Evolution, was published in 2009 by Penguin in Australia and New Zealand, Simon and Schuster in the UK, and WW Norton & Company in North America.

His previous book, The Seven Ordeals of Count Cagliostro was published in June 2003 by Harper Collins Australia and New Zealand, Random Century in the UK and in the US by Harper Collins under the title, The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the  Age of Reason.  In Germany it was published by Suhrkampf Verlag; Brazil, Editora Rocco; Spain, Critica; France, JC Lattès; Korea, Booksea  Publishing.  Russian, Bulgarian and Japanese rights have also been sold.

His next book, a major work of narrative non-fiction on the history and culture of the Great Barrier Reef, will be published by Penguin in November 2013.

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Sandy  McCutcheon

Author,  playwright and radio broadcaster Sandy McCutcheon is  perhaps best known as the former host of 'Australia  Talks Back', and 'Australia Talks Books' on ABC's Radio National and as the writer of political thrillers.. 

In 2005 he published The Magician's Son (Penguin) a poignant memoir of his childhood in New Zealand and  his search fror his true identity after learning he  was adopted.

In 2006  two of Sandy's books were published by Scribe Publishing - Black Widow a thriller inspired by the real-life  story of the seige at Beslan's School Number One on the first of September 2004 and the gripping thriller The Cobbler's Apprentice. Sandy has  previously published six political thrillers: The  Haha Man (Harper  Collins, 2003); Delicate Indecencies (Harper Collins, 2002); Safe Haven (Harper Collins,  2000); Poison Tree (Harper Collins, 1999); Peace Crimes (Harper Collins, 1998) and; In Wolf's Clothing (Harper  Collins, 1997). 

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Anne Manne

Anne Manne is a writer and social commentator who has been a regular columnist for The Australian and The Age. Her essays and articles on contemporary life have appeared in The Monthly, The Australian Literary Review, The Age, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Quadrant magazine. Prior to writing full time she taught in the Politics Departments of Melbourne and Latrobe Universities. She has a special interest in psychoanalysis, feminism, family issues and children. Her book Motherhood: How Should We Care for Our Children (Allen & Unwin,2005) was a finalist in both the Waverly Westfield prize for research in a work of non-fiction, and the Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. Her Quarterly Essay, Love and Money; The Family and the Free Market, 2008 was a finalist in the Victorian Premier's Prize for the best essay advancing public debate. Her new book, So This is Life: Stories from a Country Childhood was published by Melbourne University Publishing in November 2009. She is also currently at work on book on narcissism which MUP will publish in 2012.

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Philip Morrissey

An Aboriginal writer, critic, and social commentator who  teaches at the University of Melbourne, Philip Morrissey is at work on a major work of narrative non-fiction. Battle Mountain is about one of the most tragic  episodes in Australian history, the September 1884 final encounter between the warriors of the Aboriginal Kalkatunga  tribe and a contingent of soldiers and white settlers  at a site near the town of Cloncurry in western Queensland.

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Donna Mulhearn

Donna  Mulhearn, a former journalist and political advisor, journeyed to Baghdad in March 2003 as part of the "human shield" movement prior to the start of the Iraqi War, returning later as an humanitarian aid worker to set up a shelter for homeless children and families. Now  an independent writer and speaker on non-violence, spirituality and politics, her mission was the subject of an episode  of ABC TV 's Australian Story in 2005. Her memoir of her experiences in Iraq, Ordinary Courage, was published in ANZ by Murdoch Books in 2010.

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John Hyde Page

He left the Liberal Party in May 2004 and is now practicing law in  Sydney. 

His first  book The Education of a Young Liberal, published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2006, tells the story of his journey from being an  eastern suburbs good kid to hardened political hack, revealing how a chance encounter with the Young Liberal Movement changed his life forever 

 His  first book The Education of a Young Liberal (MUP, 2006) tells the story of his journey from being an eastern  suburbs good kid to hardened political hack, revealing  how a chance encounter with the Young Liberal Movement changed his life to our understanding of contemporary politics.


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Jennifer Paynter

Jennifer Paynter was born and educated in Sydney. She has previously written two stage plays: When Are We Going to Manly? (produced by the Griffin Theatre Company in 1984 and nominated for the  1984 Sydney Theatre Critics' Circle award  and the 1985 Premier's Literary Awards), and Balancing Act, produced by the Canberra Theatre Company in 1990 and adapted for radio by the ABC. She has also written short stories: Fifty-Eight Cents, published in an anthology, Room to Move, edited by Suzanne Falkiner in 1985, and The Sad Heart of Ruthwhich won first prize in the State of the Art

Award of the ABC Bicentennial Literary Awards and was published in Fictions 88, an anthology edited by Frank Moorhouse and also in Goodbye to Romance: Stories by New Zealand and Australian Women Writers 1930-1988 edited by Elizabeth Webby and Kydia Wevers.

Jennifer' first novel, about the ugly duckling sister, Mary Bennett, in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, will be published in 2011 in Australia and New Zealand by Penguin.

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Suzanne  Rickard  

Suzanne Rickard, Executive Director of the NSW Branch of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia,  is also an  historian and the editor of George Barrington's Voyage to Botany Bay: A Convict's Travel Narrative of the 1790s (Leicester University Press,  2001).  In 2003 she collaborated with James Broadbent  and Margaret Steven to write India, China, Australia - Trade and Society 1788 - 1850 (Historic Houses Trust of NSW, 2003).  Her new project, The Blaxland Women, is the extraordinary story of three generations of 18th and 19th century women  - Matriarch Harriotte Blaxland, her daughters and granddaughter  - linked by birth and marriage to one of Australia's great dynastic families

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Kim Scott

Kim Scott is a descendant of people indigenous to the south-east coast of Western Australia, and is proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar.  His second novel, Benang, was joint winner of the 2000 Miles Franklin Award, the 1999 West Australian Premier's Prize and the RAKA Kate Challis Award. He has worked extensively in education and the arts, and is currently Associate Professor of Indigenous Health and Education at Curtin University.  He lives in Coolbellup with his wife and two sons.

His most recent novel That Deadman Dance was published to critical acclaim by Pan Macmillan in 2010 and will be published in the US by Bloomsbury in 2012.

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Peter  Sheahan

A one-time trainee accountant, cum bar tender, today Peter Sheahan is regarded as one of the leading experts in the world on the topic of generational change and business.

Peter has worked with a number of leading global companies to help them understand how generational change will impact business models, leadership styles, and management. Clients include Google, Ernst & Young, Harley Davidson and Goldman Sachs. He has worked on ministerial reviews for the Australian Defence Force, employer-branding campaigns for KFC, e-learning for Microsoft, and leadership development programs for GlaxoSmithKline.

Peter , who divides his time between the US and Australia,is also the founder and CEO of The Centre for Skills Development, an international organization which runs large-scale behavioural-change programs in areas such as technology in the classroom for Apple, and financial literacy for the Commonwealth Bank.

Peter  has delivered more than 2000 presentations, to over 300,000 people in 15 different countries. In 2006 he was awarded the National Speaker Association of Australia's  Keynote Speaker of the Year Award, by a vote  his peers. His insights into generational change and the need for more innovative leadership has been featured on ABC, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, the US World and News Report, The Washington Post and Fast Company Magazine.

Peter is the author of five books, including, Generation Y: Thriving and Surviving with Generation Y at Work (Hardie Grant, 2005)and Flip!: How to Turn Everything You Know on Its Head And Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings (Random House Australia 2007 ; William Morrow, 2008; Harper Collins UK 2008). His new book, Making It Happen: Turning your GOOD IDEAS into GREAT RE$ULTS was published in 2010 by Random House and will be published in North America by Ben Bella Books in 2011.

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Susan  Temby

Sydney-based author Susan Temby has a background in theatre in London and Australia.  Her first novel, The Bread with Seven Crusts, was published by HarperCollins in Australia in May 2002. Set during World War II,  it is the story of an Italian prisoner of war who is sent to work on a remote property in Western Australia  where he falls in love with the owner's daughter.    Published to critical acclaim The Australian Review  listed it as a 'Hot Book - the best of the new releases for 2002' calling it 'moody and multi-layered.'  Caroline Baum from Good Reading said of it:

"What  an impressive and assured debut. Rarely does a first  novel pull together plot and characters so convincingly..  a slow burning love story set against a backdrop of  cultural conflict, handled with deft sensitivity and  dramatic assurance."

 Susan Temby is currently at work on a new novel. 

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Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas is Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Sydney. He made his first radio documentary in 1991 based on the life stories of homeless New Yorkers. Home Front Manhattan was described by The Age as 'unforgettable'. His other radio productions include This is Jimmie Barker, 2000, winner of the NSW Premier's Audio/Visual History Prize. He is author of The Artificial Horizon: Imagining the Blue Mountains, published by Melbourne University Press in 2003, and winner of the Gleebooks Prize for Literary and Cultural Criticism at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

In 2002 Martin Thomas was Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia, where he studied the unpublished papers of ethnologist R.H. Mathews. His new book, The Many Worlds of R.H. Mathews, will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2011.

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Angus  Trumble

Angus  Trumble is Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut.  Educated at the University of Melbourne and the Institute  of Fine Art at New York University, he was formerly curator of European art at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide.  His first book for general readers, A Brief History of the Smile, was published by Basic Books in the US and the UK in 2004 and by Allen & Unwin in Australia and New Zealand. Korean,  German, Russian and Chinese (simplified) language editions are also available.

Angus  Trumble is the author of numerous articles and seven books on art history  including: Love & Death: Art in the Age of Queen  Victoria (Art Gallery Board of South Australia,  2001),  and Edwardian Melbourne in Picture  Postcards (with Alexandra Bertram) (Melbourne University Press - The Miegunyah Press, 1995). He writes regularly for a number of magazines including the TLS and the Australian Book Review, and  also has a popular blog, The Tumbrel Diaries, at www.angustrumble,

His new book, The Finger: A Handbook, was published in North America by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April 2010;  by Melbourne University Publishing in ANZ in May, 2010 and by Yale University Press in the UK and Europe in August 2010.
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Junee  Waites and Helen Swinbourne

Journalist,  photographer and writer Helen Swinbourne collaborated with Junee Waites to write Smiling at Shadows, the story of Junee, her husband Rod and their son Dane.  Judy Brewer Fischer and former Deputy Prime Minister  Tim Fischer said of the book "Smiling at Shadows is a remarkable book.  It is an insightful and honest account of the often difficult path to adulthood that a child who is 'on the spectrum (of autism)' must  face.  But most importantly, for the general community, it reveals something of the heartache and of the joy that comes with living with autism." 

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Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker was born near Liverpool in England in 1969, and was educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge.  His interests include card games, photography, comic books, cinema and contemporary music, along with the history of Venice, which he has studied, researched, lectured and written on for ten years. In the process, he has published many articles in academic journals on topics such as gambling and espionage. From 2000-2002, he held a prestigious British Academy Post-doctoral  Fellowship at Cambridge. In 2003, he moved to Australia  as an International Research Fellow in History at the University of Sydney. He has also worked as a volunteer in a community for homeless men, a security  guard, a postman, a census taker, a billposter, and (for one evening only) a theatre usher.

His first book Pistols! Treason! Murder!,The Rise and Fall of a Master Spy was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2007 and in the US and the UK by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2009.

His first work of fiction Five Wounds: An Iluminated Novel (illustrations  by Dan Hallett), was published in April 2010 by Allen & Unwin.  He is currently working on a number of other projects, including a photographic essay on  modern Venice.

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David  Whish-Wilson

David  Whish-Wilson is currently a lecturer in the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, at Curtin University who has also taught creative writing in a number of other venues,  including to prisoners. He holds a doctorate in English  and Comparative Literature from Murdoch University and an MA, English from University of Western Australia.  

His  first novel The Summons was published by  Random House, Australia in January 2006.  He has had a number of short stories published, one of which, Under Slow Fans was anthologised in Australian Short Story Anthology (Pascoe Publishing). He has  been short-listed for the Vogel/Australian award twice  and has been awarded Australia Council and ARTSWA grants.

His second novel, Line of Sight,  a crime noir thriller set in Perth and featuring ex-cop Frank Swann  was published in Australia by Penguin in 2010.  Zero at the Bone, his new Frank Swann novel, will be published by Penguin in September 2013. New South Press will publish his non-fiction book, Perth, in December 2013.


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Shane White

Shane White is Professor of American History, and an Australian Professorial Fellow, at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Somewhat More Independent: The End of Slavery in New York City, 1770-1810 ( University of Georgia Press, 1995), and Stories of Freedom in Black New York (Harvard University Press, 2002). He is the co-author of Stylin': African American Expressive Culture from its Beginnings to the Zoot Suit (Cornell University Press 1998), and The Sounds of Slavery ( Beacon Press, 2005).

His new book, written in collaboration with Stephen Garton, Stephen Robertson and Graham White, is Playing the Numbers: Gambling and Black Culture in Harlem between the Wars and was published by Harvard University Press in 2010.

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Ian  Kennedy Williams

Ian  Kennedy Williams is a prize-winning poet, short story  writer, playwright and novelist. He has published two  collections of short stories - Infidelities and Other Accidents (Penguin, 1986) and Friday's Child (Penguin, 1990) and three novels including - Stopping Over and Malarky Dry (Hale & Iremonger, 1988 and 1990). His plays have  been broadcast on the ABC and produced in leading regional theatres. His most recent novel, Regret (Penguin  Australia, 2002), is a gripping and menacing tale of the darker side of life. He is currently at work on a new novel, a psychological thriller, At the Violet  Hour .

Ian  Kennedy Williams currently has two film projects in development. The first, a short film adaptation of his short story Breakfast with Ezra, which comes  from his collection Friday's Child, is expected to go into production with the Pacific Film and Television Commission (PFTC) before the end of 2006. The second, a feature film, Come to Me, which he's developing  with filmmaker Sotiris Dounoukos, has received development  funding from the Australian Film Commission. His play Burn was a finalist in the Monash Student Association 2005 National Playwrights' Competition.

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Gerard Windsor

Gerard Windsor was born in Sydney on 29 December 1944.   He was educated by the Jesuits from the age of five at Saint Ignatius College, Riverview, and entered the Jesuits himself at the age of eighteen.   He left the order after seven years and took degrees at the Australian National University, Canberra, and the University of Sydney.

Gerard's postgraduate work was in Irish history and literature. His earliest work to appear in newspapers and magazines was poetry, but his only return to this genre has been a collection of clerihews, Ned Kelly and the Odd Rellie, published in 2007. A collection of short stories, The Harlots Enter First, appeared in 1982.   Another collection, Memories of the Assassination Attempt and Other Stories, followed this in 1985, and a novella This Fierce Virgin in 1987.

Three memoirs of specific facets of the author’s life, Family Lore, Heaven Where the Bachelors Sit and I Asked Cathleen to Dance appeared in 1991, 1996 and 1998. In 2001 he published a collection of essays and stories, The Mansions of Bedlam, and in 2005 a novel, I Have Kissed Your Lips.

From the early 1980s Gerard has been a prominent commentator and reviewer and in 2005 was awarded the Pascall Prize for Critical Writing. He is represented by his fiction in the Pen/Macquarie Anthology of Australian Literature (2009). His most recent book All Day Long the Noise of Battle will be published by Murdoch Books in April, 2011.

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Carolinda  Witt

Carolinda  Witt has led an adventurous life.  Born and raised in Africa, she sailed throughout the Caribbean at 18 and became a hot air balloon pilot at the age of twenty.    In 1988 she piloted Sir Richard Branson's jumbo jet-shaped balloon in the Trans-Australia balloon race, sailing  it, tethered to a barge, under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Carolinda's  first book is on a unique exercise technique she teaches  in Sydney.  Titled T5T:The Five Tibetan Exercise Rites (Penguin, Australia, 2006 and Clarkson Potter,  USA, 2007) offers a revolutionary 10-minute-a-day exercise program that will lead to age reversal, increased energy and health.  T5T™ is Carolinda's unique, life-changing, interpretation of this ancient Tibetan wisdom.

John Gray, author of Men are from Mars Women are from Venus, and avid follower of the Tibetan Rites says:

"T5T is an incredible and powerful program.  It turns back the clock.  It increases your energy, mental  clarity and focus.  It reduces stress, and improves  strength and flexibility.  It is capable of restoring  your passion and zest for life if you let it.  I highly recommend it for anyone willing to improve their life"


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