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In the tradition of great family migration stories, Midnight Sun to Southern Cross continues the saga of the Back brothers’ flight from Russian occupied Finland to Australia as the nineteenth century turned into the
From frozen Finland to the lush rainforests of northern New South Wales, to the dry and dusty sheep country of western Queensland, you follow the highs and lows of their new life under the Southern Cross.
It is an extraordinary tale of success, failure, hard work and dreaming. What drove the wheeler-dealer Wilhelm Anders Back, known as WA, to become in his time Australia’s richest Finn? And what stirred his eccentric
writerly elder brother Karl Johan, KJ, pacifist and political dissenter? What of those who stayed behind in Finland, and bravely struggled to oust the Russians from their homeland? This book, and its predecessor, Burn My
Letters, are timely in the centenary year of Finnish Independence. WA’s granddaughter Ruth contrasts his and KJ’s formative years in Finland with her own upbringing in outback Queensland. Her voyage of discovery and self-discovery uncovers research in Finland and Australia, and interweaves her own transformation from shy bush girl to speaker and musician.
At the end of the 19th century Finland is a dark and repressive place. Pacifist and political dissenter Karl Johan Back is conscripted to fight for the Russian despots that occupy his country. In 1899 he flees to an untamed land on the far side of the world. Finding refuge on ridges overlooking the Byron Bay lighthouse in northern New South Wales, he grows orchids and lush tropical fruit.
Intrigued by her ‘black sheep’ great-uncle, Ruth Bonetti pieces together the motives that propelled his flight. Finnish relatives share a treasure-trove of letters that provide answers to the many questions raised by Karl Johan’s quest for freedom.
Why did Russian military police pursue him as far as Suez? Why did he publish under a pen-name? And, most intriguing of all, why did he implore his family to burn his letters?
It provides proven techniques for preparation (mental, emotional, and physical) and presentation, which empower speakers to be poised and confident, to shine on the platform.
It partners Ruth's highly acclaimed book for musicians Confident Music Performance which filled a void for those needing practical help to conquer their stage nerves, dry mouth and 'brain fog'.
Often, teachers struggle to motivate students to practice scales.
To counter such reluctance, Ruth Bonetti, author of Practice is a Dirty Word has adapted the chapter on scales to be a unique accessible eBook to help every teacher and student with learning scales.
You are amazed but humbled by the sheer power of a few ordinary words you’d long forgotten. The music lesson is the highlight of many pupils’ week, like a spring of rejuvenation. Students remember that you listened and gave good advice.
Your excellent work is valued!
Sounds and Souls gives teachers insights to:
Motivate, retain and inspire students
Understand learning styles and personalities
Make rhythm and technique palatable
Prepare students for examinations and recitals
Help pupils handle criticism
Create positive parent-teacher relations
Manage the business, both studio or schools
Handle stress and deadlines with ‘Me’ time