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Heart of Dar­fur: Hope and Hu­man­ity in the World’ s Worst War Zone By Lisa French Blaker, Ha­chette, 348pp, $ 35 ‘‘ DAR­FUR is awash with mur­der, atroc­i­ties

loss’’ , and a prov­ince as big as France where death is more nor­mal than life. For nurse Lisa French Blaker, work­ing with Medecins sans Fron­tieres, Dar­fur

‘‘ rep­re­sents the re­la­tion­ship be­tween fear

pas­sion’’ : and treat­ing ba­bies with huge ab­scesses, the smell of sweat and blood over­whelm­ing, while gun- tot­ing sol­diers

‘‘ now’’ shout Leave and she wants to feed their com­man­der rat poi­son. Com­plex and

‘‘ didn’ t sim­ple. If I d o the work, who would?’’

Blaker asks. Is­land of the Lost: A Har­row­ing True Story of Ship­wreck, Death and Sur­vival on a God­for­saken Is­land at the Edge of the World By Joan Druett Allen & Un­win, 284pp, $ 26.95 IN 1864, the Syd­ney- based schooner Grafton, chas­ing seals, ran aground on Auck­land Is­land, on the edge of Antarc­tica. ‘‘ chil­dren!’’

Ah, my wife, my poor cap­tain Thomas Mus­grave ex­claimed. Eigh­teen months on, the windswept sur­vivors had built a boat, the Res­cue, and three had made their way through hur­ri­cane seas to

Druett’ s New Zealand to get help. Joan

De­foe’s stir­ring ac­count reads like Daniel Robin­son Cru­soe , the trop­i­cal palms re­placed with black skies, howl­ing seas and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures. Mem­oirs By Nana Mousk­ouri Wei­den­feld & Ni­col­son, 389pp, $ 35 GREEK singing star Nana Mousk­ouri, still wear­ing those black- framed glasses, re­lates shim­mer­ing anec­dotes, none more mov­ing than when, in 1959, com­poser Manos Had­ji­dakis des­per­ately sum­moned her at 4am to sing what would be­come ‘‘ one of the most recog­nised melodies of

cen­tury’’ : the 20th the theme song of the

There’ s Never on Sun­day . also the movie thwarted love pur­suit of Mousk­ouri by Aus­tralian au­thor Frank Hardy, from which

‘‘ emerged a close, af­fec­tion­ate and

re­la­tion­ship’’ . pla­tonic Would It Kill You to Say Please? A Guide to Mod­ern Man­ners By Alice Wil­liams Text, 230pp, $ 24.95 IF you made a fool of your­self this Christ­mas with man­ners gone hay­wire, pay

Wil­liams’ s heed to Alice witty coun­sel in prepa­ra­tion for the next fes­tive sea­son. At

‘‘ the of­fice party, where os­ten­ta­tious

game’’ , charm is the beware of abus­ing

‘‘ your boss, who may be an abu­sive piranha’’ ‘‘ fas­cist ’’ .

or a benev­o­lent A s f or sex­ual ad­vances to co- work­ers, Wil­liams

‘‘ warns that res­ur­rect­ing the ghost of

del­i­cacy’’ , Christ­mas past re­quires some

‘‘ and notes that con­tin­u­ous re­cy­cling may be con­strued, by some, as an

re­la­tion­ship’’ . ac­tual

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