Best Non-Fiction of 2009
Killing: Misadventures in Violence
Ninety years after the First World War, police in a Victorian country town uncovered inside a velvet-lined display cabinet, the mummified head of a Turkish soldier - a bullet-ridden souvenir brought home from Gallipoli by a...
Affection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy
Kneen was raised by a protective, eccentric family who avoided any mention of sexuality: perhaps it was no coincidence that she became obsessed by the very idea of sex. The story of a life shaped by overwhelming appetite, and of a...
The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island
The story of Palm Island, the tropical paradise where one morning Cameron Doomadgee swore at a policeman and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. It is the story of that policeman, the tall, enigmatic Christopher...
Melbourne: The Making of a Drinking and Eating Capital
Melbourne's bustling laneways and tree-lined streets are renowned for their incredible choice of places to eat and drink - from stylish sidewalk cafes and dark, hidden-away bars to elegant award-winning restaurants and cheap and...
MoVida Rustica: Spanish Traditions and Recipes
Frank Camorra returns to his native Spain in MoVida Rustica. He delivers many traditional as well as innovative recipes that are inspired by his travels but perfected for the home cook, highlighting the pillars of Spanish cooking,...
Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
A narrative of the assassination of President John F Kennedy on 22 November 1963.
This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life
David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.
Bottersnikes and Other Lost Things: A Treasury of Australian Children’s Literature
Exploring such things from schooldays to fantasy worlds, from its nineteenth century beginnings to the twenty-first century, this book offers ways of seeing the Australian child's literary history. It illuminates the icons of...
The Baader-Meinhof Complex
Tells the story of how a small group of young middle-class people, out of moral indignation about the Vietnam War and the injustices of capitalist society, turned to bombings, kidnappings and murder - thus resorting to flagrant...
Patrick White: Letters
Letters are the devil, and I always hope that any I have written have been destroyed. - Patrick White. Patrick White spent his whole life writing letters. He wanted them all burnt, but thousands survive to reveal him as one of...
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