Best Non-Fiction of 2009

 Read reviewThe Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island

Chloe Hooper

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...

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Down to the Crossroads: On the Trail of the 2008 Presidential Election

Down to the Crossroads: On the Trail of the 2008 Presidential Election

Guy Rundle

Irreverent but savvy, Guy Rundle dispatched daily reports to Crikey from the US as he followed the Democrat and Republican nomination battles around the country, testing the national mood in the assemblies, on the street and along...

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MoVida Rustica: Spanish Traditions and Recipes

MoVida Rustica: Spanish Traditions and Recipes

Frank Camorra, Richard Cornish

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,...

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Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Vincent Bugliosi

A book for the ages. -?Los Angeles Times Book Review

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This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life

This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life

David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.

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Bottersnikes and Other Lost Things: A Treasury of Australian Children's Literature

Bottersnikes and Other Lost Things: A Treasury of Australian Children’s Literature

Juliet O'Conor

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...

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The Baader-Meinhof Complex

The Baader-Meinhof Complex

Stefan Aust

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...

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 Special pricePatrick White: Letters

Patrick White: Letters

David Marr

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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