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 Read reviewKilling: Misadventures in Violence

Killing: Misadventures in Violence

Jeff Sparrow

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...

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 Read reviewAffection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy

Affection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy

Krissy Kneen

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...

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 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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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 narrative of the assassination of President John F Kennedy on 22 November 1963.

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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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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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Patrick 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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