Veering from the intensely serious to the wildly silly, Dead Interviews grants writers the chance to sit down with their heroes and flex their cerebral muscles, or simply indulge in some bookish gossip with a...
Recipes & Refuge: Stories of immigrants and refugees told through food
These are stories of the everyday. About everyday people. Not everyday 'boat people', not everyday 'asylum seekers', not even everyday 'immigrants' or 'refugees' - just everyday 'people'. This book is a collection of extraordinary...
Music And Literature No. 3: Murnane, Godár, Bittová
Music & Literature 3 brings to light the life's work of three artists who have to date been denied - by geography, by language, and by politics - their rightful positions on the world stage. This includes Australian...
Born in a Tent: How Camping Makes Us Australian
Born in a Tent takes the story from the campfire to the gas bottle, from a tarp slung on saplings to polymer tents and aluminium poles. It reveals how deeply our camping holidays connect us to the land, to the past, and to one...
Love Charm of Bombs
A powerful group biography of five writers (including Graham Greene) living in WWII London--a poetic, evocative, brilliantly researched look into literary life during wartime
The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
The brainy new book by the bestselling author of Fermat's Enigma--a must for anyone interested in numbers and mathematics as well as for the millions of Simpsons fans worldwide.
JFK: The Smoking Gun
Assassination? Conspiracy? Evidence of the shocking truth is finally revealed.
Report from the Interior
Charts author's moral, political and intellectual journey as he inches his way toward adulthood through the post-war fifties and into the turbulent 1960s.
The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune in
* First part of the definitive three-volume biography of the Beatles
It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.'
The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink
Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them? This book examines the link...
Slow Reading in a Hurried Age
Reading, the author says, should not be drudgery, and not mere information-gathering or escape either, but a way to live life at a higher pitch. This is a practical guide for anyone who yearns for a more meaningful, satisfying...
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is an irresistible blend of literature and memoir revealing the big experiences and little moments that shaped Ann Patchett as a daughter, wife, friend and...
Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family
Two literary lives defined by storytelling and secrets As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan's childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary...
White Beech: The Rainforest Years
One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of...
Twiggy: The High-stakes Life of Andrew Forrest
Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest is the public face of Australia's once-in-a-life time mining boom. A swashbuckling entrepreneur in the finest West Australian tradition, Twiggy took on mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto at their own game --...
Once Upon a Time in Oz
Fairy tales speak to the heart. They are the foundation stories that embody darkness and light, good and evil, and use magic to convey essential truths. In Once Upon a Time in Oz, Griffith REVIEW holds up an enchanted mirror to...
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka
Groundbreaking, absorbing, crucially important - The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is the uncut story of the day the Australian people found their voice.
Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
Offers a collection of one hundred and twenty five of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70...
Murder in Mississippi
This is a dazzling adventure in crime, race and genre. Funny and frightening, challenging and bizarre, Safran has written exactly the sort of idiosyncratic book one would have hoped, and revealed himself as a talented prose writer...
I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, and of Malala's parents' fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. It will make you...
Thank You for Your Service
From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers, a profound look at life after war The wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters, but none has reckoned with the psychology of...
1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think
An in-depth history of the most interesting thoughts from the finest minds of the past 3000 years.
The Kraus Project
A great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic - a personal and intellectual awakening.
One Summer: America 1927
Britain's writer of narrative non-fiction, the author travels back in time to a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and, in five eventful months, changed the world for ever. This book spins a story of...
Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla
In his third book, David Kilcullen takes us out of the mountains: away from the remote, rural guerrilla warfare of Afghanistan, and into the marginalised slums and complex security threats of the world's coastal cities, where...
Far from the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love
Tells stories of parents who learn to deal with their exceptional children and find profound meaning in doing so. This book explores themes of generosity, acceptance and tolerance - and shows how love for one's children can...
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In this book, the author takes us on a surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and...
Melbourne Precincts: A Curated Guide to the Citys Best ShopS
Divided into itineraries by suburbs, Dale Campisi's book picks out the very best of Melbourne's shopping, eating and drinking experiences for locals and tourists alike. Interviews with Melbourne locals that represent the city's...
Stop Press: The Last Days of Newspapers
There is a story that no one in the media seems to be willing to tell. It is one in which many journalists have a vested interest: the death of newspapers, traditionally the form known to break the biggest headlines, to chase the...
A Story of Grief
When Jill Meagher went missing and was then found murdered in 2012, the city of Melbourne was shaken to the core. Emotional responses ranged from grief to guilt to rage to defensiveness, but no one was left untouched.<br...
The Mad Marathon: The Story of the 2013 Election
This typically fast-paced, hilarious and incisive account follows Canberra's finest in action, from Tony Abbott's hi-vis vest to Julia Gillard's spectacles, with cameo appearances by Simon Crean's Filofax and Peter Slipper's bath...
Quarterly Essay 51 The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell
In Quarterly Essay 51, David Marr investigates the character and actions of Cardinal George Pell: how does he wield his authority? How did he rise to prominence? How has he handled abuse claims in the past? What is the source of...
Unnatural Selection: Why the Geeks Will Inherit the Earth
A bold new theory that throws Darwin's theory on its ear: it is no longer the survival of the fittest - - the geeks shall inherit the earth. Is Darwin's theory of evolution out of date? According to author Mark Roeder it is. In...
The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience
A provocative, timely account of the changing face of journalism from a pioneer of the new-media revolution
It’s Too Late to Die Young Now: Misadventures in Rock ‘n’ Roll
There is no field of journalism more mythologised or more derided than rock journalism -- with good reason, according to Andrew Mueller. An Almost Famous for Generation X, It's Too Late To Die Young Now is Mueller's hilarious and...
The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat
In a brilliant and revealing book destined to drive debate about the future of American power, Vali Nasr questions America's dangerous choice to engage less -- and matter less -- in the world.
The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest
In The Secret World of Sleep, neuroscientist Penny Lewis explores the latest research into the nighttime brain to understand the real benefits of sleep. While our body rests, the brain practices tasks it learned during the day. By...
War from the Ground Up: Twenty-first Century Combat as Politics
As a British infantry officer in the Royal Gurkha Rifles Emile Simpson completed three tours of Southern Afghanistan. Drawing on that experience, and on a range of revealing case studies ranging from Nepal to Borneo,
Weight of Evidence
In 1794 and 1799 Superintendent of Convicts Nicholas Devine was granted 210 acres on the edge of the current CBD of Sydney. After the demise of Governor Bligh (to whom he was closely allied) Devine reluctantly retired to his...
Boom: The Underground History of Australia, from Gold Rush to GFC
Even before the boom, Australia owed more to the shovel than the sheep. One of Australia's best and most lively writers shows that the story of mining is the Australian story.
Freud on the Couch: A Critical Introduction to the Father of Psychoanalysis
The essential, myth-busting introduction to one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers
Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life
We all have two lives - the life we live and the life of our fantasies. But it is the life unlived - the person we have failed to be - that can trouble and even haunt us. This title delves into the gap between who we are and who...
Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist
Bill McKibben is not a person you'd expect to find handcuffed in the city jail in Washington, D.C. But that's where he spent three days in the summer of 2011, after leading the largest civil disobedience in thirty years to protest...
On Offence: The Politics of Indignation
Most of us know what it is to be offended. In a society bound by complicated behavioural codes, the potential for offence is ever-present, the varieties of emotional trespass legion.
Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz
Hanns Alexander was the son of a prosperous German family who fled Berlin for London in the 1930s. Rudolf Hoss was a farmer and soldier who became the Kommandant of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and oversaw the deaths of over a...
The End of Men: And the Rise of Women
Offers an explosive argument for why women are winning the battle of the sexes and why men are no longer top dog, for lovers of Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman. This title reveals how this has come to pass and explains its...
Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere
At age forty six years US author Poe Ballantine ends his nomadic lifestyle and brings his beautiful wife from Mexico to Chadron, Nebraska, and becomes a father to a son who may be autistic. His neighbor, a math professor at...
A History of Silence
A History of Silence is a book about a country and a broken landscape. It's about the devastation in Christchurch, after the 2011 earthquake. It's about how easily we erase stories we find inconvenient. It's about the fault lines...
Tell My Sons
In the bestselling tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture, a dying father's deeply moving legacy for his sons is winning hearts and minds around the world. At just 38 and at the height of his military career,...
Thomas Quick: The Making of a Serial Killer
In 1992, behind the barbed wire fence of a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Thomas Quick confessed to the murder of an eleven-year-old boy who had been missing for twelve years. Over the next nine years, Quick...
Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across the home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are...
Changing Gears: A Pedal-powered Detour from the Rat Race
Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas....
A Spy in the Archives
In 1968 historian Sheila Fitzpatrick was 'outed' by the Russian newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya as all but a spy for Western intelligence. She was in Moscow at the time, working in Soviet archives for her doctoral thesis on AV...
A Letter to Generation Next: Why Labor
Kim Carr's book is a call to arms to the next generation and an argument for why they should vote for the ALP in the September election. He details what the Party stands for in the 21st century.
Profits of Doom
Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, outsourced aid,...
Fairfax: The Rise and Fall
A devastating exposé by former Fairfax editor, Gold Walkley winner, and leading business journalist Colleen Ryan.
Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace
Liberace's lover tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer, who never publically admitted he was gay.
Tony Wheeler’s Dark Lands: The Lonely Planet Founder Travels to Some of the World’s Most Challenging Places
Following on from his successful foray into headline-making trouble spots with Bad Lands. Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler encounters the challenges of travel in the world's Dark Lands. He gets stoned (of the thrown variety) in...
50 People Who Stuffed Up Australia
Our Great Southern Land started out just that - Great. But what has happened after several centuries of white settlement and "development" and "progress". Has greatness been chipped away at and just who is...
His Stupid Boyhood
Few Australian writers have delved as deeply as Goldsworthy into the mysterious state of being that is childhood. Now he's applied his fascination with that stage of life to his own, from his bizarre first memories to the...
The Long Road to Changi: Australia’s Greatest Military Defeat and How it Broke the Bonds of Empire
Drawing on fresh archival research, Ewer uncovers a story of incompetent planning, powerful but flawed characters and national trauma which resonates to this day. Writing from the perspectives of foot soldiers and generals,...
Former lobbyist and political insider Guy Pearse, media and politics commentator David McKnight and environment writer Bob Burton cut through the spin to expose the underbelly of an industry whose power continues to soar while its...
Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia
Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia. In this hilarious history, David Hunt tells the real story of Australia's past from megafauna to Macquarie, the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and...
Hearts and Minds: A Blueprint for Modern Labor
In Hearts and Minds: A Blueprint for Modern Labor, former cabinet minister Chris Bowen writes a passionate clarion call to Labor's heartland, making the powerful argument that the Labor project is far from complete and it...
The Stalking of Julia Gillard: How the Media and Team Rudd Contrived to Bring Down the Prime Minister
This is the story of one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history, of how a powerful media pack, a vicious commentariat and some of those within her own party conspired to bring down Australia's...
The book asks how a nation with the developed world's best economy has a dimmer view of its performance than some of the basket case economies of southern Europe have of their own, and how a country that escaped recession and mass...
Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia
Is Australia fair enough? And why does inequality matter anyway? In Battlers and Billionaires, Andrew Leigh weaves together vivid stories, interesting history and powerful statistics to discuss why inequality matters -- both why...
Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it...
Epicureanism is not just for gourmands - journalist Luke Slattery argues that it can help us rethink out materialist ways and face the challenges of man-made climate change.
Why We Argue About Climate Change
A new perspective on a diabolical problem. Climate change, one of the most polarising issues of our time, has reached a political deadlock in the battle of sceptics and believers. But it doesn't have to be that way.
For God’s Sake: An Atheist, a Christian, a Muslim and a Jew Debate Religion
This is a fascinating exercise in comparative religion and a philosophical tour de force, but also an entertaining and honest insight into the life events that led each author to their current position. Provocative,...
Quarterly Essay 50 Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny
In the fiftieth Quarterly Essay, Anna Goldsworthy examines life for women after the gains made by feminism. From Facebook to 50 Shades of Grey, from Girls to gonzo porn, what are young women being told...
Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and the Ultimate Revenge
An incisive, hard-hitting and utterly compelling expose of media, powerful mates and multimillion-dollar deals, Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and the Ultimate Revenge tells the inside story of the decline of hallowed media...
Out of Shape: Debunking Myths About Fashion Sizing and Fit
I'm in a change room, flailing around with a dress stuck over my head, trying desperately not to alert the sales assistant to my struggles. Not every change-room experience is as humiliating as this, but the frequent frustrations...
Rudd V. Abbott
Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have resumed battle for leadership of the nation. Here, in one volume, are their definitive portraits by Australias pre-eminent biographer and investigative journalist.
The Revolution Was Televised: From Buffy to Breaking Bad The People and the Shows That Changed TV Drama Forever
In The Revolution Was Televised, celebrated TV critic Alan Sepinwall chronicles the remarkable transformation of the small screen over the past fifteen years. Focusing on twelve innovative television dramas that changed the medium...
Destroying the Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World
A fabulously provocative collection by women ready to destroy the joint.
Downfall: How the Labor Party Ripped Itself Apart
Australian Financial Review journalist Aaron Patrick takes us behind the scenes of the dying ALP and charts the mistakes, scandals and PR disasters which characterize modern Labor and the simultaneous corrosion of a...
Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport
In the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes another closely observed, controversial book about sex, consent and power. At the centre of it is Anna Krien's account of the rape trial of a footballer. Both a...
Amrita Sher-Gil: A Life
Amrita Sher-Gil lived life on her own terms, scandalizing the staid society of her times. In this biography, the author paints a compelling portrait of the artist who, when she died in 1941 at the age of twenty-eight, left behind...
Cocaina: A Book on Those Who Make it
A brilliant work of immersive journalism.
Mateship with Birds
With the original introduction by C.J. Dennis and a new foreword by Sean Dooley. Ninety years on, A.H. Chisholm's classic Mateship with Birds is still as fresh and inspirational as an early-morning walk in the bush, the air...
Welcome to Your New Life
When Anna Goldsworthy, pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. In Welcome to Your New Life, she shares the dizzying wonder and crippling...
The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs
After several million years of jostling for ecological space, only one survivor from a host of hominid species remains standing: us. Human beings are extraordinary creatures, and it is the unprecedented human brain that makes them...
Steady Steady: The Life and Music of Seaman Dan
Steady, Steady: The life and music of Seaman Dan is replete with Uncle Seaman's stories of his active and sometimes dangerous life in the islands in the heyday of pearl diving and other jobs, and his later development as a...
Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity
In a devastating critique Raymond Tallis exposes the exaggerated claims made for the ability of neuroscience and evolutionary theory to explain human consciousness, behaviour, culture and society.
The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer
Is it possible to eat what you like, most of the time, and get slimmer and healthier as you do it? Answer: yes. By simply quartering your calorie intake on two non-consecutive days each week (500 calories for women, 600 for men),...
Why Labor Should Savour Its Greens: A Platform for Progressive Politics
In Why Labor Should Savour Its Greens, former investment banker and economist Brad Orgill reviews the Greens' major economic, social, and environmental policies; and argues that progressive voters, and the nation as...
Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance
Michelle Dicinoski has found the love of her life -- and now she just wants to get married and live happily ever after. The only problem is, she's in love with an American woman, Heather, and neither Australia nor America...
Things I Didn’t Expect (when I Was Expecting)
Pregnancy is natural, healthy and fun, right? Sure it is, if youre lucky. For others, its an adventure in physical discomfort, unachievable ideals, kooky classes and meddling experts. When Monica Dux, a Melbourne writer and...
Imagine: The Science of Creativity
"New York Times" best-selling author Jonah Lehrer shows us how we can all learn to be more creative. Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a...
Money: The Unauthorised Biography
What is money, and how does it work? The conventional answer is that people once used sugar in the West Indies, tobacco in Virginia, and dried cod in Newfoundland, and that financial universe evolved from barter. This book tells a...
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
M. E. Thomas is a high-functioning non-criminal sociopath. She is charismatic, ambitious and successful. You would be charmed by her if you met her, might even be seduced by her. You would not realise that she is studying you to...
How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance
Oh, how the French love love! For hundreds of years, they have championed themselves as guides to the art de l'amour through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema. A French man or woman without amorous desire is...
The Woman Who Changed Her Brain
Young began life severely learning disabled, and built herself a better brain and a brain training program that has helped thousands of others do the same. In the past five years, the idea that self-improvement can happen in the...
The Year it All Fell Down
In 2011, history was made and the future broken.One of our most incisive and eloquent observers, Bob Ellis has reviewed the occurrences of 2011 and found it to be a year as important as 1848. He and his collaborators, Damian...
Project Republic: Plans and Arguments for a New Australia
Project Republic unites a diverse range of Australian voices to offer a fresh perspective on why Australia must become a republic - and how we get there from here. Contributors include Larissa Behrendt, John Hirst,...
QF32: The Captain’s Extraordinary Account of How One of the World’s Worst Air Disasters Was Averted
In 2010, what began as a routine long-haul flight from Singapore to Sydney came within a knife-edge of becoming one of the world's worst ever air disaster. When a sudden mid-air explosion shattered engine no.2of the Qantas A380 --...
On the Abolition of All Political Parties
Here Simon Leys translates for the first time into English an essay by the remarkable Simone Weil -- philosopher, activist, mystic -- which makes a case for the corrupting effect of political parties on political life. This is a...
A Year in the Life of Face Hunter
Chronicles a year-long face-hunting expedition to more than 30 of the author's favourite fashion cities. This title covers the world's most stylish cities ranging from the established fashion capitals of New York, Milan and Paris...
The Second World War
A magisterial, single-volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known by our foremost military historian
The Local Wildlife
After a decade spent in this picturesque corner of Australia, home of chocolate-coated women, pythons in the ceiling, online Russian brides, deadly paralysis ticks, and the mysterious Mullumbimby Monster, Robert Drewe wiped the...
Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat
The Perfect Health Diet is more than a diet. It's a program for perfect health. The result of 5 years of research, the Perfect Health Diet enabled scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet to cure their own chronic diseases.
During his time on fashion assignments at the Couture shows in Paris, Jason Brooks developed a fascination for the city, drawing and painting travel journals that demonstrate his passion for all things Parisian. This book offers a...
Aleppo Codex: The True Story Of Obsession, Faith, And The International Pursuit Of An Ancient Bible The
The intriguing story of the quest to recover the missing pages from one of the world's most important holy texts: the 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible known as Aleppo Codex.
Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home
As with all shifts and turns in life, story matters. Joyful Strains collects 27 memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia. Some have become household names, others quietly enrich their adopted home. All have...
Life in Ten Houses: A Memoir
The internationally celebrated writer Sonya Hartnett is firmly Melburnian but has restlessly moved from suburb to suburb in her search for the 'Last House' - that special corner of the world in which to settle and find...
Superman is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions
Mixing personal experiences with more global facts and considerations, Joumana Haddad, author of 'I Killed Scheherazade' reflects, in what could be considered the sequel of her exploration of Arab womanhood, upon the vital need...
High Sobriety: My Year without Booze
In re-examining her habits, Jill also explores Australia's love affair with alcohol, meeting alcopop-swigging teens who drink to fit in, beer-swilling blokes in a sporting culture backed by booze, and marketing bigwigs blamed for...
When Gods Collide: An Unbeliever’s Pilgrimage Along India’s Coromandel Coast
'For ten years I'd been picturing the mob marching across the field to Manoharpur with flaming torches, then standing, shouting, around the leep, rocking it, and then as I focused on the back window and saw three indistinct...
Pieces of Mind: 21 Short Walks Around the Human Brain
The human mind is arguably the most complex organ in the universe. Modern computers might be faster, and whales might have larger brains, but neither can match the sheer intellect or capacity for creativity that we humans enjoy.
Adventures of a Compulsive Traveller
Journalist Dominic Dunne's travels have rarely been ordinary, despite his best intentions. He has been travelling all his life, from the time his parents started their annual pilgrimage to the opal fields of Lightning Ridge. Since...
The Horror of Love: Nancy Mitford and Gaston Palewski in Paris and London
The compelling love story of two extraordinary individuals - Nancy Mitford and Free French commander Gaston Palewski - living in extraordinary times.
There Stands My House
The first English-language translation of the memoirs of Hans
Keilson, one of Europe’s most masterful and remarkable writers
In this unique work, which was composed in the 1990s and only
recently rediscovered, Keilson...
Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star
I was only sixteen when I bought an electric guitar and joined a band. A year later, I formed an all-girl band called the Marine Girls and played gigs, and signed to an indie label, and started releasing records. Then, for...
Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs
Marc Lewis's relationship with drugs began in a New England boarding school where, as a bullied and homesick fifteen - year - old, he made brief escapes from reality by way of cough medicine, alcohol, and marijuana. In Berkeley,...
Subliminal: The Revolution of the New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us About Ourselves
From the bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk comes a fascinating, illuminating examination of the profound ways in which the unconscious mind shapes our lives. Mlodinow unravels the complexities of the subliminal mind and...
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. This title explains why this personality type is so important in society. It shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and...
A Savage History: Whaling in the Pacific and Southern Oceans
A Savage History tells the rich history of whales and whaling. We learn about these highly intelligent and magnificent creatures, and follow the stories of whalers from the eighteenth century who hunted their prey...
Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad and Life Was a Catch-22
A memoir about growing up of the author - from her colourful family members and her parents' tumultuous marriage, to her father's celebrity friends and the family's eccentric neighbours.
In Praise of Love
The author takes on contemporary 'dating agency' conceptions of love that come complete with zero-risk insurance. He develops a new take on love that sees it as an adventure, and an opportunity for re-invention, in a constant...
Fifty Shades of Feminism
Fifty years after the publication of The Feminine Mystique, have women really exchanged purity and maternity to become desiring machines inspired only by variations of sex, shopping and masochism - all coloured a brilliant...
Glorious Days Australia 1913
The year 1913 was a fascinating and important time for
Australians, although the events of the following year have tended
to cast a retrospective shadow over it. In places as far apart as
Antarctica, Papua and Great Britain,...
The New Graded Word-book for Australian Schools
Do you know Why 'The dog followed Harry and I' Is Wrong? How to avoid the construction 'The reason why ... was because'? When to use 'fewer' and when to use 'less'? All this - and more - was taught in Australian schools many...
The Misogyny Factor
In 2012, Anne Summers gave two landmark speeches about women in Australia, attracting more than 120,000 visits to her website. Within weeks of their delivery Prime Minister Julia Gillards own speech about misogyny and sexism went...
The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, and Why it Still Matters
A smart, funny book about the rise and slow death of the art of handwriting; and why it still matters
The Good Life
Social researcher and psychologist Hugh Mackay has spent 40 years asking Australians about their lives, loves, hopes, ambitions, fears and passions. In The Good Life, he asks and answers the ultimate question: What...
Reframe: How to Solve the World’s Trickiest Problems
In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, Reframe brings a fresh perspective to our toughest political problems. This is a book by a young Australian thinker that turns conventional thinking on its head.
Seven Elements That Have Changed the World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
Uranium, carbon, iron, titanium, gold, silver and silicon - how seven elements are shaping the 21st century, for good and bad.
Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
From pregnant virgins to desperate housewives, from fearless activists to religious firebrands, this book looks at the sexual history of the Arab region, and brings voices to the debate over its future. It offers an account of one...
The Office: A Hardworking History
This book traces the office from origins among merchants and monks to the gleaming glass towers of New York and the space age sweatshops of Silicon Valley, finding a legacy of invention and ingenuity - the telephone, the...
The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia
Presenting a field guide to Australian birds, this illustrated handbook is useful for birdlovers in Australia.
Psychoanalysis Is an Antiphilosophy
Justin Clemens examines psychoanalysis under the rubric of antiphilosophy: a practice that offers the strongest possible challenges to thought. Drawing on the work of Badiou, Freud, Lacan, i ek and Agamben, he examines the...
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more...
All Good Things
For many people, finding the love of your life and moving to Paris would come pretty close to having it all. Having shared her story in the bestselling Almost French, Sarah Turnbull seemed to have had more than her fair share of...
The Burning Library
Alarmed by the increasingly marginal status of Australian literature in the academy, Williamson has set out to reintroduce us to those key writers whose works we may have forgotten or missed altogether. His focus is on fiction...
The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power
In The China Choice, strategic expert Hugh White sets out America's options in the Asian century. As China ascends, America faces a stark decision about its future. If China continues to grow, the current American leadership in...
The Best Australian Essays 2012
In The Best Australian Essays 2012, Ramona Koval puts together a wide-ranging collection of the year's most thought-provoking non-fiction pieces.
Honestly: Notes on Life
Gemmell certainly knows how to be controversial' - DAILY TELEGRAPH Celebrating a year of thought - provoking and fascinating columns in THE AUSTRALIAN WEEKEND MAGAZINE, HONESTLY is a collection of writing on a diverse range of...
The Little Book of Anxiety: Confessions from a Worried Life
The Little Book Of Anxiety is for anyone who has experienced anxiety - which is pretty much everyone.
The End of Illness: A New Perspective on Health That Changes Everything
A monumental work by one of the world's leading medical researchers that radically redefines our understanding of life and health.
Conundrum How Scientific Innovation Increased Efficiency And Goodintentions Can Make Our Energy And Climate Proble
The Conundrum is a mind-changing manifesto about the environment, efficiency, and the real path to sustainability.
Lion Hearts: A Family Saga of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
'An exceptional book about extraordinary people living in extraordinary times. My only regret on completing it is that I have not met any of them personally.' Christopher Bantick A biography of Lonek Lew, the author's father, told...
The Conflict: Woman and Mother
Today, to be pregnant seems not far from entering into a religious order. So are mums who rely on formula, childcare and disposable nappies lazy or liberated? This title questions why our ideas of motherhood have been skewed by...
Footy Town: Stories of Australia’s Game
Footy Town is a collection of football yarns from around the nation; stories which celebrate footy at its most local: from New Norfolk to the Tiwi Islands, from Rockhampton to Kalgoorlie, from Edwardstown to Fitzroy, and all the...
This is How
From the New York Times bestselling author of 'Running With Scissors' comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the 'un-survivable'. Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life, and has faced more than his fair...
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
A new roundup of personal essays from the No. 1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favourite Humorist
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler of Asia’
After his father, brother and he were incarcerated and tortured in Saddam's Abu Ghraib, Ali al Jenabi escaped from Iraq first to work with the anti-Saddam resistance in Iran and then to help his family out of the country all...
Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted
An intimate portrait of the brilliant and tragic literary enigma before her marriage to Ted Hughes, based on her early poems, letters and diaries
Women & Power
In one generation, women have taken control of their economic fate, risen to the most powerful political positions in the land and climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. Yet a misogynist undercurrent persists.
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife
This is the story of a prominent US neurosurgeon who has a profound afterlife experience while in a coma When an unknown bacteria attacks Dr Alexander's brain, sending him into a coma, his doctors say and MRIs show that his...
All of it: A Memoir of Love, Fear and Art
Bestselling author Bev Aisbett's no-nonsense text, combined with her insightful cartoon images, have reassured countless people seeking help for anxiety. Now, she reveals the deep spirit that lies behind these deceptively simple...
Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain
Offers an account of the extraordinary lengths to which the Rupert Murdochs' News Corporation went to put the problem in a box (in James Murdoch's words), how its efforts to maintain and extend its power were aided by its...
Unsuitable for Publication: Editing Queen Victoria
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, two literary gentlemen took on a monumental task: selecting and editing her vast correspondence. The book they produced would influence perceptions of Victoria for generations to come - but it was...
Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Appetite for Free Content is Starving Creativity
Freeloading looks at the pervasive nature of internet piracy and its effect on creators who are struggling to make a living from their popular music, literature and films. It also propsoes practical solutions for the freeloaders...
Tales from the Political Trenches
At the 2007 federal election former journalist Maxine McKew won a spectacular victory against John Howard and wrote herself into Australian political history as only the second candidate to have ever defeated a sitting prime...
By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life
Ramona's Koval's By the Book is about reading and living, & about the authors that have written themselves into her life: from Oliver Sacks to Oscar Wilde, Christina Stead to Grace Paley. It is about learning to read, about love...
On 14 February 1989, Valentine's Day, the author was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been 'sentenced to death' by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? This title tells...
Every Parent’s Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman and the True Story of His Father’s Fight to Save Him from a Lifetime in a Bulgarian Jail
What would you do if your son was jailed for life in a hellhole of a Bulgarian prison for a crime he didn't commit? This is the harrowing story of one father's fight to prove his son's innocence.
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live
A whip-smart, brilliantly researched expos of pseudoscientific myths about our evolutionary past and how we should live today.
Not Your Ordinary Housewife: How the Man I Loved Led Me into a World I Had Never Imagined
The fascinating and extraordinary true story of how a young woman from a privileged background found herself drawn into a dark world of petty prostitution and pornography by the troubled man she lovedWhen Nikki Stern left suburban...
Money Shot: A Journey into Porn and Censorship
Money Shot: a journey into porn and censorship focuses on the 'hot button' issues in the censorship debate today, from the implications of the internet revolution to arguments about 'raunch culture' and its effects. Author from...
The Crafty Minx at Home: 50+ Handmade & Upcycled Projects for Living
A gorgeous guide to creating an original, appealing and handmade home, The Crafty Minx at Home is all about the joy of making things by hand so as to create a uniquely personal home around your favourite people.<br...
New Ways to Kill Your Mother
In his essay on Tennessee Williams, Colm Tibn reveals an artist profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, Toibin examines a world of family relations, and in...
Futurevision: Scenarios for the World in 2040
Will relentless consumerism end up destroying our planet? Or can science and technology allow us to innovate our way out of trouble? Perhaps a greater social consciousness and community-based living will take over -- or,...
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Brooks turns to the building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illuminating work grounded in everyday life. This is the story of how success happens, told through the...
To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Perusading, Convincing and Influencing Others
In this provocative book, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Daniel H. Pink offers a fresh look at the art and science of persuasion. Physicians sell patients on a remedy. Lawyers sell juries on a verdict....
Reaching One Thousand: A Story of Love, Motherhood and Autism
'This is the best kind of memoir - there is a beautiful calm clarity that drew me in, and held me until the end. - Georgia Blain When Ben is a baby, Rachel puts his behavioural quirks down to eccentricity. He likes to count...
Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers
In Forty-one False Starts one of the world's great writers of literary non-fiction brings together for the first time essays published over several decades.
Philosophy in the Garden
Why did Marcel Proust have bonsai beside his bed? What was Jane Austen doing in Chawton, coveting an apricot? How was Friedrich Nietzsche inspired by his Italian Gedankenbaum, 'thought tree'? In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon...
House of Stone: a Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East
Community is everything, home is everything, if you have lost your own
The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began
Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. This title provides a...
Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts and the Stories They Tell
Takes you on a journey through the art, science, literature and history of the human body. This book includes topics ranging from ancient body art to plastic surgery, as well as our changing attitudes to the human body - how it...
The Untold History of the United States
Aided by the archival findings and declassified documents and building on the research of the world's best scholars, this book offers startling context to the Bush-Cheney policies that put us at war in two Muslim countries and...
Hanging Man: the Arrest of Ai Weiwei
In October 2010, Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds appeared in the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern. In April 2011, he was arrested and held for over two months, in terrible conditions. This title offers an exploration of Weiwei's life,...
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Looks at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter...
Gurrumul: His Life and Music
From concert halls to recording studios and into Aboriginal heartlands, this is the story of Australia′s Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. This unique Indigenous man is one of the most inspiring music stories of our generation.
Young Atheists Handbook Lessons For Living The Good Life Without God
This is a book for anyone who thinks about what they should believe and how they should live. It's for those who, like Shaha, may need the facts and the ideas -- and the courage -- to break free from inherited beliefs. He shows...
Explores the life and career of graphic artist and The New Yorker magazine mainstay Saul Steinberg.
The Shortest History of Europe
Chinese civilisation was for a long period more advanced than European. Yet it was in Europe that steady economic growth first occurred and then the Industrial Revolution. And it was in Europe that representative government and...
The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays
Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Works --a new book that confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel.
In Lives , an extraordinary writer encounters some remarkable people; and evokes their inner lives. Peter Robb has an uncanny ability to get into the skin of other people: to show them in a new light, to home on what makes them...
Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe
Europe's history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and
republics which have now disappeared but which were once fixtures
on the map of their age. What happened to the once-great
Mediterranean Empire of Aragon? This...
Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity
From the author of The Joy of Pi and The Flying Book, an engaging new guide to the intricacies of the world around us.
Madness: A Memoir
Madness is a real world for the many thousands of people who are right now living within it. It never apologises. Sometimes it is a shadow, ever present, without regard for the sun. Sometimes it is a well of dark water with no...
Draw Me a House: Architectural Ideas, Inspiration and Colouring In
A playbook for budding architects and those interested in the built environment. It invites people of all ages to colour in, think about, doodle and engage with architectural elements. It takes the reader on a journey through...
Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
A species-by-species look at the incredible interactions that take place between scientists and their animal subjects, and the discoveries that have emerged about how and what animals think.
Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and One Short Story)
From the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling's view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the National Treasure Status of George Orwell to the despair of Michel Houellebecq,...
Toxic Oil: Why Vegetable Oil Will Kill You and How to Save Yourself
'Vegetable oils give you cancer. Every extra mouthful of vegetable oil you consume takes you one step closer to a deadly (and irreversible) outcome.' With these words David Gillespie begins his follow-up to the bestseller Big Fat...
Changeology: How to Enable Groups, Communities, and Societies to Do Things They’ve Never Done Before
Changeology is about influencing the behaviour of human beings for the better. The book is relevant to change projects both large and small, and in almost any area of activity, but with an emphasis on key topics such as climate...
The Landgrabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns The Earth
Across the world there is a land grab. Entire countries are being snatched from under the feet of native residents. This title addresses such questions as: Why is Goldman Sachs buying up the Chinese poultry industry? Who is buying...
Great Expectations: Government, Entitlement and an Angry Nation
Respected journalist Laura Tingle writes on politics, affluence and an angry nation.
Eugenia: A True Story of Adversity, Tragedy, Crime and Courage
The true crime account of Eugenia Falleni, a woman who in 1920 was charged with the murder of her wife
The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays
A new paperback edition of this essential collection of essays from an eminent critic. Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has spanned four decades, with no corner of the arts escaping his sharp eye and acerbic wit.
1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica
The rivalry between Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen is a familiar story; what fewer people know is that, in 1912, five separate teams were exploring beyond the limits of the known world: Scott for Britain, Amundsen for Norway,...
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan
A towering history of the first Afghan War by bestselling historian William Dalrymple
Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-Left Future
'During the term of the Rudd and Gillard governments, criticism of the Labor Party became a national pastime.' So writes Mark Latham, a one-time leader of the party and still its most perceptive - and fiercest - critic. In...
Girl Stuff: Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years
What A Plant Knows
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The Book of My Lives
Begins in Sarajevo, a small city where a young boy's life is consumed by football, by resentment of his younger sister, and by occasional trips abroad with his engineer-cum-beekeeper father; and where a young man's life is about...
The Great Divide: History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New
The rise and fall of the great civilisations and what this meant for mankind.
Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott
Quarterly Essay is a trailblazing Australian journal of politics and culture. Each issue contains a single essay written at a length of about 25,000 words, followed by correspondence on previous essays.
Mr Snack and the Lady Water: Travel Tales from My Lost Years
After a decade spent on the road, renowned travel writer Brendan Shanahan is back with Mr Snack and the Lady Water, a collection of darkly funny and unexpected travel writing. In the title piece, Shanahan embarks on what is...
Working With Mean Girls Identifying And Protecting Yourself From Workplace Nastiness
What do you do when the Queen Bee has you in her sights,
demanding to know whey you haven't done the report she never asked
What do you do when the colleague you thought was your friend
takes all the credit for the...
Am I Black Enough for You?
Winner of the Vic Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing.The story of an urban-based high achieving Aboriginal woman working to break down stereotypes and build bridges between black and white Australia. I'm Aboriginal. I'm just...
When Senior NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox told the ABC's Lateline programme on November 8, 2012, that the Catholic Church had covered up crimes by paedophile priests, silenced investigations and destroyed crucial...
Speechless: A Year in My Father’s Business
Working for Rudd, James paints a colourful picture of the machinations of government, and shows how far the party has moved from the idealism and pragmatism of his father's generation. He ends on a note of hope for the Party's...
Letters from Berlin: A Story of War, Survival and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship
A vivid recreation of a largely untold side of the war story.
Drawing on hundreds of hours of taped interviews with her mother,
Kerstin Lieff has recreated Margarete's story from her childhood
and her child's eye view of the...
The Great Divide: History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New
The rise and fall of the great civilisations and what this meant for mankind.
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think
We are witnessing the beginnings of a revolution. Big data - the explosion of information that digitization has sparked - is changing our world in ways we are just starting to appreciate.
Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will
An atlas that takes us across the oceans of the world to fifty remote islands. It features rare animals and lost explorers, marooned slaves and lonely scientists, mutinous sailors and forgotten castaways.
Love with a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir
Love can make a person do crazy things... A city girl with a morbid fear of deep water, Torre DeRoche is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific aboard a leaky sailboat - total crew of two...
This Will Make You Smarter
Over 150 of the world's leading scientists and thinkers offer their choice of the ideas, and arguments. Every year the author sets them a question, this year that question was: What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody's...
Antarctica: A Biography
The first ever major international history of the world's most forbidding continent - from the eighteenth-century voyages of discovery to the fierce commercial and geopolitical rivalries of today
The Future and #relatednonsense
'So, verily I say unto you, brothers and sisters - cast aside your digital rosary beads and look more closely at the world around you. Or better still, roll up your trouser legs and join me for a paddle through the shallow water...
Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can’t Look Away
Sets out to discover the source of our attraction to the caustic, drawing on the findings of biologists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and artists, and citing examples from elephant...
Life After Death: The Shocking True Story of an Innocent Man on Death Row
In 1993 three teenagers, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelley Jr, were arrested and charged with the murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The ensuing trial was rife with inconsistencies,...
Meanjin is Australia's second oldest literary journal. Founded by Clem Christesen in 1940, it has documented both the changing concerns of Australians and the achievements of many of the nation's writers, thinkers and poets. This...
Antifragile: How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black
Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how
to thrive in an uncertain world.
Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to...
When I Was a Child I Read Books
* From the author of the magnificent, award-winning novels GILEAD and HOME comes this, a collection of wonderful, heart-warming essays about reading
The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths
What happens to us when we starve, when we fight, when we are imprisoned? And how do our imaginations leap into worlds way beyond our real experience? This title is filled with images and a delight in the conundrum of our...
What Makes Us Tick?: The Ten Desires That Drive Us
Insightful and engaging, WHAT MAKES US TICK? helps to explain what drives us, concerns us and is important to each of us from Australia's leading social researcher, Hugh Mackay. In this new edition he has written a postscript,...
Artists in Conversation
A behind-the-scenes look at the lives of some of the world's most infamous artists. This beautifully presented collection of essays by award-winning journalist Janet Hawley examines the creative output of some of the last few...
One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined
A groundbreaking and visionary approach to how we can all best learn.
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
Social media powerhouse and New York Times bestselling author of THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, Gretchen Rubin turns her attention homewards - an entertaining and thoughtful mix of literature, memoir and psychology sure to appeal to her...
Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
A unique portrait of the life and death of a totemic writer - who inspired a generation
The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism
A number of books in recent years--notably those by Christopher Hitchens, Richards Dawkins and Sam Harris--have taken issue with religion. A. C. Grayling is the first to deal with all the arguments against religion and, equally...
Selected Letters of William Styron
Covering a career that spanned almost 60 years and many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this collection pulls back the curtain and provides readers with a unique view of the author's life.
Journalism at the Crossroads: Crisis and Opportunity for the Press
Considers role of journalist in new media landscape, why we still need quality news reporting, how new technologies enhance traditional reporting, how journalists &citizens can work together to break stories. Simons coordinator of...
Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age
Provides a compelling portrait of a new model of political change that is already on the rise, and shows that despite Western political systems hopelessly gridlocked by old ideas, change for the better can happen, and that new...
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour De France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his bestselling book, Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force. But this time, Tyler...
1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia
Winner of the 2012 Age Book of the Year Award In 1835 an illegal squatter camp was established on the banks of the Yarra River. In defiance of authorities in London and Sydney, Tasmanian speculators began sending men and sheep...
People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures
Seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their caring for country activities from the margins to core of the growing national conversation on issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This book...
Cairo: My City, Our Revolution
The story of the revolution and a personal journey into the city of Ahdaf Soueif's childhood
Antonia and Her Daughters
The renovations to 34 via del Duomo now complete, Marlena de Blasi, the best-selling international author and 'the woman with the fairytale life' needs to find time and space to finish a book.
Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for Us
Our planet's resources are running out. The media bombards us with warnings of impending shortages of fossil fuels, minerals, and water and the political Armageddon that will result as insatiable global demand far outstrips...
The Age Good Food Guide 2013
For 33 years the most trusted, esteemed and independent restaurant guide to Melbourne and regional Victoria.
The Last Train to Zona Verde: Overland from Cape Town to Angola
Having travelled down the right-hand side of Africa in Dark Star Safari, the author sets out this time from Cape Town, heading northwards in a new direction, up the left-hand side, through South Africa and Namibia, to Botswana,...
'I'd always thought spiritual enlightenment would involve
candles, meditative music and maybe even a happy faced person
wearing an orange robe banging a gong occasionally. Never in my
wildest imaginings did I expect it would...
Facing the Torturer: Inside the Mind of a Khmer Rouge War Criminal
In 1971, 30-year-old ethnographer Francois Bizot was captured by the Khmer Rouge and kept prisoner for three months in the Cambodian jungle, accused of being a CIA spy. His captor, Comrade Duch, eventually had him freed. It took...
Vietnam: The Complete Story of the Australian War
Thirty years after the end of the Vietnam war comes an objective analysis of Australia's involvement. The book shows the extent of Australia's engagement in the Vietnam war and its contribution compared to its allies.
An implicit sense of public service and 'otherness' has now come to permeate Canberra's identity to a point that there is a great smugness, arrogance even, that the rest of Australia can hate us - but they'll never know how good...
Whackademia: An Insider’s Account of the Troubled University
Australian universities are not happy places. Despite the shiny rhetoric of excellence, quality, innovation and creativity, universities face a barrage of criticism over claims of declining standards, decreased funding,...
Party Time: Who Runs China and How
Who is running China? As the third generation since Mao takes charge, where does real power lie? In Party Time, Rowan Callick goes behind the scenes of contemporary China to reveal the workings of its political elite.
Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us
In the graveyard of economic ideology, dead ideas still stalk the land. The recent financial crisis laid bare many of the assumptions behind market liberalism - the theory that markets always know best, regardless of the problem.
The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Explores how tribal peoples approach essential human problems, from childrearing to old age to conflict resolution to health. In this book, the author reveals how tribal societies offer a window into how our ancestors lived for...
The new book of essays from Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom.
Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying - the Secret WWII Transcripts of German POWs
A trove of previously unpublished, transcribed conversations among German POWs--secretly recorded by the Allies -- reveals the extent of their brutality and changes our understanding of the mind-set of the German soldier during...
French Parents Don’t Give in: 100 Parenting Tips from Paris
A practical handbook that distils the author's findings into one hundred short tips to bring up your child a la francaise. It includes advice about pregnancy, feeding (including meal plans and recipes from Paris creches),...
As I Was Saying
As I Was Saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Punctuated at regular intervals by talks Dessaix has given on a wide...
Big Fat Lies: How the Diet Industry is Making You Sick, Fat and Poor
'Diets and exercise won't help us lose weight. Vitamins and
minerals are a waste of money and sometimes downright dangerous.
Sugar makes us fat and sick. And polyunsaturated fat gives us
cancer and works with sugar to give us...
New Hate The A History Of Fear And Loathing On The Populist Right
From the 9/11 'Truthers' who think the US government allowed the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks, to the 'Birthers' who claim Barack Obama was not born in the United States, extremism in America is becoming more and more a part of the...
Presents the abandonment of the family by the author's father from his mother's point of view: her struggle as a single mother; love found again late in life, a love that was short-lived; her troubled later years and, finally, her...
Toyo: A Memoir
Toyo learned to ask nothing, to wait and count the days. But they passed and passed and still the doorway remained empty of his deep voice, calling out her name. Toyo is the story of a remarkable woman, a vivid picture of Japan...
A Walk Through the Southern Sky: A Guide to Stars, Constellations and Their Legends
A Walk through the Southern Sky is a beautifully illustrated guide to the stars and constellations of the southern hemisphere.
How to make products, ideas and behaviours really catch on.
Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian
The memoirs of the greatest living historian of the Middle East, Professor Bernard Lewis.
Demanding the Impossible: Seven Essays on Resistance
Marking the centenary of Simone de Beauvoir's birth and the 40th anniversary of Paris's legendary political carnival in 1968, this book explores the inheritance of May 1968 and asks what has become of the ideal and the myth of...
Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
The spellbinding new book from acclaimed author Dyer ( Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi ) is a wide-ranging investigation into a masterpiece of Russian cinema that has haunted him since he first saw it 30 years ago.
Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans
New York Times-bestselling author Brian Fagan offers a vibrant history of how humans have transformed the seas into highways that connect distant cultures and shaped world civilisation.
How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life
Argues that wealth is not an end in itself but a means to the achievement and maintenance of a 'good life', and that our economy should be organised to reflect this fact. The book includes a definition of the 'good life',...
Future Proofing Australia: The Right Answers for Our Future
Future-proofing Australia is a selection of essays by Australia's great thinkers and doers boldly confronting the future and mapping out a path for our country.
Pleasure and Pain: My Life
Chrissy Amphlett is a legend in the world of Australian music - and now she tells her own story; a unique account of a woman surviving in a male-dominated industry. She tells of what it was to be at the top, in those years of...
Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health and the World
Birds provide humans not only with enormous aesthetic pleasure, they also inform us of our ever-changing situation in this complex and unpredictable world. Free flying birds sample the atmosphere, the oceans, the plants, the...
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
In the spirit of Mary Roach, an engaging expose about and incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.
An affectionate, often hilarious, memoir of growing up in London in the 1970s in an Indian household, and avoiding an arranged marriage.'From the age of fourteen, I was aware my parents expected me to have an arranged...
Collectomania: From Objects of Desire to Magnificent Obsession
Tin robots, classic cars, letters from celebrities and US presidents. Snow domes, first edition books, vintage fashion, contemporary art, Bakelite radios and wine. Claudia Chan Shaw admits to a fondness for all of the above and...
After the Future: Australia’s New Extinction Crisis
This essay is both a wake-up call to the consequences of unrestrained development, and an examination of the underlying thinking -- the view of the natural world that sees it as something either to be put to use or traded off. By...
Entertain Us!: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock in the Nineties
In 1990 alternative music was where it belonged - underground. It left the business of rock stardom to rock stars. But by 1992 alternative rock had spawned a revolution in music and style that transformed youth culture and revived...
Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space
A new particle - and very likely a new kind of particle - had been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider, the huge particle accelerator designed to reproduce energies present in the universe a fraction of a second after the Big...
The Stories That Changed Australia: 50 Years of Four Corners
In the fifty years it's been on air, Four Corners has broken more stories, triggered more headlines, generated more controversy and aired more high quality investigative journalism than any other program in Australia. In today's...
Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John
The compelling story of one of Australia's finest female novelists, Helen Trinca has captured the troubled life of Madeleine St John in this moving account of a remarkable writer.
The End of Men: and the Rise of Women
Women are no longer catching up with men. By almost every measure, they are out-performing them. We are at an unprecedented moment in history. In 2010, for the first time, the balance of the British workforce tipped towards women,...
Montebello continues where Robert Drewe's much-loved memoir The Shark Net left off, taking us into his mature years.
The Gardenist: A New Way to Create Inspiring Garden Spaces
Michael McCoy is 'The Gardenist': garden designer, author, broadcaster and obsessive home gardener. In this bold new look at gardens, he shares the secret to understanding what makes a good garden, and shows you how to plan and...
The Devil’s Cinema
On the night of October 10, 2008, Johnny Altinger, 38 and single, was heading to his first date with a woman he had met online. Soon after, Johnny's friends received strange emails and computer messages from him, boasting of his...
The Wolf and the Watchman: A CIA Childhood
To be advised
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legacy
From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. This book presents the history of twentieth-century...
Man vs Life
Written in the style of a spoof PowerPoint business report, Man vs Life is a humorous look at the psyche of the married man in his 30s and 40s, who works in an office and is overrun by children and financial stress. It gently...
James Halliday: A Life in Wine
A delightful collection of James Halliday's reminiscences of his remarkable wine career, from the master himself.
Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century
Born at the turn of the 20th century and raised in Vienna, Eric Hobsbawm, who was to become one of the most brilliant and original historians of our age, was uniquely placed to observe an era of titanic social and artistic change....
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
'If only we'd stop trying so hard to be happy, we'd have a pretty good time.' Edith Wharton The Antidote: Happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking is an exploration of a radically new path to happiness.
Thinking in Numbers: How Maths Illuminates Our Lives
Mathematical savant and bestselling author of BORN ON A BLUE DAY, this is Tammet's engaging and personal exploration of what numbers can teach us about our lives and minds.
The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the Emergence of Indigenous Rights
As a student, Jane Lydon was shocked by the photograph on the cover of Charles Rowley's 1970 classic, The Destruction of Aboriginal Society, which showed two Aboriginal men in neck-chains. In this original and highly illustrated...
The Lost Diggers
A must-have for fans of Australian World War I history. Ross Coulthart of 7s 'Sunday Night' brings together never-before-seen images of Western Front diggers and the amazing stories behind them in a beautiful collection that's...
Drink, Smoke, Pass Out: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey
Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey takes us on Judith's path from being a child so Catholic that she wanted to be a nun, to a genuinely curious adult looking for meaning - via atheism, advanced yoga, astral travel and a whole lot...
The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia
Explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.
The Sartorialist: Closer (The Sartorialist Volume 2)
Presenting a rich tapestry of global style and always capturing an inspirational moment, this book includes images that continues to reflect the author's sensibility and vision.
Educating Gen Wi-Fi: How to Make Schools Relevant for 21st-century Learners
I am amazed at how much the world has changed today from when I was a student. The problem is that schools have not changed as rapidly as the world we live in... Just a generation ago, school was a simple affair: students...
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
The hysterically funny and mostly true memoir from Internet sensation Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess.
Fishing the River of Time
Fishing the River of Time is an elegant meditation on nature, life and family, written with warmth and wisdom. At age eighty, Tony Taylor journeys from Sydney to British Columbia to fish the Cowichan River with his eight-year-old...
American Stories: Tales of Hope and Anger
An engrossing account of America on a knife's edge by one of Australia's most well known journalists. In July 2009, Michael Brissenden, political editor for The 7.30 Report , moved to Washington to take up a new role as US current...
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
With intelligence, humour, and deep insight into what connects human beings in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the 21st century's hidden worlds,...
With humour, wit and a lifetime of experience this is a fascinating backstage pass to the life and plays of the Bard from Australia's best-known Shakespearean actor and director, John Bell. It's Shakespeare and his world as you've...
Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream
Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture in the last four decades, inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Reflective, insightful and disarmingly honest, Waging Heavy Peace is...
Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power
When Rupert Murdoch called, Prime Ministers and Presidents picked up the phone. David McKnight exposes Murdoch.s unflinching use of his media empire to further his political agenda over decades. This is the story behind the...
Secrets of a Lazy French Cook
I ordered a kir. I had promised myself not to drink anything that night, in order to keep my mind clear and be able to sound intelligent in proper English, but my resolution had failed immediately. He was obviously as irritating...
The Words That Made Australia: How a Nation Came to Know Itself
This is not a book of documents, snippets or worthy speeches. Instead it presents the original essays and the moments of insight that told us what Australia is and could be. These are the essential statements -- from historians,...
The House of Fiction: Leonard, Susan and Elizabeth Jolley
Susan Swingler is the step-daughter of one of Australia's most revered writers, Elizabeth Jolley. Abandoned by her father Leonard at the age of four, Susan had no contact with the Jolley family until they found and reclaimed her...
Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story
Twenty contemporary authors introduce 20 sterling examples of the short storyfrom the pages of The Paris Review.
Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile
Hailed by Salman Rushdie as 'one of the most important voices coming out of Latin America', the best-selling author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating for the first time his profound and...
Tony Speaks!: The Wisdom of the Abbott…
You've seen him wearing speedos, kissing babies, driving a mining truck and chatting to his flock. But who is the real Tony Abbott? As the Bible says, by his words you shall know him.
From Here to There: A Father and Son Roadtrip Adventure from Melbourne to London
'Somehow, I convinced myself it was a good idea. Somehow, I convinced myself that it was doable. Now I shake my head...We drove through the Gobi desert in Mongolia in a snowstorm, avoided an Iranian sedan doing cartwheels on the...
UnAustralian of the Year: Words and Pictures by Bill Leak
'Freedom of speech is the freedom to offend and that means the freedom to offend anyone.' - Bill Leak A new collection of the art and observations of cartoonist, painter and all-round contrarian, the incomparable Bill Leak. The...
Sincerely: A New Collection of Correspondence from Women of Letters
A collection of new letters from these fantastic literary events, featuring a wide range of Australian talent, including writers, musicians, politicians, comedians and actors.
Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
Salatin is the 21st century's thinking man's farmer who believes that the answer to rebuilding America is to start with the family farm. And for those farms to thrive, everyone needs to learn how to eat naturally again. Salatin's...
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF A LEGEND THROUGH PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS, MEMORABILIA AND INSIGHTS FROM THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST. Features private memories from family, friends and associates as well as memorabilia from Brock's personal...
Get Well Soon!: My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse
My quest for a career started early, when I was four years old and gave myself a haircut to see if I liked that sort of thing. I liked it plenty, but my mother did not.
Minding the Earth, Mending the World
We all know our earth is in trouble. Is it beyond repair? Are we stuck with a global disaster we cannot hope to address? No, says Susan Murphy.
Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali’s Hidden Drug World
'Snowing in Bali' is the story of the drug trafficking and dealing scene that's made Bali one of the world's most important destinations in the global distribution of narcotics.
The Little Veggie Patch Co’s Guide to Backyard Farming
Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember are back with 'The Little Veggie Patch Co's Guide to Backyard Farming'.
Assholes: A Theory
Philosopher Aaron James tackles the subject of assholes in a philosophical - yet also humorous, entertaining and accessible - inquiry into what makes a person an asshole. The book also explores different asshole types, the...
The essential work on Tony Abbott is now an expanded, updated short book - and a crucial election-year companion.
Neither Power Nor Glory: 100 Years of Political Labor in Victoria,1856-1956
Neither Power Nor Glory fills an important gap in Australian political history and our understanding of the Labor Party. It is also a timely antidote to nostalgia about Labor's past. In Victoria at least, that past was anything...
Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East
Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognise same-sex marriage. But as the child of migrants, he's also curious about how...
Greenwash: Big Brands and Carbon Scams
Going green is the new black. In recent years, McDonalds have painted their famous golden arches green, while Richard Branson has funnelled money into renewable energy. But are these newly 'climate-friendly' companies and brands...
Thoughts on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Award-winning writer and doctor Uzo Iweala travels a continent getting to know the people whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDs
Politics with Purpose: Occasional Observations on Public and Private Life
We cannot blame particular individuals for modern Labor's
malaise, because it is part of a systemic global phenomenon. We are
all under the sway of politics without purpose. And politics
without purpose is...
Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s and Beyond
Mad Men is one of the hottest shows on television, and its fans are dying to know how accurate it is: did people really have that much sex in the office? Were there really three-martini lunches? Were women really second-class...
Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy
Now available for the first time to the general public, this book includes transcripts and recordings from President Kennedy's time in office offering unprecedented insight into his thoughts on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam,...
Dancing with Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians
In Australia, bohemians have been associated with subcultures and movements across creative arts and media for more than 150 years. This title explores the Australia's most creative figures - their bohemians, from Marcus Clarke...
How the Dog Became the Dog: From Wolves to Our Best Friends
A critically acclaimed account of the dog and its parallel history with man.
J M Coetzee
J.M. Coetzee - A Life in Writing is the first biography of Nobel prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee. A global publishing event of the rarest kind, the book has been written with the full co-operation of Coetzee, who granted the...
A Lasting Record
A compelling and surprising tale of musical passion, tragedy and revival. In his prime, William Kapell was acknowledged to be 'the greatest pianistic talent since Horowitz'. Yet his return flight from Australia - where he toured...
March Was Made of Yarn: Writers Respond to Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown
An earthquake occurring off the north-eastern coast of Japan magnitude 9.0, duration six minutes unleashed a 50-foot tsunami that within fifteen minutes had slammed its way ashore, rushing inland six miles, crushing all in its...
Both Flesh and Not
Brilliant, dazzling, never-before-collected non-fiction, by the legendary David Foster Wallace
Never a Gentleman’s Game: The Scandal-filled Early Years of Test Cricket
Compared to the controversies of contemporary cricket – riven as
it is with match-fixing, gambling, cheating and national politics –
most people think of the early days of Test cricket as a time of
gentlemanly competition and...
The Violinists Thumb: And Other Extraordinary True Stories as Written by Our DNA
Understanding DNA can help us understand how our bodies and, to some extent, minds work. But understanding the limits of DNA will also help us understand how our bodies and minds don't work. This book tells the story of DNA.
The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science
Mixing a highly personal memoir, investigative journalism and the research from neuroscience and experimental psychology, the author reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about the world invisibly shape our beliefs, and how...
John Keats: A New Life
A biography of Romantic poet John Keats that explodes entrenched conceptions of him as a delicate, overly sensitive, tragic figure. Instead, it reveals the real flesh-and-blood poet: a passionate man driven by ambition but prey to...
A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 One of Entertainment Weekly 's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of 2011A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011One of Library Journal...
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet - Fast and Fresh Recipes
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has already inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This new collection of recipes based on the scientifically proven program offers 120 new ideas for...
Gina Rinehart: The Untold Story of the Richest Person in Australian History
Gina Rinehart is not just the richest person in Australia - and potentially soon to be the richest person in the world - she is the daughter of Lang Hancock, and a member of a family known as much for its front-page legal stoushes...
Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
An attempt to make us see anew how diverse, strange and in many ways chaotic the British Empire really was, controlled by a range of interests often at loggerheads with each other and as much driven on by others' weaknesses as by...
Exciting everyday food that everybody can cook, from Delia's favourite teacher
Don’t Go Back to Where You Came from: Why Multiculturalism Works
Tim Soutphommasane boldly stakes a claim for the overwhelming success of multiculturalism in Australia. European governments are declaring multiculturalism a failure, with many conservatives in Australia hastening to agree. But is...
The Rolling Stones: 50
On Thursday 12 July 1962 the Rolling Stones went on stage at the Marquee Club in London's Oxford Street. In the intervening fifty years the Stones have performed live in front of more people than any band... ever. Curated,...
The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times
There's no better place to be during economic turbulence than
Australia. Brilliant in a bust, we've learnt to use our brains in a
boom. Although the Great Recession continues to rumble around the
globe, we successfully...
The Pike: Gabriele D'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War
WINNER OF THE 2013 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION The story of Gabriele D'Annunzio, poet, daredevil - and Fascist.
La Folie Baudelaire
Focuses on the poets and writers of Paris in the nineteenth century who created what was later called the Modern. The author creates a dramatic Folie Baudelaire: a place where you can encounter Baudelaire, his peers, his city, his...
The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
A brave and revelatory account of how a small-minded, low-level KGB operative became the most powerful man in the world's largest country.
Lost at Sea
The author is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. In this title, collected from various...
The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World
A fresh and provocative perspective on the moral life and the hatred of moral values that now runs deep--and dangerously--through American culture and character.
How to Read a Novelist
John Freeman, author and editor of Granta magazine, has
interviewed nearly every name in fiction and the literary world. In
this collection Freeman has compiled the most insightful and
fascinating of his interviews, essays and...
After Words: The Post-Prime Ministerial Speeches
A unique volume of speeches and occasional pieces written entirely by former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating.
Try Whistling This: Writings About Music
In Try Whistling This , join a perceptive critic on a pleasurable journey through music and musicians, ideas and history. Andrew Ford traces the concept of dirty dancing back to 1610, marvels at the weirdness of Percy Grainger and...
Tudors: A History of England
At the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end, it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church. This book tells the story...
An up-to-the-minute survey of the best sustainable design and architecture.
Pete Townshend: Who I am
He is one of the greatest musical talents Britain has ever produced. But even as the principle songwriter and lead guitarist for The Who, it would be unjust to define Pete Townshend's life simply through his achievements with...
Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball: The Best of Joe Bageant
'I'm so damn average that what I write resonates with people', Joe Bageant said in explaining how he gained a global following for his web-published essays. In 2004 at the age of 57, Joe sensed that the internet could give him...
Around the globe, people are facing the same problem - that we are born as individuals but are forced to conform to the rules of society if we want to succeed. The author debunks the prevailing mythology of success and presents a...
Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty and Kindness
Is it possible that - rather than thinking in terms of 'good' and 'evil' - all of us instead lie somewhere on the empathy spectrum, and our position on that spectrum can be affected by both genes and our environments? Why do some...
Michael Kirby: Law, Love and Life
Drawing on interviews with Kirby, his family, friends, and Johan van Vloten, his partner of more than forty years, this intimate biography takes us behind the bench to explore the personal, moral and spiritual convictions of one...
Mortality is the most meditative piece of writing Hitchens has ever produced; at once an unsparingly honest account of the ravages of his disease, an examination of cancer WC etiquette, and the coda to a lifetime of fierce debate...
Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong
David Walsh's 13-year battle to reveal the true nature of cyclist Lance Armstrong's incredible achievements that brought about the American's downfall.
The Richard Burton Diaries
In his personal diaries Richard Burton is a man quite different from the one we familiarly know as acclaimed actor, international film star, and jet-set celebrity. From his private, handwritten pages there emerges a different...
Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution
In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote...
An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner
A riveting memoir from the woman behind the major motion
picture The Sessions — and an intimate portrayal of
sexuality in the 20th century.
For the past 40 years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has worked...
Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell
Allows us to think afresh about sex and desire. Touching on experiences of desire and pleasure, as well as grief and pain, this book probes the porousness between masculine and feminine, thought and sensation, self and culture,...
After the fall of Singapore in 1942, the conquering Japanese Army transferred some 2500 British and Australian prisoners to a jungle camp at Sandakan, on the east coast of North Borneo. This title is both their story and the story...
Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?
Includes stories about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a tyrant in place of a mother, who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the duster drawer, waiting for Armageddon; and, about...
Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces
Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his plane over large areas of the United States, documenting the landscape from beautiful agricultural patterns to geometric city grids. In his new book, he directs his lens at the...
Barack Obama: The Making of a Man
Tells the story of Obama's beginnings: child of a black man from Luoland and a white woman born in Texas. The author charts the fortunes of the two disparate families, polar opposites in every way, which produced these two...
The Lost Woman
When Sydney Smith was nine, she thought about killing herself because of her mother's cruelty. When she reached puberty, her mother sexually assaulted her - a pattern repeated over the years.
Tell the White Man: Buludja’s Story
Eric Thonemann managed The Elsey cattle station in the Northern Territory from 1914 until 1961. Buludja, an Aboriginal woman who spent her life at The Elsey, here provides a unique first person account of the motives and strength...
Woman Who Wasnt There
The true but incredibly strange story of Tania Head and how she fooled America.
Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch Your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar
Most of us have a nonstop chorus of criticism in our heads -- voices not unlike those of the mean girls lurking in locker rooms of junior high schools everywhere. Amy Ahlers's witty, wise, and cut-to-the-chase book will give you...
Memoirs of a Young Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall, November 1953 to December 1954
Offers a unique snapshot of 1950s Australian bohemian life. Written against the backdrop of an Australia easily caricatured as dull and provincial, straightjacketed by suburban convention and paranoia, this is one of the most...
Hell’s Battlefield: The Australians in New Guinea in World War II
Hell's Battlefield is the first book that tells the whole story of the Australians against the Japanese in New Guinea during World War II, from invasion in 1942 to the brutal end game in 1945.
Good Morning, Mr Sarra: My Life Working for a Stronger, Smarter Future for Our Children
Good Morning, Mr Sarra is the story of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, life behind this vision. From his childhood as one of ten children in a country town, to the galvanising of his educational philosophy at university, to its...
The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World
Being Human in a Digital World
Gough Whitlam: His Time
Recreates the excitement of Whitlam's historic win in 1972, forces that never accepted his ascendency &the tragedy that followed. Drawing on previously unseen archival material, interviews with family, colleague sand with the man...
The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia
A gripping account of how al-Qaeda in Yemen rebounded from an initial defeat to once again threaten the United States.
Being Gay, Being Christian: You Can be Both
Synopsis coming soon...
The Australian Ghost Whisperer
The Australian Ghost Whisperer is a collection of the accounts of the incredible experiences of Caterina Ligato, an extraordinary medium and psychic.
My Brilliant Friend
A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a...
Sydney360: Photographs by Con Hionis
Sydney is a city that needs to be seen in the flesh, but failing that, these images are a spectacular way to view and experience her magic.
Deals with the cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks - and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned. In this book, the...
In Brandwashed, Martin Lindstrom gives readers a shocking - and unprecedented - behind-the-scenes look at the tricks, strategies and manipulations that businesses, advertisers and retailers across the world use to engineer human...
Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation
Dealing with the complex case law concerning the use of the provocation defence in cases of intimate killings, this title considers the construction and representation of subjectivity and sexual difference in legal narrations of...
The Savvy Girl’s Money Book
This is a witty and appealing money how-to for 18 to 35-year-olds who would never buy one of the existing personal finance books on the market today. Containing sound information, lots of peer-group stories, both 'befores' and...
The Chamberlain Case: The Legal Saga That Transfixed the Nation
The Crown offered no eyewitnesses, no body, no confession and no motive. So why did it take seven years, two inquests, one trial, two appeals and one inquiry to decide in favour of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain? After distiling...
Man in a Grey Suit
I caught a wave and paddled back out. I was just inside the crowd when I ducked a small wave and it left white water boiling around me. A lump of swell came from the north. It reared as it approached the sand bank. I changed...
Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World
A detailed look at the history of water and society in the ancient world, a history never previously written as it is still in the process of being revealed.
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
* An extraordinary book which gives us a unique insight into the life and thinking of the man who has single-handedly transformed the world
Positive Linking: How Networks Can Revolutionise the World
According to the author, the mechanistic viewpoint of conventional economics is drastically limited - because it cannot comprehend the vital nature of networks. In this book, he shows, network effects make conventional approaches...
Tells the story of Tony Pagoda, a picaresque hero of our time. A charismatic Neapolitan singer, Tony is talented and successful, up to his neck in money, drugs and women, enjoying an extravagant lifestyle in Naples and Capri. But...
The End of Your Life Book Club: A Mother, a Son and a World of Books
The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a 'book club' that brings them together as her life comes to a close. For fans of Tuesdays With Morrie and The Last Lecture.
Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan
The author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City (winner of the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize) now gives us the startling, behind-the-scenes story of the struggle between President Obama and the US military to remake Afghanistan.
Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt
A powerful memoir about faith and doubt, with a strong meditative and philosophical heart
The Price of Valour: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Gallipoli Hero, Hugo Throssell, VC
When Hugo Throssell joined the Light Horse during the First World War, he symbolised the Australian nation at that time: full of youth, vigour, courage and idealism. And when he killed himself in 1933, he remained as emblematic to...
How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening
Getting the right point on a pencil is really a matter of skill and expertise. Most people need to know how to achieve the perfect pencil point to match the job. Deep in New York's Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees - the...
The Obamas: A Mission, a Marriage
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. This title takes us inside the White House as they grapple with their roles, change the country, raise children,...
The Rules of Inheritance
As a young woman, Claire Bidwell Smith loses both her parents to cancer. It is only later, when Claire falls in love and becomes a mother, that she emerges from the fog of grief. Using the five stages of grief as a window onto her...
From original springs and streams and Roman amphitheatres to Victorian sewers, gang hideouts and modern Underground stations, this book tunnels down through the geological layers, meeting the creatures, both real and fictional,...
Alice Springs, Alice, The Alice, Mparntwe is the most talked about but least familiar place in Australia. It is a town of extremes and contradictions: searingly hot and bitterly cold, thousands of miles from anywhere, the heart of...
The Price of Politics
Bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Bob Woodward's new book takes us into the rooms where the United States' business is negotiated at the highest levels
The Best Science Writing Online 2012
Showcasing more than fifty online essays from 2011, this book can change the way we think about science - from fluids to fungi, poisons to pirates. It provides a comprehensive look at the fascinating, innovative, and trailblazing...
Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action That Changed America
The We are the 99%' or the Occupy Wall Street protest has given birth to the most important progressive movement since the civil rights marches half a century ago. This is the story of that beginning.
Fallout from Fukushima
On 11 March 2011, a force-9 earthquake jolted the seabed 66 kilometres due east of Japan. Within 20 minutes, a black tsunami wave 14 metres high rolled in from above the epicentre. While struggling with the unfolding destruction,...
And Then Life Happens
While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama's childhood played out at the other end of the world in a remote village in Kenya, the birthplace of the siblings' shared father.
A Premier’s State
In May 1994, while I was going through pre - selection for the seat of Williamstown, I sat down at my desk at home and I wrote a note. I was thirty - nine years old and in that note I mapped out what I hoped would happen in my...
Enemies: A History of the FBI
The United States is a country founded on the ideals of democracy and freedom, yet throughout the last century it has used secret and lawless methods to destroy its enemies. This title brings to life the entire story, from the...
The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Global Financial System Destroys the Middle Class
A wake-up call for middle class Americans who feel trapped in a post-crisis economic slump, The Unfair Trade is a riveting expose of the vast global financial system whose flaws are the source of our economic malaise. Our...
Big Handout: How Us Subsidies And Corporate Welfare Corrupt The World We Live In And Wreak Havoc On Our Food Bills The
A journalistic expos on how subsidies are compromising personal
health and finances reveals the high percentage of household taxes
that go directly to subsidized commodities, explaining how some
subsidies are costing more than...
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination
* The new non-fiction from the inimitable Margaret Atwood - IN OTHER WORLDS is a must
High Season: A Memoir of Heroin and Hospitality
Kitchen Confidential meets Underbelly in this enthralling memoir. High Season is the story of a working-class boy made good - and bad.
The Boy Who Loved Apples: A Mother’s Battle with Her Son’s Anorexia
Brave, honest and ultimately uplifting, The Boy Who Loved Apples is a compelling and beautifully written account of life with an eating disorder, and a gritty, moving testament to a mother's love. As Amanda embarked on the long,...
Vagina: A Cultural History: A New Biography
* Naomi Wolf is back. With a book that should be as exciting, dramatic and controversial as the Beauty Myth
End This Depression Now!
A call-to-arms from Nobel Prize winning economist and best-selling author Paul Krugman.
Once Upon a Secret
In 1963, Mimi Beardsley was a naive young American girl - she had attended the exclusive girls' school as Jackie Bouvier, installed in the White House as the president's wife. It was a place for which she was not prepared,...
Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox
With revelatory new information, from a leading feminist scholar and biographer, a nuanced and sympathetic biography of Marilyn Monroe to be published on the 50th anniversary of her death
Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life
Demonstrates that there might in fact be much to be said for the unlived life. This title suggests that in missing out on one experience we always open ourselves to the potential of another, and that in depriving ourselves of the...
Bigger or Better?: Australia’s Population Debate
When Kevin Rudd responded to a government forecast that the Australian population could reach 36 million by 2050 by saying he believed in 'a big Australia', there was a strong public reaction. One insider said that 'the focus...
Information is Beautiful: The Information Atlas
A visual guide to the way the world really works
Women of Note: The Rise of Australian Women Composers
Music journalist Rosalind Appleby takes a fresh look at Australia's history and makes some startling discoveries about the contribution of women to Australian classical music. Women of Note puts together the missing pieces of...
Spell it Out: The Story of English Spelling
Why is there an 'h' in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press and his Flemish employees are to blame: without a dictionary or style guide to hand in fifteenth century Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the...
Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010
Israeli soldiers speak out for the first time about the truth of the Palestinian occupation, in 'one of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in this generation' ( The New York Review of Books ).
Not Drowning, Reading
As a child, Andrew had a reading disability; now he is a psychoanalyst, and professionally adept in the art of conversation. Not Drowning, Reading is a work of literary non-fiction a memoir about the art and the gift of...
The Golden Door: Letters to America
Britain's most readable columnist takes on his biggest challenge - America
Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011
Over the past twenty years, an abundance of art forms have emerged that use aesthetics to affect social dynamics. These works are often produced by collectives or come out of a community context; they emphasize participation,...
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America's dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. Maddow argues that the U.S. has drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with war and...
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