Australian Non-Fiction 2014

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

Stanley Breeden, Kaisa Breeden

Award-winning nature photographers Stanley and Kaisa Breeden explore Australia's small animal life to reveal the wonder and beauty of looking closely into nature. Their specially developed digital photography techniques make it...

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The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three - Nation

The Europeans in Australia: Volume Three - Nation

Alan Atkinson

This volume explores the impact of European power on Australia. It argues that the Europeans were just conquerors, that their own cultures were infinitely complex, thickly-woven with ideas about spirituality, authority, self and...

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Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide

Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide

Iain Campbell, Sam Woods, Nick Leseberg, Geoff Jones

Birds of Australia covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occuring migrants and features more than 1,100 stunning color photographs, including many photos of subspecies and plumage variations never before seen in a...

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The Secrets of the Anzacs: The untold story of venereal disease in the Australian army, 1914-1919

The Secrets of the Anzacs: The untold story of venereal disease in the Australian army, 1914-1919

Raden Dunbar

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Triumph and Demise: The broken promise of a Labor generation

Triumph and Demise: The broken promise of a Labor generation

Paul Kelly

Featuring a new introduction in response to Julia Gillard's memoir, this revised edition brings Paul Kelly's masterpiece on the Rudd-Gillard years up to the present. Drawing on more than sixty on-the-record interviews with all the...

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Other States of Mind

Other States of Mind

Natasha Bernard

Nearly half of our population will experience changes in their mental state at some stage in their lives ... depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PND-there are so many clinical names thrown around to describe our thoughts, feelings...

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Australia 1901 - 2001: A Narrative History

Australia 1901 - 2001: A Narrative History

Andrew Tink

Andrew Tink's superb book tells the story of Australia in the twentieth century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by extraordinary...

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Between Us: Women of Letters

Between Us: Women of Letters

Marieke Hardy, Michaela McGuire

Our biggest and most exciting Women of Letters collection yet! Between Us features the warmth, intelligence and letters we've come to expect from Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, but also includes several People of Letters...

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Horses in Australia: An illustrated history

Horses in Australia: An illustrated history

Nicolas Brasch

This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the horse in Australia past and present. From Cobb & Co to Black Caviar, from the Walers of World War I to The Man from Snowy River, it showcases our best historical and...

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2014

The Best Australian Science Writing 2014

Ashley Hay, Ian Lowe

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Holidays

Holidays

William McInnes

From bestselling author William McInnes, a book about the languid, unending holidays of summer; it's about going away and staying at home, about sunburn, seagulls, family and friends.

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Australians Volume 3: Flappers to Vietnam

Australians Volume 3: Flappers to Vietnam

Thomas Keneally (Author)

This third volume brings Australia's more recent history to vibrant life.

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Best Australian Essays 2014

Best Australian Essays 2014

Robert Manne

In The Best Australian Essays 2014, Robert Manne assembles his picks of contemporary non-fiction writing. This sharp collection of essays about the human condition evinces lucid insight, shrewd understanding and heartbreaking...

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 Read reviewBlood & Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars

Blood & Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars

Sam Vincent

Confrontations between Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd activists make for exciting news reports during the Australian summer. But the sensational headlines and dramatic footage - eco warriors pitted against the might of the...

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Battarbee and Namatjira

Battarbee and Namatjira

Martin Edmond

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Trendyville: The Battle for Australia's Inner Cities

Trendyville: The Battle for Australia’s Inner Cities

Graeme Davison, Renate Howe and David Nicholls

This book is an in-depth examination of the causes and consequences of urban protest in a democracy. It shows how it changed the built environment as well as its participants, and resonated in many of our institutions including...

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The Writing Life

The Writing Life

David Malouf

Who else, but a writer, is really able to interrogate the work of other writers? From Christina Stead, Les Murray and Patrick White to Proust, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte, David Malouf reads and examines the work of writers...

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 Read reviewOnly in New York

Only in New York

Lily Brett

Lily Brett's love affair with new York began as an outsider in her late teens when she was posted on assignment there as a rock journalist for Australia's Go-Set magazine. In her early forties, following the collapse of her first...

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A-z Of Convicts In Van Diemen's Land

A-z Of Convicts In Van Diemen’s Land

Simon Barnard

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 Read reviewThe Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

The Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman, rebellious daughter of ultra-orthodox Jews, has always sought her own way. True to her Bohemian dream where love can coexist with sexual freedom, she decided to experiment with an open marriage... despite the fact that...

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Well May We Say...The Speeches That Made Australia

Well May We Say…The Speeches That Made Australia

Sally Warhaft

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What Did You Do in the Cold War Daddy?: Personal Stories from a Troubled Time

What Did You Do in the Cold War Daddy?: Personal Stories from a Troubled Time

Ann Curthoys, Joy Damousi

The Cold War was a turbulent time to grow up in. Family ties were tested, friendships were torn apart and new beliefs forged out of the ruins of old loyalties. In this book, through twelve evocative stories of childhood and early...

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It's Not You, Geography, It's Me

It’s Not You, Geography, It’s Me

Kristy Chambers

From the author of the bestselling Get Well Soon! My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse comes a hilarious - and brutally honest - memoir about mental illness and depression. For someone who hates exercise, Kristy Chambers is pretty...

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My Story

My Story

Julia Gillard

Here, in her own words, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia's first female prime minister.

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 Read reviewDress, Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses

Dress, Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses

Lorelei Vashti

A charming coming-of-age memoir in which every dress tells a story. Dress, Memory is about a decade in dresses. Perceptive and poignant, humorous and heartwarming, it's the story of growing up and growing into yourself. It's about...

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Class Act

Class Act

Maxine McKew

In Class Act Maxine McKew calls for a ceasefire in the education wars-the largely irrelevant arguments over national curricula and governance issues. - See more at:...

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Salad Days: Penguin Special

Salad Days: Penguin Special

Ronnie Scott

Salad Days is a fascinating and lyrical look at a particular moment in our history and society, and an important contribution to an ongoing debate about how we eat.

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Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Patrick Weller

Beginning with Rudd's childhood in rural Queensland, examines the people, places and politics that shaped him into the leader he is today. A frank analysis of Kevin Rudd's leadership style and his government's first term in...

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I Spy a Great Reader: How to Unlock the Literary Secret and Get Your Child Hooked on Books

I Spy a Great Reader: How to Unlock the Literary Secret and Get Your Child Hooked on Books

Jackie French

Australian Children's Laureate, book lover and dyslexia sufferer Jackie French gives a wonderful insight into how you can help your child discover a world of books. Does your child love books, but can't stay still long enough to...

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Hell-Bent: Australia's leap into the Great War

Hell-Bent: Australia’s leap into the Great War

Douglas Newton

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The Fights of My Life

The Fights of My Life

Greg Combet, Mark Davis

The Fights of My Life is the story of a man who faces up to the power structures of politics, big business and the media. His latest target is the labour movement, arguing that the Labor Party and the trade unions must...

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Tim Winton: Critical Essays

Tim Winton: Critical Essays

Lyn McCredden, Nathanael O'Reilly

Includes bibliographical references (pages 330-331) and index.

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The Hard Sell: The tricks of political advertising

The Hard Sell: The tricks of political advertising

Dee Madigan

In The Hard Sell, creative director Dee Madigan uses her trademark humour and down-to-earth approach to unveil the world of political advertising.

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 Special priceAustralian History In 7 Questions

Australian History In 7 Questions

John Hirst

'If there are genuine questions about Australian history, there is something to puzzle over. The history ceases to be predictable - and dull.' From the author of The Shortest History of Europe, acclaimed historian John Hirst,...

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Essays from Near and Far

Essays from Near and Far

James Dryburgh

'Essays from Near and Far' is a first collection of literary essays on wide-ranging topics by Tasmanian James Dryburgh, with a foreword from poet and environmentalist Pete Hay.

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The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

Clare Wright

Ten years in the research and writing, inimitably bold, entertaining and irreverent in style, Clare Wright's The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat-women who made Eureka a story for...

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 Read reviewWarning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy

Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy

Sophie Cunningham

The sky at the top end is big and the weather moves like a living thing. You can hear it in the cracking air when there is an electrical storm and as the thunder rolls around the sky...When Cyclone Tracy swept down on Darwin at...

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 Read reviewA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

Luke Ryan

A year-long regimen of chemotherapy and radiotherapy wasn't quite what Luke Ryan had in mind when he turned 22. Especially having been through the same rigmarole when he was 11! Needless to say, Luke Ryan is eyeing off 33 warily....

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Hockey: Not Your Average Joe

Hockey: Not Your Average Joe

Madonna King

Will this man be Australia's next Prime Minister? The son of an immigrant and a Bondi beauty queen, Joe Hockey is one of Australia's most popular politicians with one of the nation's toughest jobs.

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The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a great nation lost its way

The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a great nation lost its way

Nick Bryant

A forensic look at the Lucky Country, from the inside and outside. Never before has Australia enjoyed such economic, commercial, diplomatic and cultural clout. Its recession - proof economy is the envy of the world. It's the...

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Tony Windsor: The Biography

Tony Windsor: The Biography

Ruth Rae

A revealing, in-depth look at the life of Tony Windsor, one of the most a widely admired, straight-talking and honourable men in Australian politics.

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The Lost Legions of Fromelles: The True Story of the Most Dramatic Battle in Australia's History

The Lost Legions of Fromelles: The True Story of the Most Dramatic Battle in Australia’s History

Peter Barton

Controversial and groundbreaking, this is the most authoritative book ever written on the battle of Fromelles - worst day in Australia's entire military history.

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The Professionals: Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia

The Professionals: Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia

Stephen Mills

During 2010-11, Stephen Mills conducted on-the-record interviews with every living national campaign director of the two major political parties. Their experience covers the 15 federal election campaigns from 1974 to the present...

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 Read reviewStop the Presses: How Greed, Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax

Stop the Presses: How Greed, Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax

Ben Hills

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 Read reviewTravelling Without Gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Companion

Travelling Without Gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Companion

Cassandra Atherton

Wide - ranging in theme and context, it explores the imaginative effects of his writing. A tribute to Chris on the occasion of this eightieth birthday, in many ways it suggests an alternative cultural history of Australia since...

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 Read reviewLast Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law

Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law

Michaela McGuire

On a Sunday evening in July 2011, 40 - year - old Anthony Dunning was pinned to the floor of Melbourne's Crown casino by security staff. Four days later, he died in the intensive care unit of the Alfred Hospital. The incident was...

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 Read reviewThe Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell: Quarterly Essay 51

The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell: Quarterly Essay 51

David Marr

David Marr's explosive bestseller, now expanded and updated. The leading Catholic in the nation and spiritual adviser to Tony Abbott, Cardinal George Pell has played a key role in the greatest challenge to face his church for...

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Life Chances: Stories of growing up in Australia

Life Chances: Stories of growing up in Australia

Janet Taylor

Presents the real life stories of five young people who were all born in the same place at the same time and who all seem to be flourishing at age 21 but who have had very different life experiences along the way. The book enables...

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Menzies at War

Menzies at War

Anne Henderson

In the months following his resignation as PM in late August 1941, Menzies swayed between relief at his release from the burdens of office as PM and despair that his life at the top had come to so little. Many followers of...

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Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO files

Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO files

Meredith Burgmann

In this moving, funny and sometimes chilling book, leading Australians open their ASIO files and read what the state's security apparatus said about them. Writers from across the political spectrum including Mark Aarons,...

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 Read reviewThe Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

Liam Pieper

Hilarious, compelling and sometimes heartbreaking, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a memoir about family, drugs and learning how to live with yourself, from a sharp and original new Australian voice.

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 Read reviewShy: A Memoir

Shy: A Memoir

Sian Prior

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The Dealer is the Devil: Inside the Aboriginal art trade

The Dealer is the Devil: Inside the Aboriginal art trade

Adrian Newstead

With vivid portraits of artists, dealers and scamsters, the book races from pre-contact and colonial days to the heady celebrations of the Sydney Olympics and the devastating impact of the global financial crisis. Newstead's...

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Power Failure: The inside story of climate politics under Rudd and Gillard

Power Failure: The inside story of climate politics under Rudd and Gillard

Philip Chubb

One of the most bitterly contested political issues of recent times has been climate change, and how - or indeed whether - Australia should act to mitigate its effects. Different policy approaches have been developed and discarded...

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Australian Notebooks

Australian Notebooks

Betty Churcher

In Australian Notebooks, Betty Churcher revisits some of the artworks she most cherishes - a seminal Picasso, early works of the Heidelberg School, a striking portrait by Lucian Freud - and invites us to look afresh at the...

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Under the Microscope

Under the Microscope

Earl Owen

Earl Owen was the first surgeon to be able to reverse vasectomies and complete fallopian tube ligatures (using his microsurgical prowess). And he designed the chairs in the Sydney Opera House! He has done more in his eighty years...

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The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania

The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania

Nicholas Clements, Henry Reynolds

At its core, The Black War is a story about two peoples who just wanted to be free of each other...sooner or later Europeans and Aborigines were bound to clash, but it was Tasmania's unique circumstances that turned this...

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Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies

Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies

Jane Lydon (ed.)

Historically, photographs of Indigenous Australians were produced in unequal and exploitative circumstances. Today, however, such images represent a rich cultural heritage for descendants, who see them in distinctive and positive...

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Jacks and Jokers

Jacks and Jokers

Matthew Condon

The much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling Three Crooked Kings. Here we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. The story continues as Terry Lewis...

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Dangerous Allies

Dangerous Allies

Malcolm Fraser, Cain Roberts

Dangerous Allies examines Australia's history of strategic dependence and questions the continuation of this position. It argues that international circumstances, in the world and in the Western Pacific especially,...

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Darwin

Darwin

Tess Lea

Darwin is a survivor, you have to give it that. Razed to the ground four times in its short history, it has picked itself up out of the debris to not only rebuild but grow. Darwin has known catastrophes and resurrections; it has...

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Diary of a Foreign Minister

Diary of a Foreign Minister

Bob Carr

Six years after vacating his position as the longest - serving Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr returned to politics in his dream job: as Foreign Minister of Australia and a senior federal cabinet minister. For 18 months he...

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Prisoner X

Prisoner X

Rafael Epstein

Prisoner X, just 34 years old, was slumped in a small bathroom, separated from his cell by a transparent door. Kept in one of the most technologically sophisticated solitary jail cells, at the behest of one of the world's most...

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Lost Boys of Anzac

Lost Boys of Anzac

Peter Stanley

Australians remember the dead of 25 April 1915 on Anzac Day every year. But do we know the name of a single soldier who died that day? What do we really know about the men supposedly most cherished in the national memory of war?...

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Anzac's Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession: Redbacks

Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession: Redbacks

James Brown

In Anzac's Long Shadow, James Brown, a former army officer and brilliant young thinker, describes how Australia is investing too much time, money and emotion in the Anzac legend. He argues that when a legend comes to...

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Playing To Win

Playing To Win

Michael Gordon

Playing to Win is an insider's view of how the Hawthorn Football Club won its 11th premiership in 2013 and, in the process, established itself as Australia's most successful football club over the past 60 years. From an unexpected...

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