Australian Non-Fiction 2015

Battleground: Why the Liberal Party Shirtfronted Tony Abbott

Battleground: Why the Liberal Party Shirtfronted Tony Abbott

Wayne Errington, Peter Van Onselen

Battleground chronicles the paradox of the Abbott prime ministership: steadfast loyalty when pragmatism was required; social values at odds with community attitudes; stubbornness when tactics and strategy were essential. All would...

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World War One

World War One

Rebecca Wheatley, Laura James

There has been no shortage of heroic stories over the course of the Anzac Centenary: stories of courage and sacrifice, fortitude and endurance, mateship and resolve. But a hundred years on, there is a need for other stories as...

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 Special priceThe Beach: An Australian Passion

The Beach: An Australian Passion

Robert Drewe

From an Indigenous food source to a hedonistic playground, the beach has long been a national obsession. Robert Drewe's lyrical examination of Australian beach culture combines imagery from some of Australia's most celebrated...

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The Best Australian Essays 2015

The Best Australian Essays 2015

Geordie Williamson

In The Best Australian Essays 2015, Geordie Williamson compiles the year's outstanding short non-fiction. Read Helen Garner on condescension, DBC Pierre on travel, Ceridwen Dovey on autobiography, Tim Winton on injury, Anna Krien...

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Green Nomads

Green Nomads

Bob Brown

Green Nomads is a celebration of Australia's wilderness areas, and we surely have something to celebrate. The landscape and close-up photographs of Australia's natural landscape are ehterial yet familiar, calming yet powerful....

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Worst Words

Worst Words

Don Watson

Dr Don Watson - with his trademark wit and wisdom - says enough already! The English language is complex and evolving, and can win minds, hearts and nations. Why don't we try using it?Depending where you are on the...

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The Dismissal Dossier

The Dismissal Dossier

Jenny Hocking

Here is the definitive story of the most divisive episode in Australia's history-the dismissal of Gough Whitlam's government. 

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Great South Land

Great South Land

Rob Mundle

How Dutch sailors discovered New Holland and left Australia to a British pirate. For many, the colonial story of Australia starts with Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast in 1770, but it was some 164 years before his...

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More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees

More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees

Rosemary Sayer

More to the Story looks beyond negative media reports, political speeches and fear-mongering statistics to tell human stories of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

Rosemary Sayer writes with empathy and humility of her...

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Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

TGH Strehlow

Journey to Horseshoe Bend was first published in 1969 and has been out of print for almost forty years. An Australian literary classic, it was written by TGH (Ted) Strehlow, author of the monumental Songs of Central...

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Australia and the Monarchy

Australia and the Monarchy

David Hill

Australia and the British monarchy have always made for an odd couple: the young, rebellious, egalitarian nation wed to an ancient symbol of power and social inequality. Even today, an invitation to meet a member of the royal...

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It Happened on a Fishing Trip

It Happened on a Fishing Trip

Paddy O'Reilly

Fishing - we do it in ponds, creeks, great rivers, the deep sea. Some fall under the spell of the chase, some spend a lifetime trying to tie the perfect fly, some just like sitting on the pier for hours. These are tales of the...

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Every Hill Got A Story

Every Hill Got A Story

Central Land Council

Nyinanyi ngurangka - being on country - is not a ‘lifestyle choice' but a hard-won right, a spiritual and cultural duty, a constant battle, a source of happiness and opportunity and the meaning of life all at the same time.

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Australia's Second Chance

Australia’s Second Chance

George Megalogenis

The bestselling author of The Australian Moment asks the most important question confronting the country right now - how do we maintain our winning streak?

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 Special priceBoxing in Australia

Boxing in Australia

Grantlee Kieza

This book looks at boxing in Australia from early European settlement to the present day. Packed with stories, you can read about the first recorded fight; the racially charged match between a white and a black man; the...

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Creating Cities

Creating Cities

Marcus Westbury

In 2008, Marcus Westbury returned to his hometown of Newcastle, Australia and found more than 150 empty buildings lining its two main streets. Three years later the world's largest travel publisher, Lonely Planet, named it one of...

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Wild Man

Wild Man

Alecia Simmonds

In April 2012 a man was shot dead by police on a remote farm in New South Wales called the School of Happiness. The victim, who was high on a cocktail of drugs and who suffered from mental illness, had been threatening attendees...

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Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment

Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment

Clare O'Neil, Tim Watts

Beset by spin and the battle to win each news cycle, contemporary politics is mired in short-term thinking. Too little time is given to considering creative ways in which we could tackle key issues-a lagging education system, the...

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The Sex Myth

The Sex Myth

Rachel Hills

From a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life.

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Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Joel Deane

A riveting study of the politics of power Power is the only measure of a politician that matters. How they win power. How they wield power. How they lose power. Catch and Kill is an inside account of the beguiling and nomadic...

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 Special priceThe Changi Book

The Changi Book

Lachlan Grant

The story of Changi, told by those who lived through it.

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The The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 1, Indigenous and Colonial Australia

The The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 1, Indigenous and Colonial Australia

Alison Bashford (University of Sydney), Stuart Macintyre (University of Melbourne)

Volume 1 of The Cambridge History of Australia explores Australia's history from ancient times through to Federation in 1901.

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The The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 2, the Commonwealth of Australia

The The Cambridge History of Australia: Volume 2, the Commonwealth of Australia

Alison Bashford (University of Sydney), Stuart Macintyre (University of Melbourne)

Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Australia covers the period 1901 to the present day.

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 Read reviewOld Man's Story: The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie

Old Man’s Story: The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie

Bill Neidjie, Mark Lang

Right then,' he said with a sigh, and then turned to me with a grin. 'I tell you story, eh!' Then he said something which really floored me: 'I been waiting for you. You been waiting for me.' And so began Bill Neidjie's...

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I Gave A Gonski: Selected Speeches

I Gave A Gonski: Selected Speeches

David Gonski

David Gonski, company chairman and director, patron of the arts and philanthropist, has become a household name since the release of the Gonski report into education funding. In this collection of speeches, he writes about the...

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I'm Not Racist But... 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

I’m Not Racist But… 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane, Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner, reflects on the national experience of racism and the progress that has been made since the introduction of the Racial Discrimination Act in 1975. As the first...

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Supermarket Monsters: the Price of Coles and Woolworths' Dominance

Supermarket Monsters: the Price of Coles and Woolworths' Dominance

Malcolm Knox

Down, down...In hardware, petrol, merchandise, liquor and above all in groceries, Coles and Woolworths now jointly rule Australia's retail landscape. On average, every man, woman and child in this country...

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No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

Frank Brennan

What lessons have been learned from the 1967 referendum? In 1967, Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of altering two aspects of the Constitution that related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Although these...

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Australia's Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s

Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s

Stuart Macintyre

In this landmark book, Stuart Macintyre explains how a country traumatised by World War I, hammered by the Depression and overstretched by World War II became a prosperous, successful and growing society by the 1950s. This book...

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Post-God Nation: How Religion Fell Off The Radar in Australia - and WhatMight be Done To Get It Back On

Post-God Nation: How Religion Fell Off The Radar in Australia - and WhatMight be Done To Get It Back On

Roy Williams

Why religion fell off the radar in Australia - and how it can get back onAt the time of Federation 98% of Australians identified themselves as Christians. Now only 8% say they regularly go to Church. What's changed?...

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She's Having a Laugh: 25 of Australia's Funniest Women on Life, Love and Comedy

She’s Having a Laugh: 25 of Australia’s Funniest Women on Life, Love and Comedy

Affirm Press

In She's Having a Laugh, 25 of the funniest women in Australia write about life, love and laughter. Their stories are irreverent, intimate and - most of all - often hilarious. They reflect on why they became comedians, celebrate...

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The Gillard Project

The Gillard Project

Michael Cooney

Julia Gillard was prime minister for three tumultuous years. Here, Michael Cooney, her speechwriter and a longtime Labor staffer, tells us in extraordinarily frank and vivid terms exactly what went on in the backrooms of power....

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Watson's Pier

Watson’s Pier

Joshua Funder

This is the story of Josh FunderAEs great grandfather, Stanley Watson, who for a long time was thought to be the last man to leave Gallipoli (he was the second-last). It is told in narrative style, with a mix of fact and fiction,...

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Van Diemen's Land: An Aboriginal History

Van Diemen’s Land: An Aboriginal History

Murray Johnson, Ian McFarlane

The history of Aborigines in Van DiemenAEs Land is long. The first Tasmanians lived in isolation and against almost insurmountable odds for as many as 300 generations after the flooding of Bass Strait. This broad-ranging book is a...

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Mothermorphosis

Monica Dux

Beaming with joy. A natural mother.Worst Mother. Best mother. Guilt-ridden.Incompetent. Exhausted.The mythology of motherhood is often reduced to cliché. But how do we articulate the complex internal conflicts,...

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Motherhood & Creativity: The Divided Heart

Motherhood & Creativity: The Divided Heart

Rachel Power

Do women still confront the attitude that they have to choose between following their creative dreams and having children? In Motherhood and Creativity, some of Australia's most respected actors, writers,...

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The Coal Face: Penguin Special

The Coal Face: Penguin Special

Tom Doig

'The smoke got thicker and darker and then it seemed to be coming from everywhere, swirling around until it blanketed the entire town . . .'On 9 February 2014 a fire took hold in Victoria's Hazelwood coal mine...

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Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special

Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special

Liam Pieper

Liam Pieper's made some poor life choices, but he's (usually) meant well. He's tried to write important stories, fight racial prejudice and rescue traumatised puppies. And he's ended up with life-threatening infestations, a punch...

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Memoirs Of An Anzac: A First-Hand Account By An Aif OfficerIn The First World War

Memoirs Of An Anzac: A First-Hand Account By An Aif OfficerIn The First World War

John Charles Barrie, Ross McMullin

Against his mother's wishes, John Charles Barrie joined the Australian army in 1909. Five years later, he was on his way to Egypt as an officer with the Australian Imperial Force. He survived the war to write his memoirs, which...

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Quarterly Essay 57: Dear Life - On Caring for the Elderly

Quarterly Essay 57: Dear Life - On Caring for the Elderly

Karen Hitchcock

In this moving and controversial Quarterly Essay, doctor and writer Karen Hitchcock investigates the treatment of the elderly and dying through some unforgettable cases. With honesty and deep experience, she looks at end-of-life...

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Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought

Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought

Deb Anderson

This book sheds light on what drought and climate change mean to rural Australians - in their words.

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Fighting Hard: The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard: The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Richard Broome

Fighting Hard tells a history of the Aborigines Advancement League, the oldest Aboriginal organisation in Australia. As both a welfare and activist body, the League can be seen as the ‘mother' of all Aboriginal Victorian...

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Passing Clouds: A Winemaker's Journey

Passing Clouds: A Winemaker’s Journey

Graeme Leith

Electrician, Graeme Leith joined Melbourne's theatre collective at Carton's famously innovative Pram Factory Theatre and said 'let there be light'. And there was; Graham Blundell, Jack Hibberd, Max Gillies and many others produced...

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With Every Step: A Son's Quest And A Father's Promise

With Every Step: A Son’s Quest And A Father’s Promise

Neil Cadigan

In late 2010 Andrew 'Cad' Cadigan quit his job, sold his home and set out to walk around Australia. He was doing it in honour of a mate, Chris Simpson, who had recently succumbed to a rare pre-leukaemia condition.

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 Read reviewEverything You Need To Know About the Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Everything You Need To Know About the Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Megan Davis, George Williams

The definitive, clear-cut guide to the vote on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution. This book explains everything Australians need to know about the proposal to recognise Indigenous...

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City Limits: Why Australia's cities are broken and how we can fix them

City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them

Jane-Frances Kelly, Paul Donegan

Our bush heritage helped to define our identity, but today Australia is a nation of cities. A higher proportion of Australians live in cities than almost any other country, and most of our national wealth is generated in them. For...

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The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia

The Story of Australia’s People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia

Geoffrey Blainey

The vast, ancient land of Australia was settled in two main streams, far apart in time and origin. The first stream of immigrants came ashore some 50,000 years ago when the islands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea were one....

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The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd

The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd

Quentin Beresford

The story of Tasmania's most controversial forestry giant, the corruption that gave it power and the forces that brought it down. Gunns' collapse in 2012 was a major national news story, as was the arrest of its CEO for insider...

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Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine

Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine

Carol Freeman

This book is a compelling story for anyone interested in history and images or concerned about the natural environment, animal extinctions or conservation issues. It also provides a visual resource for art gallery and museum...

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Hole's Live Through This

Hole’s Live Through This

Anwen Crawford

Courtney Love has never been less than notorious. Her intelligence, ambition and appetite for confrontation have made her a target in a music industry still dominated by men. As Kurt Cobain's wife she was derided as an...

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Australia Under Surveillance

Australia Under Surveillance

Frank Moorhouse

ASIO has kept a file on Frank Moorhouse since he was seventeen. Now Frank has decided it is time to report on ASIO. This year ASIO has extended its surveillance powers, made the issuing of warrants easier and limited the freedom...

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Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course

Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course

Matt O'Sullivan

Power-plays, public spats, strategic blunders, betrayal and revenge: the fall of Qantas has more intrigue and drama than any in-flight movie. How did a national icon become a national liability?Founded in 1920 by two...

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Being There

Being There

David Malouf

After exploring the idea of home, where and what it is in A First Place, what does it mean to be a writer and where writing begins in The Writing Life, David Malouf moves on to words and music and art and...

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The Australian Moment

The Australian Moment

George Megalogenis

Winner of the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award, 2012 Walkley Book Award, and Australia's bestselling political book of 2012The book of the TV series Making Australia GreatThere's no better...

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Mateship: A Very Australian History

Mateship: A Very Australian History

Nick Dyrenfurth

Covering more than 200 years of white-settler history, Mateship demonstrates the richness and paradoxes of the Antipodean version of fraternity, and how everyone - from the early convicts to our most recent prime ministers, on...

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Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption

Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption

Ray Whitrod

In the early 1970s, Queensland was a haven for crooks from both sides of the law. It was into this hothouse that Ray Whitrod was controversially appointed as police commissioner in 1970. Just six years later he resigned from the...

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Wheel Life: Cycling Recollections of the 1950s and 1960s

Wheel Life: Cycling Recollections of the 1950s and 1960s

Ben Schofield

Author and historian Ben Schofield interviews veteran cyclists about their experiences on tracks and the road in Melbourne during the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these cyclists were world class and helped make Australia a major power...

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