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: A History in 100 Stories

World War One: A History in 100 Stories

Laura James, Bruce Scates, Rebecca Wheatley

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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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Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon

Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon

Don Watson

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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.

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Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

TGH Strehlow

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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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Australia's Second Chance: What our history tells us about our future

Australia’s Second Chance: What our history tells us about our future

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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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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Fair Food: Stories from a Movement Changing the World

Fair Food: Stories from a Movement Changing the World

Rose Nick

Australia's food system is more than just broken - it's killing us. Now is the time to act, to make a difference - to change the world. The groundbreaking Fair Food: Inspiring Stories of Ethical Living tells the new story of food...

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Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Clare Land

An essential work to be read by all non-Indigenous scholars and activists seeking solidarity with Indigenous struggles across the world

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Takeover: Foreign Investment and the Australian Psyche

Takeover: Foreign Investment and the Australian Psyche

David Uren

Did the Chiko Roll change Australian history? As a matter of fact, yes. Efforts by the reviled US company IT&T to take over the company making the Roll in the early 1970s marked a turning point in Australian foreign...

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Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment

Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment

O'Neil Clare, Tim Watts

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Gudinski: The godfather of Australian rock'n'roll

Gudinski: The godfather of Australian rock'n'roll

Stuart Coupe

The real story of the man behind the bands - and a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock music.

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The Money Men: Australias Twelve Most Notable Treasurers

The Money Men: Australias Twelve Most Notable Treasurers

Chris Bowen

Offers the first in-depth look at the most interesting men to have held the office of Treasurer of Australia. Former Treasurer Chris Bowen brings his unique insider perspective to reveal the lessons learned from the successes and...

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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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Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now

Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now

Jane Camens, Julianne Schultz

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Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Susan Blackburn

This book celebrates Melbourne in heady times.

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

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 examines the first European encounters with Australia and its Indigenous people, and the subsequent colonisation of the land by the British in the late eighteenth century, providing...

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

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. It begins with the first day of the twentieth century, which saw the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia.

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Blockbuster! Fergus Hume And The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

Blockbuster! Fergus Hume And The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

Lucy Sussex

The story of the crime novel that became a global publishing phenomenon --Cover.

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I Gave A Gonski: Selected Speeches

I Gave A Gonski: Selected Speeches

David Gonski

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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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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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Silent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an Australian Family's Long Road to Justice

Silent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an Australian Family’s Long Road to Justice

Michael Magazanik

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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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Joh for PM: The inside story of an extraordinary political drama

Joh for PM: The inside story of an extraordinary political drama

Paul Davey

In 1987, the premier of Queensland, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, launched an audacious bid to enter federal politics. But what really happened behind the scenes? Unfolding like a political thriller, Joh for Canberra: The Inside Story...

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Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War

Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War

James Curran

In the early 1970s, two titans of Australian and American politics, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and President Richard Nixon, clashed over the end of the Vietnam war and the shape of a new Asia. A relationship that had endured the...

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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

George McEncroe

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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Queensland: Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask

Queensland: Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask

Mark Bahnisch

Everyone has heard the cliches about Queensland politics: Queensland is 'different'. It's the 'Deep North'. Its state elections exemplify Pineapple Party Time. But what if those cliches are in fact looking more like the state of...

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Enduring Legacies: Griffith Review 48

Enduring Legacies: Griffith Review 48

Julianne Schultz, Peter Cochrane

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Van Diemen's Land: An Aboriginal History

Van Diemen’s Land: An Aboriginal History

Mr Murray Johnson, Mr 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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 Read reviewMothermorphosis: Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

Mothermorphosis: Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

Monica Dux

In Mothermorphosis, some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers share their own experiences of motherhood. In telling their stories they articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity...

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The Coal Face: Penguin Special

The Coal Face: Penguin Special

Tom Doig

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Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special

Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special

Liam Pieper

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Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959 89

Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959 89

Sam Lipski, Suzanne D. Rutland

For 50 years, until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Soviet Union ran a campaign of repression, imprisonment, political trials and terror against its 3 million Jews. In Australia, political leaders and the Jewish community...

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Memoirs of an Anzac: A first-hand account by an AIF officer in the First World War

Memoirs of an Anzac: A first-hand account by an AIF officer in the First World War

John Charles Barrie, Ross McMullin

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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

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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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 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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The Story of Australia's People: Volume 1

The Story of Australia’s People: Volume 1

Geoffrey Blainey

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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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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

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The Australian Moment: How we were made for these times

The Australian Moment: How we were made for these times

George Megalogenis

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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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