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

Bruce Scates, 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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The 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 Age Good Food Guide 2016

The Age Good Food Guide 2016

Roslyn Grundy

The Age Good Food Guide 2016 showcase the best places to eat in Melbourne, and throughout regional Victoria.For 36 years the release of Australia's most prestigious restaurant bible has been the biggest event on the local food...

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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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Boxing 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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Fair Food: Stories from a Movement Changing the World

Fair Food: Stories from a Movement Changing the World

Nick Rose

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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 Read reviewUnder Cover: adventures in the art of editing

Under Cover: adventures in the art of editing

Craig Munro

Craig Munro began his blue-pencil adventures at the University of Queensland Press in 1971. Over the next thirty years, he became friend, counsellor, and occasionally foil to some of the country's leading authors.

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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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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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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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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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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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 Special priceThe Changi Book

The Changi Book

Lachlan Grant

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

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Time and Space: The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules - and the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

Time and Space: The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules - and the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

James Coventry

An accomplished book about the genius and ingenuity of the game's greats (and the forgotten) and how they have shaped the game through the innovation of tactics.

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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 explores Australia's history from ancient times through to Federation in 1901.

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The Savage Shore: Extraordinary Stories of Survival and Tragedy from the Early Voyages of Discovery to Australia

The Savage Shore: Extraordinary Stories of Survival and Tragedy from the Early Voyages of Discovery to Australia

Graham Seal

The search for the great south land began in ancient times and was a matter of colourful myth and cartographical fantasy until the Dutch East India Company started sending ships in the early seventeenth century. Graham Seal tells...

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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.

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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...

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RocKwiz Decades: The Greatest Songs of Our Time

RocKwiz Decades: The Greatest Songs of Our Time

Toby Creswell

The ultimate book for music fans, and trivia buffs, with insider photos from Rockwiz and playlists from the decades, this is a defining celebration of music and song.

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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

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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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

Lyn Rowe was born in Melbourne in 1962, seven months after her mother Wendy was given a new 'wonder drug' for morning sickness called thalidomide. For fifty years the Rowe family cared for Lyn. Decades of exhausting,...

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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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No, Minister

No, Minister

Allan Behm

Nothing prepares a person for the job of chief of staff to a Commonwealth Minister. There are no professional development courses, no specialist recruitment agencies and no training manuals. It was into this vortex that Allen Behm...

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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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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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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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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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Enduring Legacies: Griffith Review 48

Enduring Legacies: Griffith Review 48

Julianne Schultz, Peter Cochrane

'As a civil, pluralistic, liberal and democratic society, Australia did not pass the test of the crisis brought about by the war in Europe. The country suffered a setback in its political culture from which it did not recover...

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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 and Creativity

Motherhood and Creativity

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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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 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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 Read reviewFury: Women Write About Sex, Power and Violence

Fury: Women Write About Sex, Power and Violence

Samantha Trenoweth

In Australia violence against women is a silent epidemic. By the age of 15 almost 20% of women have experienced sexual violence and more than one in three have experienced physical violence. One woman dies every week due to...

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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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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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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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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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Inside Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials

Inside Australia’s Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials

Andrew Lynch, Nicola McGarrity, George Williams

Over ten years after Australia's first national laws were enacted to combat the threat of terrorism, yet more anti-terrorism laws were passed in the Australian Parliament in late 2014.  The first laws were often introduced in...

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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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