Australian non-fiction 2016

The Best Australian Essays 2016

The Best Australian Essays 2016

Geordie Williamson

'The essay creates a place for slow thought on hectic subjects, and that is what the best of this year's crop manage to do.' -Geordie Williamson

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The History of Australia in 100 Objects

The History of Australia in 100 Objects

Toby Creswell

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Best Australian Political Cartoons 2016

Best Australian Political Cartoons 2016

Russ Radcliffe

The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

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Midnight Oil: The Power and the Passion

Midnight Oil: The Power and the Passion

Michael Lawrence

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A Single Tree

A Single Tree

Don Watson

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 Read reviewTrue Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

David Hunt

First there was Girt. Now comes... True Girt.  

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Under Full Sail

Under Full Sail

Rob Mundle

How the mighty clipper ships transformed Australia from convict outpost to a nation.

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 Read reviewKiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Kiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Janine Burke and Helen Hughes (Eds.), Helen Hughes

How one woman helped shape the Australian art world.

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Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent

Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent

Avan Judd Stallard

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Full Bore

Full Bore

William McInnes

A chance encounter in an auction house is the jumping-off point for William's inimitable take on our sport-obsessed nation, Australian popular culture and the artefacts and memorabilia that both make us cringe with recognition and...

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 Special priceWhat do We Want?: The Story of Protest in Australia

What do We Want?: The Story of Protest in Australia

Clive Hamilton

In What Do We Want? Clive Hamilton explores the colourful, enthralling and stirring forms of protest used in the big social movements that define modern Australia.

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The Promise of Things

The Promise of Things

Ruth Quibell

Some of our strongest, most lasting relationships are hidden in plain view-those we have with objects. What do our possessions do for us? And how do they do it? In The Promise of...

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From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories

From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories

Mark McKenna

Offers an imaginative and original new telling of modern Australia through the history and stories of ten places, all revisited and explained by award-winning author and historian Mark McKenna, including Sydney Cove, Port...

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Margaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art

Margaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art

Lesley Harding

In the style of Sunday's Kitchen, Margaret Preston's cookbook will tell a story of art, food and social times of this much-admired artist. The Margaret Preston recipe book (held in the NGA collection) is full of handwritten...

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Fair Game

Fair Game

Steve Cannane

Based on years of interviews and research, Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Cannane tells for the first time the fascinating story of Australia's vital involvement with this powerful, secretive and punitive cult.

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 Special priceSwallowed by the Sea: The Story of Australia's Shipwrecks

Swallowed by the Sea: The Story of Australia’s Shipwrecks

Graeme Henderson

Swallowed by the Sea tells the stories of Australia's greatest and most tragic shipwrecks, lost in raging storms, on jagged reefs, under enemy fire, or through human error, treachery or incompetence.

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The Turnbull Gamble

The Turnbull Gamble

Peter van Onselen, Wayne Errington

The nation breathed a sigh of relief when Malcolm Turnbull achieved his lifelong dream to become prime minister. Yet months into the job it was unclear what Turnbull wanted to achieve as prime minister. Will Turnbull grow into the...

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Comeback: The Fall and Rise of Geelong

Comeback: The Fall and Rise of Geelong

James Button

As a boy, James Button fell in love with the Geelong Football Club. It was a family affair. But as the years wore on and the defeats and disappointments mounted, it became clear to him: his team would never win a flag. This book...

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The Near and the Far: New stories from the Asia-Pacific region

The Near and the Far: New stories from the Asia-Pacific region

David Carlin, Francesca Rendle-Short

From 22 of the best writers in the Asia-Pacific region comes a collection about finding connections where you least expect them.

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Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex

Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex

Karen Pickering

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Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Elizabeth Tynan

In 1950 Australian prime minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to atomic tests that offered no benefit to Australia and relinquished control over them - and left the public completely in the dark. This book reveals the...

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 Read reviewPosition Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories

Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories

Kim Mahood

Imagine the document you have before you is not a book but a map. It is well-used, creased, and folded, so that when you open it, no matter how carefully, something tears, and a line that is neither latitude nor longitude opens in...

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The Writer's Room: Conversations About Writing

The Writer’s Room: Conversations About Writing

Charlotte Wood

A brilliant resource for established and beginning writers and for passionate readers everywhere from a range of acclaimed and much-loved writers, lovingly compiled by the brilliant and insightful Charlotte Wood.

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A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off

A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off

Charlie Ward

Fifty years ago, a group of striking Aboriginal stockmen in the remote Northern Territory of Australia herald a revolution in the cattle industry and a massive shift in Aboriginal affairs. A Handful of Sand tells the story behind...

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 Special priceWhere are Our Boys?: How Newsmaps Won the Great War

Where are Our Boys?: How Newsmaps Won the Great War

Martin Woods

The war produced more maps than any time before in history, giving us along the way some of the most beautiful, and sometimes misleading, maps ever published. Where Are Our Boys? tells the story of how the war was fought and won...

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Amazinger Face

Amazinger Face

Zoe Foster Blake

Amazing Face is the beauty book for women of all ages. Zoe Foster - beauty journalist, author, woman - offers her valuable experience when it comes to skin, face, eyes, lips, hair, hands and nails, body and makeovers. This book is...

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The Drowned Man: A true story of life death and murder on HMAS Australia

The Drowned Man: A true story of life death and murder on HMAS Australia

Brendan James Murray

Had a gay man been secretly murdered on HMAS Australia during the Second World War?

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The Game of Their Lives

The Game of Their Lives

Nick Richardson

An incredible untold true story of Australian Rules stars-turned-ANZACs recalled from the WWI frontline to show the world our national game for the first time.

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Five Bells: Being LGBT in Australia

Five Bells: Being LGBT in Australia

Jenny Papalexandris, Fiona Skyring

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The Trust Deficit

The Trust Deficit

Sam Crosby

Drawing on contemporary political stories and examples, The Trust Deficit shows us how faith in our politicians has been eroded but how it can be rebuilt. By breaking trust down to its elements - reliability and competence,...

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Use Your Words: A Myth-Busting, No-Fear Approach to Writing

Use Your Words: A Myth-Busting, No-Fear Approach to Writing

Catherine Deveny

Want to write? Got a memoir, novel, screenplay or blog in your back drawer? Need to get 'unstuck'? This is the magic pill you've been looking for. In Use Your Words writer and comedian Catherine Deveny reveals the...

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Trouble: On Trial in Central Australia

Trouble: On Trial in Central Australia

Kieran Finnane

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Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Hugh Mackay (AUTHOR)

A powerful investigation into how we make sense of our lives and find purpose in an age without God.

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 Special priceGay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Australian Stories from a Social Revolution

Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Australian Stories from a Social Revolution

Robert Reynolds, Shirleene Robinson

Reveals the legacies of homophobia, the personal struggles and triumphs involved in coming out, the inconsistent state of social progress, and the many different ways of being gay or lesbian in Australia - then and now.

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Error Australis

Ben Pobjie

Error Australis is a scholastic and side-splittingly funny account of a young nation that has spent many years seeking its place in the world, and almost as many years not liking what it has found.

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We're All Going to Die

We’re All Going to Die

Leah Kaminsky

A joyful book about the necessity of celebrating life in the face of death. The one certainty about life is that everybody is going to die. Yet somehow as a society we have come to deny this...

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It's Our Country

It’s Our Country

Marcia Langton, Megan Davis

It's Our Country articulates why constitutional accommodation of indigenous peoples is important for a nation that is home to the oldest continuous civilisation on earth.

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Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly

Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly

Karen Hitchcock

In this short, powerful book, Karen Hitchcock shines a light on ageism in our society

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Who Bombed the Hilton?

Who Bombed the Hilton?

Rachel Landers

Once you start to go through the archives, the story of the Hilton bombing what happened, who probably did it and how the truth was lost becomes apparent.On 13 February 1978 a bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in George...

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Unnecessary Wars

Unnecessary Wars

Henry Reynolds

Australian governments find it easy to go to war. Their leaders seem to be able to withdraw with a calm conscience, answerable neither to God nor humanity.' Australia lost 600 men in the Boer War, a three - year conflict fought in...

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Generation Less: How Australia is Cheating the Young

Generation Less: How Australia is Cheating the Young

Jennifer Rayner

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The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia

The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia

Ian Lowe

Can we reinvent the Lucky Country? Fifty years ago author Donald Horne described Australia as a lucky country run by second-rate people , adding that its leaders were mostly unaware of events that surround them. In this polemic...

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The Sick Bag Song

The Sick Bag Song

Nick Cave

Chronicles Nick Cave's journey with his band the Bad Seeds on a twenty-two-day, North American tour. This personal account blends memories, musings, poetry, lyrics, flights of fancy and a road journal. It explores and develops the...

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Inside Street Art Melbourne

Inside Street Art Melbourne

Allison Fogarty, Toby Fairbank

Inside Street Art Melbourne is the ultimate beginner's photographic springboard to street art. Go on your own self-guided tour or take a vicarious visual trip via the images of these powerful and inspiring works of art.

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Private Lives, Public History

Private Lives, Public History

Anna Clark

The past is consumed on a grand scale: popularised by television programs, enjoyed by reading groups, walking groups, historical societies and heritage tours, and supported by unprecedented digital access to archival records. Yet...

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The Oldest Foods on Earth: A History of Australian Native Foods with Recipes

The Oldest Foods on Earth: A History of Australian Native Foods with Recipes

John Newton

Why have white Australians so often rejected the delicious and nourishing foods native to our own continent - the wild rices, native fruits, meats, herbs and spices? This is one food revolution that really matters - and it will...

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 Special priceHigh Seas and High Teas: Voyaging to Australia

High Seas and High Teas: Voyaging to Australia

Roslyn Russell, Kerry O'Brien

Using diary entries and shipboard newspapers, author Roslyn Russell gives a vivid sense of what it was like to leave one life for another and sail across the world into the unknown

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 Read reviewA Murder without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle

A Murder without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle

Martin McKenzie-Murray

In 2004, the body of a young Perth woman was found on the  grounds of a primary school. Her name was Rebecca Ryle. The killing  would mystify investigators, lawyers, and psychologists - and profoundly  rearrange the...

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Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Larissa Behrendt

A vital Aboriginal perspective on colonial storytelling Indigenous lawyer and writer Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the local Butchulla people after she was...

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