Australian non-fiction 2017

The Conversation Yearbook 2017: 50 articles that informed public debate

The Conversation Yearbook 2017: 50 articles that informed public debate

John Watson

In a time of heightened hostility towards experts, academics and scientists, the 2017 collection of the best Conversation articles and essays is a must-read. If proof were needed that academia makes an essential contribution to...

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Rogue Nation

Rogue Nation

Royce Kurmelovs

This fascinating first-hand account of the phenomenon of One Nation, from within Canberra and outside it, will be compulsory reading for any Australian who cares about their vote.

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Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke

Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke

John Clarke

This fine collection includes John Clarke's writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well as previously unpublished pieces.

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There It Is Again: Collected Writings

There It Is Again: Collected Writings

Don Watson

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Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market

Tim Webster

This illustrated anthology of the oral histories of the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne takes you behind the counters to reveal intimate views of the market's unique way of life. Drawn from more than a hundred and eighty...

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 Read reviewThe Woman Who Fooled the World

The Woman Who Fooled the World

Beau Donelly, Nick Toscano

Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer.

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Quarterly Essay 68: Without America - Australia in the New Asia

Quarterly Essay 68: Without America - Australia in the New Asia

Hugh White

America is fading, and China will soon be the dominant power in our region. What does this mean for Australia's future?

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Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy

Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy

Meshel Laurie

Way cheaper than hours of therapy, Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy is your go-to guide for zen!

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Acland Street: The Grand Lady of St Kilda

Acland Street: The Grand Lady of St Kilda

Judith Buckrich

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The Best Australian Essays 2017

The Best Australian Essays 2017

Anna Goldsworthy

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More Great Properties of Country Victoria

More Great Properties of Country Victoria

Richard Allen, Kimbal Baker

This fascinating and beautiful book, sequel to the bestselling Great Properties of Country Victoria, takes us into the private world of twelve notable properties. Through their early histories we follow their fortunes;...

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No Front Line

No Front Line

Chris Masters

Australia's foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan.

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A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

Titus O'Reily

Titus O'Reily, Australia's least insightful sports writer, takes you through the history of Australian sport and the people who made it. In his inimitable comic style, he explains how sport has shaped this wide brown country into...

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A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe

A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe

John Clarke

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True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction

True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction

Helen Garner

An extraordinary book of collected short non-fiction, spanning fifty years of work, by one of Australia's great writers.

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The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

Bain Attwood

In this superbly researched book Bain Attwood eschews the generalisations of national and colonial history to provide a finely grained local history of the......

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The Big Picture: Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 1

The Big Picture: Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 1

Jonathan Pearlman

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Whiteley on Trial

Whiteley on Trial

Gabriella Coslovich

Offers a tale of obsession, greed and ego, where the richly diverse worlds of art, horse-racing, high finance, the luxury car trade and a humble tradesman collide - and no one is entirely innocent. Except perhaps the tradesman.

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The Catch

The Catch

Anna Clark

Bringing her personal passion for throwing in a line, author Anna Clark celebrates the enduring pleasure of fishing in The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

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Tinkering: Australians Re-invent DIY Culture

Tinkering: Australians Re-invent DIY Culture

Katherine Wilson

At a time when the labour-market is failing as a source of security and identity for many, domestic tinkering is emerging as a legitimate occupation in a.....

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On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

Erik Jensen

‘Kate says she doesn't know what to say about writing. When people ask, she tells them to prepare for a life of failure.'

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On John Marsden: Writers on Writers

On John Marsden: Writers on Writers

Alice Pung

In this fascinating book, Alice Pung writes about one of her deep influences - the much-loved and hugely successful John Marsden.

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Unmaking a Murder

Unmaking a Murder

Graham Archer

An investigation into an intriguing murder case and an unprecedented account of how the decisions made by organs of government can be defended and.....

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 Read reviewPlease Explain

Please Explain

Anna Broinowski

After eighteen years in the political wilderness, Pauline Hanson is back and more powerful than ever. Please Explain is a compelling, intimate look at how an Ipswich fish and chip shop lady changed the nation - and how she speaks...

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Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Benjamin Law

Are Australian schools safe? And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

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Stranger Thingies: From Felafel to now

Stranger Thingies: From Felafel to now

John Birmingham

John Birmingham is a master of good writing and funny lines. He has written a thousand stories, some true, some not so much. These are the best ones and they're so good, and so funny, there has been no barrel-scraping involved....

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Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Dr Peter Monteath

The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck. In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his.....

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Me Write Myself': The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen's Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47

Me Write Myself': The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen’s Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47

Leonie Stevens

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The Road to Ruin

The Road to Ruin

Niki Savva

In the original edition of The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva revealed the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta...

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Songlines and Fault Lines: Epic Walks of the Red Centre

Songlines and Fault Lines: Epic Walks of the Red Centre

Glenn Morrison

Visitors to the Red Centre come looking for the real Australia. What they find is both beautiful and disturbing: wilderness, desire, an ancient philosophy of home, and the confusing countenance of the Australian frontier, a...

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The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

Joe Gorman

This is more than a book about soccer - it is the story of Australia's national identity.

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 Read reviewWatching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Julian Burnside

Rich with fascinating case studies, and eloquent in its defence of civil society, Watching Out is a beacon of legal liberalism in an intemporate age.

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The Show: Another Side of Santamaria's Movement

The Show: Another Side of Santamaria’s Movement

Mark Aarons, John Grenville

In 1942, on the recommendation of 26-year-old Bob Santamaria, Australia's Catholic bishops created a clandestine church organisation to smash the Communist Party's massive trade union base. Soon, The Movement, working closely with...

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Taming Toxic People

Taming Toxic People

David Gillespie

Bestselling author David Gillespie turns his attention to a phenomenon that damages businesses, seeds mental disease and discomfort and can bring civilisations to the brink of implosion - the psychopath.

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Sunlight and Seaweed

Sunlight and Seaweed

Tim Flannery

Internationally renowned climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery presents a detailed and fascinating vision of the technologies that will prove invaluable in ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

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The Crying Years: Australia's Great War

The Crying Years: Australia’s Great War

Peter Stanley

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Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry

Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry

James Boyce

A jaw-dropping account of how one company came to own every poker machine in Tasmania - and the cost to democracy, the public purse and problem gamblers and their families.

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Making Modern Australia: The Whitlam Government's 21st Century Agenda

Making Modern Australia: The Whitlam Government’s 21st Century Agenda

Jenny Hocking

The changes we have made will remain - like all great Labor legislation - permanent landmarks in our history.' Gough Whitlam The Whitlam government propelled....

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Against Native Title: Conflict and creativity in outback Australia

Against Native Title: Conflict and creativity in outback Australia

Eve Vincent

Against Native Title is about one group's lived experience of a divisive native title claim in the outback town of Ceduna, where the native title claims process has....

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Charles Bean: Man, myth, legacy

Charles Bean: Man, myth, legacy

Peter Stanley

Australia's official war correspondent during WWI, Charles Bean was also Australia's first official war historian and the driving force behind the creation of the Australian War Memorial. In Charles Bean, Australia's top military...

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La Mama

La Mama

Adam Cass

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The Memory of Music

The Memory of Music

Andrew Ford

The Memory of Music is a moving and evocative memoir that will appeal to music lovers everywhere.

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Sons of God

Sons of God

Heath O'Loughlin

The Sons of God are who Australia turns to in times of extreme crisis. The SOG's top-secret methods, advanced training and incredible bravery have made them the ultimate urban warriors in the war against high-level crime and...

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Climate Wars

Climate Wars

Mark Butler

As the consequences of climate change become perilously close to the point of no-return, time-wasting wars over what to do distract us from taking real action. Climate Wars argues that only Labor, the party with a proven track...

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Donald Horne: Selected Writings

Donald Horne: Selected Writings

Donald Horne, Nick Horne

One of Australia's leading thinkers for close to fifty years, Donald Horne was probably the best Australian non-fiction writer of his generation.

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A Good Life to the End: Taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death

A Good Life to the End: Taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death

Ken Hillman

A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones. A crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary...

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Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia's Climate Deadlock

Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock

Anna Krien

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Extreme weather is becoming all too familiar. And the Coalition government is divided and paralysed.

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Random Life: Cartoons by Judy Horacek

Random Life: Cartoons by Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek

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 Read reviewWoman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Jenny Valentish

Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way.

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 Read reviewAnaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Kate Cole-Adams

An astonishing work of creative non-fiction, about the enigma at the heart of modern medicine, and the mystery of the interrupted self.

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Beyond Veiled Cliches

Beyond Veiled Cliches

Amal Awad

Amal Awad spoke with women in the Arab world and Arab Australian women to discover what their lives are really like. The breadth, variety and beauty of what she discovered will surprise you.

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Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Susan Carland

The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist's playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with.....

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 Read reviewDepends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables

Depends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables

John Safran

No one turns up where they're not wanted quite like John Safran. In this hilarious and disorienting adventure he gets among our diverse community of ..

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Code Breakers: Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australia's Two Bletchley Parks

Code Breakers: Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australia’s Two Bletchley Parks

Craig Collie

The extraordinary untold story of the brilliant men and women who cracked the Japanese codes from Australia during World War II.

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 Read reviewA Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Bernadette Brennan

The first full-length study of Helen Garner's forty years of writing - a literary portrait that maps Garner's works against the different stages of her life.

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first, we make the beast beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety

first, we make the beast beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety

Sarah Wilson

The world's foremost writer on the dangers of sugar discovers the hidden value and advantages of being an anxious person.

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Peak: Reinventing Middle Age

Peak: Reinventing Middle Age

Patricia Edgar, Don Edgar

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 Read reviewThe Case Against Fragrance

The Case Against Fragrance

Kate Grenville

A beautifully written, clear-eyed investigation of the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry, from one of Australia's greatest writers.

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Spoonfed Generation

Spoonfed Generation

Michael Grose

It's well established that parents in western countries such as Australia currently do too much for their kids, albeit with good intentions. Before driving their kids to.....

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 Read reviewThe Pleasures of Leisure

The Pleasures of Leisure

Robert Dessaix

In today's crazily busy world the importance of making time for leisure is more vital than ever. Yet so many of us lack a talent for it. We are working longer.....

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Fifty: Half a century of Australian Dance Theatre

Fifty: Half a century of Australian Dance Theatre

Maggie Tonkin

When Elizabeth Cameron Dalman founded Australian Dance Theatre in 1965, she set out to create a company that would be radical, daring and new. Maggie Tonkin explores ADT's fertile, fifty-year history through interviews and...

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Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942

Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942

Allan Gyngell

Everything Australia wants to achieve as a country depends on its capacity to understand the world outside and to respond effectively to it.

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The Mighty West: The Bulldogs' Journey from Daydream Believers to Premiership Heroes

The Mighty West: The Bulldogs' Journey from Daydream Believers to Premiership Heroes

Kerrie Soraghan

In 2016 the Western Bulldogs stunned the AFL world by winning the Premiership - the club's first since 1954, and only its second ever. It was an unprecedented rise to success, capped by a stunning Grand Final victory that left...

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Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

David Marr

Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation.

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The Honest History Book

The Honest History Book

David Stephens, Alison Broinowski

In Australia's rush to commemorate all things Anzac, have we lost our ability to look beyond war as the central pillar of Australia's history and identity The passionate historians of the ...

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 Read reviewThey Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from detention

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from detention

Michael Green, Angelica Neville, André Dao, Dana Affleck, Sienna Merope

Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who've experienced it.

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China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia

China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia

Bates Gill, Linda Jakobson

Australia and China face a new era, but are we ready?

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 Read reviewStill Lucky

Still Lucky

Rebecca Huntley

At a time when politics seems increasingly negative and our society increasingly divided, Still Lucky shows that we are more fortunate than we think, and have more in common than we know.

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 Read reviewThe Family

The Family

Chris Johnston, Rosie Jones

A powerful work of investigative journalism that reveals the legacy of a notorious cult.

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Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search For Human Antiquity

Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search For Human Antiquity

Rebe Taylor

In 1908 Ernest Westlake collected over 13,000 Aboriginal stone tools in Tasmania. He believed he had found the remnants of an extinct race whose culture was akin to the most ancient Stone Age Europeans. But Westlake unwittingly...

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Breaking the Mould

Breaking the Mould

Angela Pippos

An extraordinary transformation is taking place in Australian sport; from suburban footy fields to stadium cage fights, sportswomen are breaking through the...

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Buddhism for Breakups

Buddhism for Breakups

Meshel Laurie

Buddhist philosophy has helped radio, television and comedy star Meshel Laurie survive many life crises. But when she found herself facing the end of her nineteen-year marriage, she realised there were no Buddhist books about...

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9 Ways to a Resilient Child

9 Ways to a Resilient Child

Justin Coulson

The author of 21 Days to a Happier Family, Dr Justin Coulson, on raising kids who'll bounce back from adversity and challenging times. Have you ever watched your child give up too quickly and...

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The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

Michael Carr-Gregg, Elly Robinson

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