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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Wednesdays with Bob

Wednesdays with Bob

Derek Rielly, Bob Hawke

At 87, beloved former PM Bob Hawke reflects on a colourful life.

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This fine collection includes John Clarke's writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well as previously unpublished pieces.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

Speechwriter, historian, essayist, word doctor; Don Watson has a gift for gently guiding us to the nub of a matter and a grinding of the teeth, an aha or a chuckle with his fine facility with words.Over the years Don...

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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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The Damage Report

The Damage Report

Zo Damage

The Damage Report celebrates the successful completion of the Zo Damage 365 Day Live Music Photography Project

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No Front Line: Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

No Front Line: Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

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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The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

Michael Slezak, Emma Johnston

Would it be ethical to eat sentient aliens? What is the basis of the difference between the sexes? Why is there something rather than nothing? Now in its seventh year, The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 draws on the...

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Adam Spencer's The Number Games

Adam Spencer’s The Number Games

Adam Spencer

Following on from his Big Book of Numbers (2014), World of Numbers (2015), and Time Machine (2016), Australia's funniest mathematician is back with a brand new book of number puzzles and trivia!<br...

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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 Story of Fishing in Australia

The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

Anna Clark

In every coastal town in Australia, there's a bait shop and a boat ramp, and, in garages around the country, fishing rods are strung up waiting for their next outing. Many of us have a special fishing spot, and families pass on...

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Australian Gypsies: Their secret history

Australian Gypsies: Their secret history

Mandy Sayer

Today, roughly 100,000 Gypsies call Australia home, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories of the country. In this volume, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a...

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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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Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia's Refugee Policy

Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s Refugee Policy

Claire Higgins

In the late 1970s, 150,000 Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing war and oppression. This influx of people, and the way the Fraser government handled it, marked not only the real end of the...

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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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Crossing the Line: Australia's Secret History in the Timor Sea

Crossing the Line: Australia’s Secret History in the Timor Sea

Kim McGrath

This groundbreaking book tells the story of Australia's ongoing secret attempts to deprive East Timor of its oil and gas.

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The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

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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A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

Shireen Morris

The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a rightful place be found for Australia's original peoples?

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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 late 1942, on the recommendation of 26-year-old Bob Santamaria, Australia's Catholic bishops took the first steps in creating a clandestine church organisation to smash the Communist Party's massive trade union base. Before...

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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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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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La Mama

La Mama

Adam Cass

In August 2017, Melbourne's La Mama Theatre celebrates 50 years since the premiere of its first production, Jack Hibberd's Three Old Friends. La Mama commemorates the rich life story of the theatre so far, tracking the...

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Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Jane Caro

In this revealingly honest collection, successful Australian women talk about the challenges they have overcome, from sexual assault and domestic violence to racism, miscarriage, depression and loss, and how they let the past go...

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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

Random Life is a collection of over 200 recent cartoons by much-loved cartoonist Judy Horacek. Drawn for her regular spot in the Age (and other publications wise enough to employ her), Judy's ninth cartoon collection...

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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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Miller And Max: George Miller and the Making of a Film Legend

Miller And Max: George Miller and the Making of a Film Legend

Luke Buckmaster

Miller and Max is the story of two heroes. One, a leather jacket-clad road warrior whose adventures in a dystopian future have made an indelible imprint on global popular culture. The other, the artist who created him: a...

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The Australian Bird Guide

The Australian Bird Guide

Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack, Kim Franklin

The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated field guide to Australia's unique birdlife.

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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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 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 white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more, digging away at the...

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Tour de Oz

Tour de Oz

Bret Harris

Four years before the inaugural Tour de France, four cyclists known as 'Overlanders' set out on a race around Australia. On 24 November 1896 a wiry and wily bushman named Arthur Richardson left Coolgardie for Adelaide by bicycle....

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 Read reviewA Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Bernadette Brennan

Helen Garner is one of Australia's most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained...

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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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 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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 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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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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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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