Australian non-fiction 2019

The Strayan Dictionary

The Strayan Dictionary

Dominic Knight

The most un-un-Australian dictionary ever created, The Strayan Dictionary is your indispensable guide to the native tongue of Warnie, Hawkie, Dame Nellie, Kylie (Minogue and Mole), Little Johnny, Barty and of course Boonie.

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Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others

Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others

Ceridwen Dovey

Intimate portraits of people who love what they do

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Superpower: Australia's Low-Carbon Opportunity

Superpower: Australia’s Low-Carbon Opportunity

Ross Garnaut

We have unparalleled renewable energy resources. We also have the necessary scientific skills. Australia could be the natural home for an increasing proportion of global industry. But how do we make it happen?  

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Quarterly Essay 76: Red Flag - Waking Up to China's Challenge

Quarterly Essay 76: Red Flag - Waking Up to China’s Challenge

Peter Hartcher

China has become a key nation for Australia's future - for our security, economy and identity. But what are China's intentions and strategy when it comes to Australia?

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The Conversation Yearbook 2019

The Conversation Yearbook 2019

John Watson

A little bit of authority goes a long way in an opinionated world. Here Australia's most erudite thinkers share expert views on the issues that shaped the nation in 2019. The Conversation Yearbook has become an annual bestselling...

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Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre

Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre

Jeff Sparrow

The first book since Christchurch to trace the massacre's fascist roots and what it represents.

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The Surprise Party: How the Coalition Went from Chaos to Comeback

The Surprise Party: How the Coalition Went from Chaos to Comeback

Aaron Patrick

In this gripping behind-the-scenes account, acclaimed journalist Aaron Patrick examines how the Coalition came back from the brink, and what that means for Australia.

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In Living Memory

In Living Memory

Alasdair Mcgregor

The story of Australia in the middle decades of the 20th century - from 1930 to 1980 - is one of dramatic contrast; of dark days and light - of economic struggle, anxiety, war and sacrifice, giving way from the 1950s onwards to...

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Nothing New: A History of Second-hand

Nothing New: A History of Second-hand

Robyn Annear

Robyn Annear lends her signature wit to this fantastic history of second-hand: from the origins of the op shop to eBay, up-cycling and how new became normal.

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Beauty

Beauty

Bri Lee

In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many

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Life: Selected Writings

Life: Selected Writings

Tim Flannery

Essays, speeches and collective musings from one of Australia's greatest minds. From climate change to art, books, and the environment, there is something here for every Flannery fan.

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Mallee Country: Land, People, History

Mallee Country: Land, People, History

Richard Broome, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor, Katie Holmes

Mallee Country tells the powerful history of mallee lands and people across southern Australia from Deep Time to the present

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Curious: Life Hacks Through Maths

Curious: Life Hacks Through Maths

Lily Serna

Fast and fun maths solutions to everyday dilemmas by Lily Serna, mathematician and star of Catalyst, and Letters and Numbers.

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Macquarie

Macquarie

Grantlee Kieza

A lively and engaging portrait of a towering and complex figure of Australian colonial history.

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The Lost Boys

Paul Byrnes

A unique perspective on the First World War, The Lost Boys is military history made deeply personal, a powerful homage to youthful bravery and a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of war.

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

Bianca Nogrady, Lisa Harvey-Smith

This ninth edition of The Best Australian Science Writing showcases the most powerful, colourful, insightful and brilliant news, feature, essay and poetry writing from Australian writers and scientists. It roams the length and...

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George Seddon: Selected Writings

George Seddon: Selected Writings

Andrea Gaynor

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Buckley's Chance

Buckley’s Chance

Garry Linnell

The greatest Australian story never told - until now.

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Nurturing Your New Life

Nurturing Your New Life

Heidi Sze

Many people know Heidi from her blog Apples Under My Bed and Instagram account @heidiapples. Her beautiful words and special focus here on nourishment - with special new-life recipes - will help mothers - and fathers - nurture...

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Cosmic Chronicles: A User's Guide to the Universe

Cosmic Chronicles: A User’s Guide to the Universe

Fred Watson

In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson - Australia's Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author - explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy.

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This is What a Feminist Looks Like

This is What a Feminist Looks Like

Emily Maguire

In this passionate and timely account, Emily Maguire charts a course through the history of Australian feminism - from the First Wave to the Fourth, from suffragists to Riot Grrrls, from equal pay to #metoo.

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 Read reviewFinding the Heart of the Nation

Finding the Heart of the Nation

Thomas Mayor

An important and unique book that takes us into the lives of Indigenous people today, and offers constructive ideas about how we can live together, moving beyond the injustices of the past.

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Beyond the Bump

Beyond the Bump

Sally Shepherd

Beyond the Bump is a thoughtful and practical guide that aims to help new mums feel calm, confident and equipped to face the physical, emotional and mental hurdles they may encounter post birth.    

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Pain and Prejudice: A Call to Arms for Women and Their Bodies

Pain and Prejudice: A Call to Arms for Women and Their Bodies

Gabrielle Jackson

The health version of Invisible Women, this book lifts the lid about how at every level of medicine, medical research, government funding, and education, women's minds and bodies are controlled by a lack of access to everything.

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Fallen

Fallen

Lucie Morris-Marr

The dramatic story of the trial of 'God's treasurer' for child sex abuse, and the conviction that sent ripples around the world.

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Fixed It

Fixed It

Jane Gilmore

Violence and the representation of women in the media.

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Dogs in Space: A Film Archive

Dogs in Space: A Film Archive

Richard Lowenstein

Dogs in Space - The Diaries presents for the first time the candid (and entertaining) 'shoot diary', kept by Lowenstein over the course of conceiving, funding and making the film between 1984 and 1987

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 Read reviewWhite Tears, Brown Scars

White Tears, Brown Scars

Ruby Hamad

White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood.

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 Read reviewSand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World

Tyson Yunkaporta

What happens when global systems are viewed from an Indigenous perspective? How does it affect the way we see history, money, power and learning? Could it change the world?

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Tough Customer: Chasing a Better Deal for Battlers

Tough Customer: Chasing a Better Deal for Battlers

Allan Fels

Allan Fels has never been one to shy away from a fight, whether it is taking on the big end of town, transforming cartels or challenging low paid workers being ripped off. In this book he opens up about his daughter's...

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 Read reviewJack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles: Born-again Blakfella

Jack Charles

Jack Charles has worn many hats throughout his life: actor, cat burglar, musician, heroin addict, activist, even Senior Victorian Australian of the Year. But the title he's most proud to claim is that of Aboriginal Elder.

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The Golden Country: Australia's Changing Identity

The Golden Country: Australia’s Changing Identity

Tim Watts

A topical and provocative exploration of Australian identity by Federal MP and author Tim Watts.

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Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia: Second Edition

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia: Second Edition

Bill Arthur, Frances Morphy

The second edition of the bestselling Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia, a unique tool for exploring and understanding the lives and cultures of Australia's First Peoples.

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Secret: The Making of Australia's Security State

Secret: The Making of Australia’s Security State

Brian Toohey

Brian Toohey draws on decades of inquiries into national security to examine governing by stealth.

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Cranlana: The First 100 Years

Cranlana: The First 100 Years

Michael Shmith

This lavish production is a breathtakingly designed and illustrated celebration of Cranlana, the original Australian home of the late Sidney Myer and since then, a place of some prominence in the commercial, architectural and...

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Banking Bad

Banking Bad

Adele Ferguson

How corporate greed broke our trust and failed Australia.

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When You're Not OK: A Toolkit for Tough Times

When You’re Not OK: A Toolkit for Tough Times

Jill Stark

When You're Not OK is an emotional first-aid kit for your body, mind, and soul, written by someone who's been there too.

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The Last Bushrangers

The Last Bushrangers

Mike Munro

The story of Australia's last bushranging gang - the murderous Kenniff gang

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From Turnbull to Morrison

From Turnbull to Morrison

Mark Evans, Michelle Grattan, Brendan McCaffrie

Is trust between the government and Australians broken? The country's leading institutions have been ranked among the least trusted in the world. In From Turnbull to Morrison well-known political journalists and leading academics...

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Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia

Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia

Samia Khatun

An evocative and gracefully written reflection on cultural encounters between Aboriginals and Indians in the Outback, from the nineteenth century.

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Sludge: Disaster on Victoria's Goldfields

Sludge: Disaster on Victoria’s Goldfields

Susan Lawrence, Peter Davies

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Walking Towards Thunder

Walking Towards Thunder

Peter Fox

'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.'

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Venom

Venom

David Crowe

A cracking account of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull and propelled Scott Morrison to power.

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Church of the Open Sky

Church of the Open Sky

Nat Young

Tall tales from the surf.

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 Read reviewThe Wooleen Way

The Wooleen Way

David Pollock

A remarkable memoir detailing a heroic and unswerving commitment to renew the severely degraded land on Wooleen, a massive pastoral property in Western Australia's southern rangelands.

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The Crow Eaters: A Journey Through South Australia

The Crow Eaters: A Journey Through South Australia

Ben Stubbs

Outsiders think of South Australia as being different, without really knowing much about it. Combining his own travel across the million-square kilometres of the state with an investigation of its history, Ben Stubbs seeks to find...

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Inside the Greens

Inside the Greens

Paddy Manning

A revelatory examination of the history and future of the Australian Greens

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Underwater Sydney

Underwater Sydney

Inke Falkner, John Turnbull

Celebrates Sydney's harbour and coast through eclectic stories and underwater photography.

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James Hardy Vaux's 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang

James Hardy Vaux’s 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang

Simon Barnard

From the award-winning author and illustrator Simon Barnard comes an embellished version of Australia's first ever dictionary, published on its 200-year anniversary

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Colony

Colony

Cathy Leahy, Judith Ryan, Dr Isobel Crombie, Megan Patty

This is an essential exploration of Australia's complex colonial mindset: from the tragedies of a contested beginning to the conversations that allow us now to contemplate a better future.

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The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat

The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat

Tim Bonyhady

A surprising and absorbing new work of scientific, historical and environmental investigation, featuring one of Australia's most misunderstood native animals, the long-haired rat.

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Song Spirals: Sharing Women's Wisdom of Country Through Songlines

Song Spirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country Through Songlines

Gay'wu Group of Women

Songspirals is a rare opportunity for outsiders to experience Aboriginal women's role in crying the songlines in a very authentic and direct form. 

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 Read reviewSalt: Selected Stories and Essays

Salt: Selected Stories and Essays

Bruce Pascoe

A collection of stories and essays by the award-winning author of Dark Emu, showcasing his shimmering genius across a lifetime of work.

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Growing Up Queer in Australia

Growing Up Queer in Australia

Benjamin Law

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity.

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A Lot with a Little

A Lot with a Little

Tim Costello

In this evocative memoir, Tim Costello explores the people and experiences that have shaped him into a socially active fighter for the world's most challenging issues.

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On the Chin: A Boxing Education

On the Chin: A Boxing Education

Alex McClintock

The sporting memoir of an unlikely pugilist's attempt to take on Australia's amateur boxing circuit.

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The Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation

The Father Hood: Inspiration for the New Dad Generation

Luke Benedictus, Andrew McUtchen, Jeremy Macvean

It's official: Dads need a rebrand. The Father Hood celebrates the rapidly-growing tribe of hands-on dads who are discovering that fatherhood is the making of them.

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The Joy of High Places

The Joy of High Places

Patti Miller

They didn't know it, but Patti Miller and her brother, Barney, shared something in common - a passion for the illuminating joy of wild nature - with all its challenges and dangers. In this extraordinary book, Patti tells the story...

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Storytime

Storytime

Jane Sullivan

In Storytime, author and literary critic Jane Sullivan takes us from Wonderland to Narnia, Moomintroll to Mr Toad and from Winnie the Pooh to the Magic Pudding, to find out why her favourite childhood books were so vitally...

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Dear Dad

Dear Dad

Samuel Johnson

From the team who gave you the bestselling DEAR SANTA comes an honest, moving, emotionally memorable collection of letters to their fathers from some of Australia's most notable notables. The perfect gift for the dad in your...

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The Strong Man

The Strong Man

Grant Edwards

A powerful story of life under fire and one man's journey back from the brink.      

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Mad as Hell and Back

Mad as Hell and Back

Shaun Micallef, Gary McCaffrie

For old and new fans alike, this is the definitive collection of work from Australian comedy legend Shaun Micallef and his co-writer, Gary McCaffrie.

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The Art of Growing Up

The Art of Growing Up

John Marsden

A manifesto on all aspects of growing up - from parenting and education to the role of literature and imagination - by one of Australia's most passionate and experienced educators and bestselling authors.

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Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity

Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity

Randa Abdel-Fattah, Sara Saleh

An anthology that aims to smash the stereotypes of Arabs in Australia that too often proliferate in mainstream media.

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Australian Foreign Affairs, Issue 6: Our Sphere of Influence: Rivalry in the Pacific

Australian Foreign Affairs, Issue 6: Our Sphere of Influence: Rivalry in the Pacific

Jonathan Pearlman

The sixth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines Australia's struggle to retain influence among its Pacific island neighbours as foreign powers play a greater role and as small nations brace for the...

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Major Thomas

Major Thomas

Greg Growden

Major Thomas had been a pillar of his community. He was a published poet, newspaper proprietor, lawyer and decorated soldier, but defending Breaker Morant became the defining episode of his life. For more than a century he has...

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 Read reviewA Wunch of Bankers

A Wunch of Bankers

Daniel Ziffer

For Daniel Ziffer and his Australia-wide audience, it was a complicated, galling, and gasp-inducing year at the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

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The New Manhood: Love, Freedom, Spirit and the New Masculinity

The New Manhood: Love, Freedom, Spirit and the New Masculinity

Steve Biddulph

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Australia's Original Languages: An Introduction

Australia’s Original Languages: An Introduction

R. M. W. Dixon

An introduction to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages that explains their distinctive features accessibly for readers who have no previous experience with learning another language, and shows how language reflects...

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Waste Not Everyday

Waste Not Everyday

Erin Rhoads

All the tips, tricks and motivation you need to transition to a less wasteful life.

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 Read reviewFake

Fake

Stephanie Wood

A powerful, richly layered investigative story for our times, drawing on the personal stories of the author and other women who have been drawn into relationships based on duplicity and false hope.

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 Read reviewSee What You Made Me Do

See What You Made Me Do

Jess Hill

Combining exhaustive research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence.

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Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs

Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs

Jane McAdam, Fiona Chong

Everyone has the right to seek asylum under international law, but public discourse in Australia about refugees is dominated by scare-mongering and political point-scoring. Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong provide a wholly updated...

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Sunburnt Country

Sunburnt Country

Joelle Gergis

What does climate change in Australia really look like?

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 Special price Read reviewBreaking Badly

Breaking Badly

Georgie Dent

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On Eating Meat

On Eating Meat

Matthew Evans

A scorching manifesto on the ethics of eating meat by the best placed person to write about it - farmer and chef Matthew Evans, aka The Gourmet Farmer.

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Little One

Little One

Peter Papathanasiou

A powerful story about family and adoption, and the tensions and joys between the old world of Europe and the new world of Australia.

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 Read reviewUnconditional Love

Unconditional Love

Jocelyn Moorhouse

A raw and powerful memoir of motherhood, autism and filmmaking by Australian director, Jocelyn Moorhouse

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 Read reviewAustralia Day

Australia Day

Stan Grant

As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.  

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On Father

On Father

John Birmingham

A son's homage to his father. 

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Blackout

Blackout

Matthew Warren

Blackout charts the disintegration of Australia's energy security, calls out what is holding us back, and plots the way for a brighter future.

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Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell (Updated Edition)

Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell (Updated Edition)

Louise Milligan

NEW REVELATIONS with new foreword by Tom Keneally.

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 Read reviewGrowing Up African in Australia

Growing Up African in Australia

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan, Ahmed Yussuf

Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African...

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The Night Dragon

The Night Dragon

Matthew Condon

The Night Dragon is the fifth volume in Matthew Condon's chronicle of Queensland crime and corruption in the 20th Century.    

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Nora Heysen: A Portrait

Nora Heysen: A Portrait

Anne-Louise Willoughby

Extensively researched by the author, Nora Heysen: A Portrait is the first biography of the artist, and it has been enthusiastically embraced by the Heysen family. 

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Choice Words: A Collection of Writing about Abortion

Choice Words: A Collection of Writing about Abortion

Louise Swinn

Choice Words: A Collection of Writing About Abortion is a cri de coeur, a passionate appeal, from writers, thinkers, musicians, actors, comedians, activists and political staffers, offering personal stories of abortion alongside...

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Say Hello

Say Hello

Carly Findlay

A forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearancedue to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.

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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe

Dr Space Junk vs The Universe

Alice Gorman

Turns the common perception of archaeology as an exploration of the ancient on its head. Alice Gorman's captivating inquiry into the most modern and daring of technologies spanning some 60 years takes the reader on a journey which...

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 Read reviewFrom Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage

Judith Brett

Lively and inspiring, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage is a landmark account of the character of Australian democracy by the celebrated historian Judith Brett, the prize-winning biographer of Alfred Deakin.  

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Talking Sideways

Talking Sideways

Reg Dodd, Malcolm McKinnon

Talking Sideways is part history, part memoir and part cultural road-map. Together, Dodd and McKinnon reveal the unique history of this extraordinary place and share their concerns and their hopes for its future.   

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Paper Emperors

Paper Emperors

Sally Young

Reveals who owned Australia's newspapers and how they used them to wield political power. A corporate and political history of Australian newspapers spanning 140 years, this book explains how Australia's media system came to be...

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 Read reviewUnlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind

Nicola Redhouse

After the birth of her first child, Nicola Redhouse experiences an unrelenting anxiety that quickly overwhelms her. Her immense love for her child can't protect her from the dread that prevents her leaving the house, opening the...

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Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kate Legge

Award-winning journalist Kate Legge tells the remarkable story behind the creation of the Cradle Mountain sanctuary through the characters at its heart.  

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 Read reviewAccidental Feminists

Accidental Feminists

Jane Caro

Western women over fifty are a revolutionary generation. They are the first in history to have been in paid work for most of their lives. The power and freedom of this financial independence is unprecedented. But this financial...

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Teen Brain

Teen Brain

David Gillespie

From Australia's most trusted non-fiction researcher and author comes the book that every parent needs to read.

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Leading Lines

Leading Lines

Lucinda Holdforth

How to make speeches that seize the moment, advance your cause and lead the way.

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Death on the Derwent

Death on the Derwent

Robin Bowles

Don't fool yourself that the innocent never go to jail.

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The Blackburns: Private Lives, Public Ambitions

The Blackburns: Private Lives, Public Ambitions

Carolyn Rasmussen

Explores the lives of Maurice Blackburn and Doris Hordern, who worked together as elected members of parliaments and community activists, influencing conscription laws, benefits for working men and women, atomic bomb tests, civil...

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The Land Before Avocado

The Land Before Avocado

Richard Glover

The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. 

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The Revolution of Man

The Revolution of Man

Phil Barker

Journalist Phil Barker unpacks the myth of the 'Man Box' and Australian masculinity.

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On Hate

On Hate

Tim Soutphommasane

How is hate shaping our society? With the troubling rise of nationalist populism and the return of race politics, it's time to question the powers at play. On Hate is an urgent call for citizens to defend democracy against...

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Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Demet Divaroren, Amra Pajalic

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The Heart's Ground: A Life Of Anne Elder

The Heart’s Ground: A Life Of Anne Elder

Julia Hamer

This finely wrought biography is rich in historical detail as it draws on four generations of letters and diaries and more recently on critical commentary and recollections.

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Imperfect

Imperfect

Lee Kofman

By turns illuminating, confronting and deeply personal, Imperfect challenges us all to consider how we exist in the world and how our bodies shape the people we become.   

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Fridays with my Folks

Fridays with my Folks

Amal Awad

Amal Awad's life changed when her father was diagnosed with kidney failure. It was a shock to see the impact it had on him, both physically and mentally, and the way the side effects trickled onto those around him. Work had always...

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Troll Hunting

Troll Hunting

Ginger Gorman

Topical and gripping, Troll Hunting is an extraordinary first-person investigation of a disturbing new online reality that goes well beyond cyberbullying

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Capturing Nature

Capturing Nature

Vanessa Finney

The ground-breaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed in this volume for the first time. Capturing Nature reveals this fascinating visual archive for the...

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Tiberius with a Telephone

Tiberius with a Telephone

Patrick Mullins

The oddly compelling story of a man regarded as Australia's worst prime minister.

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