Best Non-Fiction of 2012

Speechless: A Year in My Father's Business

Speechless: A Year in My Father’s Business

James Button

Working for Rudd, James paints a colourful picture of the machinations of government, and shows how far the party has moved from the idealism and pragmatism of his father's generation. He ends on a note of hope for the Party's...

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 Read reviewMoney Shot: A Journey Into Porn And Censorship

Money Shot: A Journey Into Porn And Censorship

Jeff Sparrow

Money Shot: a journey into porn and censorship focuses on the 'hot button' issues in the censorship debate today, from the implications of the internet revolution to arguments about 'raunch culture' and its effects. Author from...

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Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

D. T. Max

A unique portrait of the life and death of a totemic writer - who inspired a generation

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 Read reviewBehind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity

Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo

With intelligence, humour, and deep insight into what connects human beings in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the 21st century's hidden worlds,...

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The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays

The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays

James Wood

Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Works --a new book that confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel.

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Us & Them: On The Importance Of Animals: Quarterly Essay 45

Us & Them: On The Importance Of Animals: Quarterly Essay 45

Anna Krien

In this dazzling piece of reportage, Anna Krien investigates the contemporary animal kingdom and our place in it. From pets to food, from wildness to science experiments, Krien also reveals how animals are faring in this new world...

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