Books to inspire hope

Humankind: A Hopeful History

Humankind: A Hopeful History

Rutger Bregman

The major new book from Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, international bestselling author of Utopia for Realists and one of the greatest young thinkers of our time

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 Read reviewPhosphorescence

Phosphorescence

Julia Baird

A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us...

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Untamed

Untamed

Glennon Doyle

Who were you before the world told you who to be? When women learn to please they forget who they are. Part inspiration, part memoir Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of...

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Who Cares Wins

Who Cares Wins

Lily Cole

A radical guide to thinking differently about the world and initiating change.

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Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today

Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today

Alison Whittaker

Curated and introduced by Alison Whittaker, Fire Front is a ground-breaking anthology of First Nations poetry showcasing some of the brightest new stars, as well as leading Aboriginal writers and poets including Bruce Pascoe, Ali...

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This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

Julia Samuel

A leading therapist shares memorable patient stories to explore the key crises in life and what we can learn from them.

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Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Rebecca Solnit

This updated edition confirms Solnit's seminal work as a timeless classic on politics and change

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How Powerful We Are

How Powerful We Are

Sally Rugg

Sally Rugg is one of Australia's most influential campaigners for social change and How Powerful We Areis her manifesto for championing what you believe is right.    

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Writers & Lovers

Writers & Lovers

Lily King

Funny and heartbreaking, Writers & Lovers is the bitingly clever story of Casey, a young writer who has lost her direction in life, until two men step into her world and offer her two very different futures...   ...

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer

An inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished professor of science and a Native American whose previous book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for...

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What We Need to Do Now

What We Need to Do Now

Chris Goodall

What We Need To Do Now sets out a comprehensive programme of action to counter the threats to our environment. It is a manifesto for groups around the world that are seeking urgent action on climate breakdown and other...

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Solved!

Solved!

Andrew Wear

Sometimes the solutions are closer than you think. Denmark is set to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Iceland has topped the gender equality rankings for a decade and counting. South Korea's average life expectancy...

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 Read reviewHow to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference

How to Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference

Rebecca Huntley

A self-help book for the climate era, for readers of Ross Garnaut, Tim Flannery, Hugh Mackay

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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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The Book of Hidden Wonders

The Book of Hidden Wonders

Polly Crosby

Hidden in the pages of a book is a secret story...      

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The Overstory

The Overstory

Richard Powers

2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winnerShortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018, a wondrous, exhilarating novel about nine strangers brought together by an unfolding natural catastrophe.'The best novel ever...

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 Read reviewThe Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Robert Hillman

A gorgeously written, tender, and wise novel about love and forgiveness in 1960s Australia, in which a lonely farmer finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of a vibrant librarian.

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel...

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Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America. The world will never be the same again.

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Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis

Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis

Emma Thompson, Jackie Morris, Jo McInnes

How can we begin to talk about what is happening to the world? We are facing a global emergency. Temperatures are rising. Mass species extinction has begun. The time for denial is over. It is time to act.

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 Read reviewUtopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Rutger Bregman

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling...

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Glimpses of Utopia

Glimpses of Utopia

Jess Scully

A fascinating deep dive into the ideas, communities and leaders who are working to solve the world's biggest problems. Optimism isn't naive!

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For Small Creatures Such as We

For Small Creatures Such as We

Sasha Sagan

For Small Creatures Such as We hunts for the meaning behind our most common, beloved celebrations and envisions how we can grow these roots into new and fulfilling secular rituals. From the daughter of celebrated scientist, Carl...

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2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration

2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration

Damon Gameau

Based on Damon Gameau's 2019 documentary, 2040, 2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration is a practical manual that provides you and your family with the tools and inspiration to live a more sustainable life - NOW.

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Atmosphere of Hope

Atmosphere of Hope

Tim Flannery

A decade after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery argues that Earth's climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is fast...

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The Responsible Globalist

The Responsible Globalist

Hassan Damluji

An incisive, optimistic manifesto for a more inclusive globalism.

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How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century

How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century

Erik Olin Wright

What is wrong with capitalism, and how can we change it?

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