New Australian non-fiction

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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Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia's Newspaper Empires

Paper Emperors: The Rise of Australia’s Newspaper Empires

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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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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 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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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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Kosciuszko: A Search for Young Australia

Kosciuszko: A Search for Young Australia

Nick Brodie

The disappearance of two young skiers on Mount Kosciuszko in 1928 is the jumping-off point for a history of Australia between the wars, in Kosciuszko: A Search For Young Australia

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 Special price Read reviewWitches: What Women Do Together

Witches: What Women Do Together

Sam George-Allen

An exploration of the work women do together.   

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The Thinking Woman

The Thinking Woman

Julienne Van Loon

A memoir combined with rigorous thinking and analysis, a book that prompts insightful questions about how we live. One of the age-old questions of philosophy is what does it mean to live a good life? In this extraordinary book,...

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This Young Monster

This Young Monster

Charlie Fox

This Young Monster is a hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders .

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 Special priceKindred: 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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The Seventies: The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia

The Seventies: The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia

Michelle Arrow

The Seventies was the decade that shaped modern Australia. In a lively and engaging style, Michelle Arrow has written a new history of this transformative decade; one that is more urgent, and more resonant, than ever.

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Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga

Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga

Todd Alexander

Once I was the poster boy for corporate success, but now I'm crashing through the bush in a storm in search of a missing pig. How the hell did we end up here? Todd and Jeff have had enough of the city. Sick of the...

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Australian Birds of Prey in Flight: A Photographic Guide

Australian Birds of Prey in Flight: A Photographic Guide

Richard Seaton, Mat Gilfedder, Stephen Debus

Identify the eagles, hawks, kites and falcons flying high above you with this photographic guide.

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Black is the New White

Black is the New White

Nakkiah Lui

Love, politics and other things you shouldn't talk about at dinner.Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly....

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The Revolution of Man: Rethinking What It Means to Be a Man

The Revolution of Man: Rethinking What It Means to Be a 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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Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Richard Denniss

This updated and expanded edition of Richard Denniss?s bestselling Quarterly Essay gives a template for understanding the next federal election; discusses how and why the right of politics has continued to splinter; focuses on why...

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Growing Up Muslim in Australia: Coming of Age

Growing Up Muslim in Australia: Coming of Age

Demet Divaroren, Amra Pajalic

Muslim people in Australia come from over seventy countries and represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Yet we are constantly bombarded by media stories feeding one negative stereotype. What is it really...

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Australia's Sweetheart: The amazing story of forgotten Hollywood star Mary Maguire

Australia’s Sweetheart: The amazing story of forgotten Hollywood star Mary Maguire

Michael Adams

This is the fascinating story of Mary Maguire, a 1930s Australian ingenue who sailed for Hollywood and a fabulous life, only to have her career cut short by scandal and tragedy. Packed with celebrity, history and gossip,...

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LOVE! An Enthusiastic & Modern Perspective on Matters of the Heart

LOVE! An Enthusiastic & Modern Perspective on Matters of the Heart

Zoe Foster Blake

Most of us mosey between single, dating and committed in a half-rapturous, half-tortured loop for a large portion of our lives.There's no right or wrong when it comes to love, life and relationships. There are no rules...

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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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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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The Change Makers: 25 leaders in their own words

The Change Makers: 25 leaders in their own words

Shaun Carney

Now more than ever we need leaders who can be strong yet humble, bold and assertive when it counts but have the capacity to listen and learn, who can motivate and influence, and who can get the best out of those around them....

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The Australian Students' Guide to Writing and Grammar

The Australian Students' Guide to Writing and Grammar

Claire Duffy

In this easy, fun-to-use guide, students, teachers and parents will discover how grammar, punctuation, spelling and well-made sentences make your writing great. With practical tips, interesting insights and step-by-step examples,...

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Imperfect

Imperfect

Lee Kofman

By the time she was eleven and living in Russia, Lee Kofman had undergone several major operations on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Her body harbours a constellation of disfiguring scars that...

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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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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: Inside the World of Online Hate and Its Human Fallout

Troll Hunting: Inside the World of Online Hate and Its Human Fallout

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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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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 Read reviewFrom Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting

From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting

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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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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Contesting Australian History

Contesting Australian History

Joy Damousi, Judith Smart

One of Australia's leading scholars and a highly distinguished professor of history, Marilyn Lake forged a career that spanned several decades across a number of universities. Her books have significantly advanced our...

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Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities

Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities

Peter Seamer

In this timely critique of our nation's urban development and planning culture, Peter Seamer argues that vested interests often distort rational thinking on our cities. Looking to the future, he sets out cogent new strategies to...

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Tiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon

Tiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon

Patrick Mullins

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

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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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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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Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics: The Hard Right in Australia

Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics: The Hard Right in Australia

Dominic Kelly

Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics is a case study in how some very determined people can change a political culture.  

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