New Australian non-fiction

 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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Larrikins in Khaki

Larrikins in Khaki

Tim Bowden

With a reputation for being hard to discipline, generosity to their comrades, frankness and sticking it up any sign of pomposity, Australian soldiers were a wild and irreverent lot, even in the worst of circumstances during World...

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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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How to Defend Australia

How to Defend Australia

Hugh White

A brilliant and important book about Australia's future

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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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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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Travels in Atomic Sunshine: Australia and the Occupation of Japan

Travels in Atomic Sunshine: Australia and the Occupation of Japan

Robin Gerster

In February 1946, the Australians of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force moved into western Japan to 'demilitarise and democratise' the atom-bombed backwater of Hiroshima Prefecture. For over six years, up to 20,000...

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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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Advancing Australia: Ideas for a Better Country

Advancing Australia: Ideas for a Better Country

John Watson, Amanda Dunn

Politics in Australia is in a dire state. We have the diagnosis, but what's the cure? In this collection of essays, the country's best academic minds look at the key issues and chart a way forward.

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Sunburnt Country

Sunburnt Country

Joelle Gergis

What does climate change in Australia really look like?

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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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Skywriting: Making Radio Waves

Skywriting: Making Radio Waves

Robyn Ravlich

Skywriting: Making Radio Waves is at once the captivating story of contemporary Australian cultural life and a personal biography of an acclaimed `radio poet', whose signature radio features and documentaries on ABC...

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 Read reviewBreaking Badly

Breaking Badly

Georgie Dent

While stocks last we have signed copies of Breaking Badly available to buy online and at our Carlton shop. Please note that signed copies are limited.At 24, life was good for Georgie Dent. After...

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On David Malouf: Writers on Writers

On David Malouf: Writers on Writers

Nam Le

Here was a very-much-alive half-Lebanese writer (from provincial Brisbane, no less) producing English-language writing of the very first order ... The poetry was in the prose; it stayed and sprung its rhythms, chorded its ideas,...

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The Snowy: A History

The Snowy: A History

Siobhan McHugh

The Snowy -- A History tells the extraordinary story of the mostly migrant workforce who built one of the world's engineering marvels.

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A Fixed Place: The Long and Short of Story

A Fixed Place: The Long and Short of Story

Kathleen Mary Fallon

What was it like, living through the social, cultural and political upheaval of the last fifty years of the twentieth century in this Lucky Country? With life flying forward into the future, what could be held onto, and what self...

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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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Bedlam at Botany Bay

Bedlam at Botany Bay

James Dunk

What happened when people went mad in the fledgling colony of New South Wales? In this important new history of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, we find out through the correspondence of tireless colonial...

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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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Webtopia

Webtopia

Peter Lewis

The web was supposed to transform our world. So why are things so messed up?

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Intimate Antipathies

Intimate Antipathies

Luke Carman

Intimate Antipathies is a collection of essays on the writing life, offering Luke Carman's unique comic perspectives on writers' festivals, residencies and conferences, the particular challenges faced by writers who grow...

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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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#Metoo: Stories from the Australian Movement

#Metoo: Stories from the Australian Movement

Miriam Sved, Christie Nieman, Maggie Scott, Natalie Kon-yu

Movement. Moment. Backlash. Tide. Presenting the first anthology charting the #MeToo movement in Australia full of real women's stories and timely analysis.

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Rebel Women Who Changed Australia

Rebel Women Who Changed Australia

Susanna De Vries

From Lillie Goodisson, pioneer of family planning, to Eileen Joyce, world-famous pianist, to Stella Miles Franklin, who endowed our most celebrated literary prize, these are women who have made a difference. They are the women who...

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 Special price 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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Australian Toys: A Collection

Australian Toys: A Collection

Luke Jones

Australian Toys is an illustrated history of Australian manufactured toys from 1900-1965, drawing on the author's authoritative collection.

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 Read reviewCity of Trees

City of Trees

Sophie Cunningham

A rich and insightful collection of personal essays about life, death and our connection to the environment from bestselling Australian author Sophie Cunningham

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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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The People vs The Banks

The People vs The Banks

Michael Roddan

The People vs The Banks reveals what happens when businesses put profit before punters, reward bad behaviour and assume they are beyond the law. The day of reckoning for liars and thieves in pin-striped suits has arrived. 

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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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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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Women to the Front

Women to the Front

Heather Sheard, Ruth Lee

Australian Women Doctors of the First World War

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A Spanner in the Works

A Spanner in the Works

Loretta Smith

From the end of the Great War and into the 1920s, Alice Anderson was considered nothing less than a national treasure.

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Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors

Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors

Anne Pender

Anne Pender explores the lives and creative work of seven extraordinary performers who have brought joy and hilarity to generations of Australians through their memorable characters on stage and television, and in their potent...

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Silliness: A serious history

Silliness: A serious history

Peter Timms

Silliness is to be savoured. It exposes the cracks in our reasoning, raising a gleeful 2-finger salute to convention and common sense. In a world awash with stupidity and cruel politics, silliness is childish, anarchic,...

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The Colonial Fantasy: Why White Australia Can't Solve Black Problems

The Colonial Fantasy: Why White Australia Can’t Solve Black Problems

Sarah Maddison

A call for a radical restructuring of the relationship between black and white Australia.

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The Official Guide to the Election 2019: The Chaser Quarterly Issue 15

The Official Guide to the Election 2019: The Chaser Quarterly Issue 15

The Chaser

Move aside Antony Green. Get stuffed Chris Uhlmann. Think you know politics, Leigh Sales? With a Federal election due by May 2019, The Chaser provides a must-read guide to Australian politics, and how it works.

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The Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial

Steve Gower

In this book Steve Gower, the highly successful director of the Australian War Memorial from 1996 to 2012, gives a comprehensive account of the development of the Memorial from its inception just over a century ago.

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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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Australia's Vietnam: Myth vs history

Australia’s Vietnam: Myth vs history

Mark Dapin

Why everything you think you know about Australia's Vietnam War is wrong

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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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Hell of a Time

Hell of a Time

Philip Owen Ayton, Ross McMullin

One of the last undiscovered personal accounts of an Australian soldier fighting to survive WWI

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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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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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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

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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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

Kosciuszko

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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 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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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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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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The Seventies

The Seventies

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

Australian Birds of Prey in Flight

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

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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Dead Right

Dead Right

Richard Denniss

How did the banks run wild for so long? Why are so many aged-care residents malnourished? And when did arms manufacturers start sponsoring the Australian War Memorial? In Dead Right, Richard Denniss explores what neoliberalism...

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Growing Up Muslim in Australia

Growing Up Muslim in Australia

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

Australia’s Sweetheart

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!

LOVE!

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

The Change Makers

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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Waltzing Matilda: Australia's Accidental Anthem

Waltzing Matilda: Australia’s Accidental Anthem

W. Benjamin Lindner, Geoffrey Blainey

Waltzing Matilda Australia's Accidental Anthem written by a criminal barrister, is a forensic history of the events, the people and the places that led to the writing of Australia's internationally famous song. This...

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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

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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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

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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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

Tiberius with a Telephone

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

Political Troglodytes and Economic Lunatics

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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