New Australian non-fiction

 Special priceThe Arsonist

The Arsonist

Chloe Hooper

On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The...

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Living and Loving in Diversity

Living and Loving in Diversity

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Sad and funny, sexy and sensitive, angry and insightful: the deeply personal stories in this book reflect a rainbow of experiences and emotions, as diverse as the storytellers themselves. Join chief editor Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli...

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Dangerous Ideas About Mothers

Dangerous Ideas About Mothers

Camilla Nelson, Rachel Robertson

What's behind the rise of the mummy bullies? Coerced by the media, interrogated by other mothers, frowned upon even by those who are closest to them, the mothers of today face a barrage of criticism.

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Hoodwinked

Hoodwinked

Kerry-Anne Walsh

Pauline Hanson claims to represent the average Australian but The Stalking of Julia Gillard's Kerry-Anne Walsh has discovered nothing could be further from the truth.   

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Bees of Australia: A Photographic Guide

Bees of Australia: A Photographic Guide

James Dorey

Discover the beauty and diversity of Australia's native bees.

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 Special priceYou Daughters Of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

You Daughters Of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

Clare Wright

For the ten years from 1902, when Australia's suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration. Clare Wright's epic new history tells the story of...

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On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

Ceridwen Dovey

'I was born in the year J.M. Coetzee published his third novel, Waiting for the Barbarians. My mother read this dark, disturbing book with its multiple scenes of torture as she breastfed me at night, while my older sister slept...

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 Special price Read reviewBoys Will be Boys

Boys Will be Boys

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford reports that one of the questions she is most asked in person and online is 'How do I raise my son to be a feminist? How do I make sure he's a supporter rather than a perpetrator?' That is a question that many...

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 Read reviewThe World Was Whole

The World Was Whole

Fiona Wright

The follow-up to Fiona Wright's essay collection Small Acts of Disappearance - winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier's Award for...

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Rewording the Brain

Rewording the Brain

David Astle

Master wordsmith and crossword guru David Astle shows how cryptic crosswords can boost your brain power and improve your memory and cognitive capacity.   

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 Special priceThe Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean

The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean

Peter Burness

Australia's official First World War correspondent Charles Bean saw more of the Australian army's activities and battles on the Western Front than anyone. Bean's private wartime diaries form a unique and personal record of his...

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Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Clare Press

Takes a wild trip through the new activism sweeping the world. The political march is back in a big way, as communities rally to build movements for environmental and social justice. Crossing the globe, Clare Press meets...

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Gardens on the Edge: A journey through Australian landscapes

Gardens on the Edge: A journey through Australian landscapes

Christine Reid

In breathtaking images and insightful essays, Gardens on the Edge explores 18 Australian gardens that are defined by extraordinary horizons.    

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The Barefoot Investor for Families: The only kids' money guide you'll ever need

The Barefoot Investor for Families: The only kids' money guide you’ll ever need

Scott Pape

The new book from Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor.  

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Power of the Pedal: The Story of Australian Cycling

Power of the Pedal: The Story of Australian Cycling

Rupert Guinness

In Power of the Pedal, cycling journalist Rupert Guinness reveals 200 years of the bike in Australia, covering not only its place in Australian everyday life but also the big races, here and abroad. Along the way, read about...

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Roadies: The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll

Roadies: The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll

Stuart Coupe

This is your backstage pass to the hidden side of the music industry - the tantrums, the fights, the tensions, the indulgence, the sex, the alcohol, the drugs. The roadies see it all, and now they are sharing their secrets. ...

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Island Story: Tasmania in Object and Text

Island Story: Tasmania in Object and Text

Ralph Crane, Danielle Wood

A handsome full-colour book pairing unique items from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery with selections of original writing about the southern island. 

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Hugh Stretton: Selected Writings

Hugh Stretton: Selected Writings

Graeme Davison

A public intellectual known for his deeply humane approach to social and urban issues, Hugh Stretton's thinking has influenced Australian public debates for many decades. Fundamentally, Stretton wanted to make Australia fairer.

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 Special priceMirka & Georges: A Culinary Affair

Mirka & Georges: A Culinary Affair

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan

Meet the legendary Mirka and Georges Mora, with classic French recipes, untold anecdotes, photographs and Mirka's sensuous and colourful artworks.  

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Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader - Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader - Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Laura Tingle

What has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia? And are things likely to change with a change of leader or government?In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general -...

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Money and Government: A Challenge to Mainstream Economics

Money and Government: A Challenge to Mainstream Economics

Robert Skidelsky

Ten years after the financial crash, a timely consideration of what economists should have learned, and an ambitious argument as to how macroeconomics might reinvent itself.

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Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women

Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women

Kirstin Ferguson, Catherine Fox

Women Kind is a reminder that brilliant things happen when smart women get fed up.

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Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired

Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired

Damien Cahill, Phillip Toner

Leading economists assess the costs and benefits of privatisation, deregulation, marketisation and other neoliberal reforms that have dominated Australian economic policy since the 1980s.

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Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp

Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp

David Sornig

I'm here already, in the bleak, awful hour on Dudley Flats in which the final dereliction of Elsie Williams will come to pass. I'm beginning with it, so you won't be under any illusion as to how it ends.

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Stern Justice

Stern Justice

Adam Wakeling

While the Nuremberg trials at the end of the Second World War are infamous, as are the atrocities committed by Japan in that conflict, few now remember the trials that prosecuted Japanese personnel for those crimes. Stern Justice...

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 Read reviewThe Edge of Memory: Ancient Stories, Oral Tradition and the Post-Glacial World

The Edge of Memory: Ancient Stories, Oral Tradition and the Post-Glacial World

Patrick Nunn

In today's society it is generally the written word that holds the authority. We are more likely to trust the words found in a history textbook over the version of history retold by a friend - after all, human memory is...

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Bad Buddhist: Speed bumps and detours on the path to enlightenment

Bad Buddhist: Speed bumps and detours on the path to enlightenment

Meshel Laurie

From the author of Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy and Buddhism for Break-ups comes a hilarious collection of new and previously published writing on family, friendship, motherhood and the challenges of being a good Buddhist...

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Rocky Road: The incredible true story of the fractured family behind the Darrell Lea chocolate empire

Rocky Road: The incredible true story of the fractured family behind the Darrell Lea chocolate empire

Robert Wainwright (Author)

The marvelously strange but true story of the family behind the famous Darrell Lea confectionery company.

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Rusted Off: Why country Australia is fed up

Rusted Off: Why country Australia is fed up

Gabrielle Chan

A big story from a small town.Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off, she looks to her own rural community's main street for answers to the big questions...

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Endeavour: The ship and the attitude that changed the world

Endeavour: The ship and the attitude that changed the world

Peter Moore

Centred around Captain James Cook's first South Sea voyages (1768 - 1771) from a historian who leaves no stone unturned to discover the ship and the attitude that shaped the western world.

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City Life: The New Urban Australia

City Life: The New Urban Australia

Seamus O'Hanlon

Remember when our cities and inner-cities weren't dominated by high-rise apartments? This book documents the changes that have come with the globalisation of the Australian city since the 1970s. It tells the story of the major...

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Captured Lives: Australia's Wartime Internment Camps

Captured Lives: Australia’s Wartime Internment Camps

Peter Monteath

Captured Lives peers behind the barbed wire veil that was drawn around people-both civilian internees and prisoners of war-deemed threats to Australia's security during the two world wars.

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Adani and the War Over Coal

Adani and the War Over Coal

Quentin Beresford

Australian politicians have had a love affair with coal, which has helped lock its politics into the fossil fuel age. This book exlores the role of the Adani Carmichael mine in the conflict over coal. We see the rise of a fossil...

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The Bulldog Track

The Bulldog Track

Peter Phelps

This is the story of Tom Phelps and the 'other Kokoda Track', a story that has never been told. Seventy-five years later, Tom's grandson, award-winning actor and writer Peter Phelps, is sharing the unforgettable tale of resilience...

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Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward

Adam Hills

An hilarious and honest collection of stories, thoughts, and tales of a life in comedy from the award-winning comic Adam Hills

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 Read reviewThe Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania

The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania

Sam Twyford-Moore

Writing and mental illness make excellent bedfellows, for better or worse. The Rapids is an extraordinary personal memoir peppered with film and literary criticism, as well as family history. It manages to be both a wild ride and...

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The Eastern Curlew

The Eastern Curlew

Harry Saddler

Every year around August, large flocks of Eastern Curlews leave their breeding grounds in the Arctic and embark on a perilous 10,000km journey to the coast of Australia. The birds cannot swim; if they become exhausted and fall...

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Water Colour

Water Colour

Greg French

Featuring wild and warming tales from a life spent in the natural world, Water Colour is master fly fisher and storyteller Greg French's follow-up to the much loved and bestselling Frog Call...

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The Mess We're In: How Our Politics Went to Hell and Dragged Us with It

The Mess We’re In: How Our Politics Went to Hell and Dragged Us with It

Bernard Keane

Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane explains capitalism, identity and why everything is awful

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This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited

This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited

Henry Reynolds

Listening to the whispering in his own heart, Henry Reynolds was led into the lives of remarkable and largely forgotten white humanitarians who followed their consciences and challenged the prevailing attitudes to Indigenous...

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Best We Forget: The War for White Australia 1914-18

Best We Forget: The War for White Australia 1914-18

Peter Cochrane

Best We Forget will challenge what you currently believe about twentieth-century Australian history

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The Football Solution: How Richmond's premiership can save Australia

The Football Solution: How Richmond’s premiership can save Australia

George Megalogenis

In a characteristically sweeping and entertaining story, George Megalogenis reveals how football has been shaped by the nation that invented it and how the game we love, in turn, might help resolve Australia's political impasse.

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 Read reviewTrace: Who Killed Maria James?

Trace: Who Killed Maria James?

Rachael Brown

The riveting inside story of a journalist's cold-case investigation of a shocking murder.

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The Fierce Country: True stories from Australia's unsettled heart, 1830 to today

The Fierce Country: True stories from Australia’s unsettled heart, 1830 to today

Stephen Orr

The open spaces and isolated places outside Australia's cities have unsettled us from first European settlement to today. In this nail-biting book combining the notorious and little-known, author Stephen Orr has collected true...

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Siege: Inside the Lindt Cafe

Siege: Inside the Lindt Cafe

Deborah Snow

The powerful and uncompromising story of what happened inside the Lindt Cafe and why the police response went so tragically wrong

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Australia and Indonesia: Can we be Friends?: Australian Foreign AffairsIssue 3

Australia and Indonesia: Can we be Friends?: Australian Foreign AffairsIssue 3

Jonathan Pearlman

Australian Foreign Affairs is published three times a year and seeks to explore - and encourage - debate on Australia's place in the world and global outlook.

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A Coveted Possession: The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia

A Coveted Possession: The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia

Michael Atherton

What has lived with us, entertained us, travelled with us and symbolised Australian aspirations, only to end up gathering dust or even at the tip? It's not the car, or the washing machine, or the sewing machine . . . it's the...

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The Knowledge Solution: Politics

The Knowledge Solution: Politics

Various Authors

Can a return to direct democracy reconnect a jaded electorate with an out-of-touch establishment? Would reforming Canberra's toxic culture lead to worthwhile debate and better decision-making? Should today's leaders look back...

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Dunera Lives: A Visual History

Dunera Lives: A Visual History

Ken Inglis, Seumas Spark, Dr Jay Winter, Carol Bunyan

`When scholars of such rigorous and refined erudition engage with a topic of such critical importance it is a cause for celebration, as are the lives themselves, painstakingly recorded so movingly herein. And all of it comes...

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Serving in Silence?: Australian LGBT servicemen and women

Serving in Silence?: Australian LGBT servicemen and women

Noah Riseman, Shirleene Robinson, Graham Willett

Most people have heard of the United States' infamous Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, yet few know about Australia's own history of LGBT military service. In Serving in Silence? lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender servicemen...

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Quarterly Essay 70: Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Quarterly Essay 70: Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Richard Denniss

How did the big banks get away with so much for so long? Why are so many aged-care residents malnourished? And when did arms manufacturers start sponsoring the Australian War Memorial?In this passionate essay, Richard...

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 Read reviewSmall Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law

Small Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law

Kate Rossmanith

H is for Hawk meets Helen Garner: this fascinating memoir brings extraordinary insight to the huge topics of justice, love and remorse.

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 Read reviewThe Year Everything Changed: 2001

The Year Everything Changed: 2001

Phillipa McGuinness

On New Year's Eve 2001, with her husband by her side, Phillipa McGuinness buried her son. They stood with a young priest in Chua Chu Kang Cemetery and watched a small coffin go into the ground. Later that night, shattered, they...

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 Read reviewMarcia Langton: Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton

A completely new and inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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 Read reviewBalancing Acts: Women in Sport - Essays on Power, Performance, Bodies and Love

Balancing Acts: Women in Sport - Essays on Power, Performance, Bodies and Love

Justin Wolfers & Erin Riley (eds)

Focusing on a critically underrepresented part of Australian culture (the many ways non-male participants in sport negotiate the traditionally male spectacle of athleticism) this accessible and inclusive collection investigates...

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We'll Show the World: Expo 88

We’ll Show the World: Expo 88

Jackie Ryan

How did one long and expensive party change a city forever?

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Creativity Crisis: Toward a Post-Constructivist Educational Future

Creativity Crisis: Toward a Post-Constructivist Educational Future

Robert Nelson

In Creativity Crisis Robert Nelson argues that university education is systematically uncreative and suggests how this might be changed. Constructive alignment, the centrepiece of today's university pedagogy, promotes...

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Monash's Masterpiece: The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world

Monash’s Masterpiece: The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons brings the Allied triumph at the Battle of Le Hamel to life, and tells the magnificent story of the first modern battle as it should be told.

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The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

Stephen Gapps

The Sydney Wars tells the history of military engagements between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians - described as ‘this constant sort of war' by one early colonist - around the greater Sydney region.

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Romance Was Born: A Love Story with Fashion

Romance Was Born: A Love Story with Fashion

Anna Plunkett, Luke Sales, Georgina Safe

The fully illustrated story of one of the most successful Australian fashion houses of the last 15 years. Romance Was Born collections are lavish, larger than life, iconic and iconaclastic, and this gorgeous book is a celebration...

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Serving our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship

Serving our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship

Joan Beaumont, Allison Cadzow

After decades of silence, Serving Our Country is the first comprehensive history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's participation in the Australian defence forces. This book reveals the courage, resilience and...

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 Read reviewAxiomatic

Axiomatic

Maria Tumarkin

This boundary-shifting fusion of thinking, storytelling, and meditation takes as its starting point five axioms:‘Give Me a Child Before the Age of 7 and I'll Give You the (Wo)Man'‘History Repeats...

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Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia's Future

Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future

Mark McKenna

Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if its citizens and politicians can come to new terms with the past. Indigenous recognition and a new push for a republic await action.

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A Year of Madness: The Best of Ron Tandberg's 2017 cartoons from The Age

A Year of Madness: The Best of Ron Tandberg’s 2017 cartoons from The Age

Ron Tandberg

2017. It has been a year of madness like no other. America elected a President like no other. Cardinal Pell is returning home in an effort to restore his memory. Newspapers are under threat. Human rights are constantly under...

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