New Australian non-fiction

Everything You Need to Know About the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Everything You Need to Know About the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Megan Davis, George Williams

Williams, two of Australia's best-known constitutional experts, is essential reading on how our Constitution was drafted, what the 1967 referendum achieved, and the lead-up and response to the Uluru Statement. Importantly, it...

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Sorry and Beyond: Healing the Stolen Generations

Sorry and Beyond: Healing the Stolen Generations

Brian Butler, John Bond, Kevin Rudd

Thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have been coping with the trauma of child removal for more than a century. Sorry and Beyond describes the growth of the grassroots movement that exposed the truth about...

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Full Circle; Power, Hope and the Return of Nature

Full Circle; Power, Hope and the Return of Nature

Scott Ludlam

A visionary book for our wild times

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 Read reviewWho Gets to Be Smart: Privilege, Power and Knowledge

Who Gets to Be Smart: Privilege, Power and Knowledge

Bri Lee

Bri Lee, best-selling and award-winning author of Eggshell Skull, asks Who gets to be smart? in this forensic and hard-hitting exploration of knowledge, power and privilege.

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Inga Clendinnen: Selected Writings

Inga Clendinnen: Selected Writings

James Boyce

Inga Clendinnen was one of Australia's greatest writers and thinkers. This selection covers the full scope of her writing, from Tiger's Eye to Aztecs, from Boyer Lectures to essays on all manner of topics

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 Read reviewThe Winter Road: A Killing at Croppa Creek

The Winter Road: A Killing at Croppa Creek

Kate Holden

An epic true story of greed, power and a desire for legacy from an acclaimed Australian storyteller.

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Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate and Bigotry

Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate and Bigotry

Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, Phoebe Grainer

Are we a nation of racists? Thirty-nine writers confront our darkest truths in this fearless collection of short stories, poems and essays from the margins of Australia.

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The Kindness Revolution

The Kindness Revolution

Hugh Mackay

Generous, erudite, optimistic and candid...Hugh Mackay encourages us to find the best in ourselves and in our society in both good and troubled times.

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Merger: The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996

Merger: The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996

William Westerman

Merger tells the story of the Fitzroy Football Club's 1996 season in the Australian Football League, a season made infamous by the club's merger with the Brisbane Bears. It was nothing short of the worst year ever experienced by a...

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Design: Building on Country

Design: Building on Country

Alison Page, Professor Paul Memmott, Margo Neale

Aboriginal design is of a distinctly cultural nature, based in the Dreaming and in ancient practices grounded in Country.Alison Page and Paul Memmott show how these design principles of sophisticated function, sustainability and...

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The Last Correspondent: Dispatches from the frontline of Xi's new China

The Last Correspondent: Dispatches from the frontline of Xi’s new China

Michael Smith

The ultimate insider's account: living and working in China in a period of unprecedented economic and social upheaval

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Gender Politics

Gender Politics

Zareh Ghazarian, Katrina Lee-Koo

Gender Politics is a provocative and urgent collection that re-examines the way we navigate power and leadership in Australian politics.

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The Beijing Bureau

The Beijing Bureau

Trevor Watson, Melissa Roberts

The Beijing Bureau is a collection of essays revealing the insights of twenty-five Australian foreign correspondents into China, from the 1970s to present day: the lives of its people, its government and its culture, and what...

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Smuggled: A History of Illegal Journeys to Australia

Smuggled: A History of Illegal Journeys to Australia

Ruth Balint, Julie Kalman

Smuggled offers a previously unseen glimpse into the dangerous and shadowy world of people smuggling. It shares harrowing true stories of those fleeing persecution to seek asylum and reshapes our idea of those -- sometimes family,...

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Still Life: Contemporary Australian Painters

Still Life: Contemporary Australian Painters

Amber Creswell Bell

A rich survey of the work of more than forty still-life artists, which presents the genre in a uniquely Australian light.

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 Read reviewWith the Falling of the Dusk

With the Falling of the Dusk

Stan Grant

A deeply powerful, poetic and compelling book on the challenges facing our world, from one of Australia's most experienced journalists and international commentators, Stan Grant.

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Quarterly Essay 81: Getting to Zero

Quarterly Essay 81: Getting to Zero

Alan Finkel

An essential guide to how Australia can tackle the climate crisis

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 Read reviewThe Care Factor

The Care Factor

Ailsa Wild

A portrait of a nurse in Australia as she returns to the ICU and encounters the frontline of the pandemic crisis on many fronts.    

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Beyond Climate Grief

Beyond Climate Grief

Jonica Newby

How do we find courage when climate change overwhelms us emotionally? In this magical, often funny and deeply moving true story, award-winning science reporter Jonica Newby explores how to navigate the emotional turmoil of climate...

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 Read reviewThe Believer

The Believer

Sarah Krasnostein

From award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein comes an exploration of the power of belief.     

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Flames of Extinction

Flames of Extinction

John Pickrell

Award-winning science writer John Pickrell investigates the effects of the 2019-2020 bushfires on Australian wildlife and ecosystems. Journeying across the firegrounds, Pickrell explores the stories of creatures that escaped the...

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White Russians, Red Peril

White Russians, Red Peril

Sheila Fitzpatrick

Over 20,000 ethnic Russians migrated to Australia after World War II - yet we know very little about their experiences. Some came via China, others from refugee camps in Europe. Sheila Fitzpatrick examines the early years of a...

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The Ruby Princess

The Ruby Princess

Duncan McNab

In the early hours of Thursday 19 March 2020, the luxury cruise liner Ruby Princess docked at Sydney's Circular Quay, the gateway to Australia.

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You Don't Belong Here

You Don’t Belong Here

Elizabeth Becker

The never-before-told story of three women who courageously reported from the frontlines of the Vietnam War.     

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Two Cultures, One Story

Two Cultures, One Story

Dr Robert Isaacs, Tanaz Byramji

Told with grace and strength, this memoir shares the inside story of a respected Elder and his drive to break down cultural barriers and improve the lives of his people.

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In the Eye of the Storm

In the Eye of the Storm

Robert Reynolds, Shirleene Robinson, Paul Sendziuk

Tells the remarkable story of AIDS volunteers who engaged in a struggle for life against death. For the first time, by focusing on individual life stories, this book explores the crucial role of the men and women who volunteered...

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 Read reviewReturn to Uluru

Return to Uluru

Mark McKenna

When Mark McKenna set out to write a history of the centre of Australia, he had no idea what he would discover. 

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Women of a Certain Rage

Women of a Certain Rage

Liz Byrski

This book is the result of what happened when Liz Byrski asked twenty Australian women from widely different backgrounds, races, beliefs and identities to take up the challenge of writing about rage.

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Buried Not Dead

Buried Not Dead

Fiona McGregor

A collection of essays on art, literature and performance, sexuality, activism and the life of the city.

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Amnesia Road: Landscape, Violence and Memory

Amnesia Road: Landscape, Violence and Memory

Luke Stegemann

Offers a powerful literary consideration of historic violence in two different parts of the world, the seldom-visited mulga plains of south-west Queensland and the backroads of rural Andalusia. The book is also an unashamed...

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Truth-Telling

Truth-Telling

Henry Reynolds

If we are to take seriously the need for telling the truth about our history, we must start at first principles.     

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With My Little Eye

With My Little Eye

Sandra Hogan

With My Little Eye is a poignant and very funny account of a peculiar childhood in 1950s suburban Australia.  

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Reset

Reset

Ross Garnaut

In Reset, renowned economist Ross Garnaut shows how the COVID-19 crisis offers Australia the opportunity to reset its economy and build a successful future - and why the old approaches will not work.

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Greetings from Trumpland

Greetings from Trumpland

Zoe Daniel, Roscoe Whalan

Zoe Daniel's new book is a timely reflection on how the Trump presidency has changed the world.   

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Black Summer

Black Summer

Michael Rowland

Told by ABC journalists who were on the ground and broadcasting during our worst ever fire season, spearheaded by Michael Rowland  

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The World Is Not Big Enough

The World Is Not Big Enough

Vanessa Russell

Following one woman on her search for humanity in a broken system, The World Is Not Big Enough is the less-told story of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia.

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Flesh Made New

Flesh Made New

John Rasko, Carl Power

The dazzling promise of stem-cell treatment: does it work and will it save us? Two experts look at the hype  

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Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

Sophie Cousins

A progressive, solutions-driven examination of how we can collectively reshape and rebuild a better and fairer Australia in the midst of a global pandemic, climate change and urgent questions of race equality.

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Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

Richard Beasley

A very angry book about our greatest environmental catastrophe… the death of the Murray-Darling Basin.

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You've Got To Be Kidding

You’ve Got To Be Kidding

Todd Alexander

The hilarious new take on country life by one of Australia's bestselling authors  

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Killing Sydney: The Fight for a City's Soul

Killing Sydney: The Fight for a City’s Soul

Elizabeth Farrelly

Fairfax columnist, architect and former city councillor Elizabeth Farrelly presents a love song to the city of Sydney and an empassioned plea for its protection.

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Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance

Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance

Ashley Hay

Features essays, reportage, memoir, fiction and poetry that examine our relationship with resources both tangible and intangible, physical and personal.    

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Culture is Life

Culture is Life

Wayne Quilliam

A contemporary photography book that celebrates and shares stories of First peoples across the continent.

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Dizzy Limits: Recent Experiments in Australian Nonfiction

Dizzy Limits: Recent Experiments in Australian Nonfiction

Various contributors

Dizzy Limits collects the very best examples of the above mentioned experimental nonfiction from our most intellectually ambitious and creatively curious writers. 

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Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia

Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia

Bruce Pascoe, Vicky Shukuroglou

A new, fully illustrated book from award-winning author Bruce Pascoe and photographer Vicky Shukuroglou that offers a deeper understanding of Australia and how best to travel and appreciate the heart of the country.

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The Momentous, Uneventful Day

The Momentous, Uneventful Day

Gideon Haigh

Has COVID-19 ushered in the end of the office? Or is it the office's final triumph? 

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2020

The Best Australian Science Writing 2020

Sara Phillips, Peter C. Doherty

The annual collection - now in its tenth year - celebrating the finest voices in Australian science writing.  

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Black, White and Exempt

Black, White and Exempt

Lucinda Aberdeen, Jennifer Jones

These personal and often painful histories uncovered in archives, family stories and lived experiences reveal new perspectives on exemption.

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 Read reviewWitness

Witness

Louise Milligan

From the best-selling author of CARDINAL comes a searing examination of the power imbalance in our legal system - where exposing the truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive.

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Fire Flood and Plague

Fire Flood and Plague

Sophie Cunningham

Writers, scientists, historians, journalists and commentators consider subjects as broad as culture and the arts, working as a doctor, travel, domestic violence, security, immigration, the death of a loved one, geopolitics,...

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Watsonia: A Writing Life

Watsonia: A Writing Life

Don Watson

No other writer has journeyed further into the soul of Australia and returned to tell the tale... 

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 Read reviewThe Palace Letters

The Palace Letters

Professor Jenny Hocking

What role did the queen play in the governor-general Sir John Kerr's plans to dismiss prime minister Gough Whitlam in 1975, which unleashed one of the most divisive episodes in Australia's political history?

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What Is to Be Done

What Is to Be Done

Barry Jones

A follow-up to the prescient bestseller, first published in 1982, that alerted the public to the likely impacts of information technologies and the emergence of a post-industrial society. 

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Men at Work: Australia's Parenthood Trap

Men at Work: Australia’s Parenthood Trap

Annabel Crabb

In the past half-century, women have revolutionised the way they work and live. But men's lives have changed remarkably little. Why?

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Rooted: An Australian history of bad language

Rooted: An Australian history of bad language

Dr Amanda Laugesen

From the defiant curses of the convicts and bullock drivers to the humour of Kath and Kim, Amanda Laugesen, director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of...

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Pride in Defence

Pride in Defence

Noah Riseman, Shirleene Robinson

Charts the changing policies and practices of the Australian Defence Force, illuminating the experiences of LGBTI members in what was often a hostile institution. At the centre of this book are the courageous LGBTI members who...

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The Climate Cure

The Climate Cure

Tim Flannery

An urgent and essential call to arms from one of Australia's most respected climate scientists, Tim Flannery. A compelling and solution-focused declaration of the action required to win the climate battle, and how change must...

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My Tidda, My Sister

My Tidda, My Sister

Marlee Silva, Rachael Sarra, Charlotte Allingham

My Tidda, My Sister shares the experiences of many Indigenous women and girls, brought together by author and host of the Tiddas 4 Tiddas podcast, Marlee Silva. The voices of First Nations' women that Marlee weaves through the...

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