New Australian non-fiction

 Special priceThe Golden Maze

The Golden Maze

Richard Fidler

Beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler is back with a personally curated history of the magical city that is Prague.

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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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People of the River

People of the River

Grace Karskens

A landmark history of Australia's first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both...

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The Sustainable House Handbook

The Sustainable House Handbook

Josh Byrne

A hands-on guide to planning and building a sustainable home for the future with Josh Byrne.

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The Carbon Club

The Carbon Club

Marian Wilkinson

The inside story of how a network of influential climate sceptics, politicians and business leaders fought to control Australia's response to the climate crisis.

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Quarterly Essay 79: The End of Certainty - Scott Morrison and pandemic politics

Quarterly Essay 79: The End of Certainty - Scott Morrison and pandemic politics

Katharine Murphy

An urgent, grounded essay about Scott Morrison and conservatism today by one of Australia's leading commentators and analysts.

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The Truth Hurts

The Truth Hurts

Andrew Boe

Criminal justice systems have not been designed to seek the truth. In places like Australia, it remains an adversarial blood sport often distracted by smoke and mirrors. Navigating through it is difficult and uncertain for any one...

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This One Wild and Precious Life

This One Wild and Precious Life

Sarah Wilson

In This One Wild and Precious Life, Sarah Wilson explores the central disorder of modern existence: disconnection from ourselves, disconnection from community, disconnection from the preciousness of life on this planet.

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Redfern: Aboriginal Activism in the 1970s

Redfern: Aboriginal Activism in the 1970s

Johanna Perheentupa, Gary Foley

In the 1970s the run-down inner-city suburb of Redfern was a gathering place for Aboriginal intellectuals and ambitious young radicals. Having fled poverty and segregation in rural Australia in the 1950s and 60s, they set about...

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Traitors and Spies

Traitors and Spies

John Fahey

Traitors and Spies tells the story of Australia's intelligence operations before ASIO was established, and reveals the dark side of Australian politics in the first half of the twentieth century.    

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The Case of George Pell

The Case of George Pell

Melissa Davey

Guardian Australia's Melbourne bureau chief Melissa Davey covered Cardinal George Pell's evidence at the royal commission into child sexual abuses, and attended each of his trials for his alleged historic sexual offences against...

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The Altar Boys

The Altar Boys

Suzanne Smith

By six-time Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter Suzanne Smith, The Altar Boys is the powerful expose of widespread and organised clerical abuse of children in an Australian city, and how the cover-up in the Catholic...

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How to Win an Election

How to Win an Election

Chris Wallace

So-called unloseable elections are lost, reminding us that every election is a real contest. In this indispensable book drawing from years of close-up observation and analysis, historian and political journalist Chris Wallace...

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Public Enemies

Public Enemies

Mark Dapin

The gripping and revealing inside story of Australia's most notorious armed robbers.    

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 Read reviewBody Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us

Body Count: How Climate Change is Killing Us

Paddy Manning

Shocking and undeniable, Manning reveals what climate change really looks like, telling the moving stories of victims, their families and doctors - putting names and faces to the people who have already paid the ultimate price for...

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The Inner Self

The Inner Self

Hugh Mackay

A book about the only sure path to a life of meaning.    

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How to Sell a Massacre

How to Sell a Massacre

Peter Charley

One Nation, the NRA and a cool $20 million -- inside journalism's most audacious sting ..

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Windfall: Unlocking a fossil free future

Windfall: Unlocking a fossil free future

Ketan Joshi

We've had a decade of distraction and inaction on climate change, but what made things go so very wrong in Australia? And what can the rest of the world learn from our mistakes - and opportunities?

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Golden Daze

Golden Daze

Sean Doherty

Australia's best surf writer brings to life the wild, bold, brave story of Australian surfing from 1915 to the present through the stories of Surfing Australia's Hall of Fame surfers and contemporary surfing legends. ...

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Peace Crimes: Pine Gap, National Security and Dissent

Peace Crimes: Pine Gap, National Security and Dissent

Kieran Finnane

At the closely guarded and secretive military facility, Pine Gap in Australia's Northern Territory, police arrest six nonviolent activists. Their crime - to step through a fence, lamenting and praying for the dead of war. ...

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Fire: A Brief History

Fire: A Brief History

Stephen J Pyne

What does a full-blown Fire Age  look like? We are about to find out, and Australia will feel the  looking-glass transition from an ice world to a fire world more fully and  suddenly than elsewhere

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Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange

Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange

Ashley Hay, Natasha Cica

Europe has been thrown into sharp relief by the impact of a devastating pandemic. As country after country succumbs to the contemporary plague, deeply buried memories of death and destruction resurface.   

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A Concise History of Australia

A Concise History of Australia

Stuart Macintyre

The fifth edition of A Concise History of Australia brings together the long narrative of Australia's First Nations' peoples; the arrival of Europeans and the era of colonies, convicts, gold and free settlers; the foundation of a...

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Women and Leadership

Women and Leadership

Julia Gillard, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

An inspirational and practical book for women looking to take charge of their careers and lives, sharing the stories, advice and words of some of our most extraordinary women leaders.

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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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 Read reviewLandscapes of Our Hearts: Reconciling People and Environment

Landscapes of Our Hearts: Reconciling People and Environment

Matthew Colloff

On this ancient continent, waves of people have made their mark on the landscape; in turn, it too has shaped them. If we look afresh at our history through the land we live on, might Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians find...

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 Read reviewHazelwood

Hazelwood

Tom Doig

A gripping and immediate account of one of the worst disasters in Australian history.

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Living on Stolen Land

Living on Stolen Land

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Living on Stolen Land is a prose-styled look at our colonial-settler ‘present'. This book is the first of its kind to address and educate a broad audience about the colonial contextual history of Australia, in a highly...

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 Read reviewThe Trials of Portnoy

The Trials of Portnoy

Patrick Mullins

Fifty years after the event, here is the first full account of an audacious publishing decision that - with the help of booksellers and readers around the country - forced the end of literary censorship in Australia.

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Quarterly Essay 78: The Coal Curse - Resources, Climate and Australia's Future

Quarterly Essay 78: The Coal Curse - Resources, Climate and Australia’s Future

Judith Brett

In this nuanced and insightful essay, Judith Brett looks at the consequences of Australia's coal addiction, from stalled climate-change policy to tensions between farmers and miners. She assesses where to next for a fractious...

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One Punch

One Punch

Barry Dickins

An in-depth exploration of the random acts of violence that reverberate across our communities and strike at the heart of our society.

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The Convict Valley

The Convict Valley

Mark Dunn

With fascinating stories about convicts, white settlers and the Aboriginal inhabitants that have long been forgotten, The Convict Valley is a new Australian history classic.      

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Fathoms: The World in the Whale

Fathoms: The World in the Whale

Rebecca Giggs

A stunning meditation on the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet, and our relationship to other species.

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Hidden Hand

Hidden Hand

Clive Hamilton, Mareike Ohlberg

In this landmark follow-up to the bestselling Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg expose the Chinese Communist Party's global program of influence and subversion, and the threat it poses to democracy.

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Does the Media Fail Aboriginal Political Aspirations?

Does the Media Fail Aboriginal Political Aspirations?

Amy Thomas, Andrew Jakubowicz, Heidi Norman

For too long Australia's media has failed to communicate Aboriginal political aspirations. This unique study of key Aboriginal initiatives seeking self-determination and justice reveals a history of media procrastination and...

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Sweatshop Women: Volume Two

Sweatshop Women: Volume Two

Winnie Dunn

Sweatshop Women is an exciting and contemporary collection of prose and poetry written by women from Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds. In this second volume, Australia’s most urgent new voices return to...

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The Stranger Artist

The Stranger Artist

Quentin Sprague

Set in the striking landscape of the East Kimberley, The Stranger Artistis a true story of life, loss and friendship that cuts to the heart of one of Australia's most celebrated art movements.

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The Death of Fitzroy Football Club

The Death of Fitzroy Football Club

Russell Holmesby

The Death of Fitzroy Football Club is an oral history, outlining the reasons why Fitzroy FC, one of the founding clubs of the VFL in 1896, lost its way and eventually was merged with the Brisbane Bears. The book covers the spread...

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Under Fire

Under Fire

Nick Brodie

The gripping history of guns in Australia and how we came to control them.

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Griffith Review 68: Getting On

Griffith Review 68: Getting On

Ashley Hay

Griffith Review 68: Getting On explores the demographic shift taking place in a society where seventy is the new fifty-featuring essays from Helen Garner, Tony Birch, Vicki Laveau-Harvie, Melanie Cheng and Charlotte Wood.

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Mysteries of Cinema

Mysteries of Cinema

Adrian Martin

The major essays of the distinguished and prolific Australian-born film critic Adrian Martin have long been difficult to access, so this anthology, which collects highlights of his work in one volume, will be welcomed throughout...

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Testing 3,2,1

Testing 3,2,1

Michael Lawrence

Testing 3,2,1 is the story of how Australian education fell behind the world's best and how Finland came to lead. It is also a guide to how some of Finland's ideas can be used by teachers and schools to begin to reverse the...

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Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-century Grandmothers

Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-century Grandmothers

Helen Elliott

An unmissable collection of writing on what it means to be a grandmother-edited by literary journalist and writer Helen Elliott.

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A Networked Community: Jewish Melbourne in the Nineteenth Century

A Networked Community: Jewish Melbourne in the Nineteenth Century

Sue Silberberg

In 1835 a renegade group of Tasmanians wishing to expand their landholdings disembarked in what was to become Melbourne. This colonising expedition was funded by a group of investors including the Jewish convict Joseph Solomon....

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Quarterly Essay 77: Cry Me A River - The Tragedy of the Murray-Darling Basin

Quarterly Essay 77: Cry Me A River - The Tragedy of the Murray-Darling Basin

Margaret Simons

The Murray-Darling Basin is the food bowl of Australia, and it's in trouble. What does this mean for the future - for water and food, and for the people and towns that depend on it?

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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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The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter

The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter

Adam Courtenay

By the bestselling author of The Ship That Never Was, The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter is a fascinating and poignant true story from Australian colonial history.

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 Read reviewBlueberries

Blueberries

Ellena Savage

A stimulating combination of memoir, essay, poetry, confession and critique, Blueberries is a powerful and revealing collection from a rising star in Australian creative non-fiction.   

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Women in Boots: Football and Feminism in the 1970s

Women in Boots: Football and Feminism in the 1970s

Marion Stell, Heather Reid

Who could imagine that finding a suitable pair of football boots would prove almost impossible for women and girls in the 1970s?  

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1989: The Great Grand Final

1989: The Great Grand Final

Tony Wilson

The 1989 Grand Final between Hawthorn and Geelong is considered one of the greatest of all. Hawthorn, seeking to go back-to-back for the first time was against a Geelong team that had not been in a Grand Final since 1967.

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The Convent: A City finds its Heart

The Convent: A City finds its Heart

Stuart Kells

The Convent: A City Finds its Heart tells the story of a site's rich history and the efforts to preserve it. This is an uplifting tale of community activism.

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Pathfinders: A History of Aboriginal Trackers in NSW

Pathfinders: A History of Aboriginal Trackers in NSW

Michael Bennett

There are few Aboriginal icons in White Australia history.

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We Need to Talk About Mum & Dad

We Need to Talk About Mum & Dad

Jean Kittson

Jean Kittson, bestselling author of You're Still Hot to Me, provides answers to all the questions you didn't know you had about supporting your ageing parents.

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When Life is Not Peachy

When Life is Not Peachy

Pip Lincolne

When life has taken a difficult turn, our heart is aching and we're only just holding it together, it's easy to question everything. Who even am I, and how will I keep going? We need someone in our corner to travel this journey...

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After the Count

After the Count

Stephanie Convery

When Sydney boxer Davey Browne died in 2015 after being knocked out in the final round of a title fight that he was about to win, boxing once again came under intense public scrutiny.  

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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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Party Animals

Party Animals

Samantha Maiden

The Labor Party was the unbeatable favourite to win the 2019 election right up until the polls closed and voters delivered the shock verdict.

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Bone and Beauty: The Ribbon Boys' Rebellion of 1830

Bone and Beauty: The Ribbon Boys' Rebellion of 1830

J. M. Thompson

Rich with detail, Bone and Beauty fuses archival evidence and narrative technique to tell the gripping story of the Ribbon Boys and their reputed leader Ralph Entwistle

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The Colonial Kangaroo Hunt

The Colonial Kangaroo Hunt

Ken Gelder, Rachael Weaver

From the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1770 to classic children's tale Dot and the Kangaroo, Ken Gelder and Rachel Weaver examine hunting narratives in novels, visual art and memoirs to discover how the kangaroo became a...

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Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia

Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia

Victor Steffensen

Fire Country is a cry from the heart asking for change in how Australia cares for country.

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 Read reviewShe I Dare Not Name

She I Dare Not Name

Donna Ward

She I Dare Not Name is a compelling collection of fiercely intelligent, deeply intimate, lyrical reflections on the life of a woman who stands on the threshold between two millennia. Both manifesto and confession, this moving...

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The Medicine: A Doctor's Notes

The Medicine: A Doctor’s Notes

Karen Hitchcock

Dr Karen Hitchcock takes us to the frontlines of everyday treatment, turning her acute gaze to everything from the flu season to dementia, plastic surgery to the humble sick day

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 Special priceDear Parents: Letters from the Teacher

Dear Parents: Letters from the Teacher

Gabbie Stroud

In this funny, heartfelt and passionate call to arms, Gabbie Stroud makes a plea to all parents to understand their roles as their children's lifelong teachers and show how they can best help their kids' teachers and schools...

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Corporate Power in Australia

Corporate Power in Australia

Lindy Edwards

Trust in Australian democracy has more than halved over the last decade, from 86% in 2007 to 41% in 2018. Part of this erosion of trust stems from a belief that big business has too much power. Community concerns have sparked...

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Ten Rogues

Ten Rogues

Peter Grose

From the grim docks of nineteenth-century London to the even grimmer shores of the brutal penal colony of Norfolk Island, this is a roller-coaster tale. It has everything: defiance of authority, treachery, piracy and mutiny,...

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So...You're Having a Teenager

So…You’re Having a Teenager

Sarah Macdonald, Cathy Wilcox

A straight-talking, laugh-out-loud survival guide to raising teenagers from two of Australia's favourite commentators

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Meeting the Waylo: Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago

Meeting the Waylo: Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago

Tiffany Shellam

This book explores the experiences of Indigenous Australians who participated in Australian exploration enterprises in the early nineteenth century

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Stop Listening to the Customer: Try Hearing Your Brand Instead

Stop Listening to the Customer: Try Hearing Your Brand Instead

Adam Ferrier, Jen Flemming

Adam Ferrier draws on his years of creative agency experience, the wisdom of other voices, as well as marketing science to outline the dangers of listening to the customer too much and reveals what you can do about it

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The Relationship is the Project: Working with Communities

The Relationship is the Project: Working with Communities

Jade Lillie, Kate Larsen, Cara Kirkwood, Jax Jacki Brown

A new ‘right now' resource to help artists, cultural workers and organisations better engage with community-based projects

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Modern Mending

Modern Mending

Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald

Bring new life to your old clothes and fabrics with this fun, easy-to-follow guide to modern mending

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