New Australian non-fiction

 Read reviewThe Woman Who Fooled the World

The Woman Who Fooled the World

Beau Donelly, Nick Toscano

Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer.

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Acland Street: The Grand Old Lady of St Kilda

Acland Street: The Grand Old Lady of St Kilda

Judith Buckrich

Unique in Melbourne's history, Acland Street has been the home, playground and business address for millionaires and paupers, members of parliament, creators of the culture, sex workers, criminals, migrants from Europe and Asia...

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The Best Australian Essays 2017

The Best Australian Essays 2017

Anna Goldsworthy

The Best Australian Essays showcase the nation's most eloquent, insightful and urgent non-fiction writing. In her first time as editor, award-winning author Anna Goldsworthy chooses brilliant pieces that provoke, unveil,...

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A Season with Richmond: Yellow & Black

A Season with Richmond: Yellow & Black

Konrad Marshall

A Season with Richmond reveals the intimate story of the Richmond Football Club through the highs and heartaches of the 2017 season. With unprecedented access to club officials, players and coaches, author Konrad Marshall takes...

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The Damage Report

The Damage Report

Zo Damage

The Damage Report celebrates the successful completion of the Zo Damage 365 Day Live Music Photography Project

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Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia

Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia

Diana Preston

Celebrated historian Diana Preston presents betrayals, escapes, and survival at sea in her account of the mutiny of the Bounty and the flight of convicts from the Australian penal colony.

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More Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District's Golden Age

More Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District’s Golden Age

Richard Allen, Kimbal Baker

This fascinating and beautiful book, sequel to the bestselling Great Properties of Country Victoria, takes us into the private world of twelve notable properties. Through their early histories we follow their fortunes;...

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No Front Line: Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

No Front Line: Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

Chris Masters

Australia's foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan.

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The Drover's Wife: A Collection

The Drover’s Wife: A Collection

Frank Moorhouse

A celebration of a great Australian love affair, 'The Drover's Wife' in the Australian imagination: stories, performances and images.

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A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

Titus O'Reily

Titus O'Reily, Australia's least insightful sports writer, takes you through the history of Australian sport and the people who made it. In his inimitable comic style, he explains how sport has shaped this wide brown country into...

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A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017

A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017

John Clarke

Drawn from John Clarke's and Bryan Dawe's weekly broadcasts, these timelessly funny scripts will delight readers as they revisit the scandals and stuff-ups of our lifetimes. Politics was never so preposterous. All the...

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True Stories: Complete Short Non-Fiction

True Stories: Complete Short Non-Fiction

Helen Garner

An extraordinary book of collected short non-fiction, spanning fifty years of work, by one of Australia's great writers.

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The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

Bain Attwood

In this superbly researched book Bain Attwood eschews the generalisations of national and colonial history to provide a finely grained local history of the......

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 Special priceThe Harbour

The Harbour

Scott Bevan

In the bestselling tradition of Peter Ackroyd's The Thames, a celebration of one of the world's great waterways

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

Michael Slezak, Emma Johnston

Would it be ethical to eat sentient aliens? What is the basis of the difference between the sexes? Why is there something rather than nothing? Now in its seventh year, The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 draws on the...

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 Special price Read reviewSaga Land

Saga Land

Richard Fidler, Kari Gislason

A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

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 Special priceThe Number Games

The Number Games

Adam Spencer

Following on from his Big Book of Numbers (2014), World of Numbers (2015), and Time Machine (2016), Australia's funniest mathematician is back with a brand new book of number puzzles and trivia!<br...

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The Big Picture: Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1

The Big Picture: Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 1

Jonathan Pearlman

‘We need to determine a foreign policy of our own - one that looks after Australia's interest in the new order; an order which will have China as its centre of gravity.' -Paul KeatingThe world is changing, and so...

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Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Margo Neale

This stunning companion to the National Museum of Australia's blockbuster Indigenous-led exhibition, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, explores the history and meaning of songlines, the Dreaming or creation tracks...

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 Special priceNative: Art and Design with Australian Plants

Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants

Kate Herd, Jela Ivankovic-Waters

Native offers planting palettes and design themes, gardening techniques and inspiration for an original and exciting perspective on the very best of Australian local flora.

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Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

Ross McMullin

Hundreds of Australian first-person narratives of World War I have been published, but none more riveting than this one.

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 Special priceWhiteley on Trial

Whiteley on Trial

Gabriella Coslovich

Offers a tale of obsession, greed and ego, where the richly diverse worlds of art, horse-racing, high finance, the luxury car trade and a humble tradesman collide - and no one is entirely innocent. Except perhaps the tradesman.

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The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

Anna Clark

In every coastal town in Australia, there's a bait shop and a boat ramp, and, in garages around the country, fishing rods are strung up waiting for their next outing. Many of us have a special fishing spot, and families pass on...

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Tinkering: Australians Re-invent DIY Culture

Tinkering: Australians Re-invent DIY Culture

Katherine Wilson

At a time when the labour-market is failing as a source of security and identity for many, domestic tinkering is emerging as a legitimate occupation in a.....

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Law School: Sex and relationship advice from Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang

Law School: Sex and relationship advice from Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang

Benjamin Law, Jenny Phang

Do you accidentally get turned-on while watching a nature documentary? Are you dating someone whose tattoos are the worst but you're having the best sex of your life? Are you feeling emasculated because your girlfriend has had...

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On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

Erik Jensen

‘Kate says she doesn't know what to say about writing. When people ask, she tells them to prepare for a life of failure.'

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On John Marsden: Writers on Writers

On John Marsden: Writers on Writers

Alice Pung

In this fascinating book, Alice Pung writes about one of her deep influences - the much-loved and hugely successful John Marsden.

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 Special priceAustralian Gypsies: Their secret history

Australian Gypsies: Their secret history

Mandy Sayer

Today, roughly 100,000 Gypsies call Australia home, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories of the country. In this volume, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a...

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On Doubt

On Doubt

Leigh Sales

When society seems to demand confidence and certainty, how much courage does it take to admit doubt, especially self-doubt? In this personal essay, one of Australia's most respected journalists argues in favour of a doubtful...

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Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney

Unmaking a Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney

Graham Archer

An investigation into an intriguing murder case and an unprecedented account of how the decisions made by organs of government can be defended and.....

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Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia's Refugee Policy

Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s Refugee Policy

Claire Higgins

In the late 1970s, 150,000 Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing war and oppression. This influx of people, and the way the Fraser government handled it, marked not only the real end of the...

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 Read reviewPlease Explain

Please Explain

Anna Broinowski

After eighteen years in the political wilderness, Pauline Hanson is back and more powerful than ever. Please Explain is a compelling, intimate look at how an Ipswich fish and chip shop lady changed the nation - and how she speaks...

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Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Benjamin Law

Are Australian schools safe? And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

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Stranger Thingies: From Felafel to now

Stranger Thingies: From Felafel to now

John Birmingham

John Birmingham is a master of good writing and funny lines. He has written a thousand stories, some true, some not so much. These are the best ones and they're so good, and so funny, there has been no barrel-scraping involved....

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Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Peter Monteath

The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck.In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his first prison break - an audacious night-time escape from a German...

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'Me Write Myself': The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen's Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47

‘Me Write Myself’: The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen’s Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47

Leonie Stevens

Exiles, lost souls, remnants of a dying race. The fate of the First Nations peoples of Van Diemen's Land is one of the most infamous chapters in Australian, and world, history. The men, women, and children exiled to Flinders...

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Detours

Detours

Tim Rogers

An endearing, charming, honest, funny, sad, tender and beautiful literary memoir. Think Patti Smith meet Dylan Thomas, by way of Banjo Paterson.Tim Rogers - the front man and singer of hugely popular rock n'roll band...

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The Women's Footy Almanac 2017

The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017

John Harms, Yvette Wroby

The inaugural AFL Women's competition was a huge success. Although there were supporters who anticipated its impact, there were many who were surprised by the significance it had.

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The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed their own Government (Updated Edition)

The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed their own Government (Updated Edition)

Niki Savva

In the original edition of The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva revealed the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta...

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A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

Shireen Morris

The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a rightful place be found for Australia's original peoples?

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The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

Joe Gorman

This is more than a book about soccer - it is the story of Australia's national identity.

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Dragon and Kangaroo: Australia and China's Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day

Dragon and Kangaroo: Australia and China’s Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day

Robert Macklin

The fascinating story of the Chinese presence in and influence on this country - our intertwined history from before Captain Cook to the present day.

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Aussie Aussie Aussie

Aussie Aussie Aussie

Ben Pobjie

Aussie Aussie Aussie celebrates the influential Australians who made our nation great, as well as the ones who stopped us from being as great as we could have been but who have ended up with their own Wikipedia pages anyway

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The Vandemonian War

The Vandemonian War

Nick Brodie

The Vandemonian Wars will reveal the untold story of the orchestrated and successful attacks on the aboriginal population of Tasmania after British settlement and the British Government's part in it.

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 Read reviewWatching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Julian Burnside

Rich with fascinating case studies, and eloquent in its defence of civil society, Watching Out is a beacon of legal liberalism in an intemporate age.

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The Show: Another Side of Santamaria's Movement

The Show: Another Side of Santamaria’s Movement

Mark Aarons, John Grenville

In late 1942, on the recommendation of 26-year-old Bob Santamaria, Australia's Catholic bishops took the first steps in creating a clandestine church organisation to smash the Communist Party's massive trade union base. Before...

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Taming Toxic People: The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work

Taming Toxic People: The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work

David Gillespie

Bestselling author David Gillespie turns his attention to a phenomenon that damages businesses, seeds mental disease and discomfort and can bring civilisations to the brink of implosion - the psychopath.

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Sunlight and Seaweed

Sunlight and Seaweed

Tim Flannery

Internationally renowned climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery presents a detailed and fascinating vision of the technologies that will prove invaluable in ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

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 Special priceLa Mama

La Mama

Adam Cass

In August 2017, Melbourne's La Mama Theatre celebrates 50 years since the premiere of its first production, Jack Hibberd's Three Old Friends. La Mama commemorates the rich life story of the theatre so far, tracking the...

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Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Jane Caro

In this revealingly honest collection, successful Australian women talk about the challenges they have overcome, from sexual assault and domestic violence to racism, miscarriage, depression and loss, and how they let the past go...

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Sons of God

Sons of God

Heath O'Loughlin

The Sons of God are who Australia turns to in times of extreme crisis. The SOG's top-secret methods, advanced training and incredible bravery have made them the ultimate urban warriors in the war against high-level crime and...

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Donald Horne: Selected Writings

Donald Horne: Selected Writings

Donald Horne, Nick Horne

One of Australia's leading thinkers for close to fifty years, Donald Horne was probably the best Australian non-fiction writer of his generation.

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A Good Life to the End: Taking Control of Our Inevitable Journey Through Ageing and Death

A Good Life to the End: Taking Control of Our Inevitable Journey Through Ageing and Death

Ken Hillman

A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones. A crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary...

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Charlatan

Charlatan

Catherine Jinks

The story of a nineteenth century court case involving Thomas Guthrie Carr, a notorious, larger-than-life character who made his living as a mesmerist, phrenologist, public speaker and some say charlatan.

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Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia's Climate Deadlock

Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock

Anna Krien

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Extreme weather is becoming all too familiar. And the Coalition government is divided and paralysed.

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 Read reviewAnaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Kate Cole-Adams

You know how it is when you go under. The jab, the countdown, the- -and then you wake.This book is about what happens in between.Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal...

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Random Life: Cartoons by Judy Horacek

Random Life: Cartoons by Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek

Random Life is a collection of over 200 recent cartoons by much-loved cartoonist Judy Horacek. Drawn for her regular spot in the Age (and other publications wise enough to employ her), Judy's ninth cartoon collection...

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 Read reviewWoman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Jenny Valentish

Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way.

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Tour de Oz

Tour de Oz

Bret Harris

Four years before the inaugural Tour de France, four cyclists known as 'Overlanders' set out on a race around Australia. On 24 November 1896 a wiry and wily bushman named Arthur Richardson left Coolgardie for Adelaide by bicycle....

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Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell

Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell

Louise Milligan

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse has brought to light horrific stories. Questions about what the Cardinal George Pell knew, and when, have persisted. Cardinal uncovers uncomfortable truths about a...

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Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Susan Carland

The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist's playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with.....

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 Read reviewDepends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables

Depends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables

John Safran

No one turns up where they're not wanted quite like John Safran. In this hilarious and disorienting adventure he gets among our diverse community of white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more, digging away at the...

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Code Breakers: Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australia's Two Bletchley Parks

Code Breakers: Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australia’s Two Bletchley Parks

Craig Collie

The extraordinary untold story of the brilliant men and women who cracked the Japanese codes from Australia during World War II.

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The Mighty West: The Bulldogs' Journey from Daydream Believers to Premiership Heroes

The Mighty West: The Bulldogs' Journey from Daydream Believers to Premiership Heroes

Kerrie Soraghan

In 2016 the Western Bulldogs stunned the AFL world by winning the Premiership - the club's first since 1954, and only its second ever. It was an unprecedented rise to success, capped by a stunning Grand Final victory that left...

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 Special price Read reviewA Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Bernadette Brennan

Helen Garner is one of Australia's most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained...

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Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

David Marr

Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation.

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 Read reviewThey Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention

Michael Green, Angelica Neville, André Dao, Dana Affleck, Sienna Merope

Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who've experienced it.

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First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety

Sarah Wilson

The world's foremost writer on the dangers of sugar discovers the hidden value and advantages of being an anxious person.

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