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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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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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 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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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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Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the storming of the presidency

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the storming of the presidency

Joshua Green

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump - the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and...

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 Special priceBraving the Wilderness: The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone

Braving the Wilderness: The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone

Brene Brown

`True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. She writes, `True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing...

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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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Bored and Brilliant: How Time Spent Doing Nothing Changes Everything

Bored and Brilliant: How Time Spent Doing Nothing Changes Everything

Manoush Zomorodi

Being bored is bad, right? We'll certainly do anything to avoid it and with smartphones we need never be bored again, as we reply to our emails 24 hours a day, tweet as we watch TV, watch TV as we commute, check Facebook as we...

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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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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt, winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, tackles the origins of humanity through the most enduring story of all time.

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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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Footsteps: From Ferrante's Naples to Hammett's San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World

Footsteps: From Ferrante’s Naples to Hammett’s San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World

The New York Times

Before Nick Carraway was drawn into Daisy and Gatsby's sparkling, champagne-fueled world in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald vacationed in the French Riviera, where a small green lighthouse winked at ships on the horizon.<br...

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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

Anu Partanen

How the Nordic countries, especially Finland, can teach us how to live better

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The Seabird's Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers

The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers

Adam Nicolson

The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire - beautifully illustrated by artist Kate Boxer.

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Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

Mark Bray

In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, and Donald Trump's initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists behind it all, the "antifa" opposition movement is suddenly appearing everywhere. But what is it,...

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Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility

Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility

Franco Bifo Berardi

A comprehensive philosophy of contemporary life and politics, by one of the sharpest critics of the present

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The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others

The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others

Tali Sharot

The new book from TED speaker and author of The Optimism Bias, Tali Sharot, The Group Delusion challenges the wisdom of the crowd.

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Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries & Meanings of Language

Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries & Meanings of Language

Daniel Tammet

From the bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers, a delightful and eclectic exploration of language, and what it can teach us about ourselves and our lives.

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The Anatomy of Inequality: Its Social and Economic Origins - and Solutions

The Anatomy of Inequality: Its Social and Economic Origins - and Solutions

Per Molander

So begins this new approach to the greatest social ill of our time, and nearly every other era. From a country with one of the world's lowest rates of income and social imbalance, award-winning Swedish analyst Per Molander's book...

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Late Essays: 2006-2017

Late Essays: 2006-2017

J. M. Coetzee

A broad range of stunning essays from Australia's resident Nobel laureate.

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 Read reviewCan You Tolerate This?

Can You Tolerate This?

Ashleigh Young

Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of twenty-one personal essays by Ashleigh Young.

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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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Flights

Flights

Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft

A literary and imaginative book that explores subjects such as anatomy and psychology through narratives and reflections on travel and the body, and life and death.

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Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults

Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults

Laurie Penny

'I can't really think of another writer who so consistently and bravely keeps thinking and talking and learning and trying to make the world better' Caitlin Moran Smart and provocative, witty and uncompromising,...

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The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

Stuart Kells

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders is a love letter to libraries not just as mere collections of books, but as magical, fabled places.

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The Man Who Climbs Trees

The Man Who Climbs Trees

James Aldred

Tells the story of a professional British tree climber, cameraman and adventurer, who has made a career out of travelling the world, filming wildlife for the BBC and climbing trees.

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Democracy and Its Crisis

Democracy and Its Crisis

A. C. Grayling

An urgent exploration of the challenges facing democracy today

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Nancy MacLean

An explosive exposé of the man and the ideas behind the well-heeled right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatise public education, and curb democratic majority rule.

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Total Propaganda: Basic Marxist Brainwashing for the Angry and the Young

Total Propaganda: Basic Marxist Brainwashing for the Angry and the Young

Helen Razer

Marxism and socialism explained for a younger readership

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Your Brain Knows More Than You Think: The New Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Your Brain Knows More Than You Think: The New Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Niels Birbaumer, Jorg Zittlau, David Shaw

Too often, we humans tend to assume that nature is fixed, immutable - and this tendency is particularly strong when we think about matters of the mind and behaviour. Neuroplasticity - the virtually limitless capacity of the brain...

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The Prince Boofhead Syndrome

The Prince Boofhead Syndrome

Michael Carr-Gregg

By the author of the phenomenally successful The Princess Bitchface Syndrome comes the highly anticipated and long-awaited companion volume about parenting teenage boys.

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

The main driver of inequality--returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth--is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty's findings in this ambitious, original,...

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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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Every Third Thought: On life, death and the endgame

Every Third Thought: On life, death and the endgame

Robert McCrum

In 1995, at the age of forty two, Robert McCrum suffered a dramatic and near-fatal stroke, the subject of his acclaimed memoir My Year Off. Ever since that life-changing event, McCrum has lived in the shadow of death,...

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Gimme Shelter: Stories of Courage, Endurance and Survival from the Frontline and Back Home

Gimme Shelter: Stories of Courage, Endurance and Survival from the Frontline and Back Home

Paul Field

For many returned service men and women, coming home is when the battle really begins. These are the stories that must be told.

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Crossing the Line: Australia's Secret History in the Timor Sea

Crossing the Line: Australia’s Secret History in the Timor Sea

Kim McGrath

This groundbreaking book tells the story of Australia's ongoing secret attempts to deprive East Timor of its oil and gas.

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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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You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Princesses, Trainwrecks and Other Man-Made Women

You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Princesses, Trainwrecks and Other Man-Made Women

Carina Chocano

In Carina Chocano's insightful, witty and moving You Play The Girl, we travel down the rabbit hole into the Wonderland of pop culture

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Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong - and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong - and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story

Angela Saini

From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story.

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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 Weather Obsession

The Weather Obsession

Lawrie Zion

We have come a long way since the days when weather information could only be found in the back pages of newspapers. The Weather Obsession takes the temperature of modern weather media and investigates how it has fuelled our...

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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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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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Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish

Tom McCarthy

Features the author's own selection of the best of the essays he has published over more than a decade in such places as The Believer and the London Review of Books. This book includes essays on writers, as well as essays on...

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Sons and Soldiers: The Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned for Retribution

Sons and Soldiers: The Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned for Retribution

Bruce Henderson

The story of young German Jews who escaped the Nazis, most often without their families, only to return a few years later to war-torn Europe as members of an elite secret U.S. Army unit.

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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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It's Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots

It’s Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots

Toby Walsh

A fascinating survey of Artificial Intelligence - where it came from, the state of the art today, and where it will take us tomorrow.

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The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

Robbins

A fascinating investigation into the miraculous world of birds and the powerful - and surprising - ways they enrich our lives and sustain the planet

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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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Songlines and Fault Lines: Epic Walks of the Red Centre

Songlines and Fault Lines: Epic Walks of the Red Centre

Glenn Morrison

Visitors to the Red Centre come looking for the real Australia. What they find is both beautiful and disturbing: wilderness, desire, an ancient philosophy of home, and the confusing countenance of the Australian frontier, a...

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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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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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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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Inglorious Empire: what the British did to India

Inglorious Empire: what the British did to India

Shashi Tharoor

Tells the real story of the British in India - from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj - and reveals how Britain's rise was built upon its plunder of India.

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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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Making Modern Australia: The Whitlam Government's 21st Century Agenda

Making Modern Australia: The Whitlam Government’s 21st Century Agenda

Jenny Hocking

‘The changes we have made will remain - like all great Labor legislation - permanent landmarks in our history.' Gough WhitlamThe Whitlam government propelled Australia out of the presumptions and...

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Against Native Title: Conflict and creativity in outback Australia

Against Native Title: Conflict and creativity in outback Australia

Eve Vincent

Against Native Title is about one group's lived experience of a divisive native title claim in the outback town of Ceduna, where the native title claims process has thoroughly reorganised local Aboriginal identities over...

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The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

David Weigel

The wildly entertaining story of progressive rock, the music that ruled the 1970s charts-and has divided listeners ever since.

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Charles Bean: Man, myth, legacy

Charles Bean: Man, myth, legacy

Peter Stanley

Australia's official war correspondent during WWI, Charles Bean was also Australia's first official war historian and the driving force behind the creation of the Australian War Memorial. In Charles Bean, Australia's top military...

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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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 Special priceFarewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship

Farewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship

Ulrich Raulff, Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

A magical, wise and beguiling history of all the ways in which our world has been made by the horse.

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The Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us

The Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us

Keith Lowe

The Second World War was one of the most catastrophic events in human history. But how did the experience and memory of bloodshed affect our relationships with each other and the world? The new order, as it emerged...

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Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy

Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy

Tim Harford

Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy paints the epic picture of economic change in an intimate way, by telling the stories of tools and ideas that had far-reaching and unexpected consequences.

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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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Sugar: The world corrupted, from slavery to obesity

Sugar: The world corrupted, from slavery to obesity

James Walvin

The story of sugar, and of mankind's desire for sweetness in food and drink is a compelling, though confusing story. It is also an historical story.

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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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Women Leading

Women Leading

Christine Nixon, Amanda Sinclair

Smashes tired prescriptions that women should lead like men, highlighting a long history of innovative female leadership. Christine Nixon and Amanda Sinclair draw on their own and thousands of others' experiences to argue it is...

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Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond

Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Infamous Diamond

William Dalrymple, Anita Anand

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world, from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historians William Dalrymple and Anita...

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 Special price Read reviewNot Just Lucky

Not Just Lucky

Jamila Rizvi

Media star Jamila Rizvi's exploration of the confidence deficit holding women back, the barriers to career success this can create, and how they might be overcome. Accessible and timely, this is essential reading for millennial...

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Climate Wars

Climate Wars

Mark Butler

As the consequences of climate change become perilously close to the point of no-return, time-wasting wars over what to do distract us from taking real action. Climate Wars argues that only Labor, the party with a proven track...

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An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in Danger

An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in Danger

Geoffrey Maslen

In An Uncertain Future, Geoffrey Maslen takes us into the fascinating lives of Australian birds, showing us how intelligent they are, the significant threats they face due to disappearing habitats and climate change and...

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Mischka's War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s

Mischka’s War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s

Sheila Fitzpatrick

On a winter's day in 1943, 22-year-old Mischka Danos chanced on a terrible sight as he skied through Latvian woods—a pit filled with the bodies of Jews killed by the occupying Germans. The world was full of such atrocities,...

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 Special priceThe Memory of Music

The Memory of Music

Andrew Ford

The Memory of Music is a moving and evocative memoir that will appeal to music lovers everywhere.

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 Read reviewDraw Your Weapons

Draw Your Weapons

Sarah Sentilles

Draw Your Weapons stirs and confronts, disturbs and illuminates. A single book might not change the world, but this utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world-and that makes all the...

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 Read reviewOctober: The Story of the Russian Revolution

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

China Mieville

Acclaimed fantasy author China Mieville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down

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The Secret Life: Three True Stories

The Secret Life: Three True Stories

Andrew O'Hagan

Examining three lives - Julian Assange, Craig Wright, the Australian behind the Bitcoin inventor 'Satoshi Nakamoto', and Ronald Pinn, an online character O'Hagan created - he explores identity, secrecy, and the relationship...

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The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

Tom Griffiths

Passionate and elegant, The Art of Time Travel conjures fresh insights into the history of Australia and renews our sense of the historian's craft.

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Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

Victoria Broackes, Anna Landreth Strong

Published to accompany the V&A's major summer exhibition, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, celebrates 50 years of one of the greatest bands of all time.

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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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Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

Graham Allison

The reason is Thucydides's Trap, a deadly pattern of structural stress that results when a rising power challenges a ruling one. This phenomenon is as old as history itself. About the Peloponnesian War that devastated ancient...

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The Retreat of Western Liberalism

The Retreat of Western Liberalism

Edward Luce

From the Financial Times' US commentator, The Retreat of Western Liberalism is an extraordinarily sharp and insightful look at why the values the West has long championed now face mortal danger

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Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

Billy Bragg

Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle - Britain's...

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Says Who? the struggle for authority in a market-based society

Says Who? the struggle for authority in a market-based society

Paul Verhaeghe

A call to rethink authority from one of the world's foremost psychoanalytic thinkers.

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General Intellects: Twenty-OneThinkers for the Twenty-First Century

General Intellects: Twenty-OneThinkers for the Twenty-First Century

McKenzie Wark

A guide to the thinkers and the ideas that will shape the future

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Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

Richard Dawkins (Oxford University)

A new anthology of essays and previously published and unpublished work by the brilliant evolutionary biologist, author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion.

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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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Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation

Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation

Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers

Published to coincide the with 50th anniversary of the Israel occupation of the West Bank, an anthology that explores the human cost of the conflict there as witnessed by such notable writers as Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave...

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race: LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race: LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION

Reni Eddo-Lodge

A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge

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In Writing

In Writing

Adam Phillips

A scintillating sequence of essays on writers and writing from one of the great minds of our times.

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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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In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer's: Shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize

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Joseph Jebelli

The fascinating and very human story of the Alzheimer's epidemic that affects millions of people around the world - and the race against the clock to find a cure.

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Dear Reader

Dear Reader

Mary O'Connell

A fabulous, sharply funny and heartbreaking love letter to Wuthering Heights and books, Dear Reader is about finding your people - on the page and in the world.And in this case those are the people who love reading,...

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Miller And Max: George Miller and the Making of a Film Legend

Miller And Max: George Miller and the Making of a Film Legend

Luke Buckmaster

Miller and Max is the story of two heroes. One, a leather jacket-clad road warrior whose adventures in a dystopian future have made an indelible imprint on global popular culture. The other, the artist who created him: a...

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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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The Australian Bird Guide

The Australian Bird Guide

Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack

The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated field guide to Australia's unique birdlife.

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 Read reviewDepends What You Mean by Extremist

Depends What You Mean by Extremist

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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Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994

Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994

David Hepworth

The definitive and most entertaining book on the cult of the rockstar over the last 40 years from one of Britain's leading music writers

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The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates the World's Greatest Teams

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates the World’s Greatest Teams

Sam Walker

Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries as well as coaches, managers and others skilled at building teams, the author attempts to answer questions such as: Are great captains made or born? Why do so...

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The Clever Guts Diet

The Clever Guts Diet

Michael Mosley

The definitive book on the newest frontier in science, health and diet. Loaded with facts and examples but, above all a practical guide for anyone who wants to fine-tune their body by revolutionising the workings of their gut.<br...

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Fighting Hislam

Fighting Hislam

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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The Courage to be Disliked

The Courage to be Disliked

Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga

Released for the first time in the English language, the Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons needed to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness.

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Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

David Grann

A masterpiece of narrative non-fiction, set around an American crime and the birth of the FBI, a thrilling investigative account of a forgotten moment in history.

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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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Beyond Veiled Clichs

Beyond Veiled Clichs

Amal Awad

Amal Awad spoke with women in the Arab world and Arab Australian women to discover what their lives are really like. The breadth, variety and beauty of what she discovered will surprise you.

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Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Charles Spence

Why do we consume 35% more food when eating with one more person, and 75% more when with three? Why are 27% of drinks bought on aeroplanes tomato juice? How are chefs and companies planning to transform our dining experiences, and...

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Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays

Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays

Durga Chew-Bose

Too Much and Not the Mood is a beautiful and surprising exploration of what it means to be a first-generation, creative young woman working today.

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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 Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

Sharad P. Paul

Take charge of your health by understanding the connection between our evolutionary past and our future wellbeing with this practical guide to personalised health and nutrition-from distinguished physician Dr. Sharad Paul

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Prince A to Z: The Life of an Icon From Alphabet Street to Jay Z

Prince A to Z: The Life of an Icon From Alphabet Street to Jay Z

Steve Wide, Alice Oehr

Shares facts about the iconic rock star, including his influence on fashion, his collaborations with other artists, and his lasting legacy.

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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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 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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The Honest History Book

The Honest History Book

David Stephens, Alison Broinowski

In Australia's rush to commemorate all things Anzac, have we lost our ability to look beyond war as the central pillar of Australia's history and identity The passionate historians of the ...

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Montmartre: Paris's Village of Art and Sin

Montmartre: Paris’s Village of Art and Sin

John Baxter

In the second portrait of his series Great Parisian Neighborhoods, award-winning raconteur John Baxter leads us on a whirlwind tour of Montmartre, the hill-top village that fired the greatest achievements of modern art while also...

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Neil deGrasse Tyson (American Museum of Natural History)

The essential universe, from a celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

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A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank

A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank

Nir Baram, Jessica Cohen

Accessible, insightful and beautifully written, A Land Without Borders provides an extraordinary window into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the region's current political and cultural climate

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The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

Susan Bordo

The essential analysis of how and why Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election by acclaimed cultural critic and historian Susan Bordo

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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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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Kate Raworth

Identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot. This book deconstructs the character of Rational economic man and explains what...

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 Read reviewUtopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Rutger Bregman

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling...

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Just Cool It

Just Cool It

David Suzuki, Ian Hanington

A resounding post-Paris Agreement wake-up call about the urgency of the climate crisis that offers a range of practical solutions - and above all, hope.Climate change is the most important crisis humanity has faced,...

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Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love

Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love

Emily Witt

'What is the story we're telling ourselves?' A funny, fresh, and moving antidote to conventional attitudes about sex and the single woman.

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The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors

David George Haskell

The author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature's most magnificent networkers - trees.

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Breaking the Mould

Breaking the Mould

Angela Pippos

An extraordinary transformation is taking place in Australian sport; from suburban footy fields to stadium cage fights, sportswomen are breaking through the...

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China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia

China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia

Bates Gill, Linda Jakobson

Australia and China face a new era, but are we ready?

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In Search of Good Government: Great Expectations & Political Amnesia

In Search of Good Government: Great Expectations & Political Amnesia

Laura Tingle

With the politics of rage and resentment dominating many Western nations, including Australia, Laura Tingle's calm, perceptive analysis is more relevant than ever.

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A Slow Childhood: Notes On Thoughtful Parenting

A Slow Childhood: Notes On Thoughtful Parenting

Helen Hayward

‘Helen Hayward's family have been blessed to have her as a wife and mother; now we as her readers are blessed to have her as our guide, confidante and explorer through the tumultuous, intensely familiar and yet entirely...

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 Read reviewThe Family

The Family

Chris Johnston, Rosie Jones

A powerful work of investigative journalism that reveals the legacy of a notorious cult.

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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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Everything Under The Heavens: how the past helps shape China's push for global power

Everything Under The Heavens: how the past helps shape China’s push for global power

Howard W. French

From the former New York Times Asia correspondent and author of China's Second Continent, an incisive investigation of China's ideological development as it becomes an ever more aggressive player in regional and global...

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Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant

Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant

Kyo Maclear

'Now when I hear birdsong, I feel an entry to that understory. When I am feeling too squeezed on the ground, exhausted by everything in my care, I look for a little sky. There are always birds flying back and forth, city birds...

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Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant

Offers insights for dealing with hardships in our own lives and helping others in crisis. This title explores how yiu cn raise strong children, create resilient communities and workplaces, and find meaning, love and joy in our...

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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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Take Heart: A Story for Modern Stepfamilies

Take Heart: A Story for Modern Stepfamilies

Chloe Shorten

These days, families come in all shapes and sizes. Chloe Shorten tells of her own quest to create a new normal. Honest, sincere and warm hearted, this is a story of the modern household and explores the idea of who qualifies as 'a...

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Bee Quest

Bee Quest

Dave Goulson

A hunt for the world's most elusive bees leads the author from the Salisbury plains to the Sussex hedgerows, from Poland to Patagonia. Whether he is tracking yellow bumblebees in the Hebrides or chasing orchid bees through the...

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 Special priceThe Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

Graeme Wood

The definitive book on the distinctive history and psychology of ISIS, based on Wood's unprecedented access to the Islamic State's own recruiters and supporters, and his extensive time reporting throughout the region. Based on...

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Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

Clive Hamilton

Humans have become so powerful that we are disrupting the functioning of the earth, to the point where scientists now consider we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Clive Hamilton argues this forces us to...

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Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942

Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942

Allan Gyngell

Everything Australia wants to achieve as a country depends on its capacity to understand the world outside and to respond effectively to it.

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Bomber Boys: The Hair-raising Adventures of a Group of Airmen Who Escaped the Japanese and Became the RAAF's Celebrated 18th Squadron

Bomber Boys: The Hair-raising Adventures of a Group of Airmen Who Escaped the Japanese and Became the RAAF’s Celebrated 18th Squadron

Marianne Van Velzen

The unknown story of a unique RAAF squadron, its men and its mission to halt the Japanese advance in the Pacific.

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 Read reviewLast Words: The hanging of Ronald Ryan

Last Words: The hanging of Ronald Ryan

Barry Dickins

From acclaimed playwright and writer Barry Dickins, Last Words is the story of Ronald Ryan, the last man hanged in Australia. Fifty years after his death, questions remain unanswered. Ryan had been found guilty of murdering prison...

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Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

One of Silicon Valley's sharpest strategists shows that success doesn't demand longer, harder hours, it demands that you work less

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend.

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Why I March: Images from the Women's March Around the World

Why I March: Images from the Women’s March Around the World

On January 21st, 2017, five million people in 82 countries and on all seven continents stood up with one voice. The Women's March began with one cause.

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Shakespeare And Company, Paris: A History

Shakespeare And Company, Paris: A History

Krista Halverson

A copiously illustrated account of the famed Paris bookstore on its 65th anniversaryThis first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated...

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 Read reviewTestosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds

Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds

Cordelia Fine

A landmark new book from Cordelia Fine, author of the hugely influential Delusions of Gender

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