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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 Road to Conscious Machines

The Road to Conscious Machines

Michael Wooldridge

In this definitive guide to AI past and present, one of the world's leading researchers shows why our fears for the future are misplaced.

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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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The Future of Us: Demography Gets a Makeover

The Future of Us: Demography Gets a Makeover

Liz Allen

Knowing who, where, and how many of us there are is a powerful force that helps us understand the way we live now and, as Liz Allen powerfully shows, allows us to create a better future.

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Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need the Wild

Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need the Wild

Lucy Jones

An urgent, comprehensive inquiry into how nature enriches the human psyche - and of the startling risks we face in leaving it behind.

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Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays

Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays

Andrew Keen

In a collection of 18 exclusive interviews Andrew Keen discusses the impact of the digital revolution and possible solutions to the challenges we face today with some of the most influential thinkers of our time.

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Radical Uncertainty

Radical Uncertainty

Mervyn King, John Kay

This ambitious and thought-provoking new work offers an overarching analysis of decision-making in all walks of life.

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The Dragons and the Snakes

The Dragons and the Snakes

David Kilcullen

Soldier-scholar David Kilcullen shows what opponents of the West have learned during the last quarter-century of conflict.

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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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Climate Change and the Nation State

Climate Change and the Nation State

Anatol Lieven

A major new book on why the most urgent issue confronting us all needs national solutions.

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More: The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy

More: The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy

Philip Coggan

A panoramic history of trade, industry and economic thought, from prehistoric times to the present.

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Eat Like the Animals

Eat Like the Animals

David Raubenheimer, Stephen J. Simpson

Based on groundbreaking scientific research into the biochemical processes of appetite and metabolism. How much of our cravings can we ever hope to control?

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The Magicians: Great Minds and the Central Miracle of Science

The Magicians: Great Minds and the Central Miracle of Science

Marcus Chown

The spellbinding story of the 'magicians': scientists whose eureka breakthroughs in modern physics reveal science's mysterious predictive power.

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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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Dark Towers

Dark Towers

David Enrich

A searing expose by an award-winning journalist of the most scandalous bank in the world, including its shadowy ties to Donald Trump's business empire.       

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Our Bodies, Their Battlefield

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield

Christina Lamb

From award-winning war reporter and co-author of I Am Malala, this is a searing, angry reckoning of a book that exposes the unheard stories of women during war, and how in countries around the world today rape is used as a...

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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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The XX Brain

The XX Brain

Lisa Mosconi

The XX Brain is the first book to explain how hormonal changes makes a woman's brain especially vulnerable to Alzheimer's, and shows how this risk and also other forms of dementia can be reduced by preventive medicine and...

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Footprints

Footprints

David Farrier

A profound meditation on climate change and the Anthropocene and an urgent search for the fossils - industrial, chemical, geological - that humans are leaving behind.   

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City on Fire: The fight for Hong Kong

City on Fire: The fight for Hong Kong

Antony Dapiran

A long-term resident and expert observer of dissent in Hong Kong takes readers to the front lines of Hong Kong's revolution.

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 Special priceCapital and Ideology

Capital and Ideology

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century showed that capitalism, left to itself, generates deepening inequality. In this audacious follow-up, he challenges us to revolutionize how we think about ideology and 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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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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The Beauty and the Terror

The Beauty and the Terror

Catherine Fletcher

A thrilling history of the unseen dark side of the Italian Renaissance

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The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity

The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity

Toby Ord

The Precipice is a call for a new understanding of our age: a major reorientation in the way we see the world, our history, and the role we play in it.

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All Our Relations

All Our Relations

Tanya Talaga

The world's Indigenous communities are fighting to live and dying too young. In this vital and incisive work, Tanya Talaga explores intergenerational trauma and the alarming rise of youth suicide.

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Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists

Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists

Julia Ebner

In Going Dark, Julia Ebner takes the reader on a deeply compulsive journey into the darkest recesses of extremist thinking, exposing how closely we are surrounded by their fanatical ideology every day, the changing nature and...

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The Story of More

The Story of More

Hope Jahren

From the bestselling author of Lab Girl: a passionate scientist's uniquely personal take on the defining issue of our time.

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The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men

The Mathematics of the Gods and the Algorithms of Men

Paolo Zellini

A masterful cultural history of mathematics from bestselling Italian mathematician and philosopher Paolo Zellini.

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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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Facebook: The Inside Story

Facebook: The Inside Story

Steven Levy

From renowned tech writer Steven Levy, the complete history of one of the world's most controversial and successful companies.

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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot

Mikki Kendall

Insightful, incendiary and ultimately hopeful, Hood Feminism is both an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux and also clear-eyed assessment of how to save it.

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 Read reviewDifficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights

Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights

Helen Lewis

The first book by the acclaimed journalist Helen Lewis - the imperfect and unfinished story of the battles for women's rights

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Around the World in 80 Trees

Around the World in 80 Trees

Jonathan Drori, Lucille Clerc

Trees are one of humanity's most constant and most varied companions. From India's sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration - not to mention the raw materials for everything from...

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The Future We Choose

The Future We Choose

Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac

The defining book on the climate crisis that shows us how we can and will survive.

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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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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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Man Raises Boy

Man Raises Boy

Rob Sturrock

Welcome to Rob Sturrock's journey into parenting. Since the birth of his daughter, Rob has been passionate about being an active and present father, but this hasn't always been straightforward. Struggling with stereotypes,...

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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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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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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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 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 Crying Book

The Crying Book

Heather Christle

Why do we cry? How do we cry? And what does it mean? A scientific, cultural, artistic examination by a young poet on the cusp of motherhood.

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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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The Power of Suffering

The Power of Suffering

David Roland

The Power of Suffering is a revelatory account of how the darkest night can lead to the most profound dawn.

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Plants for the People

Plants for the People

Erin Lovell Verinder

A 21st-century Herbal: a modern approach to an ancient wisdom.

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Running Against the Devil

Running Against the Devil

Rick Wilson

In this full-throttle playbook for 2020, Rick Wilson, longtime Republican strategist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything Trump Touches Dies, warns Democrats not to make the mistakes that could re-elect the worst...

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The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy

The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy

A. C. Grayling

As democracy shows signs of decay, how do we not only arrest its decline but build something better - a state which is democratic in the fullest sense?

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Reverse Cowgirl

Reverse Cowgirl

McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark invents a new genre for another gender: not a memoir but an auto-ethnography of the opacity of the self.    

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Until the End of Time

Until the End of Time

Brian Greene

From the world-renowned physicist and best-selling author of The Elegant Universe comes this captivating exploration of deep time and humanity's search for purpose.

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Facing the Climate Emergency

Facing the Climate Emergency

Margaret Klein Salamon, Molly Gage

Facing the Climate Emergency addresses the fears of everyone who is alarmed about the climate crisis and yet feels powerless to stop it. Drawing on psychology, it shows readers how to use their feelings of fear, grief, and...

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No Visible Bruises

No Visible Bruises

Rachel Louise Snyder

An award-winning journalist's exploration of the domestic violence epidemic, and how to combat it.   

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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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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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Sabotage: The Business of Finance

Sabotage: The Business of Finance

Anastasia Nesvetailova, Ronen Palan

Two star authors show why the financial sector is an 'industry of sabotage', with systemic malpractice at the heart of its business model.

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A Planet to Win

A Planet to Win

Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Thea Riofrancos

In October 2018, the IPCC published a report warning that the world would warm 1.5 C by 2040 without massive emissions reductions by 2030, with results more devastating than previously imagined. In November, the charismatic...

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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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Democracy May Not Exist But We'll Miss it When It's Gone

Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss it When It’s Gone

Astra Taylor

Did democracy ever exist? Why is it no longer possible?

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Dear 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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Self-Portrait in Black and White

Self-Portrait in Black and White

Thomas Chatterton Williams

An interrogation of race and identity from one of America's most brilliant cultural critics

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Parenthood the Swedish Way

Parenthood the Swedish Way

Cecilia Chrapkowska, Agnes Wold

Swedes are some of the world's happiest people, and their children are no exception. Parenthood the Swedish Way will help you and your family embrace the Scandi style of childrearing: practical, egalitarian, and free from outdated...

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The NeuroGeneration

The NeuroGeneration

Tan Le

Brain science is at the dawn of a new era, and the technologies now emerging will alter all our lives forever. Welcome to what tech pioneer and inventor Tan Le calls 'the NeuroGeneration'. It will blow your mind.

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The Nine Hundred

The Nine Hundred

Heather Dune Macadam, Caroline Moorehead

The untold story of the 999 young, unmarried Jewish women who were tricked into boarding a train in Poprad, Slovakia on March 25, 1942 that became the first official transport to Auschwitz.

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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

Vivian Gornick

A series of essays exploring the different books that shaped Gornick throughout her life --

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Me and White Supremacy

Me and White Supremacy

Layla Saad, Robin DiAngelo

Essential for all people who hold white privilege. This book will open your eyes and change your life.

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 Read reviewYou're Not Listening

You’re Not Listening

Kate Murphy

When was the last time you listened to someone, or someone really listened to you?

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Fighting For Our Lives

Fighting For Our Lives

Nick Cook

Fighting For Our Lives is the inspirational story of communities directly affected by the AIDS crisis. Against a harrowing backdrop of illness and death, fear and anger, hate and discrimination, they bravely took action.

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The Power of Showing Up

The Power of Showing Up

Tina Payne Bryson, Daniel J. Siegel

What's the one thing a parent can do to make the most difference in the long run? The research is clear- Show up! Now the bestselling authors of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline explain what this means over the course...

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Arguing with Zombies

Arguing with Zombies

Paul Krugman

An accessible, compelling introduction to today's major policy issues from the New York Times columnist, best-selling author, and Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.

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Dictionary of the Undoing

Dictionary of the Undoing

John Freeman

A book of twenty-six essays defining the current state of American politics --

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A World Without Work

A World Without Work

Daniel Susskind

A brilliant young economist explains how to meet the challenge of automation and rethink the future of work.

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A Very Stable Genius

A Very Stable Genius

Carol Leonnig, Philip Rucker

From Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker, both winners of the Pulitzer Prize, shocking new reporting on Donald Trump's unique Presidency and its implications

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The Changing Mind

The Changing Mind

Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin turns his keen insights to how our brains develop. This is a book for readers of any age who want to understand what happens to our brains from womb to tomb.

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The Power of Bad: And How to Overcome It

The Power of Bad: And How to Overcome It

John Tierney, Roy F. Baumeister

The international bestselling authors of Willpower show us how to beat the disproportionate influence of negative events on our lives.

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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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Why We Can't Sleep

Why We Can’t Sleep

Ada Calhoun

A thoughtful deep dive into the factors of modern life that are keeping women up at night, and why women who supposedly `have it all' are facing a midlife crisis, from the bestselling author of Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give.

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Long Live Latin

Long Live Latin

Nicola Gardini

From the acclaimed novelist and Oxford professor Gardini comes a personal and passionate look at the Latin language: its history, its authors, its essential role in education, and its enduring impact on modern life.

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