Non-Fiction 2013

 Read reviewDead Interviews: Living Writers Meet Dead Icons

Dead Interviews: Living Writers Meet Dead Icons

Dan Crowe

Veering from the intensely serious to the wildly silly, Dead Interviews grants writers the chance to sit down with their heroes and flex their cerebral muscles, or simply indulge in some bookish gossip with a...

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Born in a Tent: How camping makes us Australian

Born in a Tent: How camping makes us Australian

Bill Garner

Born in a Tent takes the story from the campfire to the gas bottle, from a tarp slung on saplings to polymer tents and aluminium poles. It reveals how deeply our camping holidays connect us to the land, to the past, and to one...

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The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In

The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In

Mark Lewisohn

The first part of the definitive three-volume biography of the Beatles

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 Special priceAutobiography

Autobiography

Morrissey

It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.'

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Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

David Mikics

Reading, David Mikics says, should not be drudgery, and not mere information-gathering or escape either, but a way to live life at a higher pitch. Slow Reading in a Hurried Age is a practical guide for anyone who yearns for a more...

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 Read reviewMoving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family

Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family

Gabrielle Carey

Two literary lives defined by storytelling and secrets As her mother Joan lies dying, Gabrielle Carey writes a letter to Joan's childhood friend, the reclusive novelist Randolph Stow. This letter sets in motion a literary...

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 Read reviewTwiggy: The High-Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest

Twiggy: The High-Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest

Burrell Andrew

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest is the public face of Australia's once-in-a-life time mining boom. A swashbuckling entrepreneur in the finest West Australian tradition, Twiggy took on mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto at their own game --...

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 Read reviewThank You For Your Service

Thank You For Your Service

David Finkel

Suitable for bird-lovers, this book features humorous prose that reveals a man who loves words as well as birds.

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Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla

Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla

David Kilcullen

In his third book, David Kilcullen takes us out of the mountains: away from the remote, rural guerrilla warfare of Afghanistan, and into the marginalised slums and complex security threats of the world's coastal cities, where...

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Stop Press: The Last Days of Newspapers

Stop Press: The Last Days of Newspapers

Rachel Buchanan

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A Story of Grief: Penguin Special

A Story of Grief: Penguin Special

Michaela McGuire

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The Mad Marathon: The Story of the 2013 Election

The Mad Marathon: The Story of the 2013 Election

Mungo MacCallum

This typically fast-paced, hilarious and incisive account follows Canberra's finest in action, from Tony Abbott's hi-vis vest to Julia Gillard's spectacles, with cameo appearances by Simon Crean's Filofax and Peter Slipper's bath...

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Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life

Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life

Adam Phillips

We all have two lives - the life we live and the life of our fantasies. But it is the life unlived - the person we have failed to be - that can trouble and even haunt us. This title delves into the gap between who we are and who...

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 Read reviewA History of Silence

A History of Silence

Lloyd Jones

A History of Silence is a book about a country and a broken landscape. It's about the devastation in Christchurch, after the 2011 earthquake. It's about how easily we erase stories we find inconvenient. It's about the fault lines...

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 Read reviewA Spy in the Archives

A Spy in the Archives

Sheila Fitzpatrick

In 1968 historian Sheila Fitzpatrick was 'outed' by the Russian newspaper Sovetskaya Rossiya as all but a spy for Western intelligence. She was in Moscow at the time, working in Soviet archives for her doctoral thesis on AV...

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 Read reviewGirt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

David Hunt

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia. In this hilarious history, David Hunt tells the real story of Australia's past from megafauna to Macquarie, the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and...

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Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia: Redbacks

Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia: Redbacks

Andrew Leigh

Is Australia fair enough? And why does inequality matter anyway? In Battlers and Billionaires, Andrew Leigh weaves together vivid stories, interesting history and powerful statistics to discuss why inequality matters -- both why...

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 Read reviewForgotten War

Forgotten War

Henry Reynolds

Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it...

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Reclaiming Epicurus: Penguin Special

Reclaiming Epicurus: Penguin Special

Luke Slattery

Epicureanism is not just for gourmands - journalist Luke Slattery argues that it can help us rethink out materialist ways and face the challenges of man-made climate change.

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 Read reviewQuarterly Essay 50 Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny

Quarterly Essay 50 Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny

Anna Goldsworthy

In the fiftieth Quarterly Essay, Anna Goldsworthy examines life for women after the gains made by feminism. From Facebook to 50 Shades of Grey, from Girls to gonzo porn, what are young women being told...

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 Special priceRudd v. Abbott

Rudd v. Abbott

David Marr

Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott have resumed battle for leadership of the nation. Here, in one volume, are their definitive portraits by Australias pre-eminent biographer and investigative journalist.

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 Read reviewThe Revolution Was Televised: From Buffy to Breaking Bad – The People and the Shows That Changed TV Drama Forever

The Revolution Was Televised: From Buffy to Breaking Bad – The People and the Shows That Changed TV Drama Forever

Alan Sepinwall

In The Revolution Was Televised, celebrated TV critic Alan Sepinwall chronicles the remarkable transformation of the small screen over the past fifteen years. Focusing on twelve innovative television dramas that changed the medium...

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 Read reviewDestroying the Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World

Destroying the Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World

Jan Caro (Editor)

A fabulously provocative collection by women ready to destroy the joint.

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 Read reviewGhost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance

Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance

Michelle Dicinoski

Michelle Dicinoski has found the love of her life -- and now she just wants to get married and live happily ever after. The only problem is, she's in love with an American woman, Heather, and neither Australia nor America...

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 Read reviewThings I Didn't Expect (when I was expecting)

Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting)

Monica Dux

Pregnancy is natural, healthy and fun, right? Sure it is, if youre lucky. For others, its an adventure in physical discomfort, unachievable ideals, kooky classes and meddling experts. When Monica Dux, a Melbourne writer and...

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 Special priceQF32: From the author of Fly!: Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32

QF32: From the author of Fly!: Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32

Richard de Crespigny

The ABIA and Indies award winner and Australian bestseller.

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Perfect Health Diet: regain health and lose weight by eating the way you were meant to

Perfect Health Diet: regain health and lose weight by eating the way you were meant to

Jaminet Paul, Jaminet Shou-Ching

The Perfect Health Diet is more than a diet. It's a program for perfect health. The result of 5 years of research, the Perfect Health Diet enabled scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet to cure their own chronic diseases.

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 Read reviewLife in Ten Houses: Penguin Special

Life in Ten Houses: Penguin Special

Sonya Hartnett

The internationally celebrated writer Sonya Hartnett is firmly Melburnian but has restlessly moved from suburb to suburb in her search for the 'Last House' - that special corner of the world in which to settle and find...

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High Sobriety: my year without booze

High Sobriety: my year without booze

Jill Stark

In re-examining her habits, Jill also explores Australia's love affair with alcohol, meeting alcopop-swigging teens who drink to fit in, beer-swilling blokes in a sporting culture backed by booze, and marketing bigwigs blamed for...

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Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller was Dad and Life was a Catch-22

Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller was Dad and Life was a Catch-22

Erica Heller

Yossarian Slept Here is a daughter's darkly funny, poignant memoir about growing up a Heller - from her colourful family members and her parents' tumultuous marriage, to her father's celebrity friends and the family's eccentric...

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 Read reviewThe Misogyny Factor

The Misogyny Factor

Anne Summers

In 2012, Anne Summers gave two landmark speeches about women in Australia, attracting more than 120,000 visits to her website. Within weeks of their delivery Prime Minister Julia Gillards own speech about misogyny and sexism went...

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The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (9th Edition)

The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (9th Edition)

G Pizzey, F Knight, S Pizzey

The definitive guide to identifying Australian birds.      

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 Read reviewThe Burning Library: Our Great Novelists Lost and Found

The Burning Library: Our Great Novelists Lost and Found

Geordie Williamson

Alarmed by the increasingly marginal status of Australian literature in the academy, Williamson has set out to reintroduce us to those key writers whose works we may have forgotten or missed altogether. His focus is on fiction...

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Lion Hearts: A Family Saga of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Lion Hearts: A Family Saga of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Henry R. Lew

A biography of Lonek Lew, the author's father, told through the lives of over twenty people he was friendly or associated with, a number of whom were historical figures. Using his father's clear and detailed accounts of his life...

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The Conflict: Woman & Mother

The Conflict: Woman & Mother

Elisabeth Badinter, Adriana Hunter

Today, to be pregnant seems not far from entering into a religious order. So are mums who rely on formula, childcare and disposable nappies lazy or liberated? This title questions why our ideas of motherhood have been skewed by...

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 Read reviewThis is How

This is How

Augusten Burroughs

From the New York Times bestselling author of 'Running With Scissors' comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the 'un-survivable'. Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life, and has faced more than his fair...

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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife

Dr Eben Alexander

This is the story of a prominent US neurosurgeon who has a profound afterlife experience while in a coma When an unknown bacteria attacks Dr Alexander's brain, sending him into a coma, his doctors say and MRIs show that his...

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Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain

Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain

Martin Hickman, Tom Watson

Offers an account of the extraordinary lengths to which the Rupert Murdochs' News Corporation went to put the problem in a box (in James Murdoch's words), how its efforts to maintain and extend its power were aided by its...

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Freeloading: how our insatiable appetite for free content starves creativity

Freeloading: how our insatiable appetite for free content starves creativity

Chris Ruen

Freeloading looks at the pervasive nature of internet piracy and its effect on creators who are struggling to make a living from their popular music, literature and films. It also propsoes practical solutions for the freeloaders...

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Every Parent's Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman and the True Story of His Father's Fight to Save Him from a Lifetime in a Bulgarian Jail

Every Parent’s Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman and the True Story of His Father’s Fight to Save Him from a Lifetime in a Bulgarian Jail

Belinda Hawkins

What would you do if your son was jailed for life in a hellhole of a Bulgarian prison for a crime he didn't commit? This is the harrowing story of one father's fight to prove his son's innocence.

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To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others

Daniel H. Pink

In this provocative book, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Daniel H. Pink offers a fresh look at the art and science of persuasion. Physicians sell patients on a remedy. Lawyers sell juries on a verdict....

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 Read reviewReaching One Thousand: A Story of Love, Motherhood and Autism

Reaching One Thousand: A Story of Love, Motherhood and Autism

Rachel Robertson

'This is the best kind of memoir - there is a beautiful calm clarity that drew me in, and held me until the end. - Georgia Blain When Ben is a baby, Rachel puts his behavioural quirks down to eccentricity. He likes to count...

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 Read reviewForty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers

Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers

Janet Malcolm, Helen Garner

In Forty-one False Starts one of the world's great writers of literary non-fiction brings together for the first time essays published over several decades.

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Philosophy In The Garden

Philosophy In The Garden

Damon Young

Why did Marcel Proust have bonsai beside his bed? What was Jane Austen doing in Chawton, coveting an apricot? How was Friedrich Nietzsche inspired by his Italian Gedankenbaum, 'thought tree'? In Philosophy in the Garden, Damon...

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

Looks at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter...

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The Young Atheist's Handbook: Lessons for living a good life without God

The Young Atheist’s Handbook: Lessons for living a good life without God

Alom Shaha

This is a book for anyone who thinks about what they should believe and how they should live. It's for those who, like Shaha, may need the facts and the ideas -- and the courage -- to break free from inherited beliefs. He shows...

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The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays

The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays

James Wood

Following The Broken Estate, The Irresponsible Self, and How Fiction Works --a new book that confirms Wood's preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel.

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Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity

Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity

David Blatner

Blatner blends narrative and illustration to illuminate the variety of spectrums that affect lives every day: numbers, size, light, sound, heat, and time.

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Changeology: How to enable groups, and communities to do things they've never done before

Changeology: How to enable groups, and communities to do things they’ve never done before

Les Robinson

Changeology is about influencing the behaviour of human beings for the better. The book is relevant to change projects both large and small, and in almost any area of activity, but with an emphasis on key topics such as climate...

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The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays

The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays

Simon Leys

A new paperback edition of this essential collection of essays from an eminent critic. Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has spanned four decades, with no corner of the arts escaping his sharp eye and acerbic wit.

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 Read reviewReturn of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan

William Dalrymple

A towering history of the first Afghan War by bestselling historian William Dalrymple

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Girl Stuff 13+: Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years

Girl Stuff 13+: Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years

Kaz Cooke

With more than 600 pages and heaps of cartoons, Girl Stuff has everything girls need to know about: friends, body changes, shopping, clothes, make-up, pimples (arrghh), sizes, hair, earning money, guys, embarrassment, what to eat,...

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Mr Snack and the Lady Water: Travel Tales From My Lost Years

Mr Snack and the Lady Water: Travel Tales From My Lost Years

Brendan Shanahan

After a decade spent on the road, renowned travel writer Brendan Shanahan is back with Mr Snack and The Lady Water, a collection of darkly funny and unexpected travel writing. In the title piece, Shanahan embarks on what is...

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 Read reviewAm I Black Enough For You?: 10 Years On

Am I Black Enough For You?: 10 Years On

Anita Heiss

The author gives a firsthand account of her experience as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Australian father and explains the development of her activists consciousness

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Holy Hell

Holy Hell

Patricia Feenan

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Speechless: A Year in My Father's Business

Speechless: A Year in My Father’s Business

James Button

Working for Rudd, James paints a colourful picture of the machinations of government, and shows how far the party has moved from the idealism and pragmatism of his father's generation. He ends on a note of hope for the Party's...

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This Will Make You Smarter

This Will Make You Smarter

John Brockman

Over 150 of the world's leading scientists and thinkers offer their choice of the ideas, and arguments. Every year the author sets them a question, this year that question was: What Scientific Concept Would Improve Everybody's...

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Selected Letters of William Styron

Selected Letters of William Styron

William Styron, Rose Styron, R. Blakeslee Gilpin

Covering a career that spanned almost 60 years and many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this collection pulls back the curtain and provides readers with a unique view of the author's life.

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Journalism at the crossroads: crisis and opportunity for the press

Journalism at the crossroads: crisis and opportunity for the press

Margaret Simons

Considers role of journalist in new media landscape, why we still need quality news reporting, how new technologies enhance traditional reporting, how journalists &citizens can work together to break stories. Simons coordinator of...

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1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia

1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia

James Boyce

Winner of the 2012 Age Book of the Year Award In 1835 an illegal squatter camp was established on the banks of the Yarra River. In defiance of authorities in London and Sydney, Tasmanian speculators began sending men and sheep...

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Age Good Food Guide 2013

Age Good Food Guide 2013

Janne Apelgren

For 33 years the most trusted, esteemed and independent restaurant guide to Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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 Read reviewAs I Was Saying

As I Was Saying

Robert Dessaix

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The New Hate: a History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

The New Hate: a History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

Arthur Goldwag

From the 9/11 'Truthers' who think the US government allowed the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks, to the 'Birthers' who claim Barack Obama was not born in the United States, extremism in America is becoming more and more a part of the...

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Toyo: A Memoir

Toyo: A Memoir

Lily Chan

Toyo learned to ask nothing, to wait and count the days. But they passed and passed and still the doorway remained empty of his deep voice, calling out her name. Toyo is the story of a remarkable woman, a vivid picture of Japan...

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Pleasure and Pain

Pleasure and Pain

Chrissy Amphlett, Larry Writer

Chrissy Amphlett is a legend in the world of Australian music - and now she tells her own story; a unique account of a woman surviving in a male-dominated industry. She tells of what it was to be at the top, in those years of...

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Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health and the World

Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us About Our Health and the World

Peter (delete) Doherty

Birds provide humans not only with enormous aesthetic pleasure, they also inform us of our ever-changing situation in this complex and unpredictable world. Free flying birds sample the atmosphere, the oceans, the plants, the...

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Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Florence Williams

Feted and fetishised, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, developing earlier and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are...

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The Wolf and the Watchman: a CIA childhood

The Wolf and the Watchman: a CIA childhood

Scott Johnson

Growing up, Scott Johnson always suspected that his dad was different. Only as a teenager did he discover the truth: his father was a spy, one of the CIA's most trusted officers. And, as Scott came to realise, his father had been...

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The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Oliver Burkeman

'If only we'd stop trying so hard to be happy, we'd have a pretty good time.' Edith Wharton The Antidote: Happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking is an exploration of a radically new path to happiness.

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Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia

Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia

Bill Gammage

Explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness, revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.

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 Read reviewAmerican Stories: Tales of Hope and Anger

American Stories: Tales of Hope and Anger

Michael Brissenden

An engrossing account of America on a knife's edge by one of Australia's most well known journalists. In July 2009, Michael Brissenden, political editor for The 7.30 Report , moved to Washington to take up a new role as US current...

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 Read reviewBehind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity

Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo

With intelligence, humour, and deep insight into what connects human beings in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the 21st century's hidden worlds,...

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 Read reviewSecrets of a Lazy French Cook

Secrets of a Lazy French Cook

Marie-Morgane Le Moel

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 Read reviewSincerely: Women of Letters

Sincerely: Women of Letters

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

A collection of new letters from these fantastic literary events, featuring a wide range of Australian talent, including writers, musicians, politicians, comedians and actors.

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Get Well Soon! My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse

Get Well Soon! My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse

Kristy Chambers

My quest for a career started early, when I was four years old and gave myself a haircut to see if I liked that sort of thing. I liked it plenty, but my mother did not.

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Assholes: A Theory

Assholes: A Theory

Aaron James

Philosopher Aaron James tackles the subject of assholes in a philosophical - yet also humorous, entertaining and accessible - inquiry into what makes a person an asshole. The book also explores different asshole types, the...

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Greenwash: Big Brands and Carbon Scams

Greenwash: Big Brands and Carbon Scams

Guy Pearse

Going green is the new black. In recent years, McDonalds have painted their famous golden arches green, while Richard Branson has funnelled money into renewable energy. But are these newly 'climate-friendly' companies and brands...

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Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s and Beyond

Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s and Beyond

Jane Maas

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Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy

Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy, Ted Widmer

Now available for the first time to the general public, this book includes transcripts and recordings from President Kennedy's time in office offering unprecedented insight into his thoughts on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam,...

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 Special price Read reviewJ.M. Coetzee: a life in writing

J.M. Coetzee: a life in writing

J.C. Kannemeyer, Michiel Heyns

Deals with Coetzee's origins, early years, and first writings. This book corrects many of the misconceptions about Coetzee, and that illuminates the genesis and implications of his novels. It is suitable for everybody concerned...

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A Lasting Record

A Lasting Record

Stephen Downes

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March Was Made of Yarn: Writers respond to Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown

March Was Made of Yarn: Writers respond to Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown

David Karashima, Elmer Luke

An earthquake occurring off the north-eastern coast of Japan magnitude 9.0, duration six minutes unleashed a 50-foot tsunami that within fifteen minutes had slammed its way ashore, rushing inland six miles, crushing all in its...

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 Read reviewBoth Flesh And Not

Both Flesh And Not

David Foster Wallace

Brilliant, dazzling, never-before-collected non-fiction, by the legendary David Foster Wallace

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Never a Gentleman's Game: The Scandal-filled Early Years of Test Cricket

Never a Gentleman’s Game: The Scandal-filled Early Years of Test Cricket

Malcolm Knox

Cricket between the 1870s and 1914 was frought with exactly the same bitter, vicious and greedy bad behaviour as the current game. It was cricket in the raw, explored in depth by the insightful eye Malcolm Knox, with a genuine...

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Pulphead

Pulphead

John Jeremiah Sullivan

A collection of nonfiction essays --Provided by publisher.

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CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Fast & Fresh Recipes

CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Fast & Fresh Recipes

CSIRO

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has already inspired thousands of Australians to lose weight and improve their overall health. This new collection of recipes based on the scientifically proven program offers 120 new ideas for...

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How to Read a Novelist

How to Read a Novelist

John Freeman

John Freeman, author and editor of Granta magazine, has interviewed nearly every name in fiction and the literary world. In this collection Freeman has compiled the most insightful and fascinating of his interviews, essays and...

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After Words: The post-Prime Ministerial speeches

After Words: The post-Prime Ministerial speeches

Paul Keating (Author)

A unique volume of speeches and occasional pieces written entirely by former Prime Minister Paul Keating.

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Pete Townshend: Who I am

Pete Townshend: Who I am

Pete Townshend

He is one of the greatest musical talents Britain has ever produced. But even as the principle songwriter and lead guitarist for The Who, it would be unjust to define Pete Townshend's life simply through his achievements with...

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 Read reviewWaltzing at the Doomsday Ball: The best of Joe Bageant

Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball: The best of Joe Bageant

Joe Bageant, Ken Smith

'I'm so damn average that what I write resonates with people', Joe Bageant said in explaining how he gained a global following for his web-published essays. In 2004 at the age of 57, Joe sensed that the internet could give him...

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Mastery

Mastery

Robert Greene, Jane Ryder Gray

Around the globe, people are facing the same problem - that we are born as individuals but are forced to conform to the rules of society if we want to succeed. The author debunks the prevailing mythology of success and presents a...

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 Read reviewMortality

Mortality

Christopher Hitchens

Mortality is the most meditative piece of writing Hitchens has ever produced; at once an unsparingly honest account of the ravages of his disease, an examination of cancer WC etiquette, and the coda to a lifetime of fierce debate...

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Up on the Roof: New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces

Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces

Alex MacLean

First published in French in 2012 by Dominique Carrae, aEditeur --Colophon.

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Hell'S Battlefield: The Australians in New Guinea in World War II

Hell’S Battlefield: The Australians in New Guinea in World War II

Phillip Bradley

Hell's Battlefield is the first book that tells the whole story of the Australians against the Japanese in New Guinea during World War II, from invasion in 1942 to the brutal end game in 1945.

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Being Gay, Being Christian: You Can Be Both

Being Gay, Being Christian: You Can Be Both

Dr Stuart Edser, The Hon Michael Kirby, AC CMG

Is it possible to be both gay and Christian? This book explains, calmly and logically, that you can. With the support of some of the finest scientific and theological minds, Dr Stuart Edser presents a compelling case for...

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Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation

Sex, Culpability and the Defence of Provocation

Danielle Tyson (Monash University, Australia)

Dealing with the complex case law concerning the use of the provocation defence in cases of intimate killings, this title considers the construction and representation of subjectivity and sexual difference in legal narrations of...

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The Chamberlain Case: the legal saga that transfixed the nation

The Chamberlain Case: the legal saga that transfixed the nation

Ken Crispin

The Crown offered no eyewitnesses, no body, no confession and no motive. So why did it take seven years, two inquests, one trial, two appeals and one inquiry to decide in favour of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain? After distiling...

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Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

Walter Isaacson

* An extraordinary book which gives us a unique insight into the life and thinking of the man who has single-handedly transformed the way we live today

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 Read reviewThe Rules of Inheritance

The Rules of Inheritance

Claire Bidwell Smith

Claire Bidwell Smith, a fourteen - year - old only child, learns that both her parents have cancer. The fear of becoming a family of one compels her to make a series of fraught choices, set against the glittering backdrop of New...

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Alice Springs

Eleanor Hogan

Alice Springs, Alice, The Alice, Mparntwe is the most talked about but least familiar place in Australia. It is a town of extremes and contradictions: searingly hot and bitterly cold, thousands of miles from anywhere, the heart of...

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Fallout from Fukushima

Richard Broinowski

On 11 March 2011, a force-9 earthquake jolted the seabed 66 kilometres due east of Japan. Within 20 minutes, a black tsunami wave 14 metres high rolled in from above the epicentre. While struggling with the unfolding destruction,...

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The Boy Who Loved Apples: A Mother's Battle with Her Son's Anorexia

The Boy Who Loved Apples: A Mother’s Battle with Her Son’s Anorexia

Amanda Webster

Brave, honest and ultimately uplifting, The Boy Who Loved Apples is a compelling and beautifully written account of life with an eating disorder, and a gritty, moving testament to a mother's love. As Amanda embarked on the long,...

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Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox

Lois Banner

With revelatory new information, from a leading feminist scholar and biographer, a nuanced and sympathetic biography of Marilyn Monroe to be published on the 50th anniversary of her death

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Bigger or Better? Australia's Population Debate

Bigger or Better? Australia’s Population Debate

Ian Lowe

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Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied

Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied

Breaking The Silence

Israeli soldiers speak out for the first time about the truth of the Palestinian occupation, in 'one of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in this generation' ( The New York Review of Books ).

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Not Drowning, Reading

Not Drowning, Reading

Andrew Relph

As a child, Andrew had a reading disability; now he is a psychoanalyst, and professionally adept in the art of conversation. Not Drowning, Reading is a work of literary non-fiction a memoir about the art and the gift of...

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