Non-Fiction 2013

Autobiography

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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 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

Twiggy

Andrew Burrell

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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Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

Shaun Usher

Offers a collection of one hundred and twenty five of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70...

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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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Letter to Generation Next: Why Labor, A

Letter to Generation Next: Why Labor, A

Kim Carr

Kim Carr's book is a call to arms to the next generation and an argument for why they should vote for the ALP in the September election. He details what the Party stands for in the 21st century.

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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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Hearts & Minds

Hearts & Minds

Chris Bowen

Presents a manifesto to secure the Australian Labor Party's position as the dominant force in Australian politics. It advocates for governing alone or not at all, opening up the election of the parliamentary leader to party...

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Glory DazeHow a world-beating nation got so down on itself

Glory DazeHow a world-beating nation got so down on itself

Jim Chalmers

The book asks how a nation with the developed world's best economy has a dimmer view of its performance than some of the basket case economies of southern Europe have of their own, and how a country that escaped recession and mass...

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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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 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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 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 reviewNight Games: Sex, Power And Sport

Night Games: Sex, Power And Sport

Anna Krien

In the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes another closely observed, controversial book about sex, consent and power. At the centre of it is Anna Krien's account of the rape trial of a footballer. Both a...

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 Read reviewWelcome To Your New Life

Welcome To Your New Life

Anna Goldsworthy

When Anna Goldsworthy, pianist and perfectionist, falls pregnant with her first child, her excitement is tempered by the daunting journey ahead. In Welcome to Your New Life, she shares the dizzying wonder and crippling...

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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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How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance

How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance

Marilyn Yalom

Acclaimed scholar Marilyn Yalom distills the central tenets of the Gallic gospel of love from her reading of the great French literary works, as well as from the people she has known and her own memories of France, examining...

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Paris Sketchbook

Paris Sketchbook

Jason Brooks

During his time on fashion assignments at the Couture shows in Paris, Jason Brooks developed a fascination for the city, drawing and painting travel journals that demonstrate his passion for all things Parisian. This book offers a...

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 Read reviewHigh 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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The Horror of Love: Nancy Mitford and Gaston Palewski in Paris and London

The Horror of Love: Nancy Mitford and Gaston Palewski in Paris and London

Lisa Hilton

The compelling love story of two extraordinary individuals - Nancy Mitford and Free French commander Gaston Palewski - living in extraordinary times.

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Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines HisFormer Life On Drugs

Memoirs Of An Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines HisFormer Life On Drugs

Marc Lewis

Marc Lewis's relationship with drugs began in a New England boarding school where, as a bullied and homesick fifteen - year - old, he made brief escapes from reality by way of cough medicine, alcohol, and marijuana. In Berkeley,...

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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

'You're Joseph Heller's daughter? 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...

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 Read reviewIn Praise Of Love

In Praise Of Love

Alain Badiou, Nicolas Truong

The author takes on contemporary 'dating agency' conceptions of love that come complete with zero-risk insurance. He develops a new take on love that sees it as an adventure, and an opportunity for re-invention, in a constant...

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 Read reviewThe Misogyny Factor

The Misogyny Factor

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 Office: A Hardworking History

The Office: A Hardworking History

Gideon Haigh

This book traces the office from origins among merchants and monks to the gleaming glass towers of New York and the space age sweatshops of Silicon Valley, finding a legacy of invention and ingenuity - the telephone, the...

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The People Smuggler: The True Story Of Ali Al Jenabi,

The People Smuggler: The True Story Of Ali Al Jenabi,

Robin de Crespigny

After his father, brother and he were incarcerated and tortured in Saddam's Abu Ghraib, Ali al Jenabi escaped from Iraq first to work with the anti-Saddam resistance in Iran and then to help his family out of the country all...

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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, MD

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

Tom Watson, Martin Hickman

For years Rupert Murdoch's newspapers had been hacking, spying, blagging, bribing and destroying the evidence. They thought they were untouchable. They were wrong.

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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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The Crafty Minx at Home: 50+ Handmade & Upcycled Projects for Living

The Crafty Minx at Home: 50+ Handmade & Upcycled Projects for Living

Kelly Doust

A pretty, inspiring and practical guide to making, collecting and transforming handmade and vintage objects for the home. A gorgeous guide to creating an original, appealing and handmade home, tHE CRAFtY MINX At HOME is all about...

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New Ways to Kill Your Mother

New Ways to Kill Your Mother

Colm Toibin

In his essay on Tennessee Williams, Colm Tibn reveals an artist profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, Toibin examines a world of family relations, and in...

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The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

David Brooks

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Brooks turns to the building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illuminating work grounded in everyday life. This is the story of how success happens, told through the...

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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 reviewForty-one False Starts

Forty-one False Starts

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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The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began

The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began

Stephen Greenblatt

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. This title provides a...

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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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Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe

Norman Davies

Europe's history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now disappeared but which were once fixtures on the map of their age. What happened to the once-great Mediterranean Empire of Aragon? This title...

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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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Girl Stuff: Latest Edition

Girl Stuff: Latest Edition

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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 Read reviewAm I Black Enough For You?

Am I Black Enough For You?

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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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, strategies and arguments that will help all of us understand our world, and its future, better.

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 Special priceFuture Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age

Steven Johnson

Provides a compelling portrait of a new model of political change that is already on the rise, and shows that despite Western political systems hopelessly gridlocked by old ideas, change for the better can happen, and that new...

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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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 Special priceThe World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

Jared Diamond

Reveals that traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms.

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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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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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Deranged Marriage

Deranged Marriage

Sushi Das

An affectionate, often hilarious, memoir of growing up in London in the 1970s in an Indian household, and avoiding an arranged marriage.'From the age of fourteen, I was aware my parents expected me to have an arranged...

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 Read reviewMadeleine: A Life Of Madeleine St John

Madeleine: A Life Of Madeleine St John

Helen Trinca

The compelling story of one of Australia's finest female novelists, Helen Trinca has captured the troubled life of Madeleine St John in this moving account of a remarkable writer.

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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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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend of the World's Most Famous Dog

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend of the World’s Most Famous Dog

Susan Orlean

'He believed the dog was immortal...' So begins the sweeping story of Rin Tin Tin: the story of a canine superstar and of American popular culture, spanning nearly a century and many human lives, told in the inimitable style of...

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James Halliday: A Life in Wine

James Halliday: A Life in Wine

James Halliday

A delightful collection of James Halliday's reminiscences of his remarkable wine career, from the master himself.

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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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The Sartorialist: Closer (The Sartorialist Volume 2)

The Sartorialist: Closer (The Sartorialist Volume 2)

Scott Schuman

A collection of images of the men and women who have caught the author's attention. It looks more deeply and with greater breadth at human style, telling diverse stories of its expression around the world. It features images that...

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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 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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Little Veggie Patch Co's Guide to Backyard Farming

Little Veggie Patch Co’s Guide to Backyard Farming

Fabian Capomolla, Mat Pember

Fabian Capomolla and Mat Pember are back with 'The Little Veggie Patch Co's Guide to Backyard Farming'.

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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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 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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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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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

Takes us on a funhouse hall-of-mirrors ride through the other side of America - to the Ozarks for a Christian rock festival; to Florida to meet the straggling refugees of MTV's Real World ; to Indiana to investigate the formative...

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Csiro Total Wellbeing Diet Fast & Fresh Recipes

Csiro Total Wellbeing Diet Fast & Fresh Recipes

Dr Manny Noakes

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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Don't go back to where you came from: Australia's Multicultural Genius

Don’t go back to where you came from: Australia’s Multicultural Genius

Tim Soutphommasane

Is a multicultural approach to integration and diversity really as destructive as critics say? Have we been too quick to declare its demise? Offering an unflinching and informed defence of cultural diversity, Tim Soutphommasane...

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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

Masha Gessen

A brave and revelatory account of how a small-minded, low-level KGB operative became the most powerful man in the world's largest country.

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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

A unique volume of speeches and occasional pieces written entirely by former Australian 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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Tell the White Man: Buludja's Story

Tell the White Man: Buludja’s Story

Eric Thonemann, Martin Feil

Eric Thonemann managed The Elsey cattle station in the Northern Territory from 1914 until 1961. Buludja, an Aboriginal woman who spent her life at The Elsey, here provides a unique first person account of the motives and strength...

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Hell'S Battlefield: To Kokoda and Beyond

Hell’S Battlefield: To Kokoda and Beyond

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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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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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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