Non-Fiction 2014

The Secrets of the Anzacs: The untold story of venereal disease in the Australian army, 1914-1919

The Secrets of the Anzacs: The untold story of venereal disease in the Australian army, 1914-1919

Raden Dunbar

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Between Us: Women of Letters

Between Us: Women of Letters

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

Our biggest and most exciting Women of Letters collection yet! Between Us features the warmth, intelligence and letters we've come to expect from Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, but also includes several People of Letters...

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Other States of Mind

Other States of Mind

Natasha Bernard

Nearly half of our population will experience changes in their mental state at some stage in their lives ... depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PND-there are so many clinical names thrown around to describe our thoughts, feelings...

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Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalisation of Democracy

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalisation of Democracy

Francis Fukuyama

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We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name.

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Chasing El Dorado: A South American Adventure

Chasing El Dorado: A South American Adventure

Aaron Smith

Get ready for a risk-taking rollercoaster ride through the favelas of Rio Di Janeiro and  the wayside towns and jungles of South America in search of the secrets of shamans and ayahuasca  the vine of the soul. Aaron Smiths often...

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Survival of the Nicest: how altruism made us human, and why it pays to get along

Survival of the Nicest: how altruism made us human, and why it pays to get along

Stefan Klein, David Dollenmayer

This revelatory tour de force by an acclaimed and internationally bestselling science writer upends our understanding of survival of the fittest - and invites us all to think and act more altruistically

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In the Company of Cowards

In the Company of Cowards

Michael Mori

On a beautiful, balmy evening in Cuba in 2007, David Hicks walked out of Guantanomo Bay, in that moment ceasing to be a detainee of the United States and regaining his rights as an Australian citizen. Watching on was the man who...

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Well May We Say...The Speeches That Made Australia

Well May We Say…The Speeches That Made Australia

Sally Warhaft

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Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help us to Understand Ourselves

Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help us to Understand Ourselves

Laurel Braitman

For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings and the ways in which they lose their minds --

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Post-War Lies: Germany and Hitler's Long Shadow

Post-War Lies: Germany and Hitler’s Long Shadow

Malte Herwig

The author found a list of high-ranking German politicians whose Nazi membership files had been secreted between the 1960s and late 1980s. Many of this generation kept quiet about their connection to the Nazi party, or denied it,...

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My Story

My Story

Julia Gillard

Here, in her own words, Julia Gillard reveals what life was really like as Australia's first female prime minister.

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 Read reviewA Bone of Fact

A Bone of Fact

David Walsh

MONA's David Walsh is an enigma in the Australian art world. A Bone of Fact is his unconventional, absorbing and brilliantly surprising memoir.

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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

Karen Armstrong

Countering the atheist claim that believers are by default violent fanatics and religion is the cause of all major wars, this book demonstrates that religious faith is not inherently violent.

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It's Not You, Geography, It's Me

It’s Not You, Geography, It’s Me

Kristy Chambers

From the author of the bestselling Get Well Soon! My (Un)Brilliant Career as a Nurse comes a hilarious - and brutally honest - memoir about mental illness and depression. For someone who hates exercise, Kristy Chambers is pretty...

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The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

Clare Wright

Ten years in the research and writing, inimitably bold, entertaining and irreverent in style, Clare Wright's The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat-women who made Eureka a story for...

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Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life

George Monbiot

How many of us sometimes feel that we are scratching at the walls of this life, seeking to find our way into a wider space beyond? That our mild, polite existence sometimes seems to crush the breath out of us? This book deals with...

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 Read reviewConfessions of a People-Smuggler

Confessions of a People-Smuggler

Amiri Dawood

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Our Ageing Brain: How our mental capacities develop as we grow older

Our Ageing Brain: How our mental capacities develop as we grow older

Andrew Aleman

Our Ageing Brain is a refreshing, informative, and ultimately positive book about what happens to our brains as we grow older. Drawing on the latest research, it tells you what takes place in the brain and why, how to...

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 Read reviewHow I Rescued My Brain: a psychologist's remarkable recovery from stroke and trauma

How I Rescued My Brain: a psychologist’s remarkable recovery from stroke and trauma

David Roland

How I Rescued My Brain is the story of David's neurological difficulties and his remarkable cognitive recovery. It is also an account of a journey to emotional health and wellbeing.

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Harry's Last Stand: How the world my generation built is falling down, and what we can do to save it

Harry’s Last Stand: How the world my generation built is falling down, and what we can do to save it

Harry Leslie Smith

'I am not an historian, but, at 91, I am history. This is how I see the world, and what I think we can do to change it.'

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 Read reviewFar From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Andrew Solomon

Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and...

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The Dealer is the Devil: Inside the Aboriginal art trade

The Dealer is the Devil: Inside the Aboriginal art trade

Adrian Newstead

With vivid portraits of artists, dealers and scamsters, the book races from pre-contact and colonial days to the heady celebrations of the Sydney Olympics and the devastating impact of the global financial crisis. Newstead's...

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One Summer: America 1927

One Summer: America 1927

Bill Bryson

In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. This book brings...

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Power Failure: The inside story of climate politics under Rudd and Gillard

Power Failure: The inside story of climate politics under Rudd and Gillard

Philip Chubb

One of the most bitterly contested political issues of recent times has been climate change, and how - or indeed whether - Australia should act to mitigate its effects. Different policy approaches have been developed and discarded...

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The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a great nation lost its way

The Rise and Fall of Australia: How a great nation lost its way

Nick Bryant

A forensic look at the Lucky Country, from the inside and outside. Never before has Australia enjoyed such economic, commercial, diplomatic and cultural clout. Its recession - proof economy is the envy of the world. It's the...

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Where is Daniel?

Where is Daniel?

Lindsay Simpson, Bruce Morcombe, Denise Morcombe

On 7 December 2003 Daniel Morcombe disappeared on the Sunshine Coast, while waiting for a bus.

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Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

Jennifer Saunders

A young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn. There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle...

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Hitler's Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler's Bodyguard

Hitler’s Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler’s Bodyguard

Rochus Misch, Roger Moorhouse

After being seriously wounded in the 1939 Polish campaign, Rochus Misch was invited to join Hitler's SS-bodyguard. There he served until the war's end as Hitler's bodyguard, courier, orderly and finally as Chief of...

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 Read reviewGandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano

Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano

Dan Bischoff

Gandolfini: One of a Kind is the first biography of the actor, who died in June 2013 at age 51, and who some think was one of the best--and most defining--actors of his generation.

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That Sinking Feeling: Quarterly Essay 53

That Sinking Feeling: Quarterly Essay 53

Paul Toohey

In Quarterly Essay 53, Paul Toohey looks at one of Tony Abbott's signature promises: to stop the boats. Has his government succeeded? If so, at what cost?

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Taking God to School: The end of Australia's egalitarian education?

Taking God to School: The end of Australia’s egalitarian education?

Marion Maddox

In Australia's public schools, students are now routinely exposed to evangelism from very conservative Christian groups. Marion Maddox uncovers the surprising impact of these groups on once secular public schooling, and the ways...

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 Read reviewGeek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software

Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software

Vikram Chandra

Looks at the connection between the two worlds of art and technology. This book explores such varied topics as logic gates and literary modernism, the male machismo of geeks, the striking presence of an 'Indian Mafia' in Silicon...

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Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America

Across the Pond: An Englishman’s View of America

Terry Eagleton

An irreverent trip through American culture by a critic who 'cracks jokes as easily as one would crack walnut shells' (Washington Post). Americans have long been fascinated with the oddness of the British, but the English, says...

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 Read reviewTravelling Without Gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Companion

Travelling Without Gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Companion

Cassandra Atherton

Wide - ranging in theme and context, it explores the imaginative effects of his writing. A tribute to Chris on the occasion of this eightieth birthday, in many ways it suggests an alternative cultural history of Australia since...

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 Read reviewThe Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir

Liam Pieper

Hilarious, compelling and sometimes heartbreaking, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a memoir about family, drugs and learning how to live with yourself, from a sharp and original new Australian voice.

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Worn Stories

Worn Stories

Emily Spivack

Worn Stories collects clothing-inspired personal narratives, providing stories that not only glimpse into someone's life, but also prompts readers to give a second thought to the way they consider clothing in their own lives

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The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania

The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania

Nicholas Clements, Henry Reynolds

At its core, The Black War is a story about two peoples who just wanted to be free of each other...sooner or later Europeans and Aborigines were bound to clash, but it was Tasmania's unique circumstances that turned this...

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The House on Carnaval Street

The House on Carnaval Street

Deborah Rodriguez

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Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart

Carol Wall

Carol Wall was at a crossroads. Her children had flown the nest, her beloved parents were ageing and she had overcome a serious illness. A neglected garden should have been the least of her worries. Until one day she sees a man...

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Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society

Robert Wainwright

Born on a NSW sheep station, she wedded earls and barons, was feted by London and New York society, and when she died was a Russian princess.

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 Read reviewLast Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law

Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law

Michaela McGuire

On a Sunday evening in July 2011, 40 - year - old Anthony Dunning was pinned to the floor of Melbourne's Crown casino by security staff. Four days later, he died in the intensive care unit of the Alfred Hospital. The incident was...

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 Read reviewCapital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi

Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi

Rana Dasgupta

Driving along the dusty, congested roads of central Delhi gives no sense of the verdant landscape behind the high walls that line them: it is only when you ascend, for instance, to the top of the Taj Hotel, that you can look down...

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Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century

Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century

Hamish McDonald

Indonesia, a nation of thousands of islands and almost 250 million people, straddles the junction of the Pacific and Indian oceans. The world's biggest Muslim nation has long been one of Australia's important strategic partners,...

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The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of Business is Small

The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of Business is Small

Steve Sammartino

Doing business in the digital age The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small is a business survival manifesto for the technology revolution. As the world moves from the industrial era to the digital...

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 Read reviewShy: A Memoir

Shy: A Memoir

Sian Prior

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The Lost Legions of Fromelles: The True Story of the Most Dramatic Battle in Australia's History

The Lost Legions of Fromelles: The True Story of the Most Dramatic Battle in Australia’s History

Peter Barton

Controversial and groundbreaking, this is the most authoritative book ever written on the battle of Fromelles - worst day in Australia's entire military history.

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 Read reviewThe Road to Middlemarch

The Road to Middlemarch

Rebecca Mead

A celebration of George Eliot's life, work and greatest novel, exploring through a mixture of literary biography, deep reading and personal memoir how Middlemarch answers fundamental questions about life and love

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A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea

A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea

David Vann

David Vann has loved boats all his life. So when his academic career seems to be stuck in the doldrums, he leaps at the opportunity to start an educational charter business, teaching creative writing workshops aboard a sailboat....

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 Read reviewStop the Presses: How Greed, Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax

Stop the Presses: How Greed, Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax

Ben Hills

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