Non-Fiction 2014

Hole's Live Through This

Hole’s Live Through This

Anwen Crawford

Courtney Love has never been less than notorious. Her intelligence, ambition and appetite for confrontation have made her a target in a music industry still dominated by men. As Kurt Cobain's wife she was derided as an...

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The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

Dan Jurafsky

Stanford University linguist and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky dives into the hidden history of food.

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English for the Natives: Discover the Grammar You Don't Know You Know

English for the Natives: Discover the Grammar You Don’t Know You Know

Harry Ritchie

A guide to the grammar you already know

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Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine

Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine

Chris Wild

Unexpected images selected by the curator of the popular blog The Retronaut take readers on a visual odyssey through an unfamiliar past; a place where crocodiles take children on walks, Queen Victoria is caught smiling, and...

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The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

James H. Fallon

A compelling career memoir by an award-winning neuroscientist describes how while studying his own family's brain scans for research he made the disturbing discovery that his own reflected a pattern he recognized from those in the...

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The Penguin Book of Witches

The Penguin Book of Witches

Katherine Howe

From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental...

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The Resilience Dividend: Managing disruption, avoiding disaster, and growing stronger in an unpredictable world

The Resilience Dividend: Managing disruption, avoiding disaster, and growing stronger in an unpredictable world

Judith Rodin

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Clean Living Fast Food

Clean Living Fast Food

Luke Hines, Scott Gooding

Bondi boys Luke and Scott are back, and this time they're out to cure your junk food cravings! One of the biggest challenges of embarking on a new diet is coping with the cravings for all that fast food you've had to give up. In...

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You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in all of us

You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in all of us

Lonely Planet

You Only Live Once inspires readers to seize the moment, explore the world and share their incredible stories. With over 1000 experiences for every stage of life, and featuring stunning photography, illustrations and infographics...

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Knowledge is Beautiful

Knowledge is Beautiful

David McCandless

In this mind-blowing follow-up to the bestselling Information is Beautiful, the king of infographics David McCandless uses spectacular visuals to reveal unexpected insights into how the world really works.

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Australia Under Surveillance

Australia Under Surveillance

Frank Moorhouse

ASIO has kept a file on Frank Moorhouse since he was seventeen. Now Frank has decided it is time to report on ASIO. This year ASIO has extended its surveillance powers, made the issuing of warrants easier and limited the freedom...

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Letters to Vera

Letters to Vera

Vladimir Nabokov, Olga Voronina, Brian Boyd

Edmund White called Vladimir Nabokov 'the most passionate novelist of the twentieth century.' Nabokov's passion for his wife Véra spanned the last fifty-four years of his life, from the first poem he wrote for her in 1923,...

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Soviet Space Dogs

Soviet Space Dogs

Olesya Turkina, Damon Murray, Inna Cannon

On 3 November 1957, the dog Laika was the first Earth-born creature to enter space, making her instantly famous around the world. She did not return. Her death, a few hours after launching, transformed her into a legendary symbol...

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Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir

Not My Father’s Son: A Family Memoir

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was...

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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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Australia 1901 - 2001: A Narrative History

Australia 1901 - 2001: A Narrative History

Andrew Tink

Andrew Tink's superb book tells the story of Australia in the twentieth century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by extraordinary...

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Horses in Australia: An illustrated history

Horses in Australia: An illustrated history

Nicolas Brasch

This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the horse in Australia past and present. From Cobb & Co to Black Caviar, from the Walers of World War I to The Man from Snowy River, it showcases our best historical and...

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Between Us: Women of Letters

Between Us: Women of Letters

Marieke Hardy, Michaela McGuire

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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The Best Australian Science Writing 2014

The Best Australian Science Writing 2014

Ashley Hay, Ian Lowe

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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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Dame Maggie Scott: A Life In Dance

Dame Maggie Scott: A Life In Dance

Michelle Potter, Graeme Murphy

A wonderful celebration of the life of Dame Maggie Scott, recognizing her contribution to dance over the last 67 years.

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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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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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An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians?

An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians?

Geoffrey Robertson, QC

Geoffrey Robertson QC tackles the most controversial question that is still being asked about World War One.

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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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 Read reviewYes Please

Yes Please

Amy Poehler

The highly anticipated memoir of actress, comedienne and writer, Amy Poehler.

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Drunk Tank Pink: The Subconscious Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

Drunk Tank Pink: The Subconscious Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

Adam Alter

'The best science book I've read all year... really provocative.' Malcolm Gladwell

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Margaret & Gough: The Love Story That Shaped a Nation

Margaret & Gough: The Love Story That Shaped a Nation

Susan Mitchell

This is the compelling story of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, his wife Margaret and their 70-year relationship - personal and political, private and public. It is a story of how two extraordinary people, side by side, led...

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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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 Read reviewThe Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

The Dangerous Bride: A Memoir of Love, Gods and Geography

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman, rebellious daughter of ultra-orthodox Jews, has always sought her own way. True to her Bohemian dream where love can coexist with sexual freedom, she decided to experiment with an open marriage... despite the fact that...

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Li Na: My Life (English Edn)

Li Na: My Life (English Edn)

Li Na

Li Na claimed an unprecedented victory at the 2011 French Open at age twenty-nine, and became the first player from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam singles title. Outspoken and likeable, the 'late-blooming' Chinese tennis...

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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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Walking Free

Walking Free

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis, Patrick Weaver

One man's phenomenal tale of escaping a death sentence in Iraq, surviving the Australian Refugee system and becoming a pioneering surgeon at the forefront of Orthopaedic medicine.

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Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories

Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories

Terrence Holt

'[Terrence Holt] is Melville + Poe + Borges but with a heart far more capacious.' - Junot Diaz A collection of essays about life as a surgical intern.

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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 Good the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia's Prime Ministers (Updated and Revised)

The Good the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia’s Prime Ministers (Updated and Revised)

Mungo MacCallum

Good drinkers, bad swimmers and unlikely heroes Since Australia's birth in 1901, twenty-eight politicians have run the national show. Their time at the top has ranged from eight days for Frank Forde to eighteen years for Bob...

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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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The Upside of Down: A Memoir

The Upside of Down: A Memoir

Susan Biggar

Susan Biggar fell in love with a New Zealander. Maybe as an American, she saw Darryl as a ticket to an exhilarating, global life. When her first son arrived, he came with fierce blue eyes, a curly toe and cystic...

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The Gatekeepers: Lessons from prime ministers' chiefs of staff

The Gatekeepers: Lessons from prime ministers' chiefs of staff

R.A.W. Tiernan, Anne Rhodes

The Gatekeepers examines the position of chief of staff to the Australian Prime Minister from the perspective of key individuals who have held it. Exploring the support needs of Australian political leaders, it traces the...

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 Read reviewDress, Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses

Dress, Memory: A Memoir of My Twenties in Dresses

Lorelei Vashti

A charming coming-of-age memoir in which every dress tells a story. Dress, Memory is about a decade in dresses. Perceptive and poignant, humorous and heartwarming, it's the story of growing up and growing into yourself. It's about...

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Dick Hamer: The liberal Liberal

Dick Hamer: The liberal Liberal

Tim Colebatch

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 Read reviewConfessions of a People-Smuggler

Confessions of a People-Smuggler

Dawood Amiri

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 Read reviewThe Tainted Trial of Farah Jama

The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama

Julie Szego

In the style of literary non-fiction comes a compelling, true story that will appeal to mystery, crime and "CSI" aficionados and anyone interested in justice for all in the midst of cultural diversity.

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The Fights of My Life

The Fights of My Life

Greg Combet, Mark Davis

The Fights of My Life is the story of a man who faces up to the power structures of politics, big business and the media. His latest target is the labour movement, arguing that the Labor Party and the trade unions must...

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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

Andre 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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Rules of Engagement: FOXTEL, football, News and wine: The secrets of a business builder and cultural maestro

Rules of Engagement: FOXTEL, football, News and wine: The secrets of a business builder and cultural maestro

Kim Williams

From FOXTEL to News Corp, film to football, opera to business, Kim Williams is a builder of Australian institutions. He has worked with some of the very best in their fields - Rupert Murdoch, Kerry Packer, Kevin Sheedy, Gail Kelly...

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Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd: Twice Prime Minister

Patrick Weller

Beginning with Rudd's childhood in rural Queensland, examines the people, places and politics that shaped him into the leader he is today. A frank analysis of Kevin Rudd's leadership style and his government's first term in...

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Hard Choices

Hard Choices

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

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The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking

The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking

Olivia Laing

Why were so many authors of the greatest works of literature consumed by alcoholism? This book takes a journey across America, examining the links between creativity and drink in the work and lives of six men.

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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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Cavewomen Don't Get Fat:The Paleo Chic Diet for Rapid Results

Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat:The Paleo Chic Diet for Rapid Results

Esther Blum

Hundreds of thousands of years of evolutionary history can't be wrong! French women don't get fat, and neither did cave women according to this clever new back-to-basics diet book that promotes a 'protein-rich, hormone-balancing...

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How to Get There

How to Get There

Maggie MacKellar

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Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World

Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World

James Boyce

'The purpose of this book is not to defend or condemn the Western creation story, but to challenge the assumption that its influence was ended by science and secularism.' - James Boyce, Born Bad Born Bad is the latest book from...

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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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Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness

Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness

George Saunders

Here's something I know to be true, although it's a little corny, and I don't quite know what to do with it: What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

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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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Class Act

Class Act

Maxine McKew

In Class Act Maxine McKew calls for a ceasefire in the education wars-the largely irrelevant arguments over national curricula and governance issues. - See more at:...

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 Read reviewThe Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell: Quarterly Essay 51

The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell: Quarterly Essay 51

David Marr

David Marr's explosive bestseller, now expanded and updated. The leading Catholic in the nation and spiritual adviser to Tony Abbott, Cardinal George Pell has played a key role in the greatest challenge to face his church for...

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The Empathy Exams: Essays

The Empathy Exams: Essays

Leslie Jamison

A powerful yet refreshing essay collection centred around themes of confession, illness, violence and sentimentality from an exciting new American talent

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Twenty-One Nights in July

Twenty-One Nights in July

Ianto Ware

From Fausto Coppi’s victory on Alpe d’Huez, to Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor’s epic battle on the Puy de Dôme, from René Vietto’s shameless weeping, to Greg LeMond soiling himself in...

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High on Hawthorn: The road to the 2013 premiership

High on Hawthorn: The road to the 2013 premiership

Phillip Taylor

This book tracks Hawthorn's triumphant 2013 season through the eyes of Phillip Taylor, Hawks tragic. A hallucinatory account of all things Hawthorn, it celebrates the sartorial splendour of the brown and gold stripes, traces the...

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Brainstorm

Brainstorm

Daniel J. Siegel

An inside-out guide to the emerging adolescent mind, ages 12-24 --Jacket.

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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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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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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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Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Masha Gessen

The story of Pussy Riot, punk icons and Russian dissenters, and the untold story of their infamous trial and on-going global significance

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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 reviewA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

Luke Ryan

A year-long regimen of chemotherapy and radiotherapy wasn't quite what Luke Ryan had in mind when he turned 22. Especially having been through the same rigmarole when he was 11! Needless to say, Luke Ryan is eyeing off 33 warily....

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 Special priceAustralian History In 7 Questions

Australian History In 7 Questions

John Hirst

'If there are genuine questions about Australian history, there is something to puzzle over. The history ceases to be predictable - and dull.' From the author of The Shortest History of Europe, acclaimed historian John Hirst,...

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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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 Read reviewThe Poet's Wife

The Poet’s Wife

Mandy Sayer

In the follow-up to her bestselling memoir, Dreamtime Alice, Mandy Sayer tells the story of the ten years she and Yusef Komunyakaa spent together, first as lovers, then as husband and wife.

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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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Rudd Gillard and Beyond: Penguin Specials

Rudd Gillard and Beyond: Penguin Specials

Troy Bramston

Troy Bramston is a former principal speechwriter for Kevin Rudd and an adviser to the Rudd government. He spent 10 years working as an adviser to federal Labor politicians in government and in opposition. He has been a party...

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The Autistic Brain

The Autistic Brain

Temple Grandin, Richard Panek

In this fascinating and highly readable book, Temple Grandin offers her own experience as an autistic person alongside remarkable new discoveries about the autistic brain, as well as genetic research. She also highlights...

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 Read reviewDear Leader: North Korea's senior propagandist exposes shocking truths behind the regime

Dear Leader: North Korea’s senior propagandist exposes shocking truths behind the regime

Jang Jin-Sung

Contains astonishing insights about North Korea which could only be revealed by someone working high up in the regime. This title tells the story of how a member of the inner circle of this enigmatic country became its most...

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Diary of a Foreign Minister

Diary of a Foreign Minister

Bob Carr

Six years after vacating his position as the longest - serving Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr returned to politics in his dream job: as Foreign Minister of Australia and a senior federal cabinet minister. For 18 months he...

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The House on Carnaval Street

The House on Carnaval Street

Deborah Rodriguez

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What About Me?: The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society

What About Me?: The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society

Paul Verhaeghe, Jane Hedley-Prole

In *What about Me?*, Verhaeghe shows the profound impact that social change is having on mental health, even affecting the nature of the disorders from which we suffer.

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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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The Book of Eggs: A Lifesize Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World's Bird Species

The Book of Eggs: A Lifesize Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World’s Bird Species

Mark E. Hauber, John Bates

Featuring photography from Chicagos renowned Field Museum, this book explores 600 examples at actual size, alongside pattern details, clutch images, breeding range maps, and engravings of all the birds.

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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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Dangerous Allies

Dangerous Allies

Malcolm Fraser, Cain Roberts

Dangerous Allies examines Australia's history of strategic dependence and questions the continuation of this position. It argues that international circumstances, in the world and in the Western Pacific especially,...

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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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Under Magnolia

Under Magnolia

Frances Mayes

A memoir of author Frances Mayes's coming of age in the Deep South, and of the region's powerful influence on her life. Mayes delves into the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the force of a chaotic and loving family --

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Life Chances: Stories of growing up in Australia

Life Chances: Stories of growing up in Australia

Janet Taylor

Presents the real life stories of five young people who were all born in the same place at the same time and who all seem to be flourishing at age 21 but who have had very different life experiences along the way. The book enables...

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My Crazy Century

My Crazy Century

Ivan Klima

Ivan Klima, 'a writer of enormous power and originality' (The New York Times Book Review), has penned an intimate autobiography that explores his life under Nazi and Communist regimes.

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 Read reviewShy: A Memoir

Shy: A Memoir

Sian Prior

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The Professionals: Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia

The Professionals: Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia

Stephen Mills

During 2010-11, Stephen Mills conducted on-the-record interviews with every living national campaign director of the two major political parties. Their experience covers the 15 federal election campaigns from 1974 to the present...

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 Read reviewThe Skeleton Cupboard: The making of a clinical psychologist

The Skeleton Cupboard: The making of a clinical psychologist

Tanya Byron

Tells stories that are inspired by the author's years of training as a clinical psychologist. This book offers an account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest...

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Jacks and Jokers

Jacks and Jokers

Matthew Condon

The much-anticipated sequel to the bestselling Three Crooked Kings. Here we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. The story continues as Terry Lewis...

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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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A Thousand Shards of Glass

A Thousand Shards of Glass

Michael Katakis

A powerful and personal polemic, A Thousand Shards of Glass is Michael's appeal to his fellow citizens to change their course; a cautionary tale to those around the world who idealise an America that never was; and, crucially, a...

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The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the true story of a life lost in thought

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the true story of a life lost in thought

David Adam

Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building, or steer your car into oncoming traffic? You are not alone. In this captivating fusion of science, history and personal memoir, the author explores the weird thoughts...

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Congo

Congo

David van Reybrouck

Epic yet eminently readable, penetrating and profoundly moving, 'Congo' traces the fate of one of the world's most devastated countries, second only to war-torn Somalia: the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Lost Boys of Anzac

Lost Boys of Anzac

Peter Stanley

Australians remember the dead of 25 April 1915 on Anzac Day every year. But do we know the name of a single soldier who died that day? What do we really know about the men supposedly most cherished in the national memory of war?...

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Band-Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a Doctor with No Borders and Other Ways to Stay Single

Band-Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a Doctor with No Borders and Other Ways to Stay Single

Damien Brown

A powerful, heart-breaking, surprisingly funny, honest and ultimately uplifting account of life on the medical frontline, and a moving testimony of the work done by Medecins Sans Frontieres and the extraordinary and sometimes...

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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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Darwin

Darwin

Tess Lea

Darwin is a survivor, you have to give it that. Razed to the ground four times in its short history, it has picked itself up out of the debris to not only rebuild but grow. Darwin has known catastrophes and resurrections; it has...

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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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Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus

Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus

Stephen Dando-Collins

Sir Henry Parkes: Father of Federation, Premier of NSW, Statesman, Visionary, Political Leader, Poet, Humanist May 27, 2015 brings the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Parkes. After he died, the London Times described...

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Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies

Calling the Shots: Aboriginal Photographies

Jane Lydon (ed.)

Historically, photographs of Indigenous Australians were produced in unequal and exploitative circumstances. Today, however, such images represent a rich cultural heritage for descendants, who see them in distinctive and positive...

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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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Australia and the Vietnam War

Australia and the Vietnam War

Peter Edwards

In this landmark book, award-winning historian Peter Edwards skilfully unravels the complexities of the global Cold War, decolonisation in Southeast Asia and Australian domestic politics to provide new, often surprising, answers...

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