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)

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 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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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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The Missing Pieces

The Missing Pieces

Henri Lefebvre, David L. Sweet, Hedi El Kholti (Semiotext(e))

The Missing Pieces offers a treasure trove of cultural and artistic detail and will entertain even those readers not enamored of the void.

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The Art of Asking: How I learned to stop worrying and let people help

The Art of Asking: How I learned to stop worrying and let people help

Amanda Palmer

Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band, and finding a place to sleep each night by...

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

Well May We Say…The Speeches That Made Australia

Sally Warhaft

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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Prisoner X

Prisoner X

Rafael Epstein

Prisoner X, just 34 years old, was slumped in a small bathroom, separated from his cell by a transparent door. Kept in one of the most technologically sophisticated solitary jail cells, at the behest of one of the world's most...

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Friendship

Friendship

A. C. Grayling

What is the nature of friendship, and what is its significance in our lives? The author tracks historical ideas of friendship, gathers a diversity of friendship stories from the annals of myth and literature, and provides...

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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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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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 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

Blum Esther

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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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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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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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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Free Schools

Free Schools

David Gillespie

David Gillespie has six kids. When it came time to select high schools, he thought he should investigate the level of advantage his kids would enjoy if he spent the required $1.3 million and sent them all to private schools.

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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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The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War

The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War

Professor Margaret MacMillan

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. This title offers the history of the political, cultural, military and personal forces...

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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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Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO files

Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO files

Meredith Burgmann

In this moving, funny and sometimes chilling book, leading Australians open their ASIO files and read what the state's security apparatus said about them. Writers from across the political spectrum including Mark Aarons,...

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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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Anzac's Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession: Redbacks

Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession: Redbacks

Brown James

In Anzac's Long Shadow, James Brown, a former army officer and brilliant young thinker, describes how Australia is investing too much time, money and emotion in the Anzac legend. He argues that when a legend comes to...

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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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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 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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The Twelfth Raven: A memoir of stroke, love and recovery

The Twelfth Raven: A memoir of stroke, love and recovery

Doris Brett

The Twelfth Raven is a literary journey through a series of crises, and an inspirational story of recovery after stroke. Doris Brett's brave and unflinching memoir offers hope to the hundreds of thousands of people affected by...

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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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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 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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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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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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Life Chances: Stories of growing up in Australia

Life Chances: Stories of growing up in Australia

Janet Taylor (Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Australia)

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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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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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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Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

Michael Rosen

From Alphabets to Zipcodes, the surprising story of our 26 letters from million-selling author and Radio 4 language expert, Michael Rosen

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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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 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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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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