Non-Fiction 2015

Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014

Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014

Greil Marcus, Dave Eggers

From the author of The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs comes his Basement Tapes : the complete Real Life Rock Top 10 columns

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The Fame Lunches

The Fame Lunches

Daphne Merkin

Daphne Merkin brings her signature combination of wit, candor, and penetrating intelligence to subjects that touch on every aspect of contemporary culture, from the high calling of the literary life to the poignant underside of...

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A Traveller's Year: 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries, Journals and Letters

A Traveller’s Year: 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries, Journals and Letters

Travis Elborough, Nick Rennison

A Traveller's Year is an anthology of extracts from diaries, journals and letters, two or three for each day of the year, on the subject of travel and exploration.

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Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction

Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction

Judith Kitchen, Dinah Lenney

The best of short literary memoirs, essays and reflections, many of which were written expressly for this collection.

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Brave Enough: A Mini Instruction Manual for the Soul

Brave Enough: A Mini Instruction Manual for the Soul

Cheryl Strayed (Author)

Bold, brave and beautiful, Brave Enough is a gem-like collection of thoughts and aphorisms from Cheryl Strayed, the inspirational author of the bestselling Wild.

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Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting

Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting

Ann Hood

The rhythm, ritual and pleasure of knitting are celebrated in this new collection for lovers of both knitting and literature.

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How Many Moons Does the Earth Have?: The Ultimate Science Quiz Book

How Many Moons Does the Earth Have?: The Ultimate Science Quiz Book

Brian Clegg

A mind-bending quiz book from popular science master John Gribbin.

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The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

Susan Wise Bauer

The enduring and engaging guide to educating yourself in the classical tradition.

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Up for the Challenge?: Take on Over 60 of the World

Up for the Challenge?: Take on Over 60 of the World

Dominic Bliss

Push yourself and your limits with over 60 of the toughest, most brutal physical challenges out there.

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The Unseen Anzac: how an enigmatic explorer created Australia's World War I photographs

The Unseen Anzac: how an enigmatic explorer created Australia’s World War I photographs

Jeff Maynard

The previously untold story of an extraordinary man and a great war photographer.

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Home Truths: An Anthology of Refugee and Migrant Writing

Home Truths: An Anthology of Refugee and Migrant Writing

Yannick Thoraval, Caroline Petit

A collection of stories, essays and poems written by a diverse group of refugee and migrant writers, mostly from Africa and Asia. First hand experiences of war and dislocation and of being at odds with one's own culture. All...

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My Misspent Youth

My Misspent Youth

Meghan Daum

An incisive collection that marked the start of a new millennium and became a cult classic.

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The Annotated Little Women

The Annotated Little Women

Louisa May Alcott, John Matteson (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Louisa May Alcott illuminates the world of Little Women and its author.

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Swooning: A Classical Music Guide to Life, Love, Lust and Other Follies

Swooning: A Classical Music Guide to Life, Love, Lust and Other Follies

Christopher Lawrence

The history of classical music is littered with murder, sado- masochism, adultery, bigamy, fraud, riches, poverty, nervous breakdowns, bizarre habits, gluttony and terrible terrible toilet humour. This book takes you through the...

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Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon

Worst Words: A compendium of contemporary cant, gibberish and jargon

Don Watson

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The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor

Robert Schnakenberg

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art

Marie Kondo

Helps you transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space. This book assists you in tidying your rooms once and for all.

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Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Heart of Hidden Holland

Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Heart of Hidden Holland

Ben Coates

In the first book to consider the hidden heart and history of the Netherlands from a modern perspective, the author explores the length and breadth of his adopted homeland and discovers why one of the world's smallest countries is...

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Australia's Second Chance: What our history tells us about our future

Australia’s Second Chance: What our history tells us about our future

George Megalogenis

The bestselling author of The Australian Moment asks the most important question confronting the country right now - how do we maintain our winning streak?

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Australia and the Monarchy

Australia and the Monarchy

David Hill

Australia and the British monarchy have always made for an odd couple: the young, rebellious, egalitarian nation wed to an ancient symbol of power and social inequality. Even today, an invitation to meet a member of the royal...

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Between The World And Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a new framework for understanding our nation's history and current...

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Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

TGH Strehlow

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 Read reviewGut: the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ

Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ

Giulia Enders, David Shaw

Beginning with her personal experience of illness, the author explains everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the science linking bowel bacteria with mental disorders.

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Every Hill Got A Story

Every Hill Got A Story

Central Land Council

Nyinanyi ngurangka - being on country - is not a ‘lifestyle choice' but a hard-won right, a spiritual and cultural duty, a constant battle, a source of happiness and opportunity and the meaning of life all at the same time.

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Mateship: A Very Australian History

Mateship: A Very Australian History

Nick Dyrenfurth

Covering more than 200 years of white-settler history, Mateship demonstrates the richness and paradoxes of the Antipodean version of fraternity, and how everyone - from the early convicts to our most recent prime ministers, on...

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The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Norman Doidge

This book is about the discovery that the human brain has its own unique way of healing. For centuries we believed that the price we paid for our brain's complexity was that, compared to other organs, it was fixed and...

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Creating Cities

Creating Cities

Marcus Westbury

In 2008, Marcus Westbury returned to his hometown of Newcastle, Australia and found more than 150 empty buildings lining its two main streets. Three years later the world's largest travel publisher, Lonely Planet, named it one of...

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Why I Read

Why I Read

Wendy Lesser

The author's extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America's most significant cultural critics, writes Stephen Greenblatt. In this book, she draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades...

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The Australian Moment: How we were made for these times

The Australian Moment: How we were made for these times

George Megalogenis

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Bearing Witness: The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia's Greatest War Correspondent

Bearing Witness: The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia’s Greatest War Correspondent

Peter Rees (Author)

'Peter Rees has done what no one else has managed: read the vast Bean archive and get inside the head of the most influential figure in Australia's military history. Rees's superb book shows how Bean bore witness to Australia's...

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Quarterly Essay 57: Dear Life - On Caring for the Elderly

Quarterly Essay 57: Dear Life - On Caring for the Elderly

Karen Hitchcock

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How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-leading Writers

How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-leading Writers

Marc Woodworth, Ally-Jane Grossan

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The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd

The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd

Quentin Beresford

The story of Tasmania's most controversial forestry giant, the corruption that gave it power and the forces that brought it down. Gunns' collapse in 2012 was a major national news story, as was the arrest of its CEO for insider...

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Van Diemen's Land: An Aboriginal History

Van Diemen’s Land: An Aboriginal History

Mr Murray Johnson, Mr Ian McFarlane

The history of Aborigines in Van DiemenAEs Land is long. The first Tasmanians lived in isolation and against almost insurmountable odds for as many as 300 generations after the flooding of Bass Strait. This broad-ranging book is a...

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Ransacking Paris

Ransacking Paris

Patti Miller

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 Read reviewHello, Beautiful!: Scenes from a Life

Hello, Beautiful!: Scenes from a Life

Hannie Rayson

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Airmail: Women of Letters

Airmail: Women of Letters

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

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 Special priceCitizen: An American Lyric

Citizen: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine

Examines the experience of race and racism in Western society through sharp vignettes of everyday discrimination and prejudice. This book includes essays, images and poetry together to form a testament to the individual and...

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Let My People Go: The untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89

Let My People Go: The untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89

Sam Lipski, Suzanne D. Rutland

For 50 years, until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Soviet Union ran a campaign of repression, imprisonment, political trials and terror against its 3 million Jews. In Australia, political leaders and the Jewish community...

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The Nearest Thing To Life

The Nearest Thing To Life

James Wood

Argues that, of all the arts, fiction has a unique ability to describe the shape of our lives, and to rescue the texture of those lives from death and historical oblivion.

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Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment

Two Futures: Australia at a Critical Moment

O'Neil Clare, Tim Watts

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Bird Minds: Cognition and Behaviour of Australian Native Birds

Bird Minds: Cognition and Behaviour of Australian Native Birds

Gisela Kaplan

This book provides a fresh view of the behaviour of Australia's native avifauna.

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The Story of Australia's People: Volume 1

The Story of Australia’s People: Volume 1

Geoffrey Blainey

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Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Clare Land

An essential work to be read by all non-Indigenous scholars and activists seeking solidarity with Indigenous struggles across the world

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Creatures of a Day: and other tales of psychotherapy

Creatures of a Day: and other tales of psychotherapy

Irvin D. Yalom

Eminent psychotherapist and bestselling author, Irvin D Yalom, gives us a new collection of ten absorbing tales of psychotherapy, revealing the mysteries, frustrations, pathos and humour at the heart of the therapeutic encounter.

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Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

John Julius Norwich, Paul Duncan

A colourful and lavishly illustrated history (fifty years in the making) of the Mediterranean's largest and most turbulent island from much-loved historian John Julius Norwich

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The Economics of Inequality

The Economics of Inequality

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

Succinct, accessible, and authoritative, this is the ideal place to start for those who want to understand the fundamental issues at the heart of one of the most pressing concerns in contemporary economics and politics.

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The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty

The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

The White Possessive explores the links between race, sovereignty, and possession through themes of property: owning property, being property, and becoming propertyless. Focusing on the Australian Aboriginal context, Aileen...

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Mindfulness: 25 Ways to Live in the Moment Through Art

Mindfulness: 25 Ways to Live in the Moment Through Art

Christophe Andre

Draws upon art as a source of inspiration. This book invites us to consider paintings while practising mindfulness techniques. With stunning simplicity and clarity, it sets out 25 lessons that could change your life - from...

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The End of Plenty: the race to feed a crowded world

The End of Plenty: the race to feed a crowded world

Joel Bourne

An award-winning environmental journalist introduces a new generation of farmers and scientists on the frontlines of the next green revolution.

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Growing older without feeling old: On vitality and ageing

Growing older without feeling old: On vitality and ageing

Rudi Westendorp

What are the causes of these new developments? Has modern science found the key to eternal life? And what do longer life spans mean for the way we organise our societies? Combining medical, biological, economic, and sociological...

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Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Joel Deane

A riveting study of the politics of power Power is the only measure of a politician that matters. How they win power. How they wield power. How they lose power. Catch and Kill is an inside account of the beguiling and nomadic...

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The War on Journalism

The War on Journalism

Andrew Fowler

Media Moguls, Whistleblowers and the Price of Freedom

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The Sex Myth

The Sex Myth

Rachel Hills

From a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life.

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 Read reviewMothermorphosis: Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

Mothermorphosis: Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

Monica Dux

In Mothermorphosis, some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers share their own experiences of motherhood. In telling their stories they articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity...

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The Coal Face: Penguin Special

The Coal Face: Penguin Special

Tom Doig

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Naomi Klein

You have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. This book about capitalism states that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system...

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Murphy's Lore: Tales from the West

Murphy’s Lore: Tales from the West

Bob Murphy

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Mannix

Mannix

Brenda Niall

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The Country Wife

The Country Wife

Anne Gorman

In the tradition of Strength to Strength comes an unforgettable memoir of heartbreak and triumph. When she is five, Anne Gorman's family disintegrates. After thirteen pregnancies and the death of two children, her devout Catholic...

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Loitering: New & Collected Essays

Loitering: New & Collected Essays

Charles D'Ambrosio

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We Are Our Brains: From the Womb to Alzheimer's

We Are Our Brains: From the Womb to Alzheimer’s

Dick Swaab

Taking us through every stage in our lives, from the womb to falling in love to old age, the author shows that we don't just have brains: we are our brains.

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Captain Matchbox and Beyond

Captain Matchbox and Beyond

John Tait, Catherine Fleming

This book uncovers the zany world of Captain Matchbox, but goes far beyond by following the extraordinary careers of Mic and Jim Conway. After Matchbox finally struck out, the brothers were intimately involved with the Pram...

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Leila's Secret

Leila’s Secret

Kooshyar Karimi

In fundamentalist Iran, new life sometimes means certain death. When Leila comes to see Doctor Karimi, both are in danger. Born in a slum to a Muslim father and a Jewish mother, Kooshyar Karimi has transformed himself into a...

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Earth Dances: Music in Search of the Primitive

Earth Dances: Music in Search of the Primitive

Ford Andrew

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Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Dan Fagin

Rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, this is an epic of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the...

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Flashpoints: the emerging crisis in Europe

Flashpoints: the emerging crisis in Europe

George Friedman

The Emerging Crisis in Europe. Analysing the fault lines that have led to two world wars and dozens more conflicts, Friedman walks us through the flashpoints in Europe that are still smouldering beneath the surface and are on...

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The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

David Graeber

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Blockbuster! Fergus Hume And The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

Blockbuster! Fergus Hume And The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

Lucy Sussex

The story of the crime novel that became a global publishing phenomenon --Cover.

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Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War

Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War

James Curran

In the early 1970s, two titans of Australian and American politics, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and President Richard Nixon, clashed over the end of the Vietnam war and the shape of a new Asia. A relationship that had endured the...

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No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

Frank Brennan

What lessons have been learned from the 1967 referendum? In 1967, Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of altering two aspects of the Constitution that related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Although these...

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Governomics: Can we afford small government?

Governomics: Can we afford small government?

Miriam Lyons, Ian McAuley

Unpacks the economic role of government for people who are fed up with dumbed-down debates on important public issues. Appealing to readers of books such as Zombie Economics or How to Argue with an Economist , Governomics will...

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Come As You Are: The surprising new science that will transform your sex life

Come As You Are: The surprising new science that will transform your sex life

Emily Nagoski

Researchers have spent years trying to develop a pink pill for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? This book makes crystal clear, that pill will never exist - but as a result of the research that's gone...

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The Gillard Project: My Thousand Days of Despair and Hope

The Gillard Project: My Thousand Days of Despair and Hope

Michael Cooney

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Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise

Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise

Thich Nhat Hanh

In his beautiful new book, Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh explains how mindfulness is the practice that stops the noise inside. Through silence, Thich Nhat Hanh reveals, we are free to hear, to see -...

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Meet Me In Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest To Find The Sunken City

Meet Me In Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest To Find The Sunken City

Mark Adams

The New York Times bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu sets out to uncover the truth behind the legendary lost city of Atlantis. A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost...

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H is for Hawk: A BBC2 Between the Covers pick

H is for Hawk: A BBC2 Between the Covers pick

Helen Macdonald

As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the...

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Silent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an Australian Family's Long Road to Justice

Silent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an Australian Family’s Long Road to Justice

Michael Magazanik

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Settling Day: A Memoir

Settling Day: A Memoir

Kate Howarth

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Musings from the Inner Duck

Musings from the Inner Duck

Michael Leunig

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Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special

Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special

Liam Pieper

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Flash Boys

Flash Boys

Michael Lewis

If you thought Wall Street was about alpha males standing in trading pits hollering at each other, think again. This book tells the explosive story of how one group of ingenious oddballs and misfits set out to expose what was...

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More Fool Me

More Fool Me

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me.

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Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption

Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption

Ray Whitrod

In the early 1970s, Queensland was a haven for crooks from both sides of the law. It was into this hothouse that Ray Whitrod was controversially appointed as police commissioner in 1970. Just six years later he resigned from the...

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She's Having a Laugh: 25 of Australia's Funniest Women on Life, Love and Comedy

She’s Having a Laugh: 25 of Australia’s Funniest Women on Life, Love and Comedy

George McEncroe

In She's Having a Laugh, 25 of the funniest women in Australia write about life, love and laughter. Their stories are irreverent, intimate and - most of all - often hilarious. They reflect on why they became comedians, celebrate...

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City Limits: Why Australia's cities are broken and how we can fix them

City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them

Jane-Frances Kelly, Paul Donegan

Our bush heritage helped to define our identity, but today Australia is a nation of cities. A higher proportion of Australians live in cities than almost any other country, and most of our national wealth is generated in them. For...

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Dead Wake: The last crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The last crossing of the Lusitania

Erik Larson

On 1 May 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. The passengers - including a record number of children and infants - were anxious. Germany had...

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Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

Ella Frances Sanders

Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or, that there's a Swedish word that means a traveller's particular sense of anticipation before a trip? This book...

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Under a Bilari Tree I Born

Under a Bilari Tree I Born

Alice Bilari Smith

This is Alice's insightful and inspiring story - the story of a life that is remarkable and yet typical of Australia's strong country women.

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Inside Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials

Inside Australia’s Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials

Andrew Lynch, Nicola McGarrity, George Williams

Over ten years after Australia's first national laws were enacted to combat the threat of terrorism, yet more anti-terrorism laws were passed in the Australian Parliament in late 2014.  The first laws were often introduced in...

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Passing Clouds: A winemaker's journey

Passing Clouds: A winemaker’s journey

Graeme Leith

Electrician, Graeme Leith joined Melbourne's theatre collective at Carton's famously innovative Pram Factory Theatre and said 'let there be light'. And there was; Graham Blundell, Jack Hibberd, Max Gillies and many others produced...

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Encounters at the Heart of the World

Encounters at the Heart of the World

Elizabeth Fenn

The Mandan Indians, iconic plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the centre of the North American universe. Why don't we know more? Who were they, really? This book retrieves...

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Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Gary Kamiya

A kaleidoscopic homage both personal and historical . . . Kamiya's symphony of San Francisco is a grand pleasure. -- New York Times Book Review

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Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

Larry Siedentop

Asks us to rethink the evolution of the ideas on which modern societies and government are built, and argues that the core of what is now our system of beliefs emerged much earlier than we think.

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Drone

Drone

Adam Rothstein, Dr. Christopher Schaberg, Prof. Ian Bogost

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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

J. K. Rowling, Joel Holland

J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice in this artfully illustrated book.

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The Shakespeare Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

The Shakespeare Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

DK

Features witty illustrations and inspirational quotes. This title covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, and lost plays and less well-known works of...

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Golf Ball

Golf Ball

Dr. Harry Brown

Golf balls embody the complex human relation to the natural world, a will to control nature, but the action of balls in play reveals the futility of the endeavor --

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Night School: The Life-Changing Science of Sleep

Night School: The Life-Changing Science of Sleep

Richard Wiseman

Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Every night you close your eyes, become oblivious to your surroundings and waste hours flying, being chased or watching all your teeth fall out - and then you wake up. What on...

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Of Walking In Ice: Munich - Paris: 23 November - 14 December, 1974

Of Walking In Ice: Munich - Paris: 23 November - 14 December, 1974

Werner Herzog

In November 1974, when Werner Herzog was told that his mentor Lotte Eisner, the film-maker and critic, was dying in Paris, he set off to walk there from Munich, 'in full faith, believing that she would stay alive if I came on...

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