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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Every Thing We Touch: A 24-Hour Inventory of Our Lives

Every Thing We Touch: A 24-Hour Inventory of Our Lives

Paula Zuccotti

What's the first thing we touch when we wake up? How do our favourite things reveal our hopes and fears? Can objects tell the story of our lives? Imagine how your day would look if you recorded everything that you touched. From...

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The Time Travel Handbook: From the Eruption of Vesuvius to the Woodstock Festival

The Time Travel Handbook: From the Eruption of Vesuvius to the Woodstock Festival

James Wyllie, Johnny Acton, David Goldblatt

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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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 Special priceThe Spectacle of Skill: Selected Writings of Robert Hughes

The Spectacle of Skill: Selected Writings of Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes, Adam Gopnik

A selection of the best writing by the most important-- and thunderously outspoken-- art and culture critic of our time, including approximately 125 never-before-seen pages from the unfinished second volume of his memoir, which he...

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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

The mind-bending quiz book that every science geek needs in their Christmas stocking

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In Praise Of Idleness: A Timeless Essay

In Praise Of Idleness: A Timeless Essay

Bradley Trevor Greive

New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive breathes new life into Bertrand Russell's classic work, In Praise of Idleness, with a magical package that includes BTG's new introduction, biographical afterword, historical...

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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

Maynard Jeff, 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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Reporting Always: Writings from The New Yorker

Reporting Always: Writings from The New Yorker

Lillian Ross, David Remnick

From the inimitable veteranNew Yorkerjournalist Lillian Ross-a stunning collection of Ross's iconicNew Yorkerpieces.

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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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Twenty British Films: A Guided Tour

Twenty British Films: A Guided Tour

Brian McFarlane, Bethan Hirst

This book examines twenty major British films from a seventy-year time span, offering a lively account of what has made them valuable and provocative over many viewings. -- .

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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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More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees

More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees

Rosemary Sayer

More to the Story looks beyond negative media reports, political speeches and fear-mongering statistics to tell human stories of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

Rosemary Sayer writes with empathy and humility of her...

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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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The Heart Healers

The Heart Healers

James S Forrester, M.D

At one time, heart disease was a death sentence. In The Heart Healers, world renowned cardiologist Dr. James Forrester tells the story of the mavericks and rebels who defied the accumulated medical wisdom of the day to begin...

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Voices in the Ocean: a journey into the wild and haunting world of dolphins

Voices in the Ocean: a journey into the wild and haunting world of dolphins

Susan Casey

An odyssey into the mysterious world of dolphins and their relationship with humanity

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Adam Spencer's World of Numbers

Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers

Adam Spencer

From the building blocks of life, to the games we play, the food we eat, and the marvels of space, Australia's funniest mathematician is back with a fascinating snapshot of the world of numbers.

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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter's hotly anticipated book on work-life balance and gender equality

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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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Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations

Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations

Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus delves into three distinct episodes in the history of American commonplace song and shows how each one manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one. In these seemingly anonymous productions, we...

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Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

David Crystal

This 'engaging history of punctuation' (Wall Street Journal) is not only the first history of its kind, but a complete guide on how to use English punctuation. Behind every punctuation mark lies a thousand stories. The punctuation...

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Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts

Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts

Chip Kidd, Geoff Spear, Jeff Kinney, Jean Schulz, Paige Braddock

The ultimate 65th anniversary tribute to Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, featuring rare and unpublished original art from the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, written and designed by Chip Kidd.

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Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir

Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir

Terry Gilliam

From his no-frills childhood in the icy wastes of Minnesota, to some of the hottest water Hollywood had to offer, Terry Gilliam's life has been as vivid and unorthodox as one of his films. This book offers an unrestrained look at...

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Zombies: A Cultural History

Zombies: A Cultural History

Roger Luckhurst

The zombie has shuffled with dead-eyed, remorseless menace from its beginnings in folklore and primitive superstition to become the dominant image of the undead. Roger Luckhurst sifts material from anthropology, folklore,...

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Class War: The Privatization of Childhood

Class War: The Privatization of Childhood

Megan Erickson

How neoliberal education reforms are segregating children and perpetuating inequalities as never before

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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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Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water

Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water

Gay Hawkins (University of Western Sydney), Emily Potter, Kane Race

How and why branded bottles of water have insinuated themselves into our daily lives, and what the implications are for safe urban water supplies.

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 Read reviewBetween The World And Me

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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The Changi Book

The Changi Book

Dr Lachlan Grant

The story of Changi, told by those who lived through it.

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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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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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Church of Spies: The Pope's secret war against Hitler

Church of Spies: The Pope’s secret war against Hitler

Mark Riebling

In this stunning revision of the role of Hitler's Pope in WWII, one of our top intelligence experts recasts Pius XII--allegedly a Nazi sympathizer--as an anti-Nazi spymaster

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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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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Jessica Hopper

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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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More Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

More Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

Shaun Usher

Offers a collection, which reminds us that much of what matters in our lives finds its way into our letters. This book includes letters from: Jane Austen, Richard Burton, Helen Keller, Alan Turing, Albus Dumbledore, Eleanor...

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How We'll Live On Mars

How We’ll Live On Mars

Stephen Petranek

Award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is not just plausible, but inevitable

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Quarterly Essay 58: Blood Year - Terror and the Islamic State

Quarterly Essay 58: Blood Year - Terror and the Islamic State

David Kilcullen

Last year was a 'blood year' in the Middle East - massacres and beheadings, fallen cities, collapsed and collapsing states, the unravelling of a decade of Western strategy. We saw the rise of ISIS, the splintering of government in...

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Nein. A Manifesto.

Nein. A Manifesto.

Eric Jarosinski

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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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Leading: Lessons in leadership from the legendary Manchester United manager

Leading: Lessons in leadership from the legendary Manchester United manager

Alex Ferguson, Michael Moritz

An inspirational book about leadership from the most successful British football manager of all time.

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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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From India With Love: Growing Up Australian and the Journey of Self-Discovery that Led Me Back to My Indian Roots

From India With Love: Growing Up Australian and the Journey of Self-Discovery that Led Me Back to My Indian Roots

Latika Bourke, Hazel Flynn

Latika Bourke was adopted from India, aged eight months. Growing up in Bathurst, New South Wales she felt a deep connection to her Australian home and her Australian family. It wasn't until she heard her name uttered in the hit...

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The Simple Act of Reading

The Simple Act of Reading

Debra Adelaide

Contributors include: Debra Adelaide, Joan London, Delia Falconer, Sunil Badami, Gabrielle Carey, Luke Davies, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Kate Forsyth, Giulia Giuffre, Andy Griffiths, Anita Heiss, Gail Jones, Jill Jones, Catherine...

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Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

McKenzie Funk

An investigation into how entrepreneurial people and institutions around the globe are cashing in on the new world being created by global warming--and who will pay the price for it --

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Death by Video Game: Tales of obsession from the virtual frontline

Death by Video Game: Tales of obsession from the virtual frontline

Simon Parkin

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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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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A story about women and economics

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?: A story about women and economics

Katrine Marcal

An engaging, thought-provoking and accessible look at economics, equality and the mess we're in now

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Airmail: Women of Letters

Airmail: Women of Letters

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

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Citizen: 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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 Read reviewEverything You Need To Know About the Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Everything You Need To Know About the Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Megan Davis, George Williams

The definitive, clear-cut guide to the vote on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution. This book explains everything Australians need to know about the proposal to recognise Indigenous...

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Boycotting Israel is Wrong: The progressive path to peace between Palestinians and Israelis

Boycotting Israel is Wrong: The progressive path to peace between Palestinians and Israelis

Philip Mendes, Nick Dyrenfurth

Argues that the BDS movement (boycott, divestment and sanctions) is the wrong way to broker peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The BDS movement against Israel has gained traction and publicity worldwide. Yet here, Philip...

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The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire

The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire

WikiLeaks, Julian WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

What the Wikileaks cables tell us about the scope of US foreign policy around the world.

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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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Fighting Hard: The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard: The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Richard Broome

Fighting Hard tells a history of the Aborigines Advancement League, the oldest Aboriginal organisation in Australia. As both a welfare and activist body, the League can be seen as the ‘mother' of all Aboriginal Victorian...

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Fair Food: Stories from a Movement Changing the World

Fair Food: Stories from a Movement Changing the World

Rose Nick

Australia's food system is more than just broken - it's killing us. Now is the time to act, to make a difference - to change the world. The groundbreaking Fair Food: Inspiring Stories of Ethical Living tells the new story of food...

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 Read reviewUnder Cover: adventures in the art of editing

Under Cover: adventures in the art of editing

Craig Munro

Craig Munro began his blue-pencil adventures at the University of Queensland Press in 1971. Over the next thirty years, he became friend, counsellor, and occasionally foil to some of the country's leading authors.

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All Your Friends Like This: How Social Networks Took Over News

All Your Friends Like This: How Social Networks Took Over News

A Hunter, D Filipovic, H Crawford

ALL YOUR FRIENDS LIKE THIS is a topical, punchy and provacative look at how social networks are taking over the news. How do you get your news? Chances are not from a newspaper or the TV - that's so old-school. If you're anything...

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A Banquet of Consequences: Have we consumed our own future?

A Banquet of Consequences: Have we consumed our own future?

Satyajit Das

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 Read reviewLion Attack!: I'm trying to be honest and I want you to know that

Lion Attack!: I’m trying to be honest and I want you to know that

Oliver Mol

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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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Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird

Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird

Mary McDonagh Murphy

'You come away from Murphy's book with a renewed amazement at what Lee was able to achieve with a single perfect novel' Entertainment Weekly First published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird is not only a beloved classic, but also...

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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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The Biology of Desire: why addiction is not a disease

The Biology of Desire: why addiction is not a disease

Marc Lewis

Through the vivid, true stories of five people who journeyed into and out of addiction, a renowned neuroscientist explains why the disease model of addiction is wrong and illuminates the path to recovery.The psychiatric...

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Betsy and the Emperor: The true story of Napoleon, a pretty girl, a Regency rake and an Australian colonial misadventure

Betsy and the Emperor: The true story of Napoleon, a pretty girl, a Regency rake and an Australian colonial misadventure

Anne Whitehead

After Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, he was sent into exile on Saint Helena. He became an 'eagle in a cage', reduced from the most powerful figure in Europe to a prisoner on a rock in the South Atlantic....

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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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Owning it: A Creative's Guide to Copyright, Contracts and the Law

Owning it: A Creative’s Guide to Copyright, Contracts and the Law

Sharon Givoni

Not a legal book in the usual sense, renowned Australian intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni explains in ‘plain English' how the law applies to creative industries.

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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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The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change

The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change

James Whitmore, Jane Rawson

Climate change has arrived, and it's not going away. In the absence of effective world action, global warming is certain to continue. The Handbook is not another book about climate change science or politics. Rather it is an...

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This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

John Brockman

The bestselling editor of This Explains Everything brings together 175 of the world's most brilliant minds to tackle Edge.org's 2014 question: what scientific idea has become a relic blocking human progress?

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The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

Dee Williams

A personal memoir about downsizing and the author's experience building her own home and living the minimalist lifestyle --

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Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed

Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed

Meghan Daum

The idea that some women and men prefer not to have children is often met with sharp criticism and incredulity by the public and mainstream media. This book includes collection of essays through which thirteen female writers...

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Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Susan Blackburn

This book celebrates Melbourne in heady times.

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The League Of Regrettable Superheroes

The League Of Regrettable Superheroes

Jon Morris

A fun, funny, and affectionate look at the strangest superheroes to ever appear in comics, some so hilariously odd that it's hard to believe they were ever published.

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 Special priceWindows On The World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views

Windows On The World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views

Matteo Pericoli, Lorin Stein

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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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The Savage Shore: Extraordinary Stories of Survival and Tragedy from the Early Voyages of Discovery to Australia

The Savage Shore: Extraordinary Stories of Survival and Tragedy from the Early Voyages of Discovery to Australia

Graham Seal

The search for the great south land began in ancient times and was a matter of colourful myth and cartographical fantasy until the Dutch East India Company started sending ships in the early seventeenth century. Graham Seal tells...

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Unlocking Your Child's Genius: How to Discover and Encourage Your Child's Natural Talents

Unlocking Your Child’s Genius: How to Discover and Encourage Your Child’s Natural Talents

Andrew Fuller

All children have greater capacity and inner genius than either we or they realise. This book is about helping you to unlock that potential. It is designed to help you to parent intentionally so that your children can flourish and...

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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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Remote Control

Remote Control

Caetlin Benson-Allott

While we all use remote controls, we understand little about their history or their impact on our daily lives. Caetlin Benson-Allot looks back on the remote control's material and cultural history to explain how such an innocuous...

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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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Driver's License

Driver’s License

Meredith Castile, Dr. Christopher Schaberg, Prof. Ian Bogost

A lively exploration of how the driver's license encapsulates the contradictory values of contemporary culture and identity, and especially freedom and security, mobility and restriction --

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AsapScience: answers to the world's weirdest questions, most persistent rumors, and unexplained phenomena

AsapScience: answers to the world’s weirdest questions, most persistent rumors, and unexplained phenomena

Mitchell Moffit, Greg Brown

Why do we get hung over? What would happen if you stopped sleeping? Is binge-watching TV actually bad for you? Why should I take a power nap? In their first-ever book, Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown, the [guys] behind YouTube...

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I Gave A Gonski: Selected Speeches

I Gave A Gonski: Selected Speeches

David Gonski

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30:30 Landscape Architecture

30:30 Landscape Architecture

Meaghan Kombol

In 30:30 Landscape Architecture, 30 of the most renowned landscape architects explore the work of the 30 of the world's top emerging architects with more than 500 illustrations.

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Across the Seas: Australia's Response to Refugees: A History

Across the Seas: Australia’s Response to Refugees: A History

Klaus Neumann

Today, Australia's response to asylum - seeking 'boat people' is a hot - button issue that feeds the political news cycle. But the daily reports and political promises lack the historical context that would allow for informed...

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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 Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery

The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery

Alexandra Roginski

1860. An Aboriginal labourer named Jim Crow is led to the scaffold of the Maitland Gaol in colonial New South Wales. Among the onlookers is the Scotsman AS Hamilton, who will take bizarre steps in the aftermath of the execution to...

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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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The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Matt Zoller Seitz, Anne Washburn

Acclaimed critic Matt Zoller Seitz goes behind the scenes of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Director is the Commander

The Director is the Commander

Anna Broinowski

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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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Healthy Brain, Happy Life

Healthy Brain, Happy Life

Wendy Suzuki, Billie Fitzpatrick

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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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Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

Judd Apatow

Intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy - including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.

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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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The Whirl

The Whirl

Jane Cornwell

A fearless and funny quest for love, connection and a faithful man who can dance, The Whirl is a truly sexy memoir for the adventurer in all of us.

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Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don't Learn Them from Movies Any More)

Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don’t Learn Them from Movies Any More)

Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman brings us her personalised guide to American movies from the 1980s - why they are brilliant, what they meant to her, and how they influenced movie-making forever.

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Simply English: An A-Z of Avoidable Errors

Simply English: An A-Z of Avoidable Errors

Simon Heffer

What is the difference between amend and emend, between imply and infer, and between uninterested and disinterested? When should one put owing to rather than due to? Why should the temptation to write actually, basically or at...

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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 Extreme Centre: A Warning

The Extreme Centre: A Warning

Tariq Ali

Britain's leading radical delivers an eviscerating attack on the indistinguishable political elite of the UK.

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 Special priceLatest Readings

Latest Readings

Clive James

An esteemed literary critic shares his final musings on books, his children, and his own impending death

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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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Time and Space: The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules - and the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

Time and Space: The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules - and the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

James Coventry

An accomplished book about the genius and ingenuity of the game's greats (and the forgotten) and how they have shaped the game through the innovation of tactics.

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How To Be A Heroine: Or, what I've learned from reading too much

How To Be A Heroine: Or, what I’ve learned from reading too much

Samantha Ellis

On a pilgrimage to Wuthering Heights, the author found herself arguing with her best friend about which heroine was best: Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw. She was all for wild, passionate Cathy; but her friend found Cathy silly, a...

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When the Word Becomes Flesh: Language and Human Nature

When the Word Becomes Flesh: Language and Human Nature

Paolo Virno (Professore Associato, Universita' Degli Studi Roma Tre), Giuseppina Mecchia

Translation of: Quando il verbo si fa carne.

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Copyfight

Copyfight

Phillipa McGuinness

Writers, musicians, filmmakers, gamers, lawyers and academics talk about why copyright matters to them - or doesn't. We expect to be able to log on and read, watch or listen to anything, anywhere, anytime. Then copy it, share it,...

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 Special priceSo You've  Been Publicly Shamed

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson

From the Sunday Times top-ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a brilliant and hilarious new book exploring the consequences of public shaming

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The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

Adam Nicolson

Longlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 'A thrilling and complex book, enlarges our view of Homer ... There's something that hits the mark on every page' Claire Tomalin, Books of the Year, New...

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Mannix

Mannix

Brenda Niall

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What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, Third Edition

What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, Third Edition

Richard N. Bolles, Carol Christen, Jean M. Blomquist

This updated career guide for teens draws on the principles of What Color Is Your Parachute? to help high school and college students zero in on their favorite skills and find their perfect major or career.

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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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Beyond: Our Future in Space

Beyond: Our Future in Space

Chris Impey (University of Arizona in Tucson)

Beyond dares to imagine a fantastic future for humans in space-and then reminds us that we're already there.

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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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Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership

Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership

Andro Linklater

From the author of the acclaimed Measuring America, a dazzling chronicle, through history and across cultures, about how the ability to own the land we inhabit has shaped modern society.

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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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Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course

Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course

Matt O'Sullivan

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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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The Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern Tragedy

The Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern Tragedy

Gessen Masha

On April 15, 2013, two home made bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 264 others. The elder of the brothers implicated in the attack, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in the ensuing...

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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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How to Make a Human Being: A Body of Evidence

How to Make a Human Being: A Body of Evidence

Christopher Potter

A startling investigation of what it means to be human.

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Philosophy for Militants

Philosophy for Militants

Alain Badiou

Badiou's most accessible book and essential reading for militants everywhere

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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 Ancients and the Postmoderns: On the Historicity of Forms

The Ancients and the Postmoderns: On the Historicity of Forms

Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson sweeps from the Renaissance to The Wire

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The Test Book: 64 Tools to Lead You to Success

The Test Book: 64 Tools to Lead You to Success

Mikael Krogerus, Roman Tschappeler

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The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being

The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being

William Davies

Why are we so interested in measuring happiness?

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The Boatman: An Indian Love Story

The Boatman: An Indian Love Story

John Burbidge

The six years John Burbidge spent in India as a community development worker changed him in many ways, but one stands out from all the rest. It led him to confront a deeply personal secrethis attraction to his own sex. After...

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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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Queensland: Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask

Queensland: Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask

Mark Bahnisch

Everyone has heard the cliches about Queensland politics: Queensland is 'different'. It's the 'Deep North'. Its state elections exemplify Pineapple Party Time. But what if those cliches are in fact looking more like the state of...

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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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Classical Literature

Classical Literature

Richard Jenkyns

What makes Greek and Roman literature great? How has classical literature influenced Western culture? What did Greek and Roman authors learn from each other? The author deals with these questions.

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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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I'm Not Racist But... 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

I’m Not Racist But… 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane, Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner, reflects on the national experience of racism and the progress that has been made since the introduction of the Racial Discrimination Act in 1975. As the first...

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Bloodhound: Searching For My Father

Bloodhound: Searching For My Father

Ramona Koval

A personal quest to uncover the truth about her parents and her birth, by the daughter of Holocaust survivors.

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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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 Special priceAltruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World

Matthieu Ricard

The new bestseller from Matthieu Ricard is the result of a lifetime's thought. This inspirational book argues that by understanding kindness and developing it as a skill we can change the world

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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

H is for Hawk

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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Keep it Fake

Keep it Fake

Eric G. Wilson, Eric Wilson

In Eric G. Wilson's new book, part memoir, part cultural analysis, Keep It Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life, he draws on neuroscience, psychology, sociology, philosophy, art, film, literature, and his own life to explore the...

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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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 Read reviewJust Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption

Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption

Bryan Stevenson

A true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice. It is at once an account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of...

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B and Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

B and Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

J.C. Hallman

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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 A. 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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 Read reviewRed Notice

Red Notice

Bill Browder

November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime?

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On Immunity: An Inoculation

On Immunity: An Inoculation

Eula Biss

In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses our fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in our children's air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new...

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The Diary of Lena Mukhina: A Girl's Life in the Siege of Leningrad

The Diary of Lena Mukhina: A Girl’s Life in the Siege of Leningrad

Lena Mukhina, Amanda Love Darragh (Translator)

The heartbreaking diary of a sixteen-year-old Russian high school student who was living in Leningrad during the Nazi siege that began in 1941.

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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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The Mathematics of Love

The Mathematics of Love

Hannah Fry

A smart, funny and provocative look at the mathematics of love

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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

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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The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

Marc Kushner (Marc Kushner)

Architect and Architizer.com founder Marc Kushner highlights 100 buildings that embody the future of architecture.

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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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