Non-fiction 2019

Vox Populi

Vox Populi

Peter Jones

A witty and engaging beginner's guide to the Classics, by the author of Veni, Vidi, Vici and Eureka!

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A Political History of the World: Three Thousand Years of War and Peace

A Political History of the World: Three Thousand Years of War and Peace

Jonathan Holslag

A three-thousand year history of the world that examines the causes of war and the search for peace.

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Animal Languages

Animal Languages

Eva Meijer

A fascinating and philosophical exploration of animal intelligence and the way animals communicate with each other, and us.

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Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump

Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump

Neal Katyal, Sam Koppelman

President Trump has left the US people with no choice but to remove him from office, so explains celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.

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Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others

Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others

Ceridwen Dovey

Intimate portraits of people who love what they do

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Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis

Letters to the Earth: Writing to a Planet in Crisis

Emma Thompson, Jackie Morris, Jo McInnes

How can we begin to talk about what is happening to the world? We are facing a global emergency. Temperatures are rising. Mass species extinction has begun. The time for denial is over. It is time to act.

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How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

How to Teach Philosophy to Your Dog

Anthony McGowan

In this uniquely entertaining take on morality and ethics, the dutiful duo set out to uncover who - if anyone - has the right end of the ethical stick and can tell us how best to live one's life.

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The Song Remains the Same: 800 Years of Love Songs, Laments and Lullabies

The Song Remains the Same: 800 Years of Love Songs, Laments and Lullabies

Andrew Ford, Anni Heino

From Schubert to Springsteen, Archie Roach to Amy Winehouse, comes an illuminating history of the song for every kind of music lover.

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Arboretum

Arboretum

David Byrne

An intimate, enigmatic glimpse into the mind of the legendary musician and internationally bestselling author of How Music Works. With a new introduction by the author

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The Strayan Dictionary

The Strayan Dictionary

Dominic Knight

The most un-un-Australian dictionary ever created, The Strayan Dictionary is your indispensable guide to the native tongue of Warnie, Hawkie, Dame Nellie, Kylie (Minogue and Mole), Little Johnny, Barty and of course Boonie.

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Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration

Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Michael D. Shear

Two New York Times Washington correspondents provide an inside account with never-before-told stories of the defining issue of Donald Trump's presidency: his steadfast opposition to immigration to the US.

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F**k No!

F**k No!

Sarah Knight

The latest no-f**ks-given guide from New York Times bestselling author of the international sensations The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, Get Your Sh*t Together, You Do You, and Calm the F**k Down.

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 Special priceGenius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read

Genius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read

Virginia Woolf

Who better to serve as a guide to great books and their authors than Virginia Woolf?

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Superpower: Australia's Low-Carbon Opportunity

Superpower: Australia’s Low-Carbon Opportunity

Ross Garnaut

We have unparalleled renewable energy resources. We also have the necessary scientific skills. Australia could be the natural home for an increasing proportion of global industry. But how do we make it happen?  

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A Month in Siena

A Month in Siena

Hisham Matar

A moving reflection on the intersection of life and art, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return.

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Quarterly Essay 76: Red Flag - Waking Up to China's Challenge

Quarterly Essay 76: Red Flag - Waking Up to China’s Challenge

Peter Hartcher

China has become a key nation for Australia's future - for our security, economy and identity. But what are China's intentions and strategy when it comes to Australia?

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The Conversation Yearbook 2019

The Conversation Yearbook 2019

John Watson

A little bit of authority goes a long way in an opinionated world. Here Australia's most erudite thinkers share expert views on the issues that shaped the nation in 2019. The Conversation Yearbook has become an annual bestselling...

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The End is Always Near

The End is Always Near

Dan Carlin

In his first book, the creator of the award-winning podcast Hardcore History looks to some of humanity's most apocalyptic moments to understand the challenges of our future.

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Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre

Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre

Jeff Sparrow

The first book since Christchurch to trace the massacre's fascist roots and what it represents.

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A House in the Mountains

A House in the Mountains

Caroline Moorehead

From the Sunday Times-bestselling author of Village of Secrets, comes the extraordinary story of four courageous women who helped form the Italian Resistance during WW2

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How to Speak Machine: Laws of Design for a Digital Age

How to Speak Machine: Laws of Design for a Digital Age

John Maeda

John Maeda is one of the world's preeminent thinkers on technology and design, and in How to Speak Machine, he offers a set of simple laws that govern not only the computers of today, but the unimaginable machines of the future. ...

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Don't Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech

Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech

Rana Foroohar

From acclaimed Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst, a penetrating indictment of how today's biggest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, and our minds.

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Waters of the World

Waters of the World

Sarah Dry

How did we come to have a global climate? What role do the complex interactions of ice, ocean and atmosphere play in sustaining life on Planet Earth? And who are the scientists who figured all these intricate processes out?

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Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By

David Mitchell

From UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, fatbergs to food banks: bestselling comedian David Mitchell brilliantly tackles the dumbfounding times we live in.

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The Surprise Party: How the Coalition Went from Chaos to Comeback

The Surprise Party: How the Coalition Went from Chaos to Comeback

Aaron Patrick

In this gripping behind-the-scenes account, acclaimed journalist Aaron Patrick examines how the Coalition came back from the brink, and what that means for Australia.

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Against All Odds

Against All Odds

Craig Challen, Richard Harris, Ellis Henican

The inside account of the breathtaking rescue that captured the world.

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The Saturday Portraits

The Saturday Portraits

Maxine Beneba Clarke

A collection of stunning biographical portraits from Maxine Beneba Clarke, bestselling and prize-winning author of The Hate Race and Foreign Soil.   

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Roots: How Melbourne Became the Live Music Capital of the World

Roots: How Melbourne Became the Live Music Capital of the World

Craig Horne

Roots is the history of live music in Melbourne, from jazz to blues, country, folk, rhythm and blues to rock, and the socio-political stories of those musicians who played what they wanted, when they wanted, without a damn.

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 Read reviewMake it Scream, Make it Burn

Make it Scream, Make it Burn

Leslie Jamison

From the author of The Empathy Exams comes a profound meditation on isolation, longing and the conflicts faced by all those who choose to tell true stories about the lives of others.

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In Living Memory

In Living Memory

Alasdair Mcgregor

The story of Australia in the middle decades of the 20th century - from 1930 to 1980 - is one of dramatic contrast; of dark days and light - of economic struggle, anxiety, war and sacrifice, giving way from the 1950s onwards to...

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Nothing New: A History of Second-hand

Nothing New: A History of Second-hand

Robyn Annear

Robyn Annear lends her signature wit to this fantastic history of second-hand: from the origins of the op shop to eBay, up-cycling and how new became normal.

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Beauty

Beauty

Bri Lee

In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many

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 Read reviewThe Witches Are Coming

The Witches Are Coming

Lindy West

The firebrand New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Shrill - now a Hulu series starring Aidy Bryant - provides a brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just...

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Life: Selected Writings

Life: Selected Writings

Tim Flannery

Essays, speeches and collective musings from one of Australia's greatest minds. From climate change to art, books, and the environment, there is something here for every Flannery fan.

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 Read reviewThe Man in the Red Coat

The Man in the Red Coat

Julian Barnes

Britain's most passionate Francophile takes us on a wonderfully rich, witty tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi

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Mallee Country: Land, People, History

Mallee Country: Land, People, History

Richard Broome, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor, Katie Holmes

Mallee Country tells the powerful history of mallee lands and people across southern Australia from Deep Time to the present

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Remarkable Trees

Remarkable Trees

Christina Harrison, Tony Kirkham

Artists and botanists alike have been inspired by trees for centuries, and a varied and beautiful range of images from the unrivalled archive at Kew illustrate the stories, to create this enlightening and enchanting book.

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

The Best Australian Science Writing 2019

Bianca Nogrady, Lisa Harvey-Smith

This ninth edition of The Best Australian Science Writing showcases the most powerful, colourful, insightful and brilliant news, feature, essay and poetry writing from Australian writers and scientists. It roams the length and...

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How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century

How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century

Erik Olin Wright

What is wrong with capitalism, and how can we change it?

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Incidental Inventions

Incidental Inventions

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

This is a must for all Ferrante fans.      

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Curious: Life Hacks Through Maths

Curious: Life Hacks Through Maths

Lily Serna

Fast and fun maths solutions to everyday dilemmas by Lily Serna, mathematician and star of Catalyst, and Letters and Numbers.

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Targeted

Targeted

Brittany Kaiser

In this explosive memoir, a political consultant and technology whistleblower reveals the disturbing truth about the multi-billion-dollar data industry, revealing to the public how companies are getting richer using our personal...

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 Read reviewBig Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

Jung Chang

A major new biography from the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans, Mao and Empress Dowager Cixi: a gripping story of sisterhood, revolution and betrayal, and three women who helped shape the course of modern Chinese...

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Professor Shoshana Zuboff

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight.

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Catch and Kill

Catch and Kill

Ronan Farrow

In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.   ...

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The Sky Atlas

The Sky Atlas

Edward Brooke-Hitching

A visual history of how mankind has studied the sky throughout history, featuring some of the most stunning images ever created.

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George Seddon: Selected Writings

George Seddon: Selected Writings

Andrea Gaynor

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Almost Perfekt

Almost Perfekt

David Crouch

Everything you ever wanted to know about the almost perfekt country... For fans of Stig Abell, Helen Russell and anyone who wants to know how the world really works.

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The Story of Gardening

The Story of Gardening

Penelope Hobhouse, Ambra Edwards

A fully updated and revised edition of a gardening classic.

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Fair Play

Fair Play

Eve Rodsky

The author--tapped by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine as the expert on this topic for a new generation of women--offers a revolutionary, real-world solution to the problem of unpaid, invisible work that women have shouldered...

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Influence: How Social Media Influencers are Shaping Our Digital Future

Influence: How Social Media Influencers are Shaping Our Digital Future

Sara McCorquodale

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The Red Hand

The Red Hand

Peter Temple

The unpublished, unfinished and unmissable writings of the unforgettable Peter Temple

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She Said

She Said

Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey

From the Pulitzer-prize winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse comes the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.   

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How Powerful We Are

How Powerful We Are

Sally Rugg

Sally Rugg is one of Australia's most influential campaigners for social change and How Powerful We Areis her manifesto for championing what you believe is right.    

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 Read reviewThe Devil's Grip

The Devil’s Grip

Neal Drinnan

From the bucolic majesty, privilege and snobbery of the Western District's prized pastoral lands and dynasties to the bleak, loveless underworld of orphanages, rodeo stables and homeless shelters, The Devil's...

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Father of Lions

Father of Lions

Louise Callaghan

This is a story of human decency in the midst of barbarism - how the zookeeper of Mosul Zoo saved the animals during the Isis rule of the city between 2014 and 2017.

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Bird Bonds

Bird Bonds

Gisela Kaplan

An absorbing, compelling insight into the unique and extraordinary lives of Australian native birds by a leading expert in the field.

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Buckley's Chance

Buckley’s Chance

Garry Linnell

The greatest Australian story never told - until now.

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Sex Power Money: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Sex Power Money: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Sara Pascoe

Award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe, following her hit book Animal, turns her attention to the stuff that makes the world go round - sex, power and money.

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Three Women

Three Women

Lisa Taddeo

All Lina ever wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her? All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and...

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Kochland

Kochland

Christopher Leonard

Just as Steve Coll told the story of globalisation through ExxonMobil and Andrew Ross Sorkin told the story of Wall Street excess through Too Big to Fail, Christopher Leonard's Kochland uses the extraordinary account of how the...

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How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

A radical new way to think about racism and an inspiring treatise for what to do about it from the Winner of the National Book Award 2016 and founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center.

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Memory-Wise: How Memory Works and What to Do When it Doesn't

Memory-Wise: How Memory Works and What to Do When it Doesn’t

Dr. Anne Unkenstein

Does your memory change as you get older? It's common to be concerned about memory lapses, but how do you know if memory difficulties are normal or the beginnings of something more serious? Can dementia be prevented?  

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On Shirley Hazzard: Writers on Writers

On Shirley Hazzard: Writers on Writers

Michelle de Kretser

In this vibrant, rich and personal essay on acclaimed author Shirley Hazzard, Michelle de Kretser offers a masterclass in writing that is powerful and exhilarating

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Fentanyl, Inc.

Fentanyl, Inc.

Ben Westhoff

An undercover investigation into the synthetic-drug epidemic.

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How to Be a Dictator

How to Be a Dictator

Frank Dikoetter

In How to Be a Dictator, Frank Dikötter returns to eight of the most chillingly effective personality cults of the twentieth century.

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson

Eagerly awaited, must-read new science book from the UK's bestselling non-fiction writer. Bryson is the prize-winning author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Road to Little Dribbling

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We Are Displaced

We Are Displaced

Malala Yousafzai

Five years on from the publication of her internationally bestselling memoir, We Are Displaced presents true stories of the refugee experience interwoven with Malala's own story of her displacement.  

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Scatterbrain

Scatterbrain

Henning Beck

In this mind-bending book, award-winning neuroscientist Henning Beck explains why perfectionism is pointless ­­­- and argues that mistakes, missteps and flaws are the keys to success.

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 Read reviewFinding the Heart of the Nation

Finding the Heart of the Nation

Thomas Mayor

An important and unique book that takes us into the lives of Indigenous people today, and offers constructive ideas about how we can live together, moving beyond the injustices of the past.

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 Special priceThe Europeans

The Europeans

Orlando Figes

A dazzling, highly original account of three remarkable individuals and their part in creating the matchless new culture of 19th-century Europe.

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Raising Readers: How to Nurture a Child's Love of Books

Raising Readers: How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books

Megan Daley

When can you start reading to your child? How do you find that special book to inspire a reluctant reader? How can you tell if a book is age appropriate? What can you do to keep your tween reading into their adolescent years?...

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Dorodango: The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls

Dorodango: The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls

Bruce Gardner

Alongside beautiful photographs of the process, master dorodango maker Bruce Gardner covers every aspect of making and finishing your dorodango, accompanied by inspiring words on the mindful qualities of this earthy activity.

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The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty

The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty

Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson

The internationally bestselling authors of Why Nations Fail on how different societies develop, and resolve, or fail to resolve, conflicts.

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The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

Mona Eltahawy

A bold and uncompromising feminist manifesto that shows women and girls how to defy, disrupt, and destroy the patriarchy by embracing the qualities they've been trained to avoid.

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Invisible Women

Invisible Women

Caroline Criado Perez

She exposes the gender data gap - a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women's lives.

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We Refugees

We Refugees

Emma Larking

They are our neighbours, ancestors, friends; not a tide or a crisis but a test of our imagination. The stories, essays and poetry in this beautiful anthology bridge cultural divides to offer hope and healing. A fundraiser for the...

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Say Hello

Say Hello

Carly Findlay

A forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearancedue to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.

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The Outlaw Ocean

The Outlaw Ocean

Ian Urbina

The Outlaw Ocean is a riveting, adrenaline-fuelled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Robert Macfarlane

From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet's past and future.

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We are the Weather

We are the Weather

Jonathan Safran Foer

From the bestselling author of Eating Animals, a brilliantly fresh and accessible take on climate change - and what we can do about it.

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Quarterly Essay 73: Australia Fair - Listening to the Nation

Quarterly Essay 73: Australia Fair - Listening to the Nation

Rebecca Huntley

In this vivid, grounded essay, Rebecca Huntley looks at the state of the nation and asks: what does social-democratic Australia want, and why?

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 Read reviewSay Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Patrick Radden Keefe

Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019. A gripping story forensically reported, Say Nothing explores the extremes people will go to for an ideal, and the way societies mend - or don't - after long and...

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 Read reviewThe Girls

The Girls

Chloe Higgins

A memoir of enormous power: of family, loss, and sexuality which recalls Kate Holden, Fiona Wright or Sarah Krasnostein.

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The Beauty of Everyday Things

The Beauty of Everyday Things

Soetsu Yanagi, Michael Brase

The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects, common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are our constant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to...

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2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration

2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration

Damon Gameau

Based on Damon Gameau's 2019 documentary, 2040, 2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration is a practical manual that provides you and your family with the tools and inspiration to live a more sustainable life - NOW.

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The Mosquito

The Mosquito

Timothy Winegard

The surprising true story of how the course of human history was redirected, time and again, by the pesky mosquito.

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 Special priceBolder

Bolder

Carl Honore

Bestselling author of In Praise of Slow investigates one of the last taboos - ageing - and the 'age inappropriate' revolution that is taking place across the globe.

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 Read reviewSalt: Selected Stories and Essays

Salt: Selected Stories and Essays

Bruce Pascoe

A collection of stories and essays by the award-winning author of Dark Emu, showcasing his shimmering genius across a lifetime of work.

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First, They Erased Our Name: A Rohingya Speaks

First, They Erased Our Name: A Rohingya Speaks

Habiburahman, Sophie Ansel

For the first time, a Rohingya speaks up to expose the persecution facing his people

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Growing Up Queer in Australia

Growing Up Queer in Australia

Benjamin Law

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity.

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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Hallie Rubenhold

In this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.

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Happy Ever After: Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life

Happy Ever After: Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life

Paul Dolan

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Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead

Brene Brown

Research professor and TED talk phenomenon Dr Brené Brown reveals how to choose courage over comfort, so we can step up, make a difference and dare to lead.

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Monitored: Business and Surveillance in a Time of Big Data

Monitored: Business and Surveillance in a Time of Big Data

Peter Bloom

The corporate world is watching us, but why does no one watch them?

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The Good Fat Guide

The Good Fat Guide

David Gillespie

Fully revised and updated edition of David's bestselling Toxic Oil (2013), featuring the latest scientific research, a comprehensive product directory and 40 recipes.

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America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

Steven M. Gillon

Through the lens of their decades-long friendship, the noted historian and New York Times-bestselling author examines John F. Kennedy Jr.'s life and legacy from before his birth to the day he died.

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I Like to Watch

I Like to Watch

Emily Nussbaum

From The New Yorker's fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch.    

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Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego and History's Vandals

Portraits Destroyed: Power, Ego and History’s Vandals

Julie Cotter

Join respected art historian Dr Julie Cotter as she journeys through eras, continents and regimes to examine the extraordinary stories of Portraits Destroyed.

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Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity

Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity

Randa Abdel-Fattah, Sara Saleh

An anthology that aims to smash the stereotypes of Arabs in Australia that too often proliferate in mainstream media.

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The Rising Tide

The Rising Tide

Tom Bamforth

With humour and insight, Tom Bamforth presents both an insider's and an outsider's view of life in the Pacific, rendered in vivid detail and colour.

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 Read reviewSee What You Made Me Do

See What You Made Me Do

Jess Hill

Combining exhaustive research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence.

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The Battle of Long Tan: The Company Commanders Story

The Battle of Long Tan: The Company Commanders Story

Harry Smith

On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, just five kilometres from the main Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat, a group of Viet Cong soldiers walked into the right flank of Delta Company, 6 RAR. 

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My Friend Anna

My Friend Anna

Rachel DeLoache Williams

How does it feel to be betrayed by your closest friend? A close friend who turns out to be the most prolific grifter in New York City...

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Split: True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New Beginnings

Split: True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New Beginnings

Lee Kofman

In this compelling anthology of personal essays, curated by award-winning author Lee Kofman, some of Australia's most beloved writers reveal, for the first time, powerful, occasionally funny and often heartbreaking stories of...

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