Non-fiction books 2016

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Ruby Wax

500 years ago no-one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. We might have evolved to be able to miraculously balance on seven-inch heels, but as far as our emotional development is concerned we're...

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Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Timothy Ferriss (Author)

Includes dozens of the tactics and philosophies the author has used in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings.

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How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS

How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS

David France

'Epoch-making . . . Brilliantly told. Informative, entertaining, suspenseful, moving, and personal.' Edmund White

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A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

Siri Hustvedt

A trail-blazing and inspiring collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology by the internationally bestselling novelist Siri Hustvedt

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Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums

Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums

Maggie Fergusson (Literary Editor), Nicholas Serota (Director)

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Science: A History in 100 Experiments

Science: A History in 100 Experiments

John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin

A history of science distilled into 100 notable experiments - epic moments that have fuelled our understanding of Earth and the Universe beyond.

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Seriously...You Have to Laugh: Great Yarns and Tall Tales from the Sporting Fields, Dressing Rooms and Commentary Boxes of Australia

Seriously…You Have to Laugh: Great Yarns and Tall Tales from the Sporting Fields, Dressing Rooms and Commentary Boxes of Australia

Peter FitzSimons

Putting his unique spin on our sporting life, Peter FitzSimons celebrates the tall tales and true, the outrageous yarns and the knockabout humour from the footy fields, cricket grounds, dressing rooms, bars and...

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Bookshops

Bookshops

Jorge Carrion, Peter Bush

A journey around the world by way of its best bookshops - the perfect Christmas present for book-lovers

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The History of Australia in 100 Objects

The History of Australia in 100 Objects

Toby Creswell

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

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The Barefoot Investor (2019 updated edition)

The Barefoot Investor (2019 updated edition)

Scott Pape

The Barefoot Investor is the only money guide you'll ever need. This is the 2017 updated edition, complete with new information. 

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 Special priceHome and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Fredrik Ekelund, Don Bartlett, Sean Kinsella

The author is sitting at home in Skane with his wife, four small children and a dog. Fredrik Ekelund is away, in Brazil, where he plays football on the beach. In this football book, two authors use football and the World Cup in...

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Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Rebecca Solnit

This updated edition confirms Solnit's seminal work as a timeless classic on politics and change

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The Story of Australia's People Volume II

The Story of Australia’s People Volume II

Geoffrey Blainey

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Legacy

Legacy

James Kerr

The All Blacks are the world's most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. What is the secret of their success? And what can we - as individuals, companies and...

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Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Helen Czerski

Linking the little things - the unexpected pinkness of blueberry jam or the way the air smells before it rains - with the big, this book shows how the familiar, from coffee stains to ketchup bottles, can shed light on Antarctic...

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A Single Tree

A Single Tree

Don Watson

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Bush Heritage Australia: Restoring Nature Step by Step

Bush Heritage Australia: Restoring Nature Step by Step

Sarah Martin

With a plan to own or manage one per cent of Australia by 2025, Bush Heritage Australia is an organisation with big ambitions. With more than one million hectares in its care, Bush Heritage's achievements are celebrated in this...

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Under Full Sail

Under Full Sail

Rob Mundle

How the mighty clipper ships transformed Australia from convict outpost to a nation.

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 Read reviewKiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Kiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Janine Burke, Helen Hughes

How one woman helped shape the Australian art world.

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 Read reviewTrue Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

David Hunt

First there was Girt. Now comes... True Girt.  

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 Read reviewFrantumaglia

Frantumaglia

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

All translations by Ann Goldstein unless otherwise noted --Title page verso.

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The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar

The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar

Matt Simon

An absurdist, comical romp through evolution's weirdest solutions to nature's problems, from WIRED columnist Matt Simon

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Dig: Australian Rock and Pop Music, 1960-85

Dig: Australian Rock and Pop Music, 1960-85

David Nichols, Dave Graney

A comprehensive and highly readable history of the first quarter-century of Australian rock and pop music, this book will appeal to everyone with more than a passing interest in rock 'n' roll. Those whose knowledge of Australian...

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String Theory: David Foster Wallace On Tennis

String Theory: David Foster Wallace On Tennis

David Foster Wallace, John Jeremiah Sullivan

A Library of America special publication.

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The Art of Frugal Hedonism

The Art of Frugal Hedonism

Annie Raser-Rowland, Adam Grubb

It sounds too good to be true. You can save money and the world, inoculate yourself against many of the ills of modern life, and enjoy everything more on both the sensual and profound levels? Preposterous! Yet here is a toolkit to...

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 Special priceWhat do We Want?: The Story of Protest in Australia

What do We Want?: The Story of Protest in Australia

Clive Hamilton

In What Do We Want? Clive Hamilton explores the colourful, enthralling and stirring forms of protest used in the big social movements that define modern Australia.

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Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent

Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent

Avan Judd Stallard

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Full Bore

Full Bore

William McInnes

A chance encounter in an auction house is the jumping-off point for William's inimitable take on our sport-obsessed nation, Australian popular culture and the artefacts and memorabilia that both make us cringe with recognition and...

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The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie

The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie

John Simpson

The story of words, cultures, the OED and John Simpson, a word detective with thirty-seven years of dictionary experience and twenty years as Chief Editor of the world's most important dictionary

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The Euro: And its Threat to the Future of Europe

The Euro: And its Threat to the Future of Europe

Joseph Stiglitz

Can the euro be saved? Laying bare the European Central Bank's misguided inflation-only mandate and explaining why austerity has condemned Europe to unending stagnation, the author outlines the fundamental reforms necessary to the...

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Einstein's Greatest Mistake: The Life of a Flawed Genius

Einstein’s Greatest Mistake: The Life of a Flawed Genius

David Bodanis

From the bestselling author of E=mc^2, Einstein's Greatest Mistake is a brisk, accessible biography of Albert Einstein that reveals the genius and hubris of the titan of modern science.

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The Promise of Things

The Promise of Things

Ruth Quibell

Some of our strongest, most lasting relationships are hidden in plain view-those we have with objects. What do our possessions do for us? And how do they do it? In The Promise of...

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Dr Libby's Women's Wellness Wisdom

Dr Libby’s Women’s Wellness Wisdom

Dr. Libby Weaver

The latest book by eight times number one best-selling author Dr Libby, Women's Wellness Wisdom, is, quite simply, the book that every woman needs to read. In this unique approach to wellness, designed to specifically address the...

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From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories

From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories

Mark McKenna

Offers an imaginative and original new telling of modern Australia through the history and stories of ten places, all revisited and explained by award-winning author and historian Mark McKenna, including Sydney Cove, Port...

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Margaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art

Margaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art

Lesley Harding

In the style of Sunday's Kitchen, Margaret Preston's cookbook will tell a story of art, food and social times of this much-admired artist. The Margaret Preston recipe book (held in the NGA collection) is full of handwritten...

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Fair Game

Fair Game

Steve Cannane

Based on years of interviews and research, Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Cannane tells for the first time the fascinating story of Australia's vital involvement with this powerful, secretive and punitive cult.

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 Special priceRevolution: The History of England Volume IV

Revolution: The History of England Volume IV

Peter Ackroyd

The fourth instalment in Peter Ackroyd's History of England series.

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 Special priceSwallowed by the Sea: The Story of Australia's Shipwrecks

Swallowed by the Sea: The Story of Australia’s Shipwrecks

Graeme Henderson

Swallowed by the Sea tells the stories of Australia's greatest and most tragic shipwrecks, lost in raging storms, on jagged reefs, under enemy fire, or through human error, treachery or incompetence.

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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Most Unusual Places

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Most Unusual Places

Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras

A one of a kind gift book that celebrates the world's most wondrous and unusual places, people, and things - from macabre museums to magical natural phenomena - in all corners of the globe.

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Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Dr Elizabeth Tynan

In 1950 Australian prime minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to atomic tests that offered no benefit to Australia and relinquished control over them - and left the public completely in the dark. This book reveals the...

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Not Just For this Life: Gough Whitlam Remembered

Not Just For this Life: Gough Whitlam Remembered

Wendy Guest, Gary G. Gray

When Gough Whitlam died in October 2014, the outpouring of affectionate remembrances and genuine grief expressed across Australia was extraordinary. Not Just For This Life commemorates and celebrates Gough's life. It covers the...

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 Read reviewThe Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

Peter Wohlleben

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What a Time to Be Alive: That and Other Lies of the 2016 Campaign

What a Time to Be Alive: That and Other Lies of the 2016 Campaign

Mark Di Stefano

What a Time to Be Alive: That and Other Lies of the 2016 Campaign is Mark Di Stefano's ugly, unsanitised diary behind the double dissolution election campaign. A poll fought between two wildly...

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Quarterly Essay 62: Firing Line - Australia's Path to War

Quarterly Essay 62: Firing Line - Australia’s Path to War

James Brown

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Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex

Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex

Karen Pickering

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 Special priceQuiet Power: Growing Up as an Introvert in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet Power: Growing Up as an Introvert in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Susan Cain

Childhood, adolescence and your early twenties are times wrought with insecurity and self-doubt. Your search for your place in the world can seem daunting. Focusing on the strengths and challenges of being introverted, this book...

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Quarterly Essay 63: Enemy Within - American Politics in the Time of Trump

Quarterly Essay 63: Enemy Within - American Politics in the Time of Trump

Don Watson

In Enemy Within, Don Watson takes a memorable journey into the heart of the United States in the year 2016 - and the strangest election campaign that country has seen.

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The Turnbull Gamble

The Turnbull Gamble

Wayne Errington, Peter Van Onselen

The nation breathed a sigh of relief when Malcolm Turnbull achieved his lifelong dream to become prime minister. Yet months into the job it was unclear what Turnbull wanted to achieve as prime minister. Will Turnbull grow into the...

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 Read reviewThe Great Multinational Tax Rort: how we're all being robbed: how we're all being robbed

The Great Multinational Tax Rort: how we’re all being robbed: how we’re all being robbed

Martin Feil

Multinational corporations have avoided trillions of dollars of tax over the past 25 years. Tax avoidance is legal, but its massive abuse by multinationals has had a devastating effect on governments around the world, and has...

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Why the future is workless

Why the future is workless

Tim Dunlop

In this timely and provocative book, Tim Dunlop argues that by embracing the changes ahead we might even find ourselves better off. Workless goes beyond the gadgetry and hype to examine the social and political ramifications of...

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 Read reviewPosition Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories

Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories

Kim Mahood

Imagine the document you have before you is not a book but a map. It is well-used, creased, and folded, so that when you open it, no matter how carefully, something tears, and a line that is neither latitude nor longitude opens in...

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The Hatred of Poetry

The Hatred of Poetry

Ben Lerner

The novelist and poet Ben Lerner argues that our hatred of poetry is ultimately a sign of its nagging relevance.

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The Right To Be Cold

The Right To Be Cold

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

One of Canada's most passionate environmental and human rights activists addresses the global threat of climate change from the intimate perspective of her own Arctic childhood.

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Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru

Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru

Madeline Gleeson

What has happened on Nauru and Manus since Australia began its most recent offshore processing regime in 2012? This essential book provides a comprehensive and uncompromising overview of the first three years of...

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The Drowned Man: A true story of life death and murder on HMAS Australia

The Drowned Man: A true story of life death and murder on HMAS Australia

Brendan James Murray

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Saltwater

Saltwater

Cathy McLennan

Saltwater tells the compelling story of one lawyer's fight for justice amongst the beauty and the violence of this tropical paradise.

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Who Bombed the Hilton?

Who Bombed the Hilton?

Rachel Landers

Once you start to go through the archives, the story of the Hilton bombing what happened, who probably did it and how the truth was lost becomes apparent.On 13 February 1978 a bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in George...

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How to Be a Writer: Who smashes deadlines, crushes editors and lives in a solid gold hovercraft

How to Be a Writer: Who smashes deadlines, crushes editors and lives in a solid gold hovercraft

John Birmingham

This gonzo guide isn't for the faint-hearted. In high-octane style, best-selling author John Birmingham provides tried-and-tested tips for writing well - and getting paid. Topics covered include how to slay writer's block , what...

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The Memory Code

The Memory Code

Lynne Kelly

Lynne Kelly has discovered that a powerful memory technique used by the ancients can unlock the secrets of the Neolithic stone circles of Britain and Europe, the ancient Pueblo buildings in New Mexico and other prehistoric stone...

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Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Larissa Behrendt

A vital Aboriginal perspective on colonial storytelling Indigenous lawyer and writer Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the local Butchulla people after she was...

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1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia's Beginnings

1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings

Nick Brodie

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A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-Off

A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-Off

Charlie Ward

Fifty years ago, a group of striking Aboriginal stockmen in the remote Northern Territory of Australia herald a revolution in the cattle industry and a massive shift in Aboriginal affairs. A Handful of Sand tells the story behind...

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Generation Less: How Australia is Cheating the Young

Generation Less: How Australia is Cheating the Young

Jennifer Rayner

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Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Amy Cuddy

Don't fake it till you make it, fake it until you become it - the essential guide to body language

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Notes on an Exodus

Notes on an Exodus

Richard Flanagan

Notes on the exodus of refugees from Syria, by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan. With illustrations from Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty.

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The Writer's Room: Conversations About Writing

The Writer’s Room: Conversations About Writing

Charlotte Wood

A brilliant resource for established and beginning writers and for passionate readers everywhere from a range of acclaimed and much-loved writers, lovingly compiled by the brilliant and insightful Charlotte Wood.

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 Special priceGay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Australian Stories from a Social Revolution

Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Australian Stories from a Social Revolution

Robert Reynolds, Shirleene Robinson

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Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Hugh Mackay (AUTHOR)

A powerful investigation into how we make sense of our lives and find purpose in an age without God.

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It's Our Country

It’s Our Country

Marcia Langton, Megan Davis

It's Our Country articulates why constitutional accommodation of indigenous peoples is important for a nation that is home to the oldest continuous civilisation on earth.

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Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself

Credlin & Co: How the Abbott Government Destroyed Itself

Aaron Patrick

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 Read reviewError Australis

Error Australis

Ben Pobjie

Error Australis is a scholastic and side-splittingly funny account of a young nation that has spent many years seeking its place in the world, and almost as many years not liking what it has found.

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 Special priceWhere are Our Boys?: How Newsmaps Won the Great War

Where are Our Boys?: How Newsmaps Won the Great War

Martin Woods

The war produced more maps than any time before in history, giving us along the way some of the most beautiful, and sometimes misleading, maps ever published. Where Are Our Boys? tells the story of how the war was fought and won...

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Comeback: The Fall and Rise of Geelong

Comeback: The Fall and Rise of Geelong

James Button

As a boy, James Button fell in love with the Geelong Football Club. It was a family affair. But as the years wore on and the defeats and disappointments mounted, it became clear to him: his team would never win a flag. This book...

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Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

Helen Garner

Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition,...

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 Read reviewThe Media and the Massacre: Port Arthur 1996-2016

The Media and the Massacre: Port Arthur 1996-2016

Sonya Voumard

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 Read reviewA Murder without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle

A Murder without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle

Martin McKenzie-Murray

In 2004, the body of a young Perth woman was found on the  grounds of a primary school. Her name was Rebecca Ryle. The killing  would mystify investigators, lawyers, and psychologists - and profoundly  rearrange the...

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The Mathematics Book: Anyone Can Do it!

The Mathematics Book: Anyone Can Do it!

Helen Prochazka

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 Special pricePlanting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens

Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens

Richard Aitken

Cottage to mansion, balcony to botanic garden, Planting Dreams will change the way you think about Australian gardens. Acclaimed garden historian Richard Aitken explores the fascinating environmental and social influences that...

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Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich

In this magnificent requiem to a civilization in ruins, the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate reinvents a singular, polyphonic literary form, bringing together the voices of dozens of witnesses to the collapse of the USSR in...

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All the Buildings in Melbourne: ...that I've Drawn so Far

All the Buildings in Melbourne: …that I’ve Drawn so Far

James Gulliver Hancock

All the Buildings in Melbourne is a journey through the exciting city of Melbourne, told through James' signature cityscape drawings that pay tribute to the city's diverse architectural styles.

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The Argonauts

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of 'autotheory' offering fresh, fierce and timely...

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Gate of Lilacs: A Verse Commentary on Proust

Gate of Lilacs: A Verse Commentary on Proust

Clive James

Filled with Clive James's typical wit, warmth, erudition and enthusiasm, this is a brilliant and original tribute to one of his great literary loves, Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu.

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Amazinger Face

Amazinger Face

Zoe Foster Blake

Amazing Face is the beauty book for women of all ages. Zoe Foster - beauty journalist, author, woman - offers her valuable experience when it comes to skin, face, eyes, lips, hair, hands and nails, body and makeovers. This book is...

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Not Quite Australian: How Temporary Migration Is Unsettling the Settler Society

Not Quite Australian: How Temporary Migration Is Unsettling the Settler Society

Peter Mares

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No Man is an Island

No Man is an Island

Adele Dumont

This is the book about immigration detention that all Australians need to read.

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Things My Mother Taught Me

Things My Mother Taught Me

Claire Halliday

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The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel van der Kolk

What causes people to continually relive what they most want to forget, and what treatments could help restore them to a life with purpose and joy? This book offers a new paradigm for effectively treating traumatic stress. ...

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Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out Of It

Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out Of It

DBC Pierre

When the author burst onto the scene in 2003, he arrived with no particular literary education. Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, this book explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the...

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Lab Girl

Lab Girl

Hope Jahren

A frank, illuminating and incandescent memoir by a trailblazing scientist; a moving portrait of a longtime collaboration in work and life; and a book that will make you look at the natural world in a whole new light.

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Gratitude

Gratitude

Oliver Sacks

As Dr Sacks looked back over his long, adventurous life his final thoughts were of gratitude. In a series of remarkable, beautifully written and uplifting meditations, Dr Sacks reflects on and gives thanks for a life well lived,...

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Massoni: Rinaldo and Leon, Founder of Café Florentino, Their Legacy

Massoni: Rinaldo and Leon, Founder of Café Florentino, Their Legacy

Michele Massoni-Dubuc

In this lavishly illustrated family memoir Michele Massoni-Dubuc celebrates the life and legacy of her grandfather Rinaldo and father Leon whose contributions to Melbourne's hospitality industry laid the foundations for the city's...

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Skin Deep

Skin Deep

Liz Conor

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Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the World's Most Unusual Corners

Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the World’s Most Unusual Corners

Travis Elborough, Alan Horsfield

Atlas of Improbable Places shows the modern world from surprising new vantage points that will inspire urban explorers and armchair travellers alike to consider a new way of understanding the world we live in.

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Teens: what we're really thinking (when we're not saying anything)

Teens: what we’re really thinking (when we’re not saying anything)

Paul Buhre, David Shaw

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Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Nothing Ever Dies, Viet Thanh Nguyen writes. All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the bestselling novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of a...

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The Oldest Foods on Earth: A History of Australian Native Foods with Recipes

The Oldest Foods on Earth: A History of Australian Native Foods with Recipes

John Newton

Why have white Australians so often rejected the delicious and nourishing foods native to our own continent - the wild rices, native fruits, meats, herbs and spices? This is one food revolution that really matters - and it will...

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 Read reviewGeorgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Bernice Barry

In 1829, estranged from her family and living in an isolated Scottish village, Georgiana Kennedy makes a sudden decision to marry Captain John Molloy of the Rifle Brigade - a handsome hero with a mysterious past. Together, they...

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Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance

Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance

Angela Duckworth

Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence....

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The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman, author of the bestselling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and more.

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The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World

The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World

Steve Hely

Who should read this book? Anyone taking a trip People who would like to take a trip but can't Anyone who can happily remember taking a trip Anyone who hates taking trips. They can read it and laugh at the...

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Girl Up

Girl Up

Laura Bates

Part manifesto, part girl guide - this book explores vital points about sex, body image, pornography, relationships, social media, feminism and more!

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 Read reviewFrom the Outer: Footy Like You've Never Heard It

From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It

Nicole Hayes, Alicia Sometimes

A celebration of our great game, From the Outer brings together 30 personal stories about Aussie Rules from unexpected voices: those who are female, Indigenous or gay; those with a disability, a foreign accent or even - perhaps...

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So Sad Today: personal essays

So Sad Today: personal essays

Melissa Broder

So sad today? Many are. Melissa Broder is too. How and why did she get to be so sad? And should she stay sad?

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Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly

Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly

Karen Hitchcock

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Break Through: 20 Success Strategies For Female Leaders

Break Through: 20 Success Strategies For Female Leaders

Marina Go

From editor of Dolly at the age of 23 to CEO of Australia's leading digital publisher by her forties, Marina Go is here to inspire the next generation of female leaders to take their rightful place at the top.

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The Killing Season Uncut

The Killing Season Uncut

Sarah Ferguson, Patricia Drum

Australians came to the ABC's The Killing Season in droves, their fascination with the brutal Rudd - Gillard struggle as enduring as the saga itself. This is the book that brings you the uncut version of ...

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Digital vs Human: how we'll live, love, and think in the future

Digital vs Human: how we’ll live, love, and think in the future

Richard Watson

From the author of the international bestseller Future Files comes the one book you need to read to prepare for the world of tomorrow.

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Five Bells: Being LGBT in Australia

Five Bells: Being LGBT in Australia

Jenny Papalexandris, Fiona Skyring

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The Folded Clock

The Folded Clock

Heidi Julavits

A raucous, deliriously smart diary of two years in the life of the incomparable Heidi Julavits.

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The Game of Their Lives

The Game of Their Lives

Nick Richardson

An incredible untold true story of Australian Rules stars-turned-ANZACs recalled from the WWI frontline to show the world our national game for the first time.

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Denny Day: The Life and Times of Australia's Greatest Lawman - the Forgotten Hero of the Myall Creek Massacre

Denny Day: The Life and Times of Australia’s Greatest Lawman - the Forgotten Hero of the Myall Creek Massacre

Terry Smyth

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Unnecessary Wars

Unnecessary Wars

Henry Reynolds

Australian governments find it easy to go to war. Their leaders seem to be able to withdraw with a calm conscience, answerable neither to God nor humanity.' Australia lost 600 men in the Boer War, a three - year conflict fought in...

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Sex Object: A Memoir

Jessica Valenti

Previously published in hardcover: 2016.

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SCUM Manifesto

SCUM Manifesto

Valerie Solanas, Avital Ronell

Valerie Solanas originally self-published this work just before she famously shot Andy Warhol. It displays prescience as a radical feminist analysis and is a striking testament to the rage of an abused and destitute woman.

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Freedom: The End of the Human Condition

Freedom: The End of the Human Condition

Jeremy Griffith, Professor Harry Prosen, MD.

At last, the redeeming, reconciling and rehabilitating biological explanation of the human condition that brings about the dreamed of dawn of understanding and ends all the suffering and conflict on Earth. The fastest growing...

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Rise of the Machines: the lost history of cybernetics

Rise of the Machines: the lost history of cybernetics

Thomas Rid

A sweeping exploration of man's relationship with machines, and the inventions and myths that shape our world.

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Switched On

Switched On

John Elder Robison

For the first time in my life, I learned what it was like to truly ''''''''know'''''''' other people's feelings. It was as if I'd been experiencing the world in black and white all my life, and suddenly I could see everything -...

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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

Yanis Varoufakis

The crisis in Europe is not over, it's getting worse. In this narrative of Europe's economic rise and spectacular fall, the author, former finance minister of Greece, shows that the origins of the collapse go far deeper than our...

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Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion

Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion

Clare Press

The business and ethics of what we wear, from Coco Chanel to Carrie Bradshaw to H&M.

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First Blood: A Cultural Study of Menarche

First Blood: A Cultural Study of Menarche

Sally Dammery

First Blood examines the ways in which women from countries as diverse as India and Sri Lanka, England, the Philippines, Greece, Italy, Uganda, Indonesia, Fiji, Chile, Ukraine, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, recall this moment of...

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L'art de la Simplicite (The English Edition): How to Live More With Less

L'art de la Simplicite (The English Edition): How to Live More With Less

Dominique Loreau, Louise Lalaurie

To simplify your life is to enrich it. Discover the magic of simplicity in this international bestseller.

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Natural Histories: 25 Extraordinary Species That Have Changed our World

Natural Histories: 25 Extraordinary Species That Have Changed our World

Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss

A cultural history of the natural world in 25 species -- accompanying the landmark series from Radio 4 and the Natural History Museum

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