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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Against Everything: On Dishonest Times

Against Everything: On Dishonest Times

Mark Greif

A brilliant collection of essays from one of the most highly acclaimed young writers in the US

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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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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Mark Manson

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

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Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Cathy O'Neil

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A Year on the Run: 365 stories from the world of running

A Year on the Run: 365 stories from the world of running

Damian Hall, Daniel Seex

Striking and beautiful illustrations bring the world of running to life like never before.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

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A Plea for the Animals

A Plea for the Animals

Matthieu Ricard

A powerful and wide-ranging indictment of the treatment of animals by humans--and an eloquent plea for animal rights. Previously published in French [in 2014] as Plaidoyer pour les animaux: Vers un bienveillance pour tous.

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The Science of Game of Thrones

The Science of Game of Thrones

Helen Keen

A myth-busting, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and fun-filled expedition through the world of Game of Thrones.

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Music for Life: 100 Works to Carry You Through

Music for Life: 100 Works to Carry You Through

Fiona Maddocks (Classical Music Critic - Observer)

How does music reflect the key moments in our lives? Fiona Maddocks selects 100 classical works from across nine centuries, arguing passionately, persuasively and at times obstinately for their inclusion, putting each work in its...

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Food Anatomy

Food Anatomy

Julia Rothman, Rachel Wharton

Award-winning food journalist Rachel Wharton lends her editorial expertise to this light-hearted exploration of everything food that bursts with little-known facts and delightful drawings. Everyday diners and seasoned foodies...

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Scorn: The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History

Scorn: The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History

Matthew Parris

A totally up-to-date compendium of the sharpest, wittiest and downright rudest insults in human history, whether you're searching for the perfect elegant riposte, the rudest polite letter ever written, or a brutal verbal...

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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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Viking Economics

Viking Economics

George Lakey

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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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The New Yorker Book of the 60s: Story of a Decade

The New Yorker Book of the 60s: Story of a Decade

No Author Details

The 1960s is known as one of the most tumultuous decades of the 20th century. From the peak of the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr to the rise of environmental activism and second wave...

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The Doctor

The Doctor

Karl Kruszelnicki

Travel through the mysteries of science with Australia's most trusted Lord of Science, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

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What the Dog Knows: scent, science, and the amazing ways dogs perceive the world

What the Dog Knows: scent, science, and the amazing ways dogs perceive the world

Cat Warren

In What the Dog Knows, Warren uses her odyssey with Solo to enter the broader world of scent detection dogs, revealing the remarkable capabilities of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.

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The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down

The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down

Peter FitzSimons

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Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives

Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives

Anna Kessel

Part manifesto, part how-to, Eat Sweat Play is a call to arms for women to take back sport for themselves.

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The Ethical Carnivore: My Year Killing to Eat

The Ethical Carnivore: My Year Killing to Eat

Louise Gray

By only eating animals she has killed herself for a year, Louise Gray explores our relationship with the animals we eat and how we might reconnect with the natural world through food.

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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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Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today

Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today

Simon Morrison

On a freezing night in January 2013, an assailant hurled acid in the face of the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Filin. The crime, organized by a lead soloist, dragged one of Russia's most illustrious institutions...

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The Athletic Brain: How Neuroscience is Revolutionising Sport and Can Help You Perform Better

The Athletic Brain: How Neuroscience is Revolutionising Sport and Can Help You Perform Better

Amit Katwala

Modern science has revealed how we can train our brains to make us better at sport and break the 10,000-hour rule

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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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The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

Louisa Thomsen Brits

Hygge is a feeling of belonging and warmth, a moment of comfort and contentment. This beautiful little book will help you to find hygge and embrace it every day. Make a pot of coffee, relax in your favourite chair and discover for...

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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: Bits and Pieces of Uncertain Origin

Frantumaglia: Bits and Pieces of Uncertain Origin

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

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The Secret History of Twin Peaks

The Secret History of Twin Peaks

Mark Frost

From the co-creator of the landmark television series Twin Peaks comes a novel that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town in ways that enrich the original series.

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Quicksilver

Quicksilver

Nicolas Rothwell

Six essays exploring the connections between old world Europe, aboriginal Australia, religion, meaning and the power of the sacred.

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String Theory: David Foster Wallace On Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication

String Theory: David Foster Wallace On Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication

David Foster Wallace, John Jeremiah Sullivan

A Library of America special publication.

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Bowie A to Z: The life of an icon: from Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust

Bowie A to Z: The life of an icon: from Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust

Steve Wide

An illustrated A-Z, celebrating the unparalleled artistic impact of cultural icon David Bowie

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Disparities

Disparities

Slavoj Zizek

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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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Living with the Locals: Early Europeans' Experience of Indigenous Life

Living with the Locals: Early Europeans' Experience of Indigenous Life

Victoria Haskins, John Maynard

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2016

The Best Australian Science Writing 2016

Jo Chandler, Stanley

Now in its sixth year, The Best Australian Science Writing 2016 brings together knowledge and insight from Australia's brightest thinkers as they explore the intricacies of the world around us. This lively collection of essays...

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Weird Dinosaurs: The Strange new fossils challenging everything we thought we knew

Weird Dinosaurs: The Strange new fossils challenging everything we thought we knew

John Pickrell

Weird Dinosaurs examines the latest breakthroughs and new technologies radically transforming our understanding of the distant past. Pickrell opens a vivid portal to a brand new age of fossil discovery, in which fossil hunters are...

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The Mind of the Islamic State

The Mind of the Islamic State

Robert Manne

So often in history, it is ideas that kill ... What are the ideas that drive the Islamic State? How did it develop and systematise its unique form of apocalyptic violence? In this gripping account, Robert Manne shows how the...

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Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London

Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London

Lauren Elkin

Part cultural meander, part memoir, this book traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring along the way the paths...

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Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time

Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time

Simon Garfield

An entertaining and authoritative exploration of how and why time has come to rule our lives from the bestselling author of Just My Type

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Hip Hop Raised Me

Hip Hop Raised Me

DJ Semtex, Chuck D

Focuses on the essence, experience and energy that is hip hop, and its impact over the years. Packed with contact sheets, outtakes and glory shots of artists, this book features seminal interviews the author has conducted with key...

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The Best of Dear Coquette: Shady Advice From A Raging Bitch Who Has No Business Answering Any Of These Questions

The Best of Dear Coquette: Shady Advice From A Raging Bitch Who Has No Business Answering Any Of These Questions

Coquette

Razor-sharp advice on dating, love, sex, drugs and life in general, from mysterious author The Coquette.

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Universal: A Journey Through the Cosmos

Universal: A Journey Through the Cosmos

Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw

Physics is about asking questions. But what are good questions? How do we understand the fundamental forces of the Universe and its remarkable uniformity? This book answers these questions.

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Passchendaele: Requiem for Doomed Youth

Passchendaele: Requiem for Doomed Youth

Paul Ham

Passchendaele epitomises everything that was most terrible about the Western Front. The photographs never sleep of this four-month battle, fought from July to November 1917, the worst year of the war: blackened tree stumps rising...

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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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Owls: A guide to every species

Owls: A guide to every species

Marianne Taylor

Owls brings together full descriptions and distribution maps for all 225 owl species in the world, illustrated with stunning colour photographs.

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Revolution: 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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Grog: A Bottled History of Australia's First 30 Years

Grog: A Bottled History of Australia’s First 30 Years

Tom Gilling

The story of grog is the story of Australia. This is how it all began.

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Fight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford

Personal and fearless - a call to arms for feminists new, old and as yet unrealised by one of our most outspoken feminist writers. 

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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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New Scientist: The Origin of (almost) Everything

New Scientist: The Origin of (almost) Everything

New Scientist, Graham Lawton, Stephen Hawking, Jennifer Daniel

From what actually happened in the Big Bang to the accidental discovery of post-it notes, science is packed with surprising discoveries. Did you know, for instance, that if you were to get too close to a black hole it would suck...

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In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays

In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays

Goenawan Mohamad, Jennifer Lindsay

Goenawan Mohamad is one of Indonesia's foremost literary figures and public intellectuals, and this translated volume of essays, from 1968 to 2014, demonstrates the breadth of his perceptive and...

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Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World

Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World

Andrew Solomon

In 1991 the author rode a tank into Red Square in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev's resignation. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban; in 2014 he travelled to...

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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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The Hot Topic: Thoughts on the M*N*P**Se

The Hot Topic: Thoughts on the M*N*P**Se

Christa D'Souza

In this fabulously confessional romp through the menopause, D'Souza tells us what it was like for her, and what it will be like for you. The Hot Topic is a treat of a book liberating, empowering and unexpectedly moving in its...

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 Read reviewThe Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

Peter Wohlleben

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This is London: Life and Death in the World City

This is London: Life and Death in the World City

Ben Judah

A major work of narrative non-fiction from a fresh new voice.

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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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Faction Man: Bill Shorten's Pursuit of Power

Faction Man: Bill Shorten’s Pursuit of Power

David Marr

A brilliant biography for an election year . . .

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The Geek Feminist Revolution

The Geek Feminist Revolution

Kameron Hurley

The Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by double Hugo Award-winning essayist and fantasy novelist Kameron Hurley. The book collects dozens of Hurley's essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and...

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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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A Brain for Life: How to Optimise Your Brain Health by Making Simple Lifestyle Changes Now

A Brain for Life: How to Optimise Your Brain Health by Making Simple Lifestyle Changes Now

Nicola Gates

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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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Infectious: A doctor's eye-opening insights into contagious diseases

Infectious: A doctor’s eye-opening insights into contagious diseases

Frank Bowden

Infectious diseases specialist Frank Bowden sheds light on the everyday diseases that affect most of us (colds, head lice) and the more serious issues that keep us awake at night (antibiotic resistance, the Ebola epidemic). As...

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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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Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull: Quarterly Essay 34

Stop at Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull: Quarterly Essay 34

Annabel Crabb

Malcolm Turnbull has quite a job ahead of him as leader of the Liberal Party. How is he going so far? What can we expect in the years ahead? This is a scintillating look at Turnbull and the Liberals in opposition. It is based on...

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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

The Great Multinational Tax Rort: 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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Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual For a Sexist Workplace

Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual For a Sexist Workplace

Jessica Bennett

We shouldn't wait around for somebody else to save us. We need to fight for ourselves. This book offers an arsenal of weapons for surviving in an unequal world. It helps you learn how to fight micro-aggressions, correct...

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Epic Bike Rides of the World

Epic Bike Rides of the World

Lonely Planet

Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated hardback. From family-friendly, urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from Europe, for the world's great bike races,...

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We're All Going to Die

We’re All Going to Die

Leah Kaminsky

A joyful book about the necessity of celebrating life in the face of death. The one certainty about life is that everybody is going to die. Yet somehow as a society we have come to deny this...

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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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Sideshow Alley: Infamy, the Macabre & the Portrait

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, the Macabre & the Portrait

Joanna Gilmour

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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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Private Lives, Public History

Private Lives, Public History

Anna Clark

The past is consumed on a grand scale: popularised by television programs, enjoyed by reading groups, walking groups, historical societies and heritage tours, and supported by unprecedented digital access to archival records. Yet...

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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 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three Friends Who Became Heroes

The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three Friends Who Became Heroes

Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Jeffrey E. Stern

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A Long Time Coming: Essays on old age

Melanie Joosten

This collection of thought-provoking essays explores what it means to grow old in our youth-obsessed world.

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How to Vote Progressive in Australia: Labor or Green?

How to Vote Progressive in Australia: Labor or Green?

Dennis Altman, Sean Scalmer

Red or Green? Traditionally, Australian progressives have supported the Australian Labor Party; increasingly, The Greens appeal. What are the key differences between the parties? Is greater collaboration .

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Play All: A Bingewatcher's Notebook

Play All: A Bingewatcher’s Notebook

Clive James

A world-renowned media and cultural critic offers an insightful analysis of serial TV drama and the modern art of the small screen

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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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Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead

Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead

Thornton McCamish

A world-famous Australian writer, an inspiration to Robert Hughes and Clive James, a legendary war correspondent who also wrote bestselling histories of exploration and conservation ... and yet forgotten?

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The Middlepause: on turning fifty

The Middlepause: on turning fifty

Marina Benjamin

In a society obsessed with living longer and looking younger, what does middle age nowadays mean? How should a fifty-something be in a world ceaselessly redefining ageing, youth, and experience?

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Who Rules the World?

Who Rules the World?

Noam Chomsky

Examines America's pursuit and exercise of power in a post 9/11 world. Drawing on examples ranging from expanding drone assassination programs to civil war in Syria to the violence in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine,...

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Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic

Ghettoside: Investigating a Homicide Epidemic

Jill Leovy, Dorothy L. Sayers

Based on the best part of a decade embedded with the homicide units of the LAPD, this book takes us onto the streets, inside the homes and into the lives of a community wracked by a homicide epidemic.

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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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Play On! The Hidden History Of Women's Australian Rules Football

Play On! The Hidden History Of Women’s Australian Rules Football

Brunette Lenkic, Rob Hess

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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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How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature

How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is one of the most vocal, and eloquent, critics of the current consensus. In How Did We Get into This Mess?, he brilliantly anatomises the state we are in: the devastation of our environment, the crisis of...

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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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White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World

White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World

Geoff Dyer

In the spirit of Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It, his critically acclaimed collection of travel writing, Geoff Dyer is back on the road

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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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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

Neil Gaiman

A collection of speeches, articles, essays and introductions from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author, commentator and craftsman Neil Gaiman.

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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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The Modernist Papers

The Modernist Papers

Fredric Jameson

Offers the author's insight into modernist literature and art. Serving as a companion to the classic, A Singular Modernity , this title looks at the innovative literary experiments of Joyce and Proust, the poetry of Wallace...

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The Storyteller's Secret: How TED Speakers and Inspirational Leaders Turn Their Passion into Performance

The Storyteller’s Secret: How TED Speakers and Inspirational Leaders Turn Their Passion into Performance

Carmine Gallo

From the international bestselling author of Talk Like TED, The Storyteller's Secret teaches you how to craft your most powerful message - through the power of storytelling.

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Planet Jackson: Power, Greed and Unions

Planet Jackson: Power, Greed and Unions

Brad Norington

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Trouble: On Trial in Central Australia

Trouble: On Trial in Central Australia

Kieran Finnane

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Queer Wars

Queer Wars

Dennis Altman, Jonathan Symons

The claim that 'LGBT rights are human rights' encounters fierce opposition in many parts of the world, as governments and religious leaders have used resistance to 'LGBT rights' to cast themselves as defenders of traditional...

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My Journey Into the Heart of Terror: ten days in the Islamic State

My Journey Into the Heart of Terror: ten days in the Islamic State

Jurgen Todenhofer

An alarming and enlightening first-hand account of what's really going on behind the borders of the Islamic State.

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Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth

Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth

A. O. Scott

Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Using his own film criticism as a starting point, the author expands outwards, easily guiding readers through the complexities of Rilke and Shelley, the origins of...

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Changing Minds: The go-to Guide to Mental Health for You, Family and Friends

Changing Minds: The go-to Guide to Mental Health for You, Family and Friends

Mark Cross, Catherine Hanrahan

This compassionate and insightful guide will demystify mental health issues and help anyone concerned about themselves or loved ones. Leading psychiatrist Dr Mark Cross, from the acclaimed ABC TV series 'Changing Minds', feels...

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The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria

The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria

Janine Di Giovanni

Once in a decade comes an account of war that promises to be a classic.

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Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Hugh Mackay

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

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Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Douglas Rushkoff

Why doesn't the explosive growth of companies such as Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone? How could things be different? In this book, the author lays out a ground plan for a different economic and social...

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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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Ubuntu: One woman's motorcycle odyssey across Africa

Ubuntu: One woman’s motorcycle odyssey across Africa

Heather Ellis

Ubuntu is the extraordinary story of a young woman who, alone and against all odds, rode a motorcycle to some of the world's most remote, beautiful and dangerous places.

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The Greatness of Dads

The Greatness of Dads

Kirsten Matthew, Marc Ellis

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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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TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking

TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking

Chris Anderson

The official TED guide to public speaking

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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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Goatman: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

Goatman: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human

Thomas Thwaites

The latest adventure from the author of The Toaster Project

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Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945

Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945

Richard Trembath, Noah Jed Riseman

Few Australians realise the extent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the military. Many enlisted before they had the right to vote, to drink alcohol or even to receive equal wages. Defending Country is the...

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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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Endeavouring Banks: Exploring collections from the Endeavour voyage 1768-1771

Endeavouring Banks: Exploring collections from the Endeavour voyage 1768-1771

Neil Chambers

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The Red Wake: A Hybrid of Travel, History and Journalism

The Red Wake: A Hybrid of Travel, History and Journalism

Kurt Johnson

A hybrid of history, travel and journalism. Kurt has long been captivated by 'the communists' from his immigrant grandparents' past, transfixed by stories of the .

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

Jesmyn Ward

Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this ... collection of essays and poems about race from ... voices of her generation and our time --

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Serious Whitefella Stuff: When Solutions Became the Problem in Indigenous Affairs

Serious Whitefella Stuff: When Solutions Became the Problem in Indigenous Affairs

Mark Moran, Noel Pearson

How does Indigenous policy signed off in Canberra work - or not - when implemented in remote Aboriginal communities? Mark Moran, Alyson Wright and Paul Memmott have extensive on - the - ground experience in this area of...

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The Art of Reading

Damon Young

We are not born readers, we learn to turn words into worlds. But why is fine writing lauded while excellent reading is ignored?

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The Gene: An Intimate History

The Gene: An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Spanning the globe and several centuries, this book tells the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function. It begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia...

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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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The New Russia

The New Russia

Mikhail Gorbachev, Arch Tait

After years of rapprochement, the relationship between Russia and the West is more strained now than it has ever been in the past 25 years. Putin's motives, his reasons for seeking confrontation with the West, remain for many a...

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Ghost Empire

Ghost Empire

Richard Fidler

Ghost Empire is a rare treasure - an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary, realised by a master storyteller.

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Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror

Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror

David Kilcullen

2014 was a 'Red Year' - massacres and beheadings, fallen cities, collapsed and collapsing states, the unravelling of a decade of foreign policy and military strategy. In David Kilcullen's words, 'What the hell happened?' Read this...

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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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In Love With These Times: My Life With Flying Nun Records

In Love With These Times: My Life With Flying Nun Records

Roger Shepherd

The inside story of New Zealand's iconic independent record label by the man who made it happen. I wanted to be more than just an observer. I wanted to be a part of what was going on. I had told someone and the...

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All My Januaries: Pleasures of Life and Other Essays

All My Januaries: Pleasures of Life and Other Essays

Barbara Blackman

With a foreword by Quentin Bryce, AD, CVO 'This island, this solitude, this rainy day, this stack of blank paper, I shall transform you, by these sorceries I have learned, into the stuff of friendship.' Barbara Blackman has been a...

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The Killing of Osama Bin Laden: The Real Story Behind the Lies

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden: The Real Story Behind the Lies

Seymour M. Hersh

Electrifying investigation of White House lies about the assassination of Osama bin Laden

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The Mathematics Book: Anyone Can Do it!

The Mathematics Book: Anyone Can Do it!

Helen Prochazka

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Desert Writing: Stories from Country

Desert Writing: Stories from Country

Terri-ann White

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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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The Embarrassed Colonialist: Penguin Special

The Embarrassed Colonialist: Penguin Special

Sean Dorney

Australia must come to terms with its role as a former colonial master and revive its engagement with PNG -- cover.

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The Trust Deficit

The Trust Deficit

Sam Crosby

Drawing on contemporary political stories and examples, The Trust Deficit shows us how faith in our politicians has been eroded but how it can be rebuilt. By breaking trust down to its elements - reliability and competence,...

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Not In Your Genes: The real reasons children are like their parents

Not In Your Genes: The real reasons children are like their parents

Oliver James

Using a mixture of famous and ordinary people, this title deals with the childhood causes of our individuality, revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays such an important role in our well-being and success.

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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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Why Diets Make Us Fat: the unintended consequences of our obsession with weight loss - and what to do instead

Why Diets Make Us Fat: the unintended consequences of our obsession with weight loss - and what to do instead

Sandra Aamodt

Everything we know about dieting and weight loss is wrong.

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Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body

Jo Marchant

A ground-breaking popular science and self-help guide revealing why, and how, science is beginning to take the healing powers of the mind seriously

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Use Your Words: A Myth-Busting, No-Fear Approach to Writing

Use Your Words: A Myth-Busting, No-Fear Approach to Writing

Catherine Deveny

Want to write? Got a memoir, novel, screenplay or blog in your back drawer? Need to get 'unstuck'? This is the magic pill you've been looking for. In Use Your Words writer and comedian Catherine Deveny reveals the...

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Strangers at Our Door

Strangers at Our Door

Zygmunt Bauman

Refugees from the violence of wars and the brutality of famished lives have knocked on other people's doors since the beginning of time. For the people behind the doors, these uninvited guests were always strangers, and strangers...

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Breaking the Ice: How We Will Get Through Australia's Methamphetamine Crisis

Breaking the Ice: How We Will Get Through Australia’s Methamphetamine Crisis

Matt Noffs

The so-called war on drugs has been a colossal failure, and this book offers further proof that we must treat drug use as a public health issue, not as a crime' Sir Richard Branson This landmark book, from Matt Noffs and his team...

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Paper: Paging Through History

Paper: Paging Through History

Mark Kurlansky

From the The New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today's world.

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Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime

Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime

National Library of Australia

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Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936

Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936

Volker Weidermann, Carol Brown Janeway

A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week Ostend, 1936: as fascism and war threaten Europe, the seaside town is playing host to exiled artists and intellectuals. Among them are Stefan Zweig - a man in crisis, seeking refuge in Ostend with...

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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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Heart Hungers

Heart Hungers

Winsome Thomas

Leading Australian psychologist Winsome Thomas guides us through the eight fundamental human desires that must be met to lead a fulfilled and satisfied life.

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The Illustrated Herdwick Shepherd

The Illustrated Herdwick Shepherd

James Rebanks, The Herdwick Shepherd

I am the luckiest man alive, because I get to live and work in the most beautiful place on earth: Matterdale in the English Lake District. In this book the author interweaves thoughts and reflections on the art of shepherding with...

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Nora Ephron: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

Nora Ephron: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

Nora Ephron

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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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Innovation is a State of Mind: Simple strategies to be more innovative in what you do

Innovation is a State of Mind: Simple strategies to be more innovative in what you do

James O'Loghlin

A modern framework for practical innovation from individual ideas to an innovative organisational culture Everyone says that innovation is important. The problem is that no one tells you how to be innovative.

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The Brontes: A Life in Letters

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Juliet Barker

The definitive collection of the Brontes' letters, selected by the unrivalled authority on the family.

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Rebellious Daughters

Maria Katsonis, Lee Kofman

Good daughters hold their tongues, obey their elders and let their families determine their destiny. Rebellious daughters are just the opposite.

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Syrian Dust: Reporting from the Heart of the War

Syrian Dust: Reporting from the Heart of the War

Francesca Borri, Anne Appel

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The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People

The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People

Bethanne Patrick

One hundred of today's most prominent literary and cultural icons talk about the books that hold a special place in their hearts-that made them who they are today. Leading authors, politicians, CEOs, actors, and...

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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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City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia

City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia

Graeme Davison

I became an urban historian because I believed that our cities deserved more of our curiosity and idealism. City Dreamers restores Australian cities, and those who created them, to their rightful place in the...

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The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia

The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia

Ian Lowe

Can we reinvent the Lucky Country? Fifty years ago author Donald Horne described Australia as a lucky country run by second-rate people , adding that its leaders were mostly unaware of events that surround them. In this polemic...

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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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Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors

Last Night’s Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors

Kate Gavino

At every book reading Kate Gavino attends, she draws the author and hand-letters her favorite quote from the event. Last Night's Reading is a record of her literary journey, collecting profound and witty advice from over a hundred...

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The Name of God is Mercy

The Name of God is Mercy

Pope Francis, Oonagh Stransky

The first book by Pope Francis, publishing simultaneously all over the world in January 2016 to mark the Jubilee year.

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How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

Kiese Laymon

Passionate, powerful and searing: a timely collection of essays on issues of race, culture, family and what is tearing modern America apart, by a vibrant and unique new voice in US literature

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That Sugar Guide

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Damon & Zoe Gameau

A complete guide for those who have kicked the habit and want ideas and recipes for sugar-free living.

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Busted

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Keith Moor

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Tom Vanderbilt

Probing the underexplored regions of our tastes:What part of our likes and dislikes comes from within, and what part is driven by external influences?

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing

The Best American Science and Nature Writing

Rebecca Skloot, Tim Folger

Rebecca Skloot, #1 New York Times best-selling author, edits this year svolume of the finestscience and nature writing.

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Ivory Vikings

Ivory Vikings

Nancy Marie Brown

A richly imagined journey to the Viking world that created the Lewis chessmen. This book presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road connected countries and islands we...

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Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book

Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book

Emma Smith (Fellow and Tutor in English, Fellow and Tutor in English, Hertford College, University of Oxford)

This account of the 1623 edition of Shakespeare's collected plays provides an account of the its post-publication history, tracing the individual copies of the First Folio across time and space to understand what it has meant to...

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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying

Marie Kondo

A guide to decluttering and organising your home, this title covers every room in the house from bedrooms and kitchens to bathrooms and living rooms as well as a wide range of items in different categories, including clothes,...

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The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: Churchill's Mavericks: Plotting Hitler's Defeat

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: Churchill’s Mavericks: Plotting Hitler’s Defeat

Giles Milton

The incredible story of the secret underground operations of the Second World War.

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Outback Penguin: Richard Lane's Barwell Diaries

Outback Penguin: Richard Lane’s Barwell Diaries

Elizabeth Lane, Fiona Kells, Louise Paton, Stuart Kells

Richard Lane was one of three brothers who founded Penguin Books in 1935. But like all great stories, his life didn't start there. After sailing to Adelaide in...

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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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Skin Deep

Skin Deep

Liz Conor

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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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Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics

Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics

Jules Boykoff

A timely, no-holds barred, critical political history of the modern Olympic Games

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The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End

The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End

Katie Roiphe

From one of our most perceptive and provocative voices comes a deeply researched account of the last days of Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, John Updike, Dylan Thomas, and Maurice Sendak - an arresting and wholly original meditation...

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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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The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs

The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs

Elaine Sciolino

A delightful and beguiling look at life on a small Paris street.

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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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The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

Keith Houston

We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them?

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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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Ending the War on Drugs

Ending the War on Drugs

Sir Richard Branson

For the last 50 years, drug prohibition laws have put the market for illegal drugs into the hands of organised criminals. Now, it's time to take control. In this book, global opinion-leaders on the frontline of the drug debate...

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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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Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past

Old Records Never Die: One Man’s Quest for His Vinyl and His Past

Eric Spitznagel, Jeff Tweedy

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

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

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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 Read reviewSex Object: A Memoir

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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Daffodil

Daffodil

Helen O'Neill

A beautifully illustrated, visually lush and intriguing book about the world's most popular and most powerful flower.

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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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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Lindy West

A laugh-out-loud feminist memoir from one of the boldest new voices on the web.

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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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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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