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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The Damage Done

The Damage Done

Go Gentle, Andrew Denton

The Damage Done is a collection of testimonies from patients and families, doctors, nurses and coroners that describe the suffering across Australia caused by the absence of a law for assisted dying. Written by contributors ages...

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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)

From a stunning villa on sunny Capri with Ali Smith to an unlikely temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own...

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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

The History of Australia in 100 Objects is a fresh, accessible take on Australian history. It explores both well- and little-known stories through the objects of the time and the people who made and owned them.<br...

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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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All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search for Alien Life

All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search for Alien Life

Jon Willis

Where would you look for alien life? An astronomer and science popularizer explains the basics of astrobiology to outline five plausible scenarios for finding extraterrestrials Long before space travel was possible, the idea of...

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Living With A Dead Language: My Romance with Latin

Living With A Dead Language: My Romance with Latin

Ann Patty

After 35 years as a book editor in New York City, Ann Patty stopped working and moved to the country. Bored, aimless and lost in the woods, she hoped to challenge her restless, word-loving brain by beginning a serious study of...

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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

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives - whether we get a job or a loan, how much we pay for insurance - are being made by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater...

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Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Carlo Rovelli

What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? From Aristotle to Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday to the Higgs boson, the author takes us on a journey to show us that beyond our...

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 Special priceUrban Cycling

Urban Cycling

Laurent Belando

Get under the skin of the cycling revolution with this fascinating anthology of modern cycle culture.

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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Mary Roach

In this New York Times bestseller the inimitable Mary Roach explores the military's odd and obscure adversaries and meets the scientists who seek to conquer them.

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The Barefoot Investor (2017 updated edition)

The Barefoot Investor (2017 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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Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett, Fredrik Ekelund, 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

In Volume II of The Story of Australia's People, Geoffrey Blainey continues his account of the history of this country from the early Gold Rush to the present day, completing the story of our nation and its people.<br...

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The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down

The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down

Peter FitzSimons

The story of one man who had the guts to lose his gut. This is a book that will finally help an ordinary bloke lose weight. (Don't worry, it has nothing to do with wearing a red bandana.) Ever struggled with your weight? Or did...

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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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A Single Tree

A Single Tree

Don Watson

A Single Tree assembles the raw material underpinning Don Watson's award-winning The Bush. These diverse and haunting voices span the four centuries since Europeans first set eyes on the continent. <br...

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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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Girls & Sex

Girls & Sex

Peggy Orenstein

Renowned journalist and New York Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein paints a ground-breaking picture of today's sexual landscape - and reveals how girls and young women are negotiating it.

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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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 Special priceThe 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

Translated by Ann GoldsteinElena Ferrante is one of the greatest novelists of our time. Read her novels and don't worry about who she is: you will be entranced by her writing.Frantumaglia is a...

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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: 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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Adam Spencer's Time Machine

Adam Spencer’s Time Machine

Adam Spencer

Following the runaway success of his Big Book of Numbers and World of Numbers (2015), Adam Spencer is back with a fascinating - and fun! - romp through history.Starting with the big bang and ending in...

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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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What 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.He includes dedicated chapters on the peace...

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Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent

Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent

Avan Judd Stallard

Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its...

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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

Living with the Locals comprises the stories of 13 white men, boys and women who were taken in by the Indigenous people of the Torres Strait islands and of eastern Australia and who lived in their communities between the...

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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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White Mountain

White Mountain

Robert Twigger

A sweeping biography of the Himalayas by the acclaimed author of RED NILE and ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS

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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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How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race and the Birth of Private Space Flight

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race and the Birth of Private Space Flight

Julian Guthrie, Sir Richard Branson

Alone in a spartan black cockpit, test pilot Mike Melvill rocketed towards space. He had eighty seconds to exceed the speed of sound and begin the climb to a target no civilian pilot had ever reached. He might not make it back...

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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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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

Margaret Preston

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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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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 Read reviewFight 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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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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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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We Are Not Such Things: A Murder in a South African Township and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation

We Are Not Such Things: A Murder in a South African Township and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation

Justine Van der Leun

A gripping true-crime story of murder and the justice system in the shadow of apartheid.

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 Read reviewThe Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World

Peter Wohlleben

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to...

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What a Time to Be Alive

What a Time to Be Alive

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

Going to war may be the gravest decision a nation and its leaders make. At the moment, Australia is at war with ISIS. We also live in a region that has become much more volatile, as China asserts itself and America seeks to hold...

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Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex

Doing It: Women Tell the Truth about Great Sex

Karen Pickering

Doing It is a bold, explicit and unapologetically feminist look at sex written by women with a great story to tell about a positive sexual encounter, relationship or development in their lives. This collection u memoir, essay,...

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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

Reduce your risk of dementia! Dementia is the #3 killer of Aussie men and #2 of Aussie women - and it's predicted to become the top cause of death for Australians in the near future. The good news is that how we live has a...

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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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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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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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The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

Tom Griffiths

No matter how practised we are at history, it always humbles us. No matter how often we visit the past, it always surprises us. The art of time travel is to maintain critical poise and grace in this...

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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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 Special priceChampions All: A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Players' Own Words

Champions All: A History of AFL/VFL Football in the Players' Own Words

Matt Zurbo

One hundred and seventy one of the game's greatest players and coaches, characters, cult heroes, clubmen and battlers ... each telling his life story, the stories of their teams, teammates and times.Funny, harsh,...

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Sideshow Alley: Infamy, the Macabre & the Portrait

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, the Macabre & the Portrait

Joanna Gilmour

Featuring a sometimes disquieting selection of portraits, Sideshow Alley combines history, biography and the art of portraiture with true crime, scandal and sensation.National Portrait Gallery Curator Joanna Gilmour...

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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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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 desirable? Is it...

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 Special pricePlay 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

Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime 2017A chance encounter in a fish-'n'-chip shop set Brendan James Murray on the trail of a mystery. Had a gay man been secretly murdered on HMAS...

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 Special priceOur 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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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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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

Since the inception of Australian Rules football in the 1850s, women have been eager to be involved. More than 100 years ago, they began taking to the field. However, their stories have largely been invisible - sidelined,...

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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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The Memory Code: The Traditional Aboriginal Memory Technique That Unlocks the Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Ancient Monuments the World Over

The Memory Code: The Traditional Aboriginal Memory Technique That Unlocks the Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Ancient Monuments the World Over

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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Generation Less: How Australia Is Cheating The Young

Generation Less: How Australia Is Cheating The Young

Jennifer Rayner

'A country that makes no room for the young is a country that will forfeit a fair future. This must not become Australia.'Today's young Australians are the first generation since the Great Depression to be worse off...

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 Special price Read reviewTrillion Dollar Baby

Trillion Dollar Baby

Paul Cleary

An fascinating account of how Norway reinvested its oil revenue to ensure for the benefit of future generations.

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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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 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

Over seventy years, Australia has quietly undergone one of the biggest social revolutions in its history. Once viewed as criminals, sinners or sick, lesbians and gay men are increasingly accepted as equal, and the majority of...

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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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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond

Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee's coldest winter for years. Doreen's home is so filthy her family call it 'the rat hole'. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work...

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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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 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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The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed their own Government,

The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed their own Government,

Niki Savva

In The Road to Ruin, prominent political commentator, author, and columnist for The Australian Niki Savva reveals the ruinous behaviour of former prime minister Tony Abbott and his chief of staff, Peta Credlin. Based on...

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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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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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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

‘An unflinching dissection of the relationships between journalists and their subjects - a compelling exposé of journalistic culture.' John Dale, author of HucksteppSonya Voumard's The Media and the...

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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 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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Planting 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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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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Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s

Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s

Anne Sebba

How Parisian women loved, lived and died in the 1940s - under Occupation and then after Liberation.

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Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime

Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime

National Library of Australia

From the notorious Louisa Collins in 1880s NSW, who murdered two husbands with rat poison, to a blazing shoot-out featuring prominent underworld figure Antonio Martini at Taronga Zoo in the 1940s, this book features stories of...

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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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The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur’s Motel

Gay Talese

From Gay Talese, a remarkable new work of reportage more than thirty years in the making.

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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 UnsettlingThe Settler Society

Not Quite Australian: How Temporary Migration Is UnsettlingThe Settler Society

Peter Mares

Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia. From the arrival of early settlers to waves of post-war immigration, the symbolic moment of disembarking onto Australian soil is an image deeply embedded in our...

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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

August 21, 2013: a chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus reminds the world of the existence of the Syrian war. Hundreds of journalists from every corner of the world rush to the frontier only to leave disappointed...

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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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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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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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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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Skin Deep: Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

Skin Deep: Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

Liz Conor

Skin Deep looks at the preoccupations of European-Australians in their encounters with Aboriginal women and the tropes, types and perceptions that seeped into everyday settler-colonial thinking.Early erroneous...

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Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art

Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art

Ian McLean

Superbly illustrated, and rich in detail and critical analysis, this book provides the first full historical account of Indigenous Australian art and shows that there is much more to the art than large colourful canvasses.

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New Australian Haggadah

New Australian Haggadah

Talia Lipshut Illustrator

An exciting translation inspired by Nathan Englander's translation in the New American Haggadah. It is contemporary, filled with poetic force, gender-neutral as far as possible while remaining true to the original Hebrew.

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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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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 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

High Fidelity meets Killing Yourself to Live in this memoir of one man's search for his lost record collection. As he finds himself within spitting distance of middle-age, journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely...

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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

In this short, powerful book, Karen Hitchcock shines a light on ageism in our society. Through some unforgettable case studies, she shows what care for the elderly and dying is really like - both the good and the bad. With honesty...

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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 Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones

The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones

Rich Cohen

An in-depth biography of the biggest band in the world, written by the man known as 'the fifth Stone'.

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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

In a country known as one of the most queer-friendly nations in the world, most Australians support LGBTI rights, federal laws protect queer people from discrimination, transgender Australians are recognized legally as their...

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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

Denny Day

Terry Smyth

Captain Edward Denny Day - the only law 'from the Big River to the sea' - was Australia's greatest lawman, yet few have heard of him. This is his story.Once there was a wilderness: Australia's frontier, a dangerous and...

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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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Tait's Modern Guide to Record Collecting

Tait’s Modern Guide to Record Collecting

John Tait

This book is a back-to-basics guide to record collecting. Its stories, trivia and real examples will be informative for the novice as well as the experienced collector. Happy digging!

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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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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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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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Quarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act - Australia Between Recession and Renewal

Quarterly Essay 61: Balancing Act - Australia Between Recession and Renewal

George Megalogenis

Australia is in transition. Saying it is easy. The panic kicks in when we are compelled to describe what the future might look like. There is no complacent middle to aim at...

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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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The Romanovs: 1613-1918

The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Simon Sebag Montefiore

The epic new history from the bestselling author of JERUSALEM - the intimate story of Russia's imperial dynasty

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Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Peggy Orenstein

The author of the New York Times bestseller Cinderella Ate My Daughter offers a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the post-princess stage-high school through college-and reveals how they are negotiating...

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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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