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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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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The History of Australia in 100 Objects

The History of Australia in 100 Objects

Toby Creswell

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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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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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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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The Barefoot Investor (2019 updated edition)

The Barefoot Investor (2019 updated edition)

Scott Pape

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

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 Special priceHome and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

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

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

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Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Rebecca Solnit

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

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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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A Single Tree

A Single Tree

Don Watson

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Under Full Sail

Under Full Sail

Rob Mundle

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

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 Read reviewKiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Kiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Janine Burke and Helen Hughes (Eds.), Helen Hughes

How one woman helped shape the Australian art world.

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 Read reviewTrue Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

David Hunt

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

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The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More

The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More

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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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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 Read reviewThe Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

Peter Wohlleben

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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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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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 Read reviewPosition Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories

Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories

Kim Mahood

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

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The Hatred of Poetry

The Hatred of Poetry

Ben Lerner

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

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The Right To Be Cold

The Right To Be Cold

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

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

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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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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

Had a gay man been secretly murdered on HMAS Australia during the Second World War?

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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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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 Memory Code

Lynne Kelly

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

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Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Larissa Behrendt

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

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1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia's Beginnings

1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings

Nick Brodie

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

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

Charlie Ward

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

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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

Reveals the legacies of homophobia, the personal struggles and triumphs involved in coming out, the inconsistent state of social progress, and the many different ways of being gay or lesbian in Australia - then and now.

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Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Hugh Mackay (AUTHOR)

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

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It's Our Country

It’s Our Country

Marcia Langton, Megan Davis

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

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The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds

Jennifer Ackerman

Incredibly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds richly celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.

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TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking: Tips and tricks for giving unforgettable speeches and presentations

TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking: Tips and tricks for giving unforgettable speeches and presentations

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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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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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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 Read reviewA Murder without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle

A Murder without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle

Martin McKenzie-Murray

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

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The Mathematics Book: Anyone Can Do it!

The Mathematics Book: Anyone Can Do it!

Prochazka Helen

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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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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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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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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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Nicotine

Nicotine

Gregor Hens, Jen Calleja

Written with the passion of an obsessive, Nicotine addresses a life of addiction, from the epiphany of the first drag to the perennial last last cigarette. With comic insight and meticulous precision, Hens deconstructs every facet...

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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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That Sugar Guide

That Sugar Guide

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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You May Also Like

You May Also Like

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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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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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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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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Scotland Yard's History of Crime in 100 Objects

Scotland Yard’s History of Crime in 100 Objects

Alan Moss, Keith Skinner

Explore Britain's dark criminal history through the fascinating objects that have been hidden away in the Crime Museum at Scotland Yard, a collection that, although world-famous, is so sensitive it has never before been opened to...

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

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

John Newton

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

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 Read reviewGeorgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Bernice Barry

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

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

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

Steve Hely

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

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Girl Up

Girl Up

Laura Bates

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

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

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

Nicole Hayes, Alicia Sometimes

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

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So Sad Today: personal essays

So Sad Today: personal essays

Melissa Broder

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

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Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly

Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly

Karen Hitchcock

In this short, powerful book, Karen Hitchcock shines a light on ageism in our society

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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 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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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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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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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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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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