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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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes

Adam Rutherford

From the acclaimed science writer and broadcaster, a dazzling tour of the latest genetic discoveries which are blurring the boundaries between science and history

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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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 Special priceThe 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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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 7

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters 7

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

Dear Madonna, Thank you for showing me that it is okay to be both a devoted mother and on a podium drenched in glitter. Love, Em RuscianoDear Mum, My life is so much more fortunate than yours was and I'm...

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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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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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Viking Economics

Viking Economics

George Lakey

In America, many Democrats invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most Republicans fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic...

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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 Riviera Set

The Riviera Set

Mary S. Lovell

A portrait of high society in the twentieth century, told through the stories of the guests of Maxine Elliott and Prince Aly Khan at the Chateau de l'Horizon in Cannes.

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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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Victoria: The Queen

Victoria: The Queen

Julia Baird

The extraordinary story of the world's most influential, intriguing and surprising ruler, Queen Victoria. When Alexandrina Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 20 June 1837,...

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 Special priceThe 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 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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For the Love of Meat

For the Love of Meat

Matthew Evans, Alex Herbert

For the Love of Meat is a book inspired by the SBS television documentary of the same name (screening for three weeks from October 20, 2016). It's a conversation starter - designed to prompt people to think differently about both...

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 Special priceA 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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 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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 Special priceThe 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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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-Z: The Life of an Icon: From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust

Bowie A-Z: The Life of an Icon: From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust

Steve Wide, Libby VanderPloeg

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Margaret Preston

Margaret Preston

Lesley Harding

Celebrated for her vibrant, distinctive pictures of indigenous flowers, Margaret Preston was an equally colourful and outspoken personality. She was passionate about the need for a modern national culture that reflected local...

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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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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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 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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The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan

The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan

Laurence Leamer

Describes the brutal killing of a young black man and subsequent conviction of two Klansmen in 1981 Alabama and the civil suit that exposed the true motives and philosophy of the organization and ultimately bankrupted them.

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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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Ethics in the Real World: 86 Brief Essays on Things that Mat

Ethics in the Real World: 86 Brief Essays on Things that Mat

Peter Singer

In this book of brief essays, Singer applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the ethics...

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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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 Read reviewLove Wins

Love Wins

Debbie Cenziper, Jim Obergefell

The personal story behind 'Obergefell V Hodges', the most important civil rights case of our time.

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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

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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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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Quiet 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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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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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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The War on Women

The War on Women

Sue Lloyd-Roberts

A gripping and visceral narrative that interweaves the real-life stories of women who are fighting gross inequality all over the world.

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Small is Powerful: Why the Era of Big Government, Big Business and Big Culture is Over

Small is Powerful: Why the Era of Big Government, Big Business and Big Culture is Over

Adam Lent

Humanity started small. Where did we get the idea big is better? In this book, the author reveals how our faith in big was manufactured in the 1900s - by a group of powerful business leaders, politicians and thinkers - and gripped...

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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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Champions 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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 Special pricePrivate 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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 Read reviewA Long Time Coming: Essays on old age

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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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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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

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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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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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

'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: How Norway Beat the Oil Giants and Won a Lasting Fortune

Trillion Dollar Baby: How Norway Beat the Oil Giants and Won a Lasting Fortune

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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Planet Jackson: Power, Greed and Unions

Planet Jackson: Power, Greed and Unions

Brad Norington

Kathy Jackson was hailed as a heroine for blowing the whistle on the million-dollar fraud of Michael Williamson, the corrupt boss of the Health Services Union. While remaining steadfast in this very public ordeal, she endured...

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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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Game On: Supercharge Your Career and Build the Life you Want

Game On: Supercharge Your Career and Build the Life you Want

Bianca Chatfield, Leigh Russell

Game On is a book designed to give women a toolkit they need to build a life and career they want. Bianca and Leigh reveal strategies developed from their combined 30+ years of working with people in high performance environments,...

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

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

Martin Woods

In 1914, the newspaper map or newsmap began to supply readers with the geographical backdrop to the Great War, an important tool in explaining the progress of the war to the public at home. Day by day, for every campaign and...

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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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Taking Flight: Lores Bonney's Extraordinary Flying Career

Taking Flight: Lores Bonney’s Extraordinary Flying Career

Kristen Alexander

From her first taste of the air when she joined Bert Hinkler in the cockpit for a joy ride in 1928, Lores Bonney was hooked. With her aviation licence and the support of her husband, she took to the Australian and international...

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 Read reviewThe Art of Reading

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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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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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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 Special priceThe Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind

The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind

A. C. Grayling

Best-selling author A. C. Grayling explains how, fuelled by original and unorthodox thinking, war and technological invention, the seventeenth century became the crucible of modernity

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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 Embarrassed Colonialist: Penguin Special,

The Embarrassed Colonialist: Penguin Special,

Sean Dorney

Forty years after independence, Papua New Guinea is the largest single recipient of aid from Australia. Yet Australians seem to be largely ambivalent about the country. Few Australians know the history of our colonial rule in PNG...

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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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Man Up: Surviving Modern Masculinity

Man Up: Surviving Modern Masculinity

Jack Urwin

What maleness should mean now, from the author of Vice's A Stiff Upper Lip is Killing British Men.

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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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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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 Special priceGate 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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 Read reviewRebellious Daughters

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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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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Things My Mother Taught Me

Things My Mother Taught Me

Claire Halliday

How did you become the person you are today? Lessons learned from our mothers can set the course for the lives we will lead and the people we will become. A mother can be many things: generous, heroic, nurturing, inspiring,...

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 Read reviewSounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music

Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music

Anna Beer

The hidden history of the women who dared to write music in a man's world

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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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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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In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

John Donvan, Caren Zucker

Today physicians, parents and politicians regularly speak of an epidemic of autism. This is a story of the quest to understand autism.

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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