Non-fiction books 2017

Wednesdays with Bob

Wednesdays with Bob

Derek Rielly, Bob Hawke

At 87, beloved former PM Bob Hawke reflects on a colourful life.

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Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America

Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Kate Harding

Essays by Cheryl Strayed, Rebecca Solnit, Jessica Valenti, Alicia Garza, Katha Pollitt, Samantha Irby, and Nicole Chung, among others --Cover.

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Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

Matthew Kneale

A fascinating history of the city of Rome, seen through the eyes of its most significant sackings, from the Gauls to the Nazis and everything in between.

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Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke

Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke

John Clarke

This fine collection includes John Clarke's writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well as previously unpublished pieces.

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The Game Changers

The Game Changers

Samantha Brett

The path to success is rarely straightforward. However, with more female trailblazers out there than ever before, achieving their career goals in the worlds of business, entertainment, fashion, politics and beyond, the game is...

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Blowfish's Oceanopedia: 291 Extraordinary Things You Didn't Know About the Sea

Blowfish’s Oceanopedia: 291 Extraordinary Things You Didn’t Know About the Sea

Tom 'The Blowfish' Hird

A fascinating and fun-filled book of extraordinary facts about the oceans, seas and waterways of our world.

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Rogue Nation: Essential reading about Australian politics from the author of the bestselling THE DEATH OF HOLDEN

Rogue Nation: Essential reading about Australian politics from the author of the bestselling THE DEATH OF HOLDEN

Royce Kurmelovs

This fascinating first-hand account of the phenomenon of One Nation, from within Canberra and outside it, will be compulsory reading for any Australian who cares about their vote.

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Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece

Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece

Stephen Fry

The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told. In Stephen Fry's hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and...

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The Unwomanly Face of War

The Unwomanly Face of War

Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

The long-awaited translation of the classic oral history of Soviet women's experiences in the Second World War - from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.Why, having stood up for and held their own place in a...

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To Read Aloud

To Read Aloud

Francesco Dimitri

A literary toolbox for well-being, this selection of prose by different authors has the power to promote reflection and mindfulness when read aloud.

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Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy

Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy

Meshel Laurie

Way cheaper than hours of therapy, Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy is your go-to guide for zen!

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The Conversation Yearbook 2017: 50 articles that informed public debate

The Conversation Yearbook 2017: 50 articles that informed public debate

John Watson

In a time of heightened hostility towards experts, academics and scientists, the 2017 collection of the best Conversation articles and essays is a must-read. If proof were needed that academia makes an essential contribution to...

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Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions

Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions

Valeria Luiselli

A moving, eye-opening polemic about the US-Mexico border and what happens to the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children arriving in the US without papers

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The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People

The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People

Meik Wiking

From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbours and cook dinner, he gathers evidence, stories and tips from the very happiest corners of the planet. This is the guide to how we can all find a little more...

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Troublemakers: How a Generation of Silicon Valley Upstarts Invented the Future

Troublemakers: How a Generation of Silicon Valley Upstarts Invented the Future

Leslie Berlin

The fascinating tale of the early frontier days of Silicon Valley and the men and women who chased innovation and ended up changing the world. Perfect for fans of the popular HBO series Silicon Valley, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs...

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On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck

On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck

Nick Riggle

At the core of [this] work is the idea that awesome people are exemplars of social creativity. We suck when we foil their attempts at creative community building. To be down, game, chill, basic, wack, or a preference dictator are...

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100 Nasty Women of History: Brilliant, badass and completely fearless women everyone should know

100 Nasty Women of History: Brilliant, badass and completely fearless women everyone should know

Hannah Jewell

100 fascinating and brilliantly written stories about history's bravest, baddest but little known 'nasty' women from across the world.

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There It Is Again: Collected Writings

There It Is Again: Collected Writings

Don Watson

Speechwriter, historian, essayist, word doctor; Don Watson has a gift for gently guiding us to the nub of a matter and a grinding of the teeth, an aha or a chuckle with his fine facility with words.Over the years Don...

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What's Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

What’s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

Tom Slee

A razor-sharp examination of the 'sharing economy'.

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Christmas: A Biography

Christmas: A Biography

Judith Flanders

The acclaimed author of The Victorian House and The Victorian City tells the story of the celebration of Christmas, from mummers' plays to the invention of Sellotape, revealing much fascinating new information and shattering many...

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Quarterly Essay 68: Without America - Australia in the New Asia

Quarterly Essay 68: Without America - Australia in the New Asia

Hugh White

America is fading, and China will soon be the dominant power in our region. What does this mean for Australia's future?

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 Special price Read reviewSaga Land

Saga Land

Richard Fidler, Kari Gislason

A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

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Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia

Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia

Diana Preston

Celebrated historian Diana Preston presents betrayals, escapes, and survival at sea in her account of the mutiny of the Bounty and the flight of convicts from the Australian penal colony.

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1947: Where Now Begins

1947: Where Now Begins

Elisabeth Asbrink, Fiona Graham

As the clock strikes the end of the war, the time begins to turn towards a new age - the one we call now.

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Birdmania

Birdmania

Bernd Brunner

A window on the world of birders-obsessive, passionate, quirky, and always interesting

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Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer

Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer

Paul Ham

How did the defining years of Hitler's life affect his rise to power? When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, he was just 25 years old. By peeling back the layers of Hitler's childhood, his war record and his early political...

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 Read reviewThe Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Masha Gessen

Putin's bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

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Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants

Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants

Kate Herd, Jela Ivankovic-Waters

This richly illustrated book is the ideal source when seeking the perfect feature plant for a space of any size. With stunning photography of gardens old and new, this book captures the most creatively inspiring Australian plants...

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The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

Anna Clark

In every coastal town in Australia, there's a bait shop and a boat ramp, and, in garages around the country, fishing rods are strung up waiting for their next outing. Many of us have a special fishing spot, and families pass on...

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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

Anu Partanen

How the Nordic countries, especially Finland, can teach us how to live better

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The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

Michael Carr-Gregg, Elly Robinson

The phenomenal Australian bestseller - over 100,000 copies sold What do you do when your previously quiet, loving daughter becomes a restless, rebellious stranger who acts like a responsible adult one day and a rude, selfish brat...

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A Good Life to the End: Taking Control of Our Inevitable Journey Through Ageing and Death

A Good Life to the End: Taking Control of Our Inevitable Journey Through Ageing and Death

Ken Hillman

A professor of intensive care asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when all they want is to die at home in peace and with their loved ones. A crucial and timely rallying cry against unnecessary...

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Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

Victoria Broackes, Anna Landreth Strong

Published to accompany the V&A's major summer exhibition, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, celebrates 50 years of one of the greatest bands of all time.

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Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults

Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults

Laurie Penny

'I can't really think of another writer who so consistently and bravely keeps thinking and talking and learning and trying to make the world better' Caitlin Moran Smart and provocative, witty and uncompromising,...

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On Doubt

On Doubt

Leigh Sales

When society seems to demand confidence and certainty, how much courage does it take to admit doubt, especially self-doubt? In this personal essay, one of Australia's most respected journalists argues in favour of a doubtful...

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Into the Heart of Tasmania

Into the Heart of Tasmania

Rebe Taylor

In 1908 Ernest Westlake collected over 13,000 Aboriginal stone tools in Tasmania. He believed he had found the remnants of an extinct race whose culture was akin to the most ancient Stone Age Europeans. But Westlake unwittingly...

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Ta-Nehisi Coates

An annotated collection of new and previously published essays on the Obama era by the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, including an interview with the President himself

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Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist

Richard Dawkins (Oxford University)

A new anthology of essays and previously published and unpublished work by the brilliant evolutionary biologist, author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion.

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Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

One of Silicon Valley's sharpest strategists shows that success doesn't demand longer, harder hours, it demands that you work less

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Democracy and Its Crisis

Democracy and Its Crisis

A. C. Grayling

An urgent exploration of the challenges facing democracy today

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The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry

The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is 'something of an anachronism'. He began his life as the old times and the last of the old-time people were dying out, and continues to this day in the old ways: a team of work horses and a pencil are his preferred...

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Nancy MacLean

An explosive exposé of the man and the ideas behind the well-heeled right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatise public education, and curb democratic majority rule.

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 Read reviewA Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Bernadette Brennan

Helen Garner is one of Australia's most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained...

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Primo Levi's Resistance: Rebels and Collaborators in Occupied Italy

Primo Levi’s Resistance: Rebels and Collaborators in Occupied Italy

Sergio Luzzatto, Frederika Randall

No other Auschwitz survivor has been as literarily powerful as Primo Levi. Yet Levi was not only a victim or a witness. In the fall of 1943, at the very start of the Italian Resistance, he was a fighter, participating in the first...

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 Special priceFarewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship

Farewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship

Ulrich Raulff, Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

A magical, wise and beguiling history of all the ways in which our world has been made by the horse.

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A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama

A Consequential President: The Legacy of Barack Obama

Michael D'Antonio

In A Consequential President, Michael D'Antonio tallies Barack Obama's long record of achievement, both his major successes and less-noticed ones that nevertheless contribute to his legacy. Obama's greatest achievement came as he...

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The Clever Guts Diet

The Clever Guts Diet

Michael Mosley

The definitive book on the newest frontier in science, health and diet. Loaded with facts and examples but, above all a practical guide for anyone who wants to fine-tune their body by revolutionising the workings of their gut.

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge

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The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

Paul

Take charge of your health by understanding the connection between our evolutionary past and our future wellbeing with this practical guide to personalised health and nutrition-from distinguished physician Dr. Sharad Paul

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Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

Peter Ackroyd

Our preeminent chronicler of London looks at the city in a whole new way -- through the history and experiences of its gay community

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 Read reviewThey Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention

Michael Green, Angelica Neville, André Dao, Dana Affleck, Sienna Merope

Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who've experienced it.

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 Read reviewWatching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Julian Burnside

Rich with fascinating case studies, and eloquent in its defence of civil society, Watching Out is a beacon of legal liberalism in an intemporate age.

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Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

David Marr

Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation.

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 Read reviewPlease Explain

Please Explain

Anna Broinowski

After eighteen years in the political wilderness, Pauline Hanson is back and more powerful than ever. Please Explain is a compelling, intimate look at how an Ipswich fish and chip shop lady changed the nation - and how she speaks...

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Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Rutger Bregman

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling...

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Scorched Earth: Australia's Secret Plan for Total War Under Japanese Invasion in World War Two

Scorched Earth: Australia’s Secret Plan for Total War Under Japanese Invasion in World War Two

Sue Rosen

Hidden for 75 years, the top secret government documents outlining preparations for the event of a Japanese invasion of Australia in 1942 have finally been discovered. They reveal an extraordinarily comprehensive plan to thwart...

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The Australian Bird Guide

The Australian Bird Guide

Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack, Kim Franklin

The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated field guide to Australia's unique birdlife.

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The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr. Elissa Epel

A groundbreaking book on how to slow down the ageing process and lengthen life.

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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Bettany Hughes

A biography of one of the world's greatest cities - Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul

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Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

Anne Helen Petersen

An accessible, analytical look at how influential female celebrities are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an 'acceptable' woman - a Stylist Book Club pick

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Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

David Grann

A masterpiece of narrative non-fiction, set around an American crime and the birth of the FBI, a thrilling investigative account of a forgotten moment in history.

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The Secret Life: Three True Stories

The Secret Life: Three True Stories

Andrew O'Hagan

Examining three lives - Julian Assange, Craig Wright, the Australian behind the Bitcoin inventor 'Satoshi Nakamoto', and Ronald Pinn, an online character O'Hagan created - he explores identity, secrecy, and the relationship...

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The Seabird's Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers

The Seabird’s Cry: The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers

Adam Nicolson

The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire - beautifully illustrated by artist Kate Boxer.

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A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

Shireen Morris

The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a rightful place be found for Australia's original peoples?

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The Secret Life of the Mind: How Our Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides

The Secret Life of the Mind: How Our Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides

Mariano Sigman

A vast yet compact view of cognitive neuroscience, a groundbreaking, personal and comprehensive guide into understanding our thoughts.

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Shakespeare And Company, Paris: A History

Shakespeare And Company, Paris: A History

Krista Halverson

A copiously illustrated account of the famed Paris bookstore on its 65th anniversaryThis first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated...

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Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia's Climate Deadlock

Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock

Anna Krien

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Extreme weather is becoming all too familiar. And the Coalition government is divided and paralysed.

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Braving the Wilderness: The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone

Braving the Wilderness: The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone

Brene Brown

`True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. She writes, `True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in both being a part of something, and in standing...

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Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 - Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Benjamin Law

Are Australian schools safe? And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

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The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

Tom Griffiths

Passionate and elegant, The Art of Time Travel conjures fresh insights into the history of Australia and renews our sense of the historian's craft.

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They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter

They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter

Wesley Lowery

A deeply reported book on the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, offering unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America, and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it In over a year of...

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Selfie: How We Became So Self-obsessed and What It's Doing to Us

Selfie: How We Became So Self-obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us

Will Storr

A compelling new work about the mysterious power of the self and the danger of our modern obsession with it

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Sons of God

Sons of God

Heath O'Loughlin

The Sons of God are who Australia turns to in times of extreme crisis. The SOG's top-secret methods, advanced training and incredible bravery have made them the ultimate urban warriors in the war against high-level crime and...

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Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love

Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love

Emily Witt

'What is the story we're telling ourselves?' A funny, fresh, and moving antidote to conventional attitudes about sex and the single woman.

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Fighting Hislam

Fighting Hislam

Susan Carland

The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist's playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with.....

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No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein - award-winning journalist, bestselling author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, scourge of brand bullies and corporate liars - gives us the toolkit we need to...

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Still Lucky

Rebecca Huntley

At a time when politics seems increasingly negative and our society increasingly divided, Still Lucky shows that we are more fortunate than we think, and have more in common than we know.

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Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

Mark Bray

In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, and Donald Trump's initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists behind it all, the "antifa" opposition movement is suddenly appearing everywhere. But what is it,...

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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Timothy Snyder

In the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people and established rule by an elite with a monopoly on...

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9 Ways to a Resilient Child

9 Ways to a Resilient Child

Justin Coulson

The author of 21 Days to a Happier Family, Dr Justin Coulson, on raising kids who'll bounce back from adversity and challenging times. Have you ever watched your child give up too quickly and...

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 Read reviewThe Family

The Family

Chris Johnston, Rosie Jones

A powerful work of investigative journalism that reveals the legacy of a notorious cult.

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In the Land of Giants: hunting monsters in the Hindu Kush

In the Land of Giants: hunting monsters in the Hindu Kush

Gabi Martinez

Reminiscent of Into The Wild, In the Land of Giants goes in search of a charismatic, enigmatic adventurer who lost his life on a mysterious quest through one of the most hostile landscapes on earth.

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Footsteps: From Ferrante's Naples to Hammett's San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World

Footsteps: From Ferrante’s Naples to Hammett’s San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World

New York Times

Before Nick Carraway was drawn into Daisy and Gatsby's sparkling, champagne-fueled world in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald vacationed in the French Riviera, where a small green lighthouse winked at ships on the horizon.<br...

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 Read reviewAnaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Kate Cole-Adams

You know how it is when you go under. The jab, the countdown, the- -and then you wake.This book is about what happens in between.Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal...

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Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

Billy Bragg

Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle - Britain's...

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The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates the World's Greatest Teams

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates the World’s Greatest Teams

Sam Walker

Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries as well as coaches, managers and others skilled at building teams, the author attempts to answer questions such as: Are great captains made or born? Why do so...

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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend.

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Flights

Flights

Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft

A literary and imaginative book that explores subjects such as anatomy and psychology through narratives and reflections on travel and the body, and life and death.

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Prince A to Z: The Life of an Icon From Alphabet Street to Jay Z

Prince A to Z: The Life of an Icon From Alphabet Street to Jay Z

Steve Wide, Alice Oehr

Shares facts about the iconic rock star, including his influence on fashion, his collaborations with other artists, and his lasting legacy.

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Aussie Aussie Aussie

Aussie Aussie Aussie

Ben Pobjie

Aussie Aussie Aussie celebrates the influential Australians who made our nation great, as well as the ones who stopped us from being as great as we could have been but who have ended up with their own Wikipedia pages anyway

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Silence: In the Age of Noise

Silence: In the Age of Noise

Erling Kagge

From the Norwegian explorer, a stunning meditation on the power of silence and how to shut out the world.

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Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Charles Spence

Why do we consume 35% more food when eating with one more person, and 75% more when with three? Why are 27% of drinks bought on aeroplanes tomato juice? How are chefs and companies planning to transform our dining experiences, and...

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Into the Grey Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death

Into the Grey Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death

Adrian Owen

In 2006 Dr Adrian Owen and his team made medical history. They discovered a new realm of consciousness, a twilight zone somewhere between life and death. They called this the Grey Zone. Into the Grey Zone reveals astonishing...

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Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the storming of the presidency

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the storming of the presidency

Joshua Green

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump - the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and...

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How to Be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence

How to Be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence

New Scientist

Everything you need to know about being human: an eye-opening, illustrated handbook about being human.

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On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

Erik Jensen

‘Kate says she doesn't know what to say about writing. When people ask, she tells them to prepare for a life of failure.'

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The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution

Robert Service

A riveting account of the last eighteen months of Tsar Nicholas II's life and reign from one of our finest historians of Russia.

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Paris: An Inspired Wander Through the City of Lights

Paris: An Inspired Wander Through the City of Lights

Alexandra Carroll

A visually stunning guide to Paris and its famous arrondissements, shown through a photographer's lens, with a focus on the very best art, design, fashion, food and shopping the city has to offer.

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The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

Joe Gorman

This is more than a book about soccer - it is the story of Australia's national identity.

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This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression

Daphne Merkin

This Close to Happy is the rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression, written from a woman's perspective and informed by an acute understanding of the implications of this disease over...

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 Read reviewThe Quantum Astrologer's Handbook

The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook

Michael Brooks

A book of science like no other, about a scientist like no other.

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 Read reviewThe Pleasures of Leisure

The Pleasures of Leisure

Robert Dessaix

In today's crazily busy world the importance of making time for leisure is more vital than ever. Yet so many of us lack a talent for it. We are working longer.....

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Why I March: Images from the Women's March Around the World

Why I March: Images from the Women’s March Around the World

On January 21st, 2017, five million people in 82 countries and on all seven continents stood up with one voice. The Women's March began with one cause.

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 Read reviewConfabulations

Confabulations

John Berger

'Language is a body, a living creature ... and this creature's home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate'.John Berger's work has revolutionized the way we understand visual language. In this new book he writes...

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Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility

Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility

Franco Bifo Berardi

A comprehensive philosophy of contemporary life and politics, by one of the sharpest critics of the present

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The Show: Another Side of Santamaria's Movement

The Show: Another Side of Santamaria’s Movement

Mark Aarons, John Grenville

In late 1942, on the recommendation of 26-year-old Bob Santamaria, Australia's Catholic bishops took the first steps in creating a clandestine church organisation to smash the Communist Party's massive trade union base. Before...

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Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India

Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India

Shashi Tharoor

Tells the real story of the British in India - from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj - and reveals how Britain's rise was built upon its plunder of India.

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Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

Graham Allison

The reason is Thucydides's Trap, a deadly pattern of structural stress that results when a rising power challenges a ruling one. This phenomenon is as old as history itself. About the Peloponnesian War that devastated ancient...

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Says Who? the struggle for authority in a market-based society

Says Who? the struggle for authority in a market-based society

Paul Verhaeghe

A call to rethink authority from one of the world's foremost psychoanalytic thinkers.

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Dragon and Kangaroo: Australia and China's Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day

Dragon and Kangaroo: Australia and China’s Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day

Robert Macklin

The fascinating story of the Chinese presence in and influence on this country - our intertwined history from before Captain Cook to the present day.

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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt, winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, tackles the origins of humanity through the most enduring story of all time.

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Stop Fixing Women: Why building fairer workplaces is everybody's business

Stop Fixing Women: Why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business

Catherine Fox

Millions of words have been spent in our quest to explain men's seemingly never-ending dominance in boardrooms, in parliaments, in the bureaucracy and in ...

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The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Rebellion

The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Rebellion

Tariq Ali

On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Tariq Ali paints an illuminating portrait of Lenin

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The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

David Weigel

The wildly entertaining story of progressive rock, the music that ruled the 1970s charts-and has divided listeners ever since.

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Fifty: Half a century of Australian Dance Theatre

Fifty: Half a century of Australian Dance Theatre

Maggie Tonkin

When Elizabeth Cameron Dalman founded Australian Dance Theatre in 1965, she set out to create a company that would be radical, daring and new. Maggie Tonkin explores ADT's fertile, fifty-year history through interviews and...

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 Read reviewNo Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson

No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson

Jeff Sparrow

Vocalist. Actor. Athlete. Agitator. Icon. Martyr.

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The Weather Obsession

The Weather Obsession

Lawrie Zion

We have come a long way since the days when weather information could only be found in the back pages of newspapers. The Weather Obsession takes the temperature of modern weather media and investigates how it has fuelled our...

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