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This fine collection includes John Clarke's writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well as previously unpublished pieces.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

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

Rogue Nation

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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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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Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women's Lives at Work

Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women’s Lives at Work

Gillian Thomas

A compelling look at ten of the most important Supreme Court cases defining women s rights on the job, as told by the brave women who brought the cases to court

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What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses (Revised Edition)

What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses (Revised Edition)

Daniel Chamovitz

A captivating journey into the inner lives of plants - from the colours they see to the schedules they keep How does a Venus flytrap know when to snap shut? Can a fern get jet lag? Do roses remember the romance of springtime?

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 Read reviewThe Woman Who Fooled the World

The Woman Who Fooled the World

Beau Donelly, Nick Toscano

Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer.

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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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How To Think: A Guide for the Perplexed

How To Think: A Guide for the Perplexed

Alan Jacobs

A contrarian treatise on why we're not as good at thinking as we assume - but how recovering this lost art can rescue our inner lives from the chaos of modern life.

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Acland Street: The Grand Lady of St Kilda

Acland Street: The Grand Lady of St Kilda

Judith Buckrich

Unique in Melbourne's history, Acland Street has been the home, playground and business address for millionaires and paupers, members of parliament, creators of the culture, sex workers, criminals, migrants from Europe and Asia...

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The Best Australian Essays 2017

The Best Australian Essays 2017

Anna Goldsworthy

The Best Australian Essays showcase the nation's most eloquent, insightful and urgent non-fiction writing. In her first time as editor, award-winning author Anna Goldsworthy chooses brilliant pieces that provoke, unveil,...

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John Curtin: The Coming of War in the Pacific, and Reinventing Australia

John Curtin: The Coming of War in the Pacific, and Reinventing Australia

John Edwards

Volume one of a major new biography of arguably our greatest (and one of our most underrated) Prime Ministers, who shaped modern Australia.

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A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe

A Pleasure to be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe

John Clarke

Drawn from John Clarke's and Bryan Dawe's weekly broadcasts, these timelessly funny scripts will delight readers as they revisit the scandals and stuff-ups of our lifetimes. Politics was never so preposterous. All the...

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Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration & the Fate of Western Democracy

Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration & the Fate of Western Democracy

Sasha Polakow-Suransky

An indispensable account of the global rise of anti-immigration politics and the ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe's new far right.

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 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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The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness

Oliver Sacks

The River of Consciousness is a remarkable culmination of a lifetime's research into the way the brain works by the celebrated late neurologist Oliver Sacks.

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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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Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World

Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World

Richard Denniss

Affluenza is the empty sense we feel when our wasteful consumerist lifestyle leaves us dissatisfied and unfulfilled. How can we cure ourselves of this strikingly modern affliction? According to Richard Denniss, we must distinguish...

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True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction

True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction

Helen Garner

An extraordinary book of collected short non-fiction, spanning fifty years of work, by one of Australia's great writers.

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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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The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power

The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power

Niall Ferguson

Throughout history our societies have worked through networks - of information, friendship, professions, families - Niall Ferguson's new bestseller is a history of this remarkable aspect of human existence, from the networks that...

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The Secret Life of Cows

The Secret Life of Cows

Rosamund Young

In this affectionate, heart-warming chronicle, Rosamund Young shows that cows love, play games, bond and form life-long friendships.

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A World of Three Zeroes: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Carbon Emissions

A World of Three Zeroes: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Carbon Emissions

Muhammad Yunus

A World of Three Zeroes describes the new civilisation that is emerging from the economic experiments Yunus' work has helped to inspire, and offers a challenge to young people, business and political leaders, and ordinary citizens...

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The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

Bain Attwood

In this superbly researched book Bain Attwood eschews the generalisations of national and colonial history to provide a finely grained local history of the......

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The Grip of Film

The Grip of Film

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade edits and annotates the meditations on film by that master of the medium, Gordy LaSure.

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No Front Line: Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

No Front Line: Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan

Chris Masters

Australia's foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan.

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

Michael Slezak, Emma Johnston

Would it be ethical to eat sentient aliens? What is the basis of the difference between the sexes? Why is there something rather than nothing? Now in its seventh year, The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 draws on the...

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Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through

Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through

V. I. Lenin, Slavoj Zizek

One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, Zizek shows why Lenin's thought is still important today

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The Big Picture: Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 1

The Big Picture: Towards an Independent Foreign Policy: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 1

Jonathan Pearlman

‘We need to determine a foreign policy of our own - one that looks after Australia's interest in the new order; an order which will have China as its centre of gravity.' -Paul KeatingThe world is changing, and so...

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 Special priceThe 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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The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump. Essays and Reportage, 1994-2016

The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump. Essays and Reportage, 1994-2016

Martin Amis

One of the finest essayists of all time with an essential collection of essays looking at our times.

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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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 Special price Read reviewWoman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment

Jenny Valentish

Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way.

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 Read reviewCan You Tolerate This?

Can You Tolerate This?

Ashleigh Young

Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of twenty-one personal essays by Ashleigh Young.

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The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

Stuart Kells

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders is a love letter to libraries not just as mere collections of books, but as magical, fabled places.

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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 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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'Me Write Myself': The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen's Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47

‘Me Write Myself’: The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen’s Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47

Leonie Stevens

Exiles, lost souls, remnants of a dying race. The fate of the First Nations peoples of Van Diemen's Land is one of the most infamous chapters in Australian, and world, history. The men, women, and children exiled to Flinders...

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 Special pricePink 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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The Inner Life of Animals

The Inner Life of Animals

Peter Wohlleben

A beguiling book about our deep connection with the natural world in all its incarnations, from the author of The Hidden Life of Trees.

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Tinkering: Australians Re-invent DIY Culture

Tinkering: Australians Re-invent DIY Culture

Katherine Wilson

At a time when the labour-market is failing as a source of security and identity for many, domestic tinkering is emerging as a legitimate occupation in a.....

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The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley

The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley

Brad Stone (Author)

The world is changing right before our eyes. This great wave, sparked by smartphones and high speed internet, has really just started. It has minted not just a new set of winners and losers but turned San Francisco into an...

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 Special priceWhat You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home

What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home

Mark Mazower

A family memoir, encompassing some of the most fascinating aspects of twentieth century European history, from the acclaimed author of Dark Continent.

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Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Simon Schama

Here is a passionate history of a world unfolding across many continents and five centuries by one of our greatest and internationally bestselling historians.

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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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The Memory of Music

The Memory of Music

Andrew Ford

The Memory of Music is a moving and evocative memoir that will appeal to music lovers everywhere.

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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: A Search For Human Antiquity

Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search For Human Antiquity

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

We Were Eight Years in Power

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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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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The Man Who Climbs Trees

The Man Who Climbs Trees

James Aldred

Tells the story of a professional British tree climber, cameraman and adventurer, who has made a career out of travelling the world, filming wildlife for the BBC and climbing trees.

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Sunlight and Seaweed

Sunlight and Seaweed

Tim Flannery

Internationally renowned climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery presents a detailed and fascinating vision of the technologies that will prove invaluable in ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

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Democracy in Chains

Democracy in Chains

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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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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Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the American Circus

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the American Circus

Matt Taibbi

From the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the aimless Hillary Clinton campaign, across the wilting media coverage and the trampled legacy of Obama, this is the story of ordinary voters forced to bear witness to the whole...

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Whiteley on Trial

Whiteley on Trial

Gabriella Coslovich

Offers a tale of obsession, greed and ego, where the richly diverse worlds of art, horse-racing, high finance, the luxury car trade and a humble tradesman collide - and no one is entirely innocent. Except perhaps the tradesman.

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 Read reviewThe Rules Do Not Apply

The Rules Do Not Apply

Ariel Levy

The new book by New Yorker journalist and author of Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy.

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China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia

China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia

Bates Gill, Linda Jakobson

Australia and China face a new era, but are we ready?

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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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Breaking the Mould

Breaking the Mould

Angela Pippos

An extraordinary transformation is taking place in Australian sport; from suburban footy fields to stadium cage fights, sportswomen are breaking through the...

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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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First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety

Sarah Wilson

The world's foremost writer on the dangers of sugar discovers the hidden value and advantages of being an anxious person.

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Line of Fire

Line of Fire

Ian Townsend

The little known and intriguing WWII story of an eleven-year-old Australian schoolboy who was shot by the Japanese in Rabaul in 1942 as a suspected spy.It's hard to imagine this story as being part of our past, but in...

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Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto

Jessa Crispin

A searing rejection of contemporary feminism and a bracing manifesto for revolution. Jessa Crispin, cultural critic and founder of Bookslut, offers a brilliant rejection of contemporary feminism - and demands something better.

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Your Brain Knows More Than You Think

Your Brain Knows More Than You Think

Niels Birbaumer, Jorg Zittlau, David Shaw

Too often, we humans tend to assume that nature is fixed, immutable - and this tendency is particularly strong when we think about matters of the mind and behaviour. Neuroplasticity - the virtually limitless capacity of the brain...

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The Lost Words

The Lost Words

Jackie Morris, Robert Macfarlane

From Acorn to Weasel: a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spell book celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural world.

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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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Australian Gypsies: Their secret history

Australian Gypsies: Their secret history

Mandy Sayer

Today, roughly 100,000 Gypsies call Australia home, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories of the country. In this volume, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a...

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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 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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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 Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government (Updated Edition)

Niki Savva

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

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 Special priceSugar: The World Corrupted, from Slavery to Obesity

Sugar: The World Corrupted, from Slavery to Obesity

James Walvin

The story of sugar, and of mankind's desire for sweetness in food and drink is a compelling, though confusing story. It is also an historical story.

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The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

Susan Bordo

The essential analysis of how and why Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election by acclaimed cultural critic and historian Susan Bordo

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Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Jane Caro

In this revealingly honest collection, successful Australian women talk about the challenges they have overcome, from sexual assault and domestic violence to racism, miscarriage, depression and loss, and how they let the past go...

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Taming Toxic People

Taming Toxic People

David Gillespie

Bestselling author David Gillespie turns his attention to a phenomenon that damages businesses, seeds mental disease and discomfort and can bring civilisations to the brink of implosion - the psychopath.

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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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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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Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia's Refugee Policy

Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s Refugee Policy

Claire Higgins

In the late 1970s, 150,000 Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians arrived in Australia by boat, fleeing war and oppression. This influx of people, and the way the Fraser government handled it, marked not only the real end of the...

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Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays

Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays

Durga Chew-Bose

Too Much and Not the Mood is a beautiful and surprising exploration of what it means to be a first-generation, creative young woman working today.

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Women Leading

Women Leading

Christine Nixon, Amanda Sinclair

Smashes tired prescriptions that women should lead like men, highlighting a long history of innovative female leadership. Christine Nixon and Amanda Sinclair draw on their own and thousands of others' experiences to argue it is...

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Beyond Veiled Cliches

Beyond Veiled Cliches

Amal Awad

Amal Awad spoke with women in the Arab world and Arab Australian women to discover what their lives are really like. The breadth, variety and beauty of what she discovered will surprise you.

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The Prince Boofhead Syndrome

The Prince Boofhead Syndrome

Michael Carr-Gregg

By the author of the phenomenally successful The Princess Bitchface Syndrome comes the highly anticipated and long-awaited companion volume about parenting teenage boys.

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 Read reviewNot Just Lucky

Not Just Lucky

Jamila Rizvi

Media star Jamila Rizvi's exploration of the confidence deficit holding women back, the barriers to career success this can create, and how they might be overcome. Accessible and timely, this is essential reading for millennial...

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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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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

The main driver of inequality--returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth--is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty's findings in this ambitious, original,...

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The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars

The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars

Dava Sobel

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dava Sobel returns with a captivating, little-known true story of women in science

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 Special priceLa Mama

La Mama

Adam Cass

In August 2017, Melbourne's La Mama Theatre celebrates 50 years since the premiere of its first production, Jack Hibberd's Three Old Friends. La Mama commemorates the rich life story of the theatre so far, tracking the...

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The Vandemonian War

The Vandemonian War

Nick Brodie

The Vandemonian Wars will reveal the untold story of the orchestrated and successful attacks on the aboriginal population of Tasmania after British settlement and the British Government's part in it.

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Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens

Queens of the Conquest: England’s Medieval Queens

Alison Weir

Five of England's medieval queens come to life in the first volume of an epic new series from the bestselling historian.

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 Read reviewDepends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables

Depends What You Mean by Extremist: Going Rogue with Australian Deplorables

John Safran

No one turns up where they're not wanted quite like John Safran. In this hilarious and disorienting adventure he gets among our diverse community of ..

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The Courage to be Disliked

The Courage to be Disliked

Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga

Released for the first time in the English language, the Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons needed to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness.

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The Women's Footy Almanac 2017

The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017

John Harms, Yvette Wroby

The inaugural AFL Women's competition was a huge success. Although there were supporters who anticipated its impact, there were many who were surprised by the significance it had.

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Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

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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Inferior: The True Power of Women and the Science That Shows it

Inferior: The True Power of Women and the Science That Shows it

Angela Saini

From intelligence to emotion, for centuries science has told us that men and women are fundamentally different. But this is not the whole story.

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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Kate Raworth

Identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot. This book deconstructs the character of Rational economic man and explains what...

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On John Marsden: Writers on Writers

On John Marsden: Writers on Writers

Alice Pung

In this fascinating book, Alice Pung writes about one of her deep influences - the much-loved and hugely successful John Marsden.

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You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Princesses, Trainwrecks and Other Man-Made Women

You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Princesses, Trainwrecks and Other Man-Made Women

Carina Chocano

In Carina Chocano's insightful, witty and moving You Play The Girl, we travel down the rabbit hole into the Wonderland of pop culture

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 Read reviewStill Lucky

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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Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Phaidon Editors, David Malin, Paul Murdin

Explore the stars and planets and beyond through 300 fascinating images - an international panel of experts take you on a journey through man's record of the universe - from ancient cave paintings to animation

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 Read reviewDraw Your Weapons

Draw Your Weapons

Sarah Sentilles

Draw Your Weapons stirs and confronts, disturbs and illuminates. A single book might not change the world, but this utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world-and that makes all the...

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Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942

Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942

Allan Gyngell

Everything Australia wants to achieve as a country depends on its capacity to understand the world outside and to respond effectively to it.

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Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

Ross McMullin

Hundreds of Australian first-person narratives of World War I have been published, but none more riveting than this one.

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 Special priceThe Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

Jim Robbins

A fascinating investigation into the miraculous world of birds and the powerful - and surprising - ways they enrich our lives and sustain the planet

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Just Cool It

Just Cool It

David Suzuki, Ian Hanington

A resounding post-Paris Agreement wake-up call about the urgency of the climate crisis that offers a range of practical solutions - and above all, hope.Climate change is the most important crisis humanity has faced,...

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 Read reviewLast Words: The hanging of Ronald Ryan

Last Words: The hanging of Ronald Ryan

Barry Dickins

From acclaimed playwright and writer Barry Dickins, Last Words is the story of Ronald Ryan, the last man hanged in Australia. Fifty years after his death, questions remain unanswered. Ryan had been found guilty of murdering prison...

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Mindfulness for Mums and Dads: Proven Strategies for Calming Down and Connecting

Mindfulness for Mums and Dads: Proven Strategies for Calming Down and Connecting

Diana Korevaar

This is the book on the ground-breaking science of mindfulness that every parent needs by their side. This beautifully illustrated handbook contains 25 short lessons in being present, avoiding reactivity, and learning to connect...

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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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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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Crossing the Line: Australia's Secret History in the Timor Sea

Crossing the Line: Australia’s Secret History in the Timor Sea

Kim McGrath

This groundbreaking book tells the story of Australia's ongoing secret attempts to deprive East Timor of its oil and gas.

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Mischka's War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s

Mischka’s War: A European Odyssey of the 1940s

Sheila Fitzpatrick

On a winter's day in 1943, 22-year-old Mischka Danos chanced on a terrible sight as he skied through Latvian woods—a pit filled with the bodies of Jews killed by the occupying Germans. The world was full of such atrocities,...

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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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Is Racism an Environmental Threat?

Is Racism an Environmental Threat?

Ghassan Hage

The ecological crisis is the most overwhelming to have ever faced humanity and its consequences permeate every domain of life. This trenchant book examines its relation to Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today, showing...

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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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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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 Special priceThe 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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 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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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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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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 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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