Non-fiction books 2017

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This fine collection includes John Clarke's writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well as previously unpublished pieces.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

Steph Adams, Samantha Brett

In The Game Changers, Samantha and Steph have handpicked the world's most inspiring women, and these women are letting you into their worlds. They are sharing their secrets to overcoming fears and challenges, and...

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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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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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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

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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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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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I'll Have What She's Having: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy

I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy

Erin Carlson

A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron's revered trilogy - When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle - which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved...

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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

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The Best Australian Essays 2017

The Best Australian Essays 2017

Anna Goldsworthy

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John Curtin's War (Volume I)

John Curtin’s War (Volume I)

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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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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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

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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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The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World

David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt

A profound and powerful exploration of human creativity from the international bestselling author of The Brain.

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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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No Front Line

No Front Line

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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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

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The 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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 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 Catch

The Catch

Anna Clark

Bringing her personal passion for throwing in a line, author Anna Clark celebrates the enduring pleasure of fishing in The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

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Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish

Tom McCarthy

Features the author's own selection of the best of the essays he has published over more than a decade in such places as The Believer and the London Review of Books. This book includes essays on writers, as well as essays on...

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Return to Moscow

Return to Moscow

Tony Kevin

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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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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

The first full-length study of Helen Garner's forty years of writing - a literary portrait that maps Garner's works against the different stages of her life.

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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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 Read reviewThe Case Against Fragrance

The Case Against Fragrance

Kate Grenville

A beautifully written, clear-eyed investigation of the science of scent and the power of the fragrance industry, from one of Australia's greatest writers.

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The Clever Guts Diet: How to revolutionise your body from the inside out

The Clever Guts Diet: How to revolutionise your body from the inside out

Dr Dr 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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The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others

The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others

Tali Sharot

The new book from TED speaker and author of The Optimism Bias, Tali Sharot, The Group Delusion challenges the wisdom of the crowd.

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Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Escape Artist: The Incredible Second World War of Johnny Peck

Dr Peter Monteath

The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck. In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his.....

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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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Montmartre: Paris's Village of Art and Sin

Montmartre: Paris’s Village of Art and Sin

John Baxter

In the second portrait of his series Great Parisian Neighborhoods, award-winning raconteur John Baxter leads us on a whirlwind tour of Montmartre, the hill-top village that fired the greatest achievements of modern art while also...

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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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In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer's: Shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize

In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s: Shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize

Dr Joseph Jebelli

The fascinating and very human story of the Alzheimer's epidemic that affects millions of people around the world - and the race against the clock to find a cure.

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Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech

Heather Cabot, Heather Cabot,Samantha Walravens, Samantha Walravens

This book isn't about the famous tech trailblazers you already know, like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer. Instead, veteran journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens introduce readers to the ... female entrepreneurs and...

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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 Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own

The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own

Veronica Chambers

Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. While many books have looked at Michelle Obama from a fashion perspective, no book has fully explored what Michelle Obama means to our culture. The Meaning of...

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Take Heart: A Story for Modern Stepfamilies

Take Heart: A Story for Modern Stepfamilies

Chloe Shorten

These days, families come in all shapes and sizes. Chloe Shorten tells of her own quest to create a new normal. Honest, sincere and warm hearted, this is a story of the modern household and explores the idea of who qualifies as 'a...

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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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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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 Special priceAdults In The Room: My Battle With Europe's Deep Establishment

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

Yanis Varoufakis

This explosive, headline-making memoir from the world's most controversial economist will blow the lid on the secret dealings of the EU

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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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Shakespeare And Company, Paris: A History

Shakespeare And Company, Paris: A History

Krista Halverson

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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

Braving the Wilderness

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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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

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Asylum by Boat

Asylum by Boat

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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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 Mighty West: The Bulldogs' Journey from Daydream Believers to Premiership Heroes

The Mighty West: The Bulldogs' Journey from Daydream Believers to Premiership Heroes

Kerrie Soraghan

In 2016 the Western Bulldogs stunned the AFL world by winning the Premiership - the club's first since 1954, and only its second ever. It was an unprecedented rise to success, capped by a stunning Grand Final victory that left...

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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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Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant

Offers insights for dealing with hardships in our own lives and helping others in crisis. This title explores how yiu cn raise strong children, create resilient communities and workplaces, and find meaning, love and joy in our...

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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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 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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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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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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 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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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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Jane Austen at Home: A Biography

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography

Lucy Worsley

Historian Lucy Worsley visits Jane Austen at home, exploring the author's life through the places which meant the most to her.

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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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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The essential universe, from a celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

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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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 Special priceThe Book Thieves

The Book Thieves

Anders Rydell, Henning Koch

For readers of The Monuments Men and The Hare with Amber Eyes, the story of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stolen books to their rightful...

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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 Times

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

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

Sheila Fitzpatrick

Sheila Fitzpatrick pieces together her late husband's story through diaries, correspondence and recollections: 'This is a historian's book but it's also a wife's book about her husband ... an offering of love that is also a search...

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 Read reviewAnaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Kate Cole-Adams

An astonishing work of creative non-fiction, about the enigma at the heart of modern medicine, and the mystery of the interrupted self.

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Override: my quest to discover the truth about brain training and rewire my imperfect mind

Override: my quest to discover the truth about brain training and rewire my imperfect mind

Caroline Williams

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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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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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The One Cent Magenta

The One Cent Magenta

James Barron

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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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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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War: An Enquiry

War: An Enquiry

A. C. Grayling

A renowned philosopher challenges long-held views on just wars, ethical conduct during war, why wars occur, how they alter people and societies, and more

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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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 Read reviewHeart: the inside story of our bodys most important organ

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The heart - we all have one, pumping away reliably in our chest, never stopping till the day we die. But few of us think much about this heroic organ until it starts to go wrong.

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Paris: An Inspired Wander Through the City of Lights

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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

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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

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

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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

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Abrams

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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Havana: A Subtropical Delirium

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Mark Kurlansky

A city of tropical heat, sweat, ramshackle beauty, and its very own cadence - a city that always surprises - Havana is brought to pulsing life by New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansk

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The Show: Another Side of Santamaria's Movement

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Mark Aarons, John Grenville

In 1942, on the recommendation of 26-year-old Bob Santamaria, Australia's Catholic bishops created a clandestine church organisation to smash the Communist Party's massive trade union base. Soon, The Movement, working closely with...

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Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire

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Carol Dyhouse (Professor of History (Emeritus), University of Sussex)

The story of female desire and fantasy, told through the cultural history of the heartthrob, from Byron to boy-bands. Feminists have commonly represented women as objects of the 'male gaze': this book looks at men through the eyes...

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

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Paul Verhaeghe

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

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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Jeff Sparrow

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

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The Weather Obsession

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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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