Non-fiction books 2017

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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There It Is Again: Collected Writings

There It Is Again: Collected Writings

Don Watson

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

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

John Clarke

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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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Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir

Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir

Irvin D. Yalom

The must-read new memoir from one of psychiatry's most important figures.

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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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 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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The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

Michael Carr-Gregg, Elly Robinson

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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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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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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 Abundance

The Abundance

Annie Dillard, Geoff Dyer

The best writing from the Pulitzer Prize-winning nature writer, with a foreword by Geoff Dyer.

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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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The Road to Ruin

The Road to Ruin

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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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

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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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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 Special priceCapital 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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 Special priceNo 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

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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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 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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On Tyranny

On Tyranny

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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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

A curated collection of the New York Times' travel column, Footsteps, exploring iconic authors' relationships to landmarks and cities around the world.

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The Strength Switch: How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Helps Your Child and Teen to Flourish

The Strength Switch: How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Helps Your Child and Teen to Flourish

Dr. Lea Waters

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

Heart: the inside story of our bodys most important organ

Johannes Hinrich von Borstel, David Shaw

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

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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 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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 Read reviewConfabulations

Confabulations

John Berger

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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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