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This fine collection includes John Clarke's writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well as previously unpublished pieces.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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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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There It Is Again: Collected Writings

There It Is Again: Collected Writings

Don Watson

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Hanif Abdurraqib, Dr Eve L Ewing

Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.

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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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The Secret Life of Whales

The Secret Life of Whales

Micheline Jenner

Marine biologist Micheline Jenner discovered humpback breeding grounds off the Kimberley coast, has swum through orange golfball-sized pygmy blue whale poo to......

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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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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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A Pleasure to Be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017

A Pleasure to Be Here: The Best of Clarke and Dawe 1989-2017

John Clarke

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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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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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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 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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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 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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 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 Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

Michael Carr-Gregg, Elly Robinson

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The Mother of All Questions: Further Feminisms

The Mother of All Questions: Further Feminisms

Rebecca Solnit

A new collection of 'further feminisms' - searing, smart and provocative essays from one of the most important public intellectuals writing today.

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Return to Moscow

Return to Moscow

Tony Kevin

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 Special priceInto 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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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The Lost Words: Rediscover our natural world with this spellbinding book

The Lost Words: Rediscover our natural world with this spellbinding book

Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

Clive Hamilton

Humans have become so powerful that we are disrupting the functioning of the earth, to the point where scientists now consider we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Clive Hamilton argues this forces us to...

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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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 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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The 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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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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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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Gimme Shelter: Stories of Courage, Endurance and Survival from the Frontline and Back Home

Gimme Shelter: Stories of Courage, Endurance and Survival from the Frontline and Back Home

Paul Field

For many returned service men and women, coming home is when the battle really begins. These are the stories that must be told.

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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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 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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Sex after Sixty: a French guide to loving intimacy

Sex after Sixty: a French guide to loving intimacy

Marie de Hennezel, Kate Bignold, Luisa Nitrato Izzo

In Sex After Sixty, Marie de Hennezel addresses the most taboo of subjects: the sexuality of seniors.

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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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Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

Manjula Martin

A collection of essays from today's most acclaimed authors--from Cheryl Strayed to Roxane Gay to Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Franzen--on the realities of making a living in the writing world --

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

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

Dr Adrian Owen

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

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

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

Joshua Green

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

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On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

On Kate Jennings: Writers on Writers

Erik Jensen

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

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

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

Robert Service

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

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The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

Joe Gorman

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

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The Honest History Book

The Honest History Book

David Stephens, Alison Broinowski

In Australia's rush to commemorate all things Anzac, have we lost our ability to look beyond war as the central pillar of Australia's history and identity The passionate historians of the ...

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 Read reviewThe Quantum Astrologer's Handbook

The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook

Michael Brooks

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

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 Read reviewThe Pleasures of Leisure

The Pleasures of Leisure

Robert Dessaix

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

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

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

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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 Read reviewConfabulations

Confabulations

John Berger

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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 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

Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire

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

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

Paul Verhaeghe

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

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

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

Catherine Fox

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

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

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

David Weigel

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

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 Read reviewNo Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson

No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson

Jeff Sparrow

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

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The Weather Obsession

The Weather Obsession

Lawrie Zion

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

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