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This fine collection includes John Clarke's writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well as previously unpublished pieces.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

Samantha Brett, Steph Adams

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport

Titus O'Reily

Titus O'Reily, Australia's least insightful sports writer, takes you through the history of Australian sport and the people who made it. In his inimitable comic style, he explains how sport has shaped this wide brown country into...

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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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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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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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 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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 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 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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The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0

Michael Carr-Gregg, Elly Robinson

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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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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

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The Clever Guts Diet: Australian and New Zealand edition

The Clever Guts Diet: Australian and New Zealand edition

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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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 priceBeyond 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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 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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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 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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 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

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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

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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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A Slow Childhood: Notes On Thoughtful Parenting

A Slow Childhood: Notes On Thoughtful Parenting

Helen Hayward

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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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How the Hell Did This Happen?: The US Election of 2016

How the Hell Did This Happen?: The US Election of 2016

P. J. O'Rourke

An essential take on the stranger-than-fiction 2016 presidential election from a quintessential voice on American politics and culture.

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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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Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied his Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail

Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied his Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail

Jonathan Chait

An unassailable case that, in the eyes of history, Barack Obama will be viewed as one of America's best and most accomplished presidents.

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The One Cent Magenta

The One Cent Magenta

James Barron

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Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Charles Spence

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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

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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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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 Special price Read reviewThe Quantum Astrologer's Handbook

The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook

Michael Brooks

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

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 Read reviewThe Pleasures of Leisure

The Pleasures of Leisure

Robert Dessaix

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

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

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

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

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 Read reviewConfabulations

Confabulations

John Berger

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 Special priceFuturability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility

Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility

Franco Bifo Berardi

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

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

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

Graham Allison

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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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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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