Non-fiction books 2017

Wednesdays with Bob

Wednesdays with Bob

Derek Rielly, Bob Hawke

At 87, beloved former PM Bob Hawke reflects on a colourful life.

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Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America

Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Kate Harding

Essays by Cheryl Strayed, Rebecca Solnit, Jessica Valenti, Alicia Garza, Katha Pollitt, Samantha Irby, and Nicole Chung, among others --Cover.

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Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke

Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke

John Clarke

This fine collection includes John Clarke's writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well as previously unpublished pieces.

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The Game Changers

The Game Changers

Samantha Brett, Steph Adams

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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Troublemakers: How a Generation of Silicon Valley Upstarts Invented the Future

Troublemakers: How a Generation of Silicon Valley Upstarts Invented the Future

Leslie Berlin

The fascinating tale of the early frontier days of Silicon Valley and the men and women who chased innovation and ended up changing the world. Perfect for fans of the popular HBO series Silicon Valley, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs...

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On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck

On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck

Nick Riggle

At the core of [this] work is the idea that awesome people are exemplars of social creativity. We suck when we foil their attempts at creative community building. To be down, game, chill, basic, wack, or a preference dictator are...

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100 Nasty Women of History: Brilliant, badass and completely fearless women everyone should know

100 Nasty Women of History: Brilliant, badass and completely fearless women everyone should know

Hannah Jewell

100 fascinating and brilliantly written stories about history's bravest, baddest but little known 'nasty' women from across the world.

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There It Is Again: Collected Writings

There It Is Again: Collected Writings

Don Watson

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What's Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

What’s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy

Tom Slee

A razor-sharp examination of the 'sharing economy'.

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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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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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How to Swear

How to Swear

Stephen Wildish

Grasping how to swear is a crucial skill to any English-speaker, but it can be a tricky business. Owing to the rich and complex history of swearing, a single word can have a host of different meanings - from expressing surprise,...

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

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

John Edwards

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

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

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

John Clarke

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

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

Sasha Polakow-Suransky

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

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 Read reviewSaga Land

Saga Land

Richard Fidler, Kari Gislason

A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

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Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia

Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia

Diana Preston

Celebrated historian Diana Preston presents betrayals, escapes, and survival at sea in her account of the mutiny of the Bounty and the flight of convicts from the Australian penal colony.

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1947: Where Now Begins

1947: Where Now Begins

Elisabeth Asbrink, Fiona Graham

As the clock strikes the end of the war, the time begins to turn towards a new age - the one we call now.

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

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

Richard Denniss

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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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 Special priceThe Origins of Creativity

The Origins of Creativity

Edward O. Wilson

Following the extraordinary success of The Meaning of Human Existence, Edward O. Wilson offers a philosophically probing work on the origins of human creativity.

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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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Birdmania

Birdmania

Bernd Brunner

A window on the world of birders-obsessive, passionate, quirky, and always interesting

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Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer

Young Hitler: The Making of the Fuhrer

Paul Ham

How did the defining years of Hitler's life affect his rise to power? When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, he was just 25 years old. By peeling back the layers of Hitler's childhood, his war record and his early political...

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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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The Secret Life of Cows

The Secret Life of Cows

Rosamund Young

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

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

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

Muhammad Yunus

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

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The Drover's Wife: A Collection

The Drover’s Wife: A Collection

Frank Moorhouse

A celebration of a great Australian love affair, 'The Drover's Wife' in the Australian imagination: stories, performances and images.

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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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Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through

Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through

V. I. Lenin, Slavoj Zizek

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

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Adam Spencer's The Number Games

Adam Spencer’s The Number Games

Adam Spencer

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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 Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

Margareta Magnusson

A charming approach to putting your life in order so your loved ones won't have to? There's a word for it in Swedish: Dostadning, literally, ‘death cleaning'.

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Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants

Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants

Kate Herd, Jela Ivankovic-Waters

This richly illustrated book is the ideal source when seeking the perfect feature plant for a space of any size. With stunning photography of gardens old and new, this book captures the most creatively inspiring Australian plants...

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 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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Bored and Brilliant: How Time Spent Doing Nothing Changes Everything

Bored and Brilliant: How Time Spent Doing Nothing Changes Everything

Manoush Zomorodi

An award-winning journalist uncovers the truth about boredom and why it's the key to your creativity

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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

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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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 Special priceSlugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-Year Battle Between Marvel and DC

Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-Year Battle Between Marvel and DC

Reed Tucker

The most bruising battle in the superhero world isn't between spandex-clad characters -- it's between the publishers themselves. For more than 50 years, Marvel and DC have been locked in an epic war, tirelessly trading punches and...

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

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

Mark Mazower

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

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Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Simon Schama

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

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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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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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It's Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots

It’s Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots

Toby Walsh

A fascinating survey of Artificial Intelligence - where it came from, the state of the art today, and where it will take us tomorrow.

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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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 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

The Clever Guts Diet

Michael Mosley

The definitive book on the newest frontier in science, health and diet. Loaded with facts and examples but, above all a practical guide for anyone who wants to fine-tune their body by revolutionising the workings of their gut.

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Total Propaganda: Basic Marxist Brainwashing for the Angry and the Young

Total Propaganda: Basic Marxist Brainwashing for the Angry and the Young

Helen Razer

Marxism and socialism explained for a younger readership

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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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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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Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

Camille Paglia

From the fiery intellectual provocateur - and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality - a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women...

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 Read reviewWatching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Julian Burnside

Rich with fascinating case studies, and eloquent in its defence of civil society, Watching Out is a beacon of legal liberalism in an intemporate age.

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Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race

David Marr

Most Australians despise what Pauline Hanson stands for, yet politics in this country is now orbiting around One Nation.

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 Read reviewPlease Explain

Please Explain

Anna Broinowski

After eighteen years in the political wilderness, Pauline Hanson is back and more powerful than ever. Please Explain is a compelling, intimate look at how an Ipswich fish and chip shop lady changed the nation - and how she speaks...

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Change How You Think and Be Happier Now

Change How You Think and Be Happier Now

Kate James

Broaden your perspective and discover practical ways to feel more at peace with life and within yourself. Between these covers, you'll find tools that will help you savour the good times and roll with the punches when things...

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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

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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Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

Rutger Bregman

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling...

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Breaking the Mould

Breaking the Mould

Angela Pippos

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

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The Australian Bird Guide

The Australian Bird Guide

Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack, Kim Franklin

The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated field guide to Australia's unique birdlife.

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

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

Sarah Wilson

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

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Line of Fire

Line of Fire

Ian Townsend

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In Search of Good Government: Great Expectations & Political Amnesia

In Search of Good Government: Great Expectations & Political Amnesia

Laura Tingle

With the politics of rage and resentment dominating many Western nations, including Australia, Laura Tingle's calm, perceptive analysis is more relevant than ever.

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Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto

Jessa Crispin

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

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Your Brain Knows More Than You Think

Your Brain Knows More Than You Think

Niels Birbaumer, Jorg Zittlau, David Shaw

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

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The Lost Words

The Lost Words

Jackie Morris, Robert Macfarlane

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

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Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

David Grann

A masterpiece of narrative non-fiction, set around an American crime and the birth of the FBI, a thrilling investigative account of a forgotten moment in history.

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Australian Gypsies: Their secret history

Australian Gypsies: Their secret history

Mandy Sayer

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

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 Special priceThe Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York

The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York

Anne de Courcy

A sparkling social history of the 'Dollar Princesses', the young American heiresses who married into the English aristocracy.

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The Secret Life of the Mind: How Our Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides

The Secret Life of the Mind: How Our Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides

Mariano Sigman

A vast yet compact view of cognitive neuroscience, a groundbreaking, personal and comprehensive guide into understanding our thoughts.

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A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition

Shireen Morris

The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a rightful place be found for Australia's original peoples?

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The Road to Ruin

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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Shakespeare And Company, Paris: A History

Shakespeare And Company, Paris: A History

Krista Halverson

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Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Unbreakable: Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope

Jane Caro

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

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Taming Toxic People

Taming Toxic People

David Gillespie

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

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Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia's Climate Deadlock

Quarterly Essay 66: The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock

Anna Krien

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Extreme weather is becoming all too familiar. And the Coalition government is divided and paralysed.

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Braving the Wilderness

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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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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Against Native Title: Conflict and creativity in outback Australia

Against Native Title: Conflict and creativity in outback Australia

Eve Vincent

Against Native Title is about one group's lived experience of a divisive native title claim in the outback town of Ceduna, where the native title claims process has....

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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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 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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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

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

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

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

Dava Sobel

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

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 Special priceLa Mama

La Mama

Adam Cass

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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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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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Tour de Oz

Tour de Oz

Bret Harris

Four years before the inaugural Tour de France, four cyclists known as 'Overlanders' set out on a race around Australia. On 24 November 1896 a wiry and wily bushman named Arthur Richardson left Coolgardie for Adelaide by bicycle....

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Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Susan Carland

The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist's playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with.....

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No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

Naomi Klein

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On John Marsden: Writers on Writers

On John Marsden: Writers on Writers

Alice Pung

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

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

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

Carina Chocano

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

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Too Short Stories

Too Short Stories

Missing Persons Advocacy Network

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 Read reviewStill Lucky

Still Lucky

Rebecca Huntley

At a time when politics seems increasingly negative and our society increasingly divided, Still Lucky shows that we are more fortunate than we think, and have more in common than we know.

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Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World

Phaidon Editors, David Malin, Paul Murdin

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

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 Read reviewDraw Your Weapons

Draw Your Weapons

Sarah Sentilles

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

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Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942

Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942

Allan Gyngell

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

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Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words

Ross McMullin

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

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Just Cool It

Just Cool It

David Suzuki, Ian Hanington

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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 reviewLast Words: The hanging of Ronald Ryan

Last Words: The hanging of Ronald Ryan

Barry Dickins

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

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

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

Diana Korevaar

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

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9 Ways to a Resilient Child

9 Ways to a Resilient Child

Justin Coulson

The author of 21 Days to a Happier Family, Dr Justin Coulson, on raising kids who'll bounce back from adversity and challenging times. Have you ever watched your child give up too quickly and...

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 Read reviewThe Family

The Family

Chris Johnston, Rosie Jones

A powerful work of investigative journalism that reveals the legacy of a notorious cult.

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Footsteps: From Ferrante's Naples to Hammett's San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World

Footsteps: From Ferrante’s Naples to Hammett’s San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World

New York Times

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

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

Kim McGrath

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

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

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

Sheila Fitzpatrick

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 Read reviewAnaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Kate Cole-Adams

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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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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend.

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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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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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 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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The Show: Another Side of Santamaria's Movement

The Show: Another Side of Santamaria’s Movement

Mark Aarons, John Grenville

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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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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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