Non-fiction books 2018

A Massacre in Mexico: The True Story Behind the Missing 43 Students

A Massacre in Mexico: The True Story Behind the Missing 43 Students

Anabel Hernandez

The definitive account of the mass disappearance of 43 Mexican students and the government that tried to cover it up

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 Read reviewEducated

Educated

Tara Westover

An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

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How To Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

How To Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

Michael Pollan

Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? One of America's most revered writers takes us on a mind-altering journey to the frontiers of human consciousness.   

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The Library Book

The Library Book

Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to the beloved institution of libraries.

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The Social Leap: how and why humans connect

The Social Leap: how and why humans connect

William von Hippel

Our chimpish ancestors were superbly adapted to a life of leaping through the trees. To survive on the savannah, they had to make a social leap - a change that drives us still today.

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Craftfulness

Craftfulness

Rosemary Davidson, Arzu Tahsin

An engaging, friendly and inspiring celebration of all things creativity and craft, while emphasising the huge mental benefits of making things with your hands.

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Ancient Skies - Constellation Mythology of the Greeks

Ancient Skies - Constellation Mythology of the Greeks

David Weston Marshall

Ancient Skies brings the belief systems of the classical world to shining life.

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Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

Camille Laurens, Willard Wood

This absorbing, heartfelt work tells the story of the real dancer behind Degas's now-iconic sculpture, and the struggles of late nineteenth-century bohemian life of Paris.    

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The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World

The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World

Peter Frankopan

When The Silk Roads was published in 2015, it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date,...

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Written in History: Letters that Changed the World

Written in History: Letters that Changed the World

Simon Sebag Montefiore

A collection of the greatest letters in history, charting world-shaping events and revealing the unique personalities of some of history's most famous figures

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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Rebecca Traister

From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement.<br...

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Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

Jeanette Winterson, Emmeline Pankhurst

One hundred years after women were first granted the vote, award-winning author Jeanette Winterson celebrates how far we have come on the road to equality, and calls on women and men alike to continue the fight. ...

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Unruly Waters: How Mountain Rivers and Monsoons Have Shaped South Asia's History

Unruly Waters: How Mountain Rivers and Monsoons Have Shaped South Asia’s History

Sunil Amrith

Asia's history has been shaped by its waters. In Unruly Waters, historian Sunil Amrith reimagines Asia's history through the stories of its rains, rivers, coasts, and seas - and of the weather-watchers and engineers, mapmakers and...

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Nothing is Real: The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop

Nothing is Real: The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop

David Hepworth

In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Hepworth shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it - from the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record...

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The End of the End of the Earth

The End of the End of the Earth

Jonathan Franzen

A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections

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The Library of Ice: Readings from a Cold Climate

The Library of Ice: Readings from a Cold Climate

Nancy Campbell

A vivid and perceptive book combining memoir, scientific and cultural history with a bewitching account of landscape and place, which will appeal to readers of Robert Macfarlane, Roger Deakin and Olivia Laing.

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Fed Up

Fed Up

Gemma Hartley

A ground-breaking exploration of feminism's most buzzy topic.

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That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

Kathryn Petras, Ross Petras

An entertaining and informative guide to the most common 150 words even smart people use incorrectly, along with pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse --

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Heart: A History

Heart: A History

Sandeep Jauhar

A doctor's inspiring obsession with the heart, seamlessly combining history, gripping scenes from the operating theatre and a moving personal story

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Places We Swim: Exploring Australia's Best Beaches, Pools, Waterfalls, Lakes, Hot Springs and Gorges

Places We Swim: Exploring Australia’s Best Beaches, Pools, Waterfalls, Lakes, Hot Springs and Gorges

Dillon Seitchik-Reardon, Caroline Clements

This beautiful photographic and curated travel guide celebrates Australia's long-standing connection to water

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Wine Reads: A Literary Anthology of Wine Writing

Wine Reads: A Literary Anthology of Wine Writing

Jay McInerney

From celebrated novelist Jay McInerney, whose extensive writing on wine has been called 'crisp, stylish and very funny' (New York Times Book Review), comes a delectable collection of great writing about wine.   

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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

Andrew Chaikin

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with this classic definitive account.   

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Crossing The Line: How Australian Cricket Lost its Way

Crossing The Line: How Australian Cricket Lost its Way

Gideon Haigh

‘I'm not proud of what's happened. Y'know, it's not within the spirit of the game.' Steve Smith was not to know it at Cape Town on 24 March 2018, but he was addressing his last press conference as captain of the Australian...

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Memento Mori: What the Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age and Death

Memento Mori: What the Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age and Death

Peter Jones (Author)

A revealing and entertaining guide to how the Romans confronted their own mortality and the problems of old age, from the author of Veni, Vidi, Vici.

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Quarterly Essay 72: Net Loss - The Inner Life in the Digital Age

Quarterly Essay 72: Net Loss - The Inner Life in the Digital Age

Sebastian Smee

We live in an age of constant distraction. Is there a price to pay for this?In this superb essay, renowned critic Sebastian Smee explores the fate of the inner life in the age of the internet. Throughout history,...

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The White Darkness

The White Darkness

David Grann

By the Sunday Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with colour photographs

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Living with Buildings: And Walking with Ghosts

Living with Buildings: And Walking with Ghosts

Iain Sinclair

Buildings shape our lives and our health. They affect how we sleep, work, socialise and even breathe. They can isolate us, make us sick or put us in danger, but they can also heal. We, in turn, make our buildings an extension of...

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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence

Kristen Ghodsee

This brilliantly witty and expert book explains why capitalism is rigged against women and what to do about it.     

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Why Does Patriarchy Persist?

Why Does Patriarchy Persist?

Carol Gilligan, Naomi Snider

In this highly original and persuasively argued book, Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider put forward a different view: they argue that patriarchy persists because it serves a psychological function.

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Against Creativity

Against Creativity

Oli Mould

Everything you have been told about creativity is wrong.

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The Patch

The Patch

John McPhee

This wide-ranging essay collection serves as a covert memoir of a cult literary figure-New Yorker writer John McPhee.    

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How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking

How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking

Viv Groskop

A celebration of women and public speaking - from great political leaders and stand-up comedians, to campaigners and feminists, this is a powerful little book about what happens when women find their voice.   

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The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine

The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine

Thomas Morris

We also hear of the weird, often hilarious remedies employed by physicians of yore - from crow's vomit to port-wine enemas - the hazards of such everyday objects as cucumbers and false teeth, and miraculous recovery from...

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By Sea & Stars: The Story of the First Fleet

By Sea & Stars: The Story of the First Fleet

Trent Dalton

Dazzling, poetic and vivid storytelling from one of Australia's greatest writers, which tells the bloody, brutal and enthralling story of the epic journey of the First Fleet.

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Australia - What Happened?

Australia - What Happened?

Ben Pobjie

When our politicians are too busy playing musical chairs to run the country, our cricketers are doing suspicious things with sandpaper, and a murderous starfish with twenty-one arms roams freely around the Great Barrier Reef it...

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Going Postal: More Than 'Yes' or 'No'

Going Postal: More Than ‘Yes’ or ‘No’

Quinn Eades, Son Vivienne

Throughout 2017 the queer and gender-diverse community of Australia undertook an incredible campaign of everyday activism around Marriage Equality. Individuals and collectives shared personal stories with their networks - from...

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Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

Eric Kaufmann

A provocative, ground-breaking book that will change the conversation about ethnic diversity and populism by offering a new narrative based on a wealth of data.    

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Capitalism in America: A History

Capitalism in America: A History

Alan Greenspan, Adrian Wooldridge

The story of America's evolution from a small patchwork of colonies to an unsurpassed engine of wealth and innovation.    

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Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz

A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself - by band members AD-ROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante,...

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Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

Tom Nancollas

An enthralling history of Britain's historic rock lighthouses, exploring the enduring appeal of these magnificent, isolated sentinels.     

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Top Stocks 2019

Top Stocks 2019

Roth

Top Stocks 2019 is the stock-picking guide every Australian needs. Whether you're a professional trader or an individual investing for the very first time, this book provides clear, accessible information to help you make the best...

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 Special priceHeroes

Heroes

Stephen Fry

The dazzling companion volume to the bestselling Mythos. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes

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Inadvertent

Inadvertent

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ingvild Burkey

The second book in the Why I Write series provides generous insight into the creative process of the award-winning Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard

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My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

David Marr

David Marr is the rarest of breeds: one of Australia's most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy, and one of its most subtle and eloquent biographers. In Marr's hands, those things we call reportage and...

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 Special priceThese Truths: A History of the United States

These Truths: A History of the United States

Jill Lepore

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.

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 Read reviewMad, Bad, Dangerous to Know

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know

Colm Toibin

In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know Colm Toibin turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland's greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences: their fathers.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty

Peter FitzSimons

The dramatic story of Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian and history's most famous mutiny, brought to life by Peter FitzSimons, Australia's storyteller.     

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New Jerusalem

New Jerusalem

Paul Ham

The short life and terrible death of Christendom's most defiant sect.    

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 Special price Read reviewThe Arsonist

The Arsonist

Chloe Hooper

On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The...

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Adam Spencer's Top 100

Adam Spencer’s Top 100

Adam Spencer

Australia's funniest mathematician returns in 2018 with more rollicking romps through the world of science, technology, numbers and all things nerdy.  This terrific new fully illustrated title follows on from...

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The King's War

The King’s War

Mark Logue, Peter Conradi

The extraordinary follow-up to the international bestseller The King's Speech

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 Read reviewThe Dinosaur Artist

The Dinosaur Artist

Paige Williams

New Yorker magazine staff writer Paige Williams delves into the surprisingly perilous world of fossil collectors in this riveting true tale.       

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Work Like a Woman: A Manifesto For Change

Work Like a Woman: A Manifesto For Change

Mary Portas

Work Like a Woman is a bold manifesto about why the way we work now is in desperate need of change, how you can campaign to help make this happen and why we will all - men and women - profit from this.

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Insomnia

Insomnia

Marina Benjamin

An intense, lyrical, witty, and humane exploration of a state we too often consider only superficially.    

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

Sohaila Abdulali

Neither a memoir nor an academic study but a deeply personal and meticulously researched rallying cry and required reading for us all.

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 Read reviewClose to Home: Selected Writings

Close to Home: Selected Writings

Alice Pung

This delightful collection brings together Alice Pung's most loved writing, on migration, family, identity, art and more. Warm, funny, moving and unfailingly honest, this is Alice Pung at her best - an irresistible delight for...

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Seize the Fire: Three Speeches

Seize the Fire: Three Speeches

Richard Flanagan

Australia is not a fixed entity, a collection of outdated bigotries and reactionary credos, but rather an invitation to dream, and this country-our country-belongs to its dreamers...if we are finally to once more go forward as a...

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Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure

Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure

Michael McGirr

A profound, funny and uplifting collection of reminiscences about a life in books.     

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How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

Julian Baggini

The first ever global overview of philosophy: how it developed around the world and impacted the cultures in which it flourished.     

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Inside Story: The First Ten Years

Inside Story: The First Ten Years

Peter Browne

Ten years ago, as the global financial crisis tightened its grip and Barack Obama neared the of his first successful presidential campaign, a new online magazine, Inside Story, was launched in Melbourne. Kevin Rudd was...

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2018

The Best Australian Science Writing 2018

John Pickrell

This popular yearly anthology gives a snapshot of the very best science writing Australia has to offer, including everything from the most esoteric philosophical questions about ourselves and the universe, through to practical...

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I Think, Therefore I Draw

I Think, Therefore I Draw

Daniel Klein, Thomas Cathcart

The great philosophers live among us, and they've got some great punchlines

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Yes Yes Yes: Australia's Journey to Marriage Equality

Yes Yes Yes: Australia’s Journey to Marriage Equality

Shirleene Robinson, Alex Greenwich

A compelling, moving account of the long journey to marriage equality in Australia. Yes Yes Yes, written by two advocates intimately involved in the struggle for marriage equality, reveals the untold story of how a grassroots...

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Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick

Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick

David Frye

A beguiling, sweeping history of civilisation and what it means to be civilised.    

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Steam Australia: Locomotives that Galvanised the Nation

Steam Australia: Locomotives that Galvanised the Nation

Tim Fischer

If you are passionate about steam locomotives, or know someone who is, then Steam Australia is the perfect companion. Tim Fischer takes readers into the fascinating and grand story of steam transportation over ten vital...

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John Curtin's War Volume II: Triumph and Decline

John Curtin’s War Volume II: Triumph and Decline

John Edwards

Described as ‘a huge and highly accessible contribution to Australian political history' (SMH), John Edwards' magisterial biography of our greatest Prime Minister concludes with the events that shaped our future: the nation...

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Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks and the shipboard artists of Cook and Flinders

Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks and the shipboard artists of Cook and Flinders

James Taylor

For over 50 years between the 1760s and the early 19th century, the pioneers who sailed from Europe to explore the Pacific brought back glimpses of a new world in the form of oil paintings, watercolors and drawings--a sensational...

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 Read reviewThrough the Night: Dispatches from Uranus

Through the Night: Dispatches from Uranus

Ed Moreno, Caio Fernando Abreu

Brazilian journalist and author Caio Fernando Abreu died of AIDS-related complications in 1996. He was one of the most important voices of the AIDS epidemic but his writing has been largely inaccessible to English-language...

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The Nameless Names

The Nameless Names

Scott Bennett

Few Australians realise that of the 62,000 Anzac soldiers who died in the Great War, over one-third are still listed as `missing.' With no marked graves, the only reminders of their sacrifice are the many names inscribed on ageing...

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For Valour: Australians Awarded the Victoria Cross

For Valour: Australians Awarded the Victoria Cross

Aaron Pegram, Craig Blanch

The Victoria Cross is the highest award given to members of the Commonwealth military forces for acts of extreme bravery in battle. There is no greater honour, award or accolade. For Valour tells the fascinating story of the 100...

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The Women's Atlas

The Women’s Atlas

Joni Seager

A groundbreaking book of infographics, this completely updated and redesigned new edition of Joni Seager's award-winning feminist atlas examines the status of women worldwide - the advances they have made and the distances...

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Living and Loving in Diversity

Living and Loving in Diversity

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Sad and funny, sexy and sensitive, angry and insightful: the deeply personal stories in this book reflect a rainbow of experiences and emotions, as diverse as the storytellers themselves. Join chief editor Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli...

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The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy

The Skripal Files: The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy

Mark Urban

From the heart of the cold war to the current hostilities between Russia and the West, this is the definitive account of the events that led to the Skripal poisoning

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Primate Change: How the world we made is remaking us

Primate Change: How the world we made is remaking us

Vybarr Cregan-Reid

This is the road from climate change to primate change.

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Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Clare Press

Takes a wild trip through the new activism sweeping the world. The political march is back in a big way, as communities rally to build movements for environmental and social justice. Crossing the globe, Clare Press meets...

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 Special priceThe Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity

Kwame Anthony Appiah

A new theory of identity that embraces a hybrid model of identification, radically different to traditional organising structures.   

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None of My Business

None of My Business

P. J. O'Rourke

P. J. O'Rourke channels his extensive experience of making fun of terrible things in despicable places and applies it to somewhere even worse - Wall Street.    

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 Special priceThe Persecution of the Templars: Scandal, Torture, Trial

The Persecution of the Templars: Scandal, Torture, Trial

Alain Demurger, Teresa Lavender Fagan

A striking account of the relentless persecution, and the oft-underestimated resistance, of the once-mighty Knights Templar.

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The Mother of All Jobs: How to Have Children and a Career and Stay Sane(ish)

The Mother of All Jobs: How to Have Children and a Career and Stay Sane(ish)

Christine Armstrong

It's time for a different conversation about working and parenting. As our working days get ever longer and our phones keep so many of us glued to work, the needs of our children and the world of school and childcare has not...

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 Read reviewThe Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania

The Rapids: Ways of Looking at Mania

Sam Twyford-Moore

Writing and mental illness make excellent bedfellows, for better or worse. The Rapids is an extraordinary personal memoir peppered with film and literary criticism, as well as family history. It manages to be both a wild ride and...

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Who Is Michael Ovitz?

Who Is Michael Ovitz?

Michael Ovitz

Secretive super-agent delivers the searing inside story of 80s and 90s Hollywood - a new classic of film, media and business.

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Trigger Warnings

Trigger Warnings

Jeff Sparrow

Donald Trump is the Thing-that-should-not-be.

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Hello World: How  to be Human in the Age of the Machine

Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine

Hannah Fry

As increasingly we rely on them to automate big, important decisions - in crime, healthcare, transport, money - they raise questions that cut to the heart of what we want our society to look like, forcing us to decide what matters...

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Australia and Indonesia: Can we be Friends?: Australian Foreign AffairsIssue 3

Australia and Indonesia: Can we be Friends?: Australian Foreign AffairsIssue 3

Jonathan Pearlman

Australian Foreign Affairs is published three times a year and seeks to explore - and encourage - debate on Australia's place in the world and global outlook.

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The Bulldog Track

The Bulldog Track

Peter Phelps

This is the story of Tom Phelps and the 'other Kokoda Track', a story that has never been told. Seventy-five years later, Tom's grandson, award-winning actor and writer Peter Phelps, is sharing the unforgettable tale of resilience...

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 Special priceLed Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is the first and only official illustrated book to be produced in collaboration with the members of the band.   

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The Land Before Avocado

The Land Before Avocado

Richard Glover

The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. 

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God is Good for You: A defence of Christianity in troubled times

God is Good for You: A defence of Christianity in troubled times

Greg Sheridan

At a time of crisis for Christianity in the West, God is Good for You shows just why we need faith in our world.

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 Read reviewThe World Was Whole

The World Was Whole

Fiona Wright

The follow-up to Fiona Wright's essay collection Small Acts of Disappearance - winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier's Award for...

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Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired

Wrong Way: How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired

Damien Cahill, Phillip Toner

Leading economists assess the costs and benefits of privatisation, deregulation, marketisation and other neoliberal reforms that have dominated Australian economic policy since the 1980s.

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Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

Stephen Hawking

The final book from Professor Stephen Hawking, the bestselling author of A Brief History of Time and arguably the most famous scientist of our age, Brief Answers to the Big Questions is a profound, accessible and timely reflection...

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Hugh Stretton: Selected Writings

Hugh Stretton: Selected Writings

Graeme Davison

A public intellectual known for his deeply humane approach to social and urban issues, Hugh Stretton's thinking has influenced Australian public debates for many decades. Fundamentally, Stretton wanted to make Australia fairer.

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Janesville: An American Story

Janesville: An American Story

Amy Goldstein

This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its main factory shuts down - but it's not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around...

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Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Thor Hanson

A superb natural and cultural history of bees - the only such book to celebrate their full diversity.

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Australia: The Vatican Museum's Indigenous Collection

Australia: The Vatican Museum’s Indigenous Collection

Katherine Aigner

From the ancient Etruscans and Romans, to the Renaissance masters of Michelangelo and Raphael, the Vatican Museums represent an aspect of the history of humanity through art. The Indigenous Australian collection is a little known...

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Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy

Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy

Benjamin Balint

The gripping story of the legal battle over the work of the most enigmatic writer of the twentieth century: a priceless lost cache of papers, an unprecedented international custody battle, and the unlikely trajectory of a trove of...

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Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

Gisela Kaplan

A fully revised, easy-to-read second edition providing the most comprehensive single study of tawny frogmouths.

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To Obama: A People's History

To Obama: A People’s History

Jeanne Marie Laskas

Every day, President Obama received ten thousand letters from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of them before going to bed. This is the story of how they shaped his presidency. Together they reveal the diary of...

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The Barefoot Investor for Families: The only kids' money guide you'll ever need

The Barefoot Investor for Families: The only kids' money guide you’ll ever need

Scott Pape

The new book from Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor.  

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Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

Matthew Walker

The phenomenal bestseller that's starting a sleep revolution, now in paperback.

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Hoodwinked

Hoodwinked

Kerry-Anne Walsh

Pauline Hanson claims to represent the average Australian but The Stalking of Julia Gillard's Kerry-Anne Walsh has discovered nothing could be further from the truth.   

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The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia

The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia

Christina Twomey

Follows the stories of 15,000 Australian prisoners of war from the moment they were released by the Japanese at the end of World War II. Their struggle to rehabilitate themselves and to win compensation and acknowledgement from...

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This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited

This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited

Henry Reynolds

Listening to the whispering in his own heart, Henry Reynolds was led into the lives of remarkable and largely forgotten white humanitarians who followed their consciences and challenged the prevailing attitudes to Indigenous...

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The Death of Truth

The Death of Truth

Michiko Kakutani

From a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of the West's retreat from reason.  

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Can We All Be Feminists?

Can We All Be Feminists?

June Eric-Udorie

A cutting-edge feminist essay anthology showcasing marginal voices, edited by 19-year-old activist and journalist June Eric-Udorie.    

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Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

Roxane Gay

Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that "not that bad" must no longer be good enough.

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Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Michael Palin

Michael Palin brings to life one of the greatest adventures of all time.  

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The Knowledge Solution: Politics

The Knowledge Solution: Politics

Various Authors

Can a return to direct democracy reconnect a jaded electorate with an out-of-touch establishment? Would reforming Canberra's toxic culture lead to worthwhile debate and better decision-making? Should today's leaders look back...

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Roar

Roar

Samantha Lane

A celebration of the wonderful characters of the AFLW and the remarkable success of the new Women's League.

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Birds in Their Habitats: Journeys with a Naturalist

Birds in Their Habitats: Journeys with a Naturalist

Ian Fraser

Discover birds and the places they live.

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Blue Collar Frayed: Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy

Blue Collar Frayed: Working Men in Tomorrow’s Economy

Jennifer Rayner

Drawing on extensive research and dozens of interviews, Rayner argues that there can be blue-collar jobs in our future economy; in fact, we can't keep building a fair and prosperous Australia without them. Humane and clear-eyed,...

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Dangerous Ideas About Mothers

Dangerous Ideas About Mothers

Camilla Nelson, Rachel Robertson

What's behind the rise of the mummy bullies? Coerced by the media, interrogated by other mothers, frowned upon even by those who are closest to them, the mothers of today face a barrage of criticism.

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Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Rebecca Solnit

An essential new collection of essays from the bestselling phenomenon Rebecca Solnit calling for reflection and context, activism and hope.  

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Letting Go: How to plan for a good death

Letting Go: How to plan for a good death

Charlie Corke

`Too frequently, we leave it too late to start to think - but a crisis is never the best time for careful thought.'

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The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together

The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together

Adam Nayman, Telegramme (with Timba Smits)

A playfully illustrated critical journey through the Coen brothers' filmography

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Populism Now!: The Case For Progressive Populism

Populism Now!: The Case For Progressive Populism

David McKnight

This timely and persuasive book exposes the failures of globalisation: greedy banks, predatory privatisation, corporate tax avoidance and a growing underclass of temporary overseas workers. David McKnight argues that a progressive...

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See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un's North Korea

See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un’s North Korea

Travis Jeppesen

From the first American to ever complete a North Korean university program, a nuanced and eye-opening portrait of the country and its capital Pyongyang, examining the culture, psychology, propaganda, and customs of the hermit...

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Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead

Brene Brown

Research professor and TED talk phenomenon Dr Brené Brown reveals how to choose courage over comfort, so we can step up, make a difference and dare to lead.

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 Special price Read reviewBoys Will be Boys

Boys Will be Boys

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford reports that one of the questions she is most asked in person and online is 'How do I raise my son to be a feminist? How do I make sure he's a supporter rather than a perpetrator?' That is a...

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Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Edith Hall

How to live happily in the modern world, guided by the ancient ideas of Aristotle

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How to Buy a Home: From Debt to a Deposit

How to Buy a Home: From Debt to a Deposit

Emily Power

A practical guide for preparing to enter the property market

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Can You Die of a Broken Heart?: A Heart Surgeon's Insight into What Makes Us Tick

Can You Die of a Broken Heart?: A Heart Surgeon’s Insight into What Makes Us Tick

Nikki Stamp

In the vein of Gut and The Brain That Changes Itself, a gripping exploration into the inner workings of the heart and how emotions and lifestyle affect every beat

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The Gender Games

The Gender Games

Juno Dawson

Why we are all being messed up by gender, and what we can do about it

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The Declaration of the Rights of Women: The Originial Manifesto for Justice, Equality and Freedom

The Declaration of the Rights of Women: The Originial Manifesto for Justice, Equality and Freedom

Olympe De Gouges

Understand the history behind feminism with these core treatises on women's rights.

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The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

Huw Lewis-Jones

A team of distinguished and internationally acclaimed writers and illustrators share their personal insights into the maps they love, the maps they use and the maps that set them dreaming.

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Dancing in Shadows: Histories of Nyungar Performance

Dancing in Shadows: Histories of Nyungar Performance

Anna Haebich

Dancing in Shadows explores the power of Indigenous performance pitted against the forces of settler colonisation. Historian Anna Haebich documents how the Nyungar people of Western Australia strategically and...

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The Happy Brain: The Science of Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

The Happy Brain: The Science of Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

Dean Burnett

Neuroscientist Dean Burnett, author of the acclaimed The Idiot Brain, investigates the Science of Happiness. Or whether such a thing even exists.

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The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History

Kassia St Clair

A new history of ingenuity from the author of The Secret Lives of Colour.

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Bees of Australia: A Photographic Guide

Bees of Australia: A Photographic Guide

James Dorey

Discover the beauty and diversity of Australia's native bees.

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The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy

Michael Lewis

What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? Stay tuned.

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Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma

Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma

Heather Turgeon, Julie Wright

A powerful new parenting book that gives flustered parents the exact words to use to solve any sticky parenting situation!

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Billion Dollar Whale

Billion Dollar Whale

Tom Wright, Bradley Hope

The "extraordinary" (Financial Times) and definitive inside account of the 1MDB scandal, a "must read" (Booklist) "epic tale" (Publishers Weekly) that exposes the secret nexus of elite wealth,...

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Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Michelle Dean

Sharp tells the riveting stories of the fiercely intelligent, glamorous and iconoclastic twentieth-century women who made their way to Manhattan to forge spectacular literary careers, from Dorothy Parker to Joan Didion.

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Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness

Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness

Tim Parks

Adventures in the latest studies on consciousness, from bestselling non-fiction writer Tim Parks.

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 Read reviewPapa Goose

Papa Goose

Michael Quetting, Jane Billinghurst

Being father to a gaggle of goslings that won't let you out of their sight is a full-time job...

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Rage Becomes Her

Rage Becomes Her

Soraya Chemaly

A conversation-shifting book urging 21st-century women to understand their anger, embrace its power, and use it as a tool for positive change

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Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism

Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism

Richard Brooks

Behind the boring image, the world's accountants are running the world for their own benefit

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 Special priceThe Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, Sahm Venter

An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth.

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Conceivability: What I Learned Exploring the Frontiers of Fertility

Conceivability: What I Learned Exploring the Frontiers of Fertility

Elizabeth Katkin

Part memoir, part guide, this personal and deeply informative account of one woman's gripping journey through the global fertility industry in search of the solution to her own  unexplained infertility  exposes...

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D-Day: The Soldiers' Story

D-Day: The Soldiers' Story

Giles Milton

The definitive soldier-on-the-beach account of the greatest invasion in history

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Identity

Identity

Francis Fukuyama

The bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order and The End of History offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics and their effect on domestic and international affairs of state.   

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 Read reviewThe Italian Garden: Restoring a Renaissance Garden in Tuscany

The Italian Garden: Restoring a Renaissance Garden in Tuscany

Cecilia Hewlett, Narelle McAuliffe, Paul Bangay

The remarkable story of the project undertaken by Paul Bangay and Monash University to transform a neglected car park at the university's Prato campus in Tuscany into a traditional Renassance walled garden, befitting its...

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The Lost Boys: Inside Muzafer Sherif's Robbers Cave Experiments

The Lost Boys: Inside Muzafer Sherif’s Robbers Cave Experiments

Gina Perry

The fascinating true story of one of the most controversial psychological experiments of the modern era.

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Trump/Russia: a definitive history

Trump/Russia: a definitive history

Seth Hettena

Uncovering the sordid history of the decades-long association between Donald Trump and Russia.

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The Colossus of New York

The Colossus of New York

Colson Whitehead

In a dazzlingly original work of non-fiction, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad recreates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York. Here is a literary love song that will...

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On Sheep: Diary of a Swedish Shepherd

On Sheep: Diary of a Swedish Shepherd

Axel Linden, Frank Perry

Norwegian Wood meets The Tao of Pooh meets a flock of Swedish sheep in this playful, profound and philosophical diary written by a literary academic turned novice shepherd.

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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Jaron Lanier

A life-changing manifesto from one of the world's most celebrated pioneers and critics of the digital revolution

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The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After Midlife

The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After Midlife

Jonathan Rauch

This book will change your life by showing you how life changes. Why does happiness get harder in your 40s? Why do you feel in a slump even when you're successful? Where does this malaise come from? And, most importantly, will it...

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Island Story: Tasmania in Object and Text

Island Story: Tasmania in Object and Text

Ralph Crane, Danielle Wood

A handsome full-colour book pairing unique items from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery with selections of original writing about the southern island. 

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Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts who made man's first journey to the Moon

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts who made man’s first journey to the Moon

Robert Kurson

Fifty years ago, Christmas 1968, Man first orbited the Moon. This book tells the inside story of that epic journey.

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Reason & Lovelessness: Essays, Reviews and Encounters, 1980-2017

Reason & Lovelessness: Essays, Reviews and Encounters, 1980-2017

Barry Hill

Barry Hill is a multi-award winning writer of poetry, essays, biography, history, criticism, novels, short stories, libretti, and reportage. As a writer, Hill's voice is informed by his Australian working-class and militant union...

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Like A Thief In Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Humanity

Like A Thief In Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Humanity

Slavoj Zizek

The latest analysis from the maverick philosopher on vagaries of technology and power.   

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Win Win

Win Win

Joanne Lipman

Lean In meets Freakonomics. How men and women can close the gender gap in the workplace.

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Beyond Weird

Beyond Weird

Philip Ball

An exhilarating tour of the contemporary quantum landscape, this book addresses the question that most others fail to ask: what does quantum mechanics actually mean?

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Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age

Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age

Stephen R. Platt

The definitive history of the Opium War between Britain and China in the nineteenth century, by an award-winning historian.

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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power

Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power

Stephen Greenblatt

An exploration of power in the plays of William Shakespeare that sheds light on our most urgent contemporary dilemmas.

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Break-up Boss

Break-up Boss

Zoe Foster Blake

Break-ups suck but you don't have to suck at break-ups.

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Lost and Found: Why Losing Our Memories Doesn't Mean Losing Ourselves

Lost and Found: Why Losing Our Memories Doesn’t Mean Losing Ourselves

Dr Jules Montague

If a loved one changes as a result of a brain disorder, are they still the same person? So begins a beautifully written and deeply moving book for our times, about who we become when our minds misbehave - from dementia to sleep...

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From the Corner of the Oval Office: One woman's true story of her accidental career in the Obama White House

From the Corner of the Oval Office: One woman’s true story of her accidental career in the Obama White House

Beck Dorey-Stein

The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love and finding her place in the worldShare this

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The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs

The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature’s Secret Signs

Peter Wohlleben

Bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees shows how to decipher the weather through nature's secret signs

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Ignorance: Everything You Need to Know about Not Knowing

Ignorance: Everything You Need to Know about Not Knowing

Robert Graef

The flip side of knowledge is ignorance. This book explores the vast scope of ignorance, even in an age when we think we know more than ever before. By marking off this ocean of ignorance into manageable categories, the author...

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How to Invent Everything: Rebuild All of Civilization (with 96% fewer catastrophes this time)

How to Invent Everything: Rebuild All of Civilization (with 96% fewer catastrophes this time)

Ryan North

Get ready to make history better...     

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Trump in Asia: The New World Disorder: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 2

Trump in Asia: The New World Disorder: Australian Foreign Affairs: Issue 2

Jonathan Pearlman

Towards an independent foreign policy.

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Symphony of Seduction: The Great Love Stories of Classical Composers

Symphony of Seduction: The Great Love Stories of Classical Composers

Christopher Lawrence

Love-crazed geniuses, a killer soundtrack and a garnish of imagined pillow talk - here are the real love stories of the great composers as you have never heard them before.

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Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

Randi Hutter Epstein

A guided tour through the strange science of hormones and the age-old quest to control them.

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How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship

How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman

An honest and eloquent guide to finding and treasuring true friends, How to Be a Friend speaks as powerfully today as when it was first written.

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The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath

The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath

Leslie Jamison

Part memoir, part group biography, part literary history and part definitive analysis of cultural and social considerations of addiction, The Recovering is a significant moment in the history of post-war narrative non-fiction.

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What are We Doing Here?

What are We Doing Here?

Marilynne Robinson

New essays by the Orange and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gilead, Home and Lila. In this collection, Marilynne Robinson, one of today's most important thinkers - admired by President Obama, and so many others - impels us to...

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Europe: A Natural History

Europe: A Natural History

Tim Flannery

About 100 million years ago, the interaction of three continents-Asia, North America and Africa-formed the tropical island archipelago that would become the Europe of today, a place of exceptional diversity, rapid change and high...

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund

A timely, short and essential book about the power of facts in a post-truth world, by late international sensation Hans Rosling ('a true inspiration' - Bill Gates).

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Silent Invasion

Silent Invasion

Clive Hamilton

In 2008 Clive Hamilton was at Parliament House in Canberra when the Beijing Olympic torch relay passed through. He watched in bewilderment as a small pro-Tibet protest was overrun by thousands of angry Chinese students. Where did...

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The Wonder Down Under: A User's Guide to the Vagina

The Wonder Down Under: A User’s Guide to the Vagina

Nina Brochmann, Ellen Stokken Dahl, Lucy Moffatt

You might have thought you knew your own genitals? Think again!

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Roadies: The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll

Roadies: The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll

Stuart Coupe

This is your backstage pass to the hidden side of the music industry - the tantrums, the fights, the tensions, the indulgence, the sex, the alcohol, the drugs. The roadies see it all, and now they are sharing their secrets. ...

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Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna

Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna

Edith Sheffer

A ground-breaking exploration of the chilling history behind an increasingly common diagnosis.

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Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains

Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains

Helen Thomson

How the mind works - everything from memory to emotion, navigation to creativity - explained in nine extraordinary human stories.

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The Big Four: The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global AccountingMonopoly

The Big Four: The Curious Past and Perilous Future of Global AccountingMonopoly

Stuart Kells, Ian D. Gow

Shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize 2019Across the globe, the so-called Big Four accounting and audit firms - Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG - are...

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Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women

Women Kind: Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women

Kirstin Ferguson, Catherine Fox

Women Kind is a reminder that brilliant things happen when smart women get fed up.

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You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

Clare Wright

For the ten years from 1902, when Australia's suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration. Clare Wright's epic new history tells the story of...

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The Fierce Country: True stories from Australia's unsettled heart, 1830 to today

The Fierce Country: True stories from Australia’s unsettled heart, 1830 to today

Stephen Orr

The open spaces and isolated places outside Australia's cities have unsettled us from first European settlement to today. In this nail-biting book combining the notorious and little-known, author Stephen Orr has collected true...

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Sundays in Paris

Sundays in Paris

Yasmin Zeinab

Author Yasmin Zeinab shares with readers an insight into Paris' growing specialty coffee culture and brunch scene, as well as highlighting the best museums, gardens, shops and markets. Now you too can experience the best of Paris...

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The Secret Network of Nature: The Delicate Balance of All Living Things

The Secret Network of Nature: The Delicate Balance of All Living Things

Peter Wohlleben

From the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals, a book that explores the invisible connections that maintain the balance of the entire natural world.

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The Incurable Romantic: and Other Unsettling Revelations

The Incurable Romantic: and Other Unsettling Revelations

Frank Tallis

A fascinating account of a life investigating obsessive love, packed with intriguing true stories.

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Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life

Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life

Katherine Ormerod

A no-holds-barred, no-filter look at what social media is doing to us as a society, and how we can deconstruct the online fantasy to change our own attitudes about modern womanhood.

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Heidegger and the Jews: The Black Notebooks

Heidegger and the Jews: The Black Notebooks

Donatella Di Cesare

Philosophers have long struggled to reconcile Martin Heidegger's involvement in Nazism with his status as one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. The recent publication of his Black Notebooks has served to reignite...

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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

Kirk Wallace Johnson

A page-turning story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless quest for justice.

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Rewording the Brain

Rewording the Brain

David Astle

Master wordsmith and crossword guru David Astle shows how cryptic crosswords can boost your brain power and improve your memory and cognitive capacity.   

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Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy

Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy

Lynne Segal

What is the true meaning of happiness? Lynne Segal explores the radical potential of being together

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Growing Pains: the future of democracy (and work)

Growing Pains: the future of democracy (and work)

Gwynne Dyer

We are now living in a world where Brexit and Trump are daily realities. But how did this come about? And what does it mean for the future?

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 Read review21 Lessons for the 21st Century

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari

What do we really need to know in today's world? In twenty-one bite-sized lessons, Yuval Noah Harari explores what it means to be human in an age of bewilderment

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Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean

Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean

Joy McCann

Flowing completely around the Earth and unimpeded by any landmass, the Southern Ocean reaches from the seasonally-shifting ice continent of Antarctica to the southern coastlines and islands of Australia, New Zealand, South America...

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On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

Ceridwen Dovey

'I was born in the year J.M. Coetzee published his third novel, Waiting for the Barbarians. My mother read this dark, disturbing book with its multiple scenes of torture as she breastfed me at night, while my older sister slept...

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Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy

Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy

Serhii Plokhy

A dramatic, minute-by-minute account of one of the most shattering events of the Cold War, from an award-winning writer and historian.   

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Making a Meal of It: Writing About Film

Making a Meal of It: Writing About Film

Brian McFarlane

For more than forty years, readers of The Age newspaper have learned about the latest films through the interpretations and judgements of Brian McFarlane, now himself a Melbourne institution of sorts. Over that time McFarlane's...

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1983: The World at the Brink

1983: The World at the Brink

Taylor Downing

A tense, thrilling account of how, in 1983, tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union nearly caused global Armageddon.

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Creativity Crisis: Toward a Post-Constructivist Educational Future

Creativity Crisis: Toward a Post-Constructivist Educational Future

Robert Nelson

In Creativity Crisis Robert Nelson argues that university education is systematically uncreative and suggests how this might be changed. Constructive alignment, the centrepiece of today's university pedagogy, promotes...

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 Read reviewThe Year Everything Changed: 2001

The Year Everything Changed: 2001

Phillipa McGuinness

On New Year's Eve 2001, with her husband by her side, Phillipa McGuinness buried her son. They stood with a young priest in Chua Chu Kang Cemetery and watched a small coffin go into the ground. Later that night, shattered, they...

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Thinking is Overrated: Empty Brain - Happy Brain

Thinking is Overrated: Empty Brain - Happy Brain

Niels Birbaumer

Find the happiness of emptiness.

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A Coveted Possession: The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia

A Coveted Possession: The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia

Michael Atherton

What has lived with us, entertained us, travelled with us and symbolised Australian aspirations, only to end up gathering dust or even at the tip? It's not the car, or the washing machine, or the sewing machine . . . it's the...

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On Michael Jackson

On Michael Jackson

Margo Jefferson

Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson takes on the legend and legacy of the King of Pop.

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 Read reviewDiving for Seahorses: The Science and Secrets of Memory

Diving for Seahorses: The Science and Secrets of Memory

Hilde Ostby, Ylva Ostby

What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory?  

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Dopesick

Dopesick

Beth Macy

A portrait of the devastating opioid crisis in America from a New York Times bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it.

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Beneath Another Sky: A Global Journey into History

Beneath Another Sky: A Global Journey into History

Norman Davies

Where have the people in any particular place actually come from? This evocative historical journey around the world shows us.

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 Read reviewDeep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

Billy Griffiths

'People would have known about Australia before they saw it. Smoke billowing above the sea spoke of a land that lay beyond the horizon. A dense cloud of migrating birds may have pointed the way. But the first Australians were...

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Serving in Silence?: Australian LGBT servicemen and women

Serving in Silence?: Australian LGBT servicemen and women

Noah Riseman, Shirleene Robinson, Graham Willett

Most people have heard of the United States' infamous Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, yet few know about Australia's own history of LGBT military service. In Serving in Silence? lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender servicemen...

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The Suitcase Baby

The Suitcase Baby

Tanya Bretherton

SYDNEY, 1923: a suitcase washed up on a harbourside beach reveals its grisly contents - and from there, an extraordinary story unfolds.

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 Read reviewAxiomatic

Axiomatic

Maria Tumarkin

Janet Malcolm meets The Empathy Exams, in a genre-bending work on how we understand the traumas we inherit.

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City Life: The New Urban Australia

City Life: The New Urban Australia

Seamus O'Hanlon

Remember when our cities and inner-cities weren't dominated by high-rise apartments? This book documents the changes that have come with the globalisation of the Australian city since the 1970s. It tells the story of the major...

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The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

David E. Sanger

From the premiere New York Times Washington correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and bringing us to the brink of global war.

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 Read reviewFeel Free: Essays

Feel Free: Essays

Zadie Smith

Arranged into four sections--In the World, In the Audience, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free--this collection poses questions we may immediately recognize.

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One: Valuing the Single Life

One: Valuing the Single Life

Clare Payne

Offers a new perspective on the lives of single people. One gives insight to the once maligned and now increasingly chosen status of being single. It is an inspiring call to politicians, business leaders and individuals,...

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Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again

Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again

Lucy Siegle

An accessible, practical and ultimately inspiring book that not only serves as a much-needed call to arms to end the plastic pandemic, but gives useful tools on how to make meaningful change in our everyday lives and advice on how...

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The Digital Ape: How to Live (in peace) with Smart Machines

The Digital Ape: How to Live (in peace) with Smart Machines

Nigel Shadbolt, Roger Hampson

How smart machines are transforming us all - and what we should do about it.

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Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Gabrielle Chan

A big story from a small town.Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off, she looks to her own rural community's main street for answers to the big questions...

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Dunera Lives: A Visual History

Dunera Lives: A Visual History

Ken Inglis, Seumas Spark, Dr Jay Winter, Carol Bunyan

`When scholars of such rigorous and refined erudition engage with a topic of such critical importance it is a cause for celebration, as are the lives themselves, painstakingly recorded so movingly herein. And all of it comes...

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 Read reviewBalancing Acts: Women in Sport - Essays on Power, Performance, Bodies and Love

Balancing Acts: Women in Sport - Essays on Power, Performance, Bodies and Love

Justin Wolfers & Erin Riley (eds)

Focusing on a critically underrepresented part of Australian culture (the many ways non-male participants in sport negotiate the traditionally male spectacle of athleticism) this accessible and inclusive collection investigates...

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Korea: Where the American Century Began

Korea: Where the American Century Began

Michael Pembroke

The Korean peninsula has had a troubled history but nothing quite compares with the tragedy of its American-inspired division in the twentieth century. Korea tells the story of the peninsula with compassion for the people of the...

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 Read reviewThe Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

Jeff Goodell

A deeply reported look at how water is pouring into our cities via the global crisis of rising sea levels

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Couchsurfing in Iran: Revealing a Hidden World

Couchsurfing in Iran: Revealing a Hidden World

Stephan Orth

A modern-day glimpse into the surprising reality of life in Iran.

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Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking

Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking

Rachel Love Nuwer

An intrepid investigation of the criminal world of wildlife trafficking - the poachers, the traders, and the customers - and of those fighting against it.   

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Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less

Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less

Erin Rhoads

Waste Not is your practical guide to start tackling waste at your own pace.

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A Zero Waste Life

A Zero Waste Life

Anita Vandyke

Want to make a change but don't know where to start? The practical thirty-day guide to radically reducing your waste by 80%, from waste warrior Anita Vandyke.

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Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love

Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

By the bestselling author of Seinfeldia, a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, to coincide with the show's twentieth anniversary.

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The Spy and the Traitor

The Spy and the Traitor

Ben Macintyre

A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians.   

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Australia Reimagined: Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society

Australia Reimagined: Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society

Hugh Mackay

A courageous and passionately argued treatise on how we harness the power of the new era to create a stronger, fairer society.

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 Read reviewOrigin Story: A Big History of Everything

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

David Christian

This is the epic story of the universe and our place in it, from 13.8 billion years ago to the remote future.

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Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want

Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want

Ruby Tandoh

This is a book to help you fall back in love with food.

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Hyper-Capitalism: The Modern Economy, its Values, and How to Change Them

Hyper-Capitalism: The Modern Economy, its Values, and How to Change Them

Larry Gonick, Tim Kasser

An acerbic graphic takedown of capitalism

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I Feel You: A Journey to the Far Reaches of Empathy

I Feel You: A Journey to the Far Reaches of Empathy

Cris Beam

Every generation, a phrase enters our consciousness. In the sixties it was civil rights; in the eighties, it was self-esteem; now our word is empathy.

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See What Can Be Done

See What Can Be Done

Lorrie Moore

The first collected edition of over three decades of exquisite criticism - of art, television, film, and literature - by one of America's most beloved writers.

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Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

Jennifer Palmieri

An empowering letter from former White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field.

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Vietnam: An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975

Vietnam: An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975

Max Hastings

From the best-selling author of All Hell Let Loose comes a masterly chronicle of one of the most devastating international conflicts of the 20th century and how its people were affected.   

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 Read reviewMarcia Langton: Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton

A completely new and inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands

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Kintsugi: Embrace your imperfections and find happiness - the Japanese way

Kintsugi: Embrace your imperfections and find happiness - the Japanese way

Tomas Navarro

An inspiring guide that teaches us how adversity can be an opportunity to make us into stronger, better people.

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A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa

Alexis Okeowo

In the tradition of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, this is a masterful, humane work of literary journalism by New Yorker staff writer Alexis Okeowo - a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent's...

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Notes on a Nervous Planet

Notes on a Nervous Planet

Matt Haig

The follow-up to the number one bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive: A vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

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The Re-Origin of Species: A Second Chance for Extinct Animals

The Re-Origin of Species: A Second Chance for Extinct Animals

Torill Kornfeldt, Fiona Graham

What does a mammoth smell like? Do dinosaurs bob their heads as they walk, like today's birds? Do aurochs low like cows? You may soon find out.

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The Rough Patch: Midlife and the Art of Living Together

The Rough Patch: Midlife and the Art of Living Together

Daphne De Marneffe

A wise, radical and optimistic approach to the stresses of marriage and midlife from a leading clinical psychologist.

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Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines

Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in the Philippines

Jonathan Miller

The first biography of Rodrigo Duterte, the murderous, unpredictable President of the Philippines, whose war on drugs has seen thousands of people killed in cold blood.

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The Order of Time

The Order of Time

Carlo Rovelli

The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on an exhilarating journey to discover the meaning of time.

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The Hope Circuit

The Hope Circuit

Martin Seligman

One of the most important psychologists alive today tells the story of the transformation of modern psychology through the lens of his own career and change of heart.

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Woo's Wonderful World of Maths

Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths

Eddie Woo

Eddie Woo is on a mission: to show us that maths is the language of the universe.

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Dominion: A History of England Volume V

Dominion: A History of England Volume V

Peter Ackroyd

The fifth instalment in Peter Ackroyd's acclaimed and bestselling six-volume History of England.

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Siege: Inside the Lindt Cafe

Siege: Inside the Lindt Cafe

Deborah Snow

The powerful and uncompromising story of what happened inside the Lindt Cafe and why the police response went so tragically wrong

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Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette

Michael Isikoff

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

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The Hidden Life of Trees : The Illustrated Edition

The Hidden Life of Trees : The Illustrated Edition

Peter Wohlleben

In his international bestseller, The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers' eyes to the wonders and amazing processes at work in the forest. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to...

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Lost Connections

Lost Connections

Johann Hari

From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?<br...

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Mrs Moreau's Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names

Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names

Stephen Moss

Guardian columnist & Springwatch expert Stephen Moss combines detective work, natural history, folklore and first hand observations to explore how birds got their names and our long and eventful relationship with the natural...

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 Special priceThe Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean

The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean

Peter Burness

Australia's official First World War correspondent Charles Bean saw more of the Australian army's activities and battles on the Western Front than anyone. Bean's private wartime diaries form a unique and personal record of his...

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She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

Carl Zimmer

Award-winning, celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer presents a history of our understanding of heredity in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society - a force set to...

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Power of the Pedal: The Story of Australian Cycling

Power of the Pedal: The Story of Australian Cycling

Rupert Guinness

In Power of the Pedal, cycling journalist Rupert Guinness reveals 200 years of the bike in Australia, covering not only its place in Australian everyday life but also the big races, here and abroad. Along the way, read about...

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Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader - Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Quarterly Essay 71: Follow the Leader - Democracy and the Rise of the Strongman

Laura Tingle

What has gone wrong with political leadership in Australia? And are things likely to change with a change of leader or government?In this crisp and timely essay, Laura Tingle examines political leadership in general -...

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Catching Thunder: The True Story of the World's Longest Sea Chase

Catching Thunder: The True Story of the World’s Longest Sea Chase

Kjetil Saeter, Eskil Engdal

Poachers, kingpins and the longest chase in maritime history: A desperate race to save our planet's oceans.

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Fear: Trump in the White House

Fear: Trump in the White House

Bob Woodward

The inside story on President Trump as only Bob Woodward can tell it.  

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Too Big to Walk: The New Science of Dinosaurs

Too Big to Walk: The New Science of Dinosaurs

Brian J. Ford

Ever since Jurassic Park we thought we knew how dinosaurs lived their lives. In this remarkable new book, Brian J. Ford reveals that dinosaurs were, in fact, profoundly different from what we believe, and their environment was...

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The Birds At My Table: Why we feed wild birds and why it matters

The Birds At My Table: Why we feed wild birds and why it matters

Darryl Jones

In The Birds at My Table, Jones draws on an impressive knowledge of the latest scientific findings as well as his own personal knowledge, to reflect and explain the modern practice of bird feeding.

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Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Untrue

Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Untrue

Wednesday Martin

A jaw-dropping re-evaluation of everything we thought we knew about men, women, and sex.

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On Patrick White: Writers on Writers

On Patrick White: Writers on Writers

Christos Tsiolkas

In this passionate and electrifying short book, Christos Tsiolkas writes about his year spent reading Patrick White, of his ‘discovery and rediscovery of White as a writer.' The result is a vivid introduction to and...

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It's Even Worse Than You Think

It’s Even Worse Than You Think

David Cay Johnston

Bestselling author and longtime Trump observer David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs,...

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

Jesmyn Ward

A timely and ground-breaking collection of essays and poems about race in America from some of its most unique and powerful voices

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Mirka & Georges: A Culinary Affair

Mirka & Georges: A Culinary Affair

Lesley Harding, Kendrah Morgan

Meet the legendary Mirka and Georges Mora, with classic French recipes, untold anecdotes, photographs and Mirka's sensuous and colourful artworks.  

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 Read reviewThe Honey Factory: Inside the Ingenious World of Bees

The Honey Factory: Inside the Ingenious World of Bees

Jurgen Tautz, Diedrich Steen

An insightful look inside the life of a hive and the bees that make it a home.

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Brain Rules for Ageing Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp

Brain Rules for Ageing Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp

John Medina

How come I can never find my keys? Why don't I sleep as well? Why do my friends keep repeating the same stories? What can I do to keep my brain sharp?

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The Death of Hitler: The Final Word on the Ultimate Cold Case: The Search for Hitler's Body

The Death of Hitler: The Final Word on the Ultimate Cold Case: The Search for Hitler’s Body

Jean-Christophe Brisard, Lana Parshina, Shaun Whiteside

A dramatic and revelatory new account of the final days in Hitler's bunker, based on new access to previously unseen Soviet archives.

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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings

Helen Jukes

A fascinating, insightful and inspiring account of a novice beekeeper's year of keeping a colony of honeybees, which will appeal to readers of H is For Hawk and The Outrun

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Mr Guilfoyle's Shakespearian Botany

Mr Guilfoyle’s Shakespearian Botany

Edmee Cudmore, Diana Hill

William Guilfoyle, credited as the architect of Melbourne's Royal Botanic gardens, was an eminent landscape designer, botanist and writer. Here are his collected writings on the dozens of plants, fruits and flowers William...

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 Read reviewOn Borrowed Time

On Borrowed Time

Robert Manne

A stunning new collection of essays from Australia's leading public intellectual.

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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Daniel H. Pink

When should you have your first coffee of the day? When should you ask for a raise? When should you get married? Daniel H. Pink has the life-changing answers to our questions about the mysteries of perfect timing.

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Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word

Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word

Alex Johnson

Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating literary towns, outlining the history and development of each community, as well as offering practical travel advice.

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Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence

Daniel Siegel

This ground-breaking new book from New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., introduces readers to his pioneering, science-based meditation practice.

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 Read reviewThe Edge of Memory: Ancient Stories, Oral Tradition and the Post-Glacial World

The Edge of Memory: Ancient Stories, Oral Tradition and the Post-Glacial World

Patrick Nunn

In today's society it is generally the written word that holds the authority. We are more likely to trust the words found in a history textbook over the version of history retold by a friend - after all, human memory is...

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2062: The World that AI Made

2062: The World that AI Made

Toby Walsh

What does a world of smart machines actually look like? AI expert Toby Walsh predicts the state of work, war, politics, economics, everyday life and death in the not-too-distant future, when we will live with machines as...

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The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

Anders Rydell

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

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The Templars

The Templars

Dan Jones

The remarkable story of the Knights Templar - the wealthiest, most powerful and most secretive of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era.

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Water Colour

Water Colour

Greg French

Featuring wild and warming tales from a life spent in the natural world, Water Colour is master fly fisher and storyteller Greg French's follow-up to the much loved and bestselling Frog Call...

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When Galaxies Collide

When Galaxies Collide

Lisa Harvey-Smith

The Andromeda Galaxy is rushing towards us at 400,000 kilometres an hour. When Galaxies Collide will guide you to look at the night sky afresh. It peers 5.86 billion years into the future to consider the fate of Earth. Will the...

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Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury

Michael Wolff

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a...

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Rendezvous with Oblivion

Rendezvous with Oblivion

Thomas Frank

From the acclaimed author of Listen, Liberal and What's the Matter with Kansas comes a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times - perfect for this political moment.

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Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions

Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions

Alberto Manguel

A best-selling author and world-renowned bibliophile meditates on his vast personal library and champions the vital role of all libraries

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Made by Humans: The AI Condition

Made by Humans: The AI Condition

Ellen Broad

An Australian data expert challenges the idea of AI being better than humans

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The Bible in Australia: A cultural history

The Bible in Australia: A cultural history

Meredith Lake

Tells the revelatory story of the Bible in Australia, from the convict era to the Mabo land rights campaign, Nick Cave, the Bra Boys and beyond. At a time when public discussion of religion is deeply polarised, Meredith Lake...

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Of Women: In the 21st Century

Of Women: In the 21st Century

Shami Chakrabarti

A powerful, urgent and timely polemic - why women still need equality, and how we get there.

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The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

Richard O. Prum

A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences - what Darwin termed 'the taste for the beautiful' - create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world.

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Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

Sallie Tisdale

How many of us know how to die, or how to support a loved one in a 'good death'? You get ready to die the way you get ready for a trip. Start by realizing you don't know the way.

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Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic

Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic

John Zubrzycki

A brilliant and erudite book that unearths fascinating sources and vividly enchanting tales about the history of Indian magic.

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Divided: Why We're Living in an Age of Walls

Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls

Tim Marshall

Bestselling author Tim Marshall presents an unflinching and essential overview of the faultlines that will shape our world for years to come.

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Under the Rock: The Poetry of a Place

Under the Rock: The Poetry of a Place

Benjamin Myers

A bold and original exploration of landscape, nature and literature by one of Britain's most acclaimed novelists

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The Doctor'S Diet

The Doctor’S Diet

Dr. Sandro Demaio

Australian doctor and star of ABC TV's Ask the Doctor presents a clear path to good health with his simple and effective eating plan and recipes.

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The Eastern Curlew

The Eastern Curlew

Harry Saddler

Every year around August, large flocks of Eastern Curlews leave their breeding grounds in the Arctic and embark on a perilous 10,000km journey to the coast of Australia. The birds cannot swim; if they become exhausted and fall...

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Captured Lives: Australia's Wartime Internment Camps

Captured Lives: Australia’s Wartime Internment Camps

Peter Monteath

Captured Lives peers behind the barbed wire veil that was drawn around people-both civilian internees and prisoners of war-deemed threats to Australia's security during the two world wars.

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Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Simon Winchester

Bestselling author Simon Winchester writes a magnificent history of the pioneering engineers who developed precision machinery to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson.

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The Women's Brain Book: The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness

The Women’s Brain Book: The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness

Dr Sarah McKay

For women, understanding how the brain works during the key stages of life - in utero, childhood, puberty and adolescence, pregnancy and motherhood, menopause and old age - is essential to their health. Dr Sarah McKay is a...

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Amateur: A Reckoning With Gender, Identity and Masculinity

Amateur: A Reckoning With Gender, Identity and Masculinity

Thomas Page McBee

An exploration of modern masculinity by the first transgender man to box at Madison Square Garden

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Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017

Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017

Ian Kershaw

After the overwhelming horrors of the first half of the 20th century, described by Ian Kershaw in his previous book as having gone 'to Hell and back', the years from 1950 to 2017 brought peace and relative prosperity to most of...

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Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Robert Wright

From one of America's most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness.

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Outnumbered

Outnumbered

David Sumpter

'Featuring Cambridge analytica' -- on cover.

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Best We Forget: The War for White Australia 1914-18

Best We Forget: The War for White Australia 1914-18

Peter Cochrane

Best We Forget will challenge what you currently believe about twentieth-century Australian history

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 Read reviewSmall Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law

Small Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law

Kate Rossmanith

H is for Hawk meets Helen Garner: this fascinating memoir brings extraordinary insight to the huge topics of justice, love and remorse.

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Adani and the War Over Coal

Adani and the War Over Coal

Quentin Beresford

Australian politicians have had a love affair with coal, which has helped lock its politics into the fossil fuel age. This book exlores the role of the Adani Carmichael mine in the conflict over coal. We see the rise of a fossil...

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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

James B. Comey, Jr.

A chronicle of never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of Comey's career.

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The Football Solution: How Richmond's premiership can save Australia

The Football Solution: How Richmond’s premiership can save Australia

George Megalogenis

In a characteristically sweeping and entertaining story, George Megalogenis reveals how football has been shaped by the nation that invented it and how the game we love, in turn, might help resolve Australia's political impasse.

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How to Be Human: The Manual

How to Be Human: The Manual

Ruby Wax

A practical and inspiring new book by the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.

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The Mess We're In: How Our Politics Went to Hell and Dragged Us with It

The Mess We’re In: How Our Politics Went to Hell and Dragged Us with It

Bernard Keane

Crikey correspondent Bernard Keane explains capitalism, identity and why everything is awful

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 Special priceThe Other Side of Happiness: Embracing a More Fearless Approach to Living

The Other Side of Happiness: Embracing a More Fearless Approach to Living

Brock Bastian

An internationally acclaimed psychologist makes the surprising case that pain, difficulty and risk are necessary to achieve happiness.

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Serving Our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship

Serving Our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship

Joan Beaumont, Allison Cadzow

After decades of silence, Serving Our Country is the first comprehensive history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's participation in the Australian defence forces. This book reveals the courage, resilience and...

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Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone

Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone

Juli Berwald

A former ocean scientist goes in pursuit of the slippery story of jellyfish, rediscovering her passion for marine science and the sea's imperilled ecosystems.

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The Happiness Plan

The Happiness Plan

Elise Bialylew

The Happiness Plan is a down-to-earth, science-driven guide to building a mindfulness meditation practice

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 Read reviewA History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet

Raj Patel, Jason W. Moore

Nature, Money, Work, Care, Food, Energy, and Lives.

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Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp

Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp

David Sornig

I'm here already, in the bleak, awful hour on Dudley Flats in which the final dereliction of Elsie Williams will come to pass. I'm beginning with it, so you won't be under any illusion as to how it ends.

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RetroSuburbia: the downshifter's guide to a resilient future

RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future

David Holmgren

This 592 page manual shows how Australians can downshift and retrofit their homes, gardens, communities and, above all, themselves to be more self-organised, sustainable and resilient into an uncertain future. It promises a...

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The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

Viet Thanh Nguyen

An anthology of personal essays on the refugee experience from twenty leading refugee writers, edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen, the critically-acclaimed, best-selling author of The Sympathizer.

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Romance Was Born: A Love Story with Fashion

Romance Was Born: A Love Story with Fashion

Anna Plunkett, Luke Sales, Georgina Safe

The fully illustrated story of one of the most successful Australian fashion houses of the last 15 years. Romance Was Born collections are lavish, larger than life, iconic and iconaclastic, and this gorgeous book is a celebration...

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Quarterly Essay 70: Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Quarterly Essay 70: Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next

Richard Denniss

How did the big banks get away with so much for so long? Why are so many aged-care residents malnourished? And when did arms manufacturers start sponsoring the Australian War Memorial?In this passionate essay, Richard...

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A Life Less Stressed: The Five Pillars of Health and Wellness

A Life Less Stressed: The Five Pillars of Health and Wellness

Ron Ehrlich

A holistic guide to the stresses that wear us down and the changes we can make to lead happier, healthier, and more resilient lives.

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The Motivation Hoax: A Smart Person's Guide to Inspirational Nonsense

The Motivation Hoax: A Smart Person’s Guide to Inspirational Nonsense

James Adonis

Everywhere you look - on posters, in offices, on social media - there's a motivational quote to greet you. Dreams can come true! Happiness is a journey! Think positive! You can do anything! But how many of these are accurate? How...

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Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia's Future

Quarterly Essay 69: Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future

Mark McKenna

Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if its citizens and politicians can come to new terms with the past. Indigenous recognition and a new push for a republic await action.

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Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

Joshua B. Freeman

A sweeping, global history of the rise of the factory and its effects on society.

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The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Timothy Snyder

A landmark work of contemporary history and a wake-up call that aims to restore our understanding of the basis of our way of life, from the author of international bestseller On Tyranny.

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Stern Justice

Stern Justice

Adam Wakeling

While the Nuremberg trials at the end of the Second World War are infamous, as are the atrocities committed by Japan in that conflict, few now remember the trials that prosecuted Japanese personnel for those crimes. Stern Justice...

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The Darkest Web

The Darkest Web

Eileen Ormsby

Hitmen for hire, drugs for sale. Inside the dangerous world that lurks beneath the bright, friendly light of your internet screen

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Rise Up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes

Rise Up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes

Diane Atkinson

Marking the centenary of female suffrage, this definitive history charts women's fight for the vote through the lives of those who took part, in a timely celebration of an extraordinary struggle

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 Special priceAccessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang

An exploration of the age-old complicity between sky watchers and war fighters, from the best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

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 Read reviewSkin in the Game: The pleasure and pain of telling true stories

Skin in the Game: The pleasure and pain of telling true stories

Sonya Voumard

Stella Prize long-listed author Sonya Voumard's Skin in the Game is original, incisive, and hugely entertaining.

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Rocky Road: The incredible true story of the fractured family behind the Darrell Lea chocolate empire

Rocky Road: The incredible true story of the fractured family behind the Darrell Lea chocolate empire

Robert Wainwright (Author)

The marvelously strange but true story of the family behind the famous Darrell Lea confectionery company.

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The Future of Everything

The Future of Everything

Tim Dunlop

We are in the middle of the greatest technological revolution in history. Its epicentre lies in Silicon Valley, but its impacts are across the globe. It could give all of us a better quality of life. Or it could further...

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The Beekeeper of Sinjar: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq

The Beekeeper of Sinjar: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq

Dunya Mikhail, Max Weiss

In The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing stories of women from across Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS.   

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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

Ronan Farrow

A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow. This is one of the most important books of our...

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Sounds Appealing: The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation

Sounds Appealing: The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation

David Crystal

The newest volume in David Crystal's pentalogy of the English language, focusing on the subtleties of pronunciation.

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Seven Types of Atheism

Seven Types of Atheism

John Gray

A meditation on the importance of atheism in the modern world - and its inadequacies and contradictions - by one of Britain's leading philosophers.

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Endeavour: The ship and the attitude that changed the world

Endeavour: The ship and the attitude that changed the world

Peter Moore

Centred around Captain James Cook's first South Sea voyages (1768 - 1771) from a historian who leaves no stone unturned to discover the ship and the attitude that shaped the western world.

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The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War

The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War

Brendan Taylor

A timely and authoritative account of the four most troubled hotspots in the world's most combustible region.

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Radical Sacrifice

Radical Sacrifice

Terry Eagleton

A trenchant analysis of sacrifice as the foundation of the modern, as well as the ancient, social order

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Dreams Must Explain Themselves: The Selected Non-Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin

Dreams Must Explain Themselves: The Selected Non-Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin

An essential collection of the astute and powerful non-fiction writing of the great Ursula K. LeGuin.

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Dancing Bears: True Stories about Longing for the Old Days

Dancing Bears: True Stories about Longing for the Old Days

Witold Szablowski, Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Incisive, humorous and heartbreaking oral histories of people living in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives, from one of Poland's finest journalists.

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The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

Mariana Mazzucato

One of the world's foremost economists presents a major new analysis of the crisis in modern capitalism, and how to reform it.

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Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016

Steve Coll

Following on from Coll's Pulitzer Prize winning Ghost Wars, this takes the story of America's grim involvement in the affairs of Afghanistan from 2001 to 2016.

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Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky's first global food history since the bestselling Cod and Salt; the fascinating cultural, economic, and culinary story of milk and all things dairy--with recipes throughout.

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Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation

Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation

Kishore Mahbubani

A powerful challenge to Western hubris: if the West doesn't change its ways, it's toast.

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Monash's Masterpiece: The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world

Monash’s Masterpiece: The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons brings the Allied triumph at the Battle of Le Hamel to life, and tells the magnificent story of the first modern battle as it should be told.

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The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

Stephen Gapps

The Sydney Wars tells the history of military engagements between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians - described as ‘this constant sort of war' by one early colonist - around the greater Sydney region.

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Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia

Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia

Joelle Gergis

What does climate change in Australia really look like?

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Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City

Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City

Richard Sennett

Building and Dwelling summarises a lifetime's thought about what makes cities work - or not - to the benefit of their communities.

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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

'The hottest thinker in the world' (The Times) is back with a new book about why we should only trust those who have something to lose

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Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World

Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World

Andrew Leigh

In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell, Randomistas is a brilliant and entertaining exploration of a hidden but vital foundation of modern life.

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Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism

Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism

Laura Bates

A collection of essays from the bestselling author and founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates

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Zero Hour: Turn the Greatest Political and Financial Upheaval in ModernHistory to Your Advantage

Zero Hour: Turn the Greatest Political and Financial Upheaval in ModernHistory to Your Advantage

Harry S. Dent, Andrew Pancholi

Will you be prepared to take advantage when the revolution comes or will you go down with the rest?

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The Story Of Shit

The Story Of Shit

Midas Dekkers, Nancy Forest-Flier

A wry, erudite and surprising investigation, by an acclaimed Dutch biologist, into this rarely discussed bodily function.

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How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life

How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life

Catherine Price

Conquer your phone addiction in just 30 days, and discover a happier, healthier and more fulfilled you.

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The Inflamed Mind

The Inflamed Mind

Edward Bullmore

A radical new approach to depression from the publishers who brought you Michael Mosley's international bestsellers

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Finding Sisu: In search of courage, strength and happiness the Finnish way

Finding Sisu: In search of courage, strength and happiness the Finnish way

Katja Pantzar

Find your sisu: the Finnish concept of resilience, grit, and determination - part memoir, part guidance.

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How We Desire

How We Desire

Carolin Emcke

A genre-busting, thoughtful exploration of sexuality and identity by one of Germany's most admired writers in the vein of Maggie Nelson, Eula Biss and Emily Witt.

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New Power

New Power

Jeremy Heimans, Henry Timms

In this indispensable guide to navigating the 21st century, two visionary thinkers reveal how the nature of power has changed - and how 'new power' is re-shaping the world.

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Natural Causes: Life, Death and the Illusion of Control

Natural Causes: Life, Death and the Illusion of Control

Barbara Ehrenreich

The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better.

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We'll Show the World: Expo 88

We’ll Show the World: Expo 88

Jackie Ryan

How did one long and expensive party change a city forever?

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 Read reviewThe House of Islam: A Global History

The House of Islam: A Global History

Ed Husain

'Islam began as a stranger,' said the Prophet Mohammed, 'and one day, it will again return to being a stranger.'The gulf between Islam and the West is widening. A faith rich with strong values and traditions, observed...

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In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

Alfred W. McCoy

America rules the world, but for how much longer?

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Hannibal's Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome's Greatest Enemy

Hannibal’s Oath: The Life and Wars of Rome’s Greatest Enemy

John Prevas

From an internationally acknowledged expert on Hannibal, the first full biography of Rome's enigmatic nemesis in over twenty years, exploring Hannibal's extraordinary character in the context of his legendary success and ultimate...

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