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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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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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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Australia - What Happened?

Australia - What Happened?

Ben Pobjie

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

Going Postal: More Than ‘Yes’ or ‘No’

Quinn Eades, Son Vivienne

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Whiteshift

Whiteshift

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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 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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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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These 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 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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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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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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 Special priceInside Story: The First Ten Years

Inside Story: The First Ten Years

Peter Browne

In this collection published to mark the 10th anniversary of the highly regarded online publication Inside Story, leading thinkers and cultural critics navigate the key issues of the turbulent years that have marked Australian and...

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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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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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John Curtin's War (Volume II)

John Curtin’s War (Volume II)

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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 Read reviewThrough the Night: Dispatches from Uranus

Through the Night: Dispatches from Uranus

Ed Moreno, Caio Fernando Abreu

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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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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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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

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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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Trigger Warnings

Trigger Warnings

Jeff Sparrow

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

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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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 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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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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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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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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Call Them by Their True Names

Call Them by Their True Names

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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Coen Brothers, The:This Book Really Ties the Films Together: This Book Really Ties the Films Together

Coen Brothers, The:This Book Really Ties the Films Together: 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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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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 Read reviewBoys Will be Boys

Boys Will be Boys

Clementine Ford

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The Golden Thread

The Golden Thread

Kassia St Clair

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

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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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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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 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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 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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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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Rocket Men

Rocket Men

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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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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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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The Big Four

The Big Four

Stuart Kells, Ian D. Gow

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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

You Daughters of Freedom

Clare Wright

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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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On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

Ceridwen Dovey

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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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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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 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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 Read reviewDeep Time Dreaming

Deep Time Dreaming

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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Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa

Paul Kenyon

A vivid, heartbreaking portrait of the fate that so many African countries suffered after independence.

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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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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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Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Gabrielle Chan

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 Read reviewThe Water Will Come

The Water Will Come

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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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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 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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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 reviewWelcome to Country

Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton

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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

The Edge of Memory

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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Water Colour

Water Colour

Greg French

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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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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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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 Women's Brain Book

The Women’s Brain Book

Dr Sarah McKay

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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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Best We Forget

Best We Forget

Peter Cochrane

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

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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

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The Football Solution

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Blue Lake

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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Stern Justice

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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

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

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang

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

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Robert Wainwright (Author)

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War on Peace

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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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Seven Types of Atheism

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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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Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

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Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation

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

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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

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Joelle Gergis

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Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

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Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World

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Andrew Leigh

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

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

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

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

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Edward Bullmore

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

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How We Desire

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

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

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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

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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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