Non-fiction books 2018

 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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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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Why Does Patriarchy Persist?

Why Does Patriarchy Persist?

C 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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 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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 Read reviewThrough the Night: Dispatches from Uranus

Through the Night: Dispatches from Uranus

Ed Moreno, Caio Fernando Abreu

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 Special pricePrimate 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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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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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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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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The Barefoot Investor for Families

The Barefoot Investor for Families

Scott Pape

The new book from Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor.  

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Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep

Matthew Walker

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up

Gabrielle Chan

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Dunera Lives: A Visual History

Dunera Lives: A Visual History

Carol Bunyan, Ken Inglis, Seumas Spark, Jay Winter

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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)

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Australia Reimagined: Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society

Australia Reimagined: Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society

Hugh Mackay (AUTHOR)

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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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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 Special priceDominion: The History of England Volume V

Dominion: The 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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 Special pricePower 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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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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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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 Special priceMr 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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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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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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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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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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Blue Lake

Blue Lake

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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Romance Was Born

Romance Was Born

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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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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War on Peace

War on Peace

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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 Special priceSounds 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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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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Sunburnt Country

Sunburnt Country

Joelle Gergis

What does climate change in Australia really look like?

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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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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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