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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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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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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Against Creativity

Against Creativity

Oli Mould

Everything you have been told about creativity is wrong.

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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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 Special priceSeashaken Houses

Seashaken Houses

Tom Nancollas

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

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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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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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Steam Australia: Locomotives that Galvanised the Nation

Steam Australia: Locomotives that Galvanised the Nation

Tim Fischer

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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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Bees of Australia: A Photographic Guide

Bees of Australia: A Photographic Guide

Mr 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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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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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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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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 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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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

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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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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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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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

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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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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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 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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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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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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The Sydney Wars

The Sydney Wars

Dr 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

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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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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