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Open Secrets: Essays on the Writing Life

Open Secrets: Essays on the Writing Life

Catriona Menzies-Pike

Bringing together an eclectic and distinctive set of writers, Open Secrets is a rich and provocative account of contemporary Australian literature

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 Read reviewRoot & Branch: Essays on Inheritance

Root & Branch: Essays on Inheritance

Eda Gunaydin

In Root & Branch Eda Gunaydin's essays ask: what are the legacies of migration, apart from loss? And how do we find comfort in where we are?

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In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing

In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Reflections on reading and writing from the author of My Brilliant Friend.

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Essays Two

Essays Two

Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis returns with a timeless collection of essays on literature and language.

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 Special price Read reviewBurning Questions

Burning Questions

Margaret Atwood

An exhilarating collection of non-fiction from the bestselling, double Booker Prize-winning phenomenon that is Margaret Atwood

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 Read reviewAnother Day in the Colony

Another Day in the Colony

Chelsea Watego

A ground-breaking work - and a call to arms - that exposes the ongoing colonial violence experienced by First Nations people

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Out of The Sun: Essays at the Crossroads of Race

Out of The Sun: Essays at the Crossroads of Race

Esi Edugyan

Two-time Booker Shortlistee and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan delivers a searing analysis of the relationship between race and art.

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On Freedom

On Freedom

Maggie Nelson

Drawing on a vast range of material, from critical theory to pop culture to the intimacies and plain exchanges of daily life, Nelson explores how we might think, experience, or talk about freedom in ways responsive to the...

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We've Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents

We’ve Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents

Eliza Hull

The first major anthology by parents with disabilities

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 Read reviewSigns and Wonders: Dispatches from a Time of Beauty and Loss

Signs and Wonders: Dispatches from a Time of Beauty and Loss

Delia Falconer

The celebrated, Walkley Award-winning author on how global warming is changing not only our climate but our culture.

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 Read reviewOppositions: Selected Essays

Oppositions: Selected Essays

Mary Gaitskill

A collection of provocative and searchingly analytical essays by the author of Bad Behavior, This is Pleasure, and Lost Cat.

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On Animals

On Animals

Susan Orlean

A delightful and entertaining collection of a lifetime of musings, meditations and in-depth profiles about animals, by the bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and The Library Book.

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 Read reviewThe Right to Sex

The Right to Sex

Amia Srinivasan

Essential lessons on the world we live in, from one of our greatest young thinkers - a guide to what everybody is talking about today

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Coventry

Coventry

Rachel Cusk

A series of essays from Rachel Cusk - about choices, womanhood and art.

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12 Bytes: How artificial intelligence will change the way we live and love

12 Bytes: How artificial intelligence will change the way we live and love

Jeanette Winterson

Twelve bytes. Twelve eye-opening, mind-expanding, funny and provocative essays on the implications of artificial intelligence for the way we live and the way we love - from Sunday Times-bestselling author Jeanette Winterson.

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Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy

Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy

Larissa Pham

An inventive, exquisite memoir-in-essays by a blazing new talent.

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Black is the Body

Black is the Body

Emily Bernard

In twelve intensely personal, interconnected essays, Emily Bernard sets out to tell stories from her life that enable her to talk about truth, race, family and relationships, and much more.

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 Read reviewThese Precious Days

These Precious Days

Ann Patchett

An irresistible collection of essays and memoir from the internationally bestselling, Women's Prize-winning author of The Dutch House

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Last Letter to a Reader

Last Letter to a Reader

Gerald Murnane

Final work by internationally acclaimed Australian author Gerald Murnane, reflecting on his career as a writer, and the fifteen books which have led critics to praise him as ‘a genius on the level of Beckett'.

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 Read reviewThe First Time I Thought I Was Dying

The First Time I Thought I Was Dying

Sarah Walker

A dazzling collection of essays that unpacks our unruly bodies and minds and questions why we are taught to fear and punish them, from an exciting and award-winning new author

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 Read reviewLies, Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation

Lies, Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation

Claire G. Coleman

A deeply personal exploration of Australia's colonisation past, present and future by one of Australia's finest contemporary authors​.

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 Read reviewSalt: Selected Stories and Essays

Salt: Selected Stories and Essays

Bruce Pascoe

A collection of stories and essays by the award-winning author of Dark Emu, showcasing his shimmering genius across a lifetime of work.

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Minor Feelings: A Reckoning on Race and the Asian Condition

Minor Feelings: A Reckoning on Race and the Asian Condition

Cathy Park Hong

A fearless work of creative non-fiction about racism in cultural pursuits by award-winning poet Cathy Park Hong.

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Black Paper: Writing in a Dark Time

Black Paper: Writing in a Dark Time

Teju Cole

A wide-ranging collection of essays from a celebrated master of the form.

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

George Saunders

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.

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Everybody

Everybody

Olivia Laing

The author of The Lonely City takes readers on an ambitious investigation into the body in the twentieth century, using the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to chart an electrifying course through the great freedom...

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 Read reviewBlueberries

Blueberries

Ellena Savage

A stimulating combination of memoir, essay, poetry, confession and critique, Blueberries is a powerful and revealing collection from a rising star in Australian creative non-fiction.   

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 Read reviewDoing Politics: Writing on Public Life

Doing Politics: Writing on Public Life

Judith Brett

A brilliant collection of the best essays by award-winning writer Judith Brett, long revered by those in the know as Australia's brightest and most astute political commentator.

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Girlhood

Girlhood

Melissa Febos

A gripping set of stories about the forces that shape girls and the adults they become. A wise and brilliant guide to transforming the self and our society.

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Buried Not Dead

Buried Not Dead

Fiona McGregor

A collection of essays on art, literature and performance, sexuality, activism and the life of the city.

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Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Joan Didion

Twelve early pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of Joan Didion.

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The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture

The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture

Grace Perry

Join Grace on a journey back through the pop culture moments of the early 2000's, before the cataclysmic shift in LGBTQ representation and acceptance-a time not so long ago, that people seem to forget.

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 Read reviewThe Hard Crowd

The Hard Crowd

Rachel Kushner

From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Mars Room, a wildly original first essay collection about living fast and free in a crowded world

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Women of a Certain Rage

Women of a Certain Rage

Liz Byrski

This book is the result of what happened when Liz Byrski asked twenty Australian women from widely different backgrounds, races, beliefs and identities to take up the challenge of writing about rage.

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Intimations: Six Essays

Intimations: Six Essays

Zadie Smith

An urgently timely, deeply personal and powerfully moving series of essays on the experience of lockdown from one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time.

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A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance

A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance

Hanif Abdurraqib

A celebration of Black culture beyond the white gaze, by one of America's most talked-about young cultural critics

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The Anthropocene Reviewed

The Anthropocene Reviewed

John Green

A deeply moving and mind-expanding collection of personal essays in the first ever work of non-fiction from #1 internationally bestselling author John Green The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human...

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

The book that sparked a national conversation.  

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All About Love: New Visions

All About Love: New Visions

bell hooks

Here is the truth about love, and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces. The word 'love' is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it...

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Thick And Other Essays

Thick And Other Essays

Tressie McMillan Cottom

Eight insightful essays into been unapologetically 'thick' - longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award.

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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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 Read reviewSmall Acts of Disappearance

Small Acts of Disappearance

Fiona Wright

Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the authors affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years. Fiona...

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Everything I Know About Love

Everything I Know About Love

Dolly Alderton

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all.   

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Look Alive Out There: Essays

Look Alive Out There: Essays

Sloane Crosley

A brand-new collection of essays filled with hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really.

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A History of My Brief Body

A History of My Brief Body

Billy-Ray Belcourt

A dazzling collection of personal essays from internationally acclaimed First Nations Canadian writer Billy-Ray Belcourt, who mines his own personal history to reconcile the world he was born into with the world that could be.

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So Sad Today: personal essays

So Sad Today: personal essays

Melissa Broder

So sad today? Many are. Melissa Broder is too. How and why did she get to be so sad? And should she stay sad?

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The Best of Me

The Best of Me

David Sedaris

A lavish gift edition of David Sedaris's best stories, spanning his spectacular bestselling career. Hand-picked by David himself, these are stories that will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time, from the funniest...

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Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays

Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays

Rebecca Solnit

A collection of essays on feminism, from one of the most important and original public intellectuals writing today

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Hanif Abdurraqib

A stunning collection of essays using music as a vantage point through which to examine and interrogate the world we live in.

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Wow, No Thank You

Wow, No Thank You

Samantha Irby

A global publication with major impact: do what you can to get your hands on this new collection from bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and one of the funniest people in print: Samantha Irby.

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino

What happens to our behaviour when we live most of our lives online? What does it mean to 'always be optimising'? And what is it about scams and the millennial generation?  

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In the Land of the Cyclops

In the Land of the Cyclops

Karl Ove Knausgaard, Martin Aitken

In the Land of the Cyclops is Karl Ove Knausgaard's first collection of essays to be published in English, and these brilliant and wide-ranging pieces meditate on themes familiar from his groundbreaking fiction.

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