Summer Reading Guide: Politics & culture

 Read reviewThe Witches Are Coming

The Witches Are Coming

Lindy West

The firebrand New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Shrill - now a Hulu series starring Aidy Bryant - provides a brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just...

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Whose Story Is This?: Old Conflicts, New Chapters

Whose Story Is This?: Old Conflicts, New Chapters

Rebecca Solnit

Powerful, incisive, inspiring, a fourth essay collection from the bestselling author of the iconic Men Explain Things To Me.

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 Special priceWho Owns History?

Who Owns History?

Geoffrey Robertson

Geoffrey Robertson focuses his razor-sharp mind on one of the greatest contemporary issues in the worlds of art and culture: the return of cultural property taken from its country of creation.

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 Read reviewWhite Tears, Brown Scars

White Tears, Brown Scars

Ruby Hamad

White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood.

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This is What a Feminist Looks Like

This is What a Feminist Looks Like

Emily Maguire

In this passionate and timely account, Emily Maguire charts a course through the history of Australian feminism - from the First Wave to the Fourth, from suffragists to Riot Grrrls, from equal pay to #metoo.

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Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell

The No.1 international bestselling author back with a powerful and provocative exploration of what our interactions with strangers tell us about who we are.

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The Surprise Party: How the Coalition Went from Chaos to Comeback

The Surprise Party: How the Coalition Went from Chaos to Comeback

Aaron Patrick

In this gripping behind-the-scenes account, acclaimed journalist Aaron Patrick examines how the Coalition came back from the brink, and what that means for Australia.

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 Special priceSuper Pumped: The Battle for Uber

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber

Mike Isaac

A The New York Times technology correspondent presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against the rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley during the mobile era.

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 Read reviewSand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

Tyson Yunkaporta

What happens when global systems are viewed from an Indigenous perspective? How does it affect the way we see history, money, power and learning? Could it change the world?

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Best Australian Political Cartoons 2019

Best Australian Political Cartoons 2019

Russ Radcliffe

The year in politics as observed by Australia's funniest and most perceptive political cartoonists.

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Politics Now: The Best of David Rowe

Politics Now: The Best of David Rowe

David Rowe

A riveting collection from Australia's finest and most instantly recognisable political cartoonist.

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Please Gamble Irresponsibly

Please Gamble Irresponsibly

Titus O'Reily

The rise, fall and rise of sport gambling in Australia

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On Fire

On Fire

Naomi Klein

In her most galvanising book yet, Naomi Klein makes the case for a radical New Deal.

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 Special priceInner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others

Inner Worlds Outer Spaces: The Working Lives of Others

Ceridwen Dovey

Intimate portraits of people who love what they do

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 Special priceHow to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership

How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership

Plutarch, Jeffrey Beneker

Timeless advice on how to be a successful leader in any field.

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 Special priceHow to Think about God: An Ancient Guide for Believers and Nonbelievers

How to Think about God: An Ancient Guide for Believers and Nonbelievers

Marcus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman

A vivid and accessible new translation of Cicero's influential Stoic writings on the divine.

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 Read reviewGuest House for Young Widows

Guest House for Young Widows

Azadeh Moaveni

An intimate, deeply reported account of the women who made a shocking decision: to leave their comfortable lives behind and join the Islamic State.

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Generation F: Why We Still Struggle With Sex and Power

Generation F: Why We Still Struggle With Sex and Power

Virginia Trioli

When one of our most respected and incisive journalists, Virginia Trioli, wrote Generation F - her passionate and celebrated argument in defense of young women who wanted to stand up and be heard about sexual harassment - it...

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 Read reviewFinding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth

Finding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth

Thomas Mayor

An important and unique book that takes us into the lives of Indigenous people today, and offers constructive ideas about how we can live together, moving beyond the injustices of the past.

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Fentanyl, Inc.

Fentanyl, Inc.

Ben Westhoff

An undercover investigation into the synthetic-drug epidemic.

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Fixed It

Fixed It

Jane Gilmore

Violence and the representation of women in the media.

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Don't Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech

Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech

Rana Foroohar

From acclaimed Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst, a penetrating indictment of how today's biggest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, and our minds.

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Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By

David Mitchell

From UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, fatbergs to food banks: bestselling comedian David Mitchell brilliantly tackles the dumbfounding times we live in.

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Dear Girls

Dear Girls

Ali Wong

Ali Wong's heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mum in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

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The Conversation Yearbook 2019

The Conversation Yearbook 2019

John Watson

A little bit of authority goes a long way in an opinionated world. Here Australia's most erudite thinkers share expert views on the issues that shaped the nation in 2019. The Conversation Yearbook has become an annual bestselling...

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 Read reviewThe Arsonist: A Mind on Fire

The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire

Chloe Hooper

A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper's trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.     

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Beauty

Beauty

Bri Lee

In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical 'perfection' has become so crucial to so many

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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a deeply-reasoned examination of the threat of unprecedented power free from democratic oversight.

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino

Following in the footsteps of American luminaries such as Susan Sontag, Joan Didion and Rebecca Solnit, comes this dazzling collection of essays on the internet, the self, feminism and politics from one of the brightest young...

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 Read reviewThree Women

Three Women

Lisa Taddeo

All Lina ever wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her? All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and...

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She Said

She Said

Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey

From the Pulitzer-prize winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse comes the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement.   

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 Read reviewSee What You Made Me Do

See What You Made Me Do

Jess Hill

Combining exhaustive research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence.

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Red Flag: Waking Up to China's Challenge: Quarterly Essay 76

Red Flag: Waking Up to China’s Challenge: Quarterly Essay 76

Peter Hartcher

China has become a key nation for Australia's future - for our security, economy and identity. But what are China's intentions and strategy when it comes to Australia?

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Invisible Women

Invisible Women

Caroline Criado Perez

She exposes the gender data gap - a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women's lives.

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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jenny Odell

A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention-and our personal information-that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we've been too distracted to see...

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Kitty Flanagan's 488 Rules for Life

Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for Life

Kitty Flanagan

488 Rules for Life is Kitty Flanagan's way of making the world a more pleasant place to live. Applying truth and wit to modern problems. An antidote to stupidity. 

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