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    • No More Boats, Castagna,  Felicity
    No More Boats
    Felicity Castagna

    No More Boats tackles the fear of refugees head on, portraying the anxieties of a man who was once a migrant himself, brought to breaking point by the Tampa crisis. Antonio Martone has been forced to retire and amidst his growing paranoia the ghost o ... read more

    • October, Mieville,  China
    China Mieville

    In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy- nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world history. A ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war was rocked by not ... read more

    • Roots, Radicals and Rockers, Bragg,  Billy
    Roots, Radicals and Rockers
    Billy Bragg

    In a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunt, Bragg explores how skiffle and guitars sparked a revolution in pop music. Emerging from the trad-jazz club ... read more

    • Solar Bones, Mccormack,  Mike
    Solar Bones
    Mike Mccormack

    Once a year, on All Souls' Day, it is said in Ireland that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit. Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer, turns up one afternoon at his kitchen table and considers the events that took him away ... read more

    • The Answers, Lacey,  Catherine
    The Answers
    Catherine Lacey

    Mary is out of options. Estranged from her Evangelist family, plagued by debt collectors and beset by chronic pain, Mary signs up for a mysterious job advertised as 'The Girlfriend Experiment' (or, The GX). Masterminded by a successful Hollywood acto ... read more

    • The Islamic Republic of Australia, Shah,  Sami
    The Islamic Republic of Australia
    Sami Shah

    In this funny and informative exploration of Islam in Australia, award-winning comedian and writer Sami Shah takes us behind the stereotypes and generalisations to find out who Australian Muslims are, how they live and what they think. Along the way ... read more

    • The Russian Revolution, Mcmeekin,  Sean
    The Russian Revolution
    Sean Mcmeekin

    At the turn of the century, the Russian economy was growing and its population had reached 150 million. By 1920 the country was in desperate financial straits and more than 20 million Russians had died. And by 1950, a third of the globe had embraced ... read more

    • The Secret Life, O'hagan,  Andrew
    The Secret Life
    Andrew O'hagan

    The slippery online ecosystem is the perfect breeding ground for identities: true, false, and in between. Andrew O'Hagan issues three bulletins from this porous border between cyberspace and the 'real world'. 'Ghosting' introduces us to the beguilin ... read more

    • Climate Wars, Butler,  Mark
    Climate Wars
    Mark Butler

    Mark Butler, the opposition minister for climate change and energy, makes a forceful case for using less and cleaner energy as part of global action to counter the consequences of climate change. Doing so will also make Australia attractive for the ... read more

    • Dead Zone, Lymbery,  Philip
    Dead Zone
    Philip Lymbery

    Dead Zone takes us on an eye-opening investigative journey across the globe, focussing on a dozen iconic species one-by-one and looking in each case at the role that industrial farming is playing in their plight. This is a passionate wake-up call tha ... read more

    • Kingdom Cons, Herrera,  Yuri
    Kingdom Cons
    Yuri Herrera

    In the court of the King, everyone knows their place. But as the Artist wins hearts and egos with his ballads, uncomfortable truths emerge that shake the Kingdom to its core. Part surreal fable and part crime romance, Kingdom Cons questions the price ... read more

    • Koh-I-Noor, William Dalrymple and Anita  Anand
    William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

    On 29 March 1849, the ten-year-old Maharajah of the Punjab handed over to the British East India Company in a formal Act of Submission to Queen Victoria not only swathes of the richest land in India, but also arguably the single most valuable object ... read more

    • La Mama, Cass,  Adam
    La Mama
    Adam Cass

    In August 2017, Melbourne's La Mama Theatre celebrates 50 years since the premiere of its first production, Jack Hibberd's Three Old Friends. Complemented hundreds of wonderful photographs Cass's book commemorates the rich life story of the theatre, ... read more

    • Last Man in Europe, Glover,  Dennis
    Last Man in Europe
    Dennis Glover

    Forty-three years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that within three winters will take his life, Orwell comes to see1984 as his legacy - the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms which the wars and upheavals of the tw ... read more

    • Memory of Music, Ford,  Andrew
    Memory of Music
    Andrew Ford

    Composer and broadcaster Andrew Ford considers the nature and purpose of music - what it is, why it means so much to us and how it works in our lives. From his early childhood in the Beatles-crazy Liverpool of the 1960s to his evolving work as a com ... read more

    • Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Roy,  Arundhati
    Ministry of Utmost Happiness
    Arundhati Roy

    In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears quite suddenly, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daugh ... read more