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    • River of Consciousness, Sacks,  Oliver
    River of Consciousness
    Oliver Sacks

    Advances in neuroscience have revolutionised our ability to visualise the brain in action. For the first time we are able to close the gap between the philosophical questions which have consumed the world's thinkers since the eighteenth century and t ... read more

    • Saga Land, Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason
    Saga Land
    Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason

    Richard Fidler and author Kári Gíslason share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever writ ... read more

    • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward,  Jesmyn
    Sing, Unburied, Sing
    Jesmyn Ward

    In prose layered with the textures of the south, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi 's past and present. Jesmyn Ward grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and explores the power and limitations of the bonds o ... read more

    • The Best Australian Science Writing 2017, Edited By Michael Slezak
    The Best Australian Science Writing 2017
    Edited By Michael Slezak

    The annual collection celebrating the finest voices in Australian science writing. From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can't match. Now in its ... read more

    • The Last London, Sinclair, Iain
    The Last London
    Iain Sinclair

    Iain Sinclair ventures out onto the streets one last time to capture the city in this time of era-defining change. Travelling from a recent jewel in the capital's skyline – the Shard – to the suburbs and back again, Sinclair reflects on t ... read more

    • The Runaway Species, Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman
    The Runaway Species
    Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman

    Weaving together the arts and sciences, neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explore the need for novelty, the simulation of possible futures, and the social components that drive the inventiveness of our species. Taking us on a ... read more

    • The Weight of Things, Fritz, Marianne
    The Weight of Things
    Marianne Fritz

    The Weight of Things is the first book, and possibly the only translatable book by Austrian writer Marianne Fritz. After winning acclaim with this novel she embarked on an ambitious 10,000-page literary project called “The Fortre ... read more

    • Tracker, Wright,  Alexis
    Alexis Wright

    Alexis Wright returns to non-fiction in her new book, Tracker, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker, and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up in a mission ... read more

    • Best Australian Stories 2017, Clarke,  Maxine Beneba
    Best Australian Stories 2017
    Maxine Beneba Clarke

    A woman sails to unfamiliar shores to start her life with a stranger. A boy goes to school one day and returns home twenty years older. The government erects a wall across the country and right down the middle of a marital bed. Diverse in style and v ... read more

    • Between Eternities, Marias,  Javier
    Between Eternities
    Javier Marias

    Following in the essayistic tradition of Montaigne, Between Eternities ranges widely from the literary to the philosophical to the autobiographical, from football to cinema, from comic books to mortality. Trenchant and wry, subversive and penetrating ... read more

    • Border Districts, Murnane,  Gerald
    Border Districts
    Gerald Murnane

    In a mirror of Murnane's own move from city to country, the narrator of Border Districts moves from capital city to remote town in the border district where he intends to spend the rest of his life. It is a time for exploring the enduring elements of ... read more

    • Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World, Denniss,  Richard
    Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    Richard Denniss

    In a book of ideas, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. We should cherish th ... read more

    • Devotion, Smith,  Patti
    Patti Smith

    Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of a young skater who lives for her art. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story; to Camus's house, the garden of the great publisher Gallimard whe ... read more

    • Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth, Boyd,  William
    Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
    William Boyd

    A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. And, at the heart of the book, a 24 ... read more

    • Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece, Fry,  Stephen
    Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece
    Stephen Fry

    The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cul ... read more

    • Out of the Wreckage, Monbiot,  George
    Out of the Wreckage
    George Monbiot

    Mainstream politics is stuck, torn between the redundant doctrines of Keynesianism and neoliberalism. Neither have much to offer a world facing environmental collapse, civic breakdown and a gathering crisis of permanent unemployment. This dismal, man ... read more