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    • Pigeon Tunnel, Carre,  John Le;le Carre,  John;
    Pigeon Tunnel
    Carre, John Le;le Carre, John;

    From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le C ... read more

    • Planting Dreams, Aitken,  Richard
    Planting Dreams
    Richard Aitken

    Aitken explores the environmental and social influences that have helped produce our unique gardening culture; from Indigenous land management and the earliest European garden at Farm Cove, to the potted plants and besser block screens of mid-twentie ... read more

    • Play All, James,  Clive
    Play All
    Clive James

    Television and TV viewing are not what they once were-and that's a good thing, according to award-winning author and critic Clive James. Since serving as television columnist for the London Observer from 1972 to 1982, James has witnessed a radical ch ... read more

    • Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories, Mahood,  Kim
    Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories
    Kim Mahood

    Writer and artist Kim Mahood has returned again and again to the Tanami desert country in far north-western Australia where, as a child, she lived with her family on a remote cattle station. The land is timeless, but much has changed: the station has ... read more

    • Schooldays of Jesus, Coetzee,  J. M.
    Schooldays of Jesus
    J. M. Coetzee

    David is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simon and Ines take care of him in their new country. He is learning the language and has begun to make friends. At seven he's enrolled in the Academy of Dance in Estrella. It's here, in his new ... read more

    • Selection Day, Adiga,  Aravind
    Selection Day
    Aravind Adiga

    A. N. Wilson Manju is fourteen. He knows he is good at cricket, he knows that he hates his domineering and cricket-obsessed father and admires Radha, his brilliantly talented brother. When Manju begins to get to know Radha's great rival, a boy as pri ... read more

    • String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis, Wallace,  David Foster
    String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis
    David Foster Wallace

    David Foster Wallace's legendary writings on tennis, five tour-de-force pieces were written with a competitor's insight and a fan's obsessive enthusiasm. He celebrates the other-worldly genius of Roger Federer, considers the artistry of Michael Joyce ... read more

    • Trillion Dollar Baby: How Tiny Norway Beat the Oil Giants and Won a Lasting Fortune, Cleary,  Paul
    Trillion Dollar Baby: How Tiny Norway Beat the Oil Giants and Won a Lasting Fortune
    Paul Cleary

    For most of its history, Norway eked out a marginal existence from fishing, forestry and shipping. But things changed in 1969, when the country found one of the world's biggest offshore oilfields. From the outset, Norway decided that it was the maste ... read more

    • Enemy Within : Quartely Essay 63, Watson,  Don
    Enemy Within : Quartely Essay 63
    Don Watson

    Don Watson takes a journey into the heart of the United States and the strangest election campaign that country has seen. He finds a deeply fearful and divided culture and reflects on the irresistible pull – for Americans – of the Dream o ... read more

    • Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things that Matter, Singer,  Peter
    Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things that Matter
    Peter Singer

    In a series of brief essays, Singer applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the ethics of high-priced art, ... read more

    • Grant and I, Forster,  Robert
    Grant and I
    Robert Forster

    Grant McLennan and Robert Forster formed a musical partnership with the GO Betweens in Brisbane in 1977 and disbanded finally with Grant's death in 2006. Fired by a common interest in literature, film and music they forged a sound that was distinctiv ... read more

    • Here I Am, Foer,  Jonathan Safran
    Here I Am
    Jonathan Safran Foer

    Over the course of three weeks in present-day Washington DC, three sons watch their parents' marriage falter and their family home fall apart. Meanwhile, a larger catastrophe is engulfing another part of the world: a massive earthquake devastates the ... read more

    • Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World, Wohlleben,  Peter
    Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World
    Peter Wohlleben

    Peter Wohlleben draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: they communicate with each other, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Shar ... read more

    • History of Pictures, Hockney,  David
    History of Pictures
    David Hockney

    The making of pictures has a history going back perhaps 100,000 years while the earliest images known to us are from about 40,000 years ago. In 16 chapters Hockney and Gayford discuss how and why pictures have been made, and link 'art' to human skill ... read more

    • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Harari,  Yuval Noah
    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
    Yuval Noah Harari

    Harari envisions a not-too-distant world and explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. Equality i ... read more

    • Known and Strange Things, Cole,  Teju
    Known and Strange Things
    Teju Cole

    Teju Cole's original and powerful voice rides high in this collection of more than fifty pieces on politics, photography, travel, history, and literature. Taking in subjects from Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare, and W. G. Sebald to Instagram, Barack Obam ... read more