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    • Men Without Women, Murakami,  Haruki
    Men Without Women
    Haruki Murakami

    Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, wove ... 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

    • Nobody Leaves, Kapuscinski,  Ryszard
    Nobody Leaves
    Ryszard Kapuscinski

    When the great Ryszard Kapuscinski was a young journalist in the early 1960s, he was sent to the farthest reaches of his native Poland between foreign assignments. The resulting pieces reveal a place just as strange as the distant lands he visited - ... read more

    • Some Tests, Macauley,  Wayne
    Some Tests
    Wayne Macauley

    It begins with the normally healthy Beth - aged-care worker, wife of David, mother of Lettie and Gem - feeling vaguely off-colour. A locum sends her to Dr Yi for some tests. Referral after referral sees her bumped from suburb to suburb, bewildered, ... read more

    • Stalin and the Scientists, Ings,  Simon
    Stalin and the Scientists
    Simon Ings

    Simon Ings weaves together what happened when he Soviet Union's scientists - a handful of impoverished and underemployed graduates, professors and entrepreneurs, collectors and charlatans, bound themselves to a failing government to create a world su ... read more

    • The Long Goodbye :  Quarterly Essay 66, Krien,  Anna
    The Long Goodbye : Quarterly Essay 66
    Anna Krien

    In this urgent essay, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She looks at the global state of play and visits the frontlines in Australia's climate wars - the Great Barrier Reef, the Hunter Valley, the Coalition party roo ... read more

    • Theft by Finding, Sedaris,  David
    Theft by Finding
    David Sedaris

    For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations. The entries, hilarious, revealing and embarrassing, have become a favourite part of his live performances. Theft By Finding is a collection of ... read more

    • To Become a Whale, Hobson,  Ben
    To Become a Whale
    Ben Hobson

    When his mother dies 13-year-old Sam Keogh has to learn how to live with his silent, hitherto absent father, who decides to make a man out of his son by taking him to work at Tangalooma, then the largest whaling station in the southern hemisphere. A read more

    • Anaesthesia, Cole-adams,  Kate
    Kate Cole-adams

    Kate Cole-Adams explores what happens when we 'go under' - whether pain still exists even if we are not awake to feel it and how the unconscious mind deals with the body's experience of being cut open and ransacked. Anaesthesia leavens science with p ... read more

    • Blitzed, Ohler,  Norman
    Norman Ohler

    The Nazis styled themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs- cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from fact ... read more

    • Client Earth, Thornton,  James;goodman,  Martin;
    Client Earth
    Thornton, James;goodman, Martin;

    Environmentally, our planet lacks the laws to keep it safe and those laws we do have are feebly enforced. James Thornton is an environmental lawyer at the forefront of a movement whose client is Earth – they take governments to court, win and e ... read more

    • Free Speech, Ash,  Timothy Garton
    Free Speech
    Timothy Garton Ash

    Drawing on a lifetime of writing about dictatorships and dissidents, Timothy Garton Ash argues that in this connected world that he calls cosmopolis, the way to combine freedom and diversity is to have more but also better free speech. Across all cul ... read more

    • Gravel Heart, Gurnah, Abdulrazak
    Gravel Heart
    Abdulrazak Gurnah

    Moving from revolutionary Zanzibar in the 1960s to restless London in the 1990s, Gravel Heart follows the life of of Salim from a childhood of family secrets to exile in a hostile city. Evoking the immigrant experience with profound insight, Gurnah's ... read more

    • In Writing, Phillips,  Adam
    In Writing
    Adam Phillips

    For Adam Phillips, poetry and poets have always held an essential place, as both precursors and unofficial collaborators in the psychoanalytic project. But in reverse ? What, Phillips wonders, has psychoanalysis meant for writers? And what can writin ... read more

    • Kingdom Of Olives And Ash: Writers Confront The Occupation, Chabon,  Michael
    Kingdom Of Olives And Ash: Writers Confront The Occupation
    Michael Chabon

    Published to coincide the with 50th anniversary of the Israel occupation of the West Bank, an anthology that explores the human cost of the conflict there as witnessed by such notable writers as Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers, Madeleine Thien ... read more

    • Losing It, Burke,  Moira
    Losing It
    Moira Burke

    In the 1980s in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner Josie is surviving, or not - on self-destructive sex, excessive alcohol, drugs, brutalised friendships. But her intense and raw internal monologue reveals an intelligent young woman desperately looking ... read more