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    • Islands, Frew,  Peggy
    Peggy Frew

    'There was a house on a hill in the city and it was full of us, our family, but then it began to empty. We fell out. We made a mess. We draped ourselves in blame and disappointment and lurched around, bumping into each other. Some of us wailed and sh ... read more

    • Lost Children Archive, Luiselli,  Valeria
    Lost Children Archive
    Valeria Luiselli

    A family in New York packs the car and sets out on a road trip. A mother, a father, a boy and a girl, they head south west, to the Apacheria, the regions of the US which used to be Mexico. They drive for hours through desert and mountains. They stop ... read more

    • Mouth Full of Blood, Morrison,  Toni
    Mouth Full of Blood
    Toni Morrison

    Spanning four decades, these essays, speeches and meditations interrogate the world around us. The collection is structured in three parts introduced by a prayer for the dead of 9/11, a meditation on Martin Luther King and a eulogy for James Baldwin. ... read more

    • Radicalized, Doctorow,  Cory
    Cory Doctorow

    Four dystopian novellas from author and activist Cory Doctorow which give us social, technological and economic visions of the world today and its near – all too near – future. Unauthorised Bread ' is a tale of immigration, toxic economic ... read more

    • Shepherd's Hut, Winton,  Tim
    Shepherd's Hut
    Tim Winton

    Jaxie dreads going home. His mum's dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. But no one's ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for. On one terrible day his life is stripped to little more than what h ... read more

    • Tempest, Sem-sandberg,  Steve
    Steve Sem-sandberg

    In this hypnotic novel, Steve Sem-Sandberg reveals the power of secrets to destroy generations of families. After many years away, Andreas returns to his childhood home on a small island off Norway's coast. Searching through the belongings of his lat ... read more

    • The Capital, Menasse,  Robert
    The Capital
    Robert Menasse

    Robert Menasse spans a narrative arc between the times, the nations, the inevitable and the irony of fate, between petty bureaucracy and big emotions in his new novel. As the fiftieth anniversary of the European Commission approaches, the Directorate ... read more

    • When the Rivers Run Dry, Pearce,  Fred
    When the Rivers Run Dry
    Fred Pearce

    We cannot live without water, but 7.5 billion people are now competing for this single unevenly-distributed resource. Exploring the growing world water crisis, Fred Pearce reports on places where waterways are turning to sand before they reach the oc ... read more

    • Australia Fair: Listening to the Nation Quarterly Essay 73, Huntley,  Rebecca
    Australia Fair: Listening to the Nation Quarterly Essay 73
    Rebecca Huntley

    What do Australians want most from their next government?. Too often we focus on the angry, reactionary minority, but as Rebecca Huntley shows, there is also a large progressive centre who have been saying for some time that they want action - on cli ... read more

    • Death of Murat Idrissi, Wieringa,  Tommy
    Death of Murat Idrissi
    Tommy Wieringa

    They had no idea, when they arrived in Morocco, that their usual freedoms as young European women would not be available. So, when the spry Saleh presents himself as their guide and saviour, they embrace his offer. He extracts them from a tight space ... read more

    • Exploded View, Tiffany,  Carrie
    Exploded View
    Carrie Tiffany

    A dangerous man moves in with a mother and her two adolescent children. The man runs an unlicensed mechanic's workshop at the back of their property. The girl resists the man with silence, and finally with sabotage. She fights him at the place where ... read more

    • Friendly Ones, Hensher,  Philip
    Friendly Ones
    Philip Hensher

    The Friendly Ones is about two families; in it, people with very different histories can fit together, and redeem each other. One is a large and loosely connected family who have come to England from the subcontinent in fits and starts, brought to En ... read more

    • From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting, Brett,  Judith
    From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting
    Judith Brett

    It's compulsory to vote in Australia. We are one of a handful of countries in the world that enforce this rule at election time, and the only English-speaking country. Not only that, we celebrate compulsory voting with sausage sizzles, cake stalls an ... read more

    • Hollow Bones, Kaminsky,  Leah
    Hollow Bones
    Leah Kaminsky

    Berlin, 1936. Ernst Schafer, a young, ambitious zoologist and keen hunter and collector, has come to the attention of Heinrich Himmler, who invites him to lead a group of SS scientists to the mountains of Tibet on a secret mission to search for the o ... read more

    • How to Hide an Empire, Immerwahr,  Daniel
    How to Hide an Empire
    Daniel Immerwahr

    How to Hide an Empire tells the story of the United States outside the United States - from nineteenth-century conquests like Alaska, Hawai'i, the Philippines and Puerto Rico, to the catalogue of islands, archipelagos and military bases dotted a ... read more

    • Improvement, Silber,  Joan
    Joan Silber

    Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isn't perfect, yet as she visits him throughout his three-month stint in prison, their bond grows tighter. Kiki, now settled in New York after a journey that took her to Turkey and around the world, admires her ... read more