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    • On Identity, Grant,  Stan
    On Identity
    Stan Grant

    Stan Grant asks why when it comes to identity he is asked to choose between black and white. Is identity a myth? A constructed story we tell ourselves? Tribalism, nationalism and sectarianism are dividing the world into us and them. Communities are a ... read more

    • Room for a Stranger, Cheng,  Melanie
    Room for a Stranger
    Melanie Cheng

    Since her sister died, Meg has lived fairly contentedly on her own, but after her house is broken into by a knife-wielding intruder, she decides it might be good to have some company after all. Andy is an overseas student struggling to pay for his tu ... read more

    • Sea Journal, Lewis-jones,  Huw
    Sea Journal
    Huw Lewis-jones

    In this remarkable gathering of private journals, log books, letters and diaries, we follow the voyages of intrepid sailors, from the frozen polar wastes to South Seas paradise islands, as they set down their immediate impressions of all they saw. Th ... read more

    • Stonewall Reader, New York Public Library
    Stonewall Reader
    New York Public Library

    28 June 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising - the most significant event in the gay liberation movement and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library's ... read more

    • Stop Being Reasonable, Gordon-smith,  Eleanor
    Stop Being Reasonable
    Eleanor Gordon-smith

    What if you're not who
    you think you ae?

    What i don't really know the people closest to you. And what if your most
    deeply-held beliefs turn ou to be wrong? Philosopher Eleanor Gordon-Smith tells gripping true stories that ... read more

    • The Extraordinary Lives of Insects, Sverdrup-thygeson,  Anne
    The Extraordinary Lives of Insects
    Anne Sverdrup-thygeson

    A journey into the weird, wonderful and truly astonishing lives of the small but mighty creatures who keep the world turning. Insects are essential to sustaining life on earth, they arrived when life first moved to dry land, they preceded – and ... read more

    • This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle To Save Working People, Warren,  Elizabeth
    This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle To Save Working People
    Elizabeth Warren

    In this passionate, inspiring book, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren argues for a fair future for ordinary working people. From Roosevelt's New Deal through to President Trump's phoney promises, this is a sharp critique of how big corporations and finan ... read more

    • Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change, Diamond,  Jared
    Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change
    Jared Diamond

    In Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond trawled history, geography, economics and anthropology for an understanding of what makes civilisations rise and fall. Here in the third book of what's become a trilogy, he shows how succ ... read more

    • Animalia, Del Amo,  Jean-baptiste
    Jean-baptiste Del Amo

    Animalia tells the confronting and compelling story of a peasant family in south-west France as they develop their plot of land into an intensive pig farm. In an environment dominated by animals, five generations endure the cataclysm of two worl ... read more

    • Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, Plokhy,  Serhii
    Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy
    Serhii Plokhy

    On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history- the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy tells the stories of the firefighters, scienti ... read more

    • Daughter of Bad Times, Wilson,  Rohan
    Daughter of Bad Times
    Rohan Wilson

    Rin Braden is almost ready to give up on life after the heartbreaking death of her lover Yamaan and the everyday dread of working for her mother's corrupt private prison company. But through a miracle Yamaan has survived and turns up in an immigratio ... read more

    • Dublin Palms, Hamilton,  Hugo
    Dublin Palms
    Hugo Hamilton

    The narrator of Dublin Palms has returned to Dublin to set up home with his partner Helen and their two children. Their lives are filled with optimism, but also a sense of dislocation. Overshadowed by the Troubles in the North, their family enterpris ... read more

    • Einstein's Unfinished Revolution, Smolin,  Lee
    Einstein's Unfinished Revolution
    Lee Smolin

    Quantum physics is the basis of our understanding of everything from elemental particles to the behaviour of materials. Yet it is also beset by controversy and raging disagreement over which formulation best describes our world. The simple reason qua ... read more

    • Everything in its Place, Sacks,  Oliver
    Everything in its Place
    Oliver Sacks

    Celebrating Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, this final volume of essays showcases his broad range of interests; his passion for ferns, swimming, and horsetails and his last case histories exploring schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer's. S ... read more

    • Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, Mckibben,  Bill
    Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
    Bill Mckibben

    Thirty years ago, environmentalist Bill McKibben's The End of Nature was the first book to alert us to global warming. Now, in Falter, he suggests that the human race may have played itself out. Climate change, robotics and artificial intelligence ma ... read more

    • Hazelwood, Doig,  Tom
    Tom Doig

    Early in the afternoon of 9 February 2014 two separate bushfires raged towards the massive Hazelwood open-pit brown-coal mine in the Latrobe Valley. Twelve hours later the mine caught fire and continued to burn out of control for 45 days. As the air ... read more