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    • Last Witnesses, Alexievich,  Svetlana
    Last Witnesses
    Svetlana Alexievich

    What did it mean to grow up in the Soviet Union during the Second World War? In the late 1970s, Svetlana Alexievich started interviewing people who had experienced war as children, the generation that survived and had to live with the trauma that wou ... read more

    • New Dark Age, Bridle,  James
    New Dark Age
    James Bridle

    We live in times of increasing inscrutability. Our news feeds are filled with unverified, unverifiable speculation, much of it automatically generated by anonymous software. As a result, we no longer understand what is happening around us. Underlying ... read more

    • New Horizons, Various
    New Horizons

    The citizens of Karachi wake up and discover the sea missing from their shores, the last Parsi on Earth must escape to other worlds when debt collectors come knocking, and a family visiting a Partition-themed park gets more entertainment than they ba ... read more

    • Politics of the Common Good, Goodall,  Jane R.
    Politics of the Common Good
    Jane R. Goodall

    ‘The Earth is a Common Treasury’, proclaimed the English Revolutionaries in the 1640s. Does the principle of the commons offer us ways to respond now to the increasingly destructive effects of neoliberalism?  With insight, passion an ... read more

    • Returns, Salom,  Philip
    Philip Salom

    Elizabeth posts a 'room for rent' notice in Trevor's bookshop and is caught off-guard when Trevor answers the ad himself. She expected a young student not a middle-aged bookseller whose marriage has fallen apart. But Trevor is attracted to Elizabeth' ... read more

    • Salt: Selected Essays and Stories, Pascoe,  Bruce
    Salt: Selected Essays and Stories
    Bruce Pascoe

    This volume of Bruce Pascoe's stories and essays, collected here for the first time, traverses his long career and explores his enduring fascination with Australia's landscape, culture and history. Featuring new fiction alongside Pascoe's thought-pro ... read more

    • Sludge: Disaster on Victoria's Goldfields, Lawrence,  Susan
    Sludge: Disaster on Victoria's Goldfields
    Susan Lawrence

    Everyone knows gold made Victoria rich but the legacy of gold mining was disastrous for the land, engulfing it in floods of sand, gravel and silt – a devastation that still affects our rivers and floodplains. Victorians had a name for this mini ... read more

    • The Pillars, Polites,  Peter
    The Pillars
    Peter Polites

    Don't worry about the housing bubble, she would say. Don't worry about the fact that you will never be able to afford a home. Worry about the day after. That's when they will all come, with their black shirts and bayonets, and then you will see the d ... read more

    • Banking Bad: How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia, Ferguson,  Adele
    Banking Bad: How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia
    Adele Ferguson

    Against all the odds, Australia held a royal commission into the banking and financial services industries. Its revelations rocked the nation. Even defenders of the banks were blindsided. Few people were more instrumental in bringing about the commis ... read more

    • Blueprint, Enzensberger,  Theresia
    Theresia Enzensberger

    Luise Schilling is young, inquisitive and has a promising future ahead of her. At the beginning of the twenties, she arrives at Weimar's Bauhaus University. She takes classes with professors such as Gropius and Kandinsky and throws herself into the d ... read more

    • Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat: A Rodent History of Australia, Bonyhady,  Tim
    Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat: A Rodent History of Australia
    Tim Bonyhady

    The Enchantment of the Long-haired Rat tells the story of a small Australian rodent known for its fast and prodigious spread after big rains – which brought plagues for the European colonists who feared and loathed all rats; and an abundan ... read more

    • Growing Up Queer in Australia, Law,  Benjamin
    Growing Up Queer in Australia
    Benjamin Law

    Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of gr ... read more

    • In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin, Hilsum,  Lindsey
    In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin
    Lindsey Hilsum

    Marie Colvin was glamorous, hard-drinking, braver than the boys, with a troubled and rackety personal life. She reported from the most dangerous places in the world and her anecdotes about encounters with figures like Colonel Gaddafi and Yasser Arafa ... read more

    • Inland, Obreht,  Tea
    Tea Obreht

    Nora is an unflinching frontiers-woman awaiting the return of the men in her life - her husband who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with ... read more

    • Inside the Greens: The True Story of the Party, the Politics and the People, Manning,  Paddy
    Inside the Greens: The True Story of the Party, the Politics and the People
    Paddy Manning

    Inside the Greens exposes the workings of a divided, defensive organisation reckoning with structural and strategic challenges. Reeling from a series of shocking seat losses, the dual-citizenship crisis, dramatic factional showdowns and suggesti ... read more

    • Jack Charles: A Born-again Blakfella, Charles,  Jack
    Jack Charles: A Born-again Blakfella
    Jack Charles

    Stolen from his mother and placed into institutional care when he was only a few months old, Uncle Jack was raised under the government's White Australia Policy. The loneliness and isolation he experienced during those years had a devastating impact ... read more