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    • Hollow City, Solnit,  Rebecca
    Hollow City
    Rebecca Solnit

    Surveying the transformation of San Francisco in the early millenium by Silicon Valley, Solnit explores the impact of skyrocketing rents, architectural homogenisation, and the links between artists and gentrification. Wealth, she argues, is just as c ... read more

    • House on the Mountain, Holcombe,  Ella,   Cox,  David
    House on the Mountain
    Ella Holcombe, David Cox

    'There is a fire coming, and we need to move quickly. Mum and Dad start packing bags, grabbing woollen blankets, the first-aid kit, torches, and then the photo albums. Dad puts Ruby on her lead and ties her up near the back door. My chest feels hollo ... read more

    • Nobody's Looking At You, Malcolm,  Janet
    Nobody's Looking At You
    Janet Malcolm

    Previously uncompiled pieces, mainly from The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. The title piece of the collection is a profile of the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, whose mother often said to her, 'Nobody's looking at you.' But in every p ... read more

    • Only Story, Barnes,  Julian
    Only Story
    Julian Barnes

    'Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question'. First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, ... read more

    • The Friend, Nunez,  Sigrid
    The Friend
    Sigrid Nunez

    When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatised by t ... read more

    • Wall, Lanchester,  John
    John Lanchester

    Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day in and day ... read more

    • Writer of Our Time, Sperling,  Joshua
    Writer of Our Time
    Joshua Sperling

    John Berger was one of the most influential thinkers and writers of postwar Europe. As a novelist, he won the Booker Prize in 1972, donating half his prize money to the Black Panthers; as a TV presenter he changed the way we looked at art in Way ... read more

    • Zebra, Adelaide,  Debra
    Debra Adelaide

    A body buried in a suburban backyard. A suicide pact worthy of Chekhov. A love affair born in a bookshop. The last days of Bennelong. And a very strange gift for a most unusual Prime Minister... Poignant, wry, and just a litt ... read more

    • Ben Quilty, Quilty,  Ben
    Ben Quilty
    Ben Quilty

    Ben Quilty has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and film. His works often respond to social and political events, from the current global refugee crisis to the complex social history of Australia; ... read more

    • Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook, Kent,  Jacqueline
    Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook
    Jacqueline Kent

    In 1985 Jacqueline Kent was content with her life. She had a satisfying career as a freelance book editor and writer. Living and working alone, she relished her independence. Then she met Kenneth Cook, author of Wake in Fright, and they fell in love. ... read more

    • Birthday Girl, Murakami,  Haruki
    Birthday Girl
    Haruki Murakami

    'She waited on tables as usual that day, her twentieth birthday. She always worked Fridays, but if things had gone according to plan on that particular Friday, she would have had the night off'. One rainy Tokyo night, a waitress's uneventful twe ... read more

    • Black is the New White, Lui,  Nakkiah
    Black is the New White
    Nakkiah Lui

    Charlotte Gibson is a lawyer with a brilliant career ahead of her. As her father Ray says, she could be the next female Indigenous Waleed Aly. But she has other ideas. First of all, it's Christmas. Second of all, she's in love and her fiance is not w ... read more

    • Black Leopard, Red Wolf, James,  Marlon
    Black Leopard, Red Wolf
    Marlon James

    Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter - and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working tog ... read more

    • Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities, Seamer,  Peter
    Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities
    Peter Seamer

    In this timely critique of our nation's urban development and planning culture, Peter Seamer argues that vested interests often distort rational thinking about our cities. Looking to the future, he sets out cogent new strategies to resolve congestion ... read more

    • Demon in the Machine, Davies,  Paul
    Demon in the Machine
    Paul Davies

    To understand the origins and nature of life, Davies proposes a radical vision of biology which sees the underpinnings of life as similar to circuits and electronics, arguing that life as we know it should really be considered a phenomenon of informa ... read more

    • Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country, Hay,  Ashley,   Schultz,  Julianne
    Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country
    Ashley Hay, Julianne Schultz

    The environmental vocabulary of our times requires dramatic terms: extinctions and endings; tipping points, cascade effects and collapses. In recent years the relationship between people and their environment has shifted from one of innocence to one ... read more