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    • Grand Union, Smith,  Zadie
    Grand Union
    Zadie Smith

    A mother looks back on her early forays into matters of the human heart, considering the ways in which desire is always an act of negotiation, destruction, and self-invention. A disgraced cop stands amid the broken shards of his life, unable to move ... read more

    • Gulpilil, Rielly,  Derek
    Derek Rielly

    It's been almost fifty years since a teenage David Gulpilil illuminated screens worldwide with his breakout role in Walkabout and quickly became the face of the Indigenous world to white Australian audiences - a charismatic, strong, mysterious m ... read more

    • How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century, Dikotter,  Frank
    How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century
    Frank Dikotter

    In How to Be a Dictator, Frank Dikotter returns to eight of the most effective personality cults of the twentieth century. From carefully choreographed parades to the deliberate cultivation of a shroud of mystery through iron censorship, these d ... read more

    • Other People's Houses, Mcphee,  Hilary
    Other People's Houses
    Hilary Mcphee

    In Other People's Houses Hilary McPhee exchanges one hemisphere for another. Fleeing the aftermath of a failed marriage, she embarks on a writing project in the Middle East, for a member of the Hashemite royal family, a man she greatly respects. Here ... read more

    • Red Hand: Stories, Reflections and the Last Appearance of Jack Irish, Temple,  Peter
    Red Hand: Stories, Reflections and the Last Appearance of Jack Irish
    Peter Temple

    Peter Temple started publishing novels late, when he was fifty, but then he got cracking. He wrote nine novels in thirteen years. Along the way he wrote screenplays, stories, dozens of reviews.
    When he died in March 2018 there was an unfinished J ... read more

    • The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Bryson,  Bill
    The Body: A Guide for Occupants
    Bill Bryson

    Bill Bryson turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body- A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very fu ... read more

    • Water Dancer, Coates,  Ta-nehisi
    Water Dancer
    Ta-nehisi Coates

    Every slave plantation is a house of spies and intrigue. No slave walks a straight line or has a single story - deep within their hearts is betrayal and insurrection. Hiram Walker is a man with a gift and a curse. He was born between worlds - his fat ... read more

    • Year of the Monkey, Smith,  Patti
    Year of the Monkey
    Patti Smith

    Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. In February a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexp ... read more

    • Act of Grace, Krien,  Anna
    Act of Grace
    Anna Krien

    Iraqi aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Australia, decades later, Gerry is in fear of his tyrannical father, Toohey, who has returned from the Iraq War b ... read more

    • Bruny, Rose,  Heather
    Heather Rose

    A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her broth ... read more

    • Cilka's Journey, Morris,  Heather
    Cilka's Journey
    Heather Morris

    In 1942 Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. After liberation, ... read more

    • Cosmic Chronicles, Watson,  Fred
    Cosmic Chronicles
    Fred Watson

    Watson presents the most up-to-date knowledge on everything from light echoing around the cosmos, the mechanics of black holes and how to navigate the hidden delights of nightfall, to the most profound questions facing humankind. With mind-bending st ... read more

    • Coventry, Cusk,  Rachel
    Rachel Cusk

    Encompassing memoir and cultural and literary criticism, with pieces on gender, politics and writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Olivia Manning and Natalia Ginzburg, this collection of essays offers new insights on the themes at the heart of Cusk's work. ... read more

    • Europeans: Three Cosmopolitan Lives and the Making of a European Culture, Figes,  Orlando
    Europeans: Three Cosmopolitan Lives and the Making of a European Culture
    Orlando Figes

    The Europeans is both a highly original, panoramic account of how in the 19th century huge aesthetic, economic, technological and legal changes created, for the first time, a genuinely pan-European culture - and an intimate story of a great sing ... read more

    • Fly Already, Keret,  Etgar
    Fly Already
    Etgar Keret

    A man is bribed to step into a courtroom to call an unknown defendant a murderer. A rich, lonely man hits on the idea of buying up people's birthdays so he'll always have friends calling. A writer agrees to write a story starring his friend so said f ... read more

    • George Seddon: Selected Writings, Gaynor,  Andrea
    George Seddon: Selected Writings
    Andrea Gaynor

    George Seddon was renowned for championing a 'sense of place', giving that phrase a uniquely Australian substance. He was a connoisseur of landscapes, from the rugged Snowy Mountains to the humble domestic backyard. With wit and deep knowledge, he ra ... read more