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    • Love is Strong as Death, Kelly,  Paul
    Love is Strong as Death
    Paul Kelly

    Paul Kelly's songs are steeped in poetry. And now he has gathered from around the world the poems he loves - poems that have inspired and challenged him over the years, a number of which he has set to music. This wide-ranging anthology combines the a ... read more

    • Make It Scream, Make It Burn, Jamison,  Leslie
    Make It Scream, Make It Burn
    Leslie Jamison

    A profound exploration of the depths of longing and obsession, Make It Scream, Make It Burn is a book about why and how we tell stories. It takes the reader deep into the lives of strangers - from a woman healed by the song of 'the loneliest whale in ... read more

    • Olive, Again, Strout,  Elizabeth
    Olive, Again
    Elizabeth Strout

    Olive, Again follows the blunt, contradictory yet loveable Olive Kitteridge as she navigates the second half of her life. Olive adjusts to her new life with her second husband, challenges her estranged son and his family to accept him, experienc ... read more

    • Out of Darkness, Shining Light, Gappah,  Petina
    Out of Darkness, Shining Light
    Petina Gappah

    This is the story of the body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, the explorer David Livingstone - and the sixty-nine men and women who carried his remains for 1,500 miles so that he could be buried in his own country. In Gappah's radical novel, it is those ... 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

    • Roots: How Melbourne became the live music capital of the world, Horne,  Craig
    Roots: How Melbourne became the live music capital of the world
    Craig Horne

    Despite the flaky weather, the footy and Netflix, Melbournians are committed to going out at night and in great numbers in heat or hail to listen to live music.  Roots is the history of live music in Melbourne, from jazz to blues, country, folk, ... read more

    • Serious Noticing: Selected Essays, Wood,  James
    Serious Noticing: Selected Essays
    James Wood

    James Wood is one of the leading critics of the age, and here, for the first time, are his selected essays. From the career-defining 'Hysterical Realism' to his more personal reflections on family, religion and sensibility, Serious Noticing  ... read more

  • Superpower: Australia's Low-Carbon Opportunity
    Ross Garnaut

    We have unparalleled renewable energy resources. We also have the necessary scientific skills. Australia could be the natural home for an increasing proportion of global industry. But how do we make this happen? Australia's leading thinker about clim ... read more

  • Beauty
    Bri Lee

    In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed. In ... read more

    • Beyond the Sea, Lynch,  Paul
    Beyond the Sea
    Paul Lynch

    Beyond the Sea tells the tale of two South American fishermen, Bolivar and Hector, who go to sea before a sudden storm. Cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean, the two men must come to terms with their environment, and each other, if they are to survive. A ... read more

    • Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, Abulafia,  David
    Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans
    David Abulafia

    Boundless Sea traces the routes of merchants, explorers, pirates, cartographers and travellers in their quests for spices, gold, ivory, slaves, lands for settlement and knowledge of what lay beyond. A history of the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Ind ... read more

  • Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life
    John O'connell

    Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life - from Madame Bovary to A Clockwork Orange, the Iliad to the Beano, these were the publications that had fuelled ... read more

    • Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk, Krakauer,  Jon
    Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk
    Jon Krakauer

    Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these articles take us from a horrifying avalanche on Mount Everest to a volcano poised to obliterate a chunk of greater Seattle; from a wilderness teen-therapy program run by apparent sadist ... read more

    • Coniston, Bradley,  Michael
    Michael Bradley

    Coniston, Central Australia, 1928: the murder of an itinerant prospector at this isolated station by local Warlpiri triggered a series of police-led expeditions that ranged over vast areas for two months, as the hunting parties shot down victims by t ... read more

  • Damascus
    Christos Tsiolkas

    Christos Tsiolkas' novel takes as its subject the events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, Damascus explores the themes that have inhabited Tsiolkas as a writer: class, r ... read more

    • Life: Selected Writings, Flannery,  Tim
    Life: Selected Writings
    Tim Flannery

    Tim Flannery is one of the world's great thinkers, environmental scientists and writers. This definitive collection brings together thirty years of essays, speeches and occasional writing on palaeontology, mammology, environmental science and history ... read more