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    • The Best Australian Science Writing 2017, Edited By Michael Slezak
    The Best Australian Science Writing 2017
    Edited By Michael Slezak

    The annual collection celebrating the finest voices in Australian science writing. From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can't match. Now in its ... read more

    • The Weight of Things, Fritz, Marianne
    The Weight of Things
    Marianne Fritz

    The Weight of Things is the first book, and possibly the only translatable book by Austrian writer Marianne Fritz. After winning acclaim with this novel she embarked on an ambitious 10,000-page literary project called “The Fortre ... read more

    • The White Book, Kang,  Han
    The White Book
    Han Kang

    Written while on a writer's residency in Warsaw, a city palpably scarred by the violence of the past, the narrator walks unfamiliar streets, lined by buildings formerly obliterated in the Second World and finds herself haunted by the story of her old ... read more

    • The Years, Months, Days, Lianke,  Yan
    The Years, Months, Days
    Yan Lianke

    Two acclaimed novellas from Lianke. In the luminous, moving title story, an elderly man stays behind in his small village after a terrible drought forces everyone to leave. Unable to make the gruelling march through the mountains, he becomes the lone ... read more

    • There It Is Again: Selected Non-Fiction, Watson,  Don
    There It Is Again: Selected Non-Fiction
    Don Watson

    As an historian, essayist, speechwriter, humorist and anti-cant crusader Don Watson's prophetic and profound writing has long cut to the quick of the nation's heart and conscience.Over the years Don has written on politics and politicians - Australia ... read more

    • Tracker, Wright,  Alexis
    Alexis Wright

    Alexis Wright returns to non-fiction in her new book, Tracker, a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker, and entrepreneur who died in Darwin in 2015. Taken from his family as a child and brought up in a mission ... read more

    • True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction, Garner,  Helen
    True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction
    Helen Garner

    Helen Garner visits the morgue, and goes cruising on a Russian ship. She sees women giving birth, and gets the sack for teaching her students about sex. She writes about dreaming, about turning fifty, and the storm caused by The First Stone. Gar ... read more

    • What Is Populism?, Muller,  Jan-werner
    What Is Populism?
    Jan-werner Muller

    Populists are on the rise across the globe. But what exactly is populism? What precisely is the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism? Who are "the people" anyway and who can speak in their name? In this provocative book, Jan-Werner M& ... read more

    • Common People, Birch,  Tony
    Common People
    Tony Birch

    Set in urban refuges and struggling regional communities Tony Birch tells the stories of people caught up in the everyday business of living and the struggle to survive. From two single mothers on the most unlikely night shift to a homeless man unexp ... read more

    • Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World, Denniss,  Richard
    Curing Affluenza: How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    Richard Denniss

    In a book of ideas, Richard Denniss shows we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. We should cherish th ... read more

    • Devotion, Smith,  Patti
    Patti Smith

    Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of a young skater who lives for her art. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story; to Camus's house, the garden of the great publisher Gallimard whe ... read more

    • Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth, Boyd,  William
    Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth
    William Boyd

    A philandering art dealer tries to give up casual love affairs - seeking only passionate kisses as a substitute. A man recounts his personal history through the things he has stolen from others throughout his life. And, at the heart of the book, a 24 ... read more

    • Lampedusa, Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta
    Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta

    Lampedusa has hit the world headlines in recent years as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. The shipwrecks began in 1992,before the Arab Spring, they came from ... read more

    • Millefiori, Musa,  Omar
    Omar Musa

    A collection of love poems and fierce raps, Millefiori is Omar Musa's third book of poetry. Both dreamlike and gritty, it includes illustrations and draft poems from Musa's notebook. Heartbreak, cocaine, colonial violence, memory and cave paintings a ... read more

    • Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece, Fry,  Stephen
    Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece
    Stephen Fry

    The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cul ... read more

    • Stories: The Collected Short Fiction, Garner,  Helen
    Stories: The Collected Short Fiction
    Helen Garner

    This handsome hardback edition celebrates the breadth and depth of Helen Garner's short fiction. These stories—that delve into the complexities of love and longing, of the pain, darkness and joy of life—are all told with her characteristi ... read more