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    • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong,  Ocean
    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
    Ocean Vuong

    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born - a history whose e ... read more

    • Orange World, Russell,  Karen
    Orange World
    Karen Russell

    Karen Russell's comedic genius and talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner lives are on display in these exuberant, mesmerising stories. In 'The Bad Graft', a couple on a road trip stop in Joshua Tree National Park ... read more

    • Out of Our Minds, Fernandez-armesto,  Felipe
    Out of Our Minds
    Felipe Fernandez-armesto

    To imagine, to see that which is not there is the startling ability that has fuelled human development and innovation through the centuries. As a species we stand alone in our remarkable capacity to refashion the world after the pictures in our minds ... read more

    • Stand By Me, Berry,  Wendell
    Stand By Me
    Wendell Berry

    On a clear Kentucky night in 1888, a young woman risks her life to save a stranger from a drunken mob. Almost a hundred years later, her great-grandson Andy climbs a hill at the edge of town, and is flooded with memories of all he has lived, seen and ... read more

    • Thomas Cromwell: A life, Macculloch,  Diarmaid
    Thomas Cromwell: A life
    Diarmaid Macculloch

    Diarmaid MacCulloch's biography of this elusive figure is a masterclass in historical detective work. It draws together national and international events, and reveals the channels through which so much of power in early Tudor England flowed. It overt ... read more

    • Three Women, Taddeo,  Lisa
    Three Women
    Lisa Taddeo

    All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her?
    All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pa ... read more

    • Xi Jinping: The Backlash, Mcgregor,  Richard
    Xi Jinping: The Backlash
    Richard Mcgregor

    Xi Jinping has transformed China at home and abroad with a speed and aggression that few foresaw when he came to power in 2012. Finally, he is meeting resistance, both at home among disgruntled officials and disillusioned technocrats, and abroad from ... read more

    • Yield, Winch,  Tara June
    Tara June Winch

    The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things- baayanha. Knowing that he will soon di ... read more

    • Attention Seeking, Phillips,  Adam
    Attention Seeking
    Adam Phillips

    'Everything depends on what, if anything, we find interesting- on what we are encouraged and educated to find interesting, and what we find ourselves being interested in despite ourselves. There is our official curiosity and our unofficial curiosity ... read more

    • Australia's Original Languages, Dixon,  R. M. W.
    Australia's Original Languages
    R. M. W. Dixon

    When Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay, about 250 distinct languages were spoken across the continent. Bob Dixon has been working with elders to research Australian languages for half a century, and he draws on this deep experience to outline the co ... read more

    • Constant Hum, Bishop,  Alice
    Constant Hum
    Alice Bishop

    Before the bushfires, before the front of flames comes roaring over the hills, the ridges are thick with gums. After the fires, the birds have gone. There is only grey ash and melted metal, the blackened husks of cars. And the lost people- in tempora ... read more

    • History of Philosophy, Grayling,  A C
    History of Philosophy
    A C Grayling

    The story of philosophy is an epic tale - an exploration of the ideas, views and teachings of some of the most creative minds known to humanity. With clarity and elegance A. C. Grayling takes the reader from the world-views and moralities before the ... read more

    • Mirka Mora: A Life of Making Art, Cotte,  Sabine
    Mirka Mora: A Life of Making Art
    Sabine Cotte

    Mirka Mora, along with her ex-husband Georges, was instrumental in helping to establish Australian modern art on a global stage. She was integral in reviving the meetings of the Contemporary Artists Society, whose members included friends John Percev ... read more

    • My Seditious Heart, Roy,  Arundhati
    My Seditious Heart
    Arundhati Roy

    My Seditious Heart collects the work of a two-decade period when Arundhati Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights and freedoms in an increasingly hostile environment. Taken together, the essay ... read more

    • Nickel Boys, Whitehead,  Colson
    Nickel Boys
    Colson Whitehead

    In Nickel Boys Whitehead dramatises a strand of United States history, through the story of two boys sentenced to a stretch in a hellish reform school in Jim-Crow-era Florida. Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is ... read more

    • Novacene, Lovelock,  James
    James Lovelock

    James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis, argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age - the novacene - has already begun. New beings will emerge ... read more