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    • 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

    • In an Australian Light, Turner,  Jo
    In an Australian Light
    Jo Turner

    Imagined as a celebration of the distinctive beauty of Australian light, Allen's book reveals how light shapes the land from the coast to the outback . Wind-etched rocks, patterns in sand. Teal oceans. Surfers, slick in their wetsuits against the mor ... 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

    • Penny Wong: The Biography, Simons,  Margaret
    Penny Wong: The Biography
    Margaret Simons

    Senator Penny Wong is an extraordinary Australian politician. Resolute, self-possessed and a penetrating thinker on subjects from climate change to foreign affairs, she is admired by members of parliament and the public from across the political divi ... 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

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

    • Tell Me Why, Roach,  Archie
    Tell Me Why
    Archie Roach

    Roach was only two years old when he was forcibly removed from his family. Brought up by a series of foster parents until his early teens, his world imploded when he received a letter that spoke of a life he had no memory of. Archie's story is an ext ... read more

    • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Zuboff,  Shoshana
    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
    Shoshana Zuboff

    The first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control us. Zuboff explores this new capitalism's impact on society, politics, business, and tec ... read more

    • Best Australian Science Writing 2019, Nogrady,  Bianca,   Harvey-smith,  Lisa
    Best Australian Science Writing 2019
    Bianca Nogrady, Lisa Harvey-smith

    This ninth edition of The Best Australian Science Writing showcases the most powerful, insightful and brilliant essays and poetry from Australian writers and scientists. It roams the length and breadth of science, revealing how a ceramic artist is he ... 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

    • 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

    • Damascus, Tsiolkas,  Christos
    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

    • Field of Poppies, Bird,  Carmel
    Field of Poppies
    Carmel Bird

    Keen to escape the pressures of city life, Marsali Swift and her husband William are drawn to the seemingly tranquil small town of Muckleton. There is time to read, garden and befriend the locals. Yet one night they are robbed, and soon after a neigh ... 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

    • 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

    • Heide, Pi.o.

    Heide is an epic poem that explores the influence of art, poetry and social class on the psyche, with a particular focus on the artists gathered around Sunday and John Reed at Heide. It begins with the foundation of Melbourne, and traverses the poets ... read more