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  • Stranger Than Kindness
    Nick Cave

    Stranger Than Kindness is a journey in images and words into the creative world of musician and storyteller Nick Cave. Featuring full-colour reproductions of original artwork, handwritten lyrics, photographs and collected personal artefacts, it prese ... read more

  • Ten Caesars
    Barry Strauss

    A summation of three and a half centuries of the Roman Empire as seen through the lives of ten of the most important emperors that tells the story of the Roman Empire from rise to reinvention, from Augustus, who founded the empire, to Constantine, wh ... read more

  • The Dickens Boy
    Tom Keneally

    The tenth child of Charles Dickens, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn, had consistently proved unable 'to apply himself ' to school or life. So aged sixteen, he is sent, as his brother Alfred was before him, to Australia. He is sent out to ... read more

  • The Eighth
    Stephen Johnson

    The world premiere of Gustav Mahler's Eighth Symphony in Munich in 1910 was the artistic breakthrough for which the composer had yearned all his adult life, filling Munich's huge Neue Musik-Festhalle on two successive evenings, to tumultuous applause ... read more

  • The Glass Hotel
    Emily St. John Mandel

    Vincent is the beautiful bartender at the Hotel Caiette on Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded fig ... read more

  • The Inland Sea
    Madeleine Watts

    In the early 19th century, British explorer John Oxley traversed the then-unknown wilderness of central Australia in search of water. Oxley never found it, but he never ceased to believe it was out there. The myth of the inland sea was taken up by ot ... read more

  • Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays
    Andrew Keen

    In a collection of 18 exclusive interviews, Andrew Keen discusses the impact of the digital revolution and possible solutions to the challenges we face today with some of the most influential thinkers of our time. The current crisis of democracy, the ... read more

  • Weather
    Jenny Offill

    A deadpan new novel about hope and despair, fear and comfort as it plays out in these times of environmental and political turbulence. Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point fro ... read more

  • Blueberries
    Ellena Savage

    Blueberries could be described as a collection of essays, the closest term available for a book that resists classification; a blend of personal essay, polemic, prose poetry, true-crime journalism and confession that considers a fragmented life, ... read more

  • Flight Lines
    Andrew Darby

    Andrew Darby follows the odysseys of two Grey Plovers, little-known migratory shorebirds, as they take previously uncharted ultramarathon flights from the southern coast of Australia to Arctic breeding grounds. The greatest threat to these, and other ... read more

  • Friends and Rivals
    Brenda Niall

    Four Australian women writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries-a time when stories of bush heroism and mateship abounded, a time when a writing career might be an elusive thing for a woman. Friends and Rivals is a vivid and e ... read more

  • Funny Weather
    Olivia Laing

    In this inspiring collection of essays, Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty first century.  Funny Weather brings together a career’s worth of Laing’ ... read more

  • Good Citizens Need Not Fear
    Maria Reva

    A bureaucratic glitch omits an entire building, along with its residents, from municipal records. So begins Maria Reva's ingeniously intertwined stories that span the chaotic years leading up to and immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union. ... read more

  • Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-century Grandmothers
    Helen Elliott

     An anthology of essays by twenty-four Australian women, edited by Helen Elliott, about the many aspects of being a grandmother in the 21st century. In thoughtful, provoking, uncompromising writing, a broad range of women reflect on vastly dive ... read more

  • Horizon
    Barry Lopez

    In a book that describes his travels to six regions of the world; from Western Oregon to the High Arctic, from the Galapagos to the Kenyan desert, from Botany Bay in Australia to the ice shelves of Antarctica, Lopez probes the long history of humanit ... read more

  • Measuring What Counts
    Joseph E and Fitoussi Stiglitz, Martine Jean-paul and Durand

    In 2009, a group of economists led by Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz, French economist Jean-Paul Fitoussi, and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen issued a report challenging gross domestic product (GDP) as a measure of progress and well-being. Published a ... read more