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    • Just Kids Illustrated Edition, Smith,  Patti
    Just Kids Illustrated Edition
    Patti Smith

    An illustrated edition of Patti Smith's evocative and moving memoir recounting her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe and their first years as artists in New York. With a backdrop of Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max's Kansas City, Scribner's Bookstore, ... read more

    • My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches, Marr,  David
    My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches
    David Marr

    David Marr is one of Australia's most subtle and eloquent biographers and one of our most unflinching, forensic reporters of political controversy. His has become a necessary voice in the national debate. My Country collects his reflections on r ... read more

    • Orchestra of Minorities, Obioma,  Chigozie
    Orchestra of Minorities
    Chigozie Obioma

    Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, sees a woman attempting to jump to her death from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his most prized chickens into the water below to demonstrate the ... read more

    • Penguin Book Of Outer Space Exploration, Logsdon,  John
    Penguin Book Of Outer Space Exploration
    John Logsdon

    Beginning with rocket genius Wernher von Braun's vision for voyaging to Mars, and closing with Elon Musk's contemporary plan to get there, this volume delves into the NASA archive to trace the major and some of the most curious events in American spa ... read more

    • Seize the Fire: Three Speeches, Flanagan,  Richard
    Seize the Fire: Three Speeches
    Richard Flanagan

    Gathered here are three of Richard Flanagan's recent speeches in which he interweaves topics as diverse as troubadour poetry, love stories and the murder of the refugee Reza Barati; his top ten Tasmanian novels and the Australian Pacific solution. I ... read more

    • The End of the End of the Earth, Franzen,  Jonathan
    The End of the End of the Earth
    Jonathan Franzen

    In this collection Jonathan Franzen returns to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating loo ... read more

    • The Feral Detective, Lethem,  Jonathan
    The Feral Detective
    Jonathan Lethem

    Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. The unlikely pair find that Arabella is caught in the middle of a vio ... read more

    • The Little Snake, Kennedy,  A.l
    The Little Snake
    A.l Kennedy

    This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites. When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, a shining golden snake, who becomes her very best friend. The snake visits Mary many times, he ... read more

    • Arsonist: A Mind on Fire, Hooper,  Chloe
    Arsonist: A Mind on Fire
    Chloe Hooper

    After Black Saturday, a February 2009 day marked by 47 degree heat and firestorms, arson squad detectives arrived at a plantation on the edge of a 26,000-hectare burn site. Eleven people had just been killed and hundreds made homeless. Here, in the L ... read more

    • Best Australian Science Writing 2018, Edited By John Pickrell
    Best Australian Science Writing 2018
    Edited By John Pickrell

    In this annual collection Australia’s brightest authors, journalists and scientists challenge our perceptions of the world - from the most esoteric philosophical questions about ourselves and the universe, through to practical questions about ... read more

    • China Dream, Jian,  Ma
    China Dream
    Ma Jian

    In a poetic and unflinching fable about tyranny, guilt, and the erasure of history, seven dream-like episodes chart the psychological disintegration of a Chinese provincial leader who is haunted by nightmares of his violent past. Barred from returnin ... read more

    • Europe: A Natural History, Flannery,  Tim
    Europe: A Natural History
    Tim Flannery

    About 100 million years ago, the interaction of three continents - Asia, North America and Africa - formed the tropical island archipelago that would become the Europe of today, a place of exceptional diversity, rapid change and high energy. When the ... read more

    • Farewell, My Orange, Iwaki Kei
    Farewell, My Orange
    Iwaki Kei

    Far from her native country of Nigeria and now living as a single mother of two, Salimah works the night shift at a supermarket in small-town Australia. She is shy and barely speaks English, but pushes herself to sign up for an ESL class . At the gro ... read more

    • Fox 8, Saunders,  George
    Fox 8
    George Saunders

    Fox 8 has always been curious, and a bit of a daydreamer. And, by hiding outside houses at dusk and listening to children 's bedtime stories, he has learned to speak Yuman '. The power of words and the stories built from them is intoxicating for ... read more

    • How To Make Gravy, Kelly,  Paul
    How To Make Gravy
    Paul Kelly

    Kelly takes the lyrics of his songs as starting points to tell the stories of his life - the highs and lows of performing, the art of songwriting, being on the road with the band, tales of his childhood, family, friends and fellow musicians. All g ... read more

    • Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present, Harding,  Christopher
    Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present
    Christopher Harding

    Japan Story is a fascinating, surprising account of Japan's culture, from the 'opening up' of the country in the mid 19th century to the present, through the eyes of people who had their doubts about the benefits of modernity. We encounter these ... read more