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    • From a Low and Quiet Sea, Ryan,  Donal
    From a Low and Quiet Sea
    Donal Ryan

    From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, the lives of three men are drawn together in the most unexpected of ways. Farouk's country has been torn apart by war. Lampy's heart has been laid waste by Chloe. John's past torments him as he nears his end ... read more

    • Gerald Murnane: Collected Short Fiction, Murnane,  Gerald
    Gerald Murnane: Collected Short Fiction
    Gerald Murnane

    A definitive collection that brings together Gerald Murnane’s shorter works of fiction, most of which have been out of print for the past twenty five years. It includes such fine pieces as ‘When the Mice Failed to Arrive’, ‘St ... read more

    • Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Heiss,  Anita
    Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
    Anita Heiss

    What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology draws together diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. All of the contributors speak from the heart - sometimes calling for empathy, often times chal ... read more

    • History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet, Raj Patel and Jason Moore
    History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet
    Raj Patel and Jason Moore

    Nature, Money, Work, Care, Food, Energy, and Lives. These are the seven things that have made our world and will continue to shape its future. Bringing the latest ecological research together with histories of colonialism, indigenous struggles, slave ... read more

    • One Clear Ice-cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Schimmelpfennig,  Roland
    One Clear Ice-cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century
    Roland Schimmelpfennig

    One clear, ice-cold January morning shortly after dawn, a wolf crosses the border between Poland and Germany. His trail leads all the way to Berlin, connecting the lives of disparate individuals whose paths intersect and diverge. Those who catch sigh ... read more

    • Scandal in Bohemia, Haigh,  Gideon
    Scandal in Bohemia
    Gideon Haigh

    Mollie Dean was a woman determined to transcend. Creatively ambitious and sexually precocious, at twenty-five she was a poet, aspiring novelist and muse on the peripheries of Melbourne's bohemian salons - until one night in 1930 she was brutally slai ... read more

    • Swimmer Among the Stars, Tharoor,  Kanishk
    Swimmer Among the Stars
    Kanishk Tharoor

    An interview with the last speaker of a language. A chronicle of the final seven days of a town that is about to be razed to the ground by an invading army. The lonely voyage of an elephant from Kerala to a princess's palace in Morocco. A fabled cook ... read more

    • The Overstory, Powers,  Richard
    The Overstory
    Richard Powers

    The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of story that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is saved by falling into a banyan. A ... read more

    • Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Bloom,  Paul
    Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion
    Paul Bloom

    Empathy inspires care and protection in personal relationships, but it has the opposite effect in the wider world by biasing us in favour of individuals we know while numbing us to the plight of ohers.. Some of our worst decisions – in charity, ... read more

    • Asymmetry, Halliday,  Lisa
    Lisa Halliday

    In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer. At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, finds himself detained for the weekend. Playful and inventive, ten ... read more

    • Blue Collar Frayed: Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy, Rayner,  Jennifer
    Blue Collar Frayed: Working Men in Tomorrow's Economy
    Jennifer Rayner

    Jennifer Rayner knows a thing or two about blue-collar blokes- her brother, her dad and her grandfather all make a living with their hands. But blue-collar jobs for Australian men are disappearing at a rapid rate, and this is not just a product of un ... read more

    • Census, Ball,  Jesse
    Jesse Ball

    When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn't have long to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son - a son whom he fiercely loves, a son with Down syndrome. With no recourse in mind, and with a desire to s ... read more

    • Death of Noah Glass, Jones,  Gail
    Death of Noah Glass
    Gail Jones

    The art historian Noah Glass, having just returned from a trip to Sicily, is discovered floating face down in the swimming pool at his Sydney apartment block. His adult children, Martin and Evie, must come to terms with the shock of their father's de ... read more

    • Drawdown, Hawken,  Paul
    Paul Hawken

    An international coalition of leading researchers, scientists and policymakers has come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. All of the techniques described here are economically viable, and communities throughou ... read more

    • Fascism, Albright,  Madeleine
    Madeleine Albright

    Madeleine Albright, draws on her own experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to argue that despite the horrors enacted by fascism in the previous century it still remains a virulent threat to international ... read more

    • Free Women, Free Men, Paglia,  Camille
    Free Women, Free Men
    Camille Paglia

    Paglia has long been an advocate of gender equality – this collection of her essays celebrates modern feminism and challenges us still to build an alliance of strong women and strong men. Whether she's asking if all men are obsolete, championin ... read more