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    • The Eastern Curlew, Saddler,  Harry
    The Eastern Curlew
    Harry Saddler

    Every year around August, large flocks of Eastern Curlews leave their breeding grounds in the Arctic and embark on a perilous 10,000km journey to the coast of Australia. It's a journey they have taken for tens of thousands of years, tracing invisible ... read more

    • The Mess We're In, Keane,  Bernard
    The Mess We're In
    Bernard Keane

    A tide of populism and xenophobia is sweeping the western world. Disillusioned voters are turning to political outsiders and increasingly rejecting the liberal economic solutions of out-of-touch elites. Despite having access to more information than ... read more

    • The Pacific, Anastasios,  Meaghan Wilson
    The Pacific
    Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

    In the 250th anniversary year of James Cook's first voyage Sam Neil retraces his journey through the Pacific Ocean. Before Cook, the Pacific was disconnected from the power and ideas of Europe, Asia and America. In the wake of Cook, everything change ... read more

    • The Rapids, Twyford-moore,  Sam
    The Rapids
    Sam Twyford-moore

    Writing and mental illness make companionable bedfellows, for better or worse. The Rapids is Twford Smith's personal memoir of manic depression, peppered with his family history and with film and literary criticism. With reflections on artists s ... read more

    • The Unpunished Vice, White,  Edmund
    The Unpunished Vice
    Edmund White

    Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a compendium of all the ways reading has shaped White's life and work. His literary friendships provide some interesting insights in to the lives of authors such as Michael Onda ... read more

    • Too Much Lip, Lucashenko,  Melissa
    Too Much Lip
    Melissa Lucashenko

    Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things - her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she's an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley. Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over ... read more

    • Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power, Greenblatt,  Stephen
    Tyrant: Shakespeare On Power
    Stephen Greenblatt

    As an ageing, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social and psychological roots and the twisted consequences of tyranny. What he discovered in his characters remains remarkably relevant today. In Tyranny Stephen Gr ... read more

    • Wild Land, Peter & Beverly Pickford
    Wild Land
    Peter & Beverly Pickford

    Four years in the making, Wild Land is an epic and unprecedented portrait of some of the most untouched parts of our planet. The Pickford's book comes as a labour of love and as an urgent message that we need to preserve and protect these places for ... read more

    • Eye of the Shoal, Scales,  Helen
    Eye of the Shoal
    Helen Scales

    Seventy per cent of the earth's surface is covered by water. This vast aquatic realm is inhabited by a multitude of strange creatures but reigning supreme among them are the fish. And yet the mesmerising and complex lives of fish remain largely under ... read more

    • Football Solution, Megalogenis,  George
    Football Solution
    George Megalogenis

    George Megalogenis reveals how football has been shaped by the nation that invented it and how the game we love, in turn, might help resolve Australia's political impasse. At a time when politics is increasingly conducted like sports - full of one-ey ... read more

    • Grace, Lynch,  Paul
    Paul Lynch

    Early one October morning, Grace's mother wakes her and brutally cuts off her hair, declaring, You are the strong one now'. With winter close at hand and Ireland already suffering, Grace is no longer safe at home. And so her mother outfits Grace in m ... read more

    • Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker's Rhythm and Blues, Murphy,  Bob
    Leather Soul: A Half-back Flanker's Rhythm and Blues
    Bob Murphy

    Bob Murphy has never been a typical footballer. Music buff, Age columnist and Winnebago driver, he is as comfortable in a quiet corner of a Fitzroy cafe or the front bar of a grungy pub as he is in the locker room. In Leather Soul Murphy takes us thr ... read more

    • On Indignation, Watson,  Don
    On Indignation
    Don Watson

    Exploring indignation through generations of his family and their Old Testament rages Watson asks why wounded pride or a sense of injustice unleashes this fury and whether there is ever virtue in it. In an updated version for our post-truth world Wat ... read more

    • Our Life in the Forest, Darrieussecq,  Marie
    Our Life in the Forest
    Marie Darrieussecq

    In the near future, a woman is writing in the depths of a forest. She's cold. Her body is falling apart, as is the world around her. Before, in the city, she was a psychotherapist, travelling every two weeks to the Rest Centre, to visit her 'half', M ... read more

    • Prague Spring, Mawer,  Simon
    Prague Spring
    Simon Mawer

    In the summer of 1968, the year of love and hate, of Prague Spring and Cold War winter, two English students, Ellie and James, set off to hitch-hike across Europe and decide, on a whim, to visit Czechoslovakia where Alexander Dubcek's "socialism with ... read more

    • Rendezvous with Oblivion, Frank,  Thomas
    Rendezvous with Oblivion
    Thomas Frank

    Rendezvous with Oblivion is a collection of interlocking essays examining how inequality has manifested itself in US cities, in its jobs, in the way its people travel, and, of course, in its politics - where, in 2016, millions of anxious, ordina ... read more