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    • 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

    • Tangled Tree, Quammen,  David
    Tangled Tree
    David Quammen

    Our understanding of the ‘tree of life', with implications for human genetics, human health and our own human nature, has recently completely changed. Quammen's book is about a new method of telling the story of life on earth through molecular ... 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 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

    • The New Silk Roads, Frankopan,  Peter
    The New Silk Roads
    Peter Frankopan

    In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads since 2015, where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established. Frankopan t ... read more

    • Tiberius with a Telephone, Mullins,  Patrick
    Tiberius with a Telephone
    Patrick Mullins

    William McMahon was a significant, if widely derided and disliked, figure in Australian politics in the second half of the twentieth century. He followed John Gorton as Prime Minister in 1971, and worked furiously to enact an agenda that grappled wit ... read more

    • Unfettered and Alive, Summers,  Anne
    Unfettered and Alive
    Anne Summers

    Anne Summers has been a journalist, a policy maker and an agent for positive change. Whatever position she has held, she has expanded what's possible and helped us see things differently, often in spite of the personal cost. In Unfettered and Alive s ... 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

    • Beautiful Country Burn Again, Fountain,  Ben
    Beautiful Country Burn Again
    Ben Fountain

    As Ben Fountain sees it, the United States is facing its third existential crisis. The first was the struggle over slavery, culminating in the Civil War. The second was the Great Depression. The third, is Donald Trump. Taking in America's love affair ... 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

    • By Sea & Stars, Dalton,  Trent
    By Sea & Stars
    Trent Dalton

    Drawing from historical sources of the time, including letters and journals, Trent Dalton tells the story of those who came willingly or were sent to Australia with the First Fleet. From terrified nine year old chimney sweep and convict John Hudson ... 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

    • 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

    • My Sister, the Serial Killer, Braithwaite,  Oyinkan
    My Sister, the Serial Killer
    Oyinkan Braithwaite

    When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: this'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence. She should probably go to the police for the good ... read more