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    • Tell Me Why, Roach,  Archie
    Tell Me Why
    Archie Roach

    Roach was only two years old when he was forcibly removed from his family. Brought up by a series of foster parents until his early teens, his world imploded when he received a letter that spoke of a life he had no memory of. Archie's story is an ext ... read more

    • The Chandelier, Lispector,  Clarice
    The Chandelier
    Clarice Lispector

    Like the clay from which she sculpts figurines as a girl, Virginia is constantly shifting and changing. From her dreamlike childhood on Quiet Farm with her adored brother Daniel, she moves through life, grasping for the truth of existence. A disorie ... read more

    • The Magic Lantern, Ash,  Timothy Garton
    The Magic Lantern
    Timothy Garton Ash

    A stunningly evocative eye-witness account of the revolutions that swept Communism from Eastern Europe in 1989, reissued with a new chapter to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of these epochal events. Timothy Garton Ash was there in Warsaw, on ... read more

    • The Shadow King, Mengiste,  Maaza
    The Shadow King
    Maaza Mengiste

    Set during Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers who were written out of history. With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. ... read more

    • The Topeka School, Lerner,  Ben
    The Topeka School
    Ben Lerner

    Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, The Topeka School is a story about the challenges of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a startling prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the tyranny of ... read more

    • The Wall, Lanchester,  John
    The Wall
    John Lanchester

    Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day in and day ... read more

    • Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One 1978-1986, Garner,  Helen
    Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One 1978-1986
    Helen Garner

    Helen Garner has kept a diary for almost all her life. But until now, those exercise books filled with her thoughts, observations, frustrations and joys have been locked away, out of bounds, in a laundry cupboard. Now, Garner has opened her diaries a ... read more

    • You're Not Listening, Murphy,  Kate
    You're Not Listening
    Kate Murphy

    Listening is about curiosity and patience - about asking the right questions in the right way. Improvisational comedians and con men are much better at it than most of us. And the cleverest people can be the worst at it. Listening has the potential t ... read more

    • Agatha, Bomann,  Anne Cathrine,   Waight,  Caroline
    Anne Cathrine Bomann, Caroline Waight

    A psychiatrist is counting down towards his upcoming retirement. He lives alone in his childhood home and has neither friends nor family.

    Often, he resorts to drawing bird caricatures of his patients instead of taking notes. His social ... read more

    • Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming, Krasznahorkai,  Laszlo,   Mulzet,  Ottilie
    Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming
    Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Ottilie Mulzet

    Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin-like figure, Baron Bela Wenckheim, who returns at the end of his life to his provincial Hungarian hometown. Having escaped from his many casino debts in Bueno ... read more

    • Damascus, Tsiolkas,  Christos
    Christos Tsiolkas

    Christos Tsiolkas' novel takes as its subject the events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, Damascus explores the themes that have inhabited Tsiolkas as a writer: class, r ... read more

    • How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Odell,  Jenny
    How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
    Jenny Odell

    A galvanising critique of the forces vying for our attention - and our personal information - that redefines what we think of as productivity and reveals what we've been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world.Nothing is harder to do thes ... read more

    • Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin
    Mouthful of Birds
    Samanta Schweblin

    Unearthly and unexpected, these stories burrow their way into your psyche with the feel of a sleepless night. Every shadow and bump in the dark takes on huge implications, leaving the pulse racing - blurring the line between the real and the strange. ... read more

    • Out of Darkness, Shining Light, Gappah,  Petina
    Out of Darkness, Shining Light
    Petina Gappah

    This is the story of the body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, the explorer David Livingstone - and the sixty-nine men and women who carried his remains for 1,500 miles so that he could be buried in his own country. In Gappah's radical novel, it is those ... read more

    • Stillicide, Jones,  Cynan
    Cynan Jones

    Water is commodified. The Water Train that serves the city increasingly at risk of sabotage. As news breaks that construction of a gigantic Ice Dock will displace more people than first thought, protestors take to the streets and the lives of several ... read more

    • Superpower: Australia's Low-Carbon Opportunity, Garnaut,  Ross
    Superpower: Australia's Low-Carbon Opportunity
    Ross Garnaut

    We have unparalleled renewable energy resources. We also have the necessary scientific skills. Australia could be the natural home for an increasing proportion of global industry. But how do we make this happen? Australia's leading thinker about clim ... read more