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The Paperback Bookshop Newsletter for June 2019

    • Prosperity Gospel: How Scott Morrison Won and Bill Shorten Lost: Quarterly Essay 74, Jensen,  Erik
    Prosperity Gospel: How Scott Morrison Won and Bill Shorten Lost: Quarterly Essay 74
    Erik Jensen

    What went wrong for Labor and how did Scott Morrison achieve his remarkable victory? In this dazzling report from the campaign trail, Erik Jensen homes in on the insecurities that drive Bill Shorten and the certainties that helped Scott Morrison win. He considers how each man reflects, challenges and comforts the national character. Who are Morrison’s “quiet Australians”? What did Shorten Labor fail to see? And will fear always trump hope in politics? The Prosperity Gospel sheds new light on the politics of a divided nation. Find out more

    • Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, Mckibben,  Bill
    Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
    Bill Mckibben

    Thirty years ago, environmentalist Bill McKibben's The End of Nature was the first book to alert us to global warming. Now, in Falter, he suggests that the human race may have played itself out. Climate change, robotics and artificial intelligence may spell the end of humanity as we know it unless we act now. Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervour that keeps us from bringing them under control. Drawing on McKibben's experience in building, the first global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of our crisis. trap. Find out more

    • Chopin's Piano: A Journey through Romanticism, Kildea,  Paul
    Chopin's Piano: A Journey through Romanticism
    Paul Kildea

    Chopin's Piano begins in November 1838, when George Sand, her children and Frederick Chopin took a boat to Majorca for the winter. It describes their circumstances there, and how Chopin completed one of the most revolutionary works in the history of music - his Preludes - on 'a small Mallorquin piano'. Kildea traces the history of the Preludes, their pianists, their interpretations, and the history of the Mallorquin piano itself, to find an unexpected path through the history of romantic music. An astonishing narrative and detective story which explores in an original way the changing meaning of music through time. Find out more

    • The Talking Cure, Straker,  Gillian and Winship,  Jacqui
    The Talking Cure
    Straker, Gillian and Winship, Jacqui

    The essence of successful therapy is the relationship between the therapist and the patient. It is an intimate, often surprising and sometimes confusing business -but when it works, it's life-changing. In Talking Cure, psychotherapists Gill Straker and Jacqui Winship bring us nine inspiring stories of transformation. They reveal how the art of talking and listening helps us to understand deep-seated issues that profoundly influence who we are in the world and how we see ourselves in relation to others. We come to understand that the transformative power of therapy can sometimes be replicated in our everyday lives by the simple practice of paying attention and being present with those we love. Find out more

    • White Girl, Birch,  Tony
    White Girl
    Tony Birch

    Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise on her own, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. When a new policeman arrives in town, determined to enforce the law, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves. In The White Girl, Tony Birch shines a spotlight on the 1960s and the devastating government policy of taking Indigenous children from their families. Find out more

    • How To Change Your Mind, Pollan,  Michael
    How To Change Your Mind
    Michael Pollan

    When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. But in the 1960s, with the backlash against the counter-culture further research was banned. Diving into this extraordinary world and putting himself forward as a guinea-pig, Michael Pollan has written a remarkable history of psychedelics and a compelling portrait of the new generation of scientists fascinated by the implications of these drugs.  Find out more

    • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong,  Ocean
    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
    Ocean Vuong

    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born - a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam - and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known.At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. This is the poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel. Find out more

    • Great Believers, Makkai,  Rebecca
    Great Believers
    Rebecca Makkai

    In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup: bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Find out more

    • Power, People and Profits, Stiglitz,  Joseph
    Power, People and Profits
    Joseph Stiglitz

    Stiglitz identifies the true sources of wealth and of increases in standards of living, based on learning, advances in science and technology, and the rule of law. He shows that the assault on the judiciary, universities, and the media undermines the very institutions that have long been the foundation of America's economic might and its democracy. Drawing on economic solutions to our current (global) plight Stiglitz argues that we need to ensure that markets work for us and not the other way around. An authoritative account of the predictable dangers of free market fundamentalism and the foundations of progressive capitalism, People, Power, and Profits shows us an America in crisis, but gives hope for change. Find out more

    • Big Sky, Atkinson,  Kate
    Big Sky
    Kate Atkinson

    Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. His current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network-and back across the path of someone from his past. Old secrets and new lies intersect in Atkinson's latest novel. Find out more

    • Gun Island, Ghosh,  Amitav
    Gun Island
    Amitav Ghosh

    A dealer of rare books, Deen Datta is used to a quiet life spent indoors, but as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he sets put on a journey that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way. It is a journey which will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood and about the world around him. Gun Island is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. Find out more

    • Last Unknowns, Edited By ]john Brockman
    Last Unknowns
    Edited By ]john Brockman

    Edited by John Brockman, this is a book of profound questions-unknowns that address our world, our civilisation and the meaning of life. These are the riddles that have fascinated, obsessed, and haunted the greatest thinkers of our time, including Nobel laureates, cosmologists, philosophers, economists, prize-winning novelists, religious scholars, and more than 250 leading scientists, artists, and theorists. Find out more

    • Lost Property, Beatty,  Laura
    Lost Property
    Laura Beatty

    In the middle of her life, a writer finds herself in a dark wood, despairing and uncomprehending at how modern Britain has become a place of such greed and indifference. In an attempt to understand her country and her species, she and her lover journey across France to the Mediterranean, across Italy to the Balkans and Greece and on to the islands. Along the way, they drive through the Norman Conquest, the Hundred Years War, the wars with the Huguenots, the fragility of the Italian Renaissance, the Balkan wars of the 1990s and the current refugee crisis, meeting figures from Europe's political and artistic past, each lending their own view of humanity at its best and at its very worst. Find out more

    • The Lost Art of Scripture, Armstrong,  Karen
    The Lost Art of Scripture
    Karen Armstrong

    In our increasingly secular world, holy texts are at best seen as irrelevant, and at worst as an excuse to incite violence, hatred and division. So what value, if any, can scripture hold for us today? Karen Armstrong shows that for many centuries these texts were viewed as a means for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness. Armstrong argues that only by rediscovering an open engagement with their holy texts will the world's religions be able to curtail arrogance, intolerance and violence. Find out more

    • My Seditious Heart, Roy,  Arundhati
    My Seditious Heart
    Arundhati Roy

    My Seditious Heart collects the work of a two-decade period when Arundhati Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights and freedoms in an increasingly hostile environment. Taken together, the essays speak in a uniquely spirited voice, marked by compassion, clarity and courage. Radical and readable, they speak always in defence of the collective, of the individual and of the land, in the face of the destructive logic of financial, social, religious, military and governmental elites. Find out more

    • Who's Minding the Farm?: In this climate emergency, Newell,  Patrice
    Who's Minding the Farm?: In this climate emergency
    Patrice Newell

    In an era of rapid climate change, this vital account of how agriculture can address major issues is an Australian story with global ramifications. Patrice is at the frontline of enormous challenges, from water scarcity and land stewardship to food security and the rural-urban divide. The devastation of drought and the crises created by industrial-scale chemically-dependent primary production are discussed and alternatives proposed - along with bold ideas for new sources of energy. Find out more

    • Here Comes the Sun, Jones,  Steve
    Here Comes the Sun
    Steve Jones

    Steve Jones explores the dependency of all life and systems on Earth - ecological, biological and physical - on our nearest star. It is a book about connections between those systems, and also about the connections between the various disciplines that study them - from astronomy to cancer prevention, from microbiology to the study of sleep. In what is also a form of scientific autobiography Steve charts his own work and interests over fifty years against developments in a wide range of fields, showing the scientific, social and political significance of a scientist's work. Find out more

    • Barbarians at the Wall: The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China, Man,  John
    Barbarians at the Wall: The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China
    John Man

    The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire. These peoples became known as Jugiong, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as 'Hun'. Based on new archaeological evidence, Emperors and Barbarians traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a 'barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world. Find out more

    • Crossings, Landragin,  Alex
    Alex Landragin

    A Parisian bookbinder stumbles across a manuscript containing three stories, each as unlikely as the other. The first, 'The Education of a Monster', is a letter penned by the poet Charles Baudelaire to an illiterate girl. The second, 'City of Ghosts', is a noir romance set in Paris in 1940 as the Germans are invading. The third, 'Tales of the Albatross', is the strangest of the three: the autobiography of a deathless enchantress. Together, they tell the tale of two lost souls peregrinating through time. Crossings is a novel in three parts, designed to be read in two different directions, spanning a hundred and fifty years and seven lifetimes.  Find out more

    • See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Violence, Hill,  Jess
    See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Violence
    Jess Hill

    Domestic abuse is a national emergency- one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question- why didn't she leave? We should be asking- why did he do it? Investigative journalist Jess Hill puts perpetrators - and the systems that enable them - in the spotlight. Combining forensic research with accounts of violence, See What You Made Me Do radically rethinks how to confront the national crisis of fear and abuse in our homes. Find out more

    • The Three Dimensions of Freedom, Bragg,  Billy
    The Three Dimensions of Freedom
    Billy Bragg

    We live in a world where strongman politics are rising; neo-liberalism has hollowed out political parties; and corporations have undermined democracy. Ordinary voters feel helpless to effect change, resulting in outbreaks of populist anger, and traditional platforms for debate are losing their viability as readers source information online. In this short and vital polemic, progressive thinker and activist Billy Bragg argues that accountability is the antidote to authoritarianism, and that without it, we can never truly be free. He shows us that Freedom requires three dimensions to function: Liberty, Equality, and Accountability. Billy Bragg diagnoses the crisis of accountability in Western democracies in Faber Social's new series of politic ... Find out more

    • Young Dark Emu, Pascoe,  Bruce
    Young Dark Emu
    Bruce Pascoe

    For younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived — a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu — A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation. Find out more

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