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  • Talking To My Country

    The passionate and powerful bestselling book by critically acclaimed journalist and author of Tears of Strangers and The Queen is Dead

    by Stan Grant ...
    The acclaimed national bestseller - moving, passionate, deeply felt and powerful.In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only in Australia but right around the world, shared over 100,000 times on social media. His was a personal, passionate and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • I Love Russia

    Reporting from a Lost Country

    'Would you like to know where Putin comes from? What the Russians are like today? And why? Read this book' SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH'Elena Kostyuchenko is an important guide to the twenty-first century' TIMOTHY SNYDERTo be a journalist is to tell the truth. To be patriotic is to be critical, honest and fearless.I Love Russia takes us to places that non-Russians have never seen and brings us voices we ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD


  • Stolen Focus

    Why You Can't Pay Attention

    by Johann Hari ...
    THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA SPECTATOR AND FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2022A WATERSTONES NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH'If you read just one book about how the modern world is driving us crazy, read this one' TELEGRAPH'This book is exactly what the world needs right now' OPRAH WINFREY'A beautifully re... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Boy They Tried to Hide

    The true story of a son, forgotten by society

    by Shane Dunphy ...
    The Boy They Tried to Hide is the startling, true account about a troubled young boy who disappears into the woods by his house. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction ...Shane Dunphy was working as a resource teacher in a rural town when he was approached by the mother of one of his pupils, seeking help. She is worried for her troubled young son, who has been found leaving the house late at ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing

    'A candid, darkly funny book' New York Times

    by Matthew Perry ...
    'There's never been a more honest or raw memoir ... and it may just save lives' Daily Mail'Funny, fascinating, compelling ... also a wonderful read for fans of Friends' The TimesThe beloved star of Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence.... ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The Five

    The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

    **THE MULTI AWARD-WINNING #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Gripping'** NEW YORK TIMES'At last, the Ripper's victims get a voice... An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth' MAIL ON SUNDAY____________Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met.They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The Fire Next Time

    by James Baldwin ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    'A seminal meditation on race by one of our greatest writers' Barack Obama'We, the black and the white, deeply need each other here if we are really to become a nation'James Baldwin's impassioned plea to 'end the racial nightmare' in America was a bestseller when it appeared in 1963, galvanising a nation and giving voice to the emerging civil rights movement. Told in the form of two intensely ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Let Me Tell You What I Mean

    by Joan Didion ...
    Twelve early pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of Joan Didion.Mostly drawn from the earliest part of her astonishing five-decade career, the wide-ranging pieces in this collection include Didion writing about a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, a visit to San Simeon, and a reunion of WWII veterans in Las Vegas, and about topics ranging from Nancy ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • The Myth of Sisyphus

    Translated by Justin O'Brien ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    In this profound and moving philosophical statement, Camus poses the fundamental question: Is life worth living? If human existence holds no significance, what can keep us from suicide?As Camus argues, if there is no God to give meaning to our lives, humans must take on that purpose themselves. This is our 'absurd' task, like Sisyphus forever rolling his rock up a hill, as the inevitability of ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Lost Connections

    Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

    by Johann Hari ...
    THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: A radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety'A book that could actually make us happy' SIMON AMSTELL'This amazing book will change your life' ELTON JOHN'One of the most important texts of recent years' BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE'Brilliant, stimulating, radical' MATT HAIG'The more peo... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Conversations on Love

    with Philippa Perry, Dolly Alderton, Roxane Gay, Stephen Grosz, Esther Perel, and many more

    by Natasha Lunn ...
    ***THE TOP 10 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*'This book might just change your life' Sunday Times'Wise, wonderful, moving and brilliant... will leave your heart in a much better place' Stylist**After years of feeling that love was always out of reach, journalist Natasha Lunn set out to understand how relationships work and evolve over a lifetime. She turned to authors and experts to learn about their ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Novelist as a Vocation

    ‘Every creative person should read this short book’ Literary Review

    Translated by Philip Gabriel, Ted Goossen ...
    A unique look at the craft of writing from a bestselling master of storytelling.In this engaging book, the internationally best-selling author shares with readers what he thinks about being a novelist; his thoughts on the role of the novel in our society; his own origins as a writer; and his musings on the sparks of creativity that inspire other writers, artists, and musicians.Readers who have ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • The Cost of Living

    Living Autobiography 2

    by Deborah Levy ...
    Book 2 - Living Autobiography
    A GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURYWINNER OF THE PRIX FEMINA ETRANGER 2020Following on from the critically acclaimed Things I Don't Want to Know, discover the powerful second memoir in Deborah Levy's essential three-part 'Living Autobiography'.'I can't think of any writer aside from Virginia Woolf who writes better about what it is to be a woman'</stron... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Great Divorce

    by C. S. Lewis ...
    C.S. Lewis’s dazzling allegory about heaven and hell – and the chasm fixed between them – is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, as he takes issue with the ideas in William Blake’s ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’.In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • Honey, Baby, Mine


    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'wonderful... raw, gossipy, funny, delicate, endlessly compassionate, at moments devastating, at others spectacularly wise' THE TIMES'This is the best, truest, most shocking Hollywood memoir I've ever read. It is also one of the most loving'** SUNDAY TELEGRAPH'Emboldened by each day's revelations and driven by their abiding love for each other, [Dern and Ladd] wa... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The Boy Behind the Curtain

    by Tim Winton ...
    In Tim Winton’s fiction, chaos waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control.Winton’s own life has also been shaped by havoc. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up The Boy Behind the Curtain take us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents, both serendipitous and traumatic, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Dispatches

    by Michael Herr ...
    We took space back quickly, expensively, with total panic and close to maximum brutality. Our machine was devastating. And versatile. It could do everything but stop.Michael Herr went to Vietnam as a war correspondent for Esquire. He returned to tell the real story in all its hallucinatory madness and brutality, cutting to the quick of the conflict and its seductive, devastating impact on a ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD $10.99 AUD

  • On Identity

    by Stan Grant ...
    series On Series
    Why does identity demand a choice between black and white? Tribalism, nationalism and sectarianism are dividing the world into us and them. Are we hard wired for hate? Stan Grant argues that it is time to leave identity behind and to embrace cosmopolitanism. On Identity is a meditation on hope and community.'Love is always the answer, it is said. Not if you are trying from somewhere in the ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD

  • Close to the Knives

    A Memoir of Disintegration

    Book 58 - Canons
    I am glad I am alive to witness these things; giving words to this life of sensations is a relief. Smell the flowers while you can. Close to the Knives is the artist, writer and activist David Wojnarowicz's extraordinary memoir. Filthy, beautiful, and sharp to the point of piercing, it is both an exploration of the world seen through the eyes of an artist, and a moving portrait of a generation ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • The Book of Tea

    series Penguin Little Black Classics
    'Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle.'In this charming book from 1906, Okakura explores Zen, Taoism, Tea Masters and the significance of the Japanese tea ceremony.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • Wandering Through Life

    A Memoir

    by Donna Leon ...
    'Leon's elegant, witty prose . . . is a joy. One of the best European novelists around' Amanda CraigIn a series of vignettes full of affection, irony, and good humor, Donna Leon narrates a remarkable life she feels has rather more happened to her than been planned.From a childhood in the company of her New Jersey family, with frequent visits to her grandfather's farm and its beloved animals and ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Reflections

    Diana Wynne Jones is best-known for her novels and stories - of magical fantasy - written mainly for children. She received a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007, as well as two Mythopoeic Awards and the Guardian Fiction Award for Charmed Life. But she was also a witty, entertaining speaker, a popular guest at science fiction and fantasy conventions and an engaged, scholarly ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Gentleman Jack

    A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist

    Translated by Katy Derbyshire ...
    Longlisted for the 2019 Portico PrizeThe extraordinary life of history's first modern lesbian who inspired the popular television series Gentleman Jack.Anne Lister's journals were so shocking that the first person to crack their secret code hid them behind a fake panel in his ancestral home. Anne Lister was a Regency landowner, an intrepid world traveller ... and an unabashed lover of other women. ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Maeve's Times

    by Maeve Binchy ...
    'Maeve's Times is funny and clever and kind, which are excellent qualities in both books and people' Irish Times'As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives.'Maeve Binchy is well known for her bestselling novels, but for many ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD