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  • Toxic

    The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmania Salmon Industry

    In a triumph of marketing, the Tasmanian salmon industry has for decades succeeded in presenting itself as world’s best practice and its product as healthy and clean, grown in environmentally pristine conditions. What could be more appealing than the idea of Atlantic salmon sustainably harvested in some of the world’s purest waters?But what are we eating when we eat Tasmanian salmon?Richard ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Cost of Living

    by Deborah Levy ...
    A GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURYThe powerful second memoir from the twice-Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home'I just haven't stopped reading it . . . it talks so beautifully about being a woman' Billie Piper on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs'Life falls apart.We try to get a grip and hold it together.And then we realise we don't wan... ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Anthropocene Reviewed

    The Instant Sunday Times Bestseller

    by John Green ...
    A deeply moving and mind-expanding collection of personal essays in the first ever work of non-fiction from #1 internationally bestselling author John GreenThe Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Wildflower

    'We all have stories to tell. These are mine.' Drew BarrymoreBorn into Hollywood royalty, Drew Barrymore is one of the biggest stars of her generation. Despite an unconventional childhood, she has built a life and career of her own that millions of fans admire.Wildflower is a portrait of Drew’s life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges and incredible experiences she’s had. It ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Trivial Grievances

    On the contradictions, myths and misery of your 30s

    by Bridie Jabour ...
    An oddly optimistic, witty and insightful generation-defining book for a lost generation, the miserable Millennials, from Bridie Jabour, opinion editor at Guardian AustraliaIn 2019, Bridie Jabour wrote a piece for the Guardian about the malaise of millennials and how the painful, protracted end of their adolescence is finally hitting home. They're looking at their lives and thinking: 'Is this it? ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Growing Up Asian in Australia

    Asian-Australians have often been written about by outsiders, as outsiders. In this collection, compiled by award-winning author Alice Pung, they tell their own stories with verve, courage and a large dose of humour. These are not predictable tales of food, festivals and traditional dress. The food is here in all its steaming glory - but listen more closely to the dinner-table chatter and you ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?

    'A gorgeous memoir' Pandora Sykes'Tender, sad and side-splittingly funny' Annie MacManus'A delight' Dara Ó Briain'A heartfelt tribute to an alarmingly large family held together by a quietly heroic father' Arthur Mathews, co-creator of Father Ted and Toast of LondonSéamas O'Reilly's mother died when he was five, leaving him, his ten brothers and sisters and their beloved father in their spra... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Aesop's Fables

    by Aesop ...
    Translated by Laura Gibbs ...
    series Oxford World's Classics
    'The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one", said the lioness, "but it is very well bred!"' The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two millennia ago. Aesop was reputedly a tongue ... Read more

    $9.97 AUD

  • Daring to Fly

    The TV star on facing fear and finding joy on a deadline

    by Lisa Millar ...
    There are significant moments in life that you only really appreciate long after they have passed ... And then there are moments that are so magnificent you understand in an instant that they need to be treasured because the universe is offering you something truly inspiring.Lisa Millar has spent her whole life showing up, getting things done and making things happen. Despite the risks, despite ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

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  • A Very Stable Genius

    Donald J. Trump's Testing of America

    THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER* UPDATED WITH NEW REPORTING *'It's all here in this stunning first draft of the history of the presidency of Donald Trump' Sydney Morning Herald'An icy, Iago-like glimpse of the emotional and moral nullity that may be the source of Trump's power' Observer'A damning, well-reported, well-sourced and clearly written haymaker' Sunday Times<... ... Read more

    $15.72 AUD

  • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

    by Samantha Irby ...
    **'Irby might be our great bard of quarantine.' New York TimesIn this painfully funny collection, Samantha Irby captures powerful emotional truths while chronicling the rubbish bin she calls her life. From an ill-fated pilgrimage to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes to awkward sexual encounters to the world's first completely honest job application, and more, sometimes you just ... Read more

    $11.43 AUD

  • The Writer's Library

    he Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives

    NEW & NOTEWORTHY ~ THE NEW YORK TIMESWith a Foreword by Susan Orlean, t****wenty-three of today's living literary legends, including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon, reveal the books that made them think, brought them joy, and changed their lives in this intimate, moving, and insightful collection from "American's Librarian" Nancy Pearl and noted ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Feel Free

    Essays

    by Zadie Smith ...
    WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR CRITICISM 2019From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Changing My Mind and Swing Time - discover a second unmissable collection of essays from Zadie Smith'Generous, courageous, and tough-minded... [A] classic English essayist in the vein of Orwell, Woolf and Angela Carter' Financial Times'Engrossing, astute... ... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Underland

    A Deep Time Journey

    Follow Robert Macfarlane to the furthest corners of the globe....A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2019WINNER OF THE STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020'You'd be crazy not to read this book' The Sunday TimesA Guardian Best Book of the 21st CenturyIn Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on... ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    And Other Lessons from the Crematorium

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Unforgettable . . . a hilarious, poignant and impassioned plea to revolutionise our attitudes to death' Gavin Francis, Guardian From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, twenty-three-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about she started to ... Read more

    $16.93 AUD

  • How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?

    And Other Thoughts On Modern Life

    by Pandora Sykes ...
    __________________THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERStop searching for the answers - and start delighting in the questions with Pandora Sykes, c****o-host of The High Low podcast.'Deliciously fascinating' MARIAN KEYES'Refreshing ... thoughtful, considered' STYLIST'Brilliant' EVENING STANDARD'Timely and fulsome... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Outlandish Companion Volume 2

    Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions of readers with her critically acclaimed Outlander novels. Now Gabaldon serves up The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two, an all-new guide to Books 5-8 in the series: A Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's BloodWritten with Gabaldon’s signature wit and intelligence, this compendium is bursting with generous ... Read more

    $24.99 AUD

  • Fate, Time, and Language

    An Essay on Free Will

    The Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Pale King and Infinite Jest weighs in on a philosophical controversy in this fascinating early work.In 1962, the philosopher Richard Taylor used six commonly accepted presuppositions to imply that human beings have no control over the future. David Foster Wallace not only took issue with Taylor's method, which, according to him, scrambled the relations ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD

  • The World Broke in Two

    Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature

    A revelatory narrative charting the lives and works of legendary authors Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism'The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts,' the American author Willa Cather once wrote. Yet for Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence, 1922 began with a frighteningly blank page. Eliot was in ... Read more

    $11.98 AUD

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    **THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER**In twenty-one bite-sized lessons, Yuval Noah Harari explores what it means to be human in an age of bewilderment.'21 Lessons is, simply put, a crucial book' Adam KayHow can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Gentle and Fierce

    by Vanessa Berry ...
    New collection of essays on the relationships between humans and animals, by Vanessa Berry, author of Mirror Sydney, and the memoir of adolescence Ninety9.Gentle and Fierce focuses on the world of animals, and the way their presence has shaped the author’s attitudes and her sense of self. Having spent her life in city environments, Vanessa Berry’s experiences with animals have largely been through ... Read more

    $9.01 AUD

  • Beauty

    by Bri Lee ...
    You were either fit and trim or you weren't working hard enough. Your body was how you conveyed wealth and status to your peers, it was a personality trait, a symbol of goodness and values: an ethical ideal.In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating ... Read more

    $12.42 AUD

  • Who Gets to Be Smart

    Privilege, Power and Knowledge

    by Bri Lee ...
    Debate done with absolute verve, with eloquence and generosity' CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS, author of Damascus'Fascinating, eye-opening . . . a sharp wake-up call' FLEX MAMI / LILLIAN AHENKAN, author of The Success Experiment'Thoughtful, surprising and exquisitely written. Bri Lee once again challenges us to confront the structures that shape, and restrict, our understanding of the world.' MADDISON ... Read more

    $18.58 AUD

  • Growing Up Disabled in Australia

    My body and its place in the world seemed normal to me. Why wouldn’t it?I didn’t grow up disabled; I grew up with a problem. A problem that those around me wanted to fix.We have all felt that uncanny sensation that someone is watching us.The diagnosis helped but it didn’t fix everything.Don’t fear the labels.That identity, which I feared for so long, is now one of my greatest qualities.I had ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD