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    • Nobody Leaves, Kapuscinski,  Ryszard
    Nobody Leaves
    Ryszard Kapuscinski

    When the great Ryszard Kapuscinski was a young journalist in the early 1960s, he was sent to the farthest reaches of his native Poland between foreign assignments. The resulting pieces reveal a place just as strange as the distant lands he visited - ... read more

    • Reality Is Not What It Seems, Rovelli,  Carlo
    Reality Is Not What It Seems
    Carlo Rovelli

    Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring questions of time and space and reality. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed throughout centuries. From Aristotle to Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday to the Higgs boson, he take ... read more

    • Requiem For The American Dream, Chomsky,  Noam
    Requiem For The American Dream
    Noam Chomsky

    Drawn from four years of interviews with the editors, Requiem gives shape to the breadth of Chomsky's political ideas and the power of his analysis over the decades. The major theme is of income inequality and it's ramifications; the corrosive, harmf ... read more

    • Some Tests, Macauley,  Wayne
    Some Tests
    Wayne Macauley

    It begins with the normally healthy Beth - aged-care worker, wife of David, mother of Lettie and Gem - feeling vaguely off-colour. A locum sends her to Dr Yi for some tests. Referral after referral sees her bumped from suburb to suburb, bewildered, ... read more

    • Stalin and the Scientists, Ings,  Simon
    Stalin and the Scientists
    Simon Ings

    Simon Ings weaves together what happened when he Soviet Union's scientists - a handful of impoverished and underemployed graduates, professors and entrepreneurs, collectors and charlatans, bound themselves to a failing government to create a world su ... read more

    • The Long Goodbye :  Quarterly Essay 66, Krien,  Anna
    The Long Goodbye : Quarterly Essay 66
    Anna Krien

    In this urgent essay, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She looks at the global state of play and visits the frontlines in Australia's climate wars - the Great Barrier Reef, the Hunter Valley, the Coalition party roo ... read more

    • The Nothing, Kureishi,  Hanif
    The Nothing
    Hanif Kureishi

    Waldo, a feted filmmaker, is confined by old age and ill health to his London apartment. Frail and frustrated, he is cared for by his lovely younger wife, whom he begins to suspect of having an affair. Waldo takes action: he sets himself first to pro ... read more

    • Theft by Finding, Sedaris,  David
    Theft by Finding
    David Sedaris

    For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations. The entries, hilarious, revealing and embarrassing, have become a favourite part of his live performances. Theft By Finding is a collection of ... read more

    • Anaesthesia, Cole-adams,  Kate
    Kate Cole-adams

    Kate Cole-Adams explores what happens when we 'go under' - whether pain still exists even if we are not awake to feel it and how the unconscious mind deals with the body's experience of being cut open and ransacked. Anaesthesia leavens science with p ... read more

    • Client Earth, Thornton,  James;goodman,  Martin;
    Client Earth
    Thornton, James;goodman, Martin;

    Environmentally, our planet lacks the laws to keep it safe and those laws we do have are feebly enforced. James Thornton is an environmental lawyer at the forefront of a movement whose client is Earth – they take governments to court, win and e ... read more

    • Free Speech, Ash,  Timothy Garton
    Free Speech
    Timothy Garton Ash

    Drawing on a lifetime of writing about dictatorships and dissidents, Timothy Garton Ash argues that in this connected world that he calls cosmopolis, the way to combine freedom and diversity is to have more but also better free speech. Across all cul ... read more

    • Gravel Heart, Gurnah, Abdulrazak
    Gravel Heart
    Abdulrazak Gurnah

    Moving from revolutionary Zanzibar in the 1960s to restless London in the 1990s, Gravel Heart follows the life of of Salim from a childhood of family secrets to exile in a hostile city. Evoking the immigrant experience with profound insight, Gurnah's ... read more

    • In Writing, Phillips,  Adam
    In Writing
    Adam Phillips

    For Adam Phillips, poetry and poets have always held an essential place, as both precursors and unofficial collaborators in the psychoanalytic project. But in reverse ? What, Phillips wonders, has psychoanalysis meant for writers? And what can writin ... read more

    • Karl Marx, Jones,  Gareth Stedman
    Karl Marx
    Gareth Stedman Jones

    With the nineteenth century came an unparalleled range of economic, political, religious and intellectual challenges. One of the most distinctive and arresting contributions to this debate was made by Karl Marx. Stedman Jones's intellectual and exha ... read more

    • Kingdom Of Olives And Ash: Writers Confront The Occupation, Chabon,  Michael
    Kingdom Of Olives And Ash: Writers Confront The Occupation
    Michael Chabon

    Published to coincide the with 50th anniversary of the Israel occupation of the West Bank, an anthology that explores the human cost of the conflict there as witnessed by such notable writers as Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers, Madeleine Thien ... read more

    • Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Roy,  Arundhati
    Ministry of Utmost Happiness
    Arundhati Roy

    In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears quite suddenly, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daugh ... read more