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    • Moral Panic 101: Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal: QE67, Law,  Benjamin
    Moral Panic 101: Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal: QE67
    Benjamin Law

    Are Australian schools safe? And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal? In 2016 the Safe Schools program became the centre of an ideological firestorm. I ... read more

    • Rain Birds, Mcknight,  Harriet
    Rain Birds
    Harriet Mcknight

    Conservation biologist Arianna Brandt is involved in trying to reintroduce the threatened glossy black cockatoos into the wilds of Murrungowar National Park. Alone in the bush, with her birds failing to thrive, Arianna's personal demons start to over ... read more

    • Red-Haired Woman, Pamuk,  Orhan
    Red-Haired Woman
    Orhan Pamuk

    On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master well digger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, excavating without luck, the two become close and come to depend on e ... read more

    • Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark, Cole,  Catherine
    Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark
    Catherine Cole

    A young boy yearns for a rabbit; a man battles for his fathers love; a group of middle-class Australians find themselves in a newly renovated house; and an elderly refugee worries about his daughters sea voyage. Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark is ... read more

    • Sour Heart, Zhang, Jenny
    Sour Heart
    Jenny Zhang

    Centred on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, the seven stories that make up Sour Heart examine how history and ... read more

    • The Choke, Laguna,  Sofie
    The Choke
    Sofie Laguna

    Abandoned by her mother and only occasionally visited by her secretive father, Justine is raised by her pop, a man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River a ... read more

    • The City Always Wins, Hamilton,  Omar Robert
    The City Always Wins
    Omar Robert Hamilton

    The City Always Wins is a novel from the psychological heart of a revolution. From the communal highs of pitched night battles against the police in Cairo to the solitary lows of defeated exile in New York, Omar Robert Hamilton's debut is a unique im ... read more

    • The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc, Alizadeh,  Ali
    The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc
    Ali Alizadeh

    Jeanne is a young woman from rural France - a knight who wears men's clothing. The English call her Joan of Arc. Jeanne has led France to victory in epic battles. She hears ghostly voices and has unspeakable desires. Her king has abandoned her. Her h ... read more

    • Autumn, Knausgaard,  Karl Ove
    Karl Ove Knausgaard

    The first in a new autobiographical quartet based on the four seasons, Autumn begins with a letter Karl Ove Knausgaard writes to his unborn daughter, showing her what to expect of the world. He writes one short piece per day, describing the material ... read more

    • Bitch Doctrine, Laurie Penny
    Bitch Doctrine
    Laurie Penny

    Smart and provocative, witty and uncompromising, this collection of Laurie Penny's writing establishes her as one of the most urgent and vibrant feminist voices of our time. From the shock of Donald Trump's election and the victories of the far right ... read more

    • Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture - A New Earth, Massy,  Charles
    Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture - A New Earth
    Charles Massy

    A ground-breaking book that could change the way we think of, farm and grow food. Auhor and radical farmer Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. Drawing on his own ... read more

    • City Of Crows, Womersley,  Chris
    City Of Crows
    Chris Womersley

    Chris Womersley's latest is a historical novel set in seventeenth-century Paris. Desperate to save herself and her only surviving child from an outbreak of plague, the widow Charlotte Picot flees her village to seek sanctuary in Lyon. But, waylaid on ... read more

    • Democracy and its Crisis, Grayling, A.c.
    Democracy and its Crisis
    A.c. Grayling

    Prompted by events in recent years in the UK and the USA, in Latin America, Russia and the Middle East, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed t ... read more

    • Eye of the Sixties, Stein,  Judith E
    Eye of the Sixties
    Judith E Stein

    Richard Bellamy was one of the first advocates of pop art, minimalism, and conceptual art; a witty, poetry-loving art aficionado who became a legend of the avant-garde. His life story is a fascinating window into the transformation of art in the late ... read more

    • Flights, Tokarczuk,  Olga
    Olga Tokarczuk

    A series of imaginative meditations on travel in all its forms and on the philosophy and meaning of going places. Tokarczuk connects travel with anecdotes about anatomy, about life and death, about the very nature of humankind in this original and mi ... read more

    • Late Essays: 2006-2017, Coetzee,  J.m.
    Late Essays: 2006-2017
    J.m. Coetzee

    This collection of spans the range of Coetzee's writerly interests, including essays on Beckett, Gerald Murnane, Patrick White, Daniel Defoe, Tolstoy, Flaubert and Les Murray. Stemming from a long-standing interest in German literature he engages too ... read more