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    • No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia, Brennan Frank
    No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia
    Brennan Frank

    In 1967, Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of altering two aspects of the Constitution that related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Although these seemed like small amendments, they provided an impetus for real change - ... read more

    • On the Move, Sacks,  Oliver
    On the Move
    Oliver Sacks

    WOliver Sacks describes his time at Oxford University, his time spent in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the early nineteen sixties, before moving on to chart his progression from young doctor to his public role as a neurologist and author. He write ... read more

    • Our Endless Numbered Days, Fuller,  Claire
    Our Endless Numbered Days
    Claire Fuller

    In 1976 when Peggy Hillcoat is eight her survivalist father takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano, a forest and a tiny wooden hut. She ... read more

    • Quicksand, Toltz,  Steve
    Steve Toltz

    Aldo Benjamin, relentlessly unlucky in every aspect of life, has always faced the future with despair and optimism in equal measure. His mate Liam, equally unlucky, at least finds inspiration in Aldo's exponential disaster. What begins as an attempt ... read more

    • Red Love, Leo,  Maxim,   Whiteside,  Shaun,   Skeats,  Clare
    Red Love
    Leo, Maxim, Whiteside, Shaun, Skeats, Clare

    A Sunday Telegraph, Irish Times and Glasgow Herald Book of the Year "Tender, acute and utterly absorbing" Anna Funder, author of Stasiland "A wry and unheroic unofficial history of a country that no longer exists" Julian Barnes "Beaut ... read more

    • Seneca : A Life, Wilson,  Emily
    Seneca : A Life
    Emily Wilson

    Emily Wilson presents Seneca as a man living perilously in the gap between political realities and philosophical ideals and struggling for compromise in a world of absolutism. Her portrait seeks to reconcile Seneca the man of principle, with the Sen ... read more

    • Sentenced to Life, James,  Clive
    Sentenced to Life
    Clive James

    Clive James returns to writing poetry knowing "my death is something I must live with now". In Poetry Notebook James wrote of the poetry that had inspired and sustained him throughout his life, here his own poetry joins a canon that will inspire and ... read more

    • Seveneves, Stephenson,  Neal
    Neal Stephenson

    From the author of Anatham, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes a science fiction epic of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years. When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb an ambitious plan is devised to ensure the s ... read more

    • Australia's Boldest Experiment, Macintyre,  Stuart
    Australia's Boldest Experiment
    Stuart Macintyre

    Stuart Macintyre explains how a country traumatised by World War I, hammered by the Depression and overstretched by World War II became a prosperous, successful and growing society by the 1950s. An extraordinary group of individuals, notably John Cur ... read more

    • B is for Bauhaus: An A-Z of the Modern World, Sudjic,  Deyan
    B is for Bauhaus: An A-Z of the Modern World
    Deyan Sudjic

    Sudjic's latest book is not a dictionary, though it tells all you need know about everything from Authenticity to Zips. It's not an autobiography, though it offers a personal view of contemporary culture. It's a tool kit for understanding the world a ... read more

    • Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature, Tarnoff,  Ben
    Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature
    Ben Tarnoff

    The Bohemians begins in 1860s San Francisco. The Gold Rush has ended; the Civil War threatens to tear apart the country and San Francisco, home to immigrants from five continents, has become a complex urban society virtually overnight. Mark Twain arr ... read more

    • Coming Rain, Daisley,  Stephen
    Coming Rain
    Stephen Daisley

    Lew McLeod has been travelling and working with Painter Hayes since he was a boy. Shearing, charcoal burning – whatever work they can find. But Lew's a grown man now and with this latest job, shearing for John Drysdale and his daughter Clara, e ... read more

    • End of the Story, Davis,  Lydia
    End of the Story
    Lydia Davis

    A woman attempts to piece together the fragments of a past, unresolved relationship, with compassion, wit and what appears to be candour, she seeks to reveal herself and her past. But we begin to suspect, along with her, given the vagaries of memory, ... read more

    • God Help the Child, Morrison,  Toni
    God Help the Child
    Toni Morrison

    Sweetness wants to love her child, Bride, but she struggles to love her as a mother should. Bride, now glamorous and grown up wants to love her man, Booker, but she cannot. Booker cannot fathom Bride's depths, with his own love-lorn past bending him ... read more

    • Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art, Barnes,  Julian
    Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art
    Julian Barnes

    Julian Barnes began writing about art with a chapter on Gericault in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 10 Chapters. Since then he has written a series of essays, chiefly about French artists, which trace the story of how art made its way from ... read more

    • Landmarks, Macfarlane,  Robert
    Robert Macfarlane

    For years now, Robert Macfarlane has been fascinated by the connections between literature and landscape and has collected words for aspects of landscape, nature and weather, drawn from dozens of languages and dialects of Britain and Ireland. Landmar ... read more