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    • In The Restaurant, Ribbat,  Christoph
    In The Restaurant
    Christoph Ribbat

    Restaurants have never been exclusively about food. Since the first 'restorative' establishments opened in eighteenth-century Paris, restaurants have been places to see and be seen, to show off style and distinction - and to feel at home among strang ... read more

    • Incorrigible Optimist, Evans,  Gareth
    Incorrigible Optimist
    Gareth Evans

    A colourful and central figure in Australian politics for two decades, Gareth Evans has also been applauded worldwide for his contributions, as Foreign Minister and later in international roles, to conflict resolution, genocide prevention and curbing ... read more

    • Joseph Banks' Florilegium, Mabberley,  David
    Joseph Banks' Florilegium
    David Mabberley

    Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768 to 1771 and collected over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, over 700 engravings were produced, known collectively as Ban ... read more

    • Manhattan Beach, Egan,  Jennifer
    Manhattan Beach
    Jennifer Egan

    Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father ... read more

    • Origins of Creativity, Wilson,  Edward O.
    Origins of Creativity
    Edward O. Wilson

    Creativity is the unique and defining trait of our species; and its ultimate goal, self-understanding,' begins Edward Wilson's sweeping examination of the humanities and their relationship to the sciences. Chronicling the evolution of creativity from ... read more

    • Sparsholt Affair, Hollinghurst,  Alan
    Sparsholt Affair
    Alan Hollinghurst

    In 1940, Evert Dax and David Sparsholt, two young men from very different backgrounds, meet at Oxford University. Hollinghurst traces the lifes of these two young men; through several generations and from the darkest days of the Second World War the ... 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 Life to Come, De Kretser,  Michelle
    The Life to Come
    Michelle De Kretser

    Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Celeste tries to convince h ... read more

    • Atlas of Untamed Places, Fitch,  Chris
    Atlas of Untamed Places
    Chris Fitch

    Chris Fitch takes a journey through the world's most wild places, visiting immensely diverse floral kingdoms, remote jungles abundant with exotic birds, and both freezing cold and scorching hot inhospitable environments. From these natural havens we ... read more

    • Australian Gypsies, Sayer,  Mandy
    Australian Gypsies
    Mandy Sayer

    Since the arrival of the First Fleet there have been Gypsies in Australia, yet their experiences aren't included in any official histories. Mandy Sayer weaves together a vivid, wide-ranging history that begins with the roots of the Romani culture, tr ... read more

    • Dunbar, St Aubyn,  Edward
    Edward St Aubyn

    Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he hands over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but as relations sour he starts to doubt the wisdom of past d ... read more

    • First Person, Flanagan,  Richard
    First Person
    Richard Flanagan

    A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial Heidl proposes a lucrative deal for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeks. ... read more

    • Fresh Complaint, Eugenides,  Jeffrey
    Fresh Complaint
    Jeffrey Eugenides

    The first collection of short stories from Jeffrey Eugenides presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. His novels have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery and family love. These ... read more

    • Friend of My Youth, Chaudhuri,  Amit
    Friend of My Youth
    Amit Chaudhuri

    In Friend of My Youth, a novelist named Amit Chaudhuri visits his childhood home of Bombay. The city, reeling from the impact of the 2008 terrorist attacks, weighs heavily on Amit's mind, as does the unexpected absence of his childhood friend Ra ... read more

    • Go, Went, Gone, Erpenbeck,  Jenny
    Go, Went, Gone
    Jenny Erpenbeck

    Richard has spent his life as a professor at the university, immersed in the world of books and ideas, but now he is retired, his books remain in their packing boxes and his ideas about how society works begin to change. One day, he notices a group o ... read more

    • How to be Human, New,  Scientist
    How to be Human
    Scientist New

    What is it that makes us human? Is it language, imagination, morality, or is it that we cook and wear shoes? Or perhaps we are less human than we think... From the body to language , through emotions and possessions, to the most tricky questions abou ... read more