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    • Known and Strange Things, Cole,  Teju
    Known and Strange Things
    Teju Cole

    Teju Cole's original and powerful voice rides high in this collection of more than fifty pieces on politics, photography, travel, history, and literature. Taking in subjects from Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare, and W. G. Sebald to Instagram, Barack Obam ... read more

    • Nicotine, Zink,  Nell
    Nell Zink

    A story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian late father's childhood home. Unemployed business major, Penny, has rebelled against her family her whole life – by being the conventional on ... read more

    • The Angel of History, Alameddine,  Rabih
    The Angel of History
    Rabih Alameddine

    Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life. Set in Cairo and Beirut; Sana'a, Stockholm, and San Francisco; Alameddine gives us a ch ... read more

    • The Book of Human Emotions, Watt Smith,  Tiffany
    The Book of Human Emotions
    Tiffany Watt Smith

    Tiffany Watt Smith draws on history, anthropology, science, art, literature, music and popular culture to explore the world of human emotions. Each alphabetical entry in her entertaining and informative book reveals the surprising connections and fas ... read more

    • The Bush, Watson,  Don
    The Bush
    Don Watson

    Starting with his forebears' battle to drive back nature and eke a living from the land, Don Watson explores the bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourse ... read more

    • Timekeepers, Garfield,  Simon
    Simon Garfield

    Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. How have we come to be ... read more

    • Transit, Cusk,  Rachel
    Rachel Cusk

    In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions - personal, moral, artistic, practical - as she endeavours to construct a new reality for herself and ... read more

    • White Mountain, Twigger,  Robert
    White Mountain
    Robert Twigger

    The Himalayas hold an abiding fascination; they are an important site for many or the world's religions, they are a plant hunter's paradise, a climber's challenge and home to an ancient culture. Robert Twigger explores the people and history, the my ... read more

    • Birdman's Wife, Ashley,  Melissa
    Birdman's Wife
    Melissa Ashley

    Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before, but her legacy was mostly eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. In the Birdman's Wife Melissa Ashley tells Elizabeth's story ̵ ... read more

    • Bit Rot, Coupland,  Douglas
    Bit Rot
    Douglas Coupland

    'Bit rot' is a term used in digital archiving to describe the way digital files can spontaneously and quickly decompose. As Coupland writes, 'Bit rot also describes the way my brain has been feeling since 2000 as I shed older and weaker neurons and ... read more

    • Boy Behind the Curtain, Winton,  Tim
    Boy Behind the Curtain
    Tim Winton

    In Tim Winton's fiction, chaos often waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control. Winton's own life has also been shaped by havoc. The true stories that make up The Boy Behind the Curtain take us i ... read more

    • Dashing for the Post, Fermor,  Patrick Leigh
    Dashing for the Post
    Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor was a war hero and one the greatest travel writers of his generation. The letters in this collection span almost seventy years, the first written ten days before Paddy's twenty-fifth birthday, the ... read more

    • Echoland, Petterson,  Per
    Per Petterson

    Twelve-year-old Arvid and his family are on holiday, staying with his grandparents in Denmark. Confused by the underlying tension between his mother and grandmother, Arvid is grappling with his own sense of self. He's on the cusp of becoming a teenag ... read more

    • From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories, Mckenna,  Mark
    From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories
    Mark Mckenna

    In March 1797, five British sailors and 12 Bengali seamen struggled ashore after their longboat broke apart in a storm. Their fellow-survivors from the wreck of the Sydney Cove were stranded more than 500 kilometres southeast in Bass Strait. To rescu ... read more

    • Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Porter,  Max
    Grief is the Thing with Feathers
    Max Porter

    In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickste ... read more

    • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Harari,  Yuval Noah
    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
    Yuval Noah Harari

    Harari envisions a not-too-distant world and explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. Equality i ... read more