The Paperback Bookshop

  • 60 Bourke St
  • Melbourne
  • 9662 1396

New to the Paperback

    • Shelter, Yun,  Jung
    Jung Yun

    Kyung Cho owns a house that he can't afford. His credit cards and student loan debts are spiralling out of control. Despite his promising career as a tenure-track professor, Kyung and his wife, Gillian, have always lived beyond their means. A few mil ... read more

    • The Cultural Revolution, Dikotter,  Frank
    The Cultural Revolution
    Frank Dikotter

    Between 1965 and 1969 Mao Zedong unleashed violent campaigns in order to dispose of all who had previously opposed him after the Great Leap Forward. Entire villages were consumed by his vehemence; old grudges avenged in the name of revolutionary puri ... read more

    • The Gene: An Intimate History, Mukherjee,  Siddhartha
    The Gene: An Intimate History
    Siddhartha Mukherjee

    Gene Siddhartha Mukherjee's epic history, The Gene, begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a unit of heredity. It intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of N ... read more

    • The Gun Room, Harding,  Georgina
    The Gun Room
    Georgina Harding

    Dawn, mist clearing over the rice fields, a burning Vietnamese village and a young war photographer takes a photo of a staring soldier in the midst of mayhem that will become one of the great photographs of the war. But what he has seen in that villa ... read more

    • The Gustav Sonata, Tremain,  Rose
    The Gustav Sonata
    Rose Tremain

    Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem distant. He adores his mother but she treats him severely, disapproving especially of his intense friendship with Anton, the Jewish boy at school who ... read more

    • View from the Cheap Seats, Gaiman,  Neil
    View from the Cheap Seats
    Neil Gaiman

    The View from the Cheap Seats draws together myriad non-fiction writing by Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech he gave at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, to pieces on Syrian refugees, the power of storytelling, thoughts on Terry P ... read more

    • Viva La Revolucion, Hobsbawm,  Eric
    Viva La Revolucion
    Eric Hobsbawm

    In his autobiography Hobsbawm wrote that Latin America was the only region of the world outside Europe which he felt he knew well and where he felt entirely at home. He claimed this because the two principal languages, Spanish and Portuguese, were wi ... read more

    • Who Rules the World?, Chomsky,  Noam
    Who Rules the World?
    Noam Chomsky

    Delving deep into the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine, Chomsky provides nuanced, surprising insights into the workings of modern-day imperial power. The world's political and financial elite have become ever more insulated from de ... read more

    • Barkskins, Proulx,  Annie
    Annie Proulx

    In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. ... read more

    • Firing Line : Quarterly Essay 62, Brown,  James
    Firing Line : Quarterly Essay 62
    James Brown

    Going to war may be the gravest decision a nation and its leaders make. In this compelling Quarterly Essay James Brown looks to history, strategy and his own experience to examines the wars we have chosen to fight in the past – from Gallipoli a ... read more

    • Hatred of Poetry, Lerner,  Ben
    Hatred of Poetry
    Ben Lerner

    Many more people agree they hate poetry,' Ben Lerner writes, 'than can agree what poetry is. Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defence of the art. He examines poetry's greatest haters (beginning with Plato's famous claim ... read more

    • How Did We Get Into This Mess?, Monbiot,  George
    How Did We Get Into This Mess?
    George Monbiot

    Monbiot assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do...Having diagnos ... read more

    • Hystopia, Means,  David
    David Means

    At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation's mental hygiene by any means necessary. Soldiers retur ... read more

    • Other People's Money, Kay,  John
    Other People's Money
    John Kay

    In a scathing critique of the financial sectory, John Kay, a distinguished economist argues that the industry's perceived profitability is partly illusory, and partly an appropriation of wealth created elsewhere - of other people's money. The finance ... read more

    • Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood, Perry,  Grayson
    Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to Be Understood
    Grayson Perry

    Based on his hugely popular Reith Lectures and full of pictures, this funny, personal journey through the art world answers the basic questions that might occur to us in an art gallery but seem too embarrassing to ask. Grayson Perry wants to take eli ... read more

    • Serious Sweet, Kennedy,  A.l.
    Serious Sweet
    A.l. Kennedy

    Jon Sigurdsson is 59 and divorced: a senior civil servant in Westminster who hates many of his colleagues and loathes his work for a government engaged in unmentionable acts. Meg Williams is a bankrupt accountant, she's 45 and shakily sober, living o ... read more