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    • I Hate the Internet, Kobek,  Jarett
    I Hate the Internet
    Jarett Kobek

    In 2013, Adeline aired some unfashionable opinions that made their way onto the Internet. The reaction of the Internet, being a tool for making millions in advertising revenue from online abuse, was predictable. The reaction of the Internet, being pa ... read more

    • Moonglow, Chabon,  Michael
    Michael Chabon

    Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather." It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, secrets and lies, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and the aspirations and ... read more

    • Reality Is Not What It Seems, Rovelli,  Carlo
    Reality Is Not What It Seems
    Carlo Rovelli

    Scientist Carlo Rovelli has spent his life exploring questions of time and space and reality - and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed throughout centuries. From Aristotle to Albert Einstein ... read more

    • The Australian Dream : Quarterly Essay Issue 64, Grant,  Stan
    The Australian Dream : Quarterly Essay Issue 64
    Stan Grant

    In Quarterly Essay 64, Stan Grant takes a deep and passionate look at Indigenous futures, in particular the fraught question of remote communities. Moving beyond simplistic talk of "lifestyle choices," Grant explores what makes for a sustainable comm ... read more

    • The Best Australian Science Writing 2016, Chandler,  Jo
    The Best Australian Science Writing 2016
    Jo Chandler

    From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can't match. Good writing about science can be moving, funny, exhilarating and poetic. Now in its sixth ye ... read more

    • The Cabaret of Plants, Mabey,  Richard
    The Cabaret of Plants
    Richard Mabey

    The Cabaret of Plants explores plant species which have challenged our imaginations and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief. Tracing the cultural significance of these plants in pagan cults, creation myths, Ice Age artists, R ... read more

    • The Outrun, Liptrot,  Amy
    The Outrun
    Amy Liptrot

    At the age of thirty, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the b ... read more

    • The Secret Cold War, Blaxland,  John and Crawley,  Rhys
    The Secret Cold War
    Blaxland, John and Crawley, Rhys

    The Cold War between the West and the Soviet Bloc didn't end with detente in 1975: it just went underground. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, tensions between the superpowers continued to play out across the world. This is the inside accoun ... read more

    • Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa
    Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
    Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa

    Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates much of his fiction. In Absolutely on Music, Murakami sits down with his friend, ... read more

    • Best Australian Essays 2016, Williamson,  Geordie
    Best Australian Essays 2016
    Geordie Williamson

    This year's collection of essays reads as a wake-up call: from Jo Chandler on the devastating bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef and Richard Flanagan on the Syrian exodus to Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani’s inside account of life ... read more

    • Crimes of the Father, Keneally,  Tom
    Crimes of the Father
    Tom Keneally

    Ex-communicated to Canada due to his radical preaching on the Vietnam War and other human rights causes, Father Frank Docherty is now a psychologist and monk. He returns to Australia to speak on abuse in the Church, and unwittingly is soon listening ... read more

    • Descent Of Man, Perry,  Grayson
    Descent Of Man
    Grayson Perry

    Grayson Perry sees masculinity as a highly active component in the big issues of climate change and vast imbalances in global wealth. Tracing the contours of the dominant male role today, its history and its clearly defined rules, Perry explores ever ... read more

    • Extinctions, Wilson,  Josephine
    Josephine Wilson

    He hated the word retirement, but not as much as he hated the word village, as if ageing made you a peasant or a fool. Professor Frederick Lothian, retired engineer and connoisseur of modernist design, has quarantined himself from life by moving to a ... read more

    • Granta 137, Rausing,  Sigrid
    Granta 137
    Sigrid Rausing

    This issue of Granta asks writers, poets and artists how we fit into the animal kingdom, a community that we alternately identify with and distance ourselves from. We love animals as pets, we weave them into our myths and fables; we breed them under ... read more

    • Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game, Knausgaard,  Karl Ove;ekelund,  Fredrik;
    Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game
    Knausgaard, Karl Ove;ekelund, Fredrik;

    In Home and Away Knausgaard and Ekelund use football and the World Cup in Brazil as the arena for reflections on life and death, art and politics, class and literature and the meaning of home in a globalised world. This exchange of letters gives us s ... read more

    • How Long is Now?, New Scientist
    How Long is Now?
    New Scientist

    How long is 'now'? The short answer is 'somewhere between 2 and 3 seconds'. The long answer involves an incredible journey through neuroscience, our subconscious and the time-bending power of meditation. Living in the present may never feel the same. ... read more