Non-Fiction

Biography

200 Women

by Geoff Blackwell & Ruth Hobday

Famous and unknown, celebrated and marginalised, rich and poor, black and white, leaders, victims, survivors, heroes, saints and sinners. Women who will educate and inspire us, teach us empathy, and bring positive change in a time when so many women and girls are still fighting for basic freedom and equality.
Founded on original interviews and accompanying photographic portraits, this landmark book is the realisation of an epic global journey to find two hundred women with diverse backgrounds, and ask them what really matters to them! Well-known activists, artists and innovators and everyday women share their unique replies to questions that reveal a human being’s deepest motivation.

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Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir

by Irvin Yalom

Irvin D. Yalom has made a career of investigating the lives of others. He opens his story with a nightmare: He is twelve, and is riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, ‘Hello, Measles!’ But in his dream, the girl’s father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting has hurt her. For Yalom, this was the birth of empathy; he would not forget the lesson. As Becoming Myself unfolds, we see the development of the compassionate and insightful thinker whose books have been a beacon to so many. This is not simply one man’s life story — Yalom’s reflections on his life and growth are an invitation for us to reflect on the origins of our own selves and the meanings of our lives.

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Paris Dreaming

by Katrina Lawrence

Katrina Lawrence first fell in love with Paris at the age of five, and since then her roads have continually led her back to this most beautiful of cities. Taking us on a journey around Paris’s most spectacular sights, hidden secrets and most beguiling nooks and crannies, Katrina tells us the story of why this city has been her constant inspiration through all stages of life. Musing on everything Parisian, from femininity to feminism, politics to perfume, and of course, those stylish Parisiennes who captivate us, from Brigitte Bardot and Madame de Pompadour to Simone de Beauvoir and Catherine de Medici. Katrina shares the essential life lessons that Paris has taught her.

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Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He produced the two most famous paintings in history-The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical.

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Gorbachev

by William Taubman

Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, transcripts and documents from the Russian archives, and interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries, as well as foreign leaders, Taubman’s intensely personal portrait extends to Gorbachev’s remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved, and to the family that they raised together. When Mikhail Gorbachev became its leader in March 1985, the USSR was still one of the world’s two superpowers. By the end of his tenure six years later, the Communist system was dismantled, the cold war was over and, on 25th December 1991, the Soviet Union itself ceased to exist. While not solely responsible for this remarkable upheaval, he set decisive changes in motion.

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1 am (web)I Am, I Am, I Am

by Maggie O’Farrell

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital.
This is a memoir with a difference: seventeen encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal to us a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. It is a book to make you question yourself: what would you do if your life was in danger? How would you react? And what would you stand to lose? I AM, I AM, I AM is a book you will finish newly conscious of your own vulnerability, and determined to make every heartbeat count

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Immortal Life(web) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta’s family did not learn of her ‘immortality’ until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .Rebecca Skloot’s fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world forever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world.

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Return(web)The Return

by Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar’s Return is the 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner for the Category of Biography. When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father was kidnapped. One of the Qaddaf regime’s most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hisham would never see him again. But he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. “Hope,” as he writes, “is cunning and persistent.” Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, the prison cells are empty and there is no sign of Jaballa Matar. Hisham returns with his mother and wife to the homeland he never thought he’d go back to again. The Return is the story of what he found there. It is at once an exquisite meditation on history, politics, and art, a brilliant portrait of a nation and a people on the cusp of change, and a disquieting depiction of the brutal legacy of absolute power. Above all, it is a universal tale of loss and love and of one family’s life. Hisham Matar asks the harrowing question: How does one go on living in the face of a loved one’s uncertain fate?

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Writing Life(web) A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

by Bernadette Brennan

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her relentless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. She courts controversy, refuses to be constrained by the rules of literary form and has never been afraid to write herself into her non-fiction where often her own experiences shape her stories. Dr Bernadette Brennan explores the question of who is the ‘I’ in Helen Garner’s work.
This is the first full length study published on the forty years of Garner’s writing. It is a compelling literary portrait that offers fascinating insights into Garner’s imaginative and lived realities. Brennan maps Garner’s books, letters, diaries and unpublished work, including many previously unavailable papers, against the different stages of this important writer’s life.

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Light and shadow(web)Light and Shadow

by Mark Colvin

Mark Colvin is a broadcasting legend. He is the voice of ABC Radio’s leading current affairs program PM; he was a founding broadcaster for the groundbreaking youth station Double J; he initiated The World Today program; and he’s one of the most popular and influential journalists in the twittersphere. Mark has been covering local and global events for more than four decades. He has reported on wars, royal weddings and everything in between. In the midst of all this he discovered that his father was an MI6 spy. Light and Shadow is the incredible story of a father waging a secret war against communism during the Cold War, while his son comes of age as a journalist during the tumultuous Whitlam and Fraser years and embarks on the risky career of a foreign correspondent. Mark was witness to some of the most world-changing events, including the Iranian hostage crisis, the buildup to the first Gulf War in Iraq and the direct aftermath of the shocking genocide in Rwanda. But when he contracted a life-threatening illness while working in the field, his life changed for ever. Mark Colvin’s engrossing memoir takes you inside the coverage of major news events and gently navigates the complexity of his father’s double life.

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Homo Deus Brief History of Tomorrow

by Harari Yuval Noah

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. In Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus

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by Kim Mahood

Since the publication of her prize-winning memoir Craft for a Dry Lake in 2000, writer and artist Kim Mahood has been returning to the Tanami desert country in far north western Australia where, as a child, she lived with her family on a remote cattle station. The land is timeless, but much has changed: the station has been handed back to its traditional owners; the mining companies have arrived; and Aboriginal art has flourished. Comedy and tragedy, familiarity and uncertainty are Mahood’s constant companions as she immerses herself in the life of a small community and in groundbreaking mapping projects. What emerges in Position Doubtful is a revelation of the significance of the land to its people – and of the burden of history.

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The Boy Behind the Curtain book coverThe Boy Behind the Curtain

by Tim Winton

All our days, both of us have tried to avoid trouble, and yet it’s been our business. Without strife the cop and the novelist have nothing to work with.

Beginning with a reflection on his childhood fascination with guns, and ending with a return visit to the NGV, Winton’s new memoir The Boy Behind the Curtain is a real treat for fans. He is a private man, but if you have ever heard him speak you will know he is by nature thoughtful and reflective. The range of subjects in The Boy Behind the Curtain is broad: the allure of risk taking in a piece giving the book its title; in ‘Havoc’ a description of the impact of a traumatic motorcycle accident his father was involved in when Winton was a boy; ‘Twice on Sundays’ reflects on the role of religion and spirituality in his life; ‘Using the C-Word’ is a look at class and its role in his life as well as the life of the nation and in ‘The Demon Shark’ he examines our obsession with sharks. Other topics include Elizabeth Jolley, our treatment of refugees and the family’s ancient but embarrassing car.

Nobody is better at writing about landscape and our connection to it than Tim Winton. Reading his fiction is just about as close as you can get to diving into the sea or walking barefoot in the dirt without actually taking a step yourself. In one of the most beautiful chapters in the book ‘Chasing Giants’ he tells of paddling out with his wife in search of whales as they travel up the WA coast.

Then, beneath me and slightly ahead, I saw a shadow. For a moment it looked like the profile of a whale swimming across my path along the seabed. But we were in only 5 meters of water and the scale was all wrong. A moment later I realized it wasn’t the whole creature I was seeing. This was only its tail. Right beneath me. Getting bigger by the instant, scything up underfoot.

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The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks book coverThe Shepherd’s Life

by James Rebanks

This book is just fabulous. James Rebanks farms sheep in The Lake District in northern England. His family has been raising sheep there for centuries and the connection between the people and the land is tangible in every word he writes. The knowledge that is passed done from generation to generation is ancient, as is the breed of sheep they raise, but James himself mixes traditional ways with a few thoroughly modern twists. Having left school at 15 he later went back to education and got a double first at Oxford, subsequently working as a Unesco consultant to supplement his farm income. He has a Twitter following in excess of 82000 and writes about his life and the landscape like a dream.

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Barbarian Days by William Finnegan book coverBarbarian Days

by William Finnegan

Now in his mid sixties, William Finnegan has been surfing for over half a century. Barbarian Days, his Pulitzer Prize winning memoir, tells of a lifetime obsession with surfing that has seen him travel the world in pursuit of the perfect wave. Finnegan is a staff writer with The New Yorker, his work often focusing on war, violence and social upheaval. His descriptions of what it is actually like to be in a wave are both exquisite and precise, his acknowledgement of the nostalgia of the surfing world laconic, and his analysis of the social protocols hidden beneath the veneer of ‘surf cool’ unsparing. Above all, Barbarian Days is a book about beauty and danger, about wanting to be nowhere else but in the wave, and simultaneously anywhere else but in the wave.

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by Tim Winton

Anybody who loves Tim Winton’s fiction will relish his new landscape memoir Island Home. The ways in which the boy, the man, and the writer have been shaped by the Australian landscape will resonate, particularly with readers who grew up here in the West.  Connection to country, forged in moments from childhood to middle age is reflected on: roaming with neighbourhood kids at the local swamp; exploring coastal caves down at Trigg; moving to Albany and discovering the new and different landscape there; looking back at Australia while traveling overseas; and becoming involved with the fight to save Ningaloo. Tim Winton is essentially a very private man, but when he writes about the land and the sea he reveals much about himself, and reading his words will make you too think about where and how you stand on this land.

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History

Six Minutes in May

by Nicholas Shakespeare

London, early May 1940: Britain is on the brink of war and Neville Chamberlain’s government is about to fall. The first land battle of the war was fought in the far north, in Norway. It went disastrously for the Allies and many blamed Churchill. Yet weeks later he would rise to the most powerful post in the country, overtaking Chamberlain and the favourite to succeed him, Lord Halifax. It took just six minutes for MPs to cast the votes that brought down Chamberlain. Shakespeare shows us both the dramatic action on the battlefield in Norway and the machinations and personal relationships in Westminster that led up to this crucial point.

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Koh-I-Noor

by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

On 29 March 1849, the ten-year-old Maharajah of the Punjab was ushered into the magnificent Mirrored Hall at the centre of the great Fort in Lahore. There, in a public ceremony, the frightened but dignified child handed over to the British East India Company in a formal Act of Submission to Queen Victoria not only swathes of the richest land in India, but also arguably the single most valuable object in the subcontinent: the celebrated Koh-i Noor diamond. The history of the Koh-i-Noor that was then commissioned by the British may have been one woven together from gossip of Delhi Bazaars. Only now is it finally challenged, freeing the diamond from the fog of mythology which has clung to it for so long.

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Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

by Matthew Kneale

No city on earth has preserved its past as has Rome. Visitors stand on bridges that were crossed by Julius Caesar and Cicero, walk around temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them sixteen centuries ago. These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the violent disasters that have struck the city. Afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, it has most of all been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. Rome: A History in Seven Sackings examines the most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city – and not always for the worse.

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The Tiger and the Ruby

by Kief Hillsbery

In 1841, Nigel Halleck set out from Britain for Calcutta as a clerk in the East India Company. He served in the colonial administration for eight years before taking leave of his post, eventually disappearing in the mountain kingdom of Nepal, never to be heard from again. Kief Hillsbery, Nigel’s nephew many times removed, embarked upon his own journey East, having promised his mother that he would search for the final resting place of their ancestor. What follows is a remarkable tale, beautifully rendered, weaving together a clash of civilisations in history, the quest to discover one’s own identity and the moving tale of one man against an empire.

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by Peter Frankopan

The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture – and is shaping the modern world. This region is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilization itself began, where the world’s great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won – and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia.

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Romanovs(W)The Romanovs 1613-1918

by Simon Sebag Montefiore

This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin.

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Boys in the Boat book cover for webThe Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

Adolph Hitler personally attended the rowing finals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Germany was expected to medal if not win in the eights, but instead the team from Washington State University, representing the USA, came from behind to take gold. This book is the story of that boat and the boys who, against all odds, came to represent their country and go down in history as one of the best boats of all time. All the boys were dirt poor, all overcame obstacles to be at university and to keep their places there. Only one had ever been in a boat before. Learning the art of rowing was difficult, but then they faced the greater challenge of learning to row as a team, placing their trust in one another in pursuit of perfection. This is a thrilling and heartwarming tale.

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Philosophy

The River of Consciousness

by Oliver Sacks

Advances in neuroscience have revolutionised our ability to visualise the brain in action. For the first time, we are able to close the gap between the philosophical questions which have consumed the world’s thinkers since the eighteenth century and the true physiological basis of perception and consciousness. In The River of Consciousness, Sacks will examine questions of memory, time, and consciousness. How do we think, how do we remember? Is memory reliable? How do the neural correlates of memory differ for true memories and false memories? How do we construct our sense of time, our visual world? What is consciousness, neurologically speaking? And most importantly, what is creativity?

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Democracy and it’s Crises

by A C Greyling

A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. In each of the five short chapters he considers a moment in history in which the challenges we face today were first encountered, how they were overcome – or not – and with what consequences. With the advent of authoritarian leaders and the simultaneous rise of populism, representative democracy appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place, yet it is this space that it must occupy, argues Grayling, if a civilized society that looks after all its people is to flourish.

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by The Dalai Lame & Desmond Tutu

In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu travelled to the The Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create this book as a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: how do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week, filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our times and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

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I Heart Rome

by Maria Pasquale

Rome is an open air museum; a modern-day marvel of a city that has seen centuries of emperors, popes, movements, triumphs and tragedies. Rome begs to be uncovered at every turn. Through quirky local stories and glorious pictures, I Heart Rome takes you on an inspiring journey through the Rome that tourists rarely get to see. In a country justifiably famous for its food, Rome boasts its own fascinating and unique cuisine that is intrinsically tied to its history. Influences from Ancient Rome through to more recent events, are reflected in the food culture of the eternal city today. And given the passionate nature of Romans as a people, it’s no wonder that dining is taken so seriously.

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Basics to Brillance Kids

by Donna Hay

As a mum, Donna knows that there is nothing more enjoyable than introducing your children to the wonders of taste, food and flavours. Her new book highlights the importance of mastering the basics. It celebrates fresh, healthy food, and the joy of cooking, eating and sharing delicious food with the people we love. Featuring over 120 fantastic, fun-filled, simple, family-friendly recipes, Basics to Brilliance Kids gives you and your kids endless ideas for birthday parties, picnics, school fairs, bake sales, family and celebration dinners, brilliant breakfasts, beach days, backyard movie nights and sleepovers.

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Claridge’s: The Cookbook

by Martyn Nail & Meredith Erickson

Claridge’s – one of the world’s best luxury hotels – has long been known for inspiring menus and exceptional dining from breakfasts and elevenses, through lunch and afternoon tea, and on to drinks, dinner and the dessert cart. Claridge’s: The Cookbook celebrates that heritage in style with a collection of over 100 of the best-loved dishes and drinks from The Foyer and Reading Room, the Bar and The Fumoir. The book includes delectable dishes and drinks for every time of day: from the Arnold Bennett omelette, to the lobster, langoustine & crab cocktail and the Smoked duck salad. Treats include Cheddar Eccles cakes and a Raspberry marshmallow.

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Natural History

Wise Trees

by Diane Cook and Ken Jenshel

Leading landscape photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel spent two years traveling to fifty-nine sites across five continents to photograph some of the world’s most historic and inspirational trees. From Luna, the Coastal Redwood in California to the Bodhi Tree, the sacred fig in India that is a direct descendent of the tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. Cook and Jenshel reveal trees that have impacted and shaped our lives, our traditions, and our feelings about nature. There are also survivor trees, including a camphor tree in Nagasaki that endured the atomic bomb, an American elm in Oklahoma City, and the 9/11 Survivor Tree, a Callery pear. All of the trees were carefully selected for their role in human dramas.

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Hidden life(web) The Hidden Life of Trees

by Peter Wohlleben

Beech trees are bullies and willows are loners, says forester Peter Wohlleben, author of a new book claiming that trees have personalities and communicate via a below-ground ‘woodwide web’. Are trees indeed social beings? In this internationally acclaimed bestseller the author makes a convincing argument that the forest is a social network. In groundbreaking scientifc discoveries it is revealed that trees effectively parent children, share nutrients with sick and struggling cohabitors and communicate, including signalling impending danger. Wohlleben turned from a life in the German Forestry Commission to put his ideas about ecology into practice. He shares his deep love of woods and forests explaining the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. Charming, provocative and fascinating, after you have read The Hidden Life of Trees a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

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Gifts

Ducks for Dark Times

by Michael Leunig

A collection of cartoons about many strange and lovely things: kind words for dark days; simple poems concerning wonderful mysteries; reflections on sadness, joy, dismay, sanity, soup and beauty. Also doubts, confessions, laments and tributes. Spirited depictions of dogs, ducks, teapots and trees with various peculiar attempts to shine some light on dark and troubled times.

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Drover’s Wife and Other Stories

by Frank Moorhouse

Since Henry Lawson wrote his story ‘The Drover’s Wife’ in 1892, Australian writers, painters, performers and photographers have created a wonderful tradition of drover’s wife works, stories and images. The Russell Drysdale painting from 1945 extended the mythology and it, too, has become an Australian icon. In essays and commentary, Frank Moorhouse examines our ongoing fascination with this story and has collected some of the best pieces of writing on the subject. This remarkable, gorgeous book is, he writes, ‘a monument to the drovers’ wives’.

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The Old Man and the Knee

by Christopher Matthew

Although in his seventies, Christopher Matthew is convinced he is not yet old. No one one has ever stood up for him on a crowded bus or train. He has all his own teeth, hair, and does not require a hearing aid. He is, in short, enjoying late middle age and is making the best of it while he still can. ‘I know it can’t last forever, but while it does, it gives me the chance to look at life in the last lane, as I am now experiencing it and to consider what might be to come.’ Subjects range from what’s the point of a grandparent; the perils and pleasures of replacing one’s partner with a younger model; and acquiring new interests and hobbies to the arrival of old age and the last leg of all. How do we know when we are old?

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Science

Life 3.0

by Max Tegmark

The story of A.I. is the story of intelligence – of life processes as they evolve from bacteria (1.0) to humans (2.0), where life processes define their own software, to technology (3.0), where life processes design both their hardware and software. We know that A.I. is transforming work, laws, and weapons as well as the dark side of computing: hacking and viral sabotage. It raises questions that we all need to address: what jobs should be automated? How should our legal systems handle autonomous systems? How likely is the emergence of suprahuman intelligence? Is it possible to control suprahuman intelligence? How do we ensure that the uses of A.I. remain beneficial?

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How to be Human

by New Scientist

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives – whether we get a job or a loan, how much we pay for insurance – are being made by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O’Neil reveals the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and incontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination, creating a toxic cocktail for democracy. Tracing the arc of a person’s life, Cathy O’Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future as individuals and as a society.

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Weapons of Math Destruction

by Cathy o”neil

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives – whether we get a job or a loan, how much we pay for insurance – are being made by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O’Neil reveals the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and incontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination, creating a toxic cocktail for democracy. Tracing the arc of a person’s life, Cathy O’Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future as individuals and as a society.

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Gut(web) Gut

by Giulia Enders

The key to living a happier healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows the utilitarian organ we suppose our guts to be, is in fact one of the most
complex, important and miraculous parts of our anatomy. Gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer’s.
Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research to explaining the basics of nutrient absorption and covering the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression. We are in reality an eco-system with our guts playing a lead role. Guilia’s book is enriched by the passion she feels for her subject, balancing her infectious enthusiasm with interesting and informative hard science. There is something in this book for everyone.

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Gardening

Garden

by William Dangar

A lavishly photographed celebration of renowned Australian landscape designer William Dangar’s unique and highly creative approach to garden making. William Dangar’s Garden is a journey through a series of twenty-one inspiring, emotive and lyrical gardens. Each is photographed at its optimum moment – not when newly planted, but when nature has reasserted itself and there is a certain expressiveness, a sense of wildness, breaking through the original structure and order. Each project is described through Will’s frank perspective, chronicling the challenges, the planting choices, the collaborations, the relationships and the joy that make these gardens significant.

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Native: Art and Design with Australian Native Plants

by Herd & Ivankpvic-Waters

Australia has long been known as home to the towering gum and the gnarly banksia. Australian natives are as emblematic as they are adaptable but Native takes an old subject (Australian natives) and gives it a complete makeover. This book surveys the ways native trees, shrubs, flowers and foliage can be put to surprising and beautiful uses by some of the most creative people working with plants today. Interviews with celebrated landscape designers, artists and gardeners – including Fiona Brockhoff, Janet Laurence and Tracey Deep – bring to light so many ways to celebrate the sculptural natives that shape our everyday spaces.

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New Australian Garden(web)The New Australian Garden

by Michael Bates

The New Australian Garden is an insider’s account of the journey to design, construct and plant 18 landmark gardens that represent a new movement in Australian landscape design – one where the relationship between architecture and garden is paramount. Landscaper Michael Bates, working alone and in collaboration with some of the greatest design talents in the field, creates spaces that connect indoor to outdoor through masterful use of levels, innovative materials and experimental planting. Traditional lawns are reimagined as contoured sculptural forms, and water and fire pits inject life and energy into open spaces. The resulting gardens are destination spaces, sanctuaries and breathtaking backdrops for everyday life.

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Business and Current Affairs

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity and Islam

by Douglas Murray

This book is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society. The book includes reporting from across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who appear to welcome them in to the places which cannot accept them. The book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel’s U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt.

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Utopia for Realists

by Rutger Bregman

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling Dutch historian, explains that it needn’t be this way. Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilization – from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy – was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a 15-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.

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Red Notice(web)Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No. 1 Enemy

by Bill Browdwe

November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million of taxes paid to the state by one of the world’s most successful hedge funds. Magnitsky’s brutal killing has remained uninvestigated and unpunished to this day. His farcical posthumous show-trial brought Putin’s regime to a new low in the eyes of the international community. Red Notice is a searing exposé of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities.

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Undoing project(web)The Undoing Project

by Michael Lewis

The incomparable Michael Lewis tells the story of two friends who changed how we think about the way we think. In the fall of 1969, behind the closed door of empty seminar room at a Hebrew University, two psychologists began a collaboration that would upend the understanding of human behavior. The research of Kahneman and Tversky has become some of the most influential social science of the past century. It has helped to reorder economics by exposing the folly of economists’ belief in an unconsciously rational human mind. The work has also led to advances in medical diagnosis and patient behavior. It has affected eating habits, cellphone use by drivers, retirement savings, sports talent scouting, psychology and many other areas.

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Art and Photography

Annie Leibovitz Portraits 2005-2016

by Annie Leibovitz

In this new collection from Annie Leibovitz, one of the most influential photographers of our time, iconic portraits sit side by side never-before-published photographs. It is the photographer’s follow-up to her two landmark books, Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, 1970-1990 and A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005. In this new collection, Leibovitz has captured the most influential and compelling figures of the last decade in the style that has made her one of the most beloved talents of our time. Each of the photographs documents contemporary culture with an artist’s eye, wit, and an uncanny ability to personalize even the most recognizable and distinguished figures.

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Design

French House Chic

by Jane Webster

French House Chic is a glimpse inside the most private French residences: from supremely elegant Parisian apartments to lavishly upholstered sitting rooms in French country estates. From le salon to the salon de bain and every room in between, there is visual inspiration to achieve the most French look in any space. It is a book for rethinking: it answers the question of what really happens if you follow your dreams and move to the other side of the world.

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Poetry

Collected Poems-Zwicky(web) Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky

by Fay Zwicky (Sadly Fay died in July)

This volume collects all of Fay Zwicky’s poetry, including previously uncollected and unpublished poems. It reveals an erudite, passionate, and highly inventive poet, whose consummate control of her craft places her at the summit of Australian poetry.
Zwicky is one of the world’s finest poets; her sophistications of form and theme remind one of Akhmatova, Szymborska, Adrienne Rich and William Blake. With poise and control, she tracks the personal encounter with the weight of history and the obligation to declare a position. – JOHN KINSELLA
In her poetry, Zwicky, the ex-concert pianist, technically adroit, dramatic and profoundly serious, is there alongside the joker, the edgy ironist making wry asides against the world, patriarchy and herself. Her formal poems sit easily beside her mostly short-lined, tightly wrought free verse. Her cadences are a delight. – KATHERINE GALLAGHER
Zwicky’s poems deal with such over-whelming intimations of mortality—and much more than intimations—while striving for and attaining a breathtaking authority and stubborn subjectivity of voice. – LYN MCCREDDEN
She has her eye on all creation. – GEOFFREY DUTTON

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