Non-Fiction

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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The Gene: An Intimate History

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes. But woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. This is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life, by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies.

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Pax Romana

by Adrian Goldsworthy

The Pax Romana is famous for having provided a remarkable period of peace and stability, rarely seen before or since. Yet the Romans were first and foremost conquerors, imperialists who took by force a vast empire. Their peace meant Roman victory and was brought about by strength and dominance rather than co-existence with neighbours. But the Pax Romana was real, not merely the boast of emperors, and some of the regions in the Empire have never again lived for so many generations free from major wars. So what exactly was the Pax Romana and what did it mean for the people who found themselves brought under Roman rule?

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The Book of Joy

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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bolshoi-confidentialwebBolshoi Confidential

by Simon Morrison

On the night of January 17, 2013, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Sergei Filin, was attacked with battery acid by a hooded assailant outside his house. News of the attack and Filin’s possible blinding circled the globe. He had known he was a target, he told reporters. High-profile positions at the Bolshoi came with such risks. Those who survive the current time of troubles will have the power to chart the artistic and financial course of the Bolshoi moving forward, or perhaps back. Whatever happens will always reflect what is happening within politics. The story of the Bolshoi showcases the glamour, beauty, prestige, and cruelty of life in the spotlight.

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riviera-setwebThe Riviera Set

by Mary S lovell

The Riviera Set is the story of the group of people who lived, partied, bed-hopped and politicked at the Chateau de l’Horizon near Cannes, over the course of forty years from the time when Coco Chanel made southern French tans fashionable in the twenties to the death of the playboy Prince Ali Khan in 1960. At the heart of this was the amazing Maxine Elliott, the daughter of a fisherman from Connecticut, who built the beautiful art deco Chateau and brought together the likes of Noel Coward, the Aga Khan, the Windsors and two very saucy courtesans, Doris Castlerosse and Daisy Fellowes, who set out to be dangerous distractions to Winston Churchill. After the war the story continued.

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silk-roadswebThe Silk Roads

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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by Peter Eckroyd

Late Stuart and Georgian England marked the creation of the great pillars of the English state. The Bank of England was founded, as was the stock exchange, the Church of England was fully established as the guardian of the spiritual life of the nation and parliament became the sovereign body of the nation with responsibilities and duties far beyond those of the monarch. It was a revolutionary era in English letters, too, a time in which newspapers first flourished and the English novel was born. But it was also a time of technological innovation, which saw England utterly and irrevocably transformed from a country of blue skies (sometimes) and farmland to one of soot and steel and coal.

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by Kelly Hoppen

This stunning book by Kelly Hoppen gives an overview of the ways in which her design approach has remained both consistent and ever-evolving over the decades. Key themes and design signatures that underpin her work are examined in detail and Kelly also showcases her ‘classic’ touches – such as her favourite chair designs, lights, wall treatments, cushion style and colour: taupe. House of Hoppen features a rich mix of imagery, from unseen archive material, including personal photographs and letters, to illustrations by contemporary artists, to interior photography by acclaimed photographers such as Tom Stewart, Bill Batten, Vincent Knapp, Mel Yates and Simon Upton.

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australian-fishwebAustralian Fish and Seafood Cookbook

by Susman, Huckstep, Swan and HodgesHarari

Written by the most respected authorities on seafood in the country, this landmark publication contains all you need to know about selecting and preparing over 60 types of fish and seafood, including catching methods, notes on sustainability, flavour profiles and cooking guidelines. More than 130 recipes showcase the delicious potential of the vast array of seafood available, and clear step-by-step photography illustrating the key techniques takes all the guesswork out of cooking seafood at home. This important book is as beautiful as it is informative, and will become the benchmark reference for anyone interested in cooking and eating fish and seafood.

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homo-deuswebHomo Deus

by Yuval Noah Harari

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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margaret-prestonwebMargaret Preston: Recipes for Food and Art

by Lesley Harding

Celebrated for her vibrant, distinctive pictures of indigenous flowers, Margaret Preston was an equally colourful and outspoken personality. She was passionate about the need for a modern national culture that reflected local conditions and vernacular qualities. For Preston, the building blocks of such a culture were not to be found in the pastoral landscape tradition of Australian art, but instead in the home. Maintaining that art was an integral part of everyday life and that it should be within the reach of everyone, she published widely on the methods and techniques of a host of artistic pursuits, from pottery, printmaking and basket weaving to the gentle art of flower arranging.

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reg-mombassa-landscapeswebThe Landscapes of Reg Mombassa (signed copies available)

by Reg Mombassa

The Landscapes of Reg Mombassa is a stunning retrospective of one of Australia’s most beloved and celebrated artists. Reg Mombassa’s work has been a part of the fabric of Australia’s pop culture for nearly 40 years with his irreverent take on life down under, but it is his unique landscapes that have earned him a place as one of Australia’s most influential and prolific fine artists. Now over 200 of his iconic landscapes have been brought together for the first time to provide an evocative portrait of our very antipodean landscape, tracing its forever changing geographic and social outlook.

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The Boy Behind the Curtain book coverThe Boy Behind the Curtain (signed copies available)

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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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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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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One LifeOne Life

by Kate Grenville

As a little girl Kate Grenville would sit behind the counter in her mother’s pharmacy and watch her “being efficient”. It was a fantastic role model for a young girl and Grenville’s admiration for her mother shines through her new book One Life. Nance Gee  lived through most of the 20th century and in many ways her life story is the story of many Australian women of that time. Things were changing in this country, and those changes can be seen in even the smallest of stories. Nance was the first in her family to do the Leaving Certificate; she qualified as a pharmacist – one of just six women in a class of eighty; she went on to own a couple of pharmacies and later in life went back to University to obtain an arts degree. But she also had to give up work several times because it was too difficult with children, her marriage was in many ways a disappointment, and she had a pretty miserable childhood. Kate Grenville tells her mother’s story with warmth and clarity.

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Margot at War book cover for webH is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald is an accomplished woman. She is a poet, a falconer, an historian and author. None of these things however prepared her for the depths of grief she would plunge into upon the loss of her father. In the year that followed his death, one of the ways Helen attempted to cope was to buy a young goshawk and set about training her to hunt. H is for Hawk tells the story of that year. Woven together with her tale of grief and year of rearing Mabel, is an insight into the life and mind of another writer, T H White, who also tried (unsuccessfully) to train a goshawk. The writing is superb and has won Macdonald both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Book Award.

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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 authoritie

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