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'I need a wife' It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic asset on the work front. An... read more

Wife Drought
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Ten years after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery argues that Earth's climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not ine... read more

Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis
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Author: Anna Funder
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 Essays

Series:Penguin Specials


The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am
Amid the debris of their friends' marriages, Tess and D... read more

Girl with the Dogs
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Racked by public distrust, cowed by government surveillance and powerful corporations, the mainstream media is in crisis. Newspapers which flourished for centuries and TV networks that once ruled the world are failing. Andrew Fowle... read more

The War on Journalism
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From the man who won the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014 and married a human statue comes a book of weird and wonderful psychological science from the far-flung corners of human experience. Richard Step... read more

Black Sheep : The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad
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In 2010, Clive James was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. Deciding that "if you don't know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do," James moved his library to his house in Cambridg... read more

Latest Readings: Clive James
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Down, down ...In hardware, petrol, merchandise, liquor and above all in groceries, Coles and Woolworths now jointly rule Australia's retail landscape. On average, every man, woman and ch... read more

Supermarket Monsters: the Price of Coles and Woolworths' Dominance: Redback
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A central bond, a cherished value, a unique relationship, a profound human need, a type of love. What is the nature of friendship, and what is its significance in our lives? How has friendship changed since the ancient Greeks began to anal... read more

Friendship
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From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Richis the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and spent their money. Starting wi... read more

Rich: From Slaves to Super-Yachts: A 2,000-Year History
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Taken from award-winning writer Lorrie Moore's debut short story collection Self-Help (1985), How To Become a Writer is a wryly witty deconstruction of tips for aspiring writers, told in vignettes by a self-absor... read more

How to Become a Writer: Faber Modern Classics
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In this remarkable blend of memoir and criticism, James Wood has written a master class on the connections between fiction and life. He argues that, of all the arts, fiction has a unique ability to describe the shape of our live... read more

The Nearest Thing to Life
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We live in small worlds. Conscious change requires deliberate effort, and so, for the most part, we avoid it. But what happens when something occurs, from within or without, that changes all that? The first book in the mesmeriz... read more

How We are: How to Live book 1
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A fascinating dialogue on the human inclination to make up stories between a Nobel Prize-winning writer and a psychotherapist. The Good Story is an exchange between a writer with a long-standing int... read more

The Good Story : Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
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Water is the most every day of substances. It pours from our taps and falls from the sky. We drink it, wash with it, and couldn't live without it. Yet, on closer examination it is also a very strange substance (it is one of only a very s... read more

The Water Book
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Imagine if The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy were a real handbook...Internationally renowned astrophysicist Christophe Galfard takes us on a wonder-filled journey through the past, present and fu... read more

Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond
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Climate scientists have warned that we need to change our behaviour in ways that are both inconvenient and threaten established power. The result is a polarising division in society and a sustained attack on the researchers and their fi... read more

Knowledge Wars
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Part of the TED series: Judge This! First impressions are everything. They dictate whether something stands out, how we engage with it, whether we buy it, and how strongly we feel. This is especially true when it comes to design. And des... read more

TED: Judge This
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In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: it is the story of the black body, exploited to... read more

Between the World and Me
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Who else, but a writer, is really able to interrogate the work of other writers? From Christina Stead, Les Murray and Patrick White to Proust, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte, David Malouf reads and examines the work of writers who have ... read more

Nophoto
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Last year was a 'red year' - massacres and beheadings, fallen cities, collapsed and collapsing states, the unravelling of a decade of foreign policy and military strategy. We saw the rise of ISIS... read more

Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State: Quarterly Essay Issue 58
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