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Author: Anna Funder


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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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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Author: Alok Jha


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Water Book
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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 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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Europe is ready to explode. Where will the explosion take place and what will the damage be? This major new book from the bestselling author and geopolitical forecaster George Friedman presents a bold and provocat... read more

Flashpoints: the Emerging Crisis in Europe
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'There are many ways to get sick, many ways to crumble and crash. We are hearts and lungs and kidneys and skin, blood vessels, liver and brain. And we are so much more than this ...' In this essential Qua... read more

Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly: Quarterly Essay 57
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In this delightful collection forty acclaimed writers explain what first made them interested in literature, what inspired them to read and what makes them continue to do... read more

The Pleasure of Reading: 43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books That Inspired Them
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What is happiness, and how does the pursuit of happiness shape our lives? Happiness appears to be a simple emotion, individual and pleasurable, yet the problems associated with happiness in politics, econo... read more

On Happiness : New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century
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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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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

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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... read more

The Rich: From Slaves to Super-Yachts: A 2,000-Year History
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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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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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Author: Atul Gawande


Awards:New York Times Bestseller Washington Post 10 Best Books of 2014 Apple iBooks 10 Best of 2014 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2014 NPR Best Books of 2014

From the international bestselling author of Better, Complications and The Checklist Manifesto, a revolutionary and emotionally searing account of death, dying and medicine.
In Being Mortal, Gawa... read more

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End
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For decades, the Dalai Lama has travelled the world, meeting with people from a wealth of countries who differ greatly in their background, social status and viewpoint, bringing them his own individual wisd... read more

A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World
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The psychiatric establishment in the Western world has unanimously branded addiction a brain disease. And the idea that an addict has an incurable illness, as opposed to a contemptible moral weakness, has s... read more

The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease
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It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. When Adam Smith wrote that all... read more

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: How We Fell for a False Economy and Why it's Time to Move on
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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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Author: Alexander McCall Smith


Series:Writers on Writers

When facing a moral dilemma, Isabel Dalhousie - Edinburgh philosopher, amateur detective, and title character of a series of novels by best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith - often refers to the great twentieth-century poe... read more

What W. H. Auden Can Do for You
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