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I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there’s a stillness, ... read more

Everywhere I Look
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Notes on the exodus of refugees from Syria, by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan. With illustrations from Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty. In January 2016 Richard Flanagan and Ben Quilty travelled to Lebanon, Greece, and S... read more

Notes from an Exodus
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Going to war may be the gravest decision a nation and its leaders make. At the moment, Australia is at war with ISIS. We also live in a region that has become much more volatile, as China asserts it... read more

Firing Line: Australia and the Path to War Quarterly Essay 62
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In this urgent essay, George Megalogenis argues that Australia risks becoming globalisation's next and most unnecessary victim. The next shock, whenever it comes, will find us with our ... read more

Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal. Quarterly Essay # 61
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The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from bestselling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest... read more

The Gene - An Intimate History
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An accessible and practical handbook for women on speaking out safely and confidently.
Worldwide, less than one out of every four people we hear from or about in the media is female and men outn... read more

Speaking Out: A 21st-Century Handbook for Women and Girls
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New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive breathes new life into Bertrand Russell’s classic work, In Praise of Idleness, with a magical package that includes BTG’s new introduction, biograph... read more

In Praise of Idleness - A Timeless Essay
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How did an American immigrant without a college education go from Venice Beach t-shirt vendor to television's most successful producer? How did a timid pastor's son su... read more

Storyteller's Secret: From Ted Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch on and Others Don't
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The No. 1 New York Times bestseller on the secret to leading a good life We live in a Big Me culture: universities and businesses alike reward goal-oriented superstars and those who self-promote are most likely to thrive. But wha... read more

The Road to Character
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The full inside story of the detection of gravitational waves at LIGO, one of the most ambitious feats in scientific history. Travel around the world 100 billion times. A strong gravitational wave will brief... read more

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
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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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Spanning the 1960s to the 2000s, these nonfiction writings showcase Shirley Hazzard's extensive thinking on global politics, international relations, the history and fraught present of Western literary ... read more

We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think Selected Essays
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In Our Turn, Kirstine Stewart, Twitter's VP of North American media partnerships - and recently named as one of Canadian Business's Power 50 of 2016 list because she 'helps women discover their leadership potential' - draws on her extensive ... read more

Our Turn
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'A monumental achievement: profoundly personal, told with love, anger and great precision' - John le Carre When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lectu... read more

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
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Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. She conjures currents of magic and wisdom, illuminating the seemingly ordinary moments of a life l... read more

The Abundance
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"In The Art of Reading, philosopher Damon Young delights in the pleasures of this intimate pursuit through a rich sample of literature: from Virginia Woolf's diaries to Batman comics. He writes with honesty and humour about the blund... read more

The Art of Reading
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What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could ... read more

The Age of Genius - The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
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From the author of the international bestseller Future Files comes the one book you need to read to prepare for the world of tomorrow. On most measures that matter, we've never had it so good. Physic... read more

Digital vs Human - How We'll Live, Love, and Think in the Future
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A humorous and philosophical trip through life, from the New York Times-bestselling author of Travels with Epicurus. As a young college student studying philosophy, ... read more

Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change it - Wisdom from the Great Philosophers on How to Live
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