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"In Quarterly Essay 64, Stan Grant takes a deep and passionate look at Indigenous futures, in particular the fraught question of remote communities. Moving beyond simplistic talk of "lifestyle choices," Grant explores what makes for a sustainable community and life, and then asks: what can we do to instigate change?"

Quarterly Essay #64 Stan Grant on Indigenous Futures
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Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us bo... read more

The Word Detective: A Life in Words: from Shenanigan to Selfie
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During the twentieth century, humankind has managed to do the impossible: we have brought famine, plague and war under control. Today, more people die from obesity than from starvation; more people die from old age th... read more

Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow
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"In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland. Much like human families, tree parents l... read more

The Hidden Life of Trees
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Elena Ferrante is one of the greatest novelists of our time. Read her novels and don't worry about who she is: you will be entranced by her writing. Fragments is a riveting compilation, over the course of her ... read more

Frantumaglia: Fragments: on Writing and Reading
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A delightful and informative guide to writing like Jane Austen, written by the five-times-great niece of Austen herself Jane Austen is one of the most beloved writers in the Engli... read more

The Jane Austen Writers' Club: Inspiration and Advice from the World's Best Novelist
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Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionised our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in ... read more

Einstein's Greatest Mistake: The Life of a Flawed Genius
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A friend recently told me that the things I write are powerful for her because they have the effect of making her feel angry instead of just empty. I want to do this for all women and young girls - t... read more

Fight Like A Girl: Raise Voices. Raise Courage. Raise the Flag.
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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 Ser... read more

Notes on an Exodus
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The Stoics' unique blend of practicality and wisdom has been inspiring the most successful among us for centuries, from Roman ... read more

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living: Featuring New Translations of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius
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Following the runaway success of his Big Book of Numbers and World of Numbers (2015), Adam Spencer is back with a fascinating - and fun! - romp through history. Starting with the big bang and ending in the present day (with a... read more

Adam Spencer's Time Machine
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In 1991 Andrew Solomon rode a tank into Red Square in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev's resignation. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan follo... read more

Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years
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Was Rochester a murderer? Did the Reverend Bronte carry a loaded pistol? What, precisely, does 'Wuthering' mean? Did the Brontes all have tiny feet? To celebrate the bicentenary of Charlot... read more

The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)
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"In this book of brief essays, Singer applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the eth... read more

Ethics in the Real World
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"The Best Australian Stories anthology brings together Australia's most striking literary talents and provides a platform for those unpublished gems. This year Stella Prize-winning author Charlotte Wood takes the helm, p... read more

The Best Australian Stories 2016
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Britain's culinary Moses brings us the new foodie rules to live by, celebrating what and how we eat. The Ten Commandments may have had a lot going for them, but they don't offer those of us located in the 21st Century much in ... read more

The Ten (Food) Commandments
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In a world that so often challenges us with bewildering events, TimCostello explores the notion of faith and how we all need to believe insomething, no matter what our religious background. From ... read more

Faith: Embracing Life in All its Uncertainty, Beauty and Mystery
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"Agile hard-hitting, symphonic u Australia has much to celebrate in its non-fiction writing. Geordie Williamson gathers the Best Australian Essays in his role as editor for a second year. Expect an enthralling mix of evoc... read more

The Best Australian Essays 2016
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There's a running joke among radiologists: finding a possible tumour in a mammogram, they say, is akin to finding a snowball in a blizzard. The result? Up to 30% of breast cancer surgeries a... read more

Snowball in a Blizzard: The Tricky Problem of Uncertainty in Medicine
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 Science

Awards:Shortlisted for Society of Biology Book Awards: General Biology Book 2015.

This is The Sunday Times Bestseller. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animal... read more

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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