The Chain

Every year has its defining crime thriller; think Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and The Woman in the Window. Adrian McKinty’s latest novel…

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See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse

Social problems often seem insurmountable, until they are not. Masterfully researched and elegantly written, See What You Made Me Do shines a light into the darkest…

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Not Working: Why We Have to Stop

Solidarity in slobbery, anyone? Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen thinks so. As he explains in his book, creativity depends on our connection to that still, silent spot…

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Memory Craft

This is a toolkit for anyone wanting to optimise their powers of memory. Fortunately, the brain is a muscle that likes to be trained, and…

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

I have undertaken a workshop with Australian stingless bees. It’s fascinating to watch a community of clever, industrious creatures going about an intricate, mathematical, and…

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The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack

Author JM Naqvi introduces readers to the Pakistani city of Karachi like opening a can of multicoloured worms. You can smell the scenes and taste…

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Sir Francis Villeneuve Smith: Third Chief Justice of Tasmania

This is a book about a man born 200 years ago, whose accomplishments and legacy deserve to be remembered. Francis Villeneuve Smith led a remarkable…

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Diary of a crap housewife

Jessica Rowe is an Australian journalist, author and television presenter who most people will recognise as the sassy, short-haired former co-host of Network Ten’s breakfast…

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Candidates Disease

This is the latest in a string of books penned by ex-pollie Peter Breen. Described by the Byron Bay-based lawyer as a “cheerful romp through…

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The Seventies

Welcome to the decade when the White Australia policy was abolished and the ABC broadcast its first female newsreader. Historian Michelle Arrow sling-shots readers through…

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