The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the... read more
Australia and the British monarchy have always made for an odd couple: the young, rebellious, egalitarian nation wed to the ancient symbol of colonial power. How have the royals come to be as popular now as they ever were?... read more
Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water, and - in matters economic, political and military - the ocean of the future.
An astute novel about inner-city Australian racism - and about humanity emerging in the face of reality.
Jack van Duyn is in his comfort zone. A pot-bellied, unfit, round-shouldered cabbie in his mid-fifties, he lives on his own... read more
Credlin was Abbott’s enforcer, his disciplinarian, his counsellor, his brain, his mother. Her strength as a chief of staff was a sign of his weakness as a prime minister: she gave him the option of disenga... read more
As powerful today as it ever was, the Calabrian Mafia's involvement in organised crime in Australia is long and deep. Key Mafia families are linked to international crime syndicates around the wo... read more
In a ranch south of Texas, the man known as The Executioner dumps five hundred body parts in metal barrels. In Brazil's biggest city, a mysterious prisoner orders hitmen to gun down forty-one police officers and prison guards in ... read more
Part biography, part investigation, this is a long overdue reassessment of the iconic Australian war correspondent. Charles Bean's wartime reports and photographs mythologised the Australian soldier and helped spawn the notion that th... read more
Australia was the only OECD country not to have gone into recession during the GFC. Our standard of living is one of the highest in the world, and we're a multicultural mix of talented migrants from all over the world. We'v... read more
Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. Now, to mark the forthcoming 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, comes a com... read more
A radical reinterpretation of the wartime Pope. Born Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII is perhaps the most vilified and detested Pope in modern history. Pius XII and the Vatican are thought to have appeased Hitler and betrayed internat... read more
November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify ag... read more
Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than fifty years. In this wise and masterly work, he revisits six battles that changed the course of the twentieth century and reveals... read more
With the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the next two centuries for France would be tumultuous. Bestselling historian and political commentator Jonathan... read more
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs. Some thought she should be q... read more
The culmination of a lifetime's field work and research, William Lindesay selects fifty artefacts from around the world to tell the story of the Great Wall from the second century BC to the late-twentieth century.
Ab... read more
How Dutch sailors discovered New Holland and left Australia to a British pirate. For many, the colonial story of Australia starts with Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast in 1770, but it was some 164 years before his hi... read more
In this bold and important book, Garry Kasparov argues that Vladimir Putin's dangerous global ambitions have been ignored for too long - and he won't be stopped unless the West stands up to him. Garry Kasparov has been a vocal crit... read more
In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors... read more
In her award-winning biography of Gough Whitlam, Jenny Hocking first revealed the astonishing secret story of the planning, the people and the collusion behind the removal of Gough Whitlam. Now... read more