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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 u... 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 ag... 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 paren... 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 ... 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 E... read more

The Jane Austen Writers' Club: Inspiration and Advice from the World's Best Novelist
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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 ... read more

The Best Australian Essays 2016
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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... read more

Einstein's Greatest Mistake: The Life of a Flawed Genius
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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... read more

Notes on an Exodus
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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... read more

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

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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The Stoics' unique blend of practicality and wisdom has been inspiring the most successful among us for centuries, from Ro... 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 (wi... read more

Adam Spencer's Time Machine
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From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations, and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new... read more

Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?
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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 f... 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 Cha... read more

The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)
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"Imagine the document you have before you is not a book but a map. It is well-used, creased, and folded, so that when you open it, no matter how carefully, something tears and a line that is neither l... read more

Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories
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From the best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new book about the mind-bending nature of the universe What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Scie... read more

Reality is Not What it Seems
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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 hel... 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... read more

The Ten (Food) Commandments
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