Words & Ideas

Racked by public distrust, cowed by government surveillance and powerful corporations, the mainstream media is in crisis. Newspapers which flourished for centuries and TV networks that once ruled the world are failing. Andrew F... read more

The War on Journalism
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'I need a wife' It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic asset on the work front... read more

Wife Drought
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Ten years after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery argues that Earth's climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not... read more

Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis
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Author: Anna Funder


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The Girl with the Dogs is a poignantly beautiful novella about what's really precious in life, from Miles Franklin Award-winning Anna Funder, author of All That I Am
Amid the debris of their friends' marriages, Tess a... read more

Girl with the Dogs
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From the man who won the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014 and married a human statue comes a book of weird and wonderful psychological science from the far-flung corners of human experience. Richard ... read more

Black Sheep : The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad
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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 Camb... read more

Latest Readings: Clive James
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Down, down ...In hardware, petrol, merchandise, liquor and above all in groceries, Coles and Woolworths now jointly rule Australia's retail landscape. On average, every man, woman an... read more

Supermarket Monsters: the Price of Coles and Woolworths' Dominance: Redback
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A central bond, a cherished value, a unique relationship, a profound human need, a type of love. What is the nature of friendship, and what is its significance in our lives? How has friendship changed since the ancient Greeks began to ... read more

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From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Richis the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and spent their money. Startin... read more

Rich: From Slaves to Super-Yachts: A 2,000-Year History
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Taken from award-winning writer Lorrie Moore's debut short story collection Self-Help (1985), How To Become a Writer is a wryly witty deconstruction of tips for aspiring writers, told in vignettes by a self-a... read more

How to Become a Writer: Faber Modern Classics
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We live in small worlds. Conscious change requires deliberate effort, and so, for the most part, we avoid it. But what happens when something occurs, from within or without, that changes all that? The first book in the mesm... read more

How We are: How to Live book 1
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A fascinating dialogue on the human inclination to make up stories between a Nobel Prize-winning writer and a psychotherapist. The Good Story is an exchange between a writer with a long-standing... read more

The Good Story : Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
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Water is the most every day of substances. It pours from our taps and falls from the sky. We drink it, wash with it, and couldn't live without it. Yet, on closer examination it is also a very strange substance (it is one of only a ve... read more

The Water Book
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Imagine if The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy were a real handbook...Internationally renowned astrophysicist Christophe Galfard takes us on a wonder-filled journey through the past, present an... read more

Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond
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Climate scientists have warned that we need to change our behaviour in ways that are both inconvenient and threaten established power. The result is a polarising division in society and a sustained attack on the researchers and thei... read more

Knowledge Wars
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Part of the TED series: Judge This! First impressions are everything. They dictate whether something stands out, how we engage with it, whether we buy it, and how strongly we feel. This is especially true when it comes to design. And... read more

TED: Judge This
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In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: it is the story of the black body, exploite... read more

Between the World and Me
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Who else, but a writer, is really able to interrogate the work of other writers? From Christina Stead, Les Murray and Patrick White to Proust, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte, David Malouf reads and examines the work of writers who h... read more

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Last year was a 'red year' - massacres and beheadings, fallen cities, collapsed and collapsing states, the unravelling of a decade of foreign policy and military strategy. We saw the rise of ... read more

Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State: Quarterly Essay Issue 58
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For decades, the Dalai Lama has travelled the world, meeting with people from a wealth of countries who differ greatly in their background, social status and viewpoint, bringing them his own individual w... read more

Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World
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