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Going to war may be the gravest decision a nation and its leaders make. At the moment, Australia is at war with ISIS. We also live in a region that has become much more volatile, as China assert... read more

Firing Line: Australia and the Path to War Quarterly Essay 62
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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, a... read more

Notes from an Exodus
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I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there’s a stillne... read more

Everywhere I Look
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In this urgent essay, George Megalogenis argues that Australia risks becoming globalisation's next and most unnecessary victim. The next shock, whenever it comes, will find us with ... read more

Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal. Quarterly Essay # 61
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This ravishing book opens a window onto the lives, designs, and passions of two charismatic artists. Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrill... read more

Peacock and Vine: Fortuny and Morris in Life and at Work
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The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from bestselling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the q... read more

The Gene - An Intimate History
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'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times
At the age of thirty-... read more

When Breath Becomes Air
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New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive breathes new life into Bertrand Russell’s classic work, In Praise of Idleness, with a magical package that includes BTG’s new introduction, biog... read more

In Praise of Idleness - A Timeless Essay
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How did an American immigrant without a college education go from Venice Beach t-shirt vendor to television's most successful producer? How did a timid pastor's so... read more

Storyteller's Secret: From Ted Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch on and Others Don't
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An accessible and practical handbook for women on speaking out safely and confidently.
Worldwide, less than one out of every four people we hear from or about in the media is female and men ... read more

Speaking Out: A 21st-Century Handbook for Women and Girls
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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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In Our Turn, Kirstine Stewart, Twitter's VP of North American media partnerships - and recently named as one of Canadian Business's Power 50 of 2016 list because she 'helps women discover their leadership potential' - draws on her extens... read more

Our Turn
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Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. She conjures currents of magic and wisdom, illuminating the seemingly ordinary moments of a li... read more

The Abundance
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"In The Art of Reading, philosopher Damon Young delights in the pleasures of this intimate pursuit through a rich sample of literature: from Virginia Woolf's diaries to Batman comics. He writes with honesty and humour about the b... read more

The Art of Reading
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What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts co... read more

The Age of Genius - The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
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From the author of the international bestseller Future Files comes the one book you need to read to prepare for the world of tomorrow. On most measures that matter, we've never had it so good. Ph... read more

Digital vs Human - How We'll Live, Love, and Think in the Future
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The full inside story of the detection of gravitational waves at LIGO, one of the most ambitious feats in scientific history. Travel around the world 100 billion times. A strong gravitational wave will b... read more

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
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'Whom to marry and when will it happen - these two questions define every woman's existence.' So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single. Using her ... read more

Spinster - Making a Life of Ones Own
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"I am completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense. I prefer the good to the bad, the articulate to the mumbling, the aesthetically developed to the merely primitiv... read more

The Spectacle of Skill Selected Writings of Robert Hughes
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'A monumental achievement: profoundly personal, told with love, anger and great precision' - John le Carre When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a l... read more

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
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