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Collected Essays contains nearly eighty essays, reviews and occasional pieces composed between novels, plays and travel books over four prolific decades. From Henry James and Somerset Maugham to Ho Chi Minh and Kim Philby, the range of subjects is eclectic and stimulating; his subjects brought vividly to life. The resulting c... read more

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Dispatches from the world of conflict, on the battlefield and off of it. Featuring Wendell Steavenson reporting from Beirut on the Israeli bombardment, Jame Buchan on the Trident base in Scotland, Geoff Dyer on everything he learned from war films, Jasmina Tesanovic on the death squads of Serbia and Brian Thompson on his m... read more

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This title contains: Richard Ford interviewed by Tim Adams: the aftermath of Dirty Realism; Owen Sheers on the consequences of Christmas Island's nuclear past; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the death of her high-school sweetheart; Katya Krausova on the survivors of the Slovakian Holocaust; Roberto Saviano on the streets of Napl... read more

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What did George W. Bush and John Howard do to conservatism? In their wake, the conservative parties in the US and Australia seem to have lost their way. How did the Right in Australia end up in this place? How might it renew itself? This essay unravels the terms Right and Left, and discusses what a better conservatism might look like.

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The inimitably witty David Rakoff, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Don't Get Too Comfortable," defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you'll never be disappointed. In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, go... read more

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Author: John Hughes
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 Essays

Awards:Winner of National Biography Award 2006.

A collection of autobiographical essays in which John Huges reflects on growing up in Cessnock, in a household rules by memories of the Ukgraine, which his mother and grandparents had to flee during the Second World War.

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Ariel Leve has the ability to turn any personal disaster into a funny, endearing, self-deprecating story. Her 'Cassandra' column is one of the most popular in the "Sunday Times", and this book gathers together the very best of the pieces, arranging them into themes, ranging from ways of getting through the day, to health conc... read more

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'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' asked Clark Gable after being introduced to William Faulkner at a party. 'I write,' replied Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?' Collected here for the first time are the very best of Richard Flanagan's wide-ranging, free-wheeling writings on everything from directing film and writing n... read more

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Author: David Marr
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Australians see themselves as a relaxed and tolerant bunch. But scratch the surface and you'll uncover an extraordinary level of panic about politics, art, sexuality, drugs, boat people, protest, religion and terror. Through it all, David Marr has stood tall to question the hubris, ignorance and deception that lie behind the frenzies.

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In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same cu... read more

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Quarterly Essay is a trailblazing Australian journal of politics and culture. Each issue contains a single essay written at a length of about 25,000 words, followed by correspondence on previous essays.

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Author: Joe Sacco
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 Essays

"The blessing of an inherently interpretive medium like comics is that it hasn't allowed me to...make a virtue of dispassion. For good or for ill, the comics medium is adamant, and it has forced me to make choices. In my view, that is part of its message." (from the preface by Joe Sacco). Over the past decade, Joe Sacco has i... read more

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Following "The Broken Estate", "The Irresponsible Self", and "How Fiction Works" - books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation - "The Fun Stuff" confirms Wood's pre-eminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling... read more

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UPDATED EDITION INCLUDING TWO EXTRA STORIES Jon Ronson has been on patrol with America's real-life superheroes and to a UFO convention in the Nevada desert with Robbie Williams. He's met a man who tried to split the atom in his kitchen and asked a conscious robot if she's got a soul. Fascinated by madness, strange behaviour a... read more

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One of America's leading humorists and author of the bestseller "Closing Time" examines his own obsession with books Joe Queenan became a voracious reader as a means of escape from a joyless childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. In the years since then he has dedicated himself to an assortment of idiosyncratic reading ... read more

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'My aim with the 53rd Boyer Lectures has been to inject new ideas and new ways of thinking about the status of Indigenous people in Australia and about the impact of the mining boom in the Aboriginal domain. My hope is that my interpretation of the economic impacts of the mining boom and some facts about our economic history ... read more

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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 analyze it, and how has modern technology altered its very definition? In this fascinating e... read more

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Whether we're aware of it or not, we spend much of our time in this globalised world lost in translation. Language is a big part of it, of course, as anyone who has fumbled with a phrasebook in a foreign country will know, but behind language is something far more challenging to translate: culture.

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Professor Cory is not just a scientist: she is a humanist, an environmentalist, and an unremitting optimist. Cory's Boyer Lecture series reflects her hope for a bright future. In The Promise of Science: A vision of hope, Professor Cory explores what Australian science has given the nation and the world, and how it might help ... read more

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Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has spanned four decades, with no corner of the arts escaping his sharp eye and acerbic wit. The Hall of Uselessness forms the most complete collection yet of Leys' fascinating essays, from Quixotism to China, from the sea to literature. Leys feuds with Christopher Hitchens, ponde... read more

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