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In this, his first collection of essays, Saunders trains his eye on the real world rather than the fictional and reveals it to be brimming with wonderful, marvellous strangeness. As he faces a political and cultural reality... read more

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When Joe Bageant returned to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, he rediscovered his redneck roots: 'the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks' . But he soon realised that these were the very people who had carried George W. Bush to victory.

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The global financial crisis is different to other recessions. It challenges many economic fundamentals. Its resolution will fundamentally change the world and the way business is done. After the Crisis projects this ... read more

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A TREASURE TROVE OF THE FINEST AUSTRALIAN WRITING In this collection, acclaimed writer Mandy Sayer brings together nine of the best Australian examples of the long story - tales that combine the intensity of the short sto... read more

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'During times of universal deceit', wrote George Orwell, 'telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.' For more than thirty years, Timothy Garton Ash has traveled among truth tellers and ... read more

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Mungo MacCallum investigates political leadership in Australia, past and present. This is a characteristically barbed and perceptive look at the challenges facing the Rudd government and Australia. MacC... read more

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'The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.' This fragment of Archilochus, which gives this book its title, describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay on Tolstoy. There have been vario... read more

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Author: John Freeman
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 Essays

Series:Granta: The Magazine of New Writing

"Granta 109" will showcase the most exciting new voices writing from around the world as they confront the most powerful stories and will feature outstanding new fiction, reportage, memoir and photography. Plus: look out for candid ... read more

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Here is the fourth collection of brilliant interviews to be gathered together, 'a bible both for readers and writers, the insider gossip for those who are truly passionate about their prose.' (Observer) With a new intro... read more

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Author: Julianne Schultz
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 Essays

Series:Griffith Review

Food prices are rising, droughts and storms are affecting farmers and the global model of food production is under challenge. Policies to reduce the impact of climate change will have a profound impact on food supply around the world. Food Chain explores the dimension of this looming problem, and our complex relationship with food.

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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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Whether you are starved of it or steeped in it; embarrassed by it or emboldened by it; whether you commit it or omit it you can't get away from it. In this issue of "Granta" we talk about sex. Sex is our oldest obsession. For as long... read more

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'Wednesday brought a pungent sheepy smell emanating from the greyish lamb and barley soup my mother optimistically called 'Taste of the Garden of Eden'. Expel me, please. Haddock ... read more

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For more than ten years, typographer and illustrator Peter Campbell has been the resident art critic for the London Review of Books, as well as serving as its resident designer since it began in 1... read more

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'With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare.' George Bernard Shaw From what Byron really thought o... read more

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In The Best Australian Essays 2010, Robert Drewe collects the year's finest works of non-fiction. These essays roam widely, capturing the preoccupations and events of the previous year. Showcasing our finest writers on... read more

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Author: Julianne Schultz
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 Essays

Series:Griffith Review

The second annual fiction collection will focus on the Pacific region: from the Americas to Asia, the Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia. What binds us? What pulls us apart? As economic, political and cultural powe... read more

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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 funn... read more

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In the aftermath of the 2010 election, George Megalogenis considers what has happened to politics in Australia. Have we entered a new phase with minority government and the rise of ... read more

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