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Words & Ideas


Author: David Malouf
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 Essays

Series:Little Books on Big Themes

In this beautifully written, eloquent piece by one of Australia's most celebrated novelists, David Malouf asks what is experience and how do we come by it? He explores the connections between writing and his imagination and offers wonderful insights into his own experiences of the writer's life.

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Author: Barrie Kosky
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 Essays

Series:Little Books on Big Themes

In this vivid, biographical piece, production director Barrie Kosky returns to his childhood passions and his discovery of a stack of records that changed his life. He explores the feelings of intense joy and delight, as well as the power and terror that is ecstasy.

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Turning Back the Clock is a brilliant collection of essays by one of the leading intellectuals of our time. After the Cold War, the 'Hot War' has made its comeback in Afghanistan and Iraq. Exhuming Kipling's "Great Game", we have gone back to the clash between Islam and Christianity. The ghost of the Yellow Peril has been... read more

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Author: SCHULTZ Julianne
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 Essays

Series:Griffith Review

When the Prime Minister included the arts and creativity in the 2020 Summit this year, it was a sign that after a decade artists, actors, writers and others engaged in the creative economy were being taken seriously. This issue of Griffith Review draws on the talents of those attending the summit to present a bold new agenda ... read more

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Three brilliant essays written by leading and acclaimed Australian writers unflinchingly show us our world as never before. Anna Funder examines the nature of courage in a powerful and moving essay, commemorating the life and work of the 'bravest of the brave', murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and other remarka... read more

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Up from the Mission charts the life and thought of Noel Pearson, from his early days as a native title lawyer to his position today as one of Australia's most influential figures. This is writing of great passion and power, which introduces a fascinating man and a compelling writer. Many of the pieces included have been hard ... read more

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Author: Susan Johnson
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 Essays

Series:Little Books on Big Themes

In On Beauty, Susan Johnson explores the role of beauty in our lives, and in her life in particular: "Sometimes I think my whole life has been one long search for beauty. I am Australian and as such I should be embarrassed to write a line like that, in a land where one must speak of beauty in whispers." She writes of where he... read more

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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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At the heart of this striking collection is the title work: a candid and wrenching exploration of Castle's relationship, during her graduate school years, with a female professor. At once hilarious and rueful, it is a pitch-perfect recollection of the fiascos of youth: how we come to own (or disown) our sexuality; how we unde... read more

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On November 26, 2010, intellectual juggernaut and staunch atheist Christopher Hitchens went head-to-head with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the Western world's most openly devout political leaders, on the highly charged topic of religion. Few world leaders have had a greater hand in shaping current events t... read more

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Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett offers readers a stunning array of Hewett's writings on literature, theatre and politics. It is both an engaging glimpse into Australian political history and activism and an enlightening point of access to one of our great women writers. Hewett spent her childhood on a remote wheat and sheep ... read more

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"The Writer's Journey, 2nd edition" shook up Hollywood by becoming a best-seller among writers everywhere. Now - after nine years Vogler is back with a new edition that will reawaken established writers and inspire a new generation of screenwriters with fresh insights on creating great stories. An indispensable guide to the i... 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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A treasure trove of Schama's writing with subjects ranging from cookery to Barack Obama.

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A collection of 52 pieces of writing displaying Woody Allen's own brand of humour.

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"It might be thought the height of poor taste to ascribe good fortune to a healthy man with a young family struck down at the age of sixty by an incurable degenerative disorder from which he must shortly die. But there is more than one sort of luck. To fall prey to a motor neuron disease is surely to have offended the Gods at... read more

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