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Author: Tim Flannery
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 Essays

Series:Quarterly Essay S.
Awards:Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Gleebooks Award for Cultural & Literary Criticism 2009.

Professor Tim Flannery investigates the latest climate science and the challenges facing Australia and the world. He looks at what the Rudd government needs to do if the nation is to play its part in averting a global catastrophe. This is an essential intervention, an invitation to debate and reflection from Australia's leadi... read more

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Author: William Boyd
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 Essays

Throughout his career as a novelist, William Boyd has never stopped writing non-fiction, providing a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels.
Bamboo gathers together Boyd's writing on literature, art, the movie business, television, people he has met, places he has visited and autobiographical reflections on... 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 political charlatans to record, with scalpel-sharp precision, what he has found. This book confirms his reputation as our foremost histor... 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 in the air? That would be Thursday. The faintest whiff of roasting garlic? That would be what my sister and I uncharitably dubbed 'Friday Night Memo... read more

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A brilliant, wide-ranging collection of essays and journalism, spanning the photography of Martin Parr to the paintings of Turner, the writing of Scott-Fitzgerald to the criticism of Susan Sontag, and includes extensive personal pieces.

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Author: Barrie Kosky
Category:

 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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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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'We shouldn't be too hard on ourselves,' my German colleague said to me. 'We have to be realistic about the problem. The world is split between those who want to save the planet and those who want to save themselves.' In QE44 , Andrew Charlton exposes the rift that will shape our future -progress versus planet; rich versus po... read more

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In this extraordinary collection of essays Rowe demonstrates his deep understanding of Australian Literature and its complex and ongoing dialogue with questions of theology and ethics. Rowe reads, and shows us how to read, the poetry of some of Australia's greatest poets - Vincent Buckley, James McAuley, Judith Wright, Rosema... read more

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The sequel to his famous book, "More Notes of a Dirty Old Man" reprints rare Bukowski columns unseen in decades.

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Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life, and has faced more than his fair share of humiliation, transformation and everything in between. 'This Is How' is his no-holds-barred book of advice on topics as varied as: How to feel like crap How to ride an elevator How to be thin How to be fat How to find love How to feel sorr... read more

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Promises to be a rich and diverting collection of essays, compiled by one of Australia's finest writers, Modjeska. As well as showcasing some of Australia's best non-fiction writers, Modjeska demonstrates through her selection the wonderful versatility and beauty of the essay form.

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In The Best Australian Stories 2012, Sonya Hartnett compiles the year's most compelling short fiction from Australian authors. Well-known voices are juxtaposed with those of emerging writers, creating an eclectic and exciting blend of styles and themes. These stories are a marvellous introduction to Australian contemporary fi... read more

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Much of the history of philosophy is the history of ethics. From Plato to Sartre, the great philosophers have returned to the central ethical questions of how we are to live good lives; how is it appropiate and virtuous for us to behave, both to ourselves and to other? In addressing these questions, Andre Comte Sponville retu... read more

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A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Looming Tower, " the now-classic study of al-Qaeda's 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of ar... read more

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A collection of essays that provides a portrait of the major issues facing Australia today.

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Author: Blanche D'Alpuget
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 Essays

Series:Little Books on Big Themes

Blanche d'Alpuget's intimate and revealing meditation on longing, examines the creative tension between writing and love.

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Author: Sextus Propertius
Category:

 Essays

Series:Loeb Classical Library

The passionate and dramatic elegies of Propertius gained him a reputation as one of Rome's finest love poets. Here he portrays the exciting, uneven course of his love affair with Cynthia and tells us much about his contemporaries and the society in which he lives, while in later poems he turns to mythological themes and the ... read more

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Over the next two years, Australians will decide if and how Aboriginal people will be recognised in the Constitution. Professor Greg Craven writes: 'We have a committed Prime Minister, and a committed opposition. We have a receptive electorate. There will never be a better time. We have no choice but to address the question.

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