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Country Life: how it is lived, how it has changed, and how the changes are far from over Country Life: how it is lived, how it has changed, and how the changes are far from over. One of the world's oppositions used to be: country versus town, ale v claret, fields v houses, nature v artifice, starlight v lamplight. But does ... read more

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Written in the form of letters to an aspiring artist, 'Letters to a Young Artist' includes Julia Cameron's hints on how to become an artist and encourage the creative flow. Full of exercises - she suggests, for example, writing 14 pages on anything every morning - and advice on an artist's approach to many aspects of life, in... read more

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These essays capture and illuminate the themes of an eventful year, demonstrating the quality of our writers across a range of topics as well as the vitality of the essay as a form of commentary, analysis and exploration.

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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. MacCallum argues that the things we used to rely on are not there anymore. On the Right, the blind faith in markets has recently ... 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 1979. Not easily characterized in professional terms, Campbell's writing thoughtful, jargon-free, and notably inquisitive about tech... read more

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In the March edition of Meanjin, Lorin Clarke investigates whether the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is as funny as it could be, Kate Holden considers the relationship between sex work and feminism, Laurie Steed tells us why YouTube is no longer the bad arse of the digital world, and many others.

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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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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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In The Best Australian Essays 2011, Ramona Koval compiles a diverse and invigorating collection of the year's best non-fiction. Describing world-altering events as well as moments of introspection, and ranging from the provocative to the life affirming, these illuminating essays are certain to stimulate conversation for years... read more

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Author: Edwidge Danticat
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 Essays

Series:Best American Essays (Paperback)

Edited by the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Edwidge Danticat, author of "Brother, I Am Dying, " this classic collection of essays showcases the year's best.

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Author: Jonathan Franzen
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 Essays

Awards:NZ Listener Winner 2012

The new book of essays from Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom. Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom' was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the 21st century. Now, a new collection of Franzen's non-fiction brings fresh demonstrations of his vivid, moral intelligence... read more

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'Sometimes when you're reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn't just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only one.' Time One of the most talented and creative authors working today, Neal Stephenson is renowned for his exceptional novels - works colossal in vision and mind-boggling in... read more

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Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the "Guardian" and "GQ America") are the best of his adventures. Always intrigued by our... read more

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Author: Tim Flannery
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Series:Quarterly Essay

When it comes to the natural world, Australia is home to a disproportionately large share of the world's riches. That means we Australians are caretakers of a unique natural heritage in a land which tolerates few mistakes. So how are we doing? In Quarterly Essay 48 Tim Flannery says: we're often failing nature. In the clash b... 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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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 great American writer's confrontation with a great European critic - a personal and intellectual awakening. A hundred years ago, the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was among the most penetrating and prophetic writers in Europe: a relentless critic of the popular media's manipulation of reality, the dehumanizing machinery of t... read more

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How to Travel with a Salmon is a highly engaging collection of what Umberto Eco calls his diario minimo - minimal diaries - after the magazine column in which he began "pursuing the pathways of parody." These essays, written in the late eighties and early nineties, are his playful but unfailingly accurate takes on militarism,... read more

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From the Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Freedom for Sale, The Richis the fascinating history of how economic elites from ancient Egypt to the present day have gained and spent their money. Starting with Ancient Egypt and Greece and culminating with the oligarchies of modern Russia and China, it compares and contrasts the ... read more

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