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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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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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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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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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Art today is defined by its relationship to money as never before. Prices of living artists' works have been driven to unprecedented heights, conventional boundaries within the art world have collapsed, and artists now think ever more strategically about how to advance their careers. Artists no longer simply make art, but pac... 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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"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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In 2004, at the age of 58, writer Joe Bageant sensed that the internet could give him editorial freedom. Without having to deal with gatekeepers, he began writing about what he was really thinking, and started submitting his essays to left-of-centre websites. Joe's essays soon gained a wide following for his forceful style, h... read more

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Author: David Marr
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 Essays

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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A collection of essays, reflections and personal stories that show the passion and depth around the issue of same-sex marriage.

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Julian Barnes writes about his early awareness of books and about his obsessive book-collecting and time spent in second-hand bookshops around the country. He ends by praising the physical book and expressing the confident hope that it will survive.

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Celebrating a year of thought-provoking and fascinating columns in The Australian Weekend Magazine, Honestly is a collection of writing on a diverse range of subjects such as motherhood after 40, the end of a close friendship, the joy of a handwritten letter, connecting with nature, the necessity of tweezers, meeting the Quee... read more

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This powerful collection of essays ranges from pop culture to politics, from Hillary Clinton to Susan Sontag, from Facebook to "Mad Men, " from Joan Didion to David Foster Wallace to--most strikingly--the author's own life. For fans of the essays of John Jeremiah Sullivan and Jonathan Lethem. Katie Roiphe's writing--whether i... read more

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Offers a captivating meditation on the meaning of libraries. This title conducts a library tour that extends from the author's childhood bookshelves to the 'complete' libraries of the Internet, from Ancient Egypt and Greece to the Arab world, from China and Rome to Google.

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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
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 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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For his 2007 critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series title, Let's Talk About Love, Carl Wilson went on a quest to find his inner Celine Dion fan and explore how we define ourselves by what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate. At once among the most widely beloved and most reviled and lampooned pop stars of the past... read more

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