The author is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of "Fanny Hill", and who once found herself poring over a 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only thing in her apartment that she had not read at least twice. This title recounts her lifelong obsession with books.

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The Bedside Book of Beasts blends the best writing about lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, hyenas, bears, wolves and other alpha predators and their prey with a wealth of extraordinary illustration. Among the writers included are: as Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Walter Benjamin, Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, Bru... read more

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A brilliant collection of moving, compelling and entertaining eulogies given at funerals all over Australia, some famous and others not so. Read this to remember fondly those passed on, to be inspired and to gain confidence that you too can paint a humorously affectionate portrait of your dearly departed.

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'Your brother or sister, it might be said, is your other self - your grander, sadder, braver, shrewder, uglier, slenderer self ...Your sibling is your most severe judge and your fiercest defender. You must always rescue them. They always abandon you ...You recognise one another, this is your relief and your ruin. They are you... read more

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Author: Julianne Schultz
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 Anthologies & Journals

Series:Griffith Review

Australia's good fortune seems inexhaustible. Is it a product of luck, or of initiative and good governance? Is Australia still the Lucky Country? This edition explores Australia now - the sources of power, influence and fragility. Since settlement, Australia has responded with remarkable agility to changing patterns of globa... read more

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If Australia's population is to almost double by 2050, we face extraordinary challenges - economic, social and environmental. Coping with this growth demands visionary planning and insights from the rich history of immigration. Prosper or Perish investigates ways to find a balance between growth, diversity and sustainability ... read more

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When Ann Beattie began publishing short stories in "The New Yorker "in the mid-seventies, she emerged with a voice so original, and so uncannily precise and prescient in its assessment of her characters' drift and narcissism, that she was instantly celebrated as a voice of her generation. Her name became an adjective: "Beatti... read more

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Each year, The Best Australian Stories anthology showcases the country's most exciting short fiction. Short stories have enjoyed a remarkable renaissance in the years since the series began, and some of today's most celebrated short-fiction writers made their debuts in this much-loved annual. In 2011, Black Inc. presents the ... read more

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Once the country believed itself to be the true face of Australia: sunburnt men and capable women raising crops and children, enduring isolation and a fickle environment, carrying the nation on their sturdy backs. For almost 200 years after white settlement began, city Australia needed the country: to feed it, to earn its exp... read more

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In 2009, the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera reaches its 75th year. In commemoration of this event, Jeanette Winterson has brought together some of the best loved and most critically acclaimed authors writing today to pen stories inspired by opera. A foreword from Ralph Fiennes and an introduction by Jeanette Winterson are fol... read more

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A collection of beautiful and lyrical Australian writing about the bush. It includes some of our famous 'bush bards', such as Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, as well as some more modern writers, like Richard Flanagan and Robyn Davidson. Reading through this hugely comprehensive collection, you'll be able to smell the foliage... read more

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At times it feels like we are unwilling participants in a never-ending disaster movie, buffeted by natural catastrophe, war, economic collapse, social implosion and private trauma. But behind the shocking headlines, official inquiries and memorial ceremonies there are many stories of renewal and hope, of survivors who pick up... read more

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Be it a wrong turn, a bad relationship, a debilitating illness or a war, every action creates a reaction, every move is followed by another move. How do we get out of what we've gotten ourselves into? Granta 118 zooms in close on the phenomenon of the exit strategy. In a new story, Alice Munro writes of an elderly woman whos... read more

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The magnitude of the global climate crisis is such that even the most committed environmentalists are liable to live in a state of denial. The award-winning writers collected here have made it their task to shake off this disbelief, bringing the incomprehensible within our grasp and shaping an emotional response to mankind's ... read more

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2013 marks the tenth year of independent publishing outfit Sleepers, committed to publishing new and emerging authors in style. This eighth Almanac is no exception. Featuring new stories from Anica Boulanger-Mashberg, Jonathan Griffiths, Rhett Davis, Madeleine Griffeth, Helen Addison-Smith, and plenty of others you may never ... read more

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Mid-century women writers re-considers Australian women writing after the cataclysm of World War II, from within post-war culture; women demonstrating the agency of writing fiction before the formal politicisation of feminism. This issue assembles essays on numerous of these writers, presented in their shared historical conte... read more

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Author: John Freeman
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 Anthologies & Journals

Series:Magazine of New Writing

It is not just nations that are made and destroyed by war - families are scattered, boundaries of loyalty redrawn. The autumn issue of Granta explores the aftermath of conflict. Patrick French writes of a great uncle whose death in the Second World War transformed the family line. A powerful new story by Thomas McGuane tells ... read more

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Includes contributions by Anjan Sundaram, Andrea Stuart, Fatima Bhutto, Sam Coll, Joanna Kavenna, Joseph Roth, Michael Cunningham, and Will Self.

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