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Words & Ideas

In She's Having a Laugh, 25 of the funniest women in Australia write about life, love and laughter. Their stories are irreverent, intimate and - most of all - often hilarious. They reflect on wh... read more

She's Having a Laugh - 25 of Australia's Funniest Women on Life
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Sudhir Hazareesingh's How the French Think is a warm yet incisive exploration of the French intellectual tradition, and its exceptional place in a nation's identity and lifestyle. Why... read more

How the French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People
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INTERCEPT is the previously untold - and previously highly classified - story of the melding of technology and espionage. Gordon Corera's compelling narrative, rich with historical details and charact... read more

Intercept: The Secret History of Computers and Spies
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What is happiness, and how does the pursuit of happiness shape our lives? Happiness appears to be a simple emotion, individual and pleasurable, yet the problems associated with happiness in politics, ... read more

On Happiness : New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century
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A great thinker's final testament: a characteristically wise and forthright collection of essays from the author of Postwar and Thinking the Twentieth Century, spanning a career of extraordinary intellectual engagement. Edited... read more

When the Facts Change
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For centuries, scientists had only one way to study the brain: wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infections, lobotomies,... read more

The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
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Mark Forsyth - author of the Sunday Times Number One bestseller The Etymologicon - reveals in this essay, specially commissioned for Independent Booksellers Week, the most valuable... read more

The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted
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 Essays

The United States military now considers cyberspace as the 'fifth domain' of warfare (alongside land, air, sea and space). The Department of Defense, the NSA and CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes a... read more

@War
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There's matters of fairness, of manners, of pleasures, of observation. Based on his weekly columns for The Australian that have been published for more than a decade they are stories powerfully told. His writing style is lig... read more

More Decent Obsessions
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This is a comprehensive anthology of Nora Ephron at her funniest and most acute, here are her writings on journalism, feminism, and being a woman; on the importance of food (with favourite recipes), and on the bittersweet rea... read more

The Most of Nora Ephron
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Popular astronomy and space.

Cosmic Menagerie
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Life on Planet Earth is not weirder than we imagine. It's weirder than we are capable of imagining. And we're all in it together: humans, blue whales, rats, birds of paradise, ridiculous numbers of... read more

Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through Our Strange Planet
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 Essays

Series:Best American

"A creature from an alternative universe . . . wanting to understand what is on the American mind should rush to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of this distinguished anthology . . . Exhilarating." -- "Publishers W... read more

The Best American Essays 2014
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 Essays

Awards:Shortlisted for Costa Biography Award 2014.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Award.Why were so many authors of the greatest works of literature consumed by alcoholism? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing takes a journey across America,... read more

The Trip to Echo Spring - On Writers and Drinking
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The David Foster Wallace Reader is a selection of David Foster Wallace's work, introducing readers to his humour, kindness, sweeping intellect and versatility as a writer. A compilation from the one of the most origin... read more

The David Foster Wallace Reader
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Why do you lose arguments with people who know much less than you? Why can you recognise that woman, from that thing...but can't remember her name? And why, after your last break-up, did ... read more

Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up to
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The essays collected in this new volume reveal Isaiah Berlin at his most lucid and accessible. He was constitutionally incapable of writing with the opacity of the specialist, but these shorter, more introductory pieces provide t... read more

The Power of Ideas
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 Science

Awards:Winton Royal Society Science Prize short list 2015.

The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest ex... read more

Smashing Physics
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Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her trilogy of novels - Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, Orange-Prize winning Home and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila - and in her moving essay collection... read more

The Givenness of Things
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