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Non-Fiction

Bringing Together the Best Non Fiction Books To Read

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  1. A Different Kind of Daughter

    'It's hard enough to become the best in the world at anything. It's even harder when people want to kill you just for trying.' - Mary Carillo, NBC Sports

    Maria Toorpakai Wazir has lived her life disguised as a boy, defying the Taliban, in orde... More about this book
  2. The Worst Woman in Sydney

    Matriarch of the criminal underworld or the Robin Hood of inner Sydney?

    The legend of Kate Leigh, Sydney's famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer, has loomed large in TV's Underbelly and every other account of Sydney's cr... More about this book
  3. Reckoning

    Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia's most beloved performers, tells her story.

    In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of ... More about this book
  4. The Diary of a Young Girl

    Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic-a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupyin... More about this book
  5. Mannix

    Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne from 1917 until his death, aged ninety-nine, in 1963, was a towering figure in Melbourne's Catholic community. But his political interventions had a profound effect on the wider Australian nation too.

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  6. The Lynching

    The Lynching is the powerful, spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and the dramatic two trials during which the United Klans of America, the largest and most dangerous Klan organization in America, is exposed for th... More about this book

  7. The Biggest Estate on Earth

    Explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.

    Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again tha... More about this book
  8. Young Digger

    A small boy, an orphan of the First World War, wanders into the Australian airmen's mess in Germany, on Christmas Day in 1918. A strange boy, with an uncertain past and an extraordinary future, he became a mascot for the air squadron and was affection... More about this book
  9. The Art of Time Travel

    Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shimmers and hauntings of history in everyday action.More about this book
  10. Landmarks

    Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of rema... More about this book

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