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Non-Fiction

Bringing Together the Best Non Fiction Books To Read

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  1. The Stalking of Julia Gillard

    This is the story of one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history, of how a powerful media pack, a vicious commentariat and some of those within her own party contrived to bring down Australia's first woman prime mi... More about this book
  2. Political Animal

    The essential work on Tony Abbott is now an expanded, updated short book - and a crucial election-year companion.

    Australians want to know: what kind of man is Tony Abbott, and how would he perform as prime minister?

    In this d... More about this book
  3. The Panama Papers

    Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels, he then receives documents revealing how the president of Argentina has sequestered millions of ... More about this book
  4. The Road to Ruin

    Kevin Rudd was given no warning, but even he lasted longer than Abbott. Julia Gillard had plenty of warnings, but even she lasted longer than Abbott.

    Abbott ignored all the warnings, from beginning to end - the public ones, the privat... More about this book

  5. Keating

    The life of one of Australia's most intriguing public figures, former Prime Minister Paul Keating, as told to the country's most influential political interviewer, Kerry O'Brien. This long awaited collaboration is a biography unlike any other. ... More about this book
  6. Big Blue Sky

    The provocative, entertaining, impassioned and inspiring memoir of Midnight Oil frontman, environmental activist and politician - a truly remarkable Australian.

    Peter Garrett's life has been fully and passionately lived. A ... More about this book
  7. The Middlepause

    In a society paradoxically obsessed with living longer and looking younger, what does middle age nowadays mean? How should a fiftysomething be in a world ceaselessly redefining ageing, youth, and experience? In this subtle but scintillating, unblinkin... More about this book
  8. The Ice Age

    A topical, insightful investigation into a drug that has taken a ferocious grip on societies around the world - told by a man intimately acquainted with it.

    Luke Williams was a freelance journalist researching addiction to crystallised... More about this book
  9. The Bush

    Don Watson, author of the acclaimed Recollections of a Bleeding Heart and Death Sentence, on the sprawling, diverse, indefinable land we call bush. A milestone work of history, memoir and cultural critique.

    The bush: in... More about this book
  10. Wasted

    In 2009 Elspeth Muir's youngest brother finished his last university exam and went out with some mates to get drunk. Later that night he wandered to the Story Bridge. He put his phone, wallet, T-shirt and thongs on the walkway, climbed over the ... More about this book

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