The party

Richard McGregor's The Party has been established as the book on China and its political leadership. It is indispensable to understanding what may soon become the most powerful country on earth, and here is it is newly updated to include material on the once-in-a-decade leadership changes taking place in November 2012....

How to make gravy

How to Make Gravy had its genesis in a series of concerts. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs. In between songs he told stories about them, and from those tales grew How to Make Gravy. Each of its hundred chapters consists of lyrics followed by a story, the nature of the latter taking its cue from the former. Some pieces are confessional, some tell Kelly's personal and family history, some take you on a road tour with the band—from the point of inspiration to writing, honing, collaborating, performing, recording and reworking.

Claude Levi-Strauss: the poet in the laboratory

Claude Lévi-Strauss was one of the most influential intellectuals of the twentieth century. Dislodging Sartre, Camus and de Beauvoir from the pinnacle of French intellectual life in the 1950s, he brought about a sea change in Western thought and inspired a generation of thinkers and writers, including Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes and Jacques Lacan with his structuralist theories. Tracing the evolution of his ideas through interviews with the man himself, research into his archives and conversations with contemporary anthropologists, Wilcken explores and explains Lévi-Strauss's theories,...

The Ghost at the Wedding

The young men who worked in the cane fields of northern New south Wales in 1914 couldn’t wait to set off for the adventure of war. The women coped as best they could, raised the children and lived in fear of an official telegram. They grieved for those killed, and learnt of worse things than death in combat. The Ghost of the Wedding chronicles events from both sides of war: the horror of the battlefields and the women left at home. Walker’s depictions of those are grittily accurate, their reverberations haunting.

The Colony: A History of Early Sydney

The Colony is the story of the marvellously contrary, endlessly energetic early years of Sydney. It is an intimate account of the transformation of a campsite in a beautiful cove to the town that later became Australia's largest and best-known city....

Strange Places: A Memoir of Mental Illness

A darkly humorous, insightful and searingly honest first-hand account of a journey through schizophrenia from a prodigiously talented writer....

The Water Dreamers

The Water Dreamers is an illuminating account of the ways people have imagined and interpreted Australia while struggling to understand this continent and striving to conquer its obstacles. It’s an environmental history and a cultural history with an unmistakable sense of how, today, we are part of that continuing story.

The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir

'A truly beautiful book, exquisite as the country it depicts' PATRICE NEWELL, author of Ten Thousand Acres An inspired meditation on the contours of the land and its people, of time and place and family, the rhythms of nature and the rhythms of friendship, it is a book of many belongings. Here you will meet the plateau's first people; you will meet Les and Henryk and Jim; you will walk the Kedumba and the Kanimbla in drought and fire and flood. Evocative and deeply moving, The Blue Plateau is a poet's story of an astonishing place and a loving portrait of home.


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