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  • FUTURE POLITICS : Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech
    FUTURE POLITICS : Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech
    SUSSKIND JAMIE
    ISBN: 9780198848929
    Title: FUTURE POLITICS : Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech
    Author: SUSSKIND JAMIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: March 2020 New Release

    Politics in the Twentieth Century was dominated by a single question: how much of our collective life should be determined by the state, and what should be left to the market and civil society?

    Now the debate is different: to what extent should our lives be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems - and on what terms?

    Digital technologies - from artificial intelligence to blockchain, from robotics to virtual reality - are transforming the way we live together. Those who control the most powerful technologies are increasingly able to control the rest of us. As time goes on, these powerful entities - usually big tech firms and the state - will set the limits of our liberty, decreeing what may be done and what is forbidden. Their algorithms will determine vital questions of social justice. In their hands, democracy will flourish or decay.

    A landmark work of political theory, Future Politics challenges readers to rethink what it means to be free or equal, what it means to have power or property, and what it means for a political system to be just or democratic. In a time of rapid and relentless changes, it is a book about how we can - and must - regain control.

    Winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $20.95

    Price: $20.95
  • GATES OF EUROPE : A History of Ukraine
    GATES OF EUROPE : A History of Ukraine
    PLOHKY SERHII
    ISBN: 9780141980614
    Title: GATES OF EUROPE : A History of Ukraine
    Author: PLOHKY SERHII
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At the western edge of the Eurasian steppe, caught between Central Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Ukraine has long been the meeting place of empires - Roman to Ottoman, Habsburg to Russian - that left their imprint on the landscape, the language and the people. The frontier between Islam and Christianity created a class of ferocious warriors known as the Cossacks, while the encounter between the Catholic and Orthodox churches led to a religious tradition that bridges Western and Eastern Christianity. Ukraine has been a home to millions of Jews, serving as the birthplace of Hassidism - and as one of the killing fields of the Holocaust.

    In The Gates of Europe, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy examines the history of Ukraine's search for its identity, bringing together some of the major figures in Ukrainian history: Prince Yaroslav the Wise of Kyiv, whose daughter Anna became queen of France; the Cossack ruler Ivan Mazepa, who was immortalized in the poems of Byron and Pushkin; Nikita Khrushchev and his protégé-turned-nemesis Leonid Brezhnev; and the heroes of the Maidan protests of 2013 and 2014, who embody the current struggle over Ukraine's future.

    As Plokhy explains, the recent conflict with Russia is a tragic case of history repeating itself, as Ukraine once again finds itself in the centre of a battle of global proportions. Fascinating and multilayered, The Gates of Europe is the essential guide to understanding not just Ukraine's past but also its future.



    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • GENERATION F
    GENERATION F
    TRIOLI VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9781760855321
    Title: GENERATION F
    Author: TRIOLI VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Did #MeToo actually start 25 years ago?

    When one of our most respected and incisive journalists, Virginia Trioli, wrote Generation F- her passionate and celebrated argument in defence of young women who wanted to stand up and be heardabout sexual harassment – it ignited a cultural firestorm.

    Debate over Helen Garner’s The First Stone burned hot; many in Australia argued that feminism had gone too far. Trioli’s reply was typically trenchant and compelling. In Generation F she described the real state of sexual harassment, violence, the workplace and the law: how most women just copped it, but some felt able to confront it.
    As women around the world now speak up about how sexual harassment has destroyed their work, families and lives, Trioli revisits that cultural moment, with a new introduction and last chapter to compare the state of affairs then with the situation women in Australia face today.

    Dismayingly, her original text is just as relevant, and her call to action just as powerful.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GHOST RIVER
    GHOST RIVER
    BIRCH TONY
    ISBN: 9780702253775
    Title: GHOST RIVER
    Author: BIRCH TONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    You find yourself down at the bottom of the river, for some it's time to give into her. But other times, young fellas like you two, you got to fight your way back. Show the river you got courage and is ready to live.

    The river is a place of history and secrets. For Ren and Sonny, two unlikely friends, it's a place of freedom and adventure. For a group of storytelling vagrants, it's a refuge. And for the isolated daughter of a cult reverend, it's an escape.

    Each time they visit, another secret slips into its ancient waters. But change and trouble are coming – to the river and to the lives of those who love it. Who will have the courage to fight and survive and what will be the cost?

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GLAD SHOUT
    GLAD SHOUT
    ROBINSON ALICE
    ISBN: 9781925712650
    Title: GLAD SHOUT
    Author: ROBINSON ALICE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After a catastrophic storm destroys Melbourne, Isobel flees to higher ground with her husband and young daughter. Food and supplies run low, panic sets in and still no help arrives. To protect her daughter, Isobel must take drastic action.

    THE GLAD SHOUT is an extraordinary novel of rare depth and texture. Told in a starkly visual and compelling narrative, this is a deeply moving homage to motherhood and the struggles faced by women in difficult times.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • GO AWAY BIRD
    GO AWAY BIRD
    DONALDSON JULIA
    ISBN: 9781509843572
    Title: GO AWAY BIRD
    Author: DONALDSON JULIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the inimitable Julia Donaldson and award-winning Catherine Rayner.

    ‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest,
    With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’

    One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . .

    The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL
    GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL
    ROBOTHAM MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780733638053
    Title: GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL
    Author: ROBOTHAM MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The girl with no past.

    Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half-starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity.

    The boy who survived.

    Forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift - she knows when someone is lying. And nobody is telling the truth.

    GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL is an unnerving psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, bestselling author of THE OTHER WIFE and THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • GREENWOOD
    GREENWOOD
    CHRISTIE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781925713855
    Title: GREENWOOD
    Author: CHRISTIE MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The truth is that all family lines, from the highest to the lowest, originate somewhere, on some particular day. Even the grandest trees must've once been seeds spun helpless on the wind, and then just meek saplings nosing up from the soil.'

    2038. On a remote island off the Pacific coast of British Columbia stands the Greenwood Arboreal Cathedral, one of the world's last forests. Wealthy tourists flock from all corners of the dust-choked globe to see the spectacle and remember what once was. But even as they breathe in the fresh air and pose for photographs amidst the greenery, guide Jake knows that the forest is dying, though her bosses won't admit it.

    1908. Two passenger locomotives meet head-on. The only survivors are two young boys, who take refuge in a trapper's cabin in a forest on the edge of town. In twenty-six years, one of them, now a recluse, will find an abandoned baby - another child of Greenwood - setting off a series of events that will change the course of his life, and the lives of those around him.

    Structured like the rings of a tree, this remarkable novel moves from the future to the present to the past, and back again, to tell the story of one family and their enduring connection to the place that brought them together.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • GRIFFITH REVIEW 67 : Matters of Trust
    GRIFFITH REVIEW 67 : Matters of Trust
    HAY ASHLEY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781922268839
    Title: GRIFFITH REVIEW 67 : Matters of Trust
    Author: HAY ASHLEY [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From our first experiences to our last, institutions structure our world - through education and medicine to politics, justice, civics and religion. But in recent years even the most entrenched of institutions are seemingly on the edge of implosion. Either through deliberate political attacks or as an effect of wider disruption, new social forces have issued a comprehensive challenge to the established order.

    Does this new uncertainty mark a profound loss of trust in how our society is organised and how it operates? Might this be an opportunity for thorough-going reform to regain lost legitimacy, or does it mark an end-point for a social structure that is no longer tenable in the twenty-first century? Can institutions adapt? Can trust be rebuilt? Or will new forms of social organisation eventuate from this gathering sense of crisis?

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • GROWING UP QUEER IN AUSTRALIA
    GROWING UP QUEER IN AUSTRALIA
    LAW BENJAMIN [ED]
    ISBN: 9781760640866
    Title: GROWING UP QUEER IN AUSTRALIA
    Author: LAW BENJAMIN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I marked the day in my adolescent diary with a single blank page.'

    'The mantle of "queer migrant" compelled me to keep going - to go further.'

    'I never "came out" to my parents. I felt I owed them no explanation.'

    'All I heard from the pulpit were grim hints.'

    'I became acutely aware of the parts of myself that were unpalatable to queers who grew up in the city.'
    'I was thirty-eight and figured it was time to come out to her.'

    'That's when I know it's not going anywhere - the gay.'

    'I felt like I had been dunked into an episode of The L Word and I wasn't given the script.'

    'No amount of YouTube videos and queer think pieces prepared me for this moment.'
    'My queerness was born in a hot dry land that was never ceded.'

    'I finally admitted what my feelings for Dirty Dancing-era Patrick Swayze had clearly been indicating for some time.'

    'Even now, I sometimes think that I don't know my own desire.'

    Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTQIA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, genders, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia.

    'For better or worse, sooner or later, life conspires to reveal you to yourself, and this is growing up.'

    With contributions from David Marr, Fiona Wright, Nayuka Gorrie, Steve Dow, Holly Throsby, Sally Rugg, Tony Ayres, Nic Holas, Rebecca Shaw, Kerryn Phelps and many more.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GUEST HOUSE FOR YOUNG WIDOWS : Among the Women of ISIS
    GUEST HOUSE FOR YOUNG WIDOWS : Among the Women of ISIS
    MOAVENI AZADEH
    ISBN: 9781925849608
    Title: GUEST HOUSE FOR YOUNG WIDOWS : Among the Women of ISIS
    Author: MOAVENI AZADEH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An intimate, deeply reported account of the women who made a shocking decision- to leave their comfortable lives behind and join the Islamic State.

    In early 2014, the Islamic State clinched its control of Raqqa in Syria. Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, urged Muslims around the world to come join the caliphate. Having witnessed the brutal oppression of the Assad regime in Syria, and moved to fight for justice, thousands of men and women heeded his call.

    At the heart of this story is a cast of unforgettable young women who responded. Emma, from Germany; Sharmeena from Bethnal Green, London; Nour from Tunis- these were women - some still in high school - from urban families, some with university degrees and bookshelves filled with novels by Jane Austen and Dan Brown; many with cosmopolitan dreams of travel and adventure. But instead of finding a land of justice and piety, they found themselves trapped within the most brutal terrorist regime of the twenty-first century, a world of chaos and upheaval and violence.

    What is the line between victim and collaborator? How do we judge these women who both suffered and inflicted intense pain? What role is there for Muslim women in the West? In what is bound to be a modern classic of narrative non-fiction, Moaveni takes us into the school hallways of London, kitchen tables in Germany, the coffee shops in Tunis, the caliphate's OB/GYN and its 'Guest House for Young Widows' - where wives of the fallen waited to be remarried - to demonstrate that the problem called terrorism is a far more complex, political, and deeply relatable one than we generally admit.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • HARMONY SILK FACTORY
    HARMONY SILK FACTORY
    AW TASH
    ISBN: 9780007232284
    Title: HARMONY SILK FACTORY
    Author: AW TASH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A landmark work of fiction from one of Britain's most exciting new writers: The Harmony Silk Factory is a devastating love story set against the turmoil of mid-twentieth century Malaysia. Set in Malaysia in the 1930s and 40s, with the rumbling of the Second World War in the background and the Japanese about to invade,
    The Harmony Silk Factory is the story of four people: Johnny, an infamous Chinaman – a salesman, a fraudster, possibly a murderer – whose shop house, The Harmony Silk Factory, he uses as a front for his illegal businesses; Snow Soong, the beautiful daughter of one of the Kinta Valley's most prominent families, who dies giving birth to one of the novel's narrators; Kunichika, a Japanese officer who loves Snow too; and an Englishman, Peter Wormwood, who went to Malaysia like many English but never came back, who also loved Snow to the end of his life. A journey the four of them take into the jungle has a devastating effect on all of them, and brilliantly exposes the cultural tensions of the era.Haunting, highly original, The Harmony Silk Factory is suspenseful to the last page.

    Imprint: PERENNIAL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HATE RACE
    HATE RACE
    CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    ISBN: 9780733640421
    Title: HATE RACE
    Author: CLARKE MAXINE BENEBA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing . . .

    Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street. Except for this one, glaring, inescapably obvious thing.

    From one of Australia's most exciting writers, and the author of the multi-award-winning Foreign Soil, comes The Hate Race: a powerful, funny, and at times devastating memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HEARTS INVISIBLE FURIES
    HEARTS INVISIBLE FURIES
    BOYNE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781784161002
    Title: HEARTS INVISIBLE FURIES
    Author: BOYNE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?

    Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

    At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

    In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HONOUR AND OTHER PEOPLES CHILDREN  -  Text Classics
    HONOUR AND OTHER PEOPLES CHILDREN - Text Classics
    GARNER HELEN
    ISBN: 9781925603729
    Title: HONOUR AND OTHER PEOPLES CHILDREN - Text Classics
    Author: GARNER HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two novellas about the deep connections we forge with the people we love, and the pain of breaking those connections.

    In Honour, Kathleen and Frank are amicably separated, in contact through shared parenting of their young daughter, Flo. But when Frank finds a new partner and wants a divorce, Kathleen is hurt. And Flo can't understand why they all can't live together.

    In Other People's Children, Ruth and Scotty live in a big share house that's breaking up. Scotty is trying to hold on, remembering the early days of telling life stories and laughter and singing - and when the kids were everyone's kids. But now the bitterness has crept in and their friendship is broken. Ruth is ready to move on - and she'll take her kids with her.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $12.95

    Price: $12.95
  • HOW TO BE A WRITER : WHO SMASHES DEADLINES CRUSHES EDITORS AND LIVES IN A SOLID GOLD HOVERCRAFT
    HOW TO BE A WRITER : WHO SMASHES DEADLINES CRUSHES EDITORS AND LIVES IN A SOLID GOLD HOVERCRAFT
    BIRMINGHAM JOHN
    ISBN: 9781742234847
    Title: HOW TO BE A WRITER : WHO SMASHES DEADLINES CRUSHES EDITORS AND LIVES IN A SOLID GOLD HOVERCRAFT
    Author: BIRMINGHAM JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This gonzo guide is a lesson in the practicalities of writing: how to be productive, professional and maybe one day even pay the rent.

    Topics covered include ‘How to slay writer’s block’, ‘What the hell is workflow?’, ‘How to write 10,000 words in a day’ and ‘The best apps for writers’.

    How to Be a Writer is a kick-arse writing guide with a tough-love approach, written for the internet generation. John Birmingham is lauded as a prolific writer working across multiple genres. Here he shares his secrets. And some hard-core, real-world practical advice. And a few excellent descriptions of explosions.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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