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  • WHITE FRAGILITY : Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
    WHITE FRAGILITY : Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
    DIANGELO ROBIN
    ISBN: 9780141990569
    Title: WHITE FRAGILITY : Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
    Author: DIANGELO ROBIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Anger. Fear. Guilt. Denial. Silence. These are the ways in which ordinary white people react when it is pointed out to them that they have done or said something that has - unintentionally - caused racial offence or hurt. After, all, a racist is the worst thing a person can be, right? But these reactions only serve to silence people of colour, who cannot give honest feedback to 'liberal' white people lest they provoke a dangerous emotional reaction. Robin DiAngelo coined the term 'White Fragility' in 2011 to describe this process and is here to show us how it serves to uphold the system of white supremacy. Using knowledge and insight gained over decades of running racial awareness workshops and working on this idea as a Professor of Whiteness Studies, she shows us how we can start having more honest conversations, listen to each other better and react to feedback with grace and humility. It is not enough to simply hold abstract progressive views and condemn the obvious racists on social media - change starts with us all at a practical, granular level, and it is time for all white people to take responsibility for relinquishing their own racial supremacy.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHITE TRASH : The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
    WHITE TRASH : The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
    ISENBERG NANCY
    ISBN: 9781786493002
    Title: WHITE TRASH : The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
    Author: ISENBERG NANCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this landmark book, Nancy Isenberg argues that the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of the American fabric, and reveals how the wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlements to today's hillbillies. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics - a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society; they are now offered up as entertainment in reality TV shows, and the label is applied to celebrities ranging from Dolly Parton to Bill Clinton. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the centre of major political debates over the character of the American identity. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society - where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility - and forces a nation to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHO OWNS ENGLAND? : How We Lost Our Green and Pleasant Land, and How to Take It Back
    WHO OWNS ENGLAND? : How We Lost Our Green and Pleasant Land, and How to Take It Back
    SHRUBSOLE GUY
    ISBN: 9780008321673
    Title: WHO OWNS ENGLAND? : How We Lost Our Green and Pleasant Land, and How to Take It Back
    Author: SHRUBSOLE GUY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who owns England?

    Behind this simple question lies this country's oldest and best-kept secret. This is the history of how England's elite came to own our land, and an inspiring manifesto for how to open up our countryside once more.

    This book has been a long time coming. Since 1086, in fact. For centuries, England's elite have covered up how they got their hands on millions of acres of our land, by constructing walls, burying surveys and more recently, sheltering behind offshore shell companies. But with the dawn of digital mapping and the Freedom of Information Act, it's becoming increasingly difficult for them to hide.

    Trespassing through tightly-guarded country estates, ecologically ravaged grouse moors and empty Mayfair mansions, writer and activist Guy Shrubsole has used these 21st century tools to uncover a wealth of never-before-seen information about the people who own our land, to create the most comprehensive map of land ownership in England that has ever been made public.

    From secret military islands to tunnels deep beneath London, Shrubsole unearths truths concealed since the Domesday Book about who is really in charge of this country – at a time when Brexit is meant to be returning sovereignty to the people. Melding history, politics and polemic, he vividly demonstrates how taking control of land ownership is key to tackling everything from the housing crisis to climate change – and even halting the erosion of our very democracy.

    It's time to expose the truth about who owns England – and finally take back our green and pleasant land.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • WHY I AM NOT A FEMINIST : A FEMINIST MANIFESTO
    WHY I AM NOT A FEMINIST : A FEMINIST MANIFESTO
    CRISPIN JESSA
    ISBN: 9781863959056
    Title: WHY I AM NOT A FEMINIST : A FEMINIST MANIFESTO
    Author: CRISPIN JESSA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jessa Crispin, cultural critic and founder of Bookslut, offers a brilliant rejection of contemporary feminism—and demands something better.

    Somewhere along the way, Jessa Crispin argues, the feminist movement sacrificed meaning for acceptance, and left us with a banal, polite, ineffectual pose that barely challenges the status quo. In this bracing, fiercely intelligent manifesto, she demands more.

    Why I Am Not A Feminist is a radical, fearless call for revolution. It accuses the feminist movement of obliviousness, irrelevance, and cowardice—and demands nothing less than the total dismantling of a system of oppression.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHY IM NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE
    WHY IM NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE
    EDDO-LODGE RENI
    ISBN: 9781408870587
    Title: WHY IM NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE
    Author: EDDO-LODGE RENI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge

    I couldn't have a conversation with white folks about the details of a problem if they didn't want to recognise that the problem exists. Worse still was the white person who might be willing to entertain the possibility of said racism, but still thinks we enter this conversation as equals. We didn't then, and we don't now.



    In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title- 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'.


    Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own, similar experiences. Galvanised by this response, Eddo-Lodge decided to dive into the source of these feelings; this clear hunger for an open discussion. The result is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today, covering issues from eradicated black history to white privilege, the fallacy of 'meritocracy' to white-washing feminism, and the inextricable link between class and race.
    Full of passionate, personal and keenly felt argument, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is a wake-up call to a nation in denial about the structural and institutional racism occurring in our homes, offices and communities. It is a timely, essential book by a vital new voice.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WINNERS TAKE ALL : THE ELITE CHARADE OF CHANGING THE WORLD
    WINNERS TAKE ALL : THE ELITE CHARADE OF CHANGING THE WORLD
    GIRIDHARADAS ANAND
    ISBN: 9780241400722
    Title: WINNERS TAKE ALL : THE ELITE CHARADE OF CHANGING THE WORLD
    Author: GIRIDHARADAS ANAND
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this insider's investigation of the global elite's efforts to 'change the world', Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can - except ways that threaten the social order and their position at the top.

    Why should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? Why should we rely on scraps from the winners? Trenchant and revelatory, this is a call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.

    Anand Giridharadas is a political analyst for MSNBC and he teaches journalism at New York University. He has been a foreign correspondent and columnist for the New York Times and a McKinsey analyst.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WITCHES : What Women Do Together
    WITCHES : What Women Do Together
    GEORGE-ALLEN SAM
    ISBN: 9780143788294
    Title: WITCHES : What Women Do Together
    Author: GEORGE-ALLEN SAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of the work women do together.

    Covens. Girl bands. Ballet troupes. Convents. In all times and places, girls and women have come together in communities of vocation, of necessity, of support. And wherever women gather, magic happens. Female farmers change the way we grow our food. Online beauty communities democratise the intricacies of skincare. Teen girls invent phrases that enter the urban lexicon, and choose our next pop superstars.

    Patriarchal societies have long been content to uphold men’s and boys’ clubs, while viewing groups that exclude men as sites of rivalry and suspicion. In this deeply personal exploration of what women make together, Sam George-Allen delves into workplaces, industries and social groups to dismantle the cultural myth of female isolation and uncover evidence that these groups are formidable.

    Thoughtful, intimate, and convincing, Witches is a long-overdue celebration of the power and pleasure of working with other women.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WOMEN WHO SHAPED POLITICS : Empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape
    WOMEN WHO SHAPED POLITICS : Empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape
    RIDGE SOPHY
    ISBN: 9781473638778
    Title: WOMEN WHO SHAPED POLITICS : Empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape
    Author: RIDGE SOPHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sophy Ridge, presenter for Sky News, has uncovered the extraordinary stories of the women who have shaped British politics. Never has the role of women in the political world ever been more on the news agenda, and Sophy has interviewed current and former politicians including among others, Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson, Betty Boothroyd gain exclusive insight into the role women play in politics at the highest level. The book also includes Theresa May's first at-length interview about her journey to becoming Prime Minister. These interviews have revealed the shocking truth about the sexism that is rife among the House of Commons both in the past and today, with sometimes shocking, and sometimes amusing anecdotes revealing how women in Westminster have worked to counter the gender bias. Sophy provides gripping insight into historical and contemporary stories which will fascinate not just those interested in politics but those who want to know more about women's vital role in democracy. From royalty to writers and from class warriors to suffragettes, Sophy tells the story of those who put their lives on the line for equal rights, and those who were the first to set foot inside the chambers of power, bringing together stories that you may think you know, and stories that have recently been discovered to reveal the truth about what it is to be a woman in Westminster. This book is a celebration of the differing ways that women have shaped the political landscape. The book also, importantly, sheds light on the challenges faced by women in government today, telling us the ways that women working in politics battle the sexism that confront them on a daily basis.


    Imprint: CORONET
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WORST IS YET TO COME : A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide
    WORST IS YET TO COME : A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide
    FLEMING PETER
    ISBN: 9781912248322
    Title: WORST IS YET TO COME : A Post-Capitalist Survival Guide
    Author: FLEMING PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release


    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WRONG WAY : How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired
    WRONG WAY : How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired
    CAHILL DAMIEN
    ISBN: 9781760640385
    Title: WRONG WAY : How Privatisation and Economic Reform Backfired
    Author: CAHILL DAMIEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since the 1980s, successive waves of 'economic reform' have radically changed the Australian economy. We have seen privatisation, deregulation, marketisation, and the contracting out of government services such as transport and education. For three decades, there has been a virtual consensus among the major political parties, policy makers and commentators as to the desirability of the neoliberal approach.

    Today, however, the benefits of economic reform are increasingly being questioned, including by former advocates. Alongside growing voter disenchantment, new voices of dissent argue that instead of free markets, economic reform has led to unaccountable oligopolies, increased prices, reduced productivity and a degraded sense of the public good.

    In Wrong Way, Australia's leading economists and public intellectuals do a cost-benefit analysis of the key economic reforms, including child care, aged care, housing, banking, prisons, universities and the NBN. Have these reforms for the Australian community and its economy been worthwhile? Have they given us a better society, as promised?

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • XI JINPING : The Backlash
    XI JINPING : The Backlash
    MCGREGOR RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781760893040
    Title: XI JINPING : The Backlash
    Author: MCGREGOR RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    Xi Jinping has transformed China at home and abroad with a speed and aggression that few foresaw when he came to power in 2012. Finally, he is meeting resistance, both at home among disgruntled officials and disillusioned technocrats, and abroad from an emerging coalition of Western nations that seem determined to resist China's geopolitical and high-tech expansion. With the United States and China at loggerheads, Richard McGregor outlines how the world came to be split in two.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGED : 2001
    YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGED : 2001
    MCGUINNESS PHILLIPA
    ISBN: 9780143782414
    Title: YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGED : 2001
    Author: MCGUINNESS PHILLIPA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    On New Year’s Eve 2001, with her husband by her side, Phillipa McGuinness buried her son. They stood with a young priest in Chua Chu Kang Cemetery and watched a small coffin go into the ground. Later that night, shattered, they sat looking out at the hundreds of ships waiting to come into port in Singapore’s harbor. Or trying to leave, who could tell? Each of them thinking about the next year, starting within hours. Phillipa wanted time to push on, for 2001 to be over, but she was also scared. What might be next?

    2001 was an awful year. It’s the only year where you can mention a day and a month using only numbers and everyone knows what you mean. But 9/11 wasn’t the only momentous event that year. In Australia a group of orange-jacketed asylum seekers on deck the Norwegian vessel Tampa seemed responsible for Prime Minister John Howard’s statement not long after: ‘We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.’ These words became his mantra during the bruising election that followed in November, both sides of politics affected by their venom and insularity, or their strength and resolve, depending on which way you looked at it.

    The year had started with what was supposed to be a celebratory event of sophistication and nuance, reflecting the kind of country we hoped we had become. Yet the Centenary of Federation on 1 January turned out to be a class-A fizzer. The nation seemed to decide that what was really worth commemorating wasn’t the peaceful bringing together of colonial states into a Commonwealth but the doomed assault on a Turkish beach that happened fourteen years later in 1915. It is easier to animate young men dying than old men signing a constitution.

    2001 marked the halfway point of twenty years of continuous economic growth in Australia. But the year started with shiny tech startups continuing their implosion following the dotcom bubble burst. The deal of the (nascent) century, the merger between Netscape and AOL, seemingly an all-powerful mega corporation, began to slide. Yet perhaps the digital world as we now know it did start in 2001, at least for what is now the most powerful company in the world. For this was the year that Google, in no hurry to launch an IPO, received its PageRank patent, assigned to Larry Page and Stanford University. The rest, as they say, is history. Apple launched the iPod in 2001, not only transforming the soundtrack to our lives but shifting cultural alignments so that distributors became the richest guys in the room, rather than the artists writing, singing and playing the songs.

    If 2001 were a movie – oh wait, of course it was – its tagline might be ‘The year that changed everything’. And that change is not over.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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