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Quotable Cats

Quotable Cats

Milly Brown

$14.99

These stunning photographic collections of quotations about felines are a delightful celebration of our whiskered friends.
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Quotable Dogs

Quotable Dogs

Milly Brown

$14.99

This stunning photographic collection of quotations about canines is a delightful celebration of our four-legged friends, perfect for any dog-lover.
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Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Joel Deane

$32.95

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Power is the only measure of a politician that matters. How they win power. How they wield power. How they lose power. Catch and Kill is an inside account of the beguiling and nomadic nature of the unholy trinity of politics - the winning, the wielding, the losing.

Taking us into the inner sanctum of state and national politics, Joel Deane investigates how four friends - Steve Bracks, John Brumby, John Thwaites and Rob Hulls - beat the factions, won office in Victoria, achieved progressive reforms, then tried to hijack Canberra. 'We were,' Bracks says, 'a government that could catch and kill its own.'

Drawing on dozens of interviews with key figures, Deane provides a candid insight into the triumphs and failures of the Bracks  - Brumby government, as well as those of its federal and state counterparts. He also shines a light on the personalities behind these decisions - their ambitions, their passions and their disappointments.

A gripping work of narrative non-fiction, Catch and Kill delivers a slice of political gothic, venturing inside the heart of the contemporary Labor Party in search of the nature of power.
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An Economy is Not a Society: Winners and Losers in the New Australia

An Economy is Not a Society: Winners and Losers in the New Australia

Dennis Glover

$19.99

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In modern Australia, productivity is all that matters, our leaders tell us. Economic growth above all else. But is this really what we, the people, want? Does it make our lives and our communities better?

If the high priests of economics want the credit for Australia's economic growth over the last three decades, they must also wear the blame for the social destruction that has accompanied it – the devastation of once prosperous industrial centres and the suburbs they sustained, as factories closed and workers were forced to abandon their trades. The social costs of this 'economic modernisation' have been immense, but today are virtually ignored. The fracturing of communities continues apace.

An Economy Is Not a Society is a passionate and personal J'accuse against the people whose abandonment of moral policy making has ripped the guts out of Australia's old industrial communities, robbed the country of manufacturing knowhow, reversed our national ethos of egalitarianism and broken the sense of common purpose that once existed between rulers and ruled.

Those in power, Dennis Glover argues, must abandon the idea that a better society is purely about offering individuals more dollars in their pockets. What we desperately need is a conversation about the lives, working conditions, jobs and communities we want for ourselves and our families – and we need to choose a future that is designed to benefit all the Australian people, not just some.
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The Money Men: Australia's Twelve Most Notable Treasurers

The Money Men: Australia's Twelve Most Notable Treasurers

Chris Bowen

$34.99

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How much do we know about the second most important office in the nation? Who was Australia's first treasurer? Who resigned because of a relationship breakdown with the PM? And who did Frank Hardy base his character Ted Thurgood in Power without Glory on? The Money Men is the first in-depth look at the twelve most notable and interesting men to have held the office of Treasurer of Australia. Former Treasurer Chris Bowen brings a unique insider perspective to the lessons learned from the successes and failures of those who went before him. Who does Chris Bowen think has been Australia's most exceptional Treasurer? With revealing interviews of the five last treasurers, The Money Men dares to answer that question.
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Griffith Review #49: New Asia Now

Griffith Review #49: New Asia Now

Julianne Schultz ,  Jane Camens

$27.99

The Asian century is in full swing, generating unprecedented economic and social power. In coming decades this will profoundly change the world, and the lives of all those living in the world's most populous region.

New Asia Now features outstanding young writers from the countries at the centre of this transformation. They write about the people and places they know with passion, flair and insight. This unique collection takes a journey through the region's diversity with a new generation of literary stars, who will shape the way we understand the complexities of culture, politics and modernisation.

All born after 1970, our contributors are cultural agenda-setters who explore issues of identity and belonging in the new world that is unfolding: Murong Xuecan (China), Joshua Ip (Singapore), Annie Zaidi (India), Miguel Syjuco (Phillipines), Sheng Keyi (China), Maggie Tiojakin (Indonesia) and many more.
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Machine Rules: A Political Primer

Machine Rules: A Political Primer

Stephen Loosley

$34.99

But does a powerbroker like Stephen Loosley ever leave the political world? In his candid memoir, Loosley writes about defending the indefensible, the best way to start and kill off rumours, the value of truth in campaigning, how to use humour to squash a scandal, the key to fundraising and why bullshit always comes back to smother you.
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Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Susan Blackburn

$34.95

This book celebrates Melbourne in heady times. The turbulence of 1970s Australia stretched far beyond the Whitlam era and the level of national government. Sixteen contributors remember their roles in a vibrant and creative decade in Melbourne. Anything seemed possible: alternative approaches sprang up for everything from education to radio broadcasting, theatre, legal services and suburban living. Starting with the massive opposition to Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War and ending with efforts to combat its role in East Timor, contributors recall the protests against environment policies and the administration of universities.
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The Drugs Don't Work: A Global Threat

The Drugs Don't Work: A Global Threat

Sally Davies ,  Jonathan Grant ,  Mike Catchpole

$9.99

Antibiotics add, on average, twenty years to our lives. For over seventy years, since the manufacture of penicillin in 1943, we have survived extraordinary operations and life-threatening infections. We are so familiar with these wonder drugs that we take them for granted. The truth is that we have been abusing them: as patients, as doctors, as travellers, in our food. No new class of antibacterial has been discovered for twenty six years and the bugs are fighting back. If we do not take responsibility now, in a few decades we may start dying from the most commonplace of operations and ailments that can today be treated easily. 

This short book, which will be enjoyed by readers of An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore and Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre, will be the subject of a TEDex talk given by Professor Dame Sally Davies at the Royal Albert Hall.
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Growing Older Without Feeling Old: On Vitality and Ageing

Growing Older Without Feeling Old: On Vitality and Ageing

Rudi Westendorp

$29.99

The past century has witnessed a revolution. Less than a hundred years ago, the average Western life expectancy was 40; now it is 80. And there is no end in sight: the first person who will reach 135 has already been born. It's the most radical change in our society since industrialisation, and natural it raises many questions.

What do longer life spans mean for the way we organize our societies? How can people best prepare themselves for living considerably longer? Does it help to eat less, or to take hormones, vitamins, or minerals? And what can we learn from old people who remain full of vitality, despite illness and infirmity? Growing Older without Feeling Old is the definitive book on a key issue for the 21st century, written by one of the world's leading experts in geriatric medicine.

Combining medical, biological, economic, and sociological insights, Rudi Westendorp explores the causes of the ageing revolution and explains how we can greet it with confidence and enjoy leading longer, healthier, and more productive lives than ever before.
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The Naked Surgeon: How the New Science of Transparency is Revolutionising Medicine

The Naked Surgeon: How the New Science of Transparency is Revolutionising Medicine

Samer Nashef

$29.99

We are not meant to touch hearts. We all have one, but most of us will never see one. The heart surgeon now has that privilege but, for centuries, the heart was out of reach even for surgeons. So when a surgeon nowadays opens up a ribcage and mends a heart, it remains something of a miracle, even if, to some, it is merely plumbing.

As with plumbers, the quality of surgeons' work varies. As with plumbers, surgeons' opinion of their own prowess and their own attitude to risk are not always reliable. Measurement is key. We've had a century of effective evidence-based medicine. We've had barely a decade of thorough monitoring of clinical outcomes. Thanks to the ground-breaking risk modelling of pioneering surgeons like Samer Nashef, we at last know how to judge whether an operation is in a patient's best interest, which hospital and surgeon would be best for that operation, when it might best be performed and what the exact level of risk is. We have at last made what is important in surgery measurable. But how should surgeons, and their patients, use these newfound insights? 

Ever since his days as a medical student, Samer Nashef has challenged the medical profession to be more open and more accurate about the success of surgical procedures, for the sake of the patients. In The Naked Surgeon, he unclothes his own profession to demonstrate to his reader (and prospective patient) many revelations, such as the paradox at the heart of the cardiac surgeon's craft: the more an operation is likely to kill you, the better it is for you. And he does so with absolute clarity, fluency and not a little wit.
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The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long Term Health

The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long Term Health

Justin Sonnenburg ,  Erica Sonnenburg

$35.00

Genetics and lifestyle are thought to be the two most important determinants of good health. But that's not the whole story.

In The Good Gut, Justin and Erica Sonnenburg, who are doing cutting-edge research on the trillions of microbes living in our gastrointestinal tract, reveal how our gut affects everything, from our immune response to our weight, allergic reactions, aging and emotions; how they are under threat from the Western diet, our antibiotics, and our sterilized environment; and how we can nurture our individual microbiota. This is important news. Our intestinal microbiota plays an important role in the prevalence of predominantly Western afflictions, such as cancer, diabetes, allergies, asthma, autism, and inflammatory bowel diseases. 

These gut bacteria are facing a mass extinction, and the health consequences are dire. The average person in the Western world has around 1,200 different types of bacteria residing in his or her gut. That may seem like a lot until you consider that the average Amerindian living in the Amazon has approximately 1,600 species and is much less likely to develop Western illnesses. How can we keep our microbiota off the endangered species list?  How can we strengthen the community that inhabits our gut and thereby improve our own health? Your prescription for gut health is unique to you, and it changes as you age.

The Good Gut offers a new plan for health that focuses on how to nourish your microbiota, including recipes and a menu plan. Drs. Sonnenburg look at safe alternatives to antibiotics; dietary and lifestyle choices to encourage microbial health; the management of the aging microbiota; and the nourishment of your own individual microbiome.
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50 Shortcuts to a Sugar-Free Life: How Pistachios, Olive Oil, and a Good Night's Sleep Can Help You Overcome Sugar Addiction for a Longer, Healthier Life

50 Shortcuts to a Sugar-Free Life: How Pistachios, Olive Oil, and a Good Night's Sleep Can Help You Overcome Sugar Addiction for a Longer, Healthier Life

Fredrik Paulun

$21.99

Refined sugars are probably the most hazardous ingredients in modern food. They're extremely dense in calories and highly addictive - and this can make us fat. For most Americans today, one out of every four calories consumed is refined sugar. Excessive consumption of refined sugar increases the risk for many forms of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes type 2, general inflammation, and premature aging. In 50 Shortcuts to a Sugar-Free Life, Fredrik Paulun Sweden's number one nutritionist and author of 50 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism, explain why refined sugars are so dangerous to your health and how to avoid excess intake and addiction. He offers lifestyle tips and easy tricks for reducing consumption of sugar and making healthy choices. Paulun also shows how to enjoy a taste of sweetness from natural sources, for delicious food that provides only positive effects for the brain and body. Paulun draws on the latest research to provide expert, scientifically-proven shortcuts to a better lifestyle. Whether you follow one sugar-cutting strategy or all fifty, the results on your health and waistline are guaranteed.
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Save Our Sleep: A Parent's Guide Towards Happy, Sleeping Babies from Birth to Two Years

Save Our Sleep: A Parent's Guide Towards Happy, Sleeping Babies from Birth to Two Years

Tizzie Hall

$32.99

Tizzie Hall is an internationally renowned baby whisperer who has been working with babies and their parents for over 24 years. Her customised sleep routines have helped thousands of restless babies sleep through the night, and in this easy-to-use sleep guide she shares:

*Sleep routines for baby's first two years, covering both breast and bottle-fed babies, and their introduction to solids
*Teaching your baby to settle and resettle themselves
*Solutions to sleep problems
*Common questions and case studies from parents
*How to overcome any breaks to the sleeping routine
*Dummy use, expressing and dealing with premature babies and twins.

Tried and tested, Tizzie will show you how to help your child sleep all night, every night. Save Our Sleep is the must-have book for all parents who want to save their sleep.
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A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World

A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World

Daniel Goleman

$29.99

For decades, the Dalai Lama has travelled the world, meeting with people from a wealth of countries who differ greatly in their background, social status and viewpoint, bringing them his own individual wisdom and compassion.

In his encounters with everyone from the inhabitants of shantytowns in Sao Paulo and Soweto to heads of state in Davos and Washington D.C., the Dalai Lama saw similar problems: a set of values that have helped the very rich to advance beyond the multitudinous poor, a disregard for the environment that could lead to global catastrophe and governments in paralysis, bereft of positive, progressive policies of any sort.

Now, as he turns eighty, having built up a profound knowledge of the world we live in today, as well as a penetrating grasp of its scientific context, the Dalai Lama gives us his vision for a better future. Challenging what he sees as a general mixture of cynicism and self-interest, he offers a radically different perspective and a vision that can be assimilated by people around the globe. 

From cultivating early on a capacity for caring that transcends religious, ideological and national boundaries, to creating an economic system that applies principals of fairness and which values fulfilment, his argument focuses on what is urgent and why it should matter to each of us.

In his unique manifesto, the Dalai Lama presents perspective on the world that can bring hope to millions, that will endure beyond the present day and that has the potential to reshape humanity as we know it.
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8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well-Being

8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well-Being

Manuela Mischke Reeds ,  Babette Rothschild

$28.95

Mindfulness can be defined as the ability to be present with your experiences without judgment; to witness your thoughts, feelings, and sensations with curiosity during both ordinary and dramatic moments. If you strive to be more awake and alive in your daily life, if you feel stressed, want to improve your relationships, or gain more resources to get you through hard times, mindfulness can be the answer. The 8 keys in this book will help readers foster a calm, sustained, and mindful inner state that leads to rejuvenation, connection, and confidence. Practical teachings are applied through stories and descriptions, and easy-to-understand exercises walk readers through every key. For anyone who wants to learn how to use the power of mindfulness to transform their daily life and to deal with problems such as stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, and even addiction, this book will guide the way.
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Empathy: Why it Matters, and How to Get it

Empathy: Why it Matters, and How to Get it

Roman Krznaric

$22.99

Influential popular philosopher Roman Krznaric argues our brains are wired for social connection: empathy is at the heart of who we are. It's an essential, transforming quality we must develop for the 21st Century. Through encounters with actors, activists, groundbreaking designers, undercover journalists, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He sets out the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways. Empathy has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political. Krznaric contends that, as we move on from an age of introspection, empathy will be key to fundamental social change - making this book a manifesto for revolution.
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The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You (and How to Get Good at it)

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You (and How to Get Good at it)

Kelly McGonigal

$35.00

What if everything you thought you knew about stress was wrong? Over the years we've grown to see stress as Public Enemy No.1, responsible for countless health problems, relationship troubles, unhappiness and anxiety, and to be avoided at all costs. But what if changing your mindset about stress could actually make you healthier, happier and better able to reach your goals? In this new book, health psychologist Dr Kelly McGonigal reveals the new science of stress, showing that by embracing stress and changing your thinking, your stress response could become your most powerful ally. Drawing on the latest research and practical brain-training techniques, The Upside of Stress shows you how to do stress better, to improve your health and resilience, focus your energy, build relationships and boost courage. Rethink stress, and watch your life change for the better.
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Backbone: The Modern Man's Ultimate Guide to Purpose, Passion and Power

Backbone: The Modern Man's Ultimate Guide to Purpose, Passion and Power

David H. Wagner

$29.99

There is an energy crisis in America. Masculine energy - the energy that makes men strong and fearless, wise and giving - is on the wane. Everywhere you look, from pop culture to politics you see the effects. Doofus dads. Potbellied windbags. Metrosexuals. We have Dudes and Guys aplenty, but few Men.

Spiritual Teacher, author, and men's group leader David H. Wagner is on a mission to change that. We need masculine energy, he writes. We need men who know how it works and how to get it into gear. Wagner fearlessly tackles the issues that got us here. The women's movement. Our intense sexual energy. Our propensity towards violence. Our lack of decent role models. We all have Bullshit, he says. Owning it is the first step. Next comes figuring out what your purpose is. When we do this, everyone wins.

Since the 1950's women have been on a massive evolutionary curve as they've stepped up to assume more powerful positions in the world. Over these same decades, men, for the most part, have taken a step back to help this process to happen. Women have been forced to empower themselves and develop themselves in many inner and outer ways. But the many resources that evolved to help women grow and transform like yoga, therapy, and other kinds of heart work have done so in a way that is not particularly man-friendly.

This book represents the creation of something needed today - a masculine paradigm for transformational work. Wagner wants men - all kinds of men - Wall Streeters and Main Streeters, Famers and Bikers - to be able to go deep, know themselves, heal themselves, transform themselves - without sacrificing their sense of manhood. With this work, we are entering the transformational arena through our manhood. It's time for men to step up and catch up. But to do it in our own way.

Spurred on by growing up with a hen-pecked alcoholic father, Wagner calls on his years of leading men's groups in New York City to give men a practical, down to earth manual to manhood. Filled with exercises and questions for reflection, Backbone is set to revolutionize how men in the 21st Century relate to themselves, their country and their world.
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How to Walk

How to Walk

Thich Nhat Hanh ,  Jason DeAntonis

$12.99

How to Walk  is the fourth title in Parallax's popular Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice.

Slow, concentrated walking while focusing on in - and out-breaths allows for a unique opportunity to be in the present. There is no need to arrive somewhere - each step is the arrival to concentration, joy, insight, and the momentary enlightenment of aliveness. When your foot touches the Earth with awareness, you make yourself alive and the Earth real, and you forget for one minute the searching, rushing, and longing that rob our daily lives of awareness and cause us to  sleepwalk  through life.

Thich Nhat Hanh shares amusing stories of the impact mindful walking has on both the walker and those who notice him, and shows how mindful walking can be a technique for diminishing depression, recapturing wonder, and expressing gratitude. Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis,  How to Walk  is a unique gift for all ages, sharing a simple practice that can have a profound effect on practitioners. Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. 

How to Walk  is a unique gift for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to understanding the many benefits of walking meditation, along with meditative poems to recite silently while walking. Appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition,  How to Walk  will benefit both seasoned practitioners and those new to meditation.
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The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism (Updated Edition)

The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism (Updated Edition)

Anne Manne

$32.99

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Far from being the work of a madman, Anders Breivik's murderous rampage in Norway was the action of an extreme narcissist. As the dead lay around him, he held up a finger asking for a Band-Aid.

Written with the pace of a psychological thriller, The Life of I is a compelling account of the rise of narcissism in individuals and society. Manne examines the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and the alarming rise of sexual assaults in sport and the military, as well as the vengeful killings of Elliot Rodger in California. She looks at narcissism in the pursuit of fame and our obsession with 'making it'. She goes beyond the usual suspects of social media and celebrity culture to the deeper root of the issue: how a new narcissistic character-type is being fuelled by a cult of the self and the pursuit of wealth in a hypercompetitive consumer society.

The Life of I also offers insights from the latest work in psychology, looking at how narcissism develops. But Manne also shows that there is an alternative: how to transcend narcissism, to be fully alive to the presence of others; how to create a world where love and care are no longer turned inward.
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Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction

Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction

Daniel Pick

$15.95

Since its inception, psychoanalysis has been hailed as a revolutionary theory of how the mind works, whilst some of its ideas such as the Oedipus complex have become part of everyday conversation. In Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction, Daniel Pick offers a lucid, lively, and wide-ranging survey of psychoanalysis. This book offers the reader a flavour of what it might be like to enter treatment, and suggests the possible surprises that can await both analyst and patient, as well as the potential benefits. Yet whilst Freud's writings have shaped the way many of us understand dreams, desires, and destructiveness, as well as anxieties, blunders, and guilt, numerous critics have warned of the dangerous methods and time-bound assumptions of psychoanalysis, doubted the efficacy of its drawn-out methods, and dismissed its core claims as pseudo-science. Looking at modern ideas of the self, exploring the nature of unconscious aspects of relationships, and considering how psychoanalysis has evolved, Pick ponders the particular challenges now facing the analytic profession, and shows why psychoanalysis remains an important resource for investigating the mind, its creative functioning and many afflictions.
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Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History

Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History

Francis O'Gorman

$24.99

Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History suggests a unique approach to the inner life and its ordinary pains. Francis O'Gorman charts the emergence of our contemporary idea of worry in the Victorian era and its establishment, after the First World War, as a feature of modernity. For some writers between the Wars, worry was the disease of the age. Worrying examines the everyday kind of worry-the fearful, non-pathological, and usually hidden questioning about uncertain futures. It shows worry to be a natural companion in a world where we try to live by reason and believe we have the right to choose, finding in the worrier a peculiarly contemporary sufferer whose mental life is not only exceptionally familiar, but also deeply strange. Offering an intimately personal account of an all-too-common human experience, and of a word that slips in and out of ordinary conversation so often that it has become invisible in its familiarity, Worrying explores how the modern world has shaped our everyday anxieties.
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The War on Journalism: Media Moguls, Whistleblowers and the Price of Freedom

The War on Journalism: Media Moguls, Whistleblowers and the Price of Freedom

Andrew Fowler

$34.99

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Racked by public distrust, cowed by government surveillance and powerful corporations, the mainstream media is in crisis. Newspapers which flourished for centuries and TV networks that once ruled the world are failing.

Andrew Fowler's The War on Journalism tells how the media helped write its own epitaph. Drawing on personal interviews and his background in investigative journalism, Fowler traces the decline of the culture of truthbringing. It's a tale of sackings, cutbacks and self-censoring editors, deals, threats and government standover tactics. Alongside tabloids like the News of the World, notorious for phone hacking, giants like the BBC, Australia's ABC, The Washington Post and The New York Times, The Guardian and Le Monde come under fire.

When first WikiLeaks and then Edward Snowden blew the whistle, they did more than reveal explosive secrets: they undermined establishment, or insider, media - where governments 'leaked' information to favoured reporters in return for sympathetic coverage. Along with lawyer-turned-gonzo-journalist Glenn Greenwald, these outsiders challenged everyone from The Guardian on the left to Rupert Murdoch's global media empire on the right. 

The establishment fought back with draconian laws to silence the new journalism. From the UK to the US to Australia, governments harass journalists, threatening to jail both whistleblowers and those who publish their leaks. Staying one move ahead of post-9/11 intelligence agencies is fraught. Every cell phone is a mobile tracking device. The public's right to know is a battleground. At stake are the kind of journalism that survives and the kind of world in which we will live: democratic or dominated by executive government, unchallenged and unaccountable, spying on its own citizens and producing fraudulent arguments to fight horrific wars. 

The internet - which promised people easy access to information and each other - is now being used to produce a dark future. This is a defining moment, not just for journalism but for us all.
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Humankind: How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity

Humankind: How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity

Alexander H. Harcourt

$39.95

Where did the human species originate, why are tropical peoples much more diverse than those at polar latitudes, and why can only Japanese peoples digest seaweed? In Humankind, U. C. Davis professor Alexander Harcourt answers these questions and more, as he explains how the expansion of the human species around the globe and our interaction with our environment explains much about why humans differ from one region of the world to another, not only biologically, but culturally. What effects have other species had on the distribution of humans around the world, and we, in turn, on their distribution? And how have human populations affected each other's geography, even existence? For the first time in a single book, Alexander Harcourt brings these topics together to help us understand why we are, what we are, where we are. It turns out that when one looks at humanity's expansion around the world, and in the biological explanations for our geographic diversity, we humans are often just another primate, just another species. Humanity's distribution around the world and the type of organism we are today has been shaped by the same biogeographical forces that shape other species.
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Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

James Ward

$19.99

We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex are integral parts of our everyday environment. So much so that we never think about where they come from, why they are the way they are - or what stories they might have to tell. But luckily, James Ward does and he's here to tell you all about the secret pull stationery exerts on our lives. After all, who remains unmoved by the sight of a pristine blu-tak slab, or the first unmarked sheet of a brand new notepad? And which of humanity's brightest ideas didn't start life on a scrap of paper, a Post-it, or in the margins of a notebook? Exploring the stories behind these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention - accidental and brilliant - and bitter rivalry. He also asks the questions you never thought you had: Who is Mr Pritt? What does shatter-proof resistant mean? How many pens does Argos use? And what does design evolutions in desk organisers mean for society? This witty and entertaining book, packed with fascinating facts, will change the way you look at your desk, pencil case or stationery cupboard forever.
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Rush Hour: How 500 Million Commuters Survive the Daily Journey to Work

Rush Hour: How 500 Million Commuters Survive the Daily Journey to Work

Iain Gately

$19.99

Each working day 500 million people across the planet experience the miracle and misery of commuting. Whether undertaken by car, bus, train or bicycle, the practice shapes our days and creates a time and a space for a surprisingly diverse range of activities. In Rush Hour, Iain Gately traces the past, present and future of commuting, from the age of Dickens to the potential of the driverless car. He examines the contrasting experiences of commuters in Britain and elsewhere in the world: from the crush-loaded salarymen of the Tokyo metro to the road-rage afflicted middle managers of America. Notwithstanding its occasional traumas, commuting emerges as a positive aspect of modern life. It has dictated the growth of cities; been proving ground for new technologies; and given countless people freedom of movement and the opportunity to improve their lives.
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Confronting the Internet's Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway

Confronting the Internet's Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway

Raphael Cohen-Almagor

$49.95

Terrorism, cyberbullying, child pornography, hate speech, cybercrime: along with unprecedented advancements in productivity and engagement, the Internet has ushered in a space for violent, hateful, and antisocial behavior. How do we, as individuals and as a society, protect against dangerous expressions online? Confronting the Internet's Dark Side is the first book on social responsibility on the Internet. It aims to strike a balance between the free speech principle and the responsibilities of the individual, corporation, state, and the international community. This book brings a global perspective to the analysis of some of the most troubling uses of the Internet. It urges net users, ISPs, and liberal democracies to weigh freedom and security, finding the golden mean between unlimited license and moral responsibility. This judgment is necessary to uphold the very liberal democratic values that gave rise to the Internet and that are threatened by an unbridled use of technology.
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Speed Thrills

Speed Thrills

Rodney Hogg

$35.00

Ever since Mitchell Johnson and his mighty moustache struck fear into the English Ashes team, the cricketing world has been buzzing about fast bowling. Now Rodney Hogg and Jon Anderson get up close with the greatest quicks in cricket history. In seventeen extended interviews – from Frank Tyson to Brett Lee, Sir Wes Hall to Shoaib Akhtar and Jeff Thomson to Allan Donald – Speed Thrills sets out to trace the journeys and plot the psychology behind the most ferocious speedsters to have graced the world stage.
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Blindsided

Blindsided

Michael Lynagh ,  Mark Eglinton

$29.99

A memoir that explores the fragility and meaning of life, even if you happen to be a Wallaby legend. It's the unthinkable for anyone - to be blind-sided by a life-threatening illness in the prime of life, with no prior warning and no time to prepare loved-ones for a life after you. On April 16th, 2012 Michael Lynagh - retired Rugby great - primed for a mid-career full of business, charity and sports analysis, was suddenly forced to re-evaluate every aspect of his and his family's existence. While with friends in Brisbane having a friendly beer or two, a seemingly fit and healthy Michael Lynagh suffered a serious stroke and was admitted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He was just forty-eight years old and everything about life and how he viewed it changed in an instant. this is a life-affirming memoir of how you cope, recover and rebuild.
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The Establishment Boys

The Establishment Boys

Barry Nicholls

$35.00

Almost 40 years ago, there were two national Australian cricket teams existing in seemingly parallel universes: the glamorous, 'rock-star' players of World Series Cricket run by media mogul Kerry Packer; and the traditional Australian Test team made up of young poorly paid men who represented their country in the establishment international Test arena.

Incredibly, four decades later we know more than ever about the characters and plot-twists of the WSC saga, thanks to a commercial media-driven fascination with magnate Kerry Packer and the household-name cricket heroes of the day. But the story of the players who stuck solid to the Australian Cricket Board is largely forgotten or simply unknown.

In this book former cricketer, now radio journalist and sportswriter Barry Nicholls sets the record straight and fills in the gaps by tracking down and holding honest, forthright conversations with those once-young men known as the Establishment Boys. Some players found mainstream success when the warring cricket factions reconciled in 1979; but others were derided by the press and their careers thrown on the scrapheap. 

This is the story of the Test matches, the series and tours of the 1977-79 seasons, in which the untried and largely unappreciated Establishment Boys carried Australia's cricketing banner. What effect did this brief time in the spotlight have on the players involved, their careers, families, lives? Who survived? Who didn't? Where are they now?
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1001 Great Fishing Tips

1001 Great Fishing Tips

Paul Worsteling

$34.99

How to fish. Where to go. When to try. What to take. Which to catch. 1001 Great Fishing Tips is the ultimate guide to catching fish in Australian waters - whether it's off the rocks, in a boat, at the beach, sitting on a jetty or standing on a riverbank or an estuary shore. And who better to offer the tips than Paul Worsteling, Australia's best-known and most widely respected fisherman and the popular host of the Logie-nominated IFISH on Channel TEN and ONE. Paul's passion for fishing has taken him all over the world and into every waterway of Australia. Those adventures gifted him the know-how behind these 1001 great tips to safe, successful fishing. Whether it's the right gear to use, the correct technique to cast or the smart bait to buy, Paul's book is your guide from the moment you open the tackle-box to the moment your fish hits the frying pan.
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Conditioning Young Athletes

Conditioning Young Athletes

Tudor O. Bompa ,  Michael Carrera

$33.95

Conditioning for Young Athletes provides coaches, instructors, teachers and parents of future sport stars the best training advice, exercises and programmes for establishing an overall fitness base and maximising athletic development. This authoritative guide includes numerous exercises that safely increase young athletes' coordination, flexibility, speed, strength and endurance. It contains a tried and tested regimen geared to three developmental phases, long and short-term training plans, and sport-specific programmes. With more than 182 exercises appropriate for children aged 6 to 18, it takes into consideration critical factors such as a child's developmental stage, motor functioning and sex-specific considerations to ensure that the workouts do not hinder development and growth.
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The Streak: The Winning Maroons

The Streak: The Winning Maroons

Paul Connolly

$45.00

Fans of National Rugby Leagure across the nation watched in fascination as Queensland, with it’s mix of top players from across NRL, overran NSW for 8 long years of the Origin series—an achievement that will probably never be repeated.

Game by game The Streak breaks down the reasons why Queensland dominated for so long. Paul Connolly examines Mal Meninga’s coaching contribution and how NSW failed to outgun him. It looks at the line up of top players, that included the cream of rugby league: Billy Slater, Cooper Crank, Greg Inglis, Jonathan Thurston, Steve Price, Steve Thaiday, Israel Falou and all the others. It also picks over the controversies and turning points that made the series so memorable. Queensland dominated for nearly a decade and NSW came agonisingly close many times. But the crown stayed with the Maroons for 8 long years.

An in-depth, vividly illustrated exploration of the How and Why behind Queensland's winning streak, The Streak will delight fans of NRL Australia-wide.
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Time and Space: The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules - And the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

Time and Space: The Tactics That Shaped Australian Rules - And the Players and Coaches Who Mastered Them

James Coventry

$32.99

An accomplished book about the genius and ingenuity of the game's greats (and the forgotten) and how they have shaped the game through the innovation of tactics. From Pagan's Paddock to Clarkson's Cluster, from Fitzroy's huddle to Sydney's flood, the tactics of Australian football have become part of the vernacular. In this groundbreaking book, ABC journalist James Coventry reveals the secrets behind them all. You'll meet the German gymnast who taught Geelong how to break the game from its rugby roots; the two Test cricketers who became footy's first great coaches; and the water polo player who shaped the modern AFL. Along the way you'll learn how South Australia pioneered the flick pass; how a rule suggested by Tasmania helped Collingwood win four straight flags; and how Fremantle revolutionised the use of the interchange bench. Time and Space is essential reading for any fan who wants to know why their team does what it does, and why it wins or loses.
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Water Exercise

Water Exercise

Melissa Layne

$28.95

Exercising in water is particularly effective because it offers a wide range of therapeutic and health benefits without the hard impact of land exercise. No matter what an individual's current fitness level, Water Exercise allows for each workout plan to be personalised by changing the speed, intensity or amount of rest based on their needs. It is ideal for cross-training workouts, simple to advanced fitness workouts and as an aid to recovery from injury or management of chronic conditions.
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Older and Bolder: Life After 60

Older and Bolder: Life After 60

Renata Singer

$34.99

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For the first time in history, women can expect to live well from their sixties for another three decades. A drab existence of retirement, disease and disconnection is not an option for this generation of women. In Older and Bolder, Renata Singer contrasts the stories of the pioneers of active, productive old age against the anxieties of those facing the milestone of turning sixty, considering each viewpoint in the light of revealing research. Older and Bolder is her rallying guide to living audaciously in the last third of your life.
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The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality

The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality

Rachel Hills

$32.99

From a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life. Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom; that, if anything, we are too free now. But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are controlled by a new brand of sexual convention: one which influences all of us - woman or man, straight or gay, liberal or conservative. At the root of this silent code lies the Sex Myth - the defining significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don't do it enough. Equal parts social commentary, pop culture, and powerful personal anecdotes from people across the English-speaking world, The Sex Myth exposes the invisible norms and unspoken assumptions that shape the way we think about sex today.
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Modern Romance: An Investigation

Modern Romance: An Investigation

Aziz Ansari

$39.99

People today have more romantic options than at any point in human history, and thanks to social media, smartphones and online dating, our abilities to connect with these options are staggering. Yet we also have to face new and absurd dilemmas, such as what to think when someone doesn't reply to your text but has time to post a photo of a pizza on Instagram. But this transformation of our romantic lives cannot be explained by technology alone. Whereas once most people would find a decent person who probably lived in their neighbourhood and marry by the age of 23, today we spend years of our lives on a quest to find our soulmate. While Ansari has long aimed his comedic insight at modern relationships, here he teamed up with award-winning sociologist Eric Klinenberg to research dating cultures from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Paris, crunch the quantitative data and interview some of the world's leading social scientists. The result is an unforgettable tour of the romantic landscape.
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Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Katha Pollitt

$27.95

Forty years after the landmark  Roe v. Wade  ruling,  abortion  is still a word that is said with outright hostility or vague discomfort by many, this despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by the time they reach menopause.

Even those who support a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy often qualify their support by saying abortion is a  bad thing,  an  agonizing decision,  thereby placing the medical procedure on a pedestal so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is often necessary, and often welcomed, into something shameful and secretive. Meanwhile with each passing day the rights upheld by the Supreme Court are being systematically eroded by state laws designed to end abortion outright.

In this controversial and necessary book, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman's reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. In clear, concise arguments, Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman's life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for good for women, families, and society. By whole-heartedly defending abortion rights, Pollitt argues, we reclaim the lives and the rights of women and mothers.
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