Books that make you think.

We publish leading non-fiction under the NewSouth and UNSW Press imprints.

New releases
Sydney: A Biography
December 2022
Acclaimed playwright and author, Louis Nowra – author of Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo – expands his gaze to explore the energy, beauty, vulgarity, dynamism and pulsating sense of self-importance of his adopted city, Sydney.
Sydney Harbour: A History, new edition
December 2022
Award-winning historian Ian Hoskins revisits Sydney’s glittering harbour and the people who inhabited and shaped it in this updated edition.
Voices of us: The independents’ movement transforming Australian democracy
December 2022
Australian politics is changing. Voices of us looks towards the future with hope and ideas.
Born of Fire and Ash: Australian operations in response to the East Timor crisis 1999–2000
December 2022
The first volume in the landmark Official History of Australian Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor, Born of Fire and Ash is an honest, challenging and compelling account of the 1999–2000 East Timor crisis and Australia’s response to it.
Alphabetical Sydney: 10th anniversary edition
December 2022
Alphabetical Sydney turns ten!
Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters: Australia’s first female filmmaking team
November 2022
Introducing the McDonagh sisters … a trio of extraordinary and ground-breaking filmmakers.
Boundary Crossers: The hidden history of Australia's other bushrangers
November 2022
Not all Australian bushrangers were white men, and not all were seen in a glowing light in their own time — historian Meg Foster reveals the stories of bushrangers who didn’t fit the mould.
Elizabeth and John
November 2022
A landmark and revealing joint biography of Elizabeth and John Macarthur, from one of Australia’s most respected historians.
The Best Australian Science Writing 2022

Edited by Ivy Shih

November 2022
The annual collection – now in its twelfth year – celebrating the finest voices in Australian science writing.
Dark Winter: An insider’s guide to pandemics and biosecurity
November 2022
World-renowned epidemiologist and biosecurity expert Raina MacIntyre reveals her insights into biological warfare, pandemics and the threats that lie ahead.
How to Rule Your Own Country: The weird and wonderful world of micronations
November 2022
How to Rule Your Own Country is a lively account of the people who decide that ‘enough is enough’ and create their own nation.
Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero, new edition
November 2022
An epic story of resistance, suffering and survival. Tongerlongeter resurrects a once-in-a-generation leader all Australians can admire.
Wizards of Oz: How Oliphant and Florey helped win the war and shape the modern world
October 2022
The remarkable story of Howard Florey and Mark Oliphant, two Australian scientists who played a vital role in the Allied victory in the Second World War and changed the course of history.
Suburban Noir: Crime and mishap in 1950s and 1960s Sydney
October 2022
Peter Doyle – author of City of Shadows and Crooks Like Us – draws from forensic records and the private papers of detective Brian Doyle (the most famous cop of the day and Peter’s uncle), to explore the criminal underbelly of mid-20th century Sydney.
The Naturalist: The remarkable life of Allan Riverstone McCulloch
October 2022
For lovers of natural history, this is the first book to explore Allan Riverstone McCulloch’s scientific genius, artistic talents and his crucial role in the development of the Australian Museum.
2023 Australasian Sky Guide
October 2022
The definitive guide to observing the Australian and New Zealand night sky.
Coming soon
Underground Lovers: The Secrets of Fungi
March 2023
Underground Lovers brings us down to earth, magnifier in hand, to dwell with fungal allies and aliens, discover how fungi hold forests together, and why humans are deeply entwined with these unruly renegades of the subterrain.
Political Lives: Australian prime ministers and their biographers
February 2023
Political Lives is an intimate history of Australian national politics.
February 2023
Everywhen is a ground-breaking collection about diverse ways of conceiving, knowing, and narrating time and deep history.
The Briefest English Grammar and Punctuation Guide Ever!
February 2023
The Briefest English Grammar and Punctuation Guide Ever! is the bestselling book that will teach you all the basics of using the English language.
November 2021
Waiting for Gonski
March 2022
Written by two teachers, Waiting for Gonski examines how Australia has failed its schools and offers inspired solutions to help change education for the better.
True Tracks
July 2021
The Secret of Emu Field
May 2022
Liz Tynan, the award-winning author of Atomic Thunder, reveals the little-known story of Emu Field, the first British atomic test site in South Australia, pre-dating Maralinga by three years.
Cadre Country
February 2022
Cadre Country is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the workings of the Chinese Communist Party and the limits of its achievements.
Sneaky Little Revolutions

edited by Nadia Wheatley

April 2022
From her wild bohemian years on Hydra to her radical feminist writings, Charmian Clift is a larger-than-life personality of Australian literature.
An Uncommon Hangman
May 2022
The gruesome and compelling tale of Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard, the longest-serving executioner for the colony of NSW.
Future Superhuman
May 2022
Strap in for an exhilarating, and starkly honest, take on the promise and peril of life in the 21st century.
Root & Branch
May 2022
Exquisitely written, Eda Gunaydin’s essays unsettle neat descriptions of inheritance, belonging and place.
Award winners
Wounded Country
September 2021
French Connection
July 2021
Winner, NSW Premier’s History Awards 2022, Australian History Prize
February 2021
Andrew Andersons
March 2022
The first book published on acclaimed Australian architect Andrew Andersons, written by well-known arts administrators Leon Paroissien and Bernice Murphy.
Paper Emperors
March 2019
*WINNER of the 2020 Colin Roderick Award* *Longlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize*
Beyond the Hero’s Journey
July 2021
In the Eye of the Storm
March 2021
Plastic Free
July 2020
'I'm going plastic free next month, who wants to join me?'
Dr Space Junk vs The Universe
April 2019
Shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards  Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction
The Thinking Woman
March 2019
WINNER of the Australian Book Design Awards 2020  Best Designed Autobiography/Biography/Memoir Nonfiction Cover
Bedlam at Botany Bay
June 2019
*Winner of the Australian History Prize in the NSW Premier's History Awards 2020*
Writers' Festival Reads
Dark Winter: An insider’s guide to pandemics and biosecurity
November 2022
World-renowned epidemiologist and biosecurity expert Raina MacIntyre reveals her insights into biological warfare, pandemics and the threats that lie ahead.
Living Democracy
August 2022
Whether you’re a concerned community member, or someone who is already active in social or environmental campaigning, this book will inspire and inform you, and get you fired up to co-create a common, more equitable future.
August 2022
Jeff Sparrow is one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals. From great controversies to the heroes and villains of our time, Provocations raises arguments that matter.
Root & Branch
May 2022
Exquisitely written, Eda Gunaydin’s essays unsettle neat descriptions of inheritance, belonging and place.
Coming of Age in the War on Terror
February 2021
Curlews on Vulture Street
September 2022
Acclaimed urban ecologist Darryl Jones reveals the not-so-secret lives of the most common birds that share our towns and cities.
November 2021
Failures of Command
March 2021
Beyond Climate Grief
March 2021
How do we find courage when climate change overwhelms us emotionally?

January to June 2023 Catalogue

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