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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.
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Political Lives: Australian prime ministers and their biographers
February 2023
Political Lives is an intimate history of image-making and image-breaking in national politics.
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Everywhen
February 2023
Everywhen is a ground-breaking collection about diverse ways of conceiving, knowing, and narrating time and deep history.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Alphabetical Sydney: 10th anniversary edition
December 2022
Alphabetical Sydney turns ten!
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Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters: Australia’s first female filmmaking team
November 2022
Introducing the McDonagh sisters … a trio of extraordinary and ground-breaking filmmakers.
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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.
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Elizabeth and John
November 2022
A landmark and revealing joint biography of Elizabeth and John Macarthur, from one of Australia’s most respected historians.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Coming soon
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The Plant Thieves: Secrets of the herbarium
May 2023
The Plant Thieves reveals remarkable stories from the National Herbarium of New South Wales – its people, its archives and its most guarded specimens.
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Bhutan to Blacktown
May 2023
Om Dhungel was forced to flee Bhutan as a refugee, eventually arriving in Australia — this traumatic upheaval brought a surprising blessing: what Om learned about life when he lost everything except life itself.
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Revealing Secrets: An unofficial history of Australian Signals intelligence and the advent of cyber
May 2023
This unofficial account of Australian Signals intelligence reveals the organisation’s efforts to reveal the secrets of others.
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Women and Whitlam: Revisiting the revolution

Edited by Michelle Arrow

April 2023
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The Morrison Government: Governing through crisis, 2019-2022
April 2023
Leading thinkers on the policies and leadership of the Morrison Government from 2019 to 2022
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Dispatch from Berlin, 1943: The story of five journalists who risked everything
April 2023
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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.
Bestsellers
9781742237671
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.
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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.
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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.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Uluru Statement from the Heart
June 2021
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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.
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Darwin Spitfires
August 2022
It has been 80 years since the bombing of Darwin. This anniversary edition of Darwin Spitfires offers a detailed and fascinating history of this unparalleled attack.
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Truth-Telling
February 2021
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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.
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Lessons from History
July 2022
Leading historians tackle the biggest challenges that face Australia and the world and show how the past provides context and knowledge that can guide us in the present.
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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.
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True Tracks
July 2021
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Elizabeth and John
November 2022
A landmark and revealing joint biography of Elizabeth and John Macarthur, from one of Australia’s most respected historians.
Entries are now open!

Call for entries: The Best Australian Science Writing 2023 and the UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing 2023

As editor of The Best Australian Science Writing 2023, Donna Lu is looking for contributions that explain, question and respond to the most pressing science issues of our time

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Award winners
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Wounded Country
September 2021
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French Connection
July 2021
Winner, NSW Premier’s History Awards 2022, Australian History Prize
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Truth-Telling
February 2021
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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.
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Paper Emperors
March 2019
*WINNER of the 2020 Colin Roderick Award* *Longlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize*
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Beyond the Hero’s Journey
July 2021
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In the Eye of the Storm
March 2021
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Plastic Free
July 2020
'I'm going plastic free next month, who wants to join me?'
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Dr Space Junk vs The Universe
April 2019
Shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards  Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction
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The Thinking Woman
March 2019
WINNER of the Australian Book Design Awards 2020  Best Designed Autobiography/Biography/Memoir Nonfiction Cover
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Bedlam at Botany Bay
June 2019
*Winner of the Australian History Prize in the NSW Premier's History Awards 2020*
Writers' Festival Reads
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Political Lives: Australian prime ministers and their biographers
February 2023
Political Lives is an intimate history of image-making and image-breaking in national politics.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Uluru Statement from the Heart
June 2021
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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.
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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.
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Australia’s China Odyssey
August 2022
The story of the complex and crucial relationship between Australia and China, charting the highs and lows through the prism of the prime ministers who have handled relations with Beijing since Whitlam in 1972.
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Coming of Age in the War on Terror
February 2021
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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.
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Provocations
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.
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Root & Branch
May 2022
Exquisitely written, Eda Gunaydin’s essays unsettle neat descriptions of inheritance, belonging and place.
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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.
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Gum
November 2021
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Failures of Command
March 2021
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Beyond Climate Grief
March 2021
How do we find courage when climate change overwhelms us emotionally?
Catalogue

January to June 2023 Catalogue

Take a look at our exciting January to June 2023 titles.

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