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He raises hackles or receives resounding cheers, he's loved or hated but never ignored. Christopher Hitchens is possibly the most provocative writer of our time, fearless and forthright with no subject off limits. This volume of essays spans a remarkable four decades of writing. From early articles in... read more

Arguably
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A hospice chaplain's lessons on the meaning of life, from those who are leaving it What are the top regrets of the dying? That's what Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, learned as she listened to her patients on their deathbeds, witnessing what she calls the "spiritual work of dying" - the work ... read more

On Living
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Government, war, the economy, human identity, philosophy and the way we work. All of these, among others, are soon to be transformed. As technological advancements usher in a time where each and every human being on the planet will be connected by more than 50 billio... read more

TED: The Great Questions of Tomorrow
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In this deeply considered book, renowned philosopher A. C. Grayling ranges across the tragic history of war. He considers much-debated theories on the causes of water, how warfare has changed in response to technological advances, positive changes that may arise from it, and more recent ... read more

War: An Enquiry
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Pull up an easy chair and settle into the most spell-binding collection of real stories you will ever read, from ordinary people and established writers including Malcolm Gladwell, Sebastian Junger and Nathan Englander. Introduced by Neil Gaiman

The Moth: This is a True Story
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In the spring of 2016, North Korea's missiles started falling out of the sky, if they even made it that high. In test after test, Kim Jong-un's Musudan missile-the pride of his fleet-was exploding on the launch pad, crashing seconds after launch, or tra... read more

Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage & Fear in the Cyber Age
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One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kind of walls, chairs, buildings and streets we're surrounded by. And yet a concern for architecture and design is too often described as frivolous, even sel... read more

The Architecture of Happiness
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Reading Level:4 Non Fiction

What is the inner life? And is it vanishing in the digital age?
Throughout history, artists and philosophers have cultivated the deep self, and seen value in solitude and reflection. But today, through social media, wall-to-wall ma... read more

Quarterly Essay 72: Net Loss: The Inner Life in the Digital Age
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Corrosive, mad and frequently fatal, indignation is a great destructive force in human affairs, and just as often a wellspring of mirth and merriment. Don Watson traces this seemingly ineradicable emotion in a journey that takes us, via his forebears, Flaubert and The Sopranos, f... read more

On Indignation
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An extraordinary report on the aftermath of the 1960s in America by the New York Times-bestselling author of South and West and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own "bad dreams" with those of a nation confronting... read more

The White Album
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Australia is not a fixed entity, a collection of outdated bigotries and reactionary credos, but rather an invitation to dream, and this country-our country-belongs to its dreamers . . . if we are finally to once more go forward as a people it's time our dreamers were br... read more

Seize the Fire: Three Speeches
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Magnificent. Surprising. Illuminating. Australia needs this book.NIKKI GEMMELLAs someone who has a foot in both the Western and Arabic worlds, Amal set out to explore the lives of Arab women, in Australia and the Middle East, travelling to the region a... read more

Beyond Veiled Cliches: The Real Lives of Arab Women
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