Me Too, Women’s Suffrage, Civil Rights, Reconciliation, Black Lives Matter, Yes to Marriage Equality – at the heart of every uprising against injustice are tough conversations that trigger realisations about the state of the world. And when the collective focus shifts to the issues that really matter, it can be incredible to witness a groundswell of support gaining momentum. Here are some books whose authors are lending their voices, stories and perspectives to some challenging but important conversations.
In Seize the Fire, Richard Flanagan argues that Australia is not a fixed entity, but a molten idea – a country with a future that is ours to shape and ours to dream anew.
Invincible seeks to change this lack of awareness and understanding with a compelling look at this important issue, informing and inspiring anyone who grew up living with domestic violence—and those who love them, work with them, teach them, and mentor them.
Media star Jamila Rizvi’s exploration of the confidence deficit holding women back, the barriers to career success this can create, and how they might be overcome. Accessible and timely, this is essential reading for millennial women.
Expecting skinheads, John Safran rocked up to a far-right rally in Melbourne. What he found led him into the mad world of misfits who helped propel the second coming of Pauline Hanson and foreshadowed the era of Trump.
Neither a memoir nor an academic study but a deeply personal and meticulously researched rallying cry and required reading for us all.
Violence and the representation of women in the media.
The day that turns a life upside down usually starts like any other, but what happens the day after? Dual Walkley Award-winner Leigh Sales investigates how ordinary people endure the unthinkable.
On the day that became known as Black Saturday, one man deliberately lit two fires near the small town of Churchill, Gippsland, then sat on the roof of his house and watched the flames. The Arsonist, by the acclaimed author of The Tall Man, is the story of that man, the fire he lit, and the people who were killed.
Binge away with all the original texts, prequels, sequels, tie-ins and companions of the year's biggest TV series.
Titles worth revisiting, no matter how much you hated them at school.
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.