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What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? This bestselling history of our species challenges everything we know about being human.

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Irena's Gift

If we seal off the past, how will we ever know the truth?

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The Eagle in the Mirror

Like a lot of people whose lives come to sticky or ignominious ends, Dick Ellis’s time on Earth was ruined by the butterfly effect.

Irena's Gift

Magpies warbled in the gum trees as we walked up the path to Nana Alicja’s ground-floor flat in the upper-crust Melbourne suburb of Toorak.

The Scrap Iron Flotilla

It was 2100 hours, with night drawn in.