Our Biggest Books of 2015! (Non-Fiction)

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Our non-fiction readers had plenty to choose from this year, with books that run the gamut from cerebral to hilarious to heartbreaking.

  1. All Fall Down, Matthew Condon: The final installment in Condon’s meticulous recreation of the events leading up to the Fitzgerald Inquiry, shedding fascinating new light on the scandal’s major players.
  2. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates: A devastating letter from a father to his son, this slim volume lands with devastating impact. A deserving winner of the National Book Award.
  3. Flesh Wounds, Richard Glover: Somehow breaking new ground in the dysfunctional family memoir genre, Glover’s autobiography is hilarious, conversational and absurd.
  4. Island Home, Tim Winton: A timely memoir by Australia’s unofficial writer laureate that explores his personal connection to the natural world, as well as his country’s neglected responsibility for it.
  5. The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson: Fans of Bryson – of which there are no shortage – will love this unofficial sequel to Notes From a Small Island, which showcases the writer’s trademark wit.
  6. Not Just Black + White, Lesley and Tammy Williams: An account of the horrific treatment faced by aboriginal women, this is a breathtakingly powerful book combining the parallel stories of mother and daughter.
  7. Reckoning, Magda Szubanski: The year’s most pleasant surprise is this deeply serious memoir from one of Australia’s favourite funnywomen. Frequently heartbreaking and stunningly well written, it announces Magda as a new literary voice.
  8. The Bush, Don Watson: This much awarded book is the story of Australia’s relationship with the bush, an expansive and thoughtful exploration of how it informs our national identity.
  9. These Things Happen, Greg Fleet: A comedian’s story of his secret, decades-long battle with drugs, this is a brave and willfully unglamourous portrait of addiction.
  10. We Are Stardust, Stefan Klein: This anthology of interviews with some of the most brilliant scientific minds alive is a fascinating and accessible compendium of big ideas.
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