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Non-Fiction

Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll - Guerilla Science, Zoe Cormier

How can wordless collections of sounds send shivers down our spines and tickle ancient parts of our brains we share with reptiles? How did a chemist's quest to create a drug to ease the pain of childbirth result in the creation of LSD? Why do goats partak

Paris Blues: African American Music & French Popular Culture - Andy Fry

The Jazz Age. The phrase conjures images of Louis Armstrong holding court at the Sunset Cafe in Chicago, Duke Ellington dazzling crowds at the Cotton Club in Harlem, and star singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. But the Jazz Age was every bit as much

Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies review

Did Rupert Murdoch get away with it? Nick Davies gives us the story behind the story.

This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial - Helen Garner

Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial before a jury o

The Homing Instinct: The Story and Science of Migration - Bernd Heinrich

The story and science of how animals find their way home. Home is the place we long for most, when we feel we have travelled too far, for too long. Since boyhood, acclaimed scientist and author Bernd Heinrich has returned every year to a beloved patch

Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch. By Nick Davies

AUGUST has forever been called the silly season by newspapers, the hated holiday time when little of any significance happens resulting in unrevealing and truly odd stories.

Walk on the wild side in Montmarte with Picasso's pet mouse

Montmartre. Two syllables which still pack a little shimmer of magic. It was a hill apart – la Butte – where life felt different from in the rest of Paris.

The naked girl on a Jamaican beach who inspired the birth of Bond

At the height of summer July 1943, Ian Fleming, then the assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, flew to Jamaica with his old friend Ivar Bryce to investigate reports that a millionaire Swede — and Nazi sympathiser — had built a secret submar

National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945-1963 by Richard Vinen review

Richard Davenport-Hines explores the forgotten history of Britain's peacetime conscription.