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Series:Popular Penguins Ser.
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In 1804, while a student at Oxford, Thomas De Quincey was looking for relief from excruciating pain when a college acquaintance recommended opium. "Opium!" De Quincey wrote. "Dread agent of unimaginable pleasure and pain! I had heard of it as I had of manna or of ambrosia, but no further: how unmeanin... read more

Confessions of an English Opium Eater (Popular Penguin)
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A vivid, darkly funny, moving and uplifting account of a young woman's struggle with OCD.

Because We Are Bad
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"The most magical book about the African bush since Born Free." Daily Mail A blonde, chic Parisienne, Françoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve. But when she fell in love... read more

An Elephant in My Kitchen - What the Herd Taught Me about Love, Courage and Survival
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A powerful, timely exploration of the art of living and dying on our own terms by one of Australia's most respected voices   Of all the experiences we share, two universal events bookend our lives: we were all born and we will all die. We don't have a choice in how we enter ... read more

A Better Death
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A take no prisoners' approach to life has seen Paul Carter heading to some of the world's most remote, wild and dangerous places as a contractor in the oil business. Amazingly, he's survived (so far) to tell these stories from the edge of civilization, and reason.

Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse
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Kristine Barnett's son Jacob is today, at age twelve, working on extending Einstein's theory of relativity. His story is remarkable, and all the more so because his prodigious mind and talents were almost lost after he was diagnosed with autism at age three. An extraordinary true story of what it is l... read more

The Spark:A Mother's Story Of Nurturing Genius
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'The answer to our success was family.' In 1935, the Australian family confectionery company, Darrell Lea, was a sensation. Delicious chocolates, marshmallows, nougat and much more were displayed... read more

Rocky Road: The Incredible True Story of the Fractured Family Behind the Darrell Lea Chocolate Empire
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Sick? Tired? Lost your job? Take one dose of literature and repeat until better. The Novel Cure is an A-Z of literary remedies that offers a cure in the form of a novel for all kinds of ailments of the mind and body, and life's general ups and downs. Whether you have stomach flu, low self esteem or ar... read more

The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies
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Funny woman, Instagram star and international comedy sensation, Celeste Barber's Challenge Accepted! is a hilarious and outspoken guide to life, unwanted gas and how to rock a sexy scar. It's real, like totally, really real. Actor, writer and comedian, Celeste Barber is one ve... read more

Challenge Accepted!
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WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZE
The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voice... read more

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
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In The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing stories of women from across Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS. Since 2014, ISIS has been persecuting the Yazidi people, killing or enslaving those who won't... read more

The Beekeeper of Sinjar
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The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela's memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequel to his ... read more

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years
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