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We know. Looking at books online isn't as good as being able to pick them up in a bookshop.

You can't touch the cover. You can't flick through the pages. You can't get high on that great new book smell (or is that just us?)

But hey — at least you can read an extract. Here, we've given you a taste of the books on our list — enough to know if you like it (we're pretty sure you will), and if it's what you're looking for.

Happy reading!

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Under Cover

In a 1967 Paris Review interview, Vladimir Nabokov revealed his disdain…

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Fever of Animals

Or maybe, after all, it should begin on the plane, mid-air above those…

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Please Don’t Leave Me Here

It’s another slow-news day by the look of The Age online: Acting Prime…

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The Naked Surgeon

As a medical student in 1977, I had a profound dislike of surgeons.…

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Growing Older Without Feeling Old

In the previous century, human existence underwent a radical change.…

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The Biology of Desire

I’m a neuroscientist and a professor. It’s my job to teach students…

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The Seven Good Years

When a writer says that a book he has written is especially important…

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June

‘We’re almost in Slootdorp,’ the driver says. ‘That’s where the next…

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Gut

I was born by caesarean section, and was not able to be breastfed. That…

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The Spy’s Son

Portland, Oregon, January 29, 2009 I’m sitting in Satan’s Pew, the…

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Princess Bari

I was barely twelve when my family was split apart. I grew up in…

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A Fighting Chance

I’m Elizabeth Warren. I’m a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. For…

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Breakthrough

My parents were sitting across from me on the sofa, and they were not…

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Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?

Feminism has always been about economics. Virginia Woolf wanted a room…

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