ANU Library summer reading list – non-fiction

26 December 2019

Are you looking for things to read now that semester is over?

The ANU Library has put together a list of some fantastic non-fiction titles to enrich and entertain you over the summer break!

The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds

As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent.

The Cambridge history of science fiction

The Cambridge history of science fiction

Over forty contributors with diverse and complementary specialties present a history of science fiction across national and genre boundaries, and trace its intellectual and creative roots in the philosophical and fantastic narratives of the ancient past.

Different engines: how science drives fiction and fiction drives science

Different engines: how science drives fiction and fiction drives science

Since its emergence in the seventeenth century, science fiction has been a sustained, coherent and subversive check on the promises and pitfalls of science. In their turn, invention and discovery have forced fiction writers to confront the nature and limits of reality. Different Engines traces the way in which we've imagined the future.

Finding the heart of the nation

Finding the heart of the nation

Thomas Mayor has travelled around the country to promote a better future for Indigenous Australians. He's visited communities big and small, often with the Uluru Statement canvas rolled up in a tube under his arm. Through the story of his own journey and interviews, Thomas taps into a deep sense of our shared humanity. The voices within these chapters make clear what the Uluru Statement is and why it is so important.

Yellow notebook: diaries volume 1, 1978-1987

Yellow notebook: diaries volume 1, 1978-1987

Even though she burned all her diaries written before 1978, Helen Garner has now decided to publish the diaries written after this time. Recorded with frankness, humour and steel-sharp wit, these accounts of her everyday life provide an intimate insight into the work of one of Australia's greatest living writers.

The Gendered Cyborg

The Gendered Cyborg

Explores the relationship between representation, technoscience and gender, through the metaphor of the cyborg. The figure of the cyborg offers ways of thinking about the relationship between culture and technology, people and machines, disrupting the power of science to enforce the categories through which we think about being human.

A matter of facts: the value of evidence in an information age

A matter of facts: the value of evidence in an information age

On the theme of truth and evidence, this work looks at the role of archives and records in challenging ‘alternative facts’. Written for a general audience by renowned Canadian archivist and independent scholar Laura Millar, this book advocates for understanding and protecting authentic documentary proof.

Tulagi: Pacific outpost of British empire

Tulagi: Pacific outpost of British empire

This ANU Press title references the role of Charles Woodford, First Resident Commissioner of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate. A range of historical information including whole diaries, photographs and correspondence are held in the ANU Archives.