Australian Depends What You Mean by Extremist John Safran Australian Lives: An Intimate History Anisa Puri & Alistair Thomson The Honest History Book David Stephens & Alison Broinowski PB $34.99 No one turns up where they’re not wanted quite like John Safran. In this hilarious and disorienting adventure he gets among our diverse community of white nationalists, ISIS supporters, anarchists and more, digging away at the contradictions that many would prefer be left unexamined. Populated by an extraordinary cast of ‘ordinary’ Australians, Depends What You Mean by Extremist is a startling, confronting portrait of contemporary Australia. PB $39.95 Australian Lives: An Intimate History illuminates Australian life across the 20th and into the 21st century. From oral history interviews with Australians born between 1920 and 1989, fifty narrators reflect on their diverse experiences as children and teenagers, in midlife and in old age, about faith, migration, work and play, aspiration and activism, memory and identity, pain and happiness. PB $34.99 In Australia’s rush to commemorate all things Anzac, have we lost our ability to look beyond war as the central pillar of Australia’s history and identity? The Honest History group argue that while war has been important to Australia, we must question the stories we tell ourselves about our history. In this lively collection, writers explore not only the militarisation of our history but the alternative narratives being swamped. Those Wild Rabbits Bruce Munday Fear of Abandonment Allan Gyngell The Enigmatic Mr Deakin Judith Brett PB $39.95 A century ago Australia was home to 10 billion rabbits, thriving in their adopted home. Those Wild Rabbits highlights not only the damage done but also Australia's missed opportunities for real rabbit control. It recognises the bush's paradoxical love affair with an animal that was at one time a significant rural industry. More importantly, it offers hope for a brighter future, making the case for research to drive the next rabbit- control miracle. PB $34.99 Everything Australia wants to achieve as a country depends on its capacity to understand the world outside and to respond effectively to it. In Fear of Abandonment, Allan Gyngell tells how Australia has shaped the world and been shaped by it since it established an independent foreign policy during 1942. Gyngell argues that the fear of being abandoned by our allies has been an important driver of how Australia acts in the world. HB $49.99 August This insightful and accessible new biography of Alfred Deakin, Australia’s second prime minister, shines fresh light on one of the nation’s most significant figures. It brings out a gifted, passionate and intriguing man whose contributions continue to shape the contours of Australian politics. Destined to become a classic of biography, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin is a masterly portrait of a complex man who was instrumental in creating modern Australia.