New UNSW books

Here's a bumper crop of UNSW books for holiday reading.


Frank Hurley’s 'Wounded on the Menin Road, 2nd Battle of Ypres 1917', featured in Peter Stanley’s 'The Crying Years: Australia’s Great War'. Photograph: National Library of Australia, papers of James Atcheson Spalding, 1916–1968.


The Crying Years: Australia’s Great War 

Peter Stanley 

NewSouth Books

• UNSW Canberra historian Professor Peter Stanley takes an original approach to the Great War, weaving his narrative around striking images – many never seen before. Documents, diary entries, photographs and artefacts from the National Library of Australia help tell stories of battles, and the war’s impact on Australians at home. ‘The crying years’ of the title is taken from poet Zora Cross’s tribute to her soldier brother who was killed at age 19, Elegy on an Australian Schoolboy.




The Best Australian Science Writing 2017

Edited by Michael Slezak

NewSouth Books

• Now in its seventh year, The Best Australian Science Writing brings together essays from Australia’s brightest thinkers as they explore the intricacies of the world around us. The latest lively collection covers a wide range of subjects, including the future of the Great Barrier Reef, the reality of shark attack statistics, the challenges faced by cancer scientists and whether it would be ethical to eat sentient aliens.







The Conversation Yearbook 2017

Edited by John Watson

Melbourne University Press

• This year’s collection of 50 Conversation articles ranges from ancient trees to a defence of grammar pedantry. UNSW authors include Matthew Hale and Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick on climate change, Gabrielle Appleby and Gemma McKinnon on constitutional recognition, Lindsay Wu on reversing the biology of ageing, Joseph Forgas on the benefits of sadness, Eileen Baldry on the incarceration of Indigenous Australians, and Travis Wearne on drinking and brain damage.






Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy 

Claire Higgins

NewSouth Books

• In 1976, the first refugees from Vietnam sailed into Darwin Harbour, seeking asylum. What followed is a story of necessity and invention by the Fraser government. Through exclusive access to UNHCR records and interviews with key players, Kaldor Centre Senior Research Associate Dr Claire Higgins traces how Australia’s original principled position on refugees was shaped – and how it was gradually eroded by political demands, leading to today’s dramatically different approach. 





Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays

Edited by Elizabeth McMahon and Brigitta Olubas

Sydney University Press

• This first collection of critical writing on Elizabeth Harrower’s fiction includes eloquent tributes by two acclaimed contemporary novelists, Michelle de Kretser and Fiona McFarlane, and essays by leading critics of Australian literature – including Elizabeth McMahon, Brigitta Olubas, Kate Livett and Julian Murphet from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences. Together they offer new insights into Harrower’s writing and invite readers to read and re-read her work in a new light. 





A Good Life to the End: Taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death

Ken Hillman

Allen & Unwin

• UNSW Professor of Intensive Care Ken Hillman has worked in intensive care since its inception. But he is appalled by the way the ICU has become a place where the frail and dying are given unnecessary operations and life-prolonging treatments without their wishes being considered. In A Good Life to the End, he explores the question of whether our quest to extend life has made us forget how to die well.






Widening Minds

Tom Frame

NewSouth Books

• Tom Frame examines the productive 50-year partnership between UNSW and the Australian Defence Force, tracing the evolution of officer education, the controversial decision to create the Australian Defence Force Academy, the subsequent development of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the response to cadet controversies and the University’s efforts to raise educational standards and the quality of intellectual debate across the defence community.






Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning 6

Edited by Christopher Silver, Robert Freestone and Christophe Demaziere


• UNSW Built Environment’s Professor Robert Freestone co-edited this selection of some of the best scholarship in urban and regional planning from around the world. The theme of this 6th volume is ‘The Right to the City’, speaking to a growing new movement within planning theory and practice that aims to advance a more just and equitable world.