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August new releases

This August we are publishing six very different but significant books. The Rare Metals War is a vital look at the new resources race, The Case of George Pell is the authoritative account of the cardinal’s trials, and Fallout is a dramatic look at the reporter who uncovered the true effects of the atom bomb.  We’re also publishing two newly updated works of nonfiction, The End of Epidemics by global health expert Dr Jonathan D. Quick and The Woman Who Cracked The Anxiety Code by Judith Hoare, now with a new foreword by Clare Bowditch. We’re also publishing the award-winning No Presents Please, a short story collection by Jayant Kaikini, one of India's most celebrated short-story writers.

Read about these titles below, and to win a copy head to our Facebook page or Instagram and let us know which one you’d most like to read and why.

The Case of George Pell

Guardian Australia’s Melbourne bureau chief, Melissa Davey covered Cardinal George Pell’s evidence at the royal commission into child sexual abuses, and attended each of his trials for his alleged historic sexual offences against children — his committal hearing, mistrial, retrial, and appeals.

What she saw, heard, and read made her determined to produce a dispassionate and thorough rendition of what occurred. The Case of George Pell is the result — an authoritative account of those trials, of the basis for the verdicts, and of the backlash to the verdicts. It is inevitably not only about Cardinal Pell, but about justice in the age of conservative media, about culture wars, and about the broader context of clergy abuse.

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The Rare Metals War

The resources race is on. Powering our digital lives and green technologies are some of the Earth’s most precious metals — but they are running out. And what will happen when they do?

The green-tech revolution has been lauded as the silver bullet to a new world. One that is at last free of oil, pollution, shortages, and cross-border tensions. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, this book cuts across conventional green thinking to probe the hidden, dark side of green technology.

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Fallout

New York Times bestselling author Lesley Blume reveals how a courageous reporter uncovered one of the greatest and deadliest cover-ups of the 20th century — the true effects of the atom bomb — potentially saving millions of lives.

In the days following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. But even before the surrender, the US had begun a secret propaganda campaign to celebrate these weapons as the ultimate peacekeepers — hiding the true extent and nature of their devastation. The cover-up intensified as Americans closed the atomic cities to Allied reporters, preventing information from leaking about the horrific and lasting effects of radiation that would kill thousands of people during the months after the blast. For nearly a year, the cover-up worked — until New Yorker journalist John Hersey got into Hiroshima and reported the truth to the world.

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No Presents Please

Winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Atta Galatta–Bangalore Literature Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, Jayant Kaikini is one of India's most celebrated short-story writers.

For readers of Jhumpa Lahiri and Rohinton Mistry, as well as Lorrie Moore and George Saunders, here are stories on the pathos and comedy of small-town migrants struggling to build a life in the big city, with the dream world of Bollywood never far away.

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The End of Epidemics

It’s the dystopian nightmare pandemic experts have warned about. But it’s happening right now.

COVID-19 has catapulted us into a science-fiction scenario — now our lived reality across the globe. Seemingly overnight, literally billions of people around the globe have had their lives upended by fear, uncertainty, bankruptcy, illness, or death.

At home, we ask: will the job I’ve been preparing for even exist when COVID-19 has passed? Will the business I built with sweat ever reopen? When can we safely travel abroad — or even to some parts of our own country? Will everyday life ever go back to normal? When will we have a vaccine?

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The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code

The true story of the little-known mental-health pioneer who revolutionised how we see the defining problem of our era: anxiety.

Panic, depression, sorrow, guilt, disgrace, obsession, sleeplessness, low confidence, loneliness, agoraphobia … Dr Claire Weekes knew how to treat them, but was dismissed as underqualified and overly populist by the psychiatric establishment. In a radical move, she had gone directly to the people. Her international bestseller Self Help for Your Nerves, first published in 1962 and still in print, helped tens of millions of people to overcome all of these, and continues to do so.

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To win a copy of one of our new releases, head to our Facebook page or our Instagram. Entries close Friday 14 August.

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The Rare Metals War

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