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This year’s most anticipated young adult series

by Holly Harper

If you love young adult series for the unfolding storylines, the detailed world-building and the characters you can’t wait to revisit time and time again, then 2016 is going to be a very good year for you!

Below are some of the most highly anticipated sequels in our favourite YA series, and you won’t have to wait too long to get your hands on them.

Throne of Glass Book 5: Empire of Storms by …

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Mark’s Say, September 2016

by Mark Rubbo

As President Obama’s term comes to an end you get a sense of the wellspring of goodwill toward the President. It’s in stark contrast to Bill Clinton and George Bush, whose presidential legacies were tainted by tawdriness and disastrous foreign expeditions respectively. Obama is seen by most as an honourable person who despite being frustrated by a resistant legislature has managed to push through…

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Eight gift ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is on Sunday 4 September! Here are eight gift ideas for all kinds of fathers.

On any single day, Cleaver Greene is described as many things. Whilst his ex-wife may call him unreliable, his son will call him a mate. To his learned friends at the bar table he is a real wag, to his jurors he is hilarious, and to most judges he is an outrage. To the Tax Office, he is a defendant; to…

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August in review

Our big news this month was the announcement of the 2016 shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction!

The Readings Prize considers first and second books from Australian authors, and aims to recognise exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature.

The six shortlisted books are Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh, The High Places by Fiona McFarlane, Music and Freed

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Read an extract from Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh

by Julie Koh

We’re delighted that Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is one of the stories from the collection: ‘The Three-Dimensional Yellow Man’. Find more information about this year’s shortlisted books (including the judges' report) here.

It was only when a one-dimensional yellow man stepped out of a cin…

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Read an extract from The High Places by Fiona McFarlane

by Fiona McFarlane

We’re delighted that The High Places by Fiona McFarlane is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is a short extract from ‘Exotic Animal Medicine’, one of the stories in the collection. Find more information about this year’s shortlisted books (including the judges' report) here.

The wife was driving on the night they hit Mr Ronald.

‘…

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Read an extract from Wood Green by Sean Rabin

by Sean Rabin

We’re delighted that Wood Green by Sean Rabin is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is a short extract from the novel. Find more information about this year’s shortlisted books (including the judges' report) here.

Michael gripped his shins and bent his head towards his knees. The panic in his chest refused to be rationalised or con…

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Read an extract from Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa

by Rajith Savanadasa

We’re delighted that Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is a short extract from the novel. Find more information about this year’s shortlisted books (including the judges' report) here.

It was dark by the time we got to Battaramulla. The lane was full of vehicles. We parked among the brand-new Benzs, B…

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Meet the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2016

We’ve announced the shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2016. Here, we introduce the six shortlisted authors. Find more information about this year’s shortlisted books (including the judges' report) here. Julie Koh

Julie Koh was born in Sydney to Chinese-Malaysian parents. She studied politics and law at the University of Sydney, then quit a career in corporate law …

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