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Picture books that explore themes of grief and loss

by Lian Hingee

Digital Marketing Manager Lian Hingee shares some of her best picks for picture books that explore themes of grief and loss.

Grief and sadness are complicated feelings for anyone, and it can be difficult to have conversations about loss and bereavement – particularly with children who might be experiencing it for the first time. Sharing a picture book that examines those themes can be a good w…

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Our children’s and YA top ten bestsellers of the week

Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee and Heath McKenzie The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (including the film tie-in edition) Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma by Leigh Hobbs The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín Mega Weird (WeirDo Book 7) by Anh Do and Jules Faber Dog Man (The A

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Our staff share their Spring Reading Stacks

Lian Hingee, Digital Marketing Manager Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Avalanche by Julia Leigh The Dry by Jane Harper Dietland by Sarai Walker Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra No Patterns Needed by Rosie Martin Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley Amy V…

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What we’re reading: Jonathan Safran Foer, Nora Ephron and Charles Foster

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving. Lian Hingee is reading Heartburn by Nora Ephron

I saw the Nora Ephron documentary, Everything is Copy, at MIFF earlier this year, and when I waxed lyrical at the office the next day about how much I enjoyed it, several of my co-workers impress…

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Our best comfort reads

Booksellers share their favourite books and best advice for comfort reading. Nina Kenwood recommends seriously good fantasy.

I don’t think you can go past a good fantasy series for comfort – a nice long read set in a world that isn’t yours can do wonders to take your mind off of your problems. The Harry Potter series are an obvious example. They contain many crucial elements that give me gr…

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Six enthralling novels about women in science

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the nineteenth century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker – daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer – who comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies …

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Children’s books for Dementia Awareness Month

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, and September is Dementia Awareness Month in Australia. The theme this year is `You are not alone' – a great reminder to sit down with the kids in our lives and read about how dementia impacts the people we know and love. Here are some of our recommendations for children’s books that explore the impact of dementia and Alzheimer’s on families. Celia and Nonna

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Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2016

The £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize (formerly known as the Samuel Johnson prize) is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s longlist has been announced and Chair of Judges, Stephanie Flanders, says that each of these 10 titles ‘takes you on a journey that is as engrossing and imaginative as any novel’.

Here is the longlist in full:

Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexiev…

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