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The winners of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2017

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced their Book of the Year Awards winners for 2017. These Awards celebrate the best Australian books for readers in early childhood up to young adult readers.

Here are the winners for each category.

Older Readers One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn

Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, eve…

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What we’re reading: Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Wein & Paul Noble

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Robbie Egan is reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

I have been reading Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, a novel of remarkable historical accuracy that details the lives of its characters with an economy and precision that almost belies the lavishness of i…

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Our best bargain picks for Father’s Day gift ideas

Our managing director Mark Rubbo picks out the best bargains for Father’s Day gift ideas. To get him cooking… $13.95 (was $39.99)

Mietta’s Italian Family Recipes presents over 185 recipes, covering antipasto, soups, risotto, pasta, fish, meat, pizza and desserts. Together they demonstrate the ways in which original Italian recipes can be re-interpreted to suit modern Australian life, ingre…

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Make your own salami with these terrific cookbooks

by Chris Gordon

It’s salami time! Chris Gordon shares the three very best books to get you started making your very own preserved meat.

Let us start at the beginning…

The origin of meat processing likely began some thousands of years ago when humans learned that salt is an effective preservative. The procedure of stuffing meat into casings remains basically the same today, however, over time it has become hi…

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Recommendations from our booksellers

We asked our staff to share some of the books they most love to pass on to customers. Here are 14 of their favourite recommendations. The Mothers by Brit Bennett

‘Brit Bennett is supremely talented and her debut novel is extraordinary. Reading it reminded me a little of how I felt watching the first season of Friday Night Lights – there’s a small-town community, flawed young adults struggli…

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Inky Awards shortlists 2017

The Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Inky Awards for young adult literature.

The 2017 Inky Awards shortlist includes five Australian and five international works of young adult literature. The Australian novelists are eligible for the Gold Inky Award and a $2,000 prize. International books are eligible for the Silver Inky Award.

The …

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Feminist memoirs from young women

by Lian Hingee

No Way! Okay, Fine by Brodie Lancaster

No Way! Okay, Fine, by young Melbourne writer Brodie Lancaster, was shortlisted for the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. This witty and whip-smart memoir blends pop culture and feminism in the style of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist or Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl. Our reviewer says that Lancaster speaks honestly to the experience of being a young, m…

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The winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2017

The winners of this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature were announced over the weekend. This annual Award is organised by the Wilderness Society and encourages children to take an interest in nature and feel a sense of responsibility for the places we love and our unique wildlife.

Here are the winners for all three categories…

Non-fiction Chooks in Dinner Suits by Diane Jac…

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Our children’s and YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

The 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon Wonder by R.J. Palacio Lion (Young Readers' Edition) by Saroo Brierley The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster (Polly and Buster Book 1) by Sally Rippin A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffit…

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Ned Kelly Awards shortlists 2017

The Australian Crime Writers Association has announced the 2017 shortlists for the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.

Here are the shortlists in each category:

Best Fiction Crimson Lake by Candice Fox The Golden Child by Wendy James An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty The Rules of Backyard Cricket b…

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