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The best smart summer reads of 2017

Looking for the perfect book to take to the beach? Here are 10 of our favourite smart summer reads from the past year and you’ll find even more recommendations by browsing the collection below. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Opening in Brooklyn during the Great Depression and then flashing forward to WWII, Manhattan Beach follows three characters and the ways their lives intersect. Carlto…

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Where to start with Marie Lu’s backlist

by Tracy Hwang

Teen reader Tracy Hwang describes how Marie Lu drew her into the wonderful world of YA, and shares advice on where to start reading with this brilliant author’s backlist.

The first time I picked up a Marie Lu book was more than three years ago. I was not yet an avid YA reader as I was barely a teenager myself, but finding the Legend series is what drew me into the wonderful area of YA and Lu’s…

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Recommended music for summer road trips

Planning a long drive over the holidays? Here are 10 albums to listen to along the way. Soul of a Woman by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Influential rhythm and blue singer Sharon Jones died nearly a year ago, but it’s only now that we can we hear her final creation. Soul of a Woman captures a singer and a band at the peak of their power – together, they stretch the limits of their soulful so…

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Eight gorgeous books to gift your crush

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Now a highly acclaimed film, Call Me By Your Name is the story of a passionate romance between 17-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest, Oliver, during a restless summer on the Italian Riviera. This is a sensual, gripping and intensely intimate book that digs deep into the swell of emotions that come with first love – fear, obsession, desire, hope – an…

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

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo Bad Dad by David Walliams and Tony Ross Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Book 1) by Philip Pullman Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers No One Likes a Fart by Zoë Foster Blake and Adam Nickel The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) b…

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What we’re reading: James S.A. Corey, Sally Rooney & Daniel Mendelsohn

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. Ann Le Lievre is reading An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn

This is my most favourite non-fiction book for 2017.

Daniel Mendelsohn is an undergraduate classics professor at Bard College in New York. One day his father, who is 81-year…

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24 more picture books I loved this year

by Bronte Coates

Earlier this year I shared 24 picture books that I was loving. Here are 24 more titles to add to your shelves… Petra by Marianna Coppo

Meet Petra. She’s a totally awesome rock – or is she? In this excellent picture book, Petra is subject to the whims of others and sent haphazardly around the world. But thanks to her enormous imagination and admirable self-confidence, she hardly lets this ru…

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Books that kept us on the edge of our seat in 2017

Our staff share the books that kept them on the edge of their seat this year.

‘I read two terrific crime novels by Australian women this year that kept me turning pages late into the night: Force of Nature by Jane Harper and The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey. Both set up the kinds of mysteries that keep you hungry to know what happened right until the very end, with plenty of twists and turns and …

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Books we wouldn’t have read without a recommendation in 2017

Our staff share the books they loved this year, but wouldn’t have read without a recommendation.

‘At a loss for what to read one day, a workmate recommended Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City. This encouraging and interesting memoir considers loneliness, with a particular focus on the lives and works of several artists. This quote provides a memorable summary of what’s in store for a reader: 'You …

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