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Our non-fiction Stella Sparks

The Stella Prize has recently announced their non-fiction Stella Sparks campaign, which highlights the impact of non-fiction writing by women on Australian culture and society. A nonfiction Stella Spark is the book, essay, article or other piece of nonfiction writing by an Australian woman that struck a spark for you. You can find out more about this fantastic campaign here. Here, our staff shar…

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Finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards 2016

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards have been announced. The NBCC honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

Fiction Moonglow by Michael Chabon LaRose by Louise Erdrich Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett Commonwealth by Ann Patchett Swing Time by Zadie Smith Non-fiction Evicted: Poverty and Profit in th

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Summer highlights in kids' and young adult books

by Leanne Hall

This summer, we’ve been busy reading in parks, on beaches, and in the frozen food aisle of our local supermarket. We’ve come across some great picture books for nervous new Preps, adored Raina Telgemaier’s new spin on Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitter’s Club series, and slipped into a seriously psychedelic adventure for tweens. SUMMER PICKS IN PICTURE BOOKS

Anyone who has ever been the owner…

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Australian books being adapted for the screen in 2017

2017 is another massive year for book-to-screen adaptations, and we’re particularly excited to see these four books from Australian authors make their big (and small!) screen debuts. Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

At the age of five, Saroo Brierley became lost on a train in India. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolka…

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape The Dry by Jane Harper Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford The Sellout by Paul Beatty The Good People by Hannah Kent Music and Freedom by Zoë Morrison The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben Community by Hetty McKinnon Neighbourhood by Hetty McKinnon Confabulations by John Berger

Scott Pape continues his reign at the top of our bestsellers list with his…

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Indie Book Awards shortlist 2017

This year’s shortlist for the Indie Book Awards has been announced.

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in four different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the shortlisted titles in each category.

Fiction The Good People by Hannah Kent Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty Where the Trees Were by…

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

Girl Stuff for Girls Aged 8-12 by Kaz Cooke Unleashed (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 2) by Dav Pilkey The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and Tony Ross Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 11) by Jeff Kinney In My Heart by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey Danger Ahead (Friday Barnes Book 6) by R.A. Spratt Wormwood Mire (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue) by Judith Rossell We Found a Hat by Jon Klass…

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What we’re reading: Liane Moriarty, Kevin Kwan and Melina Marchetta

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. Lian Hingee is reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I’ve just finished reading Big Little Lies, which is the second book by Liane Moriaty that I’ve read and, coincidentally, the second book by Liane Moriaty that I’ve absolutely loved.

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Introducing the SLV Thursday night book club

Run by State Library Victoria (SLV), the Thursday night book club will be held every Thursday night from 2 February to 6 April 2017. It combines an author Q&A with a lively book club discussion. Each session will take place in the Palmer Hall at the SLV, between 6pm to 8pm, and will focus on one of 10 recently released books by Melbourne authors.

The Thursday night book club is free to attend an…

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Middle fiction that tackles serious topics

by Leanne Hall

Have you ever loved a book so much you weren’t able to talk sensibly about it? I’ve just finished reading Paul Griffin’s funny, sweet and devastating When Friendship Followed Me Home, and I’m feeling evangelical about it.

12-year-old Ben has spent most of his life in state care before being adopted by an older mum, the indomitable Tess. While Ben is undoubtedly affected by his past, you can see…

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