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George Saunders wins the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Congratulations to George Saunders who has been named the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction!

Lincoln in the Bardo is the first novel from Saunders, who is internationally renowned for his short stories, and it is an extraordinary work.

As the American Civil War rages, President Lincoln’s beloved 11-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to r…

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Australian picture books for international friends

by Leanne Hall

It’s time to start organising Christmas gifts for international friends and family. If you know little people overseas, an Australian picture book makes for a unique (and easy to post) present.

Here are our recommendations of the best picture books, classic and brand new, that demonstrate the quality of Australian authors and illustrators are, highlight our Indigenous cultures, introduce our min…

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A Battle Royale: Villains in children’s and YA books (Round 2)

by Bronte Coates

There are plenty of memorable villains in children’s and young adult books, the kinds that get their hooks into you when you’re young and then creep into your nightmares and shape your adulthood. But WHO is the evilest of all? This week, we’re hosting a Battle Royal to determine just that. You can view our first round here, and read on to discover what happens in round two. Warning: This post c…

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Books to inspire you during NaNoWriMo

by Lian Hingee

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) kicks off on November 1. If you’re planning to get involved here are some suggestions for novels to inspire you. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Dodie Smith’s magnificent first novel tells the story of Cassandra Mortmain whose family is teetering on the edge of poverty. Living in a dilapidated castle and surrounded by unhelpfully eccentric family…

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A Battle Royale: Villains in children’s and YA books (Round 1)

by Bronte Coates

There are plenty of memorable villains in children’s and young adult books, the kinds that get their hooks into you when you’re young and then creep into your nightmares and shape your adulthood. But WHO is the evilest of all? This week, we’re hosting a Battle Royal to determine just that. Here is round one… Warning: This post contains spoilers! Battle of the evil mages Valentine Morgenster…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

First Person by Richard Flanagan Force of Nature by Jane Harper The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur The Dry by Jane Harper Maggie’s Recipe for Life by Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins Origin (Robert Langdon Book 5) by Dan Brown The Barefoot Investor (2017 updated edition) by Scott Pape Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist Manhattan Be

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We test out recipes from Mr & Mrs Wilkinson’s new cookbook

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Matt Wilkinson and Sharlee Gibb’s new cookbook, Mr & Mrs Wilkinson’s How it is at Home, and invited Matt and Sharlee to come in and select the best one. Here are the results of our office cook-off… Anthony Shaw made ‘Zucchini & feta fritters’ (pg. 40):

The combination of flavours and the ease with which the recipe is put together make…

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What we’re reading: Jennifer Mathieu, Deborah Rodriguez & Jesmyn Ward

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. Ellen Cregan is reading Sally Rooney and Jesmyn Ward

I’ve just returned from a two week holiday, and I read so many great books while I was there. Out of the books I read, though, there were two stand-out favourites.

The first is Sally Rooney’s excellent debu…

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The best new crime reads in October

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill

About halfway through this book, I had to put it down – for something trivial like sleep, or dinner, or spending time with my family – and saw a review on the cover comparing Gentill to Evelyn Waugh. This holds some truth – there are a lot of ridiculously wealthy young people having far too much fun spending the early decades of…

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