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Historical fiction for feminists

by Lian Hingee

Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall

Inspired by a true story, Kate Mildenhall’s debut novel addresses issues around gender identity and sexuality. The book offers a unique perspective into the lives of women in the nineteenth century. Our reviewer says: ‘Kate is a wonderful literary character – chafing against the expectations of her gender in the 1880s, and wondering what is possible for her beyond…

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What we’re reading: Wesley Lowery, Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris

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. Bronte Coates is reading They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

They Can’t Kill Us All is a compact, fiercely galvanising read about the birth of the Black Lives Matter protest movement. Wesley Lowery is singularly placed to tell this story. Reporting for The

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Marija Peričić wins the 2017 Vogel’s Literary Award

Marija Peričić has been named the winner of this year’s Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for her novel, The Lost Pages, an intriguing exploration of Czech writer Franz Kafka.

It is 1908, and Max Brod is the rising star of Prague’s literary world. Everything he desires – fame, respect, love – is finally within his reach. But when a rival appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can los…

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30 reasons to read the 2017 Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist

This year’s shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize features some amazing children’s fiction. Here are 30 reasons why we love these books. We’re pleased to offer the entire shortlist in a specially priced bundle for $79.95 (was $94.95). And don’t forget – the 2017 winner of the Readings Children’s Book Prize will be announced next week, on Tuesday 2 May. Escape to Moon Islands by …

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

M Train by Patti Smith Just Kids by Patti Smith The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose The Thirst by Jo Nesbo (translated by Don Bartlett and Neil Smith) Being 14 by Madonna King Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape Earthly Remains by Donna Leon The White Queen – One Nation and the Politics of Race (Quarterly Essay 65) by David Marr A Writing Life by Berna…

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Rebel stories for teen activists

Adolescence is traditionally a time of rebellion, and rightly so. Here are some of our best recommendations for teen books that push back against the policies and ideas being promoted by governments around the world – including our own. Books that rebel against the patriarchy Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean edited by Kirsty Murray…

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What we’re reading: Tom McCarthy, Jennifer Wright and Michelle Forbes

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. Chris Somerville is reading Remainder by Tom McCarthy

It took me a few tries to get into Remainder. There was something about the unnamed narrator’s voice that wasn’t off-putting exactly, but it wasn’t entirely agreeable either. It’s both precise and vague.

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The Man Booker International Prize shortlist 2017

Congratulations to the authors, translators and publishers shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.

Nick Barley, chair of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize judging panel, says: ‘Our shortlist spans the epic and the everyday. From fevered dreams to sleepless nights, from remote islands to overwhelming cities, these wonderful novels shine a light on compelling individuals …

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10 books for Mother’s Day (that aren’t pink)

Mother’s Day is the time of year when everything suddenly turns very PINK. Pink flowers, pink cards, pink wrapping, pink slippers, pink books… We ourselves love the colour pink, but we know its not for everyone. And so, in celebration of all things blue, and black, and red, and white – here are 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas that aren’t pink. The Destruction of Hillary Clinton by Susan Bordo

Th…

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