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A passive aggressive gift guide for Father’s Day

by Lian Hingee

Socks and ties are all very nice, but if you want to give a gift with layers upon layers of hidden meaning here’s a guide to some of our best passive agressive recommendations for Father’s Day this year. For the Dad that needs to embrace his bald noggin (coughPrinceWilliamcough)…

Illustrated throughout with pictures of 70 real-life and pop-culture icons from Captain Picard to William Shakes…

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017

by Gabrielle Williams

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction considers first and second books from Australian authors, with the aim of recognising exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature.

Over the past year, the judges have read their way through over 70 Australian titles and were impressed by the number of edgy voices who didn’t shy away from starkly original concepts. The task of filte…

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Meet the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017

We’ve announced the shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2018. Here, we introduce the six shortlisted authors. Find more information about this year’s shortlisted books (including the judges' report) here. Sam Carmody

Sam Carmody is an award-winning songwriter and novelist from Geraldton on the rural coast of Western Australia. His forthcoming debut EP, Shadow in the

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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 A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee Gap Year in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor In My Room by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey In My Heart by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey Wonder by R.J. Palacio Magic Faraway Tree Collection (3 books in…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin by Judith Brett The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (including sales of other editions) Crossing the Line by Kim McGrath The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape Watching Out by Julian Burnside The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy Taboo by Kim Scott The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Common People by Tony Birch On the Java Ridge by Jock Serong …

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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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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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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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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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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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