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Children’s books about being yourself

by Leanne Hall

We often tell kids ‘just be yourself’ – but sometimes, being proudly different is the hardest thing in the world.

Here are some recommended stories that show the challenges and joys of allowing yourself to be uniquely individual. From characters who can’t find their place in-between two groups, to unlikely pacifists, free-thinkers and genuine oddballs, there are plenty of stories to soothe and …

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What we’re reading: Blexbolex, Jamie Marie Lau & Meredith Lake

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 Gordon is reading The Bible in Australia by Meredith Lake

I’m not religious and I picked up this book simply because it was by Marilyn Lake, who is a beautiful writer. She makes reading about the past a joy, and at the same time compels me to think about…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month we were fortunate enough to have a visit from delightful author Eliza Henry Jones. Eliza, who has published two adult novels with Harper Collins, and has just released her first young adult novel, P is for Pearl, set in an imaginary small town in Tasmania.

The novel begins when a customer breaks a window at the café where the main character, Gwendolyn, works. This event triggers viole…

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My favourite books to reread

by Lian Hingee

With all the brilliant new releases coming out every month, rereading books is a bit of a luxury for booksellers. Sometimes, you just want to lose yourself in a book for a very specific reason, and in those situations nothing beats rereading an old favourite. It’s like catching up with an old friend, or eating a favourite home-made meal – both comforting and comfortable.

Here are the books that …

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DIY finance with one of these two fantastic guides

by Chris Gordon

Our events manager Chris Gordon talks about two fantastic money guides that have helped her learn how to DIY her finance.

Have you got a splurge card? Perhaps you’ve recently chopped up your credit card? Or used the phrase ‘financial detox’ in conversation?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it’s possible that you’re already well on your way to becoming a DIY financial master.…

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The ALS Gold Medal longlist 2018

The longlist for the 2018 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc by Ali Alizadeh Common People by Tony Birch A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser The Agonist by Shastra Deo The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom The Last Garden by Eva Hornung The

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We test out hot cross bun recipes

With Easter around the corner, three of our staff have tried their hand at making their own hot cross buns. To inspire our competitors, we were happy to offer an advance copy of Liz Harfull’s beautiful cookbook, Tried, Tested and True, to whoever made the very best buns. This cookbook is due to arrive in-store in April, and is one of the most anticipated for the year. Ellen Cregan made vegan …

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A spotlight on The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker

The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this tender and hopeful story.

‘Set in Allora, a magical town of flying fish, this is beautifully written story has the feel of a classic fable. Coffin maker Alberto is accustomed to living alone, but after noticing some food disapp…

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The Wellcome Book Prize shortlist 2018

The shortlist for this year’s Wellcome book prize has been announced. This prize is awarded annually to the best new work of fiction or non-fiction that ‘celebrates the topics of health and medicine in literature’.

This year’s shortlist includes one novel, one memoir and four non-fiction books – all connected by our complex relationship with mortality. The titles explore bereavement, loss and th…

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

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files Book 3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Terry’s Dumb Dot Story (A Treehouse Tale) by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo Ninja Kid (Ninja Kid Book 1) by Anh Do & Jeremy Ley Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi The Silver Sea by children at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne with Alison Lester…

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