Books posts

Attend a book club at Melbourne Writers Festival 2018

This year’s Melbourne Writers Festival is hosting a series of super special book clubs that will see festival guests host a discussion about one of their own favourite books. Here is the list of all the book club picks throughout the festival. You can find the full program for the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival here. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July. Irvine Welsh on PostCapitali

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Open House Melbourne Weekend: 2018 program The Nowhere Child by Christian White The Barefoot Surgeon by Ali Gripper Dark Emu (New edition) by Bruce Pascoe Dunera Lives by Ken Inglis, Seumas Spark and Jay Winter, with Carol Bunyan Less by Andrew Sean Greer Teacher by Gabbie Stroud The Power of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton Boy Swallows Universe

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10 reads for book clubs in July

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside, there is San Francisco; also the Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living; and her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of her estranged mother. Inside is a new reality. Romy sees the future stretch out…

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The best new crime reads of the month

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Nowhere Child by Christian White

One rainy Melbourne evening, photography teacher Kim Leamy is approached in the cafeteria by a man who has news that will knock Kim right out of her orbit: he believes that she is not Kim Leamy, but in fact Sammy Went, who disappeared twenty-eight years earlier from her home in Manson, Kentucky. Two-year-old Sammy’s disappearance …

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Read an extract from Teacher by Gabbie Stroud

by Gabbie Stroud

Teacher: One Woman’s Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching by Gabbie Stroud is a powerful new memoir about Australia’s education system and what it is really like to work within it. You can read an edited extract from the book here.

By this time in my career, I had come to understand that staff meetings were a special kind of torture. Without a judicious Principal or Assistant Principal or mi…

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Dear Reader, July 2018

by Alison Huber

Winter is here at last. As I write, it’s pelting rain, an Antarctic gale is blowing, and I couldn’t be happier. I love the drama of Melbourne’s weather, which confounds and annoys my friends from interstate no end. But really, there could be no better incentive to stay indoors and read until your eyes will read no more.

This July you must begin with our Fiction Book of the Month, Boy Swallows Un

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Historical fiction set in Australian cities

We love historical fiction and many of our favourite Australian reads in this genre are set in rural areas – such as Alexis Wright’s expansive and inventive Carpentaria and Lucy Treloar’s vivid and immersive Salt Creek. Here we share a collection of historical reads that transport readers way back into the earlier days of the country’s cities. Melbourne, Victoria

The Portrait of Molly Dean

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