Books posts

Novels about big moments in history

It’s an apt time to reflect on the strange experience of living during momentous historical events. Here are some recommended novels that take place around big moments in history.

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Headstrong Kirabo grows up in a small Ugandan village in the 1970s; her childhood years running parallel to Idi Amin’s violent reign. Kirabo has been perfectly conten…

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First Nations writers to read in 2021

As we continue to look ahead to the year in books, we’re excited for all the First Nations voices being published in 2021. Here is a round-up previewing just a few of the fantastic releases that have already piqued our interest. Please note, this list is incomplete, but we do hope it reflects the wide array of titles on offer. FICTION & NON-FICTION FOR ADULTS Born into This by Adam Thomso…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

We’re recommending some recently released fiction in translation. Fiction in translation is the perfect way to explore our world, while we’re staying in place. Girls Against God by Jenny Hval (translated by Marjam Idriss)

Welcome to 1990s Norway. White picket fences run in neat rows and Christian conservatism runs deep. But as the Artist considers her past, her practice and her hatred, thin…

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Books coming to the screen in 2021

2021 is set to continue the trend of great books being adapted for the screen. With many cinemas remaining closed throughout 2020, especially in Melbourne, finally seeing some much cherished novels on the big screen is going to be a truly cathartic experience. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the books we’re most excited to see on screens in the coming months. Browse the full 2021 collection to fi…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams The Dry by Jane Harper My Tidda, My Sister by Marlee Silva Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Survivors by Jane Harper Honeybee by Craig Silvey Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia by Bruce Pascoe & Vicky Shukuroglou The Midnight Library by Matt Haig The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

During a week that annually…

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Six terrific novels that reinvent the Western

Western fiction has a long and rich history – one ripe for reinvention and subversion. Here are six of our best recommendations for novels that do exactly this.

Outlawed by Anna North

Ada feels lucky – she loves her broad-shouldered husband and her job as an apprentice midwife. But after a year of marriage with no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are hanged as witches, Ada has to fl…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Honeybee by Craig Silvey All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia by Bruce Pascoe & Vicky Shukuroglou The Survivors by Jane Harper Mayflies by Andrew O'Hagan

It seems everyone is…

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Should I keep this book or pass it on?

It’s a new year and this means it’s time to make a whole lot of resolutions that you may or may not keep. It’s also often an excuse for a big clean out and if you’re anything like us, we are certain that your bookshelf may be in need of some attention. Here is a handy quiz we’ve provided to help you decide whether you should keep a book – or whether it’s time to pass it on to a new reader. Q1…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart The Survivors by Jane Harper Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Honeybee by Craig Silvey Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey The Dry by Jane Harper What Is to Be Done by Barry Jones Phosphorescence by Julia Baird A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Douglas Stuart’s Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart The Yield by Tara June Winch The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Honeybee by Craig Silvey All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton The Survivors by Jane Harper Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage A Promised Land by Barack Obama Mayflies by Andrew O'Hagan What Is to Be Done by Barry Jones

Everyone has been enjoying delving into some qua…

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