Books posts

Recent children’s books in translation

by Angela Crocombe

Translated children’s books are a wonderful opportunity and a pleasure for children to experience very different perspectives on the world. We are blessed with a number of absolutely stunning translated picture books, including the winner of a prestigious World Illustration Award. Here are a few of our recent favourites:

I Am the Subway by Hyo Eun-Kim, translated by Deborah Smith

Winner at…

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The Small Press Network Book of the Year shortlist 2021

Last year the Small Press Network announced a new, annual award to be known as the Small Press Network Book of the Year Award. This award aims to recognise and celebrate some of the most significant and ground-breaking books being produced by Australian and international authors today.

This week, the 2021 shortlist was revealed and below are the six shortlisted books. Almost a Mirror by Kirste…

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

The 143-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs by Sami Bayly

There’s a Ghost in this House by Oliver Jeffers

The First Scientists by Corey Tutt

Wandi by Favel Parrett

Pony by R.J. Palacio

If Not Us by Mark Smith

Always by Morris Gleitzman

The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Racing to the top spot this w…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Old Vintage Melbourne by Chris Macheras

Devotion by Hannah Kent

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

Silverview by John le Carre

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love by Yotam Ottolenghi & Noor Murad

Beautiful World Where Are You (Special Edition) by Sally Rooney

Wild Abandon by Emily Bitto

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

Whole Notes by Ed Ayres

For the second week in a …

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists 2021

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. These awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia. Fiction A Treacherous Country by K M Kruimink In the Time of Foxes by Jo Lennan Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey YA literature Loner by Georgina Young Metal Fish, Falling Snow by Cath Moore …

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Recommended reading: short story collections

We love short stories and their unique ability to immerse you in a new place or feeling at a moment’s notice. This month we’re recommending a number of short story collections to explore. Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So

Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tender-hearted, balancing acerbic humour with sharp emotional depth, Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the l…

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October recommendations from our Teen Advisory Board

Our Teen Advisory Board have been busy reading and letting us know what they’re loving; below, you can read June recommendations from five of our fantastic 2021 board members. You can also browse the favourite books by favourite authors collection – compiled by the entire board – here. Teen Advisory Board Member Tahlia Malojer is reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Other Side of Perfect

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Books on climate activism for young adults

by Angela Crocombe

Young people are understandably worried about one of the most pressing issues of our time: the climate emergency. Rather than portraying dystopian futures, the following four novels and one non-fiction book show positive ways that young people can become engaged in climate activism in accessible stories that will inspire, entertain and inform. If Not Us by Mark Smith

Hesse lives a small co…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For something new and intensely affecting… Scary Monsters by Michelle de Kretser

A story told in two narratives.

Lili’s family migrated to Australia from Asia when she was a teenager. Now, in the 1980s, she’s teaching in the south of France. Lyle works for a sinister government department in near-future Australia. An Asian migrant, he fears repatriation and embraces ‘Australian values’. Thre…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

It’s another exciting month of releases in translated fiction. Below are five highlights from our collection of recently translated novels, including the long awaited conclusion to the best selling Mirror Visitor series! Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun (translated by Janet Hong)

In the summer of 2002, nineteen-year-old Kim Hae-on was murdered in what became known as the High School Beauty Murder. The…

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