Books posts

A beginner’s guide to reading graphic novels

by Bronte Coates

If you’re interested in reading a graphic novel but not sure where to start, here are some recommendations depending on what kind of books you usually gravitate towards.

If you like short-story collections:

Lisa Hanawalt’s comics in her debut collection My Dirty Dumb Eyes are bizarre and colourful, and most importantly – very, very funny.

In Heads Or Tails, Lilli Carre gives us a collectio…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The News: A User’s Manual by Alain de Botton Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (film tie-in edition) AmalgaNations: How Globalisation is Good by Doug Hendrie The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard …

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February highlights

by Martin Shaw

February of course is back-to-school month, but with the new Liberal government signalling education is in need of ‘pulling its socks up’, as it were, it’s salient that two new books address issues that will surely only be perpetuated under Minister Pyne. Marion Maddox, in Taking God to School, considers the surprising impact that Christian groups are having on what was once the proudly free and …

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Our most anticipated books of 2014

by Martin Shaw

Well, what a bountiful year 2014 is shaping up to be! There will be legions of fans awaiting new novels from the likes of Haruki Murakami, Marilynne Robinson, Sebastian Barry, Emma Donoghue, Ian McEwan, Sarah Waters, David Mitchell and Siri Hustvedt. Short-story aficionados have new collections from Lorrie Moore and Lydia Davis to look forward to. A new Gerald Murnane novel is always a cause for …

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (film tie-in edition) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Stoner: A Novel by John Williams Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Marcus Zusak remai…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (film tie-in edition) Stoner: A Novel by John Williams The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Starting School by Jane Godwin, Anna Walker Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The 1,000 Dot-to-Dot Book: Twenty Iconic Portraits to Complete

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Stoner: A Novel by John Williams Murder in Mississippi by John Safran Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin Eyrie by Tim Winton

With the release of the film adaptation last week, Markus Zusak’s much-loved …

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Reading challenges for 2014

Read a translated novel

In 2013, many of our staff members got hooked on reading translated books. Jonathan Franzen’s translations of the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus in The Kraus Project was a favourite for some, while others loved the metaphysical crime novel The Infatuations from Javier Marias (translated from the original Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa). Emily Gale called Fanny Britt & Isa…

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