Books posts

Six new novels that blur the line between fantasy & reality

by Lian Hingee

Digital Marketing Manager Lian Hingee shares some recent fiction releases that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Inspired by the nineteenth century gothic novel, Melmoth the Wanderer, Sarah Perry’s Melmoth is a modern-day ghost story about a mysterious dark-robed woman who roams the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have contributed t…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For an intellectually stimulating debate… Trigger Warnings by Jeff Sparrow

The unlikely rise of Donald J. Trump exemplifies the political paradox of the twenty-first century. In Trigger Warnings, Jeff Sparrow excavates the development of a powerful new vocabulary against progressive causes. From the Days of Rage to Gamergate, from the New Left to the alt-right, he traces changing attitudes to…

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The best new crime reads in October

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

There are few in the crime world quite as capable at both solving mysteries and baking an excellent sourdough as Corinna Chapman: baker extraordinaire, sometime detective, and general lady-about-town. Kerry Greenwood – of Phryne Fisher fame – returns to the present with another tale of Corinna’s industrious adventures, this time inv…

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Read an extract from Living and Loving in Diversity

by Benjamin Law

Living and Loving in Diversity is a journey of discovery through queer multicultural multifaith Australia, with over sixty voices from across the spectrum of sexuality and gender. The following narrative, as told to editor Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, is an extract from Living and Loving in Diversity. It is taken from Benjamin Law’s contribution to the anthology, ‘The Only ‘Dot Dot Dot’ in Your Vil…

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Dear Reader, October 2018

by Alison Huber

Haruki Murakami made headlines this September, choosing to withdraw himself from contention for the New Academy Prize for Literature, the Swedish award set up as the alternative to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature while the old academy regroups following scandals revealed earlier in the year. Murakami is making good on that old acceptance speech adage that ‘it’s an honour just to be nominated’;…

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Short novels to read in a day

Australian Reading Hour is today! This annual campaign encourages all Australians, of all ages, to pick up a book and read for one hour. In recognition of this wonderful initiative, we’ve compiled a list of short novels suitable for one-day reads. All eight titles featured in this list were released this past year and you can find even more recommendations, including a number of classic works, b…

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Every Liane Moriarty novel, ranked by its secrets

by Bronte Coates

A few years back, we published a beginner’s guide to Liane Moriarty’s work from one of our booksellers. Since then, Moriarty has grown into a household name with the release of an award-winning television adaptation of one of her novels, and she’s released two more books – including the just-arrived, hot-off-the-press Nine Perfect Strangers. With this in mind, we felt it was time to revisit her o…

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