Books posts

Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams The Yield by Tara June Winch Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull Normal People by Sally Rooney

Julia Baird tops o…

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Six books for Gen Z readers

Gen Z are voracious content consumers, and yes, many of them really do still love and read print books. Here are some of our best picks for books that feature vital young voices, and foreground the concerns of a generation facing a challenging future.

Homeland Calling by Desert Pea Media & Ellen van Neerven (editor)

Homeland Calling is a collection of poems created from hip-hop song lyrics…

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Six books for millennial readers

Millennials are well-represented in contemporary books, as both authors and fictional characters. Here are some of our best picks that represent the search for self and longing for stability that are characteristic of this generation.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Emira Tucker is an African-American college graduate trying to figure out her future while babysitting white speaker/entrepreneu…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Normal People by Sally Rooney After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Two…

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Our favourite books of 2020 (so far)

Our staff share the best books they’ve read so far this year, including new releases and older titles just discovered.

I’ve read a fair bit this year, all things considered, but I have two clear fiction favourites: Weather by Jenny Offill, and The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay. Both are brilliant and subversive, and star real women dealing with the effects of the ground shifting …

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of seven new works of fiction that bring you voices from around the world. Minor Detail by Adania Shibli (translated by Elisabeth Jaquette)

Minor Detail revolves around a brutal crime committed one year after the War of 1948 – which Palestinians mourn as the Nakba, the catastrophe that led to the displaceme…

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For book clubs who love vital portraits of the immigrant experience… Dominicana by Angie Cruz

On New Year’s Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows in the Dominican Republic to marry a man twice her age, and hopefully provide an opportunity for her entire close-knit family. She becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable…

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Australian books for lovers of weird fiction

Why would anyone want to read a ‘normal’ book when they could read a weird one? We’ve put together a list of surreal, mind-bending, reality-shattering, odd and impossible stories for readers who prefer to keep things interesting. Mammoth by Chris Flynn

Narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct American mastodon, Mammoth is the (mostly) true story of how the skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a pt…

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The best new crime reads in June

by Fiona Hardy

A Shooting at Chateau Rock by Martin Walker (available 9 June)

Look, we’re all trapped inside at the moment and spending some time in the French countryside listening to Bruno, Chief of Police, rhapsodise about food is a pretty delightful way to spend your time. In A Shooting at Chateau Rock, Bruno encounters a man named Gaston whose father has died of a heart attack – but his will, recently c…

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