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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Force of Nature by Jane Harper First Person by Richard Flanagan The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur Origin (Robert Langdon Book 5) by Dan Brown Extinctions by Josephine Wilson The Dry by Jane Harper Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan The Life to Come by Michelle De Kretser

Three Australian books top last week’s list…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

First Person by Richard Flanagan Force of Nature by Jane Harper Phillip Adams – Insights and Reflections by Phillip Adams The Dry by Jane Harper Moral Panic 101 (Quarterly Essay 67) by Benjamin Law The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Extinctions by Josephine Wilson Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein …

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Dear Reader, October 2017

by Alison Huber

When October rolls around in bookselling, a certain kind of anticipation fills the air. The deliveries get bigger, shelving becomes a serious logistical exercise, and we start to prepare ourselves in earnest for the annual book-exchanging festival ahead (also known as ‘Christmas’). Lots of authors come to our party too, offering us some of the big books of the year. It’s an exciting time to be in…

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Recommended reads for the long weekend

With a long weekend coming up in Melbourne, our booksellers share some of their best recommendations for long weekend reading – new and old. Nina Kenwood recommends What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

I don’t normally read political memoirs – this might, in fact, be my first. But last year’s US election wasn’t a normal campaign, and nothing has been normal since, and I can’t stop consum…

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We love this gripping Australian crime thriller

Jane Harper’s The Dry was one of the biggest books of 2016. She’s now released Force of Nature, another addictive crime thriller featuring Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk, and we’re pleased to report it lives up to our high expectations. Here are a collection of testimonials from booksellers about the novel.

‘Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk is back and I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I think …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Moral Panic 101 (Quarterly Essay 67) by Benjamin Law Extinctions by Josephine Wilson Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré The Dry by Jane Harper The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton The Choke by Sofie Laguna Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor

Our top 10 bestselling b…

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New novels that show the world from a child’s perspective

Writing from a child’s or teenager perspective might sound simple, but getting it right is notoriously difficult. Here are five new novels that feature compelling and authentic young voices. How Saints Die by Carmen Marcus

How Saints Die portrays adult breakdown through the eyes of a brightly imaginative and irrepressibly curious child. 10-year-old Ellie lives with her fisherman father, Pet…

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Strong female characters who embrace their femininity

by Lian Hingee

The ‘strong female character’ trope is a familiar one. Ass-kicking, gun-toting, take-no-prisoners women like Ripley from Alien or Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy tend to be where our minds go when we hear the phrase: strong female character.

While characters like Ripley and Katniss are examples of this character type at its best, this trope has also led to characters who are borin…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh Extinctions by Josephine Wilson Moral Panic 101 (Quarterly Essay 67) by Benjamin Law On Doubt by Leigh Sales A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton The Choke by Sofie Laguna The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (translated by George Goulding) The Dry by Jane Harper Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura …

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a quiet and thoughtful afternoon tea… Rain Birds by Harriet McKnight

Alan and Pina have led a peaceful existence in Boney Point, a town in rural East Gippsland, for 30 years, but their lives are thrown into disarray by Alan’s devastating early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis. With Alan adrift in his own mind, Pina struggles to face the consequences until the arrival of a flock of black cockat…

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