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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 five 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 lives of…

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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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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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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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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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Call & Collect

PLEASE NOTE: orders placed via our website will not be available for collection. If you would like to arrange books for collection at your local shop, please do so over the phone or in-person. See below for details.

We’re pleased to announce that, in addition to call and collect, the below participating shops will now also be welcoming through-the-door requests (from Friday 22 October onward)!

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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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Our Teen Advisory Board’s favourite reads of 2021 so far

We asked our Teen Advisory Board members to let us know which book stands out as exceptional amongst everything they’ve read so far this year. Below are the books they’ve loved the most and you can browse our more extensive collection of their favourite reads here.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

This novel is the book to read! A Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai in the …

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Spooky reads for Halloween

by Angela Crocombe

October is traditionally the month for spooky stories, decorating pumpkins and dressing up in wacky costumes. While the trick or treating may be a little more socially distanced this year, there are still plenty of terrifyingly fun stories to read … if you dare! There’s a Ghost in this House by Oliver Jeffers

A captivating new picture book with interactive transparent pages, from world-reno…

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

Wandi by Favel Parrett

The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna

The First Scientists by Corey Tutt

Always by Morris Gleitzman

Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat

Bluey: Giant Activity Pad by Bluey

The Tiny Explorers by Kat Macleod

Barkly Mansion and the Weirdest Guest by Melissa Keil

Pony by R.J. Palacio

There’s a Ghost in this House by Oliver Jeffers

In the top spot this week is our October Book of t…

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