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Stunning new First Nations picture books

There are some beautiful recently released picture books to share with children (and adults) that are created by very talented First Nations authors and artists, and we don’t want you to miss out on discovering them. Here are some of our favourite recent First Nations picture books: A Kunwinjku Counting Book by Gabriel Maralngurra

Accompanied by illustrations drawing on traditional Kunwinjk…

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Beginner’s guide to Neal Shusterman

by Lucie Dess

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books and they’re all calling out to be read, but where should you start? This is a guide to help you choose which one of Shusterman’s latest YA novels to pick up first. For the dystopian lover: Scythe

I will never stop recommending Scythe. The story is so unique and captivating from the very first pa…

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Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist 2022

The 2022 longlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced! The Miles Franklin Literary Award was celebrates novels of the highest literary merit that tell stories about Australian life, shining a light on some of the country’s most talented writers.

Below are the twelve longlisted titles:

The Other Half of You by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

After Story by Larissa Behrendt

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Stolen Focus by Johann Hari

The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

Sunbathing by Isobel Beech

Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen

Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper

Wake by Shelley Burr

Yiayia Next Door by Daniel Mancuso and Luke Mancuso

Pure Colour by Sheila Heti

The Seamstress of Sardinia by Bianca Pitzorno (translated by Brigid Maher)

Still Alive by Safdar Ahmed

Our best-seller from the past week is Johann …

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The 2022 ABIA shortlists

The shortlists for the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced! The ABIAs celebrate the best books of the year, as judged by Australian book industry members. Below are the shortlisted titles from across the 12 ABIA categories. Biography Book of the Year Emotional Female by Yumiko Kadota The Mother Wound by Amani Haydar Turns Out, I’m Fine by Judith Lucy It Wasn’t

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What we’re reading: Stanley, Yee & Black

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving. Chris Gordon is reading A Great Hope by Jessica Stanley

First of all, reading A Great Hope by Jessica Stanley made me feel old. This novel centres around the Kevin Rudd years of 2007 through to the turbulent years of Gillard and I found mysel…

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What the Degrassi Junior High students are reading now

by Rosalind McClintock


  Oh Degrassi, how I loved you growing up. I’d race back from school as a latchkey kid (actually it was just under a blob of cement in an oversized pot plant) grab my microwave pizza and turn the dial on the old tellie to see what the gang were up to on the other side of the world. It was so grown up and I was completely sucked in. Now, I know there have been new series and my old friends ha…

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An extract from the anthology This All Come Back Now

This All Come Back Now is an anthology of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speculative fiction edited by Mykaela Saunders. Below is an extract from the short story Terranora written by Mykaela Saunders, which appears in the new collection.

‘Wake up! Wake up, everyone! Ocean Bikies are coming!’ The summons ripples throughout the sleeping camp, waking us all up in waves. I shake my two youn…

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Australian fiction titles to pick up this month

  Sunbathing by Isobel Beech

‘Sunbathing is the stunning debut novel from Melbourne writer Isobel Beech. It follows the story of a young woman who is invited to stay with her friends Giulia and Fab at Fab’s family home in Abruzzo, in the month prior to their wedding. The village is an oasis, untouched by tourism. The narrator spends lazy days with Giulia and Fab, cooking, gardening, and carin…

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