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Tim Winton wins the Voss Literary Prize 2019

Tim Winton has been named the winner of the 2019 Voss Literary Prize for his novel, The Shepherd’s Hut.

The Shepherd’s Hut is a searing look at what it takes to keep love and hope alive in a parched and brutal world.

In his review, our managing director Mark Rubbo writes: ‘Reading this book is like a roller coaster; the vernacular, the language, is a wild and constant surprise… The Shepherd’s

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20% off 30 favourite books from 2019

Save 20% off 30 favourite titles from the year, handpicked by Mark Rubbo and our head book buyer Alison Huber!

Titles on offer include fantastic Australian fiction, gripping crime novels, engrossing memoir, provocative non-fiction reads, gorgeous books to keep the kids busy, and much more.

Enter the code HANDPICKED2019 on the final page of checkout to apply the discount.

The sale runs from mid…

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What we’re reading: Gardner, Ellmann & Fraser

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is a true master at weaving immensely deep worlds in which a reader can only get hopelessly absorbed. This new fairytale-esque offering is no exception. Beauti…

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Kids authors share their picks for Christmas gifts

Children’s and YA authors have impeccable taste and tottering reading stacks, so who better to recommend books for kids and teens! We asked some of our favourite Australian authors to share their hot picks for gifts this festive season. Sally Rippin recommends…

Funny Bones (edited by Kate and Jol Temple and Oliver Phommavanh) is a brick of a book packed with over 100 stories, cartoons, quizz…

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Mark Rubbo recommends nine favourite reads from 2019

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Manager Director Mark Rubbo recommends a sample of nine favourite books he’s read this year – including fantastic Australian fiction, a sprawling family epic, two brilliant crime novels, Helen Garner’s diaries, and more. Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

Set in the mid 1980s as the Cold War rages and the crisis of AIDS is unfolding, Invented Lives is the eighth novel from Andrea G…

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30 great reads from First Nations writers & Australian writers of colour

In past years, we have compiled a list of great reads by Australian women, originally inspired by the Australian Women Writers Challenge. In 2019 we expanded that list to include gender diverse authors as well. This year, we also wanted to highlight the stories being told by First Nations writers and Australian writers of colour. The Australian Women Writers Challenge was a born out of a desire …

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The Indie Book Awards longlists 2020

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers longlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2019!

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the longlistees for each category.

Fiction The White Girl by Tony Birch The Rip by Mark Brandi Silver

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The best books for keeping the kids busy during the holidays

by Leanne Hall

Sometimes it’s nice on the holidays for everyone to busy themselves with a book for a few hours. Here are some of our best suggestions for keeping the kids busy during the Christmas season – from babies through to tweens. PICKS FOR BABIES, TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS

It’s Mine! - Who is hiding in the jungle? Find out by lifting the flaps to spot the animals. You’re sure to enjoy the surprise…

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Comfort reading & book recommendations from our Teen Advisory Board

In their last meeting of the year, our Teen Advisory Board shared their thoughts about comfort reading, and recommended the most memorable books they read this year. What is your favourite kind of book to read when you want comfort?

‘I read books that will make me even sadder so that I can truly fall into a pit of despair. Then I read a romance book to pull me out of it’ - Sasha Copic

‘I rer…

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Books to read to Baby Yoda

A good way to soothe a Baby Yoda is to read them books that will help them navigate life and recognise objects, events and people around them. Here are the very best books for storytime with Baby Yoda. The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Sometimes your foster dad won’t take off his helmet, and you’re just going to have to be okay with that.

Leap Frog by Jane Clarke & Britta Teckentrup

We kno…

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