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What we’re reading: Hardy, Kiesling & Haynes

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 Somerville is reading The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling

I’ve been in a real reading slump lately, for a variety of reasons I’m sure, but I mostly blame being stuck in our small apartment in lockdown with our 18-month-old child. I can r…

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Q&A with Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

by Leanne Hall

We chat with Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, the illustrator of the wonderful new picture book Found. Congratulations on winning the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award! What is your background as an artist, and what was it like undertaking a mentorship as part of the Award?

Thank you! I’ve enjoyed art my whole life; the practice, appreciation and exploration of it. My parents have always been very e…

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Chris Gordon shares her top picks for MWF Digital: Week 2

by Chris Gordon

Our head of events and programming, Chris Gordon, shares her top picks for the second weekend of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. The 2020 festival runs from 7-16 August, and will be entirely online.

As we all settle into our ‘country retreats’ – albeit our homes – I have decided that the way forward through this global pandemic is to first, wrap myself in other people’s stories and, ne…

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The best new crime reads in August

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares 10 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

Summer and Iris are identical twins – asymmetrically, so when Iris looks at her sister, she sees her own reflection. But where Summer has succeeded – handsome husband, loving friends, immense wealth – Iris has failed, with one broken marriage already…

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Four delicious new cookbooks in August

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist recommends four delicious new cookbooks to enjoy this month. 7 Ways by Jamie Oliver

I love Jamie Oliver. I reckon he has done more for the way we eat than any other cook in modern history. In his latest book, he considers the top ingredients we buy week in, week out. We’re talking about those meal staples we pick up without even thinking. He understands how…

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

Bluey: My Dad is Awesome The Girl, the Cat & the Navigator by Matilda Woods The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson Welcome To Country (Board book edition) by Lisa Kennedy & Aunty Joy Murphy Our Home, Our Heartbeat by Adam Briggs, Kate Moon & Rachael Sarra The World’s Worst Parents by David Walliams & Tony Ross Family by Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson & Jasmine Seymour The Year the Maps Changed by…

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What we’re reading: Bennett, Honey & Que Mai

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 The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

This week I have been transported to jungles, to muddy fields, to bomb shelters, and to straw bedding. I’ve been led by grandmother Hương’s hand through the recent history of V…

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Favourite reads in new formats

We always get a thrill seeing our favourite books of the previous year released in new formats down the track. Here are a sample of some terrific reads now available in smaller, large-pocket-friendly editions – and you can find more picks from this year by browsing the collection below. Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he an…

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for August

by Leanne Hall

This month in children’s books we have a post-climate crisis adventure, a stunning allegorical picture book, a lovable cat with a very long name, sensitively illustrated stories about unique kids, and a tweenage classic. Find our August picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibble

Neoma and Jag and their small community are ‘living gentle lives’…

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