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Adventure novels for grown-ups

What does adventure mean to you? Is it travelling to far-away lands, investigating a murder, cheating death, going on a good old-fashioned road trip, or running away to join the circus? We recommend some of our favourite novels that exemplify the spirit of exploration and the dogged pursuit of dangerous truths, risky mysteries and new frontiers of knowledge. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett …

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Five books to give a thoughtful ten-year-old

by Leanne Hall

Books for older primary readers can be enormously thoughtful, covering a range of topics and experiences that reflects the insatiable curiosity and open minds of kids at that age. Here are five recently published books that will get keen young readers thinking. Check Mates by Stewart Foster

Eleven-year-old Felix struggles at school. His ADHD makes it hard to concentrate and no one seems to…

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The 12 most awarded books of 2019 (so far)

Here are the 12 most awarded books of 2019 - so far! Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. Eli Bell is just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way – not least of which is Tytus Br…

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Readings Prize spotlight: Q&A with Alice Bishop

by Alice Bishop

A Constant Hum by Alice Bishop is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here, we chat with Bishop about how and why she chose to write about the long aftermath of Black Saturday. Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction! Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Thank you. I feel very lucky…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

FICTION For book clubs who love a good WWII read, try… A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

Mourning the loss of both her fiancé and brother in WWI and now regarded as a ‘surplus woman’, Violet heads for a new life in Winchester. And as the threat of WWII looms on the horizon, she begins to collect some secrets of her own…Warm, vivid and beautifully orchestrated, A Single Thread reveals one …

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The winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2019

The Wilderness Society has revealed the winners of this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature. This award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Here are the winners for all three categories…

Picture Fiction The All New Must Have

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What we’re reading: Wakefield, Irby & Strout

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. Ellen Cregan is reading We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

I’ve been reading We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. This hilarious collection of essays makes for delightful reading – Irby is a comedian who runs the…

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists 2019

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. These awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia.

Here are the full shortlists…

Children’s literature His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda Sonam and the Silence by Eddie Ayres, illustrated by Ronak Taher The Feather by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Freya Blackwood The Incredible Freedom Machines

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