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Book recommendations from the Victorian Women’s Trust

We asked the team at Victorian Women’s Trust to share what they’ve been reading in isolation. Here’s what they said. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories by Mark McKenna

“If there remains any need to drive the last nail in the coffin of terra nullius, this is it, with riveting historical accounts of overlooked or forgotten encounters between Indigenous people and White Europeans.”


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Book recommendations from the EWF programming team

The team at Emerging Writers’ Festival have been spending their time looking after their houseplants, planning their entirely online festival for 2020 and of course, reading. Here’s what they’ve been sinking their teeth into during isolation.

“Carmen Maria Machado is such an awe-inspiring (and I usually hate that phrase!) writer and her experimentation with form is chef’s kiss. She’s probably …

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The ABIA Book shortlists 2020

The Australian Book Industry Awards Academy has announced the ABIA Book shortlists for 2020, and the winners of the Rising Star and Hall of Fame Awards.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors, illustrators, narrators, and publishers.

General fiction book of the year Bruny by Heather Rose Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham Silver by Chris Hammer …

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For bookclubs who remember Melbourne’s post-punk yesteryear… Almost a Mirror by Kirsten Krauth

Mona, Benny and Jimmy are drawn into the elegantly wasted orbit of the Crystal Ballroom and the post-punk scene of ‘80s Melbourne, a world that includes Nick Cave and Dodge, a photographer pushing his art to the edge. As it moves between the Blue Mountains and Melbourne, Sydney and Castlemaine, Almo

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

Slime by David Walliams & Tony Ross Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, Book 2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Bluey: Time to Play! Landing with Wings by Trace Balla Eddie Woo’s Magical Maths by Eddie Woo I Can Be Anything by Shinsuke Yoshitake Bluey: Bob Bilby Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml E-Boy (E-Boy, Book 1) by Anh Do & Chris Wahl What Do You Call a Baby…? by Ka…

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Seven Australian debut novels to read in April

There are so many wonderful works of Australian fiction to celebrate in April. Here, we collect together seven first-time novels from local authors. For a fun, sexy, summer read… The Adversary by Ronnie Scott

In a creaky house in Brunswick, a young man has devoted himself to recreational showers, staring at his phone, and speculating on the activities of his best friend and housemate, Dan.…

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 5

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. Here is the latest instalment of her self-isolation cooking diary.

I’ve learned a little more about myself over the last few weeks, and reading Jaclyn Crupi’s excellent book, Nonna Knows Best (available 28 April) has helped me to reaffirm a few of these self-discoveries. Most…

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. This Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

Martha Lane Fox, Chair of the judging panel, commented: “We are all living in challenging, sad and complex times so incredible stories provide hope, a moment of escape and a point of connection now more than ever. C…

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Bernadette Green on writing her debut picture book

by Bernadette Green

Who’s Your Real Mum? is a fantastic new Australian picture book that celebrates nontraditional families and captures exactly what lies at the heart of family life – love. We chatted to author Bernadette Green about how her debut picture book came to life. You wrote Who’s Your Real Mum? to help smooth the path for kids of same-sex parents. What were the kinds of pressures you were hoping to rel…

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