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The best new crime reads in May

by Fiona Hardy

He Started It by Samantha Downing

To say a book has a twist is sometimes a spoiler: you’ll find yourself living in a constant state of suspense, waiting for when it’ll happen. I don’t think saying that He Started It has twists is any kind of spoiler, because, dear reader, this book is absolutely packed with them. Every chapter ends with a new shock. Surprises come out of every corner. And I lo

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Books to inspire hope

If you’re in need a bookish pick-me-up, we’ve put together some of some recent reads that have lifted our spirits and made us feel a little more hopeful. Our suggested boosters include the very best of art and culture, public policy, activism, Indigenous poetry, self-reflection, philosophy and radical visions for the future – in short, every kind of inspiration we can find! Phosphorescence

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist 2020

The 2020 longlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced.

Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian of the State Library of NSW and head of the Award judging panel, says: “This year’s Miles Franklin longlist is a mix of established and newer Australian authors. Their novels give voice to a diversity of Australian characters whose common feature is their location on the margins, wheth…

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

Slime by David Walliams & Tony Ross Our Home, Our Heartbeat by Adam Briggs, Kate Moon & Rachael Sarra Finding Our Heart by Thomas Mayor & Blak Douglas (available 1 June) Landing with Wings by Trace Balla The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, Book 2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Real Pigeons Peck Punches (Real Pigeons, Book 5) by Andrew McDonald & Ben Woo…

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Lessons I’ve learned from mums & grans in picture books

by Bronte Coates

Our digital content manager Bronte Coates shares some of the best parenting advice she’s absorbed from reading picture books over the years. Give your child space to figure out big emotions.

I adore the way Anna Walker celebrates the resilience and creativity of children in her picture books. In Lottie and Walter, Lottie manages to overcome her fear of going in the water thanks to a singing…

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The best psychological thrillers to curl up with in Autumn

As we head deeper into autumn, nights are getting longer and chillier, and conditions are perfect for wrapping up in a blanket, pouring a cup of tea, and losing yourself in a twisty, turny, psychological thriller. Here are some of our favourite picks to keep you on the edge of your (comfortable) seat. Elly by Maike Wetzel (translated by Lyn Marven)

11-year-old Elly is missing. After an exte…

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 7

For this week’s cooking diary entry, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon looks to others for inspiration…

During isolation I have tried cooking a variety of delicious, inspiring dishes. I started off with a few simple ideas for inspiration, and from there I’ve tackled pickling, sourdough and hot cross buns (well, almost). I’ve also embraced my inner Nonna and learned some valuable le…

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for May

by Leanne Hall

In May we have books that will make you want to play with your food, think about respect, be absorbed in family and friendships, get a little creeped out, and look with fresh eyes at recycling, reusing and reducing. Find our May picks for YA books here. FIVE KIDS BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Play with Your Plate! by Judith Rossell

Mix and match to your heart’s content with this fun and inno…

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Recommended YA books, news & resources for May

by Leanne Hall

May serves up a glut of quality Australian YA fiction – the second book in Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s blockbuster sci-fi series, and moving contemporary stories from no less than three exciting debut voices. There’s also new books from YA stars Patrick Ness and Suzanne Collins. Find our May picks for kids books here. SIX YA BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & J…

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