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What we’re reading: Nunez, Patchett & Washington

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 Lot by Bryan Washington

Sometimes things converge perfectly. I have no attention span at the moment, our apartment is small and I’ve looked at every part of it. I watched every Fast & Furious movie in a row. The on…

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YA thrillers to keep you up late at night

Who needs sleep when you could instead stay up late to read a page-turning, spine-chilling YA thriller? Here are our six of top picks of recent, thrilling books for teens. You can find even more recommendations by browsing the collection below. The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

A girl wakes up on a self-driving bus with no memory of how she got there or who she is. Her nametag reads…

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Compulsive one-sit reads to devour on your lunchbreak

With more and more people working from home, the concept of a lunchbreak remains as important as ever and what better way to spend your time than inside someone else’s head? Here are eight recent releases under 200 pages to enjoy with your toasted sandwich. Find even more suggestions for short novels by browsing the collection below. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (translated by Jami…

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Epic, immersive reads to enjoy on your day off

In light of the ongoing global health crisis and its impact on daily lives, reports are coming in that people are taking less holiday leave this year when compared to others. If this sounds like you and you feel like you’re in of a mental break, here are eight recent releases over 550 pages to spend a day off with. Find even more suggestions for chunky novels by browsing the collection below. …

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Why we love the My Happy Life series

The sweet My Happy Life series features optimistic Dani encountering real-life challenges around family and friendships. Originally published in Sweden, these irresistible chapter books are not to be missed. To celebrate the release of All’s Happy that Ends Happy - the seventh and last book in the series - two of our children’s book specialists tell us why the My Happy Life books hold such a spe…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein) Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith A Year of Simple Family Food by Julia Busuttil Nishimura A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu The Yield by Tara June Winch A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville The Golden Maze by Richard Fidler Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Pi

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Kids books to help you slow down

by Leanne Hall

The social distancing and lockdowns of this year have meant many of us have lived at a different pace than usual, and moved in smaller circles. Here are some kids books that encourage an easy pace, contemplation and taking pleasure in small joys.

The Heart of the Bubble by Trace Balla

Mum and Dad have been busy working and travelling around the world, but now they can’t do that anymore. Co…

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What we’re reading: Conte, Deer & Biss

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. Elke Power is reading The Doctor Who Fooled the World by Brian Deer

I’ve been reading our September Nonfiction Book of the Month, The Doctor Who Fooled the World by British investigative journalist Brian Deer. Amanda’s review was so convincin…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs that want a powerful contemporary read… Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Gifty’s family have emigrated from Ghana to the American South. While her gorgeous brother is a basketball hero, her father longs to return home and her mother is desperate to hold this family of four together. When Gifty’s brother’s success falters, addiction strikes and the mother turns inward, and to …

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