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Five recent novels about writers & writing

The lives of writers, real or imagined, can make for fascinating novels, often dwelling in the intersection between art and life, between creativity and domesticity. Here we recommend five recent novels that feature writers as key characters. You can also browse our collection of novels about writers below to find even more recommendations. Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami (translated by S…

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What we’re reading: Tangey, Huntley & Bennett

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. Tye Cattanach is reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half is Brit Bennett’s second novel and, like its predecessor The Mothers, does not disappoint. This cleverly constructed novel intrigues the reader from the very firs…

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Brilliant inclusive middle fiction fantasy

by Leanne Hall

Magical powers, mythical monsters and strange other worlds are popular with young readers aged 8-12, who seek adventure, wonder and understanding through fantasy stories. Fantasy books can also be a great vehicle to represent a full and inclusive range of relatable characters and diverse mythologies. Here are some of our favourite fantasy books that champion cultural and LGBTQIA+ inclusivity. …

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New books matched to winter bevvies

Winter is well and truly here, and what better way to spend the long, dark nights than kicking back with a good book with a delicious drink. We’ve paired some favourite new books with their ideal liquid partners. Sticks and Stones by Katherine Firkin

It’s winter in Melbourne and Detective Emmett Corban is starting to regret his promotion to head of the Missing Persons Unit, as the routine r…

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Immersive family dramas from Australian voices

Families can be relied on as deep wells for dramatic narratives. Whether it’s secrets held for decades, long separations, mysterious disappearances, disputed memories or tragic accidents, there’s nothing quite like sinking into an immersive story about family bonds being put to the test. Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe

When family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to fl…

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A spotlight on Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller

Ghost Bird is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

Stacey and Laney are twins, yet they could not be more different from one another. Stacey works hard at school; Laney skips school and sneaks out to meet her boyfriend. But when Laney disappears one night, Stacey refuses to believe, as most of the townsfolk do, that Laney has just run away with her …

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

Welcome To Country by Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy Finding Our Heart by Thomas Mayor & Blak Douglas The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Respect by Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson & Lisa Kennedy Bluey: Big Backyard Bluey: Bob Bilby Greta Thunberg (Little People, Big Dreams) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Anke Weckmann Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Ker…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams The Yield by Tara June Winch Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull Normal People by Sally Rooney

Julia Baird tops o…

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