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Six books for Gen Z readers

Gen Z are voracious content consumers, and yes, many of them really do still love and read print books. Here are some of our best picks for books that feature vital young voices, and foreground the concerns of a generation facing a challenging future.

Homeland Calling by Desert Pea Media & Ellen van Neerven (editor)

Homeland Calling is a collection of poems created from hip-hop song lyrics…

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The Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals winners 2020

The winners of the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced!

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal has been awa…

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Funny books for beginner readers

by Leanne Hall

Working towards independent reading can be slow and painstaking work. Beginner books with silly characters, outlandish scenarios, funny dialogue, and comic illustrations can help create enthusiastic and entertained readers. Here are some of the recent junior fiction books for readers aged 6-8 years that made us laugh.

Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement by Magda Szubanski &…

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2020

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The six shortlisted titles are…

The White Girl by Tony Birch (Read our review) Islands by Peggy Frew (Read our review) No One by John Hughes The Returns by Philip Salom (Read our review) Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany (Read our review) The Yield by Tara June Winch (Read our review)

Richard Neville, Mit…

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A spotlight on The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

Anna Chiu has her hands full with Year 11, looking after her brother and sister, and helping out at her family’s restaurant. Her dad’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and Anna loves spending time working on perfecting her dumplings. But her close-knit fa…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Normal People by Sally Rooney After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld


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Our favourite books of 2020 (so far)

Our staff share the best books they’ve read so far this year, including new releases and older titles just discovered.

I’ve read a fair bit this year, all things considered, but I have two clear fiction favourites: Weather by Jenny Offill, and The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay. Both are brilliant and subversive, and star real women dealing with the effects of the ground shifting …

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What we’re reading: Perret, Wright & Mildenhall

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 Gordon is reading The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall (available September)

I was kept wide awake last night because of bloody Kate Mildenhall’s forthcoming novel, The Mother Fault. Set in Australia in the near (but please god, let it n…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of seven new works of fiction that bring you voices from around the world. Minor Detail by Adania Shibli (translated by Elisabeth Jaquette)

Minor Detail revolves around a brutal crime committed one year after the War of 1948 – which Palestinians mourn as the Nakba, the catastrophe that led to the displaceme…

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