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YA books to gift your crush

by Leanne Hall

Let’s celebrate love and friendship in all its forms! We recommend our favourite warm, fuzzy and loved-up books that are suitable to give your crush, or a cherished friend, or even yourself.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

Love blossoms during a political campaign in this sweet cross-cultural romance, which also happens to be our YA Book of the Month.

Jamie Goldberg is c…

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What we’re reading: Andrews, Reid & Dolan

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. Bronte Coates is reading Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (available April)

I recently got my hands on an early copy of this exciting fiction debut from Irish writer Naoise Dolan. Newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, Ava meets Julian. They fo…

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3-for-2 special offer on non-fiction favourites

Throughout February, we are pleased to have a special 3-for-2 offer on a select range of award-winning and popular non-fiction titles. This offer is available in-store only.

Buy two books, and choose a third book in the range (of equal or lesser value) for free. The range includes books from Chloe Hooper, Greta Thunberg, Michael Pollan, Deborah Levy, Don Watson, Caroline Criado Perez, and many m…

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Books to help explain Australia’s history to kids

by Leanne Hall

The immense popularity of Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu: A Truer History has demonstrated a thirst for true and balanced accounts of Australian history. Here are some of our favourite books to help explain Australian history to kids.

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe

This young reader’s version of Bruce Pascoe’s seminal and award-winning work Dark Emu explains that Australian…

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Translated fiction to read this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of seven novels that bring you newly translated voices from around the world. Napoleon’s Beekeeper by José Luis de Juan (translated by Elizabeth Bryer)

May 1814. On the island of Elba, the beekeeper Andrea Pasolini awaits the arrival of the defeated, exiled emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Pasolini’s first love…

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The best new crime reads of February

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime columnist recommends 11 new crime novels for book lovers this month. The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

Leslie is alone, in Las Vegas, there to collect her sister Robin. It’s been years since she’s seen Robin, but in order to get the inheritance her father promised her, both of them need to be there to sign the papers. Fifty thousand dollars each. They don’t have to reconnect; it shou…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Cherry Beach by Laura McPhee-Browne A Couple of Things Before the End by Sean O'Beirne Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid A Very Stable Genius by Carol D. Leonnig & Philip Rucker Grown Ups by Marian Keyes The Lotus Eaters by Emily Clements The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas

It’s wonderful to see three Australian…

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For book clubs who love intense and atmospheric novels… The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld returns with another novel in which three narratives converge over historical time. In 1720s Scotland, a priest and his son transport a witch to the coast to stop her from being killed by the village. In the years after the Second World War, Ruth finds herself the replacement wife to a recent widower …

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What we’re reading: Hing Wen, Leonnig & Rucker

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. Leanne Hall is reading Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

The first thing you must know is that there are no actual boats in Loveboat, Taipei. ‘Loveboat’ (nicknamed after the TV show that we’d all rather forget … if we weren’t secretly watch…

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