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Literary thrillers in literary settings

These twist-filled stories are set in worlds that revolve around words – whether that be an isolated writers cottage in the country or the bustling hub of a publishing house in New York City; what these places share is that all is not as it seems.

Hell of A Book by Jason Mott

A Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives H

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The 2021 Booker Prize longlist

The longlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced! The Booker Prize is the has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. It is awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Below are the 13 longlisted titles:

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

The Promise by…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey

The Brilliant Boy by Gideon Haigh

So You Think You Know What’s Good For You? by Dr Norman Swan

Nordic Edge edited by Andrew Scott and Rod Campbell

After Story by Larissa Behrendt

Power Play by Julia Banks

I Alone Can Fix It by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

Late Bloomer by Clem Bastow

Women in the Picture by Catherine McCormack

Vaxxers by Sarah Gilbert and Cather…

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Books to leave town with: summertime novels to dive into

Escape to warmer shores through the pages of these scintillating reads. But though it all seems light and warm – some of these summers have a dark side too. A lot can happen over a long, hot summer with the repercussions reverberating through lifetimes. The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements & Onjuli Datta

Win knows that Hollywood demands perfection - especially from a woman of colour…

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What we’re reading: Montgomery, Rooney & Caletti

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 Soul of An Octopus, The House in the Cerulean Sea, and Once There Were Wolves.

Friends, it has been an interesting (albeit slow) week of reading for me. I have been lucky enough to read not one, but three delightful b…

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Beginner’s guide to Sarah J Maas

by Aurelia Orr

It is an understatement in saying that Sarah J. Maas is an author you will never forget. My immense love for reading can always be linked back to when I discovered her in 2016. She immediately became my favourite author, and five years later she still holds that title.

Fair warning: Maas’s books will teach you the true meaning of love and friendship, whilst twisting and breaking your heart into…

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Strong women in YA

Teen Advisory Board member Annalise Comer talks about her favourite novels and series that champion complex and strong women.

Strong protagonists written by authors like Jane Austen, Sarah J. Maas, Nicola Yoon and Suzanne Collins are inspirational figures for young people everywhere, as they show us that you can do anything – regardless of the limitations and expectations placed on you by soci…

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Seven picture books to lift your spirits

by Leanne Hall

In need of a pick-me-up? These seven picture books are guaranteed to make you feel better, with humour, compassion, colourful illustrations and new perspectives.

Mole in a Black and White Hole by Tereza Sediva

When Mole looks around his underground home, all he sees is the black-and-white world of his hole. Mole digs and dreams of finding something colourful, but day after day he is disapp…

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Save $5 on these recent non-fiction picks

Time to read up while we lock down! These six picks are $5 off for a limited time. The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent by Gideon Haigh

H. V. ‘Doc' Evatt has long been obscured by Menzies’s broad shadow, as the Labor Opposition Leader through the prosperous and complacent 1950s. In this book, one of our finest writers and sharpest minds shows Evatt in his true light…

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