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Gifts to cement your status as the cool aunt/uncle

by Jo Case

Last week, a Gen-X friend of mine asked me for advice on books to gift his voraciously well-read, book-loving niece for her fourteenth birthday. She’d given him an impressively eclectic list of authors she liked, ranging from Jennifer Niven to Christopher Pike; Georgia Blain to David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas!). This was one seriously adventurous reader.

So, I advised my friend (who is the kind of p…

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Best new crime reads of the month

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch

Sometimes, when reading a gripping crime novel, you feel almost paralysed with helplessness as things go terribly wrong for your protagonist and all you can do is read in a panic as the author leads them to certain doom.

This feeling is crystallised in If I Die Before I Wake, when, from the very first page, we are in the mind of …

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Seven books to read in February

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment – dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion. This electrifying new essay collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again he…

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The International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist 2018

The longlist for this year’s International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced,.

This Prize is run in partnership with Swansea University and is awarded to the best literary work in the English language written by an author under aged 39 and under. The winning author will receive £30,000.

This year’s longlist of 12 books comprises eight novels, two short story collections and two volumes of p…

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Cookbooks trends to look for in 2018

by Chris Gordon

This year we are all embracing food sustainability and humane food experiences; we are going be eating flowers and we will be eating the entire vegetable, root to tip. We are eating plants of any colour, we are eating meat from animals that run free, and we are all, apparently, going to be looking very well and feeling as if we could change the world with a single tweet.

Cookbooks that reflect t…

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Mark’s Say, February 2018

by Mark Rubbo

Sydney teacher and writer Catherine Walsh caused a bit of a storm when the Fairfax papers published a talk she gave on volunteering and charities, ‘Volunteering doesn’t make the world a better place’, (Sydney Morning Herald, 5 January). The crux of her argument was that volunteering and donating to charities transfers the collective obligations of society and government to individuals, and those …

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Winners of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards!

The 2018 winners for each category are…

The winner of the Fiction Award is Melanie Cheng for Australia Day.

Australia Day is a collection of stories about people who are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common is the desire we all share to fee…

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What we’re reading: Heather Morris, Dervla McTiernan & Yumi Stynes

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ellen Cregan is reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Over the weekend I read Heather Morris’s debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

This book tells the story of Lale Sokolov, the real-life tattooist who worked in the infamous concentration …

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