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On the problem of gender-specific books

by Emily Gale

Children’s & YA Specialist Emily Gale muses on the difficulties and debates surrounding gender-specific books, and asks just who is the villain here?

British newspaper, The Independent, recently published a fiery article decrying children books that are gender-specific in which literary editor Katy Guest wrote, “Gender-specific books demean all our children. So The Independent on Sunday will n…

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Crime books to read post True Detective

by Fiona Hardy

If you were a True Detective devotee and you’ve been feeling a bit bereft since the finale, then we recommend you turn to literature (as you should in all difficult situations). We’ve asked our crime specialist Fiona Hardy to recommend five books that would appeal to True Detective fans. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker (translated by Sam Taylor)

For those who enjoy …

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Meet the Bookseller with Kushla Egan

by Kushla Egan

We chat with bookseller Kushla Egan about Laini Taylor’s haunting fairytales, dreams of being Eloise and refreshing feminist perspectives on Australia.

Why do you work in books?

I have always loved a) books and b) telling people what to do/read. As I grew older, working with what I love just made sense. There is rarely a time where I see myself doing anything else – I get to work with new tit…

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Bully for Them: Outstanding Australians on Hard Lessons Learned at School

In Bully for Them, twenty-two Australians share their own experiences of being bullied, revealing that not only did they survive the ordeal but also, that their experiences helped shape them into the remarkable individuals they are today. Today is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and we’re sharing a piece from the book by musician Missy Higgins.

Sensitive, shy, and ski

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What we’re reading

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.

Nina is reading The Feel-Good Hit of the Year by Liam Pieper

I was in a bit of a book slump when an advance copy of this book landed on my desk. After having started and stopped several novels, I was in the mood for a memoir – and what a terri…

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The Stella Prize Shortlist 2014

The 2014 Stella Prize shortlist has been announced! The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing. The shortlist is:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Picador) Read our review Night Games by Anna Krien (Black Inc) Read our review The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane (Penguin) Read our review Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir by Kristina Olsson (UQP) Read our review The Swa

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Buy Sh*t Asian Mothers Say online and you’ll receive a free copy of The Family Law

If you buy Sh*t Asian Mothers Say from us online, you’ll also receive a free copy of The Family Law by Benjamin Law! Hurry, offer limited to the first 100 orders.

Benjamin Law and Michelle Law, the long-suffering children of an Asian Mother, bring you the hilarious Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, featuring the wisdom of Asian Mothers the world over, from “Eat every grain of rice, otherwise that’s …

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The story of my book: The Firebird Mystery

by Darrell Pitt

My first love is writing, but my second love is procrastination. Writing The Firebird Mystery went something like this:

Write for ten minutes.
Go to the refrigerator and stare inside as if searching for the Lost Ark of the Covenant.
Write for five minutes.
Peer out the window, wonder why the neighbour’s garbage bins have not been collected after three days and gnash my teeth.
Write for seven mi…

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