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Why I wrote a book about death for kids

by Andrew McDonald

A friend asked me recently why I’d written a novel about death for children. They asked with eyebrows raised, as if to suggest that the topic of death was surely not an appropriate subject matter for young readers.

Son of Death came about because I thought it would be fun to throw a rock’n’roll-obsessed 14-year-old into the middle of a secret world of grim-reaping. It was a great opportunity to…

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Seven crime novels to read this February

by Fiona Hardy

BOOK OF THE MONTH Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

Swedish Lapland, June 1717 (note, this reader virtually never reads things set in the past): Finns Maija and Paavo take their children Frederika and Dorotea to Sweden, away from the fear that has beaten Paavo into a shadow of the man he once was. They settle in Lapland, beside the mountain Blackåsen, ill-equipped for living in an isolated and st…

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What we’re reading: Dianne Touchell, Garth Nix and Liane Moriarty

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.

Ann Le Lievre is reading A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

I love our Aussie young adult authors and my recent experience of reading Western Australian author Dianne Touchell’s A Small Madness was explosive. This book has made me feel as if m…

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Our youngest ever reviewer: Meet Rocket

by Fiona Hardy

Bookseller Fiona Hardy recently interviewed her two-year-old daughter Rocket about a picture book they’d read together: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. Here’s Fiona on what went down.

A lot of the time, customers ask if Klassen’s slightly edgy work is really for children or more for parents (I bought my first of his books before I had a kid). But my two-year-old has always loved his books, even if she …

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Inside the world of online romance scams

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon interviews Sofija Stefanovic about her new short book You’re Just Too Good To Be True (part of the Penguin Special series). You’re Just Too Good To Be True is an investigation into the world of online romance scams, specifically those that target lonely seniors.

I thought You’re Just Too Good To Be True was brilliant, and sad actually – a sad indictment on today’s society.


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Classical music to set the mood on Valentine’s Day

by Judi Mitchell

Valentine’s Day has never meant much to me and as an adult I’ve always had partners who’ve agreed it’s far too commercial. We have consciously avoided ‘the day’ and instead, unconsciously done special things for each other during the year. As a teenager though, I do remember sending a Valentine to a boy I fancied in the trumpet section of a band I was playing in. I got a secret thrill wondering i…

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The Stella Prize Longlist 2015

The Stella Prize longlist for 2015 was announced today! The $50,000 prize is awarded for the best work of literature, fiction or non-fiction, published in 2014 by an Australian woman.

The twelve longlisted books are:

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke – Read our review The Strays by Emily Bitto – Read our review Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey – Read our review This House of Grief by Hele…

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February 2015 Children’s & YA Highlights

by Emily Gale

There’s a stunning young adult anthology out this month. Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean is a collaboration between editors Kirsty Murray (The Year It All Ended), Anita Roy and Payal Dhar, featuring speculative fiction (including six graphic stories) from Australian and Indian authors. From the Australian contingent we’ve got Isobelle Carmody (Obernewtyn), Penni Russon (Only Ever Always), Justine La…

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Choose your own adventure: the John Darnielle edition

by Gerard Elson


Summer, St Kilda. Strolling Acland Street, you dispose of your empty frozen yoghurt cup and peel off into Readings Books. The store’s cool interior is a welcome respite from the cramming heat outside: perfect conditions for browsing. You clock the new releases, turn the latest Murakami over in your hands. It’s a lovely object, though not what you’re after today. You saunter around a bi…

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