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A reading list for an ideal child (and one for the real deal)

by Emily Gale

Parents start out with certain ideals: I will never use bribes, I will never raise my voice, I will never use the television as a babysitter…

So, just for fun, here’s a list of gorgeous children’s books for the new, discerning parent, and another list of equally brilliant books that give a slightly more realistic picture of life with kids. As a professional in the field, I recommend a healthy do…

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The Indie Awards Shortlist for 2014

The shortlist for the 2014 Indie Awards have been announced!

As well as category winners, all sixteen shortlisted titles are vying for the top spot as the Indie ‘Book of the Year’ for 2014. The Indie Awards are voted for by independent booksellers from around the country.

The shortlisted titles for 2014 include:

Fiction Award Shortlist: Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Coal Creek by Alex Mill…

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The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Winners of 2014

The winners for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.

The winner for poetry, Jennifer Maiden, has also been named the overall winner for her politically-charged and exquisitely-structured Liquid Nitrogen. The poems in this collection are like verse essays, subjecting the political issues of our time, and the figures who dominate them, to a fierce scrutiny, while allow…

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Our most anticipated books of 2014

by Martin Shaw

Well, what a bountiful year 2014 is shaping up to be! There will be legions of fans awaiting new novels from the likes of Haruki Murakami, Marilynne Robinson, Sebastian Barry, Emma Donoghue, Ian McEwan, Sarah Waters, David Mitchell and Siri Hustvedt. Short-story aficionados have new collections from Lorrie Moore and Lydia Davis to look forward to. A new Gerald Murnane novel is always a cause for …

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (film tie-in edition) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Stoner: A Novel by John Williams Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Marcus Zusak remai…

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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 watching Blue Jasmine

I’ve gone on a bit of a film binge of late, inspired by the Oscar nominations and the film award season in general. I saw Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, which I found difficult to watch but agree with everyone else i…

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Why would a published author turn to self-publishing?

by Jack Heath

A friend publishes her crime novels with one publisher and young adult fantasy with another. I asked her why, since each company distributes titles in both genres, and either one would kill to have her exclusively. ‘The publisher has to suit the book,’ she said.

With so many wonderful publishers out there, it’s almost embarrassing to admit that for Ink, Inc., my new young adult sci-fi novel, the…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (film tie-in edition) Stoner: A Novel by John Williams The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Starting School by Jane Godwin, Anna Walker Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The 1,000 Dot-to-Dot Book: Twenty Iconic Portraits to Complete

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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.

Richard is listening to Threace by Cave

A stellar effort from the Chicago instrumental quartet oft-hailed as inheritors of the forty-year-old legacy of Can, Faust or Neu! (Although lumping Cave together with krautrock music does them a disserv…

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Teaching my son to read

by Emily Gale

There’s a general perception that young boys today don’t enjoy reading as much as girls; that they find it more difficult to learn and are therefore reluctant to do it for fun. This turned out to be true in my house. I went from being the smug parent of a ‘natural’ reader (a girl) to the tortured parent of a boy who’d rather play with his pet rock than read a book. It took me a while to believe t…

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