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Book vs Film: Catching Fire

by Bronte Coates

Last week I went to see the second film instalment of Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Games, on opening night and, as expected, found myself in a cinema full of enthusiastic teen fans. When the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Divergent appeared on screen, my friend leaned over to me and said, ‘I think those girls behind us are hyperventilating.’ I patted his hand. ‘We’re amo…

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A conversation about Hilary T Smith’s novel Wild Awake

Three of our staff - Nina Kenwood, Emily Gale and Bronte Coates - come together and talk about Hilary T Smith’s debut novel Wild Awake - why they loved it and whether or not it should be classified as ‘young adult fiction’.

NK: I loved Wild Awake, but I finished it thinking that perhaps it’s the kind of YA novel that adults might enjoy more than teenagers.

EG: It’s definitely one that the adu…

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How to host Christmas at home

by Chris Gordon

This Christmas will be the very first time our events manager Chris Gordon hosts the day from her own home in Australia. Here, she shares what she’s planning to dish up for her guests.

Being a mother I’m going to start the day relatively early and I plan to do so with a strong coffee, closely followed by a sparkling wine. I may eat chocolates also… And given the indulgent opener, I’m thinking …

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Our 12 Days of Xmas

Join our 12 Days of Christmas campaign!

Starting today, every day for the next 12 days we’re offering our customers a special daily Christmas deal. These offers are only available online, and only for one day.

Today offer is Adam Liaw’s wonderful cookbook Asian After Work for the special price of just $26.95 (down from $40), plus free delivery!

Ensure you don’t miss an offer by signing u

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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.

Chris is reading Walking on Trampolines

A friend of mine recommended this book because the author is a savvy reporter from our northern state - Queensland.

Frances Whiting’s Walking on Trampolines is a sweet serenade to love lost and found. T…

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Fiona Hardy on Crime Book Covers

by Fiona Hardy

Crime-lover and blogger Fiona Hardy considers the book design tropes of crime fiction titles, and whether there are benefits to having oft-repeated motifs.

Let’s play a game. We’ll call it Crime Cover Bingo. If you have a crime book on your shelves that has one of the following on the cover: snow, trees, people in shadow, long empty roads, a fence, or a building at night, then shout BINGO — ev…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Reading YA as an Adult

The young adult genre is exploding with wonderful, exciting writing at the moment. Here’s a guide for any book-lover who’s considering browsing a new section of the bookshop but doesn’t know where to start.

If you loved The Hunger Games
Bronte recommends Veronica Roth’s Divergent

With a highly-anticipated film due for release in early 2014 starring Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, The Spec

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An Extract from Rock Country edited by Chris Ryan

by Helen Carter

Rock Country is romp through the story of Australian rock and pop told by those that lived it, performed it, and adored it. Here’s we share one of the essays from the book - Helen Carter’s ‘Bon Scott: A Smell Like Pheromones’.

It was a dark and potentially stormy night as I waited at the bus stop on the palm-treed traffic island at the corner of Denham and Fletcher streets in South Bondi – dar…

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Stefano Manfredi on Italian Food

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon chats with Stefano Manfredi about his new cookbook Stefano Manfredi’s Italian Food.

Stefano, I reckon this book is one of the most comprehensive collections of Italian dishes, suited for Australian produce that I’ve come across. How long did it take you to pull together - and why did you feel a need to create such an ode to Italian food?

It took two solid years to write but in ef…

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