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Recommended August YA books, news & events

by Leanne Hall

August sees us awash in sharp and timely contemporary fiction, darker witchy and dystopic tales, and looking forward to a busy teen-friendly events schedule. Find our August picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood

Eighteen-year-old Natalie has just finished year twelve and is enjoying one final summer with her best friends Zach and L…

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Melissa Lucashenko wins the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Melissa Lucashenko has been named the winner of 2019’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Too Much Lip, a gritty and darkly hilarious story about a prodigal daughter and a family in crisis.

Chair of the judging panel, State Library of NSW’s Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville said, ‘ Too Much Lip is driven by personal experience, historical injustice, anger and what in Indigenous vernac…

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The best new crime reads in August

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Lapse by Sarah Thornton

Deep in the middle of both winter and the AFL season, there are few things more readable than ex-corporate lawyer Sarah Thornton’s Lapse. When Clementine Jones leaves her old, untenable life in Sydney behind, she chooses the regional town of Katinga to hole up in, trying to reinvent herself – or to push the old Clementine away. No longer a law…

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An August events round-up

We have a bumper crop of events coming up in August and September, so we’ve highlighted some key events below for both kids and adults. Please check out our full events calendar here – there’s something for everyone! Kids' event pick of the month

An A–Z of Endangered Animals with Jennifer Cossins

Jennifer Cossins is a 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book-winning Tasmani…

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August’s international fiction highlights

We’re so spoilt for choice – there are plenty of fantastic new local and international releases coming out in August. To help you decide what to choose next, we’ve put a spotlight on some of our most anticipated international releases. OUT NOW… Nobber by Oisín Fagan

This unique, experimental take on the Black Death by Irish author Oisín Fagan is not for those offended by graphic language…

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At home with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone by Jamie Oliver

Over thirty books, countless television series, numerous restaurants, a steady stream of public-health initiatives and a gaggle of kids since we all embraced the phenomenon of The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver is back riding the zeitgeist with Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone. With plenty of super-tasty, brilliantly simple yet inventi…

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Mark’s Say: August 2019

by Mark Rubbo

I hate this time of year, the end of the financial year. It’s when we find out how many books have been stolen from our shelves. You’d think I’d get used to it, but I never quite do. This year the value of the items stolen has increased by 30% to $175,000. It’s upsetting; with that money we could have given our hardworking staff a bigger bonus and also put some extra money into the Readings Found

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo The Art of Growing Up by John Marsden Open House Melbourne Weekend: 2019 Program by Open House Melbourne From Here On, Monsters by Elizabeth Bryer Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton The New Girl by Daniel Silva Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Plots and Prayers by Niki Savva Normal People by Sally Rooney

It would be remiss of us not…

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Dear Reader, August 2019

by Alison Huber

It occurs to me that our two books of the month, Meg Mundell’s The Trespassers and Bruce Pascoe’s Salt, encapsulate this moment in time in the sense that they each demonstrate key concerns of both Australian independent publishing and the culture at large. The former is a genre-defying allegorical novel about climate crisis and refugees that holds a mirror to our darkening age; the latter is a ge…

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