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Our 2019 Christmas Gift Guide: The friends & family edition

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here are gift ideas for your friends and family – for those who love to entertain, explore, read by the beach, and more. And you can find plenty more recommendations in our Summer Reading Guide. For someone who hosts amazing dinner parties Popular New York Times food columnist Alison …

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Literary prize winners to read over summer

Literary prizes may be sometimes controversial and almost never agreed upon, but they do direct readers to books that are highly recommended by a select group of readers - here are 20 literary prize winners to get stuck into over the summer break. Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two…

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Anti-Christmas reads for Grinches

Mince pies are on sale, fir trees are sparkling in windows, children are queuing up at shopping centres to meet Santa… The festive season is here… Is that a bah humbug we hear? Here are some of our best books for the Scrooges and grinches out there. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Kate Reese is a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, with her youn…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Bluey: Time to Play! (Sticker Activity Book) Bluey: The Beach (A Lift-the-Flap Book) Bluey: Fruit Bat (A Glow-in-the-Dark Book) Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 14) by Jeff Kinney Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe Explore Your World by Tim Flannery & Sam Caldwell Guts by Raina Telgemeier Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts How to Make a Movie in Twel

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What we’re reading: Slate, Wilson & Meyer

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. Jason Austin is reading The Son by Philipp Meyer

I’ve had a copy of The Son by Philipp Meyer sitting on my ‘to read’ bookcase for a while. I’ve been prompted to get on to it as it was adapted into a TV series last year starring Pierce Brosnan,…

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Our 2019 Christmas gift guides

As Christmas draws ever-nearer, we will be sharing a range of carefully curated gift guides featuring hand-picked recommendations from our staff. Keep an eye on this page as we’ll be adding to our list throughout the coming weeks.

Make sure you also check out our annual Summer Reading Guide for even more gift ideas.

GIFT IDEAS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS… Gift ideas for friends & family 100 grea

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Ilka Tampke wins the Most Underrated Book Award 2019

Ilka Tampke has been named the winner of year’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) for her gripping historical novel, Songwoman.

Set in Iron-Age Britain in the middle of the Roman invasion, Songwoman is an evocative imagining of ancient British history told through the perspective of the enigmatic Ailia. With evocations of Arthurian legend and Celtic mythology, Songwoman blends all the pleasurabl…

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The 2019 winners of the National Book Awards

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s National Book Awards. Fiction

The 2019 winner is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi.

In their first term at a highly competitive performing arts high school, two students, Sarah and David, fall deeply and obsessively in love. Under the care of their magnetic and manipulative drama instructor Mr. Kingsley, they and their peers exist in a rarefied bubb…

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The most talked-about books of 2019

With the end of 2019 drawing ever-nearer, we look back at some of the biggest and buzziest books of the past months. Here are 21 of the most talked-about books of the year, and you can find even more by browsing the collection below. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The eviden…

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