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Four new home and cooking books to inspire you this July

by Chris Gordon

On Eating Meat by Matthew Evans

In On Eating Meat, food critic, chef, farmer, television presenter and restaurateur Matthew Evans grapples with the contentious topic of the means of producing and consuming animals. He examines feedlots and abattoirs, organic farms and his very own farming practices to appreciate what we are doing and why. This book could be placed in the same bucket as Jonatha…

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What We’re Reading: Kane, Magorian and deWitt

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Alison Huber is reading Rules for Visiting by Jessica Frances Kane

Rules for Visiting came across my desk at just the right time, and I read it in two sittings this week. The narrator, May, is a solitary figure who lives with her aging father in the house she …

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The best YA books & news for July

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a poetic tour de force with recipes, an Australian boy dealing with sudden deafness, an original exploration of a notorious Australian cold case, and survival thrills galore. Find our July picks for kids' books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Emoni loves to cook and has always dreamed of one day working as a professional chef. Wh…

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Q&A with Jenna Guillaume

by Jenna Guillaume

Jenna Guillaume is one of the six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her uplifting and witty YA novel What I Like About Me. In this interview, she talks about the spark that created What I Like About Me, where the wonderful character of Maisie and her story came from, and body representation in YA fiction. Can you tell us a bit about the initial spark of this …

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The best kids' books, news & events for July

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a picture book ode to fashion and style, thrilling action adventures with heart and social commentary, sweet stories of animal and nature, and a beloved classic about a very special pig. Find our July picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke has already given us such great books as T

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A spotlight on Unmasked by Turia Pitt

Unmasked by Turia Pitt and Bryce Corbett is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

‘I suppose I’ve been luckier than most in that I’ve had a second chance at life. I’ve been written off for dead, and had an opportunity to claw myself back into existence. And when that happens, you learn not to take a single moment of a single day for granted. Because

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Event – Book Launch: Mirka Mora: A Life Making Art

Join us at Readings St Kilda on 10 July (6:30pm) as Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, the Honorary Consul General of France in Victoria, launches Sabine Cotte’s Mirka Mora: A Life Making Art, an intimate portrait of one of Australia’s best-loved artists.

Mirka Mora: A Life Making Art provides a unique insight into one of Melbourne’s most beloved personalities. Revealing an unseen side of Mirka through b…

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The 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The award, which is Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin. The prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The shortlisted titles are: The Lebs by …

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The best new crime reads in July

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern

I picked this up because the name ‘Petronella McGovern’ is absolutely far too delightful to avoid, and kept reading because I was hooked. Three-year-old Bella – days shy of her fourth birthday – is at her playgroup, being minded by four mothers while her own ducks out to buy biscuits, when she vanishes. How could she have gone missi…

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Event: History for all ages with Bruce Pascoe

To acknowledge NAIDOC week, we are thrilled to have Bruce Pascoe joining us to discuss Young Dark Emu: A Truer History. This new edition of the bestselling Dark Emu has been adapted for young readers and, as with the original, offers a different version of Australia’s history before European colonisation.

Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family (all funds will be donated to the Indigenous Li…

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