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Support challenged and banned books for young people

by Angela Crocombe

The recent controversy in the United States around year eight students reading Maus caused such a flurry of interest publishers ran out of stock for several months (it’s finally back in stock now).

It has gotten us thinking about other titles that have been challenged for one reason or another. Here we present a collection of some of our children’s and young adult favourites that have a histor…

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What we’re reading: Dick, Krakauer & Leigh

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. Joanna Di Mattia is reading They by Kay Dick

It really, truly is the case that the less you know about Kay Dick’s tense, haunting, perfectly controlled novella before you start to read it, the better. So I’ll say little more than that and tha…

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We test out recipes from Yiayia Next Door

Recently we tested out a selection of recipes from Yiayia Next Door, the cookbook put together by brothers Luke and Daniel Mancuso, their favourite Yiayia next door, and other yiayias from around Australia. This cookbook is about the powerful connections we forge when we share a meal with someone across the table - or even over the fence. Lucky for us, Luke and Daniel Manusco stopped by to selec…

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2022

The shortlist for the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced!

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze figurine known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

Below are…

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Evelyn Araluen wins the 2022 Stella Prize

Evelyn Araluen has been named the winner of the 2022 Stella Prize for her debut collection of poetry, Dropbear.

Dropbear interrogates the complexities of colonial and personal history with an alternately playful, tender and mournful intertextual voice, deftly navigating the responsibilities that gather from sovereign country, the spectres of memory and the debris of settler-coloniality.

Chair o…

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Contemporary YA based on classic novels

by Angela Crocombe

There are some classic stories that we can never forget reading when we were young. Authors too become inspired (or even obsessed!) by their favourite books, to the extent that they sometimes write homages to them, which may have some elements of the classic but have also been radically re-imagined. Here are some of our favourite contemporary YA stories and the classic teen novels that inspired t…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby

French Braid by Anne Tyler

Pure Colour by Sheila Heti

Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

No Hard Feelings by Genevieve Novak

Daughters of Eve by Nina D. Campbell

Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au

Our best-seller from the past week is Young Mungo, th…

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Q&A with Daniel and Luke Mancuso (Yiayia Next Door)

by Chris Gordon

We chat with the two brothers who, with the help of their community and a very special yiayia, are responsible for compiling the collection of recipes, Yiayia Next Door. Your beautiful heartfelt cookbook is only part of the story, but let’s concentrate on that now. This a book that celebrates neighbours and community and being the best you can be. Can you tell me the first meal Yiayia cooked y…

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What we’re reading: Mellors, Davis & Allinson

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. Aurelia Orr is reading Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors

Reading Cleopatra and Frankenstein was like falling in love for the first time: you’re so blinded by the glamour and rose-coloured view of the world before you, you never expec…

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