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A spotlight on The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore

The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this inspiring story about a group of friends engaging in some very creative environmental activism.

‘This funny and fast-paced story shows how every individual can make a difference, no matter how young – in fact, often it i…

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Debut Australian fiction to read in March

We always love discovering new and exciting voices in books. Here are seven recent works of debut fiction from Australian writers. New Animal by Ella Baxter

It’s not easy getting close to people. Amelia’s meeting a lot of men but once she gets the sex she wants from them, that’s it for her; she can’t connect further. A terrible thing happened to Daniel last year and it’s stuck inside Amelia…

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Recommended Reading: short story collections

We’re recommending five new & five old favourite short story collections to dip into this month. Hold Your Fire by Chloe Wilson

The debut of an unforgettable new voice in Australian fiction, Hold Your Fire exposes the battles we wage beneath the surface. The title story takes us into the cold war of a contemporary family: a missile-making mother doubts her husband’s guts and the steel of he…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Case for Courage by Kevin Rudd

The Serpent’s Skin by Erina Reddan

Untold Resilience by Future Children

New Animal by Ella Baxter

One: Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones

Growing Up Disabled in Australia edited by Carly Findlay

Transient Desires by Donna Leon

The Believer by Sarah Krasnostein

Emotional Female by Yumiko Kadota

It’s been a wonderful week for re…

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What we’re reading: Hall, Thorne & Welsh

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading The Gaps by Leanne Hall

I’m reading The Gaps by Leanne Hall. Full disclosure, Leanne is a friend and a work colleague so of course you’d expect me to say great things about her book! But I love The Gaps for all k…

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Six favourite picture books about birthdays and growing older

When you’re small, the joyful anticipation of a birthday can almost eclipse the day itself. The fevered countdown, the imaginative planning of party guests, festive food, and wish-worthy gifts; It’s about living in the magic of possibility, more than the day’s realities. Below are some of our favourite books for toddlers to young children about the joy of a special day and what it means to be a …

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Recommended kids books for March

by Leanne Hall

We’ve got gentle and courageous heroes galore in this month’s new releases, from fantasy classics to school stories, ship-bound mysteries to Bronze Age adventures. Find our recommended March YA books for March here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Edge of Thirteen by Nova Weetman

Clem Timmins can’t wait to see her best friends after summer holidays. But when they get back together, things h…

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Recommended YA books for March

by Leanne Hall

This month we have unique time-travelling mash-ups, a sparkling enemies-to-lovers story, contemporary stories of grief, loss and mental health, the graphic novel adaptation of an award-winning novel, a guide to youth activism and more. Find our March picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Gaps by Leanne Hall

When sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverber…

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist 2021

The longlist for the 2021 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 known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

Chair of judges and novelis…

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