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I want more authentic feminism in YA literature

by Ngaire Bogemann

Teen reader Ngaire Bogemann wants to see more authentic depictions of feminism in contemporary young adult (YA) literature. (Please note that there’s a spoiler for the Divergent series in this blog post.)

The accurate representation of women in the YA department has grown exponentially in recent years. I’m proud of where we are, proud of the increasing number of female-written, female-driven …

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For an intellectually stimulating debate… Trigger Warnings by Jeff Sparrow

The unlikely rise of Donald J. Trump exemplifies the political paradox of the twenty-first century. In Trigger Warnings, Jeff Sparrow excavates the development of a powerful new vocabulary against progressive causes. From the Days of Rage to Gamergate, from the New Left to the alt-right, he traces changing attitudes to…

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Kids & YA books to read during Mental Health Week

by Leanne Hall

In recognition of Mental Health Week (7-13 October) and World Mental Health Day (10 October), we recommend six books for kids and teens that explore aspects of mental health. We’ve also gathered together a broad range of books exploring mental health in our collections below this post. Mr Huff by Anna Walker

Bill is having a bad day, the kind where everything seems to go wrong, and somethi…

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What we’re reading: April Genevieve Tucholke, J.M. Coetzee & Clémentine Beauvais

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. Paul Goodman is reading Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

Emotions are raw this week after taking a recommendation from a customer and finally reading the copy of J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace that had been collecting dust on my shelf.

I was lured into what seemed like a st…

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The best new crime reads in October

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

There are few in the crime world quite as capable at both solving mysteries and baking an excellent sourdough as Corinna Chapman: baker extraordinaire, sometime detective, and general lady-about-town. Kerry Greenwood – of Phryne Fisher fame – returns to the present with another tale of Corinna’s industrious adventures, this time inv…

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We test out recipes from Love, Laugh, Bake! by Silvia Colloca

Earlier this week we tested out a selection of recipes from Silvia Colloca’s delicious and joy-filled new cookbook, Love, Laugh, Bake!, and we invited Silvia to come in and select the best one! Here are the results… Bronte Coates made ‘Parmesan and sesame seed spelt diamonds’ (pg. 222):

If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to forego filling and simply eat the crust of a pie – these…

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The Baillie Gifford Prize shortlist 2018

The £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s shortlist spans history, popular science and memoir.

The six titles on the 2018 shortlist are:

Hello World: How to be Human in The Age of The Machine by Hannah Fry The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee Imperial Twilight: T

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