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Book & chocolate pairings to celebrate Jólabókaflóð this year

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Jólabókaflóð (say it with us, yo-la-bok-a-flot) is the Icelandic tradition of exchanging books and chocolate with loved ones on Christmas Eve. It might be too hot for the blankets and fireplace snuggles of a Nordic Christmas here in Australia, but we’re very happy to embrace the gift of …

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What we’re reading: Ephron, Obama & Schlink

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. Mark Rubbo is reading Olga by Bernhard Schlink (translated by Charlotte Collins)

I’m been reading Olga by Bernhard Schlink. This is the first book of Schlink’s I’ve read since The Reader in 2017, and I’m very much enjoying it. I particularly…

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Escapist novels to take a break from the world

Fed up with the relentless 24 hour news cycle? Dealing with a noisy family? Or maybe you have an extremely large pile of washing lurking in your peripheral vision… Whatever your predicament, sometimes you just need a great book to drown the world out. These 10 novels will help you take a well-deserved break from whatever minor chaos you’re facing. Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Thirty-two-year-o…

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Non-fiction books to give curious kids

by Leanne Hall

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Children’s non-fiction books have never been more fascinating and more stunning. Here are our recommendations for books that will thrill young and curious minds this festive season. The Big Book of Blooms by Yuval Zommer, Elisa Biondi, Scott Taylor & Barbara Taylor

This big and bea…

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Six books to inspire DIY gifting

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Are you trying to reduce your impact on the planet? Do mass-produced and overpackaged gifts fill you with dread? Or maybe you’d quite like to use your gift-giving as an excuse to clear out your overflowing stash of glass jars… Here are six books that will give you all the inspiration you …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

A Promised Land by Barack Obama A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough The Survivors by Jane Harper What Is to Be Done by Barry Jones All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood Watsonia: A Writing Life by Don Watson To Asia, with Love by Hetty McKinnon The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Barac…

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What we’re reading: Disher, Papertalk Green & French

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. Mark Rubbo is reading Consolation by Garry Disher

For a bit of escapism, I’ve been reading the new crime novel from Garry Disher. Consolation is the third in his series featuring Constable Paul Hirschhausen as he investigates crimes in the du…

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30 literary prize winners to read these holidays

Love them or hate them – literary prizes are a great way to find books that have struck a chord with a panel of engaged and passionate readers. Here is a list of 30 literary prize winners from the past year for you to add to your TBR piles…

The Yield by Tara June Winch

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to pa…

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The Small Press Network Book of the Year Award shortlist 2020

Earlier this year the Small Press Network announced a new, annual award to be known as the Small Press Network Book of the Year Award. This year’s inaugural shortlist has just been revealed.

The 2020 shortlist includes…

blur by the by Cham Zhi Yi Forgotten Corners: Essays in Search of an Island’s Soul by Pete Hay The Subjects by Sarah Hopkins When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over by Man…

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