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The best new cookbooks in April

by Chris Gordon

Just Add Love: Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories and Recipes by Irris Makler (Available 8 April)

For the past four years Irris Makler has been recording the stories of Holocaust survivors living in Australia and photographing them cooking with their grandchildren. She learnt quickly that when a child cooks with their grandmother they learn much more than when they cook just from a recipe…

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The International Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist 2019

The shortlist for this year’s International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced.

The six shortlisted titles are…

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Folk by Zoe Gilbert In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne Trinity by Louisa Hall Melmoth by Sarah Perry House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Professor Dai Smith CBE of Swansea University, chair of the judges said: ‘Yet again the [p…

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Read an extract from Raising Readers by Megan Daley

by Megan Daley

Award-winning teacher librarian Megan Daley’s Raising Readers: How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books is an essential guide for any parent or educator who wants to help the children in their lives fall in love with books. You can read an edited extract from the book below. CHAPTER TWO: READING AND SCHOOL – WHEN IT ALL COMES TOGETHER The mechanics of reading – where to begin?

If I have not…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Colouroos by Anna McGregor Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy Hopping Weird (Weirdo Book 12) by Anh Do Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly Where’s Mrs Kangaroo by Ingela P Arrhenius Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood The Peacock Dete

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Dear Reader, April 2019

by Alison Huber

Our Nonfiction Book of the Month is Black Inc.’s anthology, Growing Up African in Australia. As is true for the collections exploring Asian and Aboriginal identities before it (and the Queer collection to come in August), I don’t think the impact of this anthology can be overestimated. The book industries here and internationally are trying to grapple with questions of diversity, representation, …

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The ALS Gold Medal longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

Aqua Spinach by Luke Beesley Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett Blakwork by Alison Whittaker click here for what we do by Pam Brown False Claims of Colonial Thieves by Charmaine Papertalk Green & John Kinsella Flames by Robbie Arnott Newcastle Sonnets by Keri…

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What we’re reading: Hadley, Gilbert, Nwosu and Yoshitake

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. Mark Rubbo is reading Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley

I’ve been reading Tessa Hadley’s Late in the Day. Two middle-class couples – a teacher, an artist, a gallery owner and a dilettante – are inseparable. Add in death, adultery, fame, and angst and you might g…

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Read an extract from Growing Up African in Australia

by Sara El Sayed

Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, Growing Up African in Australia is a compelling and evocative new anthology that brings together the diverse personal stories of more than 30 Australians of the African diaspora. ‘African Mama’ by Sara El Sayed is one such memorable story.

‘We always want what we don’t h…

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Recommended books about cons, frauds and hoaxes

Liars, fraudsters, scammers and con artists… From Belle Gibson to Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes, these stories about pathological liars are riveting for the sheer audacity of their deceptions, and sobering in the number of lives their actions affected. Below, we round up some of the most engrossing fiction and non-fiction about con artists and their cons. NON-FICTION Bad Blood: Secrets and L

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