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Middle fiction to put a smile on your face

by Leanne Hall

We’ve got an inkling you might need some funny middle fiction to blow the real-world blues away, so here are some of the recent books we guarantee will put a smile on your face.

A Clue for Clara by Lian Tanner

Clara wants to be a famous detective with her own TV show. She can read claw marks, find missing feathers and knows morse code and semaphore. There’s just one problem. She’s a small …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Survivors by Jane Harper A Year of Simple Family Food by Julia Busuttil Nishimura The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein) Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage Rage by Bob Woodward Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton (pre-orders only) Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Piranesi by Susanna Clarke The Tolstoy

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The Davitt Award winners 2020

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Adult crime novels The Trespassers by Meg Mundell

Fleeing their pandemic-stricken homelands, a shipload of migrant workers departs the UK, dreaming of a fresh start in prosperous Australia. Among them is nine-year-old Cleary Sullivan, Glaswegian songstress Billie Galloway, and impoveri…

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What we’re reading: Nunez, Patchett & Washington

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. Chris Somerville is reading Lot by Bryan Washington

Sometimes things converge perfectly. I have no attention span at the moment, our apartment is small and I’ve looked at every part of it. I watched every Fast & Furious movie in a row. The on…

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12 Australian novels & story collections to read this month

September was a blockbuster month for Australian fiction. We’ve compiled a list of 12 newly released novels and story collections from our local shores, including a regular storm of exciting emerging voices. State Highway One by Sam Coley

Alex hasn’t been back to New Zealand in years. But when he and his estranged twin sister Amy lose their parents in a shock accident, they decide to seize …

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YA thrillers to keep you up late at night

Who needs sleep when you could instead stay up late to read a page-turning, spine-chilling YA thriller? Here are our six of top picks of recent, thrilling books for teens. You can find even more recommendations by browsing the collection below. The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

A girl wakes up on a self-driving bus with no memory of how she got there or who she is. Her nametag reads…

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Compulsive one-sit reads to devour on your lunchbreak

With more and more people working from home, the concept of a lunchbreak remains as important as ever and what better way to spend your time than inside someone else’s head? Here are eight recent releases under 200 pages to enjoy with your toasted sandwich. Find even more suggestions for short novels by browsing the collection below. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (translated by Jami…

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Epic, immersive reads to enjoy on your day off

In light of the ongoing global health crisis and its impact on daily lives, reports are coming in that people are taking less holiday leave this year when compared to others. If this sounds like you and you feel like you’re in of a mental break, here are eight recent releases over 550 pages to spend a day off with. Find even more suggestions for chunky novels by browsing the collection below. …

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Why we love the My Happy Life series

The sweet My Happy Life series features optimistic Dani encountering real-life challenges around family and friendships. Originally published in Sweden, these irresistible chapter books are not to be missed. To celebrate the release of All’s Happy that Ends Happy - the seventh and last book in the series - two of our children’s book specialists tell us why the My Happy Life books hold such a spe…

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