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Recommended YA books & news for July

by Leanne Hall

This month in YA books we’ve got a sunny summer romance that will make you forget your winter blues, a feminist psychological thriller, a lush fairytale retelling, plant-whispering witchy business and more. Find our July picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

Henry Hamlet’s Heart by Rhiannon Wilde

Henry Hamlet doesn’t know what he wants after school ends. It’s his last semeste…

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Five fiction reads from First Nations writers

This year, NAIDOC week is running from 4 – 11 July and focuses the theme of Heal Country. Put succinctly, Heal Country ‘calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage’; we recommend reading the full explanation behind the 2021 focus (and exploring how you can become more involved this NAIDOC week) here.

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Recommended children’s books & news for July

by Leanne Hall

This month in kids books we’ve got a funny and honest verse novel, a new picture book from a master Australian storyteller, charming junior fiction about animals, a time-bending adventure and a sweeping Australian history book. Find our July picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Are You There, Buddha? by Pip Harry

Bridget ‘Bee’ Ballentine is 12 and starting her first year of …

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The best new crime reads in July

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares 10 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry

I like to review Australian crime books, partly because it’s always good to boost local writing – it’s something that Readings has championed since the beginning – but also because it feels like authors here are doing much more interesting things…

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A spotlight on our kids & YA books of the month, July 2021

by Leanne Hall

Our kids & YA books of the month in July include a funny verse novel from a masterful storyteller, a gorgeous love story set in Brisbane and a joyful and whimsical classic. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Are You There, Buddha? by Pip Harry

Bridget ‘Bee’ Ballentine is 12 and starting her first year of high school in the beach suburb Crescent Bay. Still reeling from the departure of her mother fo…

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What we’re reading: Brandi, Chambers & Zisin

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. Tye Cattanach is reading – surprise, surprise – a whole heaps of books!

It’s been a rich and varied week of reading for me, in which I read three books that could not be more different from one another. Let’s begin with Mark Brandi’s latest l…

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A spotlight on our books of the month, July 2021

Powerful personal narratives are the focus of our chosen books of the month for July. OUR FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH After Story by Larissa Behrendt

When Indigenous lawyer Jasmine decides to take her mother Della on a tour of England’s most revered literary sites, Jasmine hopes it will bring them closer together and help them reconcile the past. Twenty-five years earlier the disappearance…

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A spotlight on The End of the World Is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell

The End of the World Is Bigger than Love is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. It’s a magical, dystopian fairytale with twin sisters, an unreliable narrator, a bear and a whale. Our judges described it as ‘a hauntingly beautiful work.’ We asked author Davina Bell about writing inspiration, advice and process. What was the initial inspiration for …

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