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Seven Australian debut novels to read in April

There are so many wonderful works of Australian fiction to celebrate in April. Here, we collect together seven first-time novels from local authors. For a fun, sexy, summer read… The Adversary by Ronnie Scott

In a creaky house in Brunswick, a young man has devoted himself to recreational showers, staring at his phone, and speculating on the activities of his best friend and housemate, Dan.…

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. This Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

Martha Lane Fox, Chair of the judging panel, commented: “We are all living in challenging, sad and complex times so incredible stories provide hope, a moment of escape and a point of connection now more than ever. C…

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Bernadette Green on writing her debut picture book

by Bernadette Green

Who’s Your Real Mum? is a fantastic new Australian picture book that celebrates nontraditional families and captures exactly what lies at the heart of family life – love. We chatted to author Bernadette Green about how her debut picture book came to life. You wrote Who’s Your Real Mum? to help smooth the path for kids of same-sex parents. What were the kinds of pressures you were hoping to rel…

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Meet the bookseller with Oliver Driscoll

by Oliver Driscoll

Oliver Driscoll works as a bookseller at Readings Doncaster and we’re delighted he has also just released his first book! I Don’t Know How That Happened is a funny and unsettling collection of poems. Here, Oliver talks about writing, his doubts about publishing trends, and shares what’s on his TBR pile. Tell us about your book!

So, I don’t mean to sound as though I’m playing I Don’t Know How

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A personal reflection on French graphic novels

by Claire Long

Teen reader Claire Long recently spent some time living in France. Here she reflects on the significance of graphic novels – or le bande dessinée – in the nation’s literary imagination, and how it compares to Australian attitudes.

Now unless you have learnt French, you have no idea what le bande dessinée is. Well for starters, le bande dessinée is a French term and translates to graphic novel.…

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Four new novels to satisfy your Sally Rooney craving

Here are four book recommendations for readers who’ve already devoured (and adored) Sally Rooney’s two bestselling novels, and are hungry for more. The Adversary by Ronnie Scott

If what you love about Sally Rooney’s writing is its wittiness, The Adversary is the book for you.

In a creaky house in Brunswick, a young man has devoted himself to recreational showers, staring at his phone, and …

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 4

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. Here is the latest instalment of her self-isolation cooking diary.

As part of the great experiment of having our adult kids cook for us on a regular basis, I would like to share with you some observations…

Please do note that these observations should not be construed as adv…

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Jess Hill wins the 2020 Stella Prize

Jess Hill has been named the winner of the 2020 Stella Prize for her meticulously researched account of domestic violence in Australia, See What You Made Me Do.

Women are abused or killed by their partners at astonishing rates: in Australia, almost 17% of women over the age of fifteen have been abused by an intimate partner. In See What You Made Me Do, Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems th…

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