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What we’re reading: Yoder & Butcher-McGunnigle

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. Joanna Di Mattia is reading Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

I purchased a copy of Rachel Yoder’s debut novel Nightbitch after I was seduced by a simple 30-word blurb that managed to say a lot while not revealing much at all. Turns out, this is the…

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Recommended children’s books and news for September

by Angela Crocombe

This month in kids books we travel to the Arctic Circle on a hot air balloon, go on a research trip to study rare sharks, reach the final story in a much loved series, and explore a magical forest as well as the tiny, magical creatures that just might live in our own backyards.

You can find our September picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sof…

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Recommended YA books and news for September

by Angela Crocombe

This month in young adult new releases we have a hilarious Freaky Friday time-slip adventure, a road trip that may be a total disaster or the beginning of an unexpected romance, an identity crisis from an elite ballet dancer, and a new fantasy series by bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer that plays with the Robin Hood trope. Our classic of the month is none other than the legendary Hitchhiker’s G

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A spotlight on our books of the month, September 2021

OUR FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH In Moonland by Miles Allinson

In present-day Melbourne, a man attempts to piece together the mystery of his father’s apparent suicide, as his young family slowly implodes. At the ashram of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, in 1976, a man searching for salvation must confront his capacity for violence and darkness. And in a not-too-distant future, a woman with a life-alte…

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The 2021 Booker Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced! The Booker Prize has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. It is awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland. Below are the six shortlisted titles: A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

It begins with a message: a telephone call …

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New Australian Fiction shortlist spotlight: New Animal by Ella Baxter

New Animal is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings New Australian Fiction Prize. The story follows young embalmer Amelia, who works at her mother’s mortuary.

Our 2021 judges described Baxter’s novel as, ‘a confident and gritty debut’ that 'takes the reader places they will never expect’. Staff reviewer, Izzy White, also said of the novel: ‘Exposed to other people’s grief, tr…

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Winners of the 2021 Environment Award for Children’s Literature

The winners for this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature have been announced!

Now in its 27th year, the Wilderness Society continues to help celebrate excellence in children’s nature books. The annual awards highlight the best nature-centric works in the categories of children’s fiction, children’s non-fiction and picture books. Every year the Wilderness Society shortlists the bes…

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

Always by Morris Gleitzman

It’s Not You, It’s Me by Gabrielle Williams

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Exit Through the Gift Shop by Maryam Master

The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna

Harklights by Tim Tilley

Mim and the Baffling Bully by Katrina Nannestad

My Kind by Eddie Betts

My People by Eddie Betts

Big Dog, Little Dog by Sally Rippin

Our top seller from the past week is …

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Mark’s Say: September, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

I always get a thrill when one of my colleagues or a friend has a book published, but at the moment, as Victoria enters its fifth week of lockdown with the prospect of it continuing indefinitely, that feeling is bittersweet.

Tony Birch is a friend and a habitué of our Carlton shop; he’s lived in Carlton for years and several present and former staff were his students when he taught creative writ…

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