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Novels exploring modern alienation

You’re not alone if you’ve been wondering whether digital connections are ties that bind.

In 2021, our online lives neatly overlay our in-person existence and experiences through both technologies immediacy as well as its ubiquity. And yet, the distance between what we think versus how we feel, how we act versus what we desire, and how we present offline versus our online persona, for many, has …

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A spotlight on Future Girl by Asphyxia

Future Girl is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Future Girl is a remarkable illustrated story about Piper, a Deaf girl, who lives in a near-future inner-city Melbourne where food security is under threat. Our judges described it as ‘thought-provoking and hopeful.’ We asked author Asphyxia about her inspiration, writing advice and balancing text a…

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What we’re reading: Winman, Stubbins & Moreno-Garcia

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. Alexa Dretzke is reading Still Life by Sarah Winman.

Step away from a world of Covid and into the embrace of Sarah Winman’s new novel Still Life. Let it take you to Florence at the end of World War II and let its big-hearted storytelling keep…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who know the political is personal… Whisper Songs by Tony Birch

In this stunning collection Tony Birch invites the reader into a tender conversation with those he loves - and has loved - the most. He also challenges the past to speak up by interrogating the archive, including documents from his own family history, highlighting forcefully the ways in which the personal is also i…

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June recommendations from our Teen Advisory Board

Our Teen Advisory Board have been busy reading and letting us know what they’re loving; below, you can read June recommendations from five of our fantastic 2021 board members. You can also browse the favourite books by favourite authors collection – compiled by the entire board – here. Claire Heazlewood is reading House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland.

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland: t…

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A beginner’s guide to Cassandra Clare

by Claire Heazlewood

If you’ve ever browsed the young adult section at the bookshop, you may have seen a Cassandra Clare book. In fact, you may have seen many.

Cassandra Clare is the author of The Shadowhunter Chronicles books, a massive franchise which spans four series and multiple collections of short stories. For this reason, getting into her universe can be a bit daunting if you don’t really know what you are …

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A spotlight on The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough

The Boy from the Mish is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. The Boy from the Mish follows seventeen-year-old Jackson as he falls in love for the first time and searches for self-acceptance. Our judges described it as ‘a masterclass in coming-of-age storytelling.’ We asked author Gary Lonesborough about getting published, his love of coming-of-age st…

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Queer YA books I’m adding to my TBR pile

by Lucie Dess

It’s June which means it’s Pride Month! And there are some seriously awesome LGBTQIA+ books hitting the YA shelves this year. Here are the books I’m adding to my to- be-read (TBR) pile this Pride Month!

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Here’s a book I’d buy just for the cover, but the blurb has also absolutely captured my attention; this one is heading to the top of my TBR!

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