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Compelling book covers

by Georgia Brough

Someone once asked me if I thought ebooks would ever fully replace print, and I remember thinking, absolutely not – not while books are such aesthetic objects, even not considering all the other joys a physical book holds. A large part of this is due to the cover – it’s a remarkable artistic medium that is required to do so much: engage the eye, give a sense of the book itself, and also convey al…

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Healthy and complicated friendships in adult fiction

It’s long been known that these days, the family unit is just as readily made up of friends as it is of a partner, children and pets. Finding and maintaining loyal and supportive friendships can be a lifesaver, and dealing with untrustworthy or manipulative friends can cause heartbreak. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite books that explore all the nuances and potential complic…

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Cookbook highlights

Who’s hungry? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite cookbooks to tickle the tastebuds. Warndu Mai (Good Food): Introducing native Australian ingredients to your kitchen by Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard

This gorgeous illustrated, informative and contemporary cookbook and compendium of native foods will show you how to create truly Australian food and drinks at home using ingredients…

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Meet the bookseller with Freya Howarth

Freya Howarth is a bookseller at our St Kilda store. Here, she chats to us about the best parts of her job, talks about books that have changed the way she thinks, and why bookshops should always just be a little bit haunted. Tell us about a book that changed the way you think.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I’m not sure if it’s quite right to say it changed the way I think, so much as…

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Guest author Mat Larkin visits Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club

by Sam Kelly

Last week, the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club was joined by Mat Larkin, debut author of The Orchard Underground, for our inaugural Meet the Author session. It is always a delight to see local authors interact with young audiences and Mat took it in his stride, tackling the full force of the kids’ curiosity and enthusiasm. Together, we discussed the challenges of being an author, crafting grea…

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National Sorry Day, 2019

This year, National Sorry Day will be held on Sunday 26 May. We’d like to take this opportunity to commemorate some incredible First Nations authors and artists. The below examples constitute by no means a complete list, so please feel free to peruse our other recommended reads here. For those with little ones, we’ve put together a collection of recommended Indigenous books for children here. Fu…

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What We’re Reading: Diamond, Powers

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Mark Rubbo is reading Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change by Jared Diamond

I’ve been reading Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change by Jared Diamond. So far, the case studies I’ve read (Finland, Japan and Australia) are fascinating, al…

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Most anticipated books to film and TV

Get the popcorn ready – here are our most anticipated film and TV adaptations currently in the works.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right. What do you do when the apocalypse is coming? Do you drown your sorrows, laugh it off as a hoax, or do you do something about it? This is the predicament that Azirap…

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