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

Wandi by Favel Parrett

The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna

The First Scientists by Corey Tutt

Always by Morris Gleitzman

Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat

Bluey: Giant Activity Pad by Bluey

The Tiny Explorers by Kat Macleod

Barkly Mansion and the Weirdest Guest by Melissa Keil

Pony by R.J. Palacio

There’s a Ghost in this House by Oliver Jeffers

In the top spot this week is our October Book of t…

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Spooky reads for Halloween

by Angela Crocombe

October is traditionally the month for spooky stories, decorating pumpkins and dressing up in wacky costumes. While the trick or treating may be a little more socially distanced this year, there are still plenty of terrifyingly fun stories to read … if you dare! There’s a Ghost in this House by Oliver Jeffers

A captivating new picture book with interactive transparent pages, from world-reno…

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What we’re reading: Osman, Riley & McGann

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman.

I’ve just finished reading Richard Osman’s second book in the Thursday Murder Club series. It’s very light and funny and utterly enjoyable. I’m recommending it all over th…

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New Australian Fiction shortlist spotlight: Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson

Song of the Crocodile is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings New Australian Fiction Prize. Atmospheric and lyrical, this multi-generational family saga follows the lives of the Billymil family in the town of Darnmoor (a fictional town in which the Yuwaalaraay people live).

Our 2021 judges commended the work saying, ‘skilfully written, interweaving systemic racism, fear an…

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Recommended children’s books and news for October

by Angela Crocombe

This month we have a moving story written from the perspective of a wild dingo, a humorous horror story perfect for Halloween, the latest Kate DiCamillo (always an event in itself!), a beautiful cookbook focused on seasonal produce, and stunning picture books from two award winners, Zana Fraillon and Oliver Jeffers. What a wealth of riches! You can find our round-up of YA titles this month here.…

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Recommended YA books and news for October

It’s one of the biggest months of the year with so many fantastic new releases, including an extraordinary new novel by the author of Wonder, a novel about climate change activism by Australian author Mark Smith, a feminist reimagining of The Outsiders, and a debut YA fantasy title from bestselling author C.S. Pacat. For our round-up of children’s titles this month take a look here. YA BOOK O…

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A spotlight on our books of the month, October 2021

OUR FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down

A quiet, small-town existence. An unexpected Facebook message, jolting her back to the past. A history she’s reluctant to revisit: dark memories and unspoken trauma, bruised thighs and warning knocks on bedroom walls, unfathomable loss. She became a new person a long time ago. What happens when buried stories are dragged into th…

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Dear Reader, October 2021

by Alison Huber

October’s releases are a highlight in any reader’s year, signalling to booksellers the beginning of our annual journey towards the gift-exchange season, but I think this year’s offerings are particularly special, and include many of my favourite books of 2021 (or any year). One of them is Jennifer Down’s incredible second novel, and our October Fiction Book of the Month. We’ve been following Down…

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The best food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

Take inspiration from the beautiful (and bountiful) array of cookbooks landing on our shelves. As our local parks become our new holiday destinations, whet your appetite with abundant spreads that defy the gloom of the last few months. Take a recipe from here, and another from there to mix flavours and inspirations. For dessert, I’m leaning towards salted tahini and chocolate cookies from Salma H…

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