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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

The Truth About China by Bill Birtles

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Turns Out I’m Fine by Judith Lucy

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Love Objects by Emily Maguire

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Our best-seller from the past week is Rachel Cusk’s l…

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Essay collections to read in May

What makes a body, a person, a life? Explore these questions, among others, through these newly released essay collections. Black is the Body by Emily Bernard

In twelve intensely personal, interconnected essays, Emily Bernard sets out to tell stories from her life that enable her to talk about truth, race, family and relationships, and much more.

She observes the complexities and paradoxes…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

We’re recommending seven recently released books in our May round-up of new fiction in translation. Fiction in translation continues to be the perfect way to explore our world, while staying in place. Love In Five Acts by Daniela Krien (translated by Jamie Bulloch)

Five women attempt the impossible - to love, to be strong, and to stay true to themselves. Bookseller Paula has lost a child, a…

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What we’re reading: Lockwood, Barry & Bell

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. Tye Cattanach is reading No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

No one Is Talking About This is a difficult book to talk about. Lockwood does such an incredible job of articulating her astute observations of the demise of human com…

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Recommended children’s books & news for May

by Leanne Hall

We’ve got a hilarious picture book from a master storyteller, a sporty time-slip adventure, a heartfelt tale of immigration and strange and wonderful fantasy stories. Find our May picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Elsewhere Girls by Emily Gale & Nova Weetman

Cat has recently started at a new school on a sports scholarship, and she’s feeling a lot of pressure. Fanny loves …

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Recommended YA books & news for May

This month in YA books we have a story set in the tumultuous post-high school period, a moving tale of sisters in a dystopian world, the latest Heartstopper graphic novel from Alice Oseman, love troubles, and powerful magic. Find our May picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

Can’t Say it Went to Plan by Gabrielle Tozer

Zoe, Samira and Dahlia are strangers, but they have somet…

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Emma Batchelor wins the 2021 Vogel Literary Award

Emma Batchelor has been named the winner of this year’s The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for Now That I See You, a work that explores gender identity and expression, sexuality, and love.

In those first moments, that admission felt precious to me: it was something that I alone had been deemed worthy enough to carry and I was grateful. I was grateful to finally know, but I still couldn’t spea

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The best new crime reads in May

by Julia Jackson

This month, Julia Jackson is stepping in as our crime specialist to share 10 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

This stunning debut is one of the best books I’ve read this year (so far). Melbourne-based author Jacqueline Bublitz has crafted a haunting story about grief, limbo, transition and friendship that’…

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An interview with Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–2021. She is the author of over 60 books, has won many national prizes and been nominated internationally for the Hans Andersen and Astrid Lindgren awards. In advance of their appearances during the MWF Schools, fellow author Ingrid Laguna chats with Dubosarsky about how to become a reader for life, and what books and writing have …

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