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Recommended children’s books & news in August

This month in kids books we travel back to the very beginnings of life, put on a fancy suit, solve mysteries, laugh, cry and admire amazing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from history. Find our August picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Mim and the Baffling Bully by Katrina Nannestad & Cheryl Orsini

Mim Cohen roams the world in a travelling bookshop, with her …

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

Future Girl by Asphyxia

Rainfish by Andrew Paterson

Across the Sea (Wolf Girl, Book 5) by Anh Do

Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey

Megamonster by David Walliams

Ninja Dogs (Ninja Kid #8) by Anh Do

The Story of Australia by Don Watson

Welcome to Consent by Yumi Stynes & Dr. Melissa Kang

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Swallow’s Flight by Hilary McKay

Our best-seller from the past week is Future

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Dear Reader, August 2021

by Alison Huber

Christmas is actually in July for me. I’ve spent the last month seeing this year’s seasonal offerings, and we are due a truly bumper crop of books. At the risk of making this monthly list even more list-y (and even more incomplete) than usual, check out the following authors with books out in the second half of the year: Christos Tsiolkas, Sally Rooney, Jonathan Franzen, Hannah Kent, Richard Powe

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A spotlight on our books of the month, August 2021

OUR FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH Dark as Last Night by Tony Birch

Dark as Last Night confirms, once again, that Tony Birch is a master of the short story. These exceptional stories capture the importance of human connection at pivotal moments in our lives, whether those occur because of the loss of a loved one or the uncertainties of childhood.

In this collection we witness a young girl str…

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What we’re reading: Clements & Datta, Thapp, & King

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. Jackie Tang is reading The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements & Onjuli Datta

Never mind the view, this whole misbegotten year has been exhausting. I don’t know about you but lockdown after lockdown has scrambled my hidden wiring into a …

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The National Biography Award shortlist 2021

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced this year’s shortlist for the National Biography Award! This Award is presented annually to a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing aiming to promote public interest in these genres.

Each shortlisted author will receive $2000 while the winner will receive $25, 000.

The shortlisted works are:

The Lotus Eaters b…

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On Events, August 2021

by Chris Gordon

August is one of my favourite months; the anticipation of warmer days and the smell of jasmine heavy in our streets tells us that Spring is close. I understand the joy of staying in your pyjamas and snuggling with a good book on the couch, but I am not the kind of person who can stay inside for long. I feel twitchy if I do not get out of the house every day! To inspire you through these last cold…

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Call & Collect: the return

PLEASE NOTE: orders placed via our website will not be available for collection. If you would like to arrange books for collection at your local store, please do so over the phone. See below for details.

Orders can currently be placed via phone for collection at your local store between 10am and 4pm. Stores which are currently offering this service are:




St Kilda


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The best new crime reads in August

by Julia Jackson

Our crime specialist shares 9 great crime reads to look out for this month.

This month’s crime new releases are a veritable smorgasbord for lovers of the genre. Truly, it’s a feast of veterans and old favourites. Once again I’m stepping into Fiona’s big shoes, and I must say, choosing the books to review in this column was really tough. Sadly, time and editorial demands meant exciting new books …

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