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Hot reads for the cooler months

With the brisk, crisp mornings securely in place and winter looming on the horizon, what better time to plan your winter reading list? We’ve picked out some favourites – some sizzling, some romantic, some exciting – to keep you occupied while you’re rugged up indoors. Cape May by Chip Cheek

The Great Gatsby meets Revolutionary Road in Cape May, an atmospheric tale of lust, innocence and bet…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

FICTION For a crime thriller to keep you guessing… 55 by James Delargy

It is a scorching hot day when a bloodied, injured man stumbles into Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins' station. The man, Gabriel, tells Jenkins he was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 5…

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Great historical fiction and fantasy suggestions to see you through Droughtlander

Season 5 of Outlander may be in production, but it’s a long time until we see Jamie and Claire again, with the ninth book in the series still underway. See below for our favourite series and books with the perfect blend of fantasy, history and romance to see you through the ‘Droughtlander’. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin

This list would be incomplete without reference…

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Ten YA award-winners to add to your reading pile

by Leanne Hall

When you’re in the mood for an inspiring and thought-provoking YA book, sometimes there’s no better bet than looking at a few awards lists to decide what to read next. Here are some highly recommended award-winners to sink your teeth into.

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram’s first novel took out the William C. Morris Award – awarded by the Young Adult Library Servi…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton #MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement by Miriam Sved, Christie Nieman, Maggie Scott and Natalie Kon-yu The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi The Overstory by Richard Powers Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Life Before by Carmel Reilly Normal People Sally Rooney


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Five last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

T-minus two days to Mother’s Day! Still stuck on that last-minute gift? We’ve put together a short and easy list of our favourite new gift books that will go down a treat. You can find even more gift suggestions here – including cookbooks, crime thrillers, science books, and more. Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? A Mother’s Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast


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The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2019

Four emerging writers have been chosen as the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2019. Congratulations to Tom Lee, Jamie Marina Lau, Robbie Arnott and Ruby J. Murray!

Read on for more information on each of the excellent novelists featured.

Flames by Robbie Arnott

‘This is the kind of book that you’ll be able to read a second, third, even fourth time, and it will sti…

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What We’re Reading: Sved, Lobel

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. Chris Gordon is reading A Universe of Sufficient Size by Miriam Sved

The Hungarian people have had their hearts ripped out of their country for years, but yet they have retained a wonderful pride in their heritage. I’m married to a second generation Hungarian …

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Recommended kids' books, news & events for May

by Leanne Hall

We have a great array of kids books this month – a great illustrated book about the moon landing, some fantastically quirky fantasy, a gorgeous body positivity guide and a funny and sweet story about a mum with a social media addiction. Find our April picks for YA books here. RECOMMENDED KIDS BOOKS THIS MONTH Moonwalkers by Mark Greenwood & Terry Denton

20th July 2019 marks the 50th ann…

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