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Interview with Annie Smithers

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon interviews Annie Smithers about her new book, Recipe for a Kinder Life, a generous account of seeking a more sustainable existence on the land and in the kitchen. I’m always struck by how personal your writing is, how you take responsibility for each of your decisions. Where did you learn to keep everything so honest?

Failure. Failure has been the best teacher for me and keeps me…

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Mark’s Say: August, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

The protracted lockdowns and the depopulation of city offices has had a terrible impact on bookshops in the City of Melbourne area. As one lockdown ends, these shops have struggled to rebuild their business, only to be hit with another lockdown. In our case, our shop in the State Library is 60% down on its pre-pandemic levels, our Carlton shop 12–20%, and it’s a similar story for our colleagues a…

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The 2021 Age Book of the Year shortlist

The 2021 Age Book of the Year Shortlist has been announced!

The seven works of fiction in the running for the $10,000 prize are:

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson Born into This by Adam Thompson


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What we’re reading: Winterson, McKay & Pippos

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 12 Bytes: How We Got Here. Where We Might Go Next. by Jeanette Winterson

There are quite a few books I am excited for this year (TBR groans audibly) However! Perhaps the one I was most excited for publishes next week …

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New and noteworthy biography + memoir

July memoirs are full of hard fought emotional journeys and explore where we draw strength during periods of extreme adversity and pain. Below are eight uniquely compelling books for those looking to explore journeys of identity and belonging through another’s eyes. Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz by Gail Crowther

Introduced at a workshop in Boston University, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sex…

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YA novels where high school and sporting ambition collides

These novels explore both the physical and mental toll of striving for excellence in sport as a young person. The stories are filled with losses and triumphs, as well as learning when to push forward and when to let go. Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

The only thing seventeen-year-old Audrey Lee dreams about is swinging her way to Olympic glory. Nothing is going to stop her, not even t…

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Debut Australian fiction to read this month

We always love discovering new and exciting voices in books. Here are six recent works of debut fiction from Australian writers. The Rabbits by Sophie Overett

How do you make sense of the loss of those you love most? Delia Rabbit has asked herself this question over and over again since the disappearance of her older sister, Bo. Crippled by grief, Delia and her mother became dysfunctional, …

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Must-read YA for the second half of 2021

by Leanne Hall

There are some really exciting YA books coming out in the second half of this year, so buckle up! Your TBR pile is about to grow…

Half My Luck by Samera Kamaleddine (released on 28 July 2021)

Layla Karimi is sort of Australian and sort of Lebanese: a ‘halfie’ who doesn’t really fit into either world. So when all hell breaks loose at a beach party, Layla finds herself caught between her fri…

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