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The Staunch Book Prize shortlist 2019

The shortlist for this year’s Staunch Book Prize has been announced.

Established by UK screenwriter Bridget Lawless, this prize is awarded to the best thriller novel in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered, and aims to ‘make space for an alternative to the overload of violence towards women in fiction’.

The six shortlisted titles for 2019 are:

Only to Sleep

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What we’re reading: Winterson, Rooney & Colfer

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 The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

I picked up this slim little volume after reading Winterson’s The Daylight Gate and finding myself ruined for reading anyone else for the time being. It seemed only sensible to work my…

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The best new crime reads in November & December

by Fiona Hardy


True West by David Whish-Wilson (available 5 November)

If you want to get truly knocked about by a book, True West is what you want in front of you. Set in Western Australia in 1988, this is the visceral tale of Lee Southern, a young man driving south, away from a bad life he’s literally set aflame, feeling hopeful that he’s going towards something better. With a fr…

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The best new cookbooks in November

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon, our monthly food and gardening columnist, shares four of her favourite cookbooks out in November. Just Desserts by Charlotte Ree

These are all the things I love about Charlotte Ree’s debut book: the way it looks, the way it feels, and the possibility it offers that all these cakes and slices could be mine. Instagram sensation Charlotte Ree is famous for her delicious cooking a…

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We test out recipes from Just Desserts

Today we tested out a selection of recipes from Charlotte Ree’s adorable and yummy new cookbook, Just Desserts, and we invited Charlotte to come in and select the best one! Here are the results… Rosalind McClintock made ‘Peach & Raspberry Tray Cake’ (pg. 88):

I didn’t have any peaches, I ran around the shop in a panic. I laid my eyes on a mango and thought peaches? Mangoes? Let’s do it. So …

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The best books, news & events for teens in November

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a dark fantasy from a favourite prize-winning author, and contemporary fiction that explores a range of timely themes: online celebrity, emotional abuse in families, President Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines, and more. Find our November picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Fifty years after the deaths of the terrifyi…

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The best kids' books, news & events for November

by Leanne Hall

This month we’ve got books that celebrate brave and ambitious kids, quirky stories full of mystery and magic, and a celebration of unusual Australian animals. Find our November picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

Every morning, Abuelo walks Sofia to school… until one day, when Abuelo hurts his ankle at a local landfi…

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Mark’s Say, November 2019

by Mark Rubbo

A little over a year ago our shop at State Library Victoria moved into the refurbished Baldwin Spencer room on Russell Street. When I was a child that room was the entrance to the Museum and, if I remember rightly, housed the stuffed hide of legendary racehorse Phar Lap. In its new colours, Baldwin Spencer certainly doesn’t have any skeletons in its closet and is now, surely, one of Melbourne’s g…

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