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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons by David Slucki Normal People by Sally Rooney The Art of Growing Up by John Marsden Harry Seidler’s Umbrella by Joe Rollo Plots and Prayers by Niki Savva The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie

It’s a joy to see readers c…

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Introducing our new Teen Advisory Board!

by Angela Crocombe

The purpose of the Teen Advisory Board is to give young people between the ages of 14 and 19 the opportunity to learn more about books, authors, and the book industry. Find out more here.

In late July, we were delighted to welcome a new group of teens who will be on the advisory board until June 2020. It was, as always, a very difficult decision to choose the final shortlist for the board, but…

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What We’re Reading: Hassan, Vuong and Shanbhag

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.

Jeremy George is reading Uncontained: Digital Disconnection and the Experience of Time by Robert Hassan

I am currently reading Uncontained: Digital Disconnection and the Experience of Time by author and University of Melbourne professor Robert Hassan. The boo…

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August non-fiction highlights

Is non-fiction your thing? Pick up a copy of the August Readings Monthly (online or from one of our stores) or check out the list below for our top recommendations this month. We’ve got everything from stirring biography to music memoir to a comprehensive collection of scripts from an Aussie comedian. Happy reading! Mad As Hell and Back by Shaun Micallef and Gary McCaffrie

Shaun Micallef is…

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Recommended August YA books, news & events

by Leanne Hall

August sees us awash in sharp and timely contemporary fiction, darker witchy and dystopic tales, and looking forward to a busy teen-friendly events schedule. Find our August picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood

Eighteen-year-old Natalie has just finished year twelve and is enjoying one final summer with her best friends Zach and L…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a unique Australian novel, try… Dolores by Lauren Aimee Curtis

A young girl – sixteen, dehydrated, pregnant – collapses on the doorstep of a convent in the hills. Taking the runaway in, the nuns rename her ‘Dolores’. This novel, which our reviewer described as having ‘an otherworldly sheen’, is short, but rich. Dolores' narrative, which oscillates between her new life at the convent and t…

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Recommended August kids books, news & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we’ve got anatomy! imagination! a lizard journalist! a baby that disgusts monsters! a very gorgeous cookbook! and more. Be prepared, because August is eclectic. Find our August picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

You Might Find Yourself by Tai Snaith

This gorgeous new picture book from Australian artist Tai Snaith (The Family Hour in Australia, Slow Down, World) …

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An August events round-up

We have a bumper crop of events coming up in August and September, so we’ve highlighted some key events below for both kids and adults. Please check out our full events calendar here – there’s something for everyone! Kids' event pick of the month

An A–Z of Endangered Animals with Jennifer Cossins

Jennifer Cossins is a 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book-winning Tasmani…

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Melissa Lucashenko wins the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Melissa Lucashenko has been named the winner of 2019’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Too Much Lip, a gritty and darkly hilarious story about a prodigal daughter and a family in crisis.

Chair of the judging panel, State Library of NSW’s Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville said, ‘ Too Much Lip is driven by personal experience, historical injustice, anger and what in Indigenous vernac…

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The best new crime reads in August

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Lapse by Sarah Thornton

Deep in the middle of both winter and the AFL season, there are few things more readable than ex-corporate lawyer Sarah Thornton’s Lapse. When Clementine Jones leaves her old, untenable life in Sydney behind, she chooses the regional town of Katinga to hole up in, trying to reinvent herself – or to push the old Clementine away. No longer a law…

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