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Five captivating reads for grown-ups who love fairy tales

We recommend five terrific works of fiction for grown-up lovers of the magic and other-worldliness of fairy tales. Find more suggestions by browsing the collections below. Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings

Bettina Scott lives a tidy, quiet life in Runagate, tending to her delicate mother and their well-kept garden after her father and brothers disappear. Then a note arrives that sends Bettina in…

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Fiction to warm & nurture

Here are some of our best picks for people who are looking for books to soothe and cheer – the kind of stories that you can wrap yourself up in and disappear from the world for a while. You can find even more picks by browsing our collections below. Summer by Ali Smith

In the present, Sacha knows the world’s in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having…

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Historical fiction inspired by important true stories

We recommend six terrific works of historical fiction inspired by real-life events that give readers insight into the past – and prompts us to question how it shapes our present and future. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

When Elwood Curtis arrives at The Nickel Academy, which claims to provide ‘physical, intellectual and moral training’ which will equip its inmates to become ‘honourabl…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville The Yield by Tara June Winch Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku Kokomo by Victoria Hannan Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Inner Self by Hugh Mackay Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith To Asia, with Love by Hetty McKinnon (available 29 September)…

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

Bluey: My Dad is Awesome The Girl, the Cat & the Navigator by Matilda Woods Found by Bruce Pascoe & Charmaine Ledden-Lewis Welcome To Country (Board book edition) by Lisa Kennedy & Aunty Joy Murphy Marshmallow Pie: The Cat Superstar (Book 1) by Clara Vulliamy Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson Wild About Dads by Philip Bunting Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibb…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who want a novel of recovery… The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey

Erica Marsden’s son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence. There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth b…

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What we’re reading: Hardy, Kiesling & Haynes

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. Chris Somerville is reading The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling

I’ve been in a real reading slump lately, for a variety of reasons I’m sure, but I mostly blame being stuck in our small apartment in lockdown with our 18-month-old child. I can r…

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Q&A with Charmaine Ledden-Lewis

by Leanne Hall

We chat with Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, the illustrator of the wonderful new picture book Found. Congratulations on winning the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award! What is your background as an artist, and what was it like undertaking a mentorship as part of the Award?

Thank you! I’ve enjoyed art my whole life; the practice, appreciation and exploration of it. My parents have always been very e…

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Chris Gordon shares her top picks for MWF Digital: Week 2

by Chris Gordon

Our head of events and programming, Chris Gordon, shares her top picks for the second weekend of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. The 2020 festival runs from 7-16 August, and will be entirely online.

As we all settle into our ‘country retreats’ – albeit our homes – I have decided that the way forward through this global pandemic is to first, wrap myself in other people’s stories and, ne…

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The best new crime reads in August

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares 10 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

Summer and Iris are identical twins – asymmetrically, so when Iris looks at her sister, she sees her own reflection. But where Summer has succeeded – handsome husband, loving friends, immense wealth – Iris has failed, with one broken marriage already…

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