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100 great reads by Australian women in 2018

Each year we compile a list of great reads by Australian women, originally inspired by the Australian Women Writers Challenge which begun in 2012 and continues to this day. Here are 100 great reads by Australian women published in 2018. The following books are displayed in no particular order and include fiction, biography, poetry, children’s novels, history and more.

1. The Lost Man by Jane …

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The Costa Book Awards shortlist 2018

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year.

Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa said: ‘There’s genuinely something for everyone in our shortlists this year: books which…

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What we’re reading: Curtis Sittenfeld, Karl Ove Knausgaard & Lisa Hanawalt

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. Paul Goodman is reading Inadvertent by Karl Ove Knausgaard (translated by Ingvild Burkey)

I took another break from the new Murakami to read Karl Ove Knausgaard’s contribution to the Windham-Campbell Why I Write series, Inadvertent. With characteristic suspici…

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Our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy for hard-to-buy-for children

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky young people in your life. THEY DON’T LIKE READING

Kids who won’t read

Hilda and the Hidden People – Based on the Hilda series of graphic novels and backed up by the new Netflix series, this novelisation sees Hilda encounter trolls and e…

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Living in Hope wins the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award

Living in Hope by the late Frank Byrne with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford has been named the winner of year’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA).

A child of the Stolen Generation, Frank was moved from place to place after being taken from his mother, a Gooniyandi woman from Christmas Creek. Living in Hope is a record of his enduring determination from childhood through to adolescence, dot…

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Our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy for hard-to-buy-for adults

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky people in your life.. An ageing relative… Spitfire by David Fairhead and Ant Palmer tells the story of the most famous fighter aircraft ever made, combining breathtaking aerial footage with rare digitally re-mastered archive film from the …

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Literary prize winners to read over the holidays

Looking for good summer reading recommendations? Here are 20 literary prize winners of the past year! Tracker by Alexis Wright

Winner of the Stella Prize 2018

Tracker is a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker and entrepreneur Tracker Tilmouth, who died in Darwin in 2015 at the age of 62. The book is as much a testament to the powerful role played by sto…

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Meet the bookseller with Gabrielle Williams

by Gabrielle Williams

Gabrielle Williams has worked at Readings for the past six years where she juggles dual roles as a bookseller at Malvern shop, and as the Grants Officer for the Readings Foundation. She is also an award-winning author of young adult novels, most recently including the funny and heartfelt My Life as a Hashtag. Here, she shares some of her favourite recent reads and some advice on how customers can…

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Our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your siblings (and other relatives)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If they want summer reading recommendations… The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon is a darkly glittering read. A young Korean American woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult with ties to North Korea.

Melissa Lucashenko delivers a whip-smart…

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Our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your significant other

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If they love to entertain… The Noma Guide to Fermentation shares secrets from the famed Denmark restaurant’s fermentation lab. David Zilber, who runs the lab, and Noma chef and owner René Redzepi have collated 100 recipes, all with the home chef in mind and featuring step-by-step ins…

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