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Fiction from far-flung places

Here are eight new and recent fiction releases that come from authors writing around the globe – including one manuscript that was secretly smuggled out of North Korea. From Nigeria… Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò

Yejide is hoping for a miracle child. She has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God – but ultimately, her in-laws h…

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Five reasons we love The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman

The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here are five reasons why we think it’s brilliant. 1. Clem is an unforgettable main character.

11-year-old Clem isn’t having the easiest time. Her family home has burned to the ground, she’s living in a strange new area in a small apartment with her dad, and she’s started at…

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Nine Australian books to read this month

Things That Helped by Jessica Friedmann

In this stunning collection of essays, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness.

See What I Have Done

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International Dublin Literary Award shortlist 2017

Congratulations to the 10 authors shortlisted for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award.

This year’s shortlist includes…

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (translated by Christina MacSweeney) Confession of the Lioness by Mia Couto (translated by David Brookshaw) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen A

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Colson Whitehead wins the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Colson Whitehead has been awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel, The Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad has been described as a literary blockbuster, earning widespread commercial and critical success. For this novel, Whitehead asks the question: What if the Underground Railroad was a literal railroad? The story centers on a young woman named Cora, who escapes her…

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Children’s books that teach empathy

by Bronte Coates

We begin to encounter difference right from the beginning of our lives, and all the way through to the end. There will always be different ideas about and ways of doing things, different needs and desires, different clothes and hairstyles, different cultures and different ways of communicating. So it’s smart to start teaching kids how to recognise, understand and respect difference right from the…

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Our children’s and YA top ten bestsellers of the week

Really Weird! (WeirDo Book 8) by Anh Do and Jules Faber 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher Florette by Anna Walker The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky The Maddie Diaries by Maddie Ziegler Grover Finds a Home (Grover McBane, Rescue Dog Book 1) by Claire Garth and Johannes Leak The Treehouse Fun Book 2 by Andy Griffiths, Jill Griffiths and Terry Denton Escape to the Moon Islands (Quest of the Sunfish Book …

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Recommended new YA books in April

by Leanne Hall

In April, teenagers ponder the impossible future in a bumper crop of Australian YA fiction, YouTube and TV stars take over the YA memoir genre, and some very classy international fantasy hits our shelves. (Find our best recommendations for kids' books this month here.) LOVEOZYA PICKS

The impossibility of deciding on a future and moving into the freedom and potential of adulthood is explo…

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What we’re reading: Bill Hayes, Jenevieve Chang and Ariel Levy

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. Amy Vuleta is reading Insomniac City by Bill Hayes

I’ve just started reading Insomniac City by Bill Hayes. This is a memoir of New York City, of insomnia and grief, of loss and love, and of the author’s relationship with the writer and neurologist, Oliver Sack…

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