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Our best recommendations for kids' books this month

by Leanne Hall

School is back, summer is in its final month, and there are plenty of new books to read. This month, we celebrate the start of the AFL Women’s league, appreciate the beauty of birds, and ponder the merits of canine crime-fighters. (Find our best recommendations for teen books this month here.) KIDS LIT NEWS

I’ve been ingesting a lot of news recently, mostly through online sources, but ho…

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Our best recommendations for teen books this month

by Leanne Hall

It’s been a big month for local YA fiction so prepare for your bedside reading stacks to start tottering. We’ve also got some recommended books for teens interested in sport, mental health and real-life stories, as well some youth literature awards announcements. (Find our best recommendations for kids' books this month here.) LOVEOZYA IN FEBRUARY

Debut novelist Jodi McAlister brings us …

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Special offer on non-fiction books from Penguin Random House

This month we have two special offers available on a range of award-winning and popular non-fiction titles from Penguin Random House, including books from Don Watson, Bill Bryson, Naomi Klein, Robert Forster, Susan Cain, Helen McDonald and James Rebanks, among others.


We’re offering online customers 25% off the full price of any of the selected non-fiction titles found here.

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Mark’s Say, February 2017

by Mark Rubbo

The book industry is mourning the end of Barack Obama’s presidency. Obama was a powerful advocate for the importance of books and regularly released lists of books that had influenced him and that he was reading. Often they went on to become bestsellers because of his endorsements. He and his family made regular and public visits to independent bookstores in the Washington area, although a 2013 v…

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The Stella Prize longlist 2017

The longlist for this year’s Stella Prize has been announced. This $50,000 prize is awarded for the best work of literature, fiction or non-fiction, published in 2016 by an Australian woman.

The 12 longlisted books are:

Victoria by Julia Baird Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain (Read our review) The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Read our review) Poum and Alexandre by Catherine de S…

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

Ida by Alison Evans When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah Lion by Saroo Brierley (Young Readers' Edition) Girl Stuff for Girls Aged 8-12 by Kaz Cooke Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth Unleashed (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 2) by Dav Pilkey Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and Tony Ross Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky The Bon

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain Lion by Saroo Brierley Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster City Of Friends by Joanna Trollope The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben The Good People by Hannah Kent The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Last week’s bestselling books include new novels from Pa

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The most anticipated books of 2017

by Elke Power

Another year, another bounty of books! To cover every book the Readings team is excited about would be impossible, but here is a sample of the books we are looking forward to in 2017. International fiction

Several much-loved authors return after long breaks with new novels: Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 is his first novel in seven years (Faber & Faber, February). Arundhati Roy also returns with The

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What we’re reading: Anna Jones, Nathan Hill and Francine Prose

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. Michael Skinner is reading The Nix by Nathan Hill

I’m about a third of the way into Nathan Hill’s sprawling, tragicomic family drama and I’m loving it so far. Samuel is a middling academic and video game addict who is forced to confront his past when his estra…

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New food and gardening books for healthy habits

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening expert shares four new food and gardening books to help you kick off the year with some healthy habits. Challenge: Eat breakfast every day. Breakfast Bowls by Caroline Griffiths

The good news is that this is not a book filled with 52 different varieties of muesli, but rather it’s a shake-it-all-up type of cookbook. It allows you to dream big in the wee hours of the m…

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