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Books to help explain Australia’s history to kids

by Leanne Hall

The immense popularity of Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu: A Truer History has demonstrated a thirst for true and balanced accounts of Australian history. Here are some of our favourite books to help explain Australian history to kids.

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe

This young reader’s version of Bruce Pascoe’s seminal and award-winning work Dark Emu explains that Australian…

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First Nations writers to read in 2020

As we continue to look ahead to the year in books, we’re excited for all the First Nations voices being published in 2020. Here is a round-up previewing just a few of the fantastic releases that have already piqued our interest. Please note, this list is incomplete, but we do hope it reflects the wide array of titles on offer. FICTION & NON-FICTION FOR ADULTS Fire Country by Victor Steffe…

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Translated fiction to read this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of seven novels that bring you newly translated voices from around the world. Napoleon’s Beekeeper by José Luis de Juan (translated by Elizabeth Bryer)

May 1814. On the island of Elba, the beekeeper Andrea Pasolini awaits the arrival of the defeated, exiled emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Pasolini’s first love…

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The best new crime reads of February

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime columnist recommends 11 new crime novels for book lovers this month. The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

Leslie is alone, in Las Vegas, there to collect her sister Robin. It’s been years since she’s seen Robin, but in order to get the inheritance her father promised her, both of them need to be there to sign the papers. Fifty thousand dollars each. They don’t have to reconnect; it shou…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Cherry Beach by Laura McPhee-Browne A Couple of Things Before the End by Sean O'Beirne Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid A Very Stable Genius by Carol D. Leonnig & Philip Rucker Grown Ups by Marian Keyes The Lotus Eaters by Emily Clements The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas

It’s wonderful to see three Australian…

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What we’re reading: Hing Wen, Leonnig & Rucker

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. Leanne Hall is reading Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

The first thing you must know is that there are no actual boats in Loveboat, Taipei. ‘Loveboat’ (nicknamed after the TV show that we’d all rather forget … if we weren’t secretly watch…

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For book clubs who love intense and atmospheric novels… The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld returns with another novel in which three narratives converge over historical time. In 1720s Scotland, a priest and his son transport a witch to the coast to stop her from being killed by the village. In the years after the Second World War, Ruth finds herself the replacement wife to a recent widower …

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The Stella Prize longlist 2020

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 by an Australian woman published in 2019.

Chair of the 2020 Stella Prize judging panel, Louise Swinn, says: ‘All of the writers we longlisted are finding innovative ways to communicate their stories, and there is a very real sense when opening these …

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We love A Couple of Things Before the End by Sean O'Beirne

A Couple of Things Before the End is a brilliant collection of short stories from debut Australian author Sean O'Beirne that has caught the attention of such literary luminaries as Helen Garner and Christos Tsiolkas. Here, Readings staff share what they love about this book.

“All hail Sean O’Beirne, and his brilliant debut collection of short stories, A Couple of Things Before the End, a time…

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