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Books about dads and father figures for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner – Sunday 1 September – and we’re here to help. We’ve got plenty of recommendations for gift ideas to get you started, and we’re also compiling a list of our favourite fiction and non-fiction books about dads for you below. See our full range of Father’s Day collections here and don’t forget to place your online order before Thursday 22 August to make sure y…

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Teen classics paired with their contemporary YA soulmates

by Leanne Hall

Inspired by Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ‘80s and ‘90s Teen Fiction, I’ve been reflecting on my own favourite teen reads. Here’s my best attempt at pairing some of these retro delights with their contemporary YA fiction counterparts. Read the teen classic! (In some cases, find it at the op shop.) Read the new book! Or best of all, read both!

If you loved the Sweet Valley

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Business books by women, for women

Are you starting a business, or running one? Need some pointers? We’ve compiled a list of business books from the best in the biz – you’ll be CEO in no time. And if you’re just keen to read more about business by women, for women, then we’ve got you covered too. Alpha Girls by Julian Guthrie

For all its trailblazing, world-shaping innovation, Silicon Valley has long been a mysterious, male-…

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The Not the Booker shortlist 2019 has been announced

The latest news in literary prizes is that six novelists; including Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction alum and 2018 shortlistee for Flames, Robbie Arnott; have been shortlisted for the annual Not the Booker prize. Hosted by The Guardian, the prize, which has the same criteria as the Booker Prize, is judged by the public and nominated Guardian staff members. The shortlisted titles are:…

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Books on art history

How is your art history knowledge? Need a refresher course? See below for some of our recent recommendations. This is Not Just a Painting by Bernard Lahire

How do we decide which paintings are valuable? In Bernard Lahire’s This is Not Just a Painting, he takes a deep dive into the history of one such painting – The Flight into Egypt. Thought to be painted in 1657, the painting had been lost…

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Win a wine lover pack, courtesy of Halliday Wine Companion 2020!

Calling all wine lovers, alcohol enthusiasts and overall lovers of the finer things – this competition is for you!

For over thirty years James Halliday has been Australia’s most respected wine critic, and his Halliday Wine Companion is recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine. The 2020 edition is the go-to guide for wine ratings, regions, best varietals, winery reviews and a cu…

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What We’re Reading: Winn, Makkai, Leckie

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. Mike Shuttleworth is reading The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Right now I’m at home resting my right foot following surgery to remove a raw nerve. So it’s the perfect time to read the true story of a couple’s 1000-kilometre walk along England’s southwest coast. So…

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Book Week costume ideas

by Pilgrim Hodgson

‘I just remembered the teacher said we have to wear a costume tomorrow.’ Did your blood pressure just spike reading that? Book Week: love it or hate it, that time of year will be upon us before we know it. (17–23 August, FYI.) I’m somewhat unpopular when it comes to events like this because I LOVE a dress-up and I live for those opportunities to make something out of nothing on a tight budget. …

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