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Novels to help you plan your trip to Area 51

by Chenuli Halgamuge

Are you a budding sci-fi fan, alien enthusiast or Indiana Jones in the making? Read on for top tips and survival guides for all things Area 51 from one of our newest Teen Advisory Board members, Chenuli Halgamuge.

Area 51 draws the likes of both travellers and locals who enjoy taking a photo behind a sign that explicitly says ‘do not enter, no trespassing beyond this point, photography prohibi…

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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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The Environment Award for Children’s Literature shortlist 2019

The Wilderness Society has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature.

This award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Here are the shortlisted books for each category…

Picture fiction More and More and M

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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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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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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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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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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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