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Graphic novels & comics we loved in 2019

Our staff share some of their favourite graphic novels and comics from the past year.

“The first book my kid has read with complete enthusiasm – at the dinner table, in the car – was Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, an excellent tale of siblings and family life. She immediately wanted its freshly released sequel, Guts – about anxiety, and the first book in the series, Smile, about braces and earthq…

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Tim Winton wins the Voss Literary Prize 2019

Tim Winton has been named the winner of the 2019 Voss Literary Prize for his novel, The Shepherd’s Hut.

The Shepherd’s Hut is a searing look at what it takes to keep love and hope alive in a parched and brutal world.

In his review, our managing director Mark Rubbo writes: ‘Reading this book is like a roller coaster; the vernacular, the language, is a wild and constant surprise… The Shepherd’s

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Translated books we loved in 2019

Our staff share some of their favourite translated books from the past year.

“One of the biggest books of this year was The Eighth Life (For Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili, translated into English by Ruth Martin and Charlotte Collins. If you want to read one 900+ page book this year, please make it this sprawling family saga set in the Soviet Union.”

Mark Rubbo

“Two of my most engrossing …

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Short story collections we loved in 2019

Our staff share some of their favourite short story collections from the past year.

“I enjoyed all the short story collections I read this year. This Taste for Silence was probably my pick for best collection but my favourite short story ‘Further to Fly’ came from Joshua Lobb’s The Flight of Birds. Another enjoyable collection was Fabulous Lives by Bindy Pritchard; the stories here weren’t rea…

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20% off 30 favourite books from 2019

Save 20% off 30 favourite titles from the year, handpicked by Mark Rubbo and our head book buyer Alison Huber!

Titles on offer include fantastic Australian fiction, gripping crime novels, engrossing memoir, provocative non-fiction reads, gorgeous books to keep the kids busy, and much more.

Enter the code HANDPICKED2019 on the final page of checkout to apply the discount.

The sale runs from mid…

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Kids authors share their picks for Christmas gifts

Children’s and YA authors have impeccable taste and tottering reading stacks, so who better to recommend books for kids and teens! We asked some of our favourite Australian authors to share their hot picks for gifts this festive season. Sally Rippin recommends…

Funny Bones (edited by Kate and Jol Temple and Oliver Phommavanh) is a brick of a book packed with over 100 stories, cartoons, quizz…

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What we’re reading: Gardner, Ellmann & Fraser

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is a true master at weaving immensely deep worlds in which a reader can only get hopelessly absorbed. This new fairytale-esque offering is no exception. Beauti…

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Mark Rubbo recommends nine favourite reads from 2019

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Manager Director Mark Rubbo recommends a sample of nine favourite books he’s read this year – including fantastic Australian fiction, a sprawling family epic, two brilliant crime novels, Helen Garner’s diaries, and more. Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

Set in the mid 1980s as the Cold War rages and the crisis of AIDS is unfolding, Invented Lives is the eighth novel from Andrea G…

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