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What we’re reading: Jackson, Taddeo & Myers

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. Lian Hingee is reading Two-Week Wait written by Luke and Kelly Jackson, illustrated by Mara Wild

When I was first referred to a fertility specialist to start IVF, it was one of the most isolating moments of my life. I felt like a colossal fai…

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The best new crime reads in June

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares 9 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Nancy Business by R.W.R. McDonald

Four months after 12-year-old Tippy Chan, her uncle Pike and his boyfriend Devon started The Nancys – an investigative team that solved the brutal murder of Tippy’s teacher – a new case blows up, quite literally, right nearby. Riverstone, Tippy’s New Zeala…

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On Events, with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

The other day I had my first COVID-19 immunisation jab. It was such a joy to be part of a collective initiative that contributes to everyone’s health. I interviewed an author online 12 hours later, despite feeling like I had been run over by a giant truck. ‘I am so sorry’, I said to the wonderful Jon Klassen, ‘I’m a little under the weather.’ ‘Oh’, he said from his Los Angeles studio, ‘me too. I …

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A spotlight on The F Team by Rawah Arja

The F Team is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. The F Team follows Punchbowl High student Tariq Nader as he’s teamed up in a rugby competition with his sworn enemies from Cronulla High. Our judges described it as ‘heartwarming and hilarious.’ We asked author Rawah Arja about her inspiration, her hopes for her debut novel, the publishing process …

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Recommended YA books & news for June

by Leanne Hall

This month in YA books we have a groundbreaking thriller centred on a Native American teen, sweet and magical romances, gripping Australian history, a unique and moody illustrated novel, and a verse novel from an Australian award-winner. Find our June picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Eighteen-year-old Daunis’s mixed heritage has …

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Recommended children’s books & news for June

by Leanne Hall

Coming into the winter months, we’ve got books about consent and bodily autonomy for all ages, books to deeply appreciate Australia’s unique natural landscape and culture, tales of furry and feathered friends, and a primary school Arts Fiasco! Find our June picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Welcome to Consent by Yumi Stynes & Dr. Melissa Kang

Dr Melissa Kang and Yumi Styn…

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Book recommendations from the EWF programming team

Though the team at Emerging Writers’ Festival (running 16-26 June) have been busy moving their program online, they’ve still made time to immerse themselves in the words of many wonderful authors and creators this month. Take a peek below to see which titles are top of their TBR lists. Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh, Artistic Director

I often read more than one thing at a time. Recently, both Body of

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Novels exploring our relationship with work

Over the last year, many of us have experienced a seismic shift in the ways and expectations of our workplaces. Some jobs have evolved to be almost unrecognisable from their previous form, some jobs and industries have disappeared almost entirely or are just hanging in there; very few jobs, if any, remain unchanged by our circumstance. Where we might go from here? Below are seven books which exp…

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A spotlight on our books of the month, June 2021

Our books of the month in June include an intimate look at a mother and daughter relationship, a rollicking crime follow-up and a timely guide to consent for young people. FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH One Hundred Days by Alice Pung

One hundred days. It’s no time at all, she tells me. But she’s not the one waiting.

In a heady whirlwind of independence, lust and defiance, sixteen-year-old Ka…

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