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Dear Reader, September 2020

by Alison Huber

If, after six weeks at home during Stage 4 restrictions, you’ve been staring at your shelves thinking, ‘I’ve read all these’, then have I got some great news for you. September is usually the month that gets me prepping for the Christmas season, with lots of the biggest books of the year due in store. This September is bigger than ever, full of books readers are waiting for, some of them delayed …

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Recommended YA books, news & events for September

by Leanne Hall

This month in young adult books we have heart-pounding fantasy, a chilling crime thriller, and contemporary teen stories that address vital issues. Find our September picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Prince North’s home is Alciel, a gleaming city in the sky, held aloft by intricate unknown technology. But North b…

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for September

by Leanne Hall

This month in kids books we have wolves and weddings, a musical mystery, a jetsetting adventure, a reassuring book about bushfires, an Australian classic adapted for younger readers and a spooky friendship. Find our September picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

How to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life by Fiona Hardy

Murphy Parker is going to be a songwriter. If she can summ…

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Three new cookbooks for the home kitchen

by Chris Gordon

This month, our food and gardening columnist is recommending two delicious new cookbooks, and one impressive ‘beverage bible’. Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage

Yotam Ottolenghi has become associated with certain flavours. We might say at a meal, ‘This is an Ottolenghi- inspired recipe.’ By that we might mean we are serving chickpeas with toasted sesame seeds, or a meal…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein) A Year of Simple Family Food by Julia Busuttil Nishimura The Golden Maze by Richard Fidler The Yield by Tara June Winch A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Mother Fault by Kate Milden…

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What we’re reading: Knox, Downes & Lindqvist

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. Bronte Coates is reading The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox

I’ve been struggling to read the past few weeks, instead opting for mindless television over books, but then my partner brought home this hefty fantasy epic from New Zealand writer …

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Riveting non-fiction for lovers of adventure & detective stories

Calling all fans of adventure and detective tales. We’re gathered together a list of eight recent works of non-fiction that will captivate, thrill, and engage your wits – and you’ll also learn something new along the way. The Golden Maze by Richard Fidler

Having first discovered Prague during the Velvet Revolution, Richard Fidler returns 30 years later to uncover the glorious and grotesque …

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The International Dublin Literary Award shortlist 2020

Congratulations to the 10 authors shortlisted for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award.

Sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries, the International Dublin Literary Award aims to promote excellence in world literature and is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The award awards prize money of €100,000; if the book ha…

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Eight books to read on Indigenous Literacy Day

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day. Here are some new and recent releases featuring First Nations voices that can help readers to better expand their minds and empathy towards the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You can find even more suggestions by browsing the collections below.

Guwayu, For All Times edited by Jeanine Leane

Guwayu, For All Times is a collectio…

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