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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Omid Tofighian Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Imperfect by Lee Kofman Normal People by Sally Rooney Becoming by Michelle Obama Eat Like an Athlete by Simone Austin Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami

Topping our bestsellers last week was …

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What we’re reading: Jennifer Spence, Jonathan Haidt and M.J. Tija

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. Mark Rubbo is reading The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence

I’ve been reading The Lost Girls by Sydney author Jennifer Spence. It’s an intriguing concept. Returning from a trip to the city Stella finds her suburb familiar yet changed. Her warehouse apartment build…

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The Stella Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for this year’s Stella Prize has been announced. This $50,000 prize is awarded for the best work of literature, fiction or non-fiction by an Australian woman published in 2018.

The judging panel for this year’s award comprises Stella Prize co-founder Louise Swinn (chair), author Michelle de Kretser, journalists Daniel Browning and Kate McClymont, and Head of Children’s and YA Progra…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who can’t get enough of Sally Rooney… You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

From the writer of Cat Person, the 2018 New Yorker short story that went viral, this debut collection covers sex and dating in the modern world. Roupenian’s stories about people grappling with desire, punishment, guilt and anger feel fresh and of the moment, addressing directly the lives of young …

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Kids books, events & news for February

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a wonderfully wide range of great reads for kids – a beautifully designed paper-cut board book, a coterie of award winners and kids fiction that puts climate change and the environment front and centre. Find our February picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Follow the daily and seasonal ebb and flow of activity around a lig…

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YA books, events & news for February

by Leanne Hall

February is shaping up to be a fantastic month for YA, with much-anticipated second books from Angie Thomas, Karen McManus and Alison Evans all hitting our shelves, as well as some intriguing new fantasy titles. Find our February picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Brianna is 16 and an aspiring rapper, hoping to follow in the footsteps of her fam…

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What our Teen Advisory Board have been reading over summer

With the summer holidays behind us and the new year raring to go, our Teen Advisory Board have been very busy reflecting on the past year and looking forward to some new and forthcoming novels. Find out what they’ve been reading below.

Grace Best book read in 2018

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I was in awe of the authors’ creativit…

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The best new crime reads of January and February

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Jamie Brandt has just about had enough of her two girls – in the same way any parent who loves their kids can also tire of them after a long week – when she leaves them in the car outside Kmart to pick something up. But by the time she gets back to her car, they are both gone. And so Jamie’s aunt hires Alice Vega – private detective, finde…

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The Wellcome Book Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for this year’s Wellcome book prize has been announced.

This prize is awarded annually to the best new work of fiction or non-fiction that ‘celebrates the topics of health and medicine in literature’. Australian book The Trauma Cleaner is one of 12 titles on the 2019 longlist, which this year is dominated by memoirs, and also features popular science, novels and medical history.

Th…

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Mark’s Say, February 2019

by Mark Rubbo

A recent study by the Authors Guild in the United States has shown that the median income for writers in the US dropped 42% between 2009 and 2017. The director of the Authors Guild, Mary Rasenberger, said that in the mid-twentieth century a good literary fiction author could earn a middle-class living just by writing. Royalties and advances are down almost 30% and other sources of income from new…

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