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Resilience in fiction for teens

by Leanne Hall

The ‘darkness’ of contemporary young adult fiction is often commented upon, without acknowledging that many teens actually do have difficult lives. It’s also worth noting that realistic optimism is a hallmark of YA fiction, exploring the strength and resilience of young people (without necessarily delivering Hollywood endings.)

Here are some of our favourite gritty reads for teens, all of which…

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A recap of our Booker Prize shortlist dinner

by Gabrielle Williams

Readings Foundation Grants Officer Gabrielle Williams shares a brief recap of a special event we hosted last night to celebrate the Booker Prize and to raise money for the Readings Foundation.

Last night a group of like-minded Melbournians gathered at Tolarno’s to eat delicious food, drink delicious wine, and debate the likely winner of the Booker Prize.

Everyone put forward their picks of ‘W…

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Margaret Atwood & Bernardine Evaristo named joint winners of the Booker Prize for Fiction 2019

Congratulations to Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo who have been named joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction!

Atwood’s The Testaments is the long-awaited sequel to Atwood’s iconic and prescient novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Mixing the heart-racing pace of a thriller and the gut-twisting tension of espionage, this return to Gilead has been well worth the wait.

The judges call i…

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What are the characters on Succession reading?

by Jackie Tang

If you haven’t yet gleaned from that annoying workmate who keeps asking if you’ve watched it (guilty), the HBO drama Succession is one of the breakout TV shows of the year. Now on its second season, it’s a slick roller-coaster of corporate intrigue and high-stakes power plays filled with hilariously biting one-liners and Machiavellian family dynamics.

As we prepare to hear the dramatic piano pli…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Maybe the Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner The Wife and the Widow by Christian White There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett Buckley’s Chance by Garry Linnell Three Women by Lisa Taddeo Other People’s Houses by Hilary McPhee

Bruce Pascoe has …

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Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke win the Nobel prizes in Literature for 2018 & 2019

This year the Swedish Academy has announced two winners of the Nobel prize for literature: Polish author Olga Tokarczuk for 2018, and Austrian author Peter Handke for 2019.

The Swedish Academy selected Tokarczuk as the 2018 winner ‘for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life’. An activist and frequent critic of Poland’s polit…

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What we’re reading: Robinson, Haratischvili & Abbott

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. Chris Gordon is reading Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Late to the game, I have finally joined my colleagues in their love for Megan Abbott. I’m reading Give Me Your Hand. It’s a story about female friendship that I know is about to go terr…

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Books to read on International Day of the Girl Child

by Leanne Hall

International Day of the Girl Child aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. In honour of the 2019 theme ‘GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable’ we recommend our favourite books that celebrate girls who dream, achieve, break boundaries, overcome barriers, innovate and initiate. Sisters: Ve

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs in search of a taut, relentless thriller Silver by Chris Hammer

Journalist Martin Scarsden vowed never to return to his hometown of Port Silver, but his new partner, Mandy, has inherited a house there so Martin takes a chance. He’s hopeful he can rediscover the town’s beauty – until his arrival coincides with the brutal death of his old friend Jasper…and Mandy is the chief sus…

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