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Why we love the My Happy Life series

The sweet My Happy Life series features optimistic Dani encountering real-life challenges around family and friendships. Originally published in Sweden, these irresistible chapter books are not to be missed. To celebrate the release of All’s Happy that Ends Happy - the seventh and last book in the series - two of our children’s book specialists tell us why the My Happy Life books hold such a spe…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein) Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith A Year of Simple Family Food by Julia Busuttil Nishimura A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu The Yield by Tara June Winch A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville The Golden Maze by Richard Fidler Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Pi

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What we’re reading: Conte, Deer & Biss

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. Elke Power is reading The Doctor Who Fooled the World by Brian Deer

I’ve been reading our September Nonfiction Book of the Month, The Doctor Who Fooled the World by British investigative journalist Brian Deer. Amanda’s review was so convincin…

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Kids books to help you slow down

by Leanne Hall

The social distancing and lockdowns of this year have meant many of us have lived at a different pace than usual, and moved in smaller circles. Here are some kids books that encourage an easy pace, contemplation and taking pleasure in small joys.

The Heart of the Bubble by Trace Balla

Mum and Dad have been busy working and travelling around the world, but now they can’t do that anymore. Co…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs that want a powerful contemporary read… Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Gifty’s family have emigrated from Ghana to the American South. While her gorgeous brother is a basketball hero, her father longs to return home and her mother is desperate to hold this family of four together. When Gifty’s brother’s success falters, addiction strikes and the mother turns inward, and to …

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The Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has been announced!

Here are the six books listed on the shortlist:

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste Real Life by Brandon Taylor Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Chair of the 2020 judges, Margaret Busby, comments: “The best novels often prepare our socie…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

September brings yet another wonderful batch of novels in translation, from authors all around the world. Here are six of our best picks for readers looking to discover more voices from beyond our shores. Also of note in recent weeks is the announcement of the 2020 winner of the International Booker Prize! From Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translated by Michele Hutchison, The Discomfort of Evenin

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The best new crime reads in September

Two of our dedicated crime specialists, Fiona Hardy and Kate McIntosh, share their best picks for crime readers to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Electric Blue by Paul F. Verhoeven

“Sometimes it’s pretty easy to categorise a crime book. I’ll say ‘procedural’, or ‘psychological thriller’, and while every book is original, you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Then you g…

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The Voss Literary Prize longlist 2020

The longlist for the 2020 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

The Year of the Beast by Steven Carroll Crossings by Alex Landragin Simpson Returns by Wayne Macauley The Rich Man’s House by Andrew McGahan The Palace of Angels by Mohammed Massoud Morsi The Trespassers by Meg Mundell Fusion by Kate Richards Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar…

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