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The best new crime reads in April

by Fiona Hardy

A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs

Okay, full disclosure: there are some Very Famous Authors I’ve never read, and Kathy Reichs is one of them. I haven’t even watched a full episode of Bones, the TV show based on her Temperance Brennan series. Turns out, there’s a reason she’s got a string of bestsellers and a television show: she’s a great writer and her books are snappy as hell. Who knew? …

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Authors share what they’re been reading in isolation

We’ve shaken up our regular What We’re Reading column to include recommendations from the borders beyond our shop walls. This week, we’ve invited some authors and publishers to share what they’re reading. Katya de Becerra is reading…

I’m currently reading The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake by Sif Sigmarsdottir. I’ve been following her on social media for years, and I’m so glad I finally picked up …

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 3

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. Here is the latest instalment of her cooking diary during self-isolation.

I want to begin this record by describing my recent odyssey to purchase ingredients to bake my very own hot cross buns.

First, I travelled by foot and with great cheer to my local independent supermark…

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for April

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a gorgeous crafty Easter book, a picture book to bring a smile to your face and heartfelt middle grade fiction. Find our April picks for YA books here. FIVE KIDS BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Beautiful Eggs by Alice Lindstrom

Learn all about egg decorating traditions from around in the world in this big and gorgeous board book. Kids can travel to Latvia, Czech Republic, Gr…

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Recommended YA books, news & resources for April

by Leanne Hall

This month we have oodles of exciting new Australian YA fiction and a unique Shakespearean read from a well-known British poet. Find our April picks for kids books here. FIVE YA BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Three months ago, 13-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows, a small rural Australian town, during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy bike at the…

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Grandmothers' Law Should Never Be Broken

by Ali Cobby Eckermann

This is an edited extract from Ali Cobby Eckermann’s essay of the same title in Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-Century Grandmothers edited by Helen Elliott.

In the night someone strung a line of crow carcasses across the fence outside her house. She discovers them as she leaves the house for work. Her breath catches in her chest and she cannot breathe. Jesus! she mutters, half in anger and half

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At Home with Chris Gordon, April 2020

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist recommends three food and gardening books to enjoy this month. An Australian Garden by Philip Cox

We should all understand the importance of maintaining indigenous Australian landscapes and gardens. Renowned architect Philip Cox always considered this vital and so some forty years ago purchased eighty hectares on the south coast of NSW as a private retreat a…

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Deb’s isolation blues recommendations

by Deborah Crabtree

Deborah Crabtree is a bookseller at our Carlton shop, as well as the co-host of our crime books focussed podcast, Good Cop Bad Cop. Here, she shares what she’s reading during self-isolation.

As life in isolation is set to become the new normal for a while – I’ve been doing it for several weeks now - one thing it offers is a lot of down time, some writing and a whole lot of reading. As I can’t …

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