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The Indie Book Awards longlists 2020

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers longlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2019!

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the longlistees for each category.

Fiction The White Girl by Tony Birch The Rip by Mark Brandi Silver

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30 great reads from First Nations writers & Australian writers of colour

In past years, we have compiled a list of great reads by Australian women, originally inspired by the Australian Women Writers Challenge. In 2019 we expanded that list to include gender diverse authors as well. This year, we also wanted to highlight the stories being told by First Nations writers and Australian writers of colour. The Australian Women Writers Challenge was a born out of a desire …

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Books to read to Baby Yoda

A good way to soothe a Baby Yoda is to read them books that will help them navigate life and recognise objects, events and people around them. Here are the very best books for storytime with Baby Yoda. The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Sometimes your foster dad won’t take off his helmet, and you’re just going to have to be okay with that.

Leap Frog by Jane Clarke & Britta Teckentrup

We kno…

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Comfort reading & book recommendations from our Teen Advisory Board

In their last meeting of the year, our Teen Advisory Board shared their thoughts about comfort reading, and recommended the most memorable books they read this year. What is your favourite kind of book to read when you want comfort?

‘I read books that will make me even sadder so that I can truly fall into a pit of despair. Then I read a romance book to pull me out of it’ - Sasha Copic

‘I rer…

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The best books for keeping the kids busy during the holidays

by Leanne Hall

Sometimes it’s nice on the holidays for everyone to busy themselves with a book for a few hours. Here are some of our best suggestions for keeping the kids busy during the Christmas season – from babies through to tweens. PICKS FOR BABIES, TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS

It’s Mine! - Who is hiding in the jungle? Find out by lifting the flaps to spot the animals. You’re sure to enjoy the surprise…

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The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists 2020

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists for 2020 have now been announced.

Here are the shortlistees for this year…

PRIZE FOR FICTION The House of Youssef by Yumna Kassab Act of Grace by Anna Krien
Simpson Returns by Wayne Macauley Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas The Yield by Tara June Winch PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION Songspirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country through Songlines

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Our customers' favourite books, music, film & TV of 2019

This year we again invited our customers to vote for their favourite books, music, film and TV of the past year. Here are the most voted for books across each category…

Best fiction books

A Constant Hum by Alice Bishop The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Best non-fiction books

Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind by Nicola Redhouse Three Women by Lis…

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What we’re reading: Chang, Bray & Hurley

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. Leanne Hall is reading Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, Book 2) by Libba Bray

I’m exactly halfway through the second book in the Diviners series by Libba Bray, Lair of Dreams, and it’s so wonderful I’m in no rush to get through the second half. T…

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