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What we’re reading: Lang Leav, Andy Miller and Naomi Novik

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. Tracy Hwang is reading Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav

This was my first dive into Lang Leav’s poetry. Leav’s poems are simply expressed, but extremely heartfelt and poignant, making Sea of Strangers a good collection for first readers of poetry. What surprised …

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Winners of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards!

The 2019 winners for each category are…

The winner of the Non-fiction category and the overall Victorian Prize for Literature is Behrouz Boochani for No Friend but the Mountains.

Since 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani has been detained in the Manus Island offshore detention facility. This book is t…

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The most anticipated books of 2019

by Alison Huber

Dear Reader,

You probably know a person or two who was born in 1969. This year, much to their surprise I’m sure, they will find that they turn fifty, just as Readings will. Also turning fifty in 2019 are Margaret Atwood’s brilliant first novel, The Edible Woman, Kurt Vonnegut’s metafiction classic, Slaughterhouse Five, Maya Angelou’s groundbreaking literary memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sin

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The most anticipated children’s books of 2019

by Leanne Hall

There’s nothing more exciting than looking forward to a year of cramming more kids and YA books on our shelves! Here’s what we’re keen to get our hands on in 2019.

Picture books

There are some very enticing picture books being published this year, by beloved and familiar creators, all the way through to fresh newcomers.

Australian author Jane Godwin (Go Go and the Silver Shoes) has a un…

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Read an extract from The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

by Sigrid Nunez

American author Sigrid Nunez’s The Friend is a moving meditation on friendship, loss, literature and memory, which revolves around the magical bond that develops between a grieving writer and her Great Dane. The book won the 2018 National Book Award for fiction, and is now available in a paperback format. This is an edited extract from the book.

During the 1980s, in California, a large number…

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The 2019 winners of the Caldecott, Newbery & Printz awards

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its top books for children and young adults, including the influential Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. The winners include… Winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

A coming-of-age tale full of humour and wisdom tha…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys Brawl of the Wild (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 6) by Dav Pilkey Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus Real Pigeons Eat Danger by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 1) by Jessica Townsend The Ice Monster by David Walliams Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood The Tales of

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley Normal People by Sally Rooney Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Becoming by Michelle Obama Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi Milkman by Anna Burns Educated by Tara Westover The Barefoot Investor (2018 updated edition) by Scott Pape

Our bestselling books of last week is led by Michael Moseley’s late…

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Eight books that challenge our preconceptions about history

History is not fixed in place – our understanding of the past is ever-changing as we learn new information in the present-day, as well as hear from new perspectives. Here are eight history books that will make you think differently about the world. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

One of our top 10 bestselling books of 2018, Dark Emu is shaping up to become a seminal work of Australian history. Thi…

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What we’re reading: Nicola Redhouse, Fonda Lee & Marissa Meyer

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 has been immersed in French history

Over summer I read Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks and watched the DVD series of Un Villages Francais. Both crossover to some extent. Faulks’s novel is set in contemporary Paris where the French treatment of Algeri…

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