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Books that made us laugh in 2019

Our staff share the books that made them laugh this year.

“I finally got around to reading We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby this year, and I’m so glad I did. This is an extremely funny book – Irby has a sort of cantankerous tone that never fails to crack me up. She’s also very good at writing about bodily fluids and what happens when they go awry.

I also cackled quite a bit …

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Books that made us cry in 2019

Our staff share the books that made them cry this year.

“Chloe Higgins' unforgettable memoir The Girls about losing her two sisters to a car crash. The entire book is moving but it was the very last line that made me cry.”

Amanda Rayner

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown made me cry more than once while reading. A beautiful, simple story full of empathy and hope, I adored this little book a…

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Graphic novels & comics we loved in 2019

Our staff share some of their favourite graphic novels and comics from the past year.

“The first book my kid has read with complete enthusiasm – at the dinner table, in the car – was Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, an excellent tale of siblings and family life. She immediately wanted its freshly released sequel, Guts – about anxiety, and the first book in the series, Smile, about braces and earthq…

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Translated books we loved in 2019

Our staff share some of their favourite translated books from the past year.

“One of the biggest books of this year was The Eighth Life (For Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili, translated into English by Ruth Martin and Charlotte Collins. If you want to read one 900+ page book this year, please make it this sprawling family saga set in the Soviet Union.”

Mark Rubbo

“Two of my most engrossing …

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Short story collections we loved in 2019

Our staff share some of their favourite short story collections from the past year.

“I enjoyed all the short story collections I read this year. This Taste for Silence was probably my pick for best collection but my favourite short story ‘Further to Fly’ came from Joshua Lobb’s The Flight of Birds. Another enjoyable collection was Fabulous Lives by Bindy Pritchard; the stories here weren’t rea…

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Tim Winton wins the Voss Literary Prize 2019

Tim Winton has been named the winner of the 2019 Voss Literary Prize for his novel, The Shepherd’s Hut.

The Shepherd’s Hut is a searing look at what it takes to keep love and hope alive in a parched and brutal world.

In his review, our managing director Mark Rubbo writes: ‘Reading this book is like a roller coaster; the vernacular, the language, is a wild and constant surprise… The Shepherd’s

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What we’re reading: Gardner, Ellmann & Fraser

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is a true master at weaving immensely deep worlds in which a reader can only get hopelessly absorbed. This new fairytale-esque offering is no exception. Beauti…

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Kids authors share their picks for Christmas gifts

Children’s and YA authors have impeccable taste and tottering reading stacks, so who better to recommend books for kids and teens! We asked some of our favourite Australian authors to share their hot picks for gifts this festive season. Sally Rippin recommends…

Funny Bones (edited by Kate and Jol Temple and Oliver Phommavanh) is a brick of a book packed with over 100 stories, cartoons, quizz…

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