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About Better Reading

We are a community of engaged readers

Through our website, Facebook page and our live book club each month, our book-loving audience love to talk about books and authors, express their opinions and recommend new books to each other. It’s a safe place to get involved and have your say.

We want to make choosing your next read a better experience

Better Reading aims to be a great source of book recommendations for Australian readers and their families. We’re all about sharing great stories, and helping people discover new books and authors.

We’re about new releases and old favourites

There’s always something new and exciting on the shelves – which is why our ‘to read’ piles never seem to get any smaller. But that’s not going to stop us talking about old favourites. As far as we’re concerned, it’s ‘new’ until you’ve read it!

We’re global

Better Reading will always focus on homegrown authors and Australian stories, but we’ll also include reviews of books from overseas, plus lists of reader favourites, award winners, and our pick of books that won’t let you down.

We’re for all ages

Need book recommendations for a young reader? We have you covered there too! Better Reading Kids has lists of great books on topics that will appeal to your children, hints, tips and observations about motivating young readers, author Q&As, trends in children’s books, insights into how books are created and more.

We’re all about great stories

We all know that choice can be overwhelming. That’s why the best bookshops don’t try to stock everything – just a curated selection. For the same reason, we won’t try to review every new book that comes along. Just the ones we love. That way you can spend less time choosing and more time reading.

Better Reading is about books that won’t let you down. Books to surprise and delight you. Books you’ll want to keep reading in bed, in the kitchen, on holidays. Stories you’ll want to share with your family and friends.

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Introducing the Better Reading Team

Cheryl-profileCheryl Akle – Director

Cheryl has been working in the book industry for over 30 years. Some people say she is a book advocate, a champion of reading books and the story.


Durnan_LizLizzie Durnan – Website & Social Media Editor

Lizzie is a journalist and editor with more than 20 years experience in magazine and website publishing in London, New York and Sydney. She has made her home in the Blue Mountains where she loves to spend all her time reading novels and non-fiction.


17274787_10154235821411712_574144207_nJack Cameron Stanton – Marketing Coordinator

Jack Cameron Stanton is a writer and editor who lives in Sydney. Right now he edits flash fiction for Seizure while completing a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. His fiction can be found in Seizure, the UTS Writers’ Anthology, and Southerly, among others. He previously edited the 31st UTS Writer’s Anthology ‘And Watch the Whale Explode’, and throughout 2015 he worked as Features Editor for Macquarie University’s magazine Grapeshot.

Nicky Cayless – Better Reading Kids Marketing Coordinator

Nicky Cayless has a degree in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Sydney, and spends most of her time reading in odd nooks and crannies. An avid fantasy fan, Nicky has a soft spot for YA and Kids literature.


Cahill_SarahSarah Cahill – Contributor 

After starting her career in bookselling at university, Sarah became a book buyer and never looked back. She has over ten years experience in buying for major retailers in both Australia and the UK, and is still pretty pleased with the fact that she managed to find a career where she (kind of) gets paid to read books.  

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