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Children’s Longlist for the 2018 Indie Book Awards

Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards aimed to create unique award recognising and rewarding the best Australian writing as chosen by Australian Independent Booksellers. The Awards celebrate the enormous depth and range of literary talent in this nation. The Indie Awards differ from other literary awards because they are chosen by independent booksellers who are […]

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Fiction Longlist Announced for the 2018 Indie Book Awards!

Australian independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books, are thrilled to announce their Fiction Longlist for the Indie Book Awards 2018! 2018 marks ten years of the Indie Book Awards, celebrating indie booksellers as champions of Australian authors. It’s the best of the best in Australian publishing; previous winners include The Dry by Jane Harper,  The Narrow […]

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Great Beach Reads by Fiona Palmer

My latest book Secrets Between Friends is a perfect holiday read – the cover says so! In January I’ll be heading to the coast for three weeks of total relaxation and this incudes reading as many books as I can between all the holiday swimming, walking, talking, etc etc. If you are chasing a great […]

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Hot, Hot, Hot!

Anna Snoekstra is a young Australian novelist who has impressed us with her most recent crime mystery, Little Secrets. It sheds itself of all the typical thriller tropes and manages to excite and surprise from the beginning until the end. We spoke with Snoekstra to find out the books that have inspired her work. Words || […]

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Is It a Story? Is It a Book? No, It’s a Film!

The people over in Hollywood have been at it again, and there are a slew of movies out next year that are based on books. Here we take a look at some of the books that will have films coming soon – as always, we recommend reading the book before you see the film! We’re […]

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Books to Devour by Rachael Johns

An English teacher by trade, a supermarket owner by day, a mum 24/7, and a writer by night. That’s some of the ingredients that make up one of the biggest names in Australian rural romance right now. In a relatively short space of time, Rachael has shown herself a force to be reckoned with, helping […]

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Great Books by Australian Women

Eliza Henry-Jones is an Australian novelist whose work explores concepts of grief, loss, and convalescence, particularly focusing on representations of bushfire trauma in fiction, which was the subject of her honours thesis. Her debut novel In the Quiet, published in 2015, was loved by critics and reads alike. Her second novel Ache was our Book of the Week in […]

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Jesse Blackadder’s Unputdownable Books

Jesse Blackadder, author of Sixty Seconds, a novel about a family’s journey to forgiveness after their toddler son drowns, reveals the eight books she couldn’t put down.  Bliss, for me, is finding a book so wonderful that I don’t want it to end. There’s simply nothing better. Here are eight books I wanted to keep […]

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For the Book Lover in Your Life: 20 Great Xmas Reads

December is always the greatest time for book lovers, not only because of the imminent book vouchers under the Xmas tree, but also because the summer holidays finally give us a moment of peace and quiet to work through all those books we’ve been meaning to read. Here are a few we’ll be reading over […]

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Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors and My Favourite Books of Theirs: Rachael Johns

Rachael Johns needs little introduction, considering she is the most read Australian romance writer around. Her latest book The Greatest Gift has been a Better Reading favourite since publication, popping up constantly in conversation and also at the top of readers’ ever-growing TBR piles.  So we went straight to the source and asked Rachael for her top book […]

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The Best Armchair Travel by Monica McInerney

Words || Monica McInerney I read for so many reasons: escape, entertainment, enlightenment, comfort, enjoyment, distraction, but also to be swept up and away to other places. Here are ten recommendations of stories with strong settings that I hope will send you and your imagination travelling far and wide too. DUBLIN: The Dublin Murder Squad […]

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8 Books to Help Kids Learn About Sustainability

The world in which we live is paramount to all young, curious minds, and books can be a great source of knowledge for those wondering how to treat it best. See below for a list of books to help kids learn about sustainability, conservation, animal endangerment, and all things ecological! World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky […]

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Better Reading Presents … Australia’s Top 100 for 2017!

Download your quick reference guide here! The complete list of Australia’s Top 100 Books as voted by you is now live! As always, it comprises wonderful classics, but what makes our reader recommendations really stand-out – and gives us much joy – is their emphasis on books written by Aussie authors. It demonstrates what we’ve […]

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Scare Yourself Silly This Halloween with a Terrifying Book!

If you fancy scaring yourself silly this Halloween, here’s a list of books that will do the trick. Maybe don’t read these ones if you’re home alone… Let’s face it, you can’t have a list about scary books and not mention Stephen King. We could have gone with almost his entire back list (like It, recently made […]

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The best Halloween books for kids of all ages

Let’s face it, Halloween can be a great holiday for kids. Dressing up in costumes, telling terrifying stories, carving jack-o’-lanterns, street parties and trick-or-treating. Or perhaps this is the perfect time to pick a scary book and stay in to read it! Here we’ve come up with a list of some of our favourite spooky […]

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Our Favourite Illustrators

Children’s books are often an amazing combination of words and pictures. Particularly in books for younger children, we see some truly amazing artwork in it’s own right that are used to tell a story even more effectively. And it’s a great way to engage children, getting them to point out things on the page, or […]

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Past Booker Prize Winners and What They Did Next

The Man Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious book prizes in the world – kind of like the literary version of the Oscars. Winners are almost guaranteed worldwide attention, and some pretty bumper sales as well. Sometimes (though not often), one of the nominees will outsell the winner. Some authors will get nominated […]

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Great YA Books (that also happen to be films) for Older Readers

In recent years, we’ve seen a wealth of young adult fiction being published. From dystopian futures, to far off imagined worlds, to real life tales of what teenagers go through, these books have found fans in people of all ages. In this list, we look at some of our favourite young adult fiction that’s been […]

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Tania Blanchard’s Top 10 Historical Novels

Tania Blanchard’s debut historical novel The Girl From Munich has heralded a new voice in Australian fiction.  It’s a compelling love story set in Germany during the closing years of the Second World War. It’s moving, tense and deliciously gripping. It’s fascinating to hear the story from the perspective of German civilians and it’s not surprising to […]

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STEM Books for Kids

STEM is very much a buzzword in schools these days – it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Children are being encouraged to learn these subjects and skills, and there’s a lot of emphasis on making learning fun. Here we’ve pulled together some of our favourite fiction and nonfiction in the STEM area. There’s […]

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Our Favourite Picture Books with Animals

It’s no secret that a lot of younger kids like animals. Even before they’ve quite got to grips on the whole talking thing, they can moo like a cow and baa like a sheep. With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite picture books that will have both kids and […]

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The Best Food in Children’s Fiction

Words || Katherine Rundell  My favourite thing to write about in a novel is food. I love trying to conjure hunger in my readers, and I think food can anchor the maddest story in reality. The only difficulty is that writing about food makes me hungry, and I find myself getting up from my desk […]

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Great Kids Books (that also happen to be films) for Younger Readers

School holidays often mean it’s time for a whole load of kids movies to be released. And just like movies for adults, a lot of the best movies are based on books. Introducing a child to a book through a film can be a great way to tempt reluctant readers as well. There were so […]

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Exciting New Releases this September

September has set the benchmark even higher with a rapid-fire of new releases that should have every reader sprinting to their favourite bookstore. The author list is star-sparkled: Fiona Palmer, Jane Harper, Stephen King, Ken Follett, Marian Keyes, Wilbur Smith – oh, the list goes on.  And as always we have our attention set on up-and-coming writers, especially […]

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Animal Magic: Our Favourite Animal Stories

Dogs may be man – and woman’s – best friend, but there are plenty of books out there featuring other animals too. Sometimes  animals are as important – or more so – as the human characters in the story. Here are some of our favourite books with animals. Also turned into a major motion picture, Water […]

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Some Stand Outs from the Top 50 Kids

The Top 50 Kids 2017 list is absolutely filled to the brim with timeless classics, both from contemporary times, right back to the 1910s with Winnie The Pooh. We at Better Reading have some favourites on the list – what do you think? The Ranger’s Apprentice takes both the first and second places, but we couldn’t […]

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If You Like Game of Thrones…

Game of Thrones is back but fans still await news on a new book by George R R Martin. So if you’re a fan of the TV series or the books, why not have a look at some of our favourite fantasy books below. First of all has to be the original Game of Thrones series. It […]

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Need a Holiday? The best books for travel without going anywhere

Dreaming of a holiday, but can’t take one? Why not take a holiday with a book? Some of the best books convey us to another world, making them the perfect escape. Here are some of our favourite books for travelling vicariously. It’s often given as a reason for inspiration for travelling, and for good reason; Eat, […]

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Emma Viskic’s Top Ten Book Titles

Emma Viskic is the author of And Fire Came Down and Resurrection Bay, two dazzling crime thrillers that have taken Australia by storm. Compared to the likes of Jane Harper and Candice Fox, Viskic absolutely must be on your TBR list if she’s not there already. You can check out our full review of her […]

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2017 Man Booker Longlist Announced

It’s arguably the most anticipated literary award every year, and the 2017 Man Booker Longlist is an offering of spellbinding, resonant, and mesmeric fiction – transporting readers through time, location, and space with the most declarative voices of our literary generation. With Lincoln in the Bardo, the proliferate, highly acclaimed and experimental short fiction satirist, George Saunders, […]

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August New Releases: 20 new books we can’t wait to read!

Here at Better Reading, we’ve always got our noses in a new book. August is a reader’s dream, with some extraordinary new releases, including the latest collaboration between James Patterson and Aussie thriller writer Candice Fox, Fifty Fifty. Philippa Gregory is at it again with The Last Tudor, another instalment in her wildly popular Tudor series. Rusty […]

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Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books: 2017

There are lots of beloved children’s classics as well as some new favourites – and plenty of Australian books on the list too. John Flanagan’s Ranger Apprentice series has taken the cake, with The Early Years: The Tournament at Gorlan the first on the list, and The Ruins of Gorlan at number two! There’s plenty of well-known classics on […]

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What’s Your Next Book Club Book?

Whether you’re in a book club where you physically catch up, or you’re in a virtual one, discussing books with other people is a joy – even if you don’t always agree. The difficult part is choosing what to read next… Here are some suggestions for new – and not so new – books guaranteed to […]

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2017 National Biography Shortlist Announced

A whopping 71 books were considered for this year’s National Biography Award, which is selected by the State Library of New South Wales, but only six of them made the Shortlist. Here is a list of worthy competitors: The Unknown Judith Wright by Georgina Arnott: This book presents a more human figure of Judith Wright than we have […]

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Ten Truly Australian Books Chosen By Monica McInerney

Words || Monica McInerney  For the past 26 years I’ve moved back and forth between my native Australia and my adopted home of Ireland, my husband’s home country. The Internet keeps me in touch with all things Australian news-wise, but I also read as much Australian fiction as I can, to stave off homesickness, and […]

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Our Favourite Book Detectives

Sometimes an author creates a character so good, it would be a shame to just let them appear in one book – and thus a series is born. In this list, we have a look at some of our favourite crime investigators. Sometimes an official law officer (and sometimes not!) these men and women keep […]

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Check Out What’s New This July: fiction and non-fiction new releases

We’re already halfway through 2017, which is turning out to be a year of reading delights. July is rich with more hugely anticipated releases, including the likes of Monica McInerney, Michael Robotham, Daniel Silva, Kate Forsyth, and Robert Dessaix. But there are some debut voices that demand attention, too. Get excited for the gritty Australiana of […]

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The Books We’re Most Excited For: new releases from now until the end of 2017

2017 has shepherded in some incredible new books but the anticipation doesn’t stop there. We’ve hand-picked a range of books that we’re super excited about, and the second half of the year promises even more reading blessings – with books from authors such as Richard Flanagan, Rachael Johns, and Jane Harper soon to bless our […]

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2017 Miles Franklin Shortlist Announced

One of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards, the Miles Franklin, shows once again that Australian literature is going from strength to strength. Picking a winner this year will be exceptionally difficult for the judges, considering the calibre of empathy, poetic power, and storytelling contained in the unique voices of all five shortlisted authors. Here are the […]

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An Avalanche of Awesome: New Release Fiction in June

June is an avalanche of awesome? We agree. The only thing apart from Donald Trump that makes us want to curl into a ball and disappear from the world is a fantastic story. Whenever we read through a list of new releases we are searching for exactly that. But we’re never sure what’s more exciting, the […]

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Oh The Pressure! Second Book Syndrome

Ah, the difficult second book… often an author will write their debut book and find it’s a bona fide bestseller. It’s everything they could have dreamed it would be, and an amazing experience. And then it comes time to write the next one! This one comes with usually a lot less time to work on […]

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What Do You Really Want for Mother’s Day? 20 book gift ideas

On Sunday 14 May everyone around Australia will be celebrating and thanking their mothers – and what could be a better gift than a book?  We know there’s nothing tougher than wandering into a bookstore trying to pick for someone else. Sometimes choosing the right book can be total agony, because there are so many […]

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2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist Announced

Australian writing has never been finer, which means this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist is jam-packed with extraordinary books, ranging from literary to exhilarating and everything in between. There are nine books competing for the prestigious award and all of them have been picked for their strength in representing the concerns of Australian modernity, such […]

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Exciting New Releases This May!

May has come roaring down upon us with some of the biggest releases we’ve seen so far this year! There’s new work by homegrown storyteller Nikki Gemmell, crime miracle-worker Jeffrey Deaver, and the long-awaited, bone-crunching second novel from Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train. John Safran comes out swinging with his latest book Depends […]

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Ten of the best ‘Faction’: Fictional Books Based on Real Events

Writers of fiction look for ideas everywhere – to their own life experiences, people they know or their own imaginations. Sometimes though, they take inspiration from real life events and people. Writing about these events as fiction can give the author a greater flexibility around the characters, their thoughts and their motivations. And for readers, […]

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New Releases in April

2017 has already proven itself as a ferocious year for new releases, and if you thought April would give you a chance to read through some your TBR list: think again! This month, there is something for everyone, including crime thriller buffs, romance lovers, and literary bookworms. Plenty of new Australian authors coming out swinging with […]

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