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Winners of the Indie Book Awards 2018 Announced

Australian Independent Booksellers are thrilled to announce Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia) as their favourite Australian book from last year and the winner of The Indie Book Awards 2018 Book of the Year. This is the first time a children’s book has won the overall award, made even extra special given 2018 marks […]

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Your Essential April Reading List

April is a reader’s paradise. Check out our pick of the new release fiction coming out this month: The Fortress by S. A. Jones In this ferocious thought experiment, S. A. Jones imagines an alternate reality in which there exists an all-female civilisation called the Vaik. Jonathon Bridge, our hero, is a disgusting pig of […]

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New York’s Best Novels

Caitlin Macy is the author of The Fundamentals of Play and Spoiled. Her work has appeared in The New Yorkers, the New York Times Magazine, and Slate, among other publications. The recipient of an O. Henry Award, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her latest novel Mrs. is darkly funny, […]

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Tonya Alexandra: My Favourite Outsiders in Fiction (for all ages)

My Favourite Outsiders in Fiction Words || Tonya Alexandra A character who struggles to fit in always has a great story to tell. Here are some of my favs: August Pullman: Wonder by RJ Palacio Who doesn’t adore Auggie? It’s scary enough starting a new school without being badly disfigured. This little guy handles it with […]

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Girls to the Front: Our favourite Aussie junior fiction series starring girls!

We’re all absolutely loving Zanni Louise’s brilliant new beginner fiction series, Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush here at Better Reading Headquarters! Charting the trials and tribulations of young Tiggy and she tackles everyday worries and challenges with enthusiasm, intelligent and positivity (and the help of a rather special paintbrush), the Tiggy series represents everything we love […]

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Relationship-Gone-Wrong Thrillers

Karen Hamilton’s latest book The Perfect Girlfriend is her sinister, creepy take on the psycho ex-girlfriend. We reviewed it and loved the unpredictable narrative intensity of her writing, so we asked Karen to put together a list of books that inspired her relationship-gone-wrong thriller. You can read our full review here.   The Kind Worth Killing by Peter […]

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The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist

Contemporary works by leading and emerging Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the State Library of NSW announced today. Thirty judges considered almost 600 entries across 10 prize categories, with the winners to be announced as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Monday 30 April 2018. $295,000 in […]

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12 Brilliant (and Complete) Fantasy Series For Kids to Sink Their Teeth Into

We’re always on the hunt for a new series to fall into, and discovering one that has ALL the books already released can be absolutely thrilling! No waiting to find out what happens? Brilliant! Kids are no different, and being able to direct a voracious reader to all 5 volumes of a series is guaranteed […]

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Head of the (Reading) Pack: 8 books featuring wolves that we love!

While reading Amie Kaufman’s Elementals: Ice Wolves, I was struck by how much research the author had clearly done on wolves. The way in which she subtly wove truth into this rich and detailed fantasy landscape made for an incredibly immersive reading experience. Wolves are fascinating creatures, with extensive ties to their pack and astonishingly […]

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Girl Power: The Best Story Collections that Celebrate Women’s Achievements

In honour of Shout Out to the Girls: A Celebration of Awesome Australian Women, a wonderful new collection of easy-to-read stories of the Australian women who have shaped our history and who are expanding out future, we thought we would put together a list of some of our favourite compendiums of tales of brilliant women. Whether […]

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