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Susan Kurosawa’s Holiday Reading

Susan Kurosawa has been the travel editor of The Australian since 1992 and is the author of seven books, including the best-selling novel Coronation Talkies (2004) set in 1930s India. I have chosen a selection of relatively light and engaging reads that I recommend for bright and easy summer holidays. All are fiction, with pacy […]

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Cheryl’s Xmas Wishlist for Kids 2014

Give your little ones a love of reading this Christmas, with my top picks. There’s something for every age in this timeless collection

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The 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

The team at Better Reading would like to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Cheryl attended the awards last night and had the privilege of sitting next to Bob Graham, winner of the children’s fiction award. The winners are: Fiction—joint winners A World of Other People, Steven Carroll (Harper Collins) The […]

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Susan Duncan’s Xmas Wishlist 2014

Susan Duncan enjoyed a 25-year career spanning radio, newspaper and magazine journalism, including editing two of Australia’s top selling women’s magazines, The Australian Women’s Weekly and New Idea. She now lives in her own patch of offshore paradise, Pittwater, with her second husband, Bob, in the beautiful home built for poet Dorothea Mackellar in 1925. […]

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Susan Wyndham’s Books of the Year 2014

Susan Wyndham is an author, and the literary editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. This year’s reading has been exactly as I would wish: treasures from some of my favourite authors, the discovery of young talent, and the reappearance of older writers who had vanished and reappeared with fresh offerings. While I love nothing more […]

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Cheryl’s Xmas Wishlist 2014

Christmas is coming, and I love to both give and receive books – they truly are the perfect present! Here I’ve brought together the best of the best, with something for everyone. Hope you also find something for yourself in this list.

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November New Releases That Won’t Let You Down

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! November is positively star studded and it wasn’t easy keeping this list to a manageable size. Will any of these join your reading pile or Christmas gift list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below the list.

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Healthy Eating

Wholefoods, superfoods, sugar-free, gluten and allergy-free, Paleo, raw, clean, delicious, nutritious, healthy, seasonal, organic, weight and disease management. All these and more in our list of healthy eating cookbooks. Regardless of what they’re promising, thankfully, they all look pretty appetising too. What’s your favourite way to eat more healthily?

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Cheryl’s Favourite Cookbooks

My passion for food and cooking started at the age of 9 when I became an assistant cook to my mother. She mainly cooked Lebanese food and that has remained my favourite cuisine, it’s what I know. However the first ever cookbook I discovered was The Margaret Fulton Cookbook and it changed me. I discovered […]

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50 Books That Won’t Let You Down 2014

For those of you mourning the loss of Get Reading’s annual September Books You Can’t Put Down campaign, we’ve put together our own list and called it 50 Books That Won’t Let You Down. Unlike the recent Get Reading campaigns, this list features both Australian and international authors. Stay tuned for an all-Australian 50 Books […]

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The 100 Books Facebook Users Love

Earlier in 2014, Facebook users were asked to “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.” The numbers […]

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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winners

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious awards in American literature. Previous fiction winners have included Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Jennifer Egan and Philip Roth. Publishers submit works according to published guidelines; winners for the literary categories must be U.S. citizens, except for the History category, where the subject of the book […]

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Winners

One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction – previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction – celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. It was launched in 1996 and is awarded annually.  http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/ 

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Top 40 Father’s Day Books That Won’t Let Him Down 2014

Father’s Day 2014 was on Sunday, September 7. Here were our picks of the best new books for Dad.

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50 Books You Can’t Put Down 2011

Get Reading’s 2011 list of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down.

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50 Books You Can’t Put Down 2012

Get Reading’s 2012 list of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down.

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50 Books You Can’t Put Down 2013

Get Reading’s 2013 list of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down.

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The Man Booker Prize – Every Winner Since 1969

It’s arguably the world’s most coveted literary award and The Man Booker Prize has been good news for Antipodean authors in recent years – in 2014 Tasmanian Richard Flanagan took out the prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the 2013 Man Booker went to New Zealander Eleanor Catton for The Luminaries. Tonight the longlist of […]

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Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction 2014

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been recognising excellence in Australian literature since 2008. They recognise and reward excellence in Australian literature and history. These Awards play an important role in celebrating the outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life. For more information […]

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Miles Franklin Literary Award – Every Winner Since 1957

In 1957, the first winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced: Patrick White, for his novel Voss. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to novels describing life in suburbia, compulsive gamblers, Australians abroad – but always true to the terms of Miles Franklin’s will: ‘[the] prize shall be awarded for the Novel for […]

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ABC’s My Favourite Book 2004

The ABC announced the results of their nationwide search for Australia’s favourite books on Sunday 5 December, 2004. http://www.abc.net.au/myfavouritebook/top10/100.htm

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Australia’s 50 Favourite Kids’ Books 2014

The Australian Booksellers Association released the results of its Australia’s 50 Favourite Kids’ Books poll on National Bookshop Day on 9 August. The ABA said it received ‘thousands of votes’ for its second annual National Bookshop Day poll. ‘From picture books to young adult titles, the list reflects what is great and important about getting kids […]

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Indie Award Winners 2014

On March 26, Independent booksellers of Australia announced The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan as their favourite Australian book from last year and the winner of The Indie Book of the Year Award 2014. The category award winners are: BEST FICTION: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Random House) BEST NON-FICTION: Girt by David Hunt […]

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Australian Romance Readers Award Winners 2013

The winners of the 2013 Australian Romance Readers Awards were announced in Sydney on the 22nd March. The announcements commenced with the new Members’ Choice awards: Favourite Cover: the winner was Half Moon Bay by Helene Young. Sexiest Hero: the winner was Daniel Montgomery in Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns. Favourite New Romance Author: the winner was Anna Cowan. In the main categories the […]

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Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads

In 2013, Get Reading began an extensive, nationwide search for the favourite Australian books of all time. Almost 6000 votes for more than 1100 nominated titles were received. Is your favourite on their list?

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