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A Wonderful Love Story: Read an Extract From Lost in the Spanish Quarter by Heddi Goodrich

September 18, 2019

Start reading now Set in the passionate, intense, and crumbling neighbourhood known as the Spanish Quarter of Naples, comes a tale of two students searching for love and belonging in the city they so desperately want to call home. Heddi was an American linguistics student studying in Naples, Italy. She was trying to find the […] - Read more


You Have the Perfect Book for a Friend. There’s Just One Problem. They Don’t Want It.

I was with my bestie the other night and we were moving one of her shelves when a book fell off. Not just any book… but the book. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. We shared a look – countless unsaid words. And then continued moving the shelves. Years ago, I’d given her […] - Read more


A Tapestry of Compelling Memories, Tales and Profound Lessons: Read an Extract From Sleep by Catherine Cole

Start reading now I read a lot of good books for work. Even great books. Just occasionally something truly special comes alone. Sleep by Catherine Cole is one such book. In a small London café, teenager 17-year-old Ruth, and elderly French artist, Harry, recognise something profound in each other. They strike up a conversation that leads to […] - Read more

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Exquisite. An Astounding Achievement: Read a Review of Sleep by Catherine Cole

I read a lot of good books for work. Even great books. Just occasionally something truly special comes alone. Sleep by Catherine Cole is one such book. In a small London café, teenager 17-year-old Ruth, and elderly French artist, Harry, recognise something profound in each other. They strike up a conversation that leads to regular […] - Read more


Nicci French is the Master of Psychological Suspense: Read an Extract From The Lying Room

September 17, 2019

Start reading now The Lying Room is a new standalone thriller by the husband and wife writing team known as Nicci French, and confirms their place as the masters of psychological suspense.  A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things. But when she looks down at a murdered man […] - Read more


Literary Translation is a Multi-Faceted Task: Q&A with Stephanie Smee, Translator of The Godmother

Better Reading recently reviewed the wonderful book, The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre, but brought to us in English by Australian translator, Stephanie Smee. Often we read a great book that has been translated from a foreign language and not realise the enormous amount of work that has gone into that translation. In fact, a translation can […] - Read more

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The Commons: A Library With a Difference

Not all libraries are found in bricks and mortar buildings. There are many libraries that are wholly online. One such library in Australia is The Commons, a social change library that collects, curates and distributes the key lessons and resources of progressive movements around Australia and across the globe. This online library is a space […] - Read more

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The Perfect Page-Turner: Read a Review of The Lying Room by Nicci French

The Lying Room is a new standalone thriller by the husband and wife writing team known as Nicci French, and confirms their place as the masters of psychological suspense.  A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things. But when she looks down at a murdered man – a […] - Read more


It Will Take You on a Journey of Emotion: Review of Lost in the Spanish Quarter by Heddi Goodrich

Set in the passionate, intense, and crumbling neighbourhood known as the Spanish Quarter of Naples, comes a tale of two students searching for love and belonging in the city they so desperately want to call home. Heddi was an American linguistics student studying in Naples, Italy. She was trying to find the roots she never […] - Read more