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The Most Underrated Book Award

September 10, 2015

You know those books you just love but for some reason they don’t get the recognition they deserve? Well, there’s an award for those books and this year Better Reading is helping with the judging. The Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) is an annual award that according to MUBA’s website, “aims to shine a light […] - Read more

Primates of Park Avenue: The Competitive, Kale Juice Drinking Mothers of New York City

It’s the book that sent shockwaves through traditional sections of New York City society. When Wednesday Martin, originally from the Midwest, moved from casual, artistic downtown Manhattan to the rich, super-elite world of the Upper East Side, she couldn’t quite believe what she would find there. A social order so different and so entrenched that […] - Read more

Book of the Week: Come Away With Me by Karma Brown

September 7, 2015

Why We Love It! Come Away With Me is a profoundly moving story of one woman’s journey from unfathomable loss to healing through love, family and travel. Tegan is a newly married young woman with everything to live for, until an awful accident changes the course of her life forever. As she narrates the novel in […] - Read more

Monash: The Outsider Who Became a Folk Hero

September 2, 2015

He features on the $100 note and there’s a major university named after him but who is the man behind the military hero? Journalist and author Grantlee Kieza tells the story of this intriguing character in his latest biography Monash: The Soldier Who Shaped Australia. Kieza talks to Better Reading about what inspired him to write about Sir […] - Read more

Wild Man: A Fascinating Story Behind a Police Shooting

September 1, 2015

It’s been compared to true crime in the spirit of Helen Garner’s This House of Grief and Garner herself described Wild Man as “a fine book: spirited, clever, warm and very brave.” Wild Man is the story behind the 2012 police shooting of a man on a remote New South Wales campsite called ‘The School of Happiness’. […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

August 31, 2015

Why We Love It: It was one of the most successful thriller series ever, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Author Stieg Larsson had intended many instalments but completed only three before his untimely death. Now his publishers’ appointed successor David Lagercrantz does not disappoint Millennium trilogy fans with this slow-burning follow-up, The Girl in the […] - Read more

The Shocking Story of Katherine X

August 30, 2015

When Australian Women’s Weekly journalist Sue Smethurst heard about the terrible story of a woman who had been systemically abused by her father for over three decades, giving birth to four of his children, she felt compelled to find out more. This case didn’t happen on the other side of the world, but occurred in […] - Read more

Book of the Week: Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham

August 24, 2015

Why We Love It: As if we didn’t already love Michael Robotham’s signature brand of clever, unputdownable thrillers, he has done it all over again with a thriller that ticks all the boxes but is also tender, moving and insightful. Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin has given up investigating gritty crimes. He’s focusing on his family, wooing […] - Read more

The Extraordinary Story of Doujon’s Heart

August 23, 2015

Doujon’s Heart is the extraordinary story of how the gift of a heart gave meaning to a senseless tragedy and inspired a lifelong friendship between two families. Three years ago, Better Reading’s director Cheryl Akle received a call from a woman who told her, “Hello, my name is Rosemarie Zammit, my son was murdered in Mykanos four years ago.” […] - Read more