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The Unlikeliest Location of Literary Bliss: Author Jenn J. McLeod Tells Us Where she Finds Books on the Road

September 9, 2019

As a nomadic novelist touring this diverse land by caravan since 2014, I’m often told I must be living the dream. But that ‘carefree life on the road’ has its ups and downs. I’ve also had to compromise on some of life’s little luxuries and learn new things. For example: I’ve learned how to reverse […] - Read more

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Fans of Historical Fiction will Devour this Page Turner: Read a Review of The Heart of the Ritz by Luke Devenish

It’s April 1940 in France, not just anywhere in France, but in Paris and at the Ritz. Polly Hartford has lost her father and now her aunt Marjorie and finds herself in the care of her aunt’s best friends. Three very wealthy and formidable women – Comtesse Alexandrine, film star Zita and wealthy American Lana […] - Read more


Book People News: The Ned Kelly Awards 2019 Winners Announced

The Ned Kelly Awards were held in Sydney on Friday September 6 at the Harold Park Tramsheds as part of the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival, where the Australian Crime Writing Association announced the winners for the NED KELLY AWARDS 2019 .Past winners have included crime writing heavyweights, Jon Cleary, Peter Corris, Adrian McKinty, Candice […] - Read more

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It Will Sweep You Off Your Feet: Review of The Unforgiving City by Maggie Joel

1899. It’s the turn of the century and the people of Australia are divided. They are striving for union and nationhood, but divisions run so deep that they not only threaten the Federation, but the colony itself. Sydney is especially rife with turmoil, with attempted shootings attempts, burning of the Premier’s likeness, and other violent […] - Read more


Chilling. I’m Using the Stairs For a While: Read an Extract From Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Start reading now The New York Times bestselling author of A Noise Downstairs and No Time for Goodbye returns with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach—a heart-pounding tale in which a series of disasters paralyses New York City with fear. If you already have a fear of elevators, this book might not be […] - Read more


Book People News: Booker Prize Shortlist and a Win for The Ruin

September 4, 2019

Booker Prize 2019 Shortlist Announcement The shortlist for the Booker Prize 2019 has been announced. The shortlisted stories “encompass a modern reworking of Don Quixote set in America and Britain and taking in opioids and meta fiction by Rushdie; a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale from Atwood; a story of a life after death in Istanbul, narrated by a […] - Read more

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Winner of the European Crime Fiction Prize: Read an Extract from The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre

Start reading now The Godmother is about Patience Portefeux, a French 50-year-old woman who is fed up and disenchanted with her small life, which is nothing like how she expected it to be. She paints a portrait of her lavish childhood, with a certain lifestyle she has very much become accustomed to and attempts to […] - Read more


A Fantastically Written Gem: Read an Extract From The Collaborator by Diane Armstrong

Start reading now Annika knows her now-widowed grandmother survived the Holocaust, and knows that she won’t talk about it. But a trip to the Sydney Jewish Museum sets Annika on a course to find out exactly how her grandmother was saved, why her grandmothers photograph is on the wall in the museum and why she […] - Read more


Meet the ECT Book Club: And Then Tell us About Your Book Club

September 3, 2019

Book clubs are a chance to meet up with like-minded bibliophiles for some good old-fashioned book banter. They are a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and connect with other book-lovers. Many of our Better Reading community members already have their book clubs, and we love hearing about them. In fact, we plan to regularly […] - Read more