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March Book Club: The Invitation by Belinda Alexandra

March 19, 2019

We’re super excited about this next Book Club, and we think you’re going to love it. This month we’ll be reading and talking about The Invitation by Belinda Alexandra. The Invitation is a tale of two sisters, set against the backdrop of Paris and New York. Marking a slight change in direction for Belinda Alexandra, The Invitation, while having the exotic locations and […] - Read more

Espionage, Love and War: Review of The Lily in the Snow by Jackie French

Australian heiress Sophie Higgs has had her fair share of lucky escapes and close shaves. At age 18, Sophie was sent to finishing school in England, but she learnt much more than how to sit up straight and put her gloves on correctly. The school’s enigmatic founder, Miss Lily, was a woman on a mission […] - Read more

WIN: Better Reading Top 100 Posters

To celebrate the big reveal of this year’s Better Reading Top 100 Books as voted by you, our readers, we are giving away some gorgeous glossy posters that feature all 100 book covers! For your chance to win one of 5 bundles (each containing three posters to share with friends or family), just enter your […] - Read more

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McCallum’s New Heart-Warmer: Review of A Life of Her Own by Fiona McCallum

Alice’s disappointment in her partner is apparent from the very first page of Fiona McCallum’s new book, A Life of Her Own, when upon returning home from a business trip he pecks her on the lips and eases her away from him. While his ‘lack of romance and displays of affection’ only four years into […] - Read more

Best Of The Best: Indie Book Awards winners announced

Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Indie Book Awards ‘Book of the Year.’ The Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate independent booksellers as the number one supporters of Australian fiction, and maintain a well-deserved reputation for picking the best of the best in Australian writing. The bookseller […] - Read more

Who Won What

March 18, 2019

Prizes and Awards: And The Winners Are… Winners of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards have been announced. Founded in 1974, the NBCC honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature. The complete list of NBCC award winners across eight individual categories are as follows: Fiction Milkman by Anna […] - Read more

Big-Hearted Story: Read an extract from The Age of Discretion by Virginia Duigan

Start reading now Vivien and Geoff are lying in bed when it happens. It’s a morning like any other, another night has passed without any intimacy, and Vivien is frustrated, again, at her husband. They’re in the second year of their sex drought, and simple gestures of affection from Geoff have near-departed, too. Vivien is […] - Read more

Sweeping Rural Historical Fiction: Q&A with Nicole Alexander on writing Stone Country

About the author: A fourth-generation grazier, Nicole returned to her family’s property in the early 1990s. She is currently the business manager there. Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore. She is the author of eight […] - Read more

Do Book Covers Count?

March 15, 2019

You know how the old saying – never judge a book by its cover – is meant to remind us that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and that looks can be deceiving?When it comes to books however, it turns out that looks do, indeed, matter a great deal. It’s happened to the best of […] - Read more