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Giveaway: Win a Bryce Courtenay Writing Prize Pack

July 9, 2019

Are you an aspiring writer? To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bryce Courtenay’s classic novel, The Power of One, we’re giving away a special writing prize pack containing a DVD of Bryce’s last, acclaimed writing workshop, and a copy of The Silver Moon, a book in which Bryce shares his reflections on writing and life. […] - Read more


This is Brilliant Storytelling: Review of The Guardian of Lies by Kate Furnivall

A brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from Kate Furnivall, the internationally bestselling author of The Survivors. 1953, the South of France. It’s the era of the Cold War and the fragile peace between the West and Soviet Russia hangs on a knife edge. Eloïse Caussade is a courageous young Frenchwoman, raised on a […] - Read more


5 Warm Spots to Curl Up and Read This Winter

Who doesn’t love curling up with a book in winter? Cold weather, a warm spot and a great read are the perfect contentment combination for any booklover. But where do you like to read in winter? Here are a few snug spots that are perfect for reading while the temperatures are low. In bed Topping […] - Read more

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NAIDOC Week: Seven Books That Help Us Understand and Celebrate Our First Nations’ Culture

From July 7-14 is NAIDOC Week. Celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of […] - Read more

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Friends and Co-authors of While You Were Reading, Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus Answer Some Questions… Together of Course!

July 8, 2019

About the authors:  Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus are the Melbourne-based cofounders of Books on the Rail, an initiative that encourages Aussies to put down the iPhone and pick up a book. Together, Ali and Michelle wrote The Book Ninja, published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster Australia, which has been sold to nine different territories around […] - Read more


Simply a Brilliant Book: Read an Extract From After the End by Clare Mackintosh

Start reading now After the End is a devastating, beautifully written novel about an impossible choice. Clare Mackintosh is known for thrillers. This is very different territory. It’s heartbreaking territory, but absolutely worth it. Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They’re best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son is diagnosed with a brain […] - Read more


Win a $260 Hamper for Your Book Club, Thanks to After the End by Clare Mackintosh

July 5, 2019

Bestselling author Clare Mackintosh is back with her most powerful and personal novel yet. After the End is about Max and Pip, a couple facing the most important decision of their lives. It’s a decision no parent should ever have to make. And they don’t agree. This book is perfect for your book club or […] - Read more


Funny, Poignant, Insightful: Read an Extract from While You Were Reading by Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

Start reading now Words are messy. Love is messier. While You Were Reading is a funny, sharp, modern new romance, perfect for booklovers everywhere. While You Were Reading opens with one of the most awkward, squirm inducing scenes I’ve read for a long time – and I mean that in a good way. The book grabbed me right […] - Read more


Writing and Drinking: Seven Legendary Literary Bars

Last week we looked at some of the world’s most legendary literary cafes, where writers gathered and wrote. This week, it’s bars. Writing is a solitary occupation, so throughout history there has been a tradition of writers connecting with the world while they work via their local café or bar. The tradition most likely stems […] - Read more