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Mischievous, Warm, Provocative: Review of The Age of Discretion by Virginia Duigan

March 12, 2019

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 at her wit’s […] - Read more

Dreams Do Come True: review of Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig called Helga by Todd Alexander

If you’re a city-slicker working 9 to 5 and feeling the grind of life in the Big Smoke, chances are you’ve dreamed of greener pastures, of skipping town and moving to the country to live a life of simplicity, surrounded by nature’s bounty. For many of us this dream remains just that – a dream, […] - Read more

Notorious Cold Case: Read a review of Murder on Easey Street by Helen Thomas

It was a warm evening in January 1977, and Martin Bartlett was about to say goodnight to his sister. Susan Bartlett was living in a small terrace house in the scrappy inner-city suburb of Collingwood, Melbourne, sharing the place with her long-time friend, Suzanne Armstrong, and Suzanne’s young son, Gregory, and Martin often stopped by. […] - Read more

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Prizes and Awards I Am Woman, Watch Me Write The 2019 Stella Prize shortlist has been released today on International Women’s Day, revealing a remarkably diversified range of female voices. The titles on the list serve as a response to the under-representation of female voices in society as well as within the literary landscape, each book […] - Read more

Love Books? Come Work With Us

March 11, 2019

NOTE 21 MARCH: APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION HAVE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL APPLICANTS! Better Reading is the largest Australian online book recommendation community with a devoted and sincere community who love to discuss books. Through our many channels, including podcasts, Facebook, our weekly newsletter and website we reach over 500,000 people a day. […] - Read more

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War, Love and Literature: Q&A with J.R. Lonie about his new novel, The Woman from Saint Germain

About the author: J.R. Lonie is otherwise known as John Lonie, a screenwriter, playwright and script editor whose credits include some of Australia’s top TV dramas and films. He was head of screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School for seven years, during which he also co-wrote the feature film Kokoda. He is one of the […] - Read more

Humour, Romance and Astrology Galore: Read a Q&A with Minnie Darke about her new novel, Star-crossed

March 9, 2019

About the author: Minnie Darke – Gemini with Virgo Rising, Scrabble cutthroat and knitter, lover of books, freshly sharpened pencils and Russian Caravan tea – divides her time between her kitchen table and a rather cute writing studio in the backyard of her home in Hobart, Tasmania. Buy a copy of Star-crossed here // Read our review of […] - Read more

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Our affair with our own stories: Home Fires author Fiona Lowe on the lasting appeal of quintessentially Australian literature

About the author Fiona Lowe has been a midwife, a sexual health counsellor and a family support worker; an ideal career for an author who writes novels about family and relationships. She spent her early years in Papua New Guinea where, without television, reading was the entertainment and it set up a lifelong love of books. […] - Read more

Deeply Satisfying and Soothing: read an extract from Hare’s Fur by Trevor Shearston

March 8, 2019

Start Reading Now Russell Bass lives a solitary life. A potter residing on the edge of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, he is slowly learning to live without his wife, who passed less than a year ago. His life has become one of routine, the mountains serving as both a shelter and a shield, protecting […] - Read more