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Thoughtful, Enthralling and Richly Detailed: Read an Extract from Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

April 15, 2019

Start reading now It’s November 1985, and in wintery Leningrad, 24-year-old Galina Kogan is trying desperately to come to terms with the unexpected death of her mother. It was always Galina and her mother against the world, and for the past few months, the pair had been quietly planning a move to America, that fabled […] - Read more

The Perfect Place to Read: Where Would You Choose?

April 12, 2019

Many of us grab our reading time when and where we can. It might be during our daily commute, or while we wait for our kids to finish their after-school activities. More often than not, it’s last thing at night before falling asleep. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a whole day to read, somewhere […] - Read more

ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year shortlist: The Titles on the Better Reading Top 100

We don’t have a crystal ball, but we do have very astute readers in the Better Reading community. The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) shortlist was announced and all five titles shortlisted for the General Fiction Book of the Year category are also on the Better Reading Top 100. And that list is voted by […] - Read more

The Votes Are In and Bookmarks Win!

April 11, 2019

We asked and you responded – the vast majority of our readers use bookmarks. (Those who dog ear however, seem to do so with great reverence.) We loved reading the comments about the different bookmarks used. One librarian mentioned that they found a French fry between the pages of a returned paperback! What is clear […] - Read more

An Australian Gothic Novel: Q&A with Felicity McLean, Author of The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

About the author: Felicity McLean is a writer and a journalist.  Her writing has appeared in The Good Weekend, the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, the Big Issue and more. She has written fiction and non-fiction books and has been published by HarperCollins Publishers, Allen & Unwin and Black Inc. Her latest non-fiction book, Body Lengths, was co-written with […] - Read more

The Oscars of Publishing: ABIA 2019 Shortlist Announced

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the 2019 shortlist for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). The 2019 shortlist includes some of the biggest names in the Australian book industry (which publishes over 7,000 new books annually) as well as some amazing new talent. The ABIA Voting Academy is made up of over 250 representatives […] - Read more

Where Have They Gone? Read an extract from The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

April 10, 2019

Start reading now As we all know, letting go of the past is not always easy especially when it comes to horrible experiences. For Tikka Malloy, the young schoolgirl in The Van Apfel Girls are Gone, it is particularly difficult given that when she was ‘eleven and one-sixth old,’ her three best friends vanished mysteriously. At […] - Read more

Take, Give, Share Books: Australia’s Street Library Movement

For the past few years, small street libraries have been appearing under shop eaves and on street corners all over the country. They are part of a nation-wide movement to encourage literacy and community, and to motivate people to engage with their community in a positive way. Street Library is the vision of Newtown resident, […] - Read more

A Novel with Heart: Read an Extract from The Gift of Life by Josephine Moon

Start reading now Gabby McPhee is the owner of The Tin Man, a chic new cafe and coffee roasting house in Melbourne. It has been two years since Gabby had a heart transplant, and life is good – her focus is to remain healthy for at least ten more years, until the youngest of her […] - Read more