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Deeply Moving and Life-Affirming: Read an extract from The Things We cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

March 8, 2019

Start Reading Now It’s 1942. Europe remains in the grips of a relentless war. Just beyond the tents of a Russian refugee camp however, there shines a beacon of light, a piece of humanity amidst the chaos and destruction – a young woman reciting her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will forever alter her […] - Read more


Celebrating Australian Women’s Voices: 2019 Stella Prize Shortlist

The 2019 Stella Prize shortlist has been released today on International Women’s Day, with a remarkable list that represents a diverse 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 exploring a host of […] - Read more


Perfectly Paced Historical Tale: Read an extract from The Woman from Saint Germain by J. R. Lonie

Start Reading Now Paris, December 1941. The skies are cold and grey, there’s snow in the air, and people are walking the streets bundled in coats, near-doubled over to keep the cold at bay. It’s tense, too. Nearly a year and a half since the Germans invaded, covering the city in their harsh red and […] - Read more


Unread Books Make You Smarter

There has been a lot of talk lately about minimalism and being more conscious about the number of things we own…even books! The idea of owning a limited amount of books is stressful for any book-lover – after all, there are so many great stories in the world, and although we know we can’t possibly […] - Read more

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The Infinite Wisdom of Jackie French

Last week, Better Reading had the pleasure of speaking to beloved Australian author Jackie French about all things books, reading, and wombats. The podcast conversation centred heavily on the importance of reading for everyone, with a special focus on children – something Jackie feels very passionate about. As the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014/2015, the […] - Read more


Incredible Women Tell Their Stories

March 7, 2019

Today is International Women’s Day, a globally recognised day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, with a focus on building a gender-balanced world.To celebrate, we have compiled a list of amazing, inspiring, pioneering women with whom we’ve enjoyed chatting on our Better Reading podcast, Stories […] - Read more


The Oscars of Publishing: Australian Book Industry Awards Longlist Announced

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the 2019 longlist for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA’s). The ABIA Academy, a group of more than 250 publishers, booksellers, agents, media, and industry representatives, have selected the longlist from books published in 2018, and divided them into 12 categories. The ABIA’s showcase the collaborative efforts and talent […] - Read more


Captivating, Sparkling Gem: Read a sample chapter from Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

March 6, 2019

Start Reading Now Meet Justine. Star sign: Sagittarius. A serial grammar-corrector with a memory like an elephant, Justine is a long-time lover of vintage clothing, an aspiring journalist at the Alexandria Park Star, and a professed astrology sceptic. Now, meet Nick. Star sign: Aquarius. A serial day dreamer, a struggling actor, and a long-time devotee of […] - Read more


Touching, Charming, Powerful: Review of Hare’s Fur by Trevor Shearston

March 5, 2019

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 him from the […] - Read more

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